If you go on safari once in your lifetime, it should be to Tanzania. Tanzania offers the quintessential Africa of people's dreams with vast open plains scattered with umbrella trees and animals roaming free. Tanzania has the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro; the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest remaining caldera in the world with the greatest concentration of wild animals; the Serengeti National Park; the annual migration of almost two million animals for nine months of the year; Mahle National Park where chimpanzees can be found on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and the coastline which abounds with tropical reefs and on Mafia Island, the annual migration of whale-sharks.
The migration is one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world, with the annual movement of massive herds of wildebeest in search of fresh grazing, following the rains. They travel in a clock-wise direction, giving birth in the short grass plains of southern Serengeti, travelling north west, towards the Western Corridor and the Grumeti River. In dry years, the river is a series of pools making it easy for the wildebeest to pick their way through the crocodiles and hippos. In wet years, the wildebeest have to plunge into the water with some of Africa's largest crocodiles waiting for a feed. The herds travel north to the lush plains of the northern Serengeti and gather on the banks of the Mara River, which they will need to cross. Again, enormous crocodiles await for their annual feast. The survivors continue to Kenya's Masai Mara, where they will spend a few months. They then travel back down along the eastern border of the Serengeti to the place of their birth. The cycle begins again. See the map of the migration, for a guideline of their movements.
Have a look at a sample of what Tanzania has to offer ...
Safaris and surf in the south
This 7 night safari includes four nights on safari in Selous Game Reserve and Mkumi National Park, followed by three nights on a tropical island near Zanzibar. This combination of bush and beach is a great introduction to Tanzania, where you can experience game drives, boating safaris, walking safaris, snorkelling on coral reefs and kayaking in a lagoon.
4 parks in 7 days
This is our most popular selling safari, great for families, where you have total flexibility in your own 4x4 safari vehicle with driver/guide. Your safari will take you through the northern circuit, including Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. You will stay in very comfortable accommodation with great food. By flying back to Arusha on your last day, you have a great deal more time for game viewing.
The no expense spared safari
This safari will take you to the best game-viewing destinations in Tanzania, including Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and private concessions bordering the Serengeti National Park. You will be staying at some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa. Depending on the season you travel, your nights in "Serengeti under Canvas" will be ideally situated to view the migration, where nearly two million herbivores head north to Kenya in pursuit of fresh grazing after the rains. Include all of these camps/lodges in your itinerary or select a few.
Safaris and chimpanzees
Fly from Dar-es-Salaam to Selous Game Reserve, where you will spend to nights at Sand River Selous or Siwandu, followed by two nights at Jongomero in Ruaha National Park. Southern Tanzania is quite untouched and a great destination if you like remoteness. From Ruaha, you will fly to Mahale National Park on Lake Tanganyika, where you can view a habituated chimpanzee population.
3 parks in the south
From Dar-es-Salaam fly to Selous Game Reserve for two nights, which has two-thirds of Tanzania's hunting dog population, then head further west to Ruaha National Park which lies in a convergence zone with a huge diversity of species, and on to Katavi National Park, Tanzania's most remote park. Return by air to Dar-es-Salaam.