Tanzania Safaris and Tours
Tanzania is a safari paradise, home to the incredible Serengeti National Park and the unique Ngorongoro Crater. Visit these destinations and other highlights of East Africa with our range of camping and lodge safaris.
Tanzania is bursting with natural beauty and rare wildlife, with its national parks covering an astounding 42,000 km². Stop off at UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park for a glimpse of the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and black rhino. Travel to the Ngorongoro Crater: a vast volcanic crater teeming with animals. See magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. And unwind on the beaches of Zanzibar, an idyllic tropical Indian Ocean getaway.
We have a number of different travel styles to Tanzania. From overland camping expeditions and small group lodge accommodated safaris to private safaris that cover many of the top spots in the country. Find the best one for you and say hello to a once-in-a-lifetime African experience.
Our overland camping safaris in Tanzania take in all the country's main highlights, from the Serengeti to Zanzibar and the Ngorongoro Crater. You will also see the best of neighboring countries in East Africa, and even down south: from Kenya, Botswana and Zimbabwe to South Africa. Travelling cross country in a rugged overland truck, you'll be escorted in Tanzania by a three-person crew comprising a tour leader, driver, and cook, and everyone will pitch in with cooking and setting up camp. You'll sleep in twin tents under the stars, surrounded by the sounds of the African bush. If you would like more information about our Tanzania camping holidays, don't hesitate to contact our team.
If camping isn't quite right for your Tanzania holiday, then you may want to consider our lodge safaris. These small group tours stay in a range of comfortable lodges, permanent tented camps, and chalets, and the majority of your meals are included - no cooking for you on these trips! Our lodge safaris are fully escorted by a professional guide, with plenty of included game drives in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tanzania's other game reserves.
These private safaris are ideal if you would prefer to travel to Tanzania with just your friends and family, rather than a group. These holidays can be booked off the shelf, and they still take in all the main highlights of the country, from the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater to the beaches of Zanzibar. You can also choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your preferences and budget. Our team is on hand to help with anything you may need to plan your dream Tanzania safari.
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Frequently asked questions about our Tanzania tours and safaris
Will I explore the Serengeti National Park?
The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's premier wildlife destination, forming part of the giant Serengeti ecozystem with neighboring Kenya. It's home to all of the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo) and countless other native species.
The vast majority of our Tanzania trips explore the reserve, alongside the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater. Some of our trips also travel to Tarangire National Park and Mikumi National Park.
What other national parks will I visit in Tanzania?
We know that the majority of travelers come to Tanzania for the wildlife, which is why we take in many of the country's best national parks and game reserves on safari across our trips.
As well as the Serengeti National Park, travelers on our overland camping safaris in Tanzania will visit the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa's finest safari destinations. And with our lodge safaris, you can also visit Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park.
Remember, that with our overland camping safaris, you can visit multiple countries across eastern and southern Africa. So from Tanzania, you could visit the wildlife reserves like Chobe in Botswana, or Etosha in Namibia, the choice is yours!
If there is somewhere in particular that you would like to visit on your Tanzania safari then don't hesitate to reach out to our Reservations team, who can help you to find the perfect trip!
Will I see the Big Five on your Tanzania tours and safaris?
The Big Five are the five African species most sought after by travelers on a Tanzania safari. They are African lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo.
We give our travelers the best chance possible to spot the Big Five on their Tanzania tour, with numerous included game drives in the country's main national parks and reserves. All of the Big Five reside in the Serengeti National Park. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to some of the highest densities of African wildlife on the continent, and Lake Manyara is home to the famous tree-climbing lions.
Of course no wildlife encounters can be guaranteed, as wild animals are unpredictable. Leopards in particular are hard to spot, because they are well camouflaged and mostly nocturnal. But you are sure to see some incredible wildlife, and you never know, you may be able to tick off all five on your Tanzania tour!
When is the best time to go to Tanzania?
Although Tanzania is a year-round destination, the dry season from June / July - October is generally considered the best time to visit, with less vegetation and fewer water sources causing wildlife to congregate around the surviving drinking spots. There's more information on our travel guide page.
What do I need to pack for my camping safari to East Africa?
If travelling on one of our camping trips, we recommend you read our guide to overland camping safaris. You can also see a detailed packing list in the Trip Notes for each tour.
Some of the important items to remember are: sleeping bag, travel pillow, towel, Mosquito spray (with active DEET ingredient), your own personal first aid kit, torch, antibacterial wipes, a photocopy of your passport data, and your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
What is the local payment for on your camping safaris?
