2020 Tanzania Safari | Tanzanian Safaris and Tours

A Tanzania Safari offers world-class wildlife, beautiful landscapes and some of the continent’s best safari lodges. Tanzania Odyssey can arrange safaris to all the best parks in Tanzania; whether it be in rustic, authentic and charming tented camps or head-over-heels luxury safari lodges in the wilderness. We are in love with Tanzania and so is everyone who visits; tourists are instantly captivated by its charming, friendly people, scenes of uninterrupted beauty and of course the unbelievable wildlife which makes a Tanzania adventure so exceptional.
Scroll down for recommendations on the best Tanzania lodges and parks, as well as the best time to visit, the cost of a safari in Tanzania and frequently asked questions. Or, simply call us for a chat with one of our Tanzania experts. 

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A guide to Northern Tanzania

Northern Tanzania is expensive (comparatively to the south) but offers unrivalled wildlife viewing and is completely iconic. Most itineraries begin with an overnight in Arusha before heading off on your safari adventure. Starting in the very north, The Serengeti (which borders the Masai Mara in Kenya) is undeniably world-class and home to The Great Wildebeest Migration as well as the biggest concentration of predators on the planet. The Ngorongoro Crater has a huge amount of the big 5 in a unique and dramatic setting. Surrounding the crater, the Ngorongoro Highlands is home to colourful Masai culture and rolling coffee farms. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans to the border of the Serengeti and is fantastic in February time when the Wildebeest Migration is calving. Tarangire National Park is also another option in the north with night drives, fantastic views and a colossal number of elephants. Although Tarangire is a fantastic park, it is more of an "add-on" to the main northern circuit of the crater and Serengeti. Lake Manyara is another smaller park with flamingos, fantastic land-birdlife and some truly beautiful spots for safari. However, Lake Manyara is small and can be seen in an afternoon rather than as the main focus of a trip. 

Is a Northern Tanzania safari tour right for you?

If you want to see the stars of Tanzania and all the wildlife in the world in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, are interested in East Africa's Maasai culture and if you have a budget of at least around $4,000 per person then a North Tanzania safari will offer you a holiday of a lifetime.

A guide to South & West Tanzania

The South of Tanzania offers better value accommodation than the north, a less touristy experience but is not a classic ‘big 5 safari destination’. Starting south east of Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is a huge dry season park offering boating, walking safaris and fly-camping with excellent wild dogs. Ruaha National Park is a beautiful red-earth park where you can also enjoy walking, fly-camping, super prides of lions and huge buffalo herds. Ruaha is home to 10% of the whole world’s lions, so to say the wildlife here is not as prominent as in the north could be a mistake! The west comprises of Katavi and Mahale which are expensive to get to, but because of their relative inaccessibility offer a simply magical experience alone in the wilderness, where you can trek chimps in the Mahale Mountains and see some of Tanzania’s most dramatic safari scenes in the depths of Katavi’s harsh dry season. 

Is a Southern Tanzania safari tour right for you?

If you like a more sedate and relaxing safari, a bit of boating, walking too with some rare wildlife opportunities, and if you don’t want to share your wilderness with too many other tourists, then a trip to Tanzania's wild south will be the best idea you ever have.

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The best luxury safari holidays in Tanzania

  • The Serengeti - With its reputation as one of the most iconic safari parks in Africa comes seriously luxurious lodges, not to mention the most spectacular natural event in the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration. If you want unrivalled safari action, there is nowhere better in Tanzania than the flat acacia dotted Serengeti plains. 
  • Ruaha - True, wild and unspoilt African bush, Ruaha is perfect for a real safari enthusiast looking for superb and varied wildlife without the interruption of the sometimes chaotic tourism of the north. Ruaha is home to some of the best lodges on the continent for a truly authentic, yet luxurious safari. 
  • Ngorongoro - As the 8th wonder of the world, the crater itself is wondrous to behold. If you add into the equation the huge concentrations of wildlife all within its dramatic cliff edge walls, you can soon see why the crater is referred to as the cradle of mankind. 

The best time for a safari in Tanzania

Here, there is no very straight forward answer...! You can go at any point in the year, but for each time of year there are certain pros and cons to be considered. It is best to chat to us, and we can discuss your options. April and May is when the heavy rains hit East Africa and some camps close during this period. The main dry season is from July to October and this is the most popular time to travel to tick the big five off your list, but other times of year also have their individual benefits. Going off-peak season can reduce the cost of your trip, avoid the crowds and yet still offer a wholly phenomenal safari experience. Ask one of our Tanzania experts about the whereabouts of the Wildebeest Migration at different months in the year, or for more information explore our Migration Map.

The cost of a safari in Tanzania 

Tented, comfortable yet basic safari accommodation option prices begin from around $450 per person per night, and pure exclusive luxury options begin at $1,200 per person per night. Generally safaris in Tanzania begin from around $4,000 per person including internal flights, but excluding international flights. We have been working with and re-visiting lodges in Tanzania for 20 years, so have access to special offers. Please get in touch, and we can build you an itinerary which takes advantage of these deals. Please also see our itineraries page for more specific costings – these are just a starting point though, as we tailor all our itineraries exactly to you! 

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The best safari lodges in Tanzania

From rustic and basic tented camps with bucket showers and no electricity, to uber-luxurious permanent camps where every wish is anticipated before it even arises, Tanzania has something to suit everyone with spectacular game drives across the country. 

The best mobile camps in The Serengeti National Park

  • Serengeti Safari Camp - Barefoot and authentic luxury in the wilderness. As soon as you walk into camp, you feel instantly at home. It is comprised of two camps which take up three locations throughout the year, so Nomad's mobile camp really does give you one of the best migration viewing opportunities in the whole of the Serengeti. 
  • Olakira - Luxury tented with simple additions to make your mobile camping experience that bit more luxurious. 
  • Serengeti Under Canvas - The definition of 'glamping' - This &Beyond mobile camp hits the spot for those who are suckers for luxury but still want a classic East African safari. 

The best luxury safari lodges in The Serengeti

  • Nomad Lamai - Intertwined in the Kjopes of the northern Serengeti, Lamai has it all. A luxury lodge in a beautiful setting offering a world class safari experience.
  • Singita Faru Faru - The creme de la creme of African safari. Singita is a world apart with its Botswana-style private concession and with the incredible attention to detal you will find in every one of their camps across Africa. For those who want the very best. 

For further information on luxury safaris in Tanzania please see our blog.

Tented Mobile Camp vs Permanent Safari Lodge on a Serengeti Safari

In the Serengeti, accommodation options become slightly confusing. You can choose between mobile camps, which follow the migration (think glamping... not camping!) and permanent luxury lodges, with a few more safari comforts such as swimming pools. In the Serengeti, the permanent safari lodges are among the best in Africa and are thus very expensive. The mobile camps can be cheaper, but offer an authentic old school safari experience. What is better really does just whittle downs to your personal style and budget.

The best safari lodges on the Ngorongoro Crater rim:

  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - One of the most iconic lodges in Tanzania, this &Beyond property is timeless and boasts one of the very best views into the crater... Not to mention the ridiculous luxury which comes with it! 
  • Entamanu - With sweeping views of both the Serengeti and the crater, Entamanu is absolutely beautiful, both inside and out. It is a first-class option for a Ngorongoro stay. It is still very luxurious, without the over the top price, décor and notoriety of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. 

The best safari lodges in Southern Tanzania:

  • Ikuka in Ruaha - A rustic vibe offering a really wild experience, but with the luxuries of a permanent lodge. It is beautiful, and one of our absolute favourites for the most intimate and special safaris in Tanzania.
  • Jabali Ridge in Ruaha - Wow luxury - if you are after off the beaten track opulence, then there is absolutely nowhere better. 
  • Sand Rivers in the Selous - Set on the Rufiji, Sand Rivers is a very special place. With the owner ran feel of Ikuka, it is the premium option for a barefoot luxury Selous safari. 

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Tanzania Fly-in Safaris vs 4x4 Safari Tours

For the most part, the parks of Tanzania are best visited by flying into your different destinations. Southern Tanzania is completely made up of fly-in destinations, as the Selous and Ruaha are relatively inaccessible otherwise. For Northern Tanzania, we like to recommend a half drive and half fly-in safari, as this provides a varied experience, but also in the Ngorongoro Crater, a lot of the time driving can be a cheaper than flying from Kilimanjaro airport after your international flight. Your guide would take you from stop to stop, so don’t worry about ever being stuck on the ground at any point on safari – at Tanzania Odyssey, we have you covered.

Tanzania: Safari and Beach – Zanzibar

Tanzania is probably one of the best and easiest safari countries to combine the beach with. Our favourite beach hideaway is Zanzibar, due to its diversity in lodgings, activities and not to mention it's beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. With plenty of internal flights from all the national parks, Zanzibar is accessible with really short flights. Other islands to consider are Pemba IslandMafia Island and for those seeking a caste away experience, take a look at Fanjove Private Island. For those who require exclusivity fit for a movie star then there is nowhere else but Mnemba Private Island.

What to pack and what to wear on safari in Tanzania 

Advisable packing and clothing are so changeable depending on what you are doing, where and when you are going. The best thing to do is to give us a call and discuss your plans. However, we do have a pre-departure page you can have a peek at for general advice. Is it your first safari? Check out our blog on useful tips for first time safari goers..

Where to fly into for a Tanzania Safari? 

There are two main international airports in Tanzania; Mount Kilimanjaro (JRO) and Dar es Salaam (DAR). Most flights are not direct, and the best ones have only one connection if coming from the UK or the US. 

African Safaris: Tanzania or South Africa Safari?

Tanzania has taken a relatively high-quality, low-volume approach to safari tourism, with emphasis on excellent accommodation, service and guiding, rather than a high volume of tourists. This makes for a much better, more exclusive and intimate safari experience than in other countries which have taken a more mass-market approach such as South Africa. The Kruger can get exceptionally busy, and the other reserves which take a more high-quality approach are ludicrously expensive. You can get a really high-quality safari in Tanzania which you simply can’t get in South Africa for the same money.

Tanzania safari vacation packages with Tanzania Odyssey 

For more information on Tanzania, give us a call. We are a team of experts, who regularly visit and re-visit Tanzania to ensure we are up to date with the best lodges and safari spots around the country. Booking with Odyssey means you are sure to get the best deals and tailor-made itineraries from our combined in depth knowledge, acquired from 20 years working in Tanzania. Our experience goes above and beyond most tour operators, as our MD Marc Harris is a judge of the Safari Awards and is a former director of African Travel and Tourism. Annabel Skinner is also a director and wrote the Cadogan Guide to Tanzania (see below!) so rest assured every single one of our team is fully up to date with the world of Tanzanian safaris from our combined knowledge, as well as from visiting and revisiting Tanzania every year. 

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In the unlikely event that something happens to us, you can rest safe in the knowledge your safari money is fully protected by our ATOL bond.

Tanzania Safari further details:

Between us here in our office we have visited almost every lodge or hotel in Tanzania and Zanzibar that is worth talking about. We can really help clarifying your thoughts, so the best way to book a Tanzania Safari is to get in touch and have a chat with us. Email us on [email protected] or call through in the US on 1866 356 4691 or the UK 020 8704 1216. For a little insight into what we have seen on our recent trips, see our video Lion vs Buffalo in The Serengeti filmed by Marc.  

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