When you mentioned Safari, most people have the imagination of a jungle filled with all kind of wildlife as they see in wildlife documentaries- a jungle where the BIG 5 reign supreme. Well, that’s what you get from a Tanzania safari. As safari to this East African country is, without doubt, an adventure filled with lifetime memories. From some of the world’s top ranking wildlife viewing game reserves, scenic landscape, warm climate to beautiful beaches, Tanzania is a country of startling contrast.
What To Expect On Safari in Tanzania
If you are planning a safari in Tanzania, you have plenty of options to select. The country is endowed with breathtaking natural attractions that are second to none. Although its prolific wildlife is the major reason why people come for safaris, there are tons of natural attractions you can add to your Tanzania safari tours.
Wildlife Safari Experience
So are you a wildlife enthusiast? If yes, then Tanzania boasts of prolific wildlife with almost a third of its landmass secured for the game reserves. From the iconic Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Selous to Ruaha game reserves, you have plenty of options to pick from. However, Serengeti is the most popular due to its thrilling wildlife experience. But if you have enough time, we recommend that you visit all of them as each has its unique safari experience. But you need to get the timing correct.
Best Time to Do a Wildlife Safari in Tanzania
One of the reasons why Tanzania is popular as a safari destination is due to its incredible experience year round. You can pick various times of the year depending on what you want to get out of your safari. As mentioned, Serengeti National Park is the best safari destination. The iconic game reserve is best known for its prolific wildlife including the ‘Big 5’ game. Serengeti ecosystem has earned international recognition due to its vast population of African elephants and other members of the BIG FIVE family. However, the best safari experience that attracts millions of tourists every year is the phenomenal wildebeest and zebra migration. There is a reason why it is the 8th Wonder of the World.
When Is Serengeti’s Best Migration Season?
For wildlife enthusiasts, wildebeests, gazelles and zebras’ migration around Serengeti is a spectacle you can’t miss. From December to March is the best time to be in the Serengeti ecosystem since it is the peak season. That is the season millions of wildebeests, Zebras and Gazelles migration is in full swing as in the lush Serengeti fields after the short rains. The season also serves as the calving time for the wildebeest. It is also the perfect time to see the Lion, King of the Jungle hunting. It is definitely a spectacular sight to behold. During this peak season, almost all safari lodges are fully booked in advance. So you need to play your cards well.
Off-peak Serengeti Safari
If you can’t make it during the peak season, you can take up a May or June to October safari. Although it is an off-peak season, Serengeti’s exotic glamour has not faded away as the game reserve still provides a breathtaking game viewing experience. Although the lush fields and The Great Migration are fading away during this time, the resident wildlife is still roaming around including the BIG 5.
A June to October safari to Serengeti is perfect for those looking forward to the beauty of the resident game. It is a dry season, and thus most of the resident game is around water sources. This is the perfect time to view all the BIG FIVE in Serengeti as the lush fields have faded away.
Therefore, you see them clearly even from a distance.
Other Game Reserves you can Visit in Tanzania
Apart from Serengeti, there are other a couple of game reserves that will wow you. They include a safari in Tarangire National Park best known for its herds of elephants. Ngorongoro Conservancy has also grown in popularity as a home to the Big 5 game. Apart from its vast BIG FIVE game, the volcanic Ngorongoro crater a major attraction. Selous and Ruaha game reserves are also great places to be, especially during the June – October season when the land is dry.
Other Tanzania’s Attractions
Apart from wildlife safari, there are many attractions you can enjoy from your Tanzania safari tours. If you love adventures, then a safari in Tanzania will never be a disappointing experience. The mainland Tanzania has some of the best natural attraction in East Africa. How about climbing to Africa’s summit? Well, that is what Mt Kilimanjaro on the border of Tanzania and Kenya is offering. It is the highest point in Africa and the second in the world. Armed with your powerful microscope at the peak, you will be able to see the vast magnificent African land spreading from the foot of the mountain.
The Great Rift Valley passes through Tanzania and hosts some of the world’s spectacular natural beauties. Most iconic are its lakes including Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa, Lake Natron, Lake Chala amongst others. It is also important to note that World’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria is also in Tanzania. These are just of the natural beauties that you can add to your Tanzania safari tours for a more fulfilling experience.
Tanzania’s Vibrant Beach Life
Zanzibar White Beach
Although most of the safaris are in mainland Tanzania, we recommend that you wind up your safari with a beach experience in Tanzania’s exotic Indian Ocean Islands. There are many options that you can pick from including, but Zanzibar archipelago is the real deal. The Indian island provides an incredible beach experience like no other. The archipelago is made up of two large islands namely Unguja and Pemba, but there are about ten islands which are part of Zanzibar. The island also boasts of astounding white beaches and turquoise coral waters which is a sight to behold. If you love snorkeling, boat riding, sea diving, and hiking, Tanzania’s Indian Ocean islands provide a perfect place wind up you Tanzania Safari.
A safari in Tanzania is definitely an adventure filled with lifetime memories. From the wildlife to the vibrant beach life, the country has everything you need for a once in a lifetime Safari. Get a safari package that gives you all this experience.