Safari Tanzania

Experience Africas wilderness, we take care of the rest! If you want to see Tanzanias magnificent nature, you have plenty of choices.
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Going on safari in Tanzania is an amazing experience that you won’t forget. Tanzania has some of the best national parks and game reserves in Africa, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Our personal favorite is visiting Mkomazi Nationalpark after summiting Kilimanjaro. One of the best things about going on safari in Tanzania is that you can see the Great Wildebeest Migration. This yearly event is when millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move across the Serengeti to find new grazing lands, and are followed closely by predators such as lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. Apart from the wildlife, Tanzania’s diverse landscapes are also a highlight of any safari. From the vast grasslands of the Serengeti to the rugged beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater, there’s something for everyone who loves nature. Overall, going on safari in Tanzania is an amazing adventure that gives you a unique chance to see some of the most incredible wildlife in the world, right in their natural habitat. If you want to see Tanzania’s magnificent nature, you have plenty of choices. Tanzania’s national parks are spread around the country, and most of them are quite unknown but may be more suited to your personal experience depending on what you’re looking for. TANAPA, the Tanzania National Park Authority, manages 22 national parks covering an area of 99,306.50 km2 (38,342 sq mi), approximately the land area of Croatia, or 15% of Tanzania’s landmass.

These are the Nationalparks you can choose from in Tanzania

Traveling Tanzania
Tanzania has numerous protected areas apart from the national parks. Protected areas in Tanzania are extremely varied, ranging from sea habitats over grasslands to mountains. About a third of the country’s total area is protected to a certain degree as a national park, game reserve, marine park, forest reserve, or the like. The different parks vary in size, habitat, and inhabitants. Of course, there are the big names: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, but others are famous for their own kind of attractions, like Gombe Stream National Park, which became famous through the work of Jane Goodall and her chimpanzees, that can still be visited in the park. Others are known for their flowers, birds, rhinos, or tree climbing lions. It is sheerly impossible to visit all the parks in one vacation, and sometimes the price, accommodation, remoteness, or simply being the next possible option to see wildlife are the crucial factors. On purpose, we did not provide you with packages. Depending on the different options, we can realize safaris everywhere between 100€ and 2000€ per person per day. It is not about what we can sell you, but what you want to pay for. In our personal preparation call, we will ask you all of the relevant questions and put together a personalized and transparent quote with different options.

Talk to us and tell us about your ideas. Together we will find the perfect tour for you.

Tanzania Safari - travel like you want and need it

As you can see, it can happen easily that you are expecting the one thing and will find the other. We want you to love your experience. That is why we want to talk to you upfront. You will pay us a lot of money and we want to make sure that it will be worth every dime.

Depending on the different options we can realize Safaris everywhere between 100€ and 2000€ per person per day.

QUOTE:
There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.
Karen Blixen, Out Of Africa

A safari can be as diverse as life itself. What do you want yours to look like?

  • Do you want to see Africa’s “big five”?
  • An individual safari of 1 to 15 days?
  • Personalized bespoke tour?
  • Price-conscious group tour?
  • Far away from crowded mass tourism?
  • Custom-tailored package?
  • Skilled English-speaking guides or just a driver?
  • Reliable safari vehicles as self-drive or with a guide?
  • Watch out for mileage limitations.
  • Accommodation?
  • Value for money?
  • What do you want to see on your safari?
  • How do you want to travel, sleep, eat?

To put together the right tour for you, we will need to know, amongst others:

  • What is your budget?
  • How much time do you have?
  • Do you prefer a certain region?
  • Do you want to tick off the big names Serengeti or Ngorongoro?
  • Do you prefer to travel off-site from the large tourist groups?
  • Do you want to drive, ride, bike, or walk?
  • Do you want to drive yourself?
  • Do you prefer landscape, vegetation, or animals?
  • Which animals do you mainly want to see? Elephants, lions, giraffes, buffalo, or the great migration?
  • How do you like your hotel?
  • Would you prefer to camp?
  • How much service do you want to have?

As you can see, it can happen easily that you are expecting the one thing and will find the other. We want you to love your experience. That is why we want to talk to you upfront. You will pay us a lot of money and we want to make sure that it will be worth every dime.

Depending on the different options we can realize Safaris everywhere between 100€ and 2000€ per person per day.

QUOTE:
There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.
Karen Blixen, Out Of Africa

Many people say that the best time to visit Tanzania is the dry season, from June to October, or during the winter in the North, from December to March. But there is not really a bad time, because it depends on your preferences and what you want to see while you are in Tanzania.

Traveling Tanzania

What Not to Miss on a Safari in Tanzania

 

The Great Migration

The Great Migration is one of the most awe-inspiring natural events on the planet that you should not miss. As millions of wildebeest and other grazing animals make their way across the Serengeti in search of fresh grass and water, they attract predators like lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. The view of these animals is truly breathtaking, and it is worth spending some time observing them.

