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TANZANIA

 

TANZANIA

 

TANZANIA

 

TANZANIA

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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.

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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.

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Geological Splendor

Tanzania isn’t just about wildlife; it’s a canvas painted with the world’s greatest geological splendours. 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.

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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 colourful world beneath the waves.

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8 Best Places To Visit in Tanzania

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.

From witnessing millions of wildebeest, zebra and other antelope traverse the plains of the Serengeti to ascending to the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro or sipping a chilled drink on the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania offers travellers some of the most diverse safari experiences in Africa.

A vibrant and beautiful country with exceptional parks and reserves, Tanzania is blessed with the winning combination of unparalleled game viewing and dazzling tropical beaches. Because Tanzania is so vast (almost 1.5 times the size of Texas), it helps to divide the country’s major holiday destinations into four areas:

  1. Northern Safari Circuit – the most popular Tanzania safari route comprising the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Kilimanjaro.
  2. Tanzania Coast and Islands – the country’s beaches, especially those on islands like Zanzibar, are breathtaking and very accessible.
  3. Southern Tanzania – includes the wonderfully wild and underrated Nyerere (previously Selous) and Ruaha, some of the best-kept Tanzania safari secrets.
  4. Western Tanzania – head to the far-flung corners of Katavi and Mahale for the ultimate off-the-beaten-path Tanzania safaris.

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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RECOMMENDED HOLIDAYS & SAFARIS IN TANZANIA

Embark on your African adventure with Eyes on Serengeti. Our safari packages cater to every type of traveller, from family-friendly vacations to romantic honeymoon getaways and thrilling African safaris. Whether you seek adventure, luxury, or affordability, our flexible itineraries can be tailored to suit your preferences.

Explore our range of curated packages and tours using the links below. Don’t have time to browse? Connect with an Africa Safari Expert who will plan a tailor-made tour based on your interests, desires, and budget. Your dream African safari awaits!

11 Days Tanzania Safari & Beach Holiday

11 DAYS. 8 LOCATIONS.

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

10 Days in the Wild Tanzania Safari

11 DAYS. 8 LOCATIONS.

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

9 Days Tarangire, Highlands & Serengeti

11 DAYS. 8 LOCATIONS.

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

9 Days Safari Highlights

11 DAYS. 8 LOCATIONS. 

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

7 Days Best of Serengeti

11 DAYS. 8 LOCATIONS. 

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

Our Africa Safari Experts are permanently based in Africa, are well-travelled, and have extensive first-hand knowledge of the destinations they recommend. They regularly inspect new lodges, experiences and activities to ensure these offerings meet our clients’ expectations.

There’s nothing like up-to-date, relevant travel information direct from someone who’s been there.

Tips for planning your Tanzania Safari

Plan your timing carefully

If you want to see the Wildebeest Migration on your safari or enjoy the best beach weather in Zanzibar, make sure your itinerary matches your travel wishes.

Book early for high season

Tanzania’s sought-after safari destinations and well-located camps at Wildebeest Migration hotspots get booked out early, often a year in advance.

Choose your activities

Morning and afternoon game drives are standard safari activities, but excursions like night game drives, guided bush walks and hot-air balloon safaris are only allowed in certain areas or camps.

Expect other visitors in high season

Tanzania’s heavyweight national parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire can attract a lot of visitors from about June to October. Consider visiting during low or Green Season (about November to March) if you want to escape the crowds and still enjoy great game viewing.

Go private

If it’s exclusivity you want, then head for one of Tanzania’s private reserves. The accommodation is superb, game viewing is as good as the main parks, and extra safari activities (see number 3) are occasionally offered.

Money & Spending

Tanzania’s unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, but our advice is to use US Dollars only – and in cash: credit cards and traveller’s cheques (although accepted in most establishments) incur transaction fees. ATMs are found throughout the major towns and cities in Tanzania, but not in the national parks and game reserves.

Note: US Dollar bills printed before 2006 are not accepted in Tanzania.

Tipping lodge staff and drivers/guides is customary for good service on a Tanzania safari, but check first to see whether a service charge has been added to your bill. Tipping is always in addition to the price quoted by your operator and the amount varies depending on the size of your group, the level of luxury of the safari and whether you thought an exceptionally good job was done. When travelling in the major Tanzania cities, a 10% tip is customary in restaurants and bars when a service charge is not included.

What to Pack

When packing for your Tanzania safari, light casual clothing in practical, neutral colours and a warm jacket for evening game drives are a safe bet throughout the year. For more on what to pack for a safari, refer to our Africa Safari Guide.

When visiting Zanzibar, women need to dress modestly in main towns out of respect for Muslim cultural beliefs. T-shirts that cover the shoulders, long skirts and capri pants are generally better options than tank tops and shorts. Beach wear and bathing costumes are acceptable on the beaches and in resorts.

Etiquette

Religious belief is strong in Tanzania, with Christianity and Islam dominating. Most Muslims live on the coast and in Zanzibar; visitors should be aware of the conservative nature of these destinations – especially Stone Town – and dress and behave accordingly.

Tanzanians are renowned for being friendly and harmonious people, however, it is courteous to ask permission before photographing people.

Flights and Getting Around Tanzania

Almost all visitors to Tanzania require a visa. You must contact the relevant issuing authorities in good time (ideally, several months in advance) to ascertain the entry requirements to Tanzania, and to arrange the necessary permits and visas. We strongly encourage all clients entering Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport to obtain their visas online at the Tanzania Immigration Department before arriving in Tanzania. E-visas can take 2 to 3 weeks to be issued.

Visitors to Tanzania must possess a passport that is valid for six months after the initial date of travel.

Airports in Tanzania

Kilimanjaro International Airport – Tanzania’s second international airport – serves the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. However, you need to transfer to nearby Arusha Airport for charter flights to these safari destinations. International flights often arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport late in the day, so an overnight stay in Arusha is usually necessary.

Dar-es-Salaam International Airport – Tanzania’s main airport – is the gateway to the Indian Ocean coast and Zanzibar, as well as Nyerere National Park (previously Selous) and Ruaha National Park.

Arusha Airport – the gateway to northern Tanzania’s safari airstrips – is located about 30 kilometres (18.5 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Safari Vehicles

Guided road transfers and game drives in Tanzania are conducted in closed 4x4s with big windows and pop-up roofs, although visitors to destinations like Mahale will enjoy a boat transfer across Lake Tanganyika. Most safari destinations have extensive road networks and closed vehicles are therefore the norm when doing long-distance road transfers between airstrips, camps and lodges in Tanzania. A closed 4×4 game drive vehicle generally has three rows of seating and features a pop-up roof hatch that can be raised for game viewing and taking photographs.

What travellers enjoyed the most about Tanzania

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. 

So, why go? Because Tanzania isn’t just a destination—it’s an adventure of a lifetime, waiting to be explored with Eyes on Serengeti.

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Beaches

Diverse flora & fauna

Wildebeest migration

Private safaris & conservancies

Hot air balloons

Camping

Cultural interactions

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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