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Tanzania isn't just a destination—it's an adventure of a lifetime, waiting to be explored with Eyes on Serengeti.

Whether you’re drawn to the Northern Circuit’s famous safaris or yearn for the untouched wilderness of Southern Tanzania, there’s something for every adventurer. From the rugged terrains of Ruaha to the untouched beauty of Western Tanzania, every corner of this majestic land invites exploration. 

Welcome to Tanzania, a captivating jewel in East Africa that promises an unforgettable adventure blending diverse landscapes, rich culture, and abundant wildlife. Embark on a journey with us to discover the allure of this enchanting destination. 

Situated just south of the Equator, Tanzania, the second-largest country in East Africa, boasts expansive dimensions that captivate the adventurous spirit. The mainland extends 1,191 kilometres (740 miles) from north to south and spans 1,223 kilometres (760 miles) from east to west, showcasing a diverse landscape bordered by the Indian Ocean, gracing the nation with a scenic coastline stretching 805 kilometres (about 500 miles). Tanzania shares its borders with Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. Including the enchanting islands of Unguja and Pemba forming Zanzibar, Tanzania encompasses a total area of 939,769 square kilometres (362,820 square miles), featuring 53,366 square kilometres (20,600 square miles) of lakes within its borders.

Experience the Majesty of Tanzania! Embarking on a safari in Tanzania unveils a world where nature’s grandeur knows no bounds. Here’s why you should journey into the heart of Kilimanjaro’s footprint and explore the wonders of Tanzania with Eyes on Serengeti:

Unforgettable Wildlife Encounters

Tanzania isn’t just another destination; it’s a realm where the unexpected becomes reality. Picture yourself in the heart of central Tanzania, waiting for a flight amidst roaming wildlife. Imagine the sheer thrill as a plane touches down precisely on time, buzzing animals off the grass runway. This isn’t scripted drama; it’s the raw, authentic wilderness of Tanzania that leaves visitors spellbound.

Beyond Imagination

Tanzania is a living, breathing marvel that defies expectations. Encounter a leopard on your tent porch and you’ll understand why Tanzania isn’t about fabricated experiences—it’s about nature in its purest form. Visitors find themselves in awe, constantly pinching themselves to believe they’re amidst the landscapes they once only read about or saw on TV.

Sensational Impact

Tanzania isn’t just a country; it’s an immersive experience that leaves an indelible mark on your soul. With over one-third of its expanse dedicated to wildlife preservation, Tanzania beckons adventurers from across the globe. Traverse through a medley of landscapes, from sweeping grasslands to dense forests, from vibrant coral reefs to the sprawling Serengeti. Brace yourself for encounters with Africa’s ‘big five’ and witness the raw beauty of elephants in Ruaha National Park, hippos in the Rufiji River, and chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains.

Geological Splendor

Tanzania isn’t just about wildlife; it’s a canvas painted with the world’s greatest geological splendors. Explore the depths of the Great Rift Valley, marvel at the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, and lose yourself in the vastness of the Serengeti plains. These geological wonders shape Tanzania’s diverse ecosystems, adding layers of intrigue to every safari adventure.

Coastal Charms

Tanzania isn’t just about safaris; it’s a coastal paradise waiting to be explored. From sun-dappled beaches to secluded islands, Tanzania’s tropical coast offers a retreat like no other. Explore historic towns, bask in the tranquility of white-sand beaches, and dive into the colorful world beneath the waves.

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Eyes on Serengeti Safaris and Tours offers an unforgettable safari experience, where every moment is etched into memory – from the mesmerizing sunsets to the thrill of encountering wild animals in their natural habitat.

Ngorongoro Crater

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The Ngorongoro Crater, nestled within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Africa, is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, spanning 265 square kilometres. Established in 1959 as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it boasts over 30,000 mammals and three volcanic craters.

Greystoke Mahale

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Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania serves as a refuge for endangered chimpanzees, with breathtaking landscapes along Lake Tanganyika. The park houses approximately 800 chimps, including a habituated troop of 60 individuals studied by Japanese scientists.

Serengeti National Park

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The audible hum of millions of wildebeest creates a word-defying story, and the honey-lit glow of sunset on the plains is breathtaking year-round. Celebrated as one of Earth’s last natural wonders, the park captivates with vast landscapes and extraordinary wildlife.

Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park in Tanzania rivals the Serengeti with diverse wildlife and landscapes, spanning 2,850 square kilometres. Known for intimate wildlife encounters, particularly with majestic elephants, the park offers tranquillity and splendid birdlife.

