Best Safari Trips in Tanzania

best safari trips in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, and it’s easy to see why! The country offers plenty of wildlife—more than 500 species of birds and 65 types of mammals, including critically endangered elephants and lions. Tanzania also enjoys great weather and varied landscapes, ranging from the snow-capped mountains in the north to rolling hills in the south and sandy beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. There is something for everyone in Tanzania!

No matter the type of adventure you are seeking, Tanzania has an unforgettable experience waiting for you. Our team at Wild Root Safaris is ready and waiting to help you plan the trip of a lifetime. We have multiple safari packages for every timeline and budget, and some of our most popular safari options may be just the right fit for you. 

Don’t forget to check out our complete list of packaged Tanzania safari options and keep in mind that we can design any custom package to suit your needs; adventure is waiting!

Adventure Safari (5 Days)

This is an excellent option for anyone with a limited amount of time who wants to hit all of Africa’s Big Five quickly—lions, elephants, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros—oh my! 

Upon arrival, you will spend the first night in Arusha before departing the following day to the famous Serengeti National Park. We will head directly to the Seronera River, which is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the Serengeti. You are sure to see lots of animals here!

This safari is focused on game drives, allowing you to see the most wildlife in a short amount of time. You will also have the opportunity to visit Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara—two very well-known local attractions that will not leave you disappointed.

Unique Safari (7 Days)

Our unique safari will take you through the highlights of the region within one week. You will visit Tanzania’s best national parks and have the opportunity to experience local culture and lots of wildlife.

This safari kicks off at Lake Manyara, where you can witness tree lions, baboons, giraffes, elephants, hippos, and much more. We will then head to the Serengeti Plains, where the Maasai tribe still lives to this day. Afterward, we will enter the famous Serengeti National Park for a spectacular game drive. You will have the opportunity to take part in multiple daily game drives, including early morning drives, which allow you to see big cats when they are most active and looking for prey. You will also have the optional opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge and/or schedule a visit with the local Maasai Boma. Finally, you will visit the Ngorongoro Crater, with breathtaking views and abundant amounts of wildlife.

Calving Season Safari (7 Days)

If calving season is on your bucket list, then this is the safari for you. Our Calving Season Safari will take you through various landscapes and landmarks in Tanzania, giving you a great overall experience of the area. 

First, you will visit Lake Manyara where you can view various species right away! Here, you can see tree lions, baboons, giraffes, elephants, hippos, among others. After Lake Manyara, we will head to the Serengeti National Park and immerse ourselves in the beauty of one of the most animal-dense areas of the world. You will have the opportunity to take multiple game viewing drives, including an optional early morning game drive (for those early risers!) to witness animals (notably big cats) who are most active when hunting for morning prey. 

We will then head to the southern part of the Serengeti, also known as the Ndutu Plains. This area is home to thousands of species of wild animals and the infamous Great Migration. We will also visit Lake Ndutu, where you can view various types of aquatic birds, including flamingos. 

On our final day, we will visit the Ngorongoro Crater with multiple types of flaura, fauna, and wildlife. You will also get to experience one more final game drive before your departure… or next adventure!

Tanzania Adventure Walking Safari & Cultural Experience (8 Days)

Tanzania has a rich diversity of culture and history. From centuries-old tribal societies to the influence of its colonial past, Tanzania is truly a melting pot of people and cultures.

This unique walking safari and cultural experience are for people who wish to intimately experience Tanzania, meet the local people and learn about their culture and daily life. This walking safari will take you into the heart of the Maasai Village known as Lake Natron as well as other nearby villages. You will get the chance to view wild animals like giraffes, gazelles, zebras, and wildebeest. You will also be accompanied by a local Maasai guide, complete with donkeys and a cook to make sure you have three fresh delicious meals throughout your journey.

Be prepared to walk (miles) daily as this safari is designed for those who are looking for a more active and adventurous safari. We guarantee that this trek will give you a unique hands-on experience, making unique travel memories for years to come.

Northern Serengeti River Safari (9 Days)

This safari is designed for those who come to Tanzania with The Great Migration at the top of their list. If this has been on your bucket list, you don’t want to miss this amazing safari opportunity!

After an overnight stay in Arusha, we will head directly to Tarangire National Park, where you will immediately immerse yourself and the wildlife and take in breathtaking Baobab trees. We will then head to the Serengeti and into the Seronera, which is one of the richest wildlife areas in the park. We will spend a full day exploring Serengeti and will then head to the Mara River which is the famous river crossing where The Great Migration takes place. You will get to witness this unique event up close and personal! It helps that our local guides know some of the best places for the best viewings. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Maasai Mara tribe of the region, which will leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. 

After this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we will continue with game drives into the Northern Serengeti where we will visit the Ngorongoro Crater. We will spend a full day exploring the crater and its wildlife before heading to Lake Manyara, where you can enjoy your final glimpse of Tanzania and her beautiful wildlife before your departure.

Family Safari (9 Days)

One of the things that makes a safari in Tanzania such a unique experience is the chance to share it with your loved ones and create unforgettable memories. Tanzania is a special place where you can view more wildlife species than anywhere on earth. It is where the Serengeti hosts the most significant migration on the planet, commonly known as “The Great Migration.” To be here with your family, taking it all in together, is something you’ll never forget.

On this safari, we will take you on a search for Africa’s infamous “Big Five” — lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. We will go on two daily game drives in Tanzania’s most famous national parks. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel by road from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Crater, home to astonishing wildlife, including some 30,000 animals within its rim.  

You will have the opportunity to explore villages of local Maasai tribes and learn more about their culture and influence on the region. You will witness stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and will have the option for early morning game viewing or a beautiful hot air balloon ride over the region. This 9-day Family Safari will not leave you disappointed!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I budget for a Tanzanian safari? 

Prices in Tanzania are quite low compared to most other countries. However, it’s important to remember that when traveling, you still need to budget costs accordingly so that you are not caught off-guard or short of money during your trip. We want you to have the best time possible and worrying about money shouldn’t be one of your memorable safari experiences! You should be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!

Although most of our trips are designed to be all-inclusive (airfare not included), it is important to read up on all of our safaris options and talk with our experienced guides to plan an appropriate budget for your trip. Our Wild Root Safaris staff can help guide you to choose a safari experience that best fits your budget and needs. We recommend viewing our pre-packaged offerings first to see if there is something that peaks your interest.

We can also customize any trip to fit your particular budget and needs. Get in touch with us at to learn more about custom safari options. 

Currency in Tanzania?

The currency used in Tanzania is called Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). We advise exchanging currency in your home country so that you can get the best rate possible. We also advise creating a daily budget for any additional food, alcohol, souvenirs, optional activities, travel, transportation, and any other personal expenses. 

Although you may have access to ATMs in the larger cities, since you will be on safari, you will want to come prepared with appropriate amounts of cash. However, we do not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you. Although Tanzania is a safe country, we do not want you to risk the chance of losing such funds during your trip, especially since most options can be prepaid and you should be focused on enjoying the great and vast outdoors!

What vaccinations do I need?

Before you leave on your trip, it is important to make sure you’ve been properly vaccinated. A  doctor in your home country can help you decide which vaccinations you need to visit Tanzania. Some recommended vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP), and polio vaccines, however, it is best to consult a doctor to make sure that you have a proper evaluation on everything you need.

There is a risk of typhoid fever in some parts of Tanzania, so it is also advisable to get this vaccination. No one wants to contract typhoid while on vacation; it’s a miserable experience often with a high fever and headache. It is also recommended that you take anti-malarial medication before visiting parts of East Africa, including various areas of southern Tanzania.

COVID-19 restrictions in Tanzania

As pandemic restrictions start to lift, it is still important to remain aware of current travel guidance and vaccination/testing recommendations in Tanzania. Generally, international travel is starting to return to normal, but it is still important to check for updates on CIVID from Wild Root Safaris and the local government before traveling to Tanzania.

You may also check the website of Tanzania’s Department of Foreign Affairs for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions and travel to Tanzania.

Accommodations in Tanzania 

When it comes to Tanzania’s accommodations, there are a wide range of options to choose from. From sleeping under the stars to exclusive and ultra-luxurious safari lodges, there is really something for everyone. 

There are often several accommodation levels within the national parks, ranging from basic accommodations with shared facilities to more expensive accommodations with more amenities. Tented accommodations are very popular during safari, particularly for those who wish to have a complete outdoor adventure experience. Tented camps are normally permanent structures and come complete with flushable toilets and hot showers. Most tented safari camps offer a full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and generally include soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks are typically charged separately.

It is also possible to camp during your trip, although you will need to bring your own tent and sleeping gear and all food supplies etc. Some items may also be available to rent locally. Speak with a Wild Root Safari guide to help you plan and coordinate a custom option, if it is something you are interested in. 

If you are looking to step things up a notch, there are various luxury accommodations that can be coordinated into a custom safari package. Most accommodations are already pre-planned and included with your safari depending on location and options, however, we offer the opportunity to completely customize your safari based on your desired experience and budget. 

Overall, we want you to have the exact accommodations and amenities to make your safari experience as comfortable as possible. Our staff can help guide you on all local options so that you can create the safari of your dreams!

Adapting to African culture

It’s an important reminder to respect people and cultures that may hold different values and beliefs than what you’re accustomed to in your home country. When it comes to interacting with others in Tanzania, keep in mind that patience and understanding are essential when adapting and communicating— be sure not to judge others too quickly or harshly. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to Africa or any travel experience, so be sure to do your research before traveling to ensure you know how best to interact with locals.

The best advice when traveling to Africa, or anywhere outside of your home country, is to remain polite, respectful, and appreciative of what each unique country has to offer. 

Experience the Beauty of Tanzania Today!

The vast majority of tourists who visit Tanzania leave with overwhelmