Each year Tanzania ranks among the best African safari destinations for its outstanding wildlife. Home to pristine national parks, visitors can witness a host of diverse species in scenic locations. Our safari guides are experts at tracking animals and can take you to the best viewing spots.
Still not convinced?
Read our 10 reasons to go on a Tanzanian safari and find out why this East African country should be on your adventure bucket list!
1 – See Animals in Their Natural Habitat
Zoos have given people the opportunity to see exotic animals up close. But there is nothing quite like seeing wildlife in its natural element. One elephant is impressive enough, but witnessing a whole herd of them is awe-inspiring.
The idea of seeing some of the world’s most dangerous predators without the protection of a cage might sound scary to some. But our safari guides are trained on how to safely observe from a distance. As a popular safari destination, the wildlife in these areas is accustomed to seeing vehicles and typically pays them no mind.
2 – The Best Safari Destination on Earth
We might sound biased but Tanzania is the best safari location in the world. The country is home to more than four million wild animals, which comprise 430 different species and subspecies.
Here you can find some of the most coveted wildlife, also known as the “Big Five” animals. This list includes lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and African buffalos. The term once referred to difficult-to-hunt mammals, but now references popular safari creatures.
In addition to these sought-after beasts, Tanzania has the highest number of predators in Africa. Safari guests sometimes get to witness these powerful hunters in action during their excursions.
3 – Safari Guides are Animal Tracking Experts
With years of tracking experience under their belt, our guides are always up to date on the best viewing spots for wildlife.
Guides collaborate with each other and share real-time updates on animal sightings, which increases viewing opportunities for all guests. To the untrained eye, detecting animals at a distance might be difficult. Fortunately, our eagle-eyed guides are skilled at identifying faraway animals and will point them out to you – even while driving!
In addition to unforgettable animal encounters, safaris are an educational experience. During the trip benefit from the extensive knowledge of our guides as they teach you about the wildlife ecology of the region.
4 – See UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Tanzania boasts more protected natural areas than any other African country. With over 25% of the land made up of game reserves, conservation areas, and national parks, creating a wilderness wonderland for diverse and endangered wildlife.
Two of the most renowned safari destinations are the Ngorongoro Conservation area and Serengeti National Park – both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Ngorongoro stretches across highland plains, savanna, woodlands, and contains Ngorongoro Crater – the world’s largest intact caldera. The massive crater serves as a natural barrier for the animals and is home to roughly 25,000 species.
The famed Serengeti is easily the most well-known wildlife region in the world. Serengeti is the Maasai word for “endless plains,” an appropriate name for the 12,000 square miles, or 30,000 square km, park. Each year the national park hosts one of the largest global mammal migrations, an unforgettable sight for those lucky enough to witness it.
5 – Safaris Support Conservation Efforts
Ecotourism is one of the many ways animal lovers can support local conservation efforts. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tanzania has the 10th highest total number of IUCN Red Listed threatened species in the world. Survival threats to these animals include poaching, climate change, habitat loss, and illegal trading.
Guided safari visits to conservation areas contribute to both wildlife and habitat protection. The overnight lodges for guests charge park fees at checkout, which funds anti-poaching endeavors and park maintenance.
Along with monetary support, education and awareness also play an important role in conservation work. We hope our guests are inspired by their experience and will encourage others at home to support endangered animal programs.
6 – Opportunities to Witness Rare Wildlife
Plentiful wildlife is not the only reason Tanzania ranks as a top safari destination. With its vast protected wilderness areas, the country offers a safe haven for endangered animals, where visitors can observe them in their natural habitat. Some of the rarest animals found here are the African Wild Dog (in Selous Game Reserve only), the African Lynx Striped Hyena, the Black and White Colobus Monkey, and the East African Oryx.
Big mammals might be the most sought-after safari animals, but this biodiverse region has much more to offer. Tanzania has over 60,000 insect species, 100 species of snakes, around 25 types of reptiles and amphibians, and numerous fish species.
During safari, visitors are encouraged to take note of the birdlife. One of the best birding destinations in Africa, it is home to 1000 species, 22 of which are only found in Tanzania.
7 – See From Another Perspective
For thrill-seekers who want to upgrade their excursion, in Tanzania, you can combine your safari with other bucket list adventures.
Add a hot air balloon ride to your trip to experience a bird’s-eye view of Serengeti National Park. Whether it’s a herd of wildebeest or a pride of lions, you never know what you will see from this panoramic perspective.
8 – Breathtaking Photo Opportunities
The scenic landscapes and majestic wildlife of Tanzania provide endless photo ops for all who visit. With the tracking skills of our guides, visitors have the chance to capture eye-catching shots of animals in the wild.
Whether you’re a professional photographer, an Instagram fiend, or just want photos to share with your friends and family, this picturesque destination has lots to offer. From rugged savannas to lush craters the diverse beauty of each place will keep you snapping away!
9 – Escape Modern Life in Comfort
Safaris are perfect for less rugged travelers who want to enjoy nature with the creature comforts of home. Guests can choose from standard hotel lodges, luxury lodges, or permanent tented camps.
Most lodges offer the following amenities:
- Wifi internet access
- Laundry services
- Storage room
As for the permanent tented camps, think glamping. Tents are furnished with beds, tables and chairs, and a covered porch. Guests also have electricity and wifi access.
10 – Year Round Activity
Unlike other countries, seasonal changes don’t affect safari availability in Tanzania. No matter the time of year visitors can find excursion options.
The main rainy season here is March to May and is exhibited by short tropical downpours in the afternoons. Spring safari-goers needn’t be worried about the rain. Head to the northern regions and you’ll still find a plethora of wildlife.
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