Ruaha National Park

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Ruaha National Park unfolds as a vast wilderness spanning 20,226 square kilometres, making it East Africa’s largest national park. Its diverse landscape, adorned with rolling hills, expansive plains, and the meandering Great Ruaha River, sets the stage for a breathtaking safari adventure. 

Zanzibar

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A jewel of the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, captivating with its rich blend of history, culture, and pristine beaches. This archipelago, just off Tanzania’s coast, boasts spice-scented air, labyrinthine Stone Town alleys, and postcard-perfect beaches framed by turquoise waters.

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WHEN TO VISIT

When considering embarking on a safari expedition in Tanzania, timing is of the essence. Optimal conditions prevail during the dry season, spanning from late June to October. This period ensures heightened wildlife visibility and accessibility. However, it is imperative to note Tanzania’s precipitation patterns, characterized by two distinct rainy seasons: the ‘long rains’ from April to May and the ‘short rains’ from November to December. The former brings about intense tropical downpours, potentially leading to the temporary closure of safari camps. Conversely, the latter yields sporadic, brief showers.

Temperature differentials across various regions also warrant consideration. While most safari locales offer agreeable climates year-round, ventures to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru entail sub-freezing temperatures. Conversely, coastal and lakeside regions are marked by humid, sweltering conditions.

The selection of an ideal safari timing hinges upon desired destinations and objectives. For inaugural explorers, the dry season stands as the preferred choice due to its facilitation of wildlife tracking and observation. Appreciation of the nuanced distinctions between peak and off-peak safari seasons serves as a fundamental primer for novice adventurers.

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Tips for Planning Your Tanzanian Safari

General planning

Plan Your Timing Carefully: Ensure your itinerary aligns with the Wildebeest Migration’s movements if you aim to witness river crossings during your safari.

Book Early: Safari camps in prime Wildebeest Migration spots fill up quickly, sometimes a year in advance. Secure your accommodations well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Choose Your Activities: While morning and afternoon game drives are standard, some lodges offer additional options like hot-air balloon safaris. Note that activities such as night drives and guided bush walks are restricted to certain areas.

Expect Other Visitors in High Season: The Serengeti experiences an influx of visitors, especially around highlights like the Grumeti and Mara River crossings, typically from May to August. Consider visiting during the low or Green Season (approximately November to March) for fewer crowds while still enjoying excellent game viewing and witnessing the Migration’s mega-herds.

Go Private: For exclusivity, explore one of the Serengeti’s private reserves. These reserves offer excellent accommodations, comparable game viewing to the main park, and additional safari activities.

Flights & getting around

Arusha Airport: Serving as the gateway to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park, Arusha Airport is located just outside Arusha. Access to Arusha Airport is typically via Kilimanjaro International Airport, situated approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) away.

Airstrips: Several airstrips within the Serengeti National Park are accessible from destinations like the Masai Mara, Lake Manyara, Arusha, or Kilimanjaro.

Note: International flights often arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport late at night, often requiring an overnight stay in Arusha before departing the following morning via charter flight to the Serengeti.

Safari Vehicles

Closed Vehicles: Long-distance road transfers between airstrips, camps, and lodges typically use closed vehicles due to Tanzania’s extensive road networks. These closed 4×4 vehicles feature three rows of seating and a pop-up roof hatch for game viewing and photography.

Open-sided 4X4s: Game drives in the Serengeti and its private areas usually utilize open-sided 4X4 vehicles, often with a canvas roof and roll-down flaps for flexible viewing options.

Why choose Tanzania?

Tanzania boasts diverse parks, unique wildlife, and cultural richness from the iconic Serengeti to Zanzibar, it offers unparalleled natural wonders.

When is the ideal safari timing?

Tanzania welcomes visitors year-round, but the dry season is recommended for optimal safari experiences. Timing also varies based on preferred parks; expert agents provide guidance.

What am I likely to see during a Safari in Tanzania?

Expect diverse wildlife, landscapes, and cultural encounters, local village visits offer unique insights into Tanzanian life.

Are Safaris customizable?

Yes. Most of our safaris are custom-designed to align with your preferences.

Is Tanzania a safe travel destination?

Tanzania is among the safest East African countries; basic precautions ensure a secure visit.

Are there Visa requirements to visit Tanzania?

Most countries require visas; check Tanzanian embassy for specifics. Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory; consult a doctor for health recommendations.

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