The local payment is a cost per person that needs to be paid in US Dollars cash only. It is this payment that in part covers the park fees and other inclusions such as meals as detailed on each tour page. The local payment also covers your arrival transfer and first night’s accommodation.
Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations in the US dollar, the local payment amount may be subject to changes. This payment will be collected by your tour leader at the Welcome Meeting on day 1 of your escorted tour. Our Reservations team can give you more information about the local payment, the cost of which can be found on each tour page.
How big are the groups on your Tanzania tours?
On our Tanzania overland camping safaris, the maximum group size is 30, and these tours depart with a minimum of 4 passengers.
On our Handpicked small group lodge safaris, the group sizes are much smaller, with a maximum group size of 6. These Tanzania tours depart with a minimum of two passengers.
Will I have a tour guide on my Tanzania trip?
On our overland African safari tours in Tanzania, you will be escorted by a three-person crew comprised of a qualified tour leader who will act as your guide, as well as a driver and cook.
On our lodge accommodated tours, you will be fully escorted by an experienced local guide, who will also act as your driver.
Is Tanzania a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?
According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, Tanzania scores an F rating for LGBTQ+ traveler safety, ranking 185th out of 203 countries.
Same sex marriage is illegal and there are no constitutional or worker protections in place for the LGBTQ+ community, although there is limited criminalization of violence against LGBTQ+ individuals. 0 - 25% of consulted citizens consider Tanzania a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. Any acts of homosexuality are liable to imprisonment from 30 years to life, and indecent behavior in regard to homosexuality earns up to 5 years in prison.
This does not mean members of the LGBTQ+ community shouldn’t visit Tanzania, but precautions should be taken when travelling. As long as you use common sense, travelling in Tanzania shouldn’t be a problem.
The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travelers to the country.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
The tap water in Tanzania is not considered safe to drink. You should stick to filtered and bottled water, which is readily available in shops, hotels, and restaurants throughout the country.
I heard that there is a strict plastic bag ban in Tanzania?
We strongly recommend avoiding packing any plastic bags in your luggage before you travel to Tanzania. You should also remove any items purchased at departure airports from your bags before boarding. Double check your luggage before disembarking in Tanzania and leave any plastic bags on the plane. There is an exemption for ziplock bags used to carry liquids for travelling, though you must make sure not to discard these in Tanzania.
As a solo traveller will I have to pay more to travel to Tanzania?
On our overland camping tours, solo travelers will be matched up with another solo traveler of the same sex, with whom they will share a tent. If there is no other solo traveler of the same sex on the tour, you will have a tent to yourself at no extra cost.
On our Handpicked lodge tours, a single supplement applies for solo travelers. The cost of this can be seen on the tour page for each trip.
What is the current travel advice for Tanzania?
As a United Kingdom-based company, we follow the latest up to date travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). You can see the latest travel advice and local laws for Tanzania here.
The Best of a Tanzania Safari
Tanzania offers everything you could possibly ask of a safari destination. Nature-filled national parks. Wondrous wildlife. Blissful beaches. Monumental mountains. And astonishing ancient cultures. Here are the highlights you can look forward to on one of our safari trips in the country, from the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to tropical Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain.
Serengeti National Park
Travel across the vast grassy plains of the famed Serengeti on a game drive in search of the Big Five and witness the various cycles of East Africa's Great Wildebeest Migration. Arguably the best safari destination in the world, and you won't miss a thing on our trips!
Explore the ancient volcanic caldera of the UNESCO-protected Ngorongoro Crater, home to an unparalleled concentration of wildlife including one of the densest populations of lions to be found in Africa.
The perfect place to end your wildlife safari in Tanzania, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise island off the coast of Dar es Salaam. Relax on the beach, shop the spice markets and explore the historic Stone Town.
Lake Manyara National Park
Admire what Ernest Hemingway described as the ‘loveliest lake in Africa’ with a game drive around the shallow, alkaline waters of Lake Manyara where candy-colored flamingos congregate and where the lions can climb trees.
Take on the challenge of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, standing at a height of 5,896-meters. Comprised of three volcanic cones with various hiking routes, it offers incredible views of Tanzania's natural landscapes.
Tarangire National Park
One of Tanzania's largest national parks and known for its large elephant herds and mighty baobab trees, Tarangire National Park is a great safari destination in the Great Rift Valley, and also plays host to the Great Migration.