The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is a massive volcanic caldera that’s home to an incredible array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and black rhinos. You can take a guided tour of the crater, and you can also go on a hike to explore its stunning landscape. The crater is also one of the best places in Tanzania to spot the elusive African wild dog, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this rare and beautiful animal.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for its large herds of elephants and baobab trees, which make for stunning photo opportunities. The park is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest. You can spend hours exploring the park and observing these majestic animals in their natural habitats.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 400 species of birds recorded in the area. The park is also home to baboons, hippos, and a variety of other mammals. You can take a boat tour of the lake or go on a safari through the park to see these animals up close.

Maasai Culture

No trip to Tanzania would be complete without learning about the Maasai people, one of the most famous tribes in Africa. Many safari tours offer the opportunity to visit Maasai villages and learn about their culture and way of life. You can learn about their traditional dress, their rituals, and their history, and you can even participate in some of their activities.

One way to choose is according to the seasons

 

Tanzania is located in South of the Equator. That’s why when it’s summer in Europe or in the USA, it’s winter in Tanzania! The different seasons in Tanzania are: the dry season, the short rainy season, a new dry and hot season and finally, a long rainy season.

The dry season.

From June to October, it’s technically winter in Tanzania, we call it the dry season. It hardly ever rains and the temperatures are pleasant. The weather is warm but you don’t suffer from the heat.

The short rainy season

It typically lasts from November to early December. It’s summer in Tanzania and it’s getting very hot. It rains especially at the end of the day but it does not rain as hard as during the long rainy season from March to May. The advantage of going to a safari in Tanzania during the short rainy season? Less tourists and amazing colors.

The hot and dry season

lasts from December to February. It can be very hot, especially towards the coast. It hardly rains. This is the time for the sun lovers and is not advised if you generally suffer from the heat.

The long rainy season

Happens from March to May. It rains often and it is a bit less warm and it is the least visited time of the year. Which in turn is a major reason to come. You are almost alone on the roads and have the Nationalparks almost for yourself! Another very important reason to visit Tanzania during the rainy season is that you also have more chances to see zebra and wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park. Some parks are difficult to access because of the rains, but our guides know where to go! If you love adventure and authenticity: Tanzanian nature is beautiful during the rainy season.

Traveling Tanzania
Traveling Tanzania

One way to choose is according to the seasons

 

Tanzania is located in South of the Equator. That’s why when it’s summer in Europe or in the USA, it’s winter in Tanzania! The different seasons in Tanzania are: the dry season, the short rainy season, a new dry and hot season and finally, a long rainy season.

The dry season.

From June to October, it’s technically winter in Tanzania, we call it the dry season. It hardly ever rains and the temperatures are pleasant. The weather is warm but you don’t suffer from the heat.

The short rainy season

It typically lasts from November to early December. It’s summer in Tanzania and it’s getting very hot. It rains especially at the end of the day but it does not rain as hard as during the long rainy season from March to May. The advantage of going to a safari in Tanzania during the short rainy season? Less tourists and amazing colors.

The hot and dry season

lasts from December to February. It can be very hot, especially towards the coast. It hardly rains. This is the time for the sun lovers and is not advised if you generally suffer from the heat.

The long rainy season

Happens from March to May. It rains often and it is a bit less warm and it is the least visited time of the year. Which in turn is a major reason to come. You are almost alone on the roads and have the Nationalparks almost for yourself! Another very important reason to visit Tanzania during the rainy season is that you also have more chances to see zebra and wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park. Some parks are difficult to access because of the rains, but our guides know where to go! If you love adventure and authenticity: Tanzanian nature is beautiful during the rainy season.

Diving Tanzania

The best times for tours and activities in Tanzania

 

Best Time to observe birds

You can observe birds the whole year, but you will probably see more birds during the rainy season.

Best time for safari

The rainy season is when nature is the most beautiful, green and flourishing. Many travelers prefer to go to the northern and central parks (Serengeti among others) in the dry season, between June and October, and from December to February. The weather is nice, but you should know that it is also the peak tourist season: prices and occupancy rates of hotels, lodges and camps are high.

Best time for diving and snorkeling?

You can dive and snorkel in Tanzania all year ! To go swimming, we often recommend to go in January and February, or during the Tanzanian winter, in July and August. The rainy season is also raging on the coast and storms happen regularly, that’s why the rainy season is not the most popular time for diving.

Best time to visit Zanzibar

The best time to visit Tanzania Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia, is during the Tanzanian winter, between June and September. On the Tanzanian islands, the climate is hot and humid, exceeding 30 degrees during the Tanzanian summer (from December to February). We recommend visiting Zanzibar between June and September, during the dry season. It’s a bit cooler, unless you really enjoy the heat.

What is the best time of the year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

All year round ! Admittedly, it is less easy at certain times of the year than at others (we think in particular of the rainy season). Note that there are strong temperature differences between the foot and the top of the mountain. Even if it’s hot a the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, it can freeze at the top. February is often considered to be the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This is one of the hottest months and the temperature at the top is not too cold. If you can not go there in February, know that the whole period from December to February is good to climb on the roof of Africa!

The different geographical areas

There are different types of climates in Tanzania. Of course, you will not have the same weather on the island of Zanzibar, in the Serengeti National Park as at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro!

The Tanzanian coast enjoys a humid equatorial climate, where it averages between 25°C and 30°C. In contrast, the highlands and inland areas are subject to a temperate tropical climate. In the large parks of the north, the temperatures in the day are pleasant, but do not forget to bring a jacket for the evening because it is cold when the night falls.

Which kind of traveler are you?

Female solo traveler

Female solo traveler
Traveling by yourself can be challenging, especially as a woman in a conservative country like Tanzania. Let us make it a remarkable journey.

Family with kids

Traveling with family to Africa
We love kids, but neither all tours, nor all hotels are suitable for them. Especially when you want them to roam freely. Places like our Kilimanjaro Lodge are perfect for kids.

On a budget

Traveling with budget to Africa
Tanzania is one of the purest countries yet one of the most expensive to travel in. We have been young before and can give you some tips how to save money.

Senior adventurer

Senior Traveling to Africa
This is for you when you are still curious to see the world, but do not want to compromise on comfort and individual service and do not mind to spend some more.

For your Preparation – Safari packing list

Large Duffle Bag, to contain everything you’ll need while on safari

  • Daysack, 25-35 litres, for personal use while on safari; for ready-access items
  • Sleeping Bag, rated to -10°C if climbing Kili with us, or +5C if on safari only (not applicable to lodge safaris)
  • Waterproof rucksack liner or heavy duty plastic sack (only if incorporating a multi-day walking safari)
  • Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover (only if incorporating a multi-day walking safari).
  • Sleeping mattresses are not required as we provide these for you.

Clothing

  • Sweat-wicking T-shirts / vests – Fleece
  • Insulated down jacket or similar (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
  • Down mittens or similar (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
  • Thermal long-johns for summit night (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
  • Lightweight walking trousers (for active safaris that incorporate hunting or trekking, avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they chafe and dry slowly)
    Underwear (briefs are usually better than boxer shorts which gather and chafe)
  • Very good quality hiking socks and thin liner socks. (We advise that socks should be at least a size too small otherwise they stretch and bunch causing blisters)
  • Breathable lightweight waterproofs
  • Jacket and trousers, (for active safaris that incorporate hunting or trekking)
  • Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in, (if your safari incorporates active elements
  • otherwise comfortable leather shoes will suffice – Calf gaiters, (only if climbing Kilimanjaro or Oldonyo Lengai or Mt Meru)
  • Balaclava, (for ascents of Kili or Oldonyo Lengai only) – Wide brimmed sun hat to protect face, ears and neck
Safari Tanzania packing list

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
  • Flat packed Wet Ones, travel wipes, or similar for personal hygiene on the mountain
  • Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper
  • Hairbrush / comb
  • Sanitary products
  • Lip salve with UV protection
  • Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters

Personal Small First Aid Kit

  • Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
  • Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you are climbing Kilimanjaro– Paracetamol
    Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
  • Compeed Blister Pads
  • Immodium / Loperamide anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Any medication you normally use
  • Dioralyte sachets or similar re-hydration packs.

Note that your guide or safari liaison will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxycilin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items

Other stuff

  • Camera and film or Digital Camera and spare memory cards & batteries & charger
  • Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
  • High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
  • Spare Contact Lenses and fluid, if worn – Watch
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Water bottles & Camelbak (3 litres carrying capacity if climbing)
  • Water Purification Tablets / Iodine drops
  • Ear Plugs (in the event of attempting to sleep near barking dogs)
  • Plastic bags (for dirty washing, used wrappers, etc.)
  • Telescopic walking poles (optional – and for use on active safaris & climbs only)
  • Mobile phone. There is signal reception in much of the national parks and safari areas. Note: It is a very good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local SIM card can be used. This will make calls home very inexpensive.

Health

  • Malaria Tablets (if you choose to take these. Most will seek advice from their GP. Note: some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure
  • Sun cream. Note: some argue that most sun creams are carcinogenic and either organic sun barriers or loose-fitting clothes that cover the skin are regarded by many as preferable.

Documents

  • Passport (with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed trip return date)
  • Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha, Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)
  • Air Travel Documents – Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)
  • Credit Cards (recommended for eventualities only & obtaining extra cash from ATMs)
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Vaccination Certificates (where applicable) – Traveller’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to extremely poor conversion rates in Arusha.
Max Lehmann

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Day Safari - Tarangire Nationalpark

Outstanding care and support to get you to the summit(s)

My sincerest thanks to Django Tours (Florian and Estella) and our fantastic guides Chacha, Kim, Daudi, the other assistant guides, the amazing porters and all the camp helpers, who organized and executed everything around and during this recent trip to Mt Meru and Mt Kilimaniaro! Before, between, and after the mountains, I stayed at Django’s Adventure Safari Lodge in Machame, a clean and simple quest house with the most beautiful lush valley just behind the property, …

Dickson Emmanuel

The place is so amazing

Rooms: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Location: 5/5
Hotel highlights: Luxury, Great view, Romantic, Quiet, Kid-friendly, Great value

Gallen Gramon

The environment is marvelous

Rooms: 5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Location: 5/5
Hotel highlights: Great view, Quiet

Bernhard Tewes

Amazing operator. Thanks for the amazing exierences!

Great place to start tours & lovely host!

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