• Great Migration river crossing

Tanzania Safaris

The sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in the north offer the safari of drama and legend, whilst Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, needs little introduction and looms proudly with brightly snow-capped peaks. The spice island of Zanzibar tantalises with turquoise shades, white shimmering sands and UNESCO heritage, enhancing the kaleidoscopic variety of Tanzania, making it all the more alluring for any African safari enthusiast, or first-timer.

Tanzania is thought by some to be the pinnacle of East African safari holidays. 

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Tanzania Safari Highlights

Beautiful Beaches: Zanzibar and Pemba Islands just off Tanzania’s coast offer incredible beach destinations from where you can relax after your safari.

Big Cats: Few places in Africa can offer the density of big cats as the great Serengeti National Park.

The Chimpanzees of Mahale: Staying on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, daily treks depart into the forest to track our closest relatives.

Kilimanjaro: World’s highest freestanding mountain and the highest point on the African continent.

The Great Wildebeest Migration: One of nature’s truly great events, as the enormous herds migrate towards fresh pastures.

Namiri Plains: This huge expanse of the Serengeti is one of the ultimate big cat locations.

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Why We Like Tanzania

Renowned for its access to the Great Wildebeest Migration, this is not the only reason to visit Tanzania.

  • Chimpanzees: Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to track chimpanzees; Mahale offers the chance to track them from your beautiful beach accommodation.
  • Wildlife and beach: Tanzania is perfect for combining the best of African wildlife with the stunning beaches of the coast, or even the beaches of the Spice Island, Zanzibar.
  • Great migrations & incredible wildlife: From the world-famous great migration, to the big cats, big five and colourful birds. Tanzania is one of the best wildlife destinations on the face of the planet.

Tanzania is ahead of most African nations with safe routes and excellent quality accommodation from mobile tented camps to luxury lodges. It is also a launch pad to a number of possible primate itineraries in the southern and western circuits and can be easily combined with a Uganda or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari.

Many decide to combine a Tanzania safari with a stay on idyllic Zanzibar to experience the breadth of diversity that this thrilling country has to offer, and to finish off that African wildlife safari with some well earned, relaxing beach time.

Tanzania’s amazing wildlife can easily be combined with beautiful beaches, or even the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Great Migration, Tanzania

Serengeti Plains and Varied Ecosystems

Home to some of the most breathtaking wildlife viewing and tracking in Africa, if not the world, 25% of Tanzania is protected by national parks which are estimated to support about 20% of Africa's mammal population. The world-renowned Serengeti is extraordinarily vast (5,700 square miles - ten times larger than the Masai Mara) and is widely considered by researchers and travellers alike to be one of the most prime locations to see throngs of wildlife, including the ‘Big Five’ as well as cheetah and crocodile. It also plays host to the famed Wildebeest Migration and its millions of thundering hooves as they cross the savannah, eagerly tracked by hungry predators.

The 20km-wide Ngorongoro Crater forms part of a conservation area and is known to many as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. As the largest intact collapsed caldera on earth, with walls of up to 600 metres, the crater itself is an ecosystem whose floor is filled with virtually every animal species in East Africa, including the predators, giving the wildlife enthusiast an unprecedented up close and personal view of wildlife in action. Further south, the more undeveloped riverine parks of Selous and Ruaha offer more remote brilliance and adventure, with boating or walking safaris operated from intimate and luxurious lodges. Katavi National Park and the Mahale Mountains both offer exciting alternatives, the latter of which is home to habituated chimpanzees.

Tanzania is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems, resulting in some of the most impressive wildlife.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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Your Next Steps

Talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Tanzania. Please note we recommend a budget of from  £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.