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Tanzania: Luxury & Private Safaris
Tanzania is a beautiful, untamed country of diverse landscapes ranging from majestic mountain peaks to white sand beaches and endless stretches of open plains, famously inhabited by large herds of wildlife. In particular, the Great Migration is a sight that draws safari enthusiasts year after year for its affirmation of life and timelessness. .
Tanzania offers something for everyone who seeks a true, authentic African safari experience. While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and embarking on a safari across the northern circuit (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti) are the most well known adventures, there are certainly more remote safari circuits that are equally as majestic. A safari to Tanzania requires careful planning in terms of timing, weather and locations, especially with regards to animal movements. We will be able to guide you to the best areas so that all of your own unique interests can be included in your Tanzania safari.
Secrets and Tips from our Experts
- You can fly directly between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara to easily combine Tanzania and Kenya.
- You can fly directly between the Serengeti and Kigali, Rwanda for gorilla trekking.
- Consider the northern Serengeti outside of peak migration season for good populations of resident wildlife yet fewer crowds.
- Visit the Ngorongoro Crater in the early morning rather than in the afternoon to avoid crowds.
- If you have been to the Serengeti, then consider a return trip to western or southern Tanzania.
Is Tanzania the right destination for you?
- Tanzania is perfect for travelers looking for a quintessential safari, with diverse landscapes, authentic culture and huge herds of animals.
- Tanzania is also great for repeat safari-goers or someone who wants to travel off-the-beaten-path. Lesser known reserves like Katavi, Mahale Mountains, Ruaha and Selous are very remote and wild, making it easy to feel like you are alone on safari.
- For you hikers, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – is one of Tanzania’s most exciting activities available.
- It’s easy to add an extension to Zanzibar or Mafia Island for diving, snorkeling, fishing or just plain relaxing after a busy safari.
- If you wish to avoid small planes, then a safari in Tanzania works well with a private driver-guide and vehicle.
When to Visit Tanzania
The high season in Tanzania is between July and October and from December to February – the dry seasons when game is easier to spot. To avoid the crowds, consider May, November and early December, although you should expect some rain. If you are traveling to western or southern Tanzania, then May through early October is best, as it can be very hot during the rest of the year. April and May endure long rains in Tanzania, so be prepared for un-drivable roads and muddy, buggy conditions – camps in western and southern Tanzania are closed.
If you’re focused on the migration, then plan to visit the Serengeti from January to early March, in June/July or from late October to mid-December (we’ll advise on the best camp location based on your month of travel). Keep in mind that weather patterns are changing across the world, which in turn affects the movement of wildlife.