TANZANIA SAFARIS

Tanzania Safari Packages

Ultimate Tanzania and Rwanda Luxury Safari

Ultimate Tanzania and Rwanda Luxury Safari

9 Days

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Gorillas and Serengeti Safari, Uganda & Tanzania

Gorillas and Serengeti Safari, Uganda & Tanzania

10 Days

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Treasures of Tanzania Safari

Treasures of Tanzania adventure Safari

9 Days

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7-Day Serengeti Ngorongoro Wilderness Safari

7-Day Serengeti Ngorongoro Wilderness Safari

7 Days

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Serengeti & Zanzibar Tanzania safari

9-Day Serengeti Wilderness Magic & Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania safari

10 Days

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How much is a Tanzania Safari?

 Shoestring

 

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Budget

 

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Mid-range

 

$$$

High-end

 

$$$$

Camps & Lodgesunder $250$250 – 450$451 – $600over $600
Restaurants (per meal)under $12$12 – $20$21 – $30over $30
Safari Vehicle (per day)under $100$100 – $150$151 – $250over $250
Local Guide (per day)under $50$50 – $150$150 – $250over $250

Most Tanzania safari lodges offer a full-board per person rate, including meals, taxes, and assuming double occupancy. Others offer an all-inclusive room rate to include park fees, transfers, activities, and everything full-board offers. A few lodges operate on a half-board rate, and rare ones offer bed & breakfast except city hotels.

The Best Time For a Tanzania Safari

The best time for a Tanzania safari is during the dry season from June to October. This period offers favorable conditions for wildlife viewing, with minimal rainfall and clear skies, making it easier to spot animals. The dry season also coincides with the wildebeest migration, which is a major attraction for many safari enthusiasts. Generally, the best time to go on a safari in Tanzania depends on what you want to see and do:

June–September

This is the dry season, which is considered the best time for wildlife viewing. Animals gather around waterholes, making them easier to spot, and you don't have to worry about flooded areas or safari camps closing. This is also when the annual wildebeest migration begins, with the animals moving north towards Kenya's Masai Mara. However, this is also peak travel season, so prices and crowds may be higher.

January

This is the start of calving season, and predators like lions and cheetahs are active as they try to hunt the vulnerable herds. Migratory birds from Europe and North Africa also visit the area, and many display their breeding plumage. While the Northern Circuit parks may be less crowded than during the dry season, it's still peak season, so hotels may charge higher rates.

December–February

This is a good time to visit the islands of Tanzania, such as Zanzibar and Pemba, as it's hot and dry with temperatures around 40°C. However, parks and accommodations may be more crowded during the holiday season.

The Best Time For To See The Great Migration

The best time for a Tanzania safari to see the great wildebeest migration is during the dry season from June to October. During this time, the wildebeests and other herbivores make their iconic river crossings across the Grumeti and Mara Rivers, providing incredible wildlife viewing opportunities.

Specifically, the peak time to see the migration is typically in July and August, when the herds have reached the northern Serengeti and are preparing to cross into the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is when the wildebeests, zebras, and other animals attempt the treacherous river crossings infested with crocodiles and hippos, while predators like lions and leopards wait on the shores to ambush the prey.

However, the great migration in Tanzania is an ongoing, year-round event, with different aspects of the migration occurring at different times of the year. In the early months of the year, the herds can be found calving in the southern Serengeti, while from December to March they are spread out across the southern and central regions. So while July-August is considered the peak, there are good wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the dry season.

The shoulder seasons of June and September-October are also excellent times to visit, as you can still see the migration without the peak crowds. The weather is also mild and pleasant during these months. The rainy seasons from March-May and November-December are generally less ideal for safaris, as the wildlife is more dispersed and travel can be disrupted.

Zanzibar Family Getaways

Zanzibar is an excellent destination for family vacations, offering a wide range of family-friendly resorts and hotels that cater specifically to families with children. Many of these resorts feature large family rooms or villas with private pools, children's clubs and supervised activities, safe swimming areas protected by coral lagoons, and opportunities for kids to interact with local children at playgrounds. The island is a safe and laid-back destination that is easy to travel with kids, with resorts having staff experienced in hosting families and able to arrange transfers, activities, and childcare as needed. 

Tanzania’s Gateway Cities

Dar es Salaam

Second, only to Kenya’s Mombasa, Dar es Salaam is East Africa’s busiest port. The name, in Arabic, means “haven of peace”. Dar es Salaam blossoms with exciting restaurants, beautiful hotels, and some of the best nightlife on the coast. It is the gateway to the southern safari circuit, and you can spend your last night here and check out the coastal city before exiting Tanzania.

Arusha

Arusha is the gateway to the northern Tanzania safari circuit, typically the Serengeti Safari. On a clear day in Arusha, you can see Mt. Meru, Africa’s fifth-highest mountain at 4,556 meters (14,947 feet), looming in the distance. Some superb accommodation options on the outskirts of Arusha are well worth a day or two pre or post Northern Tanzanian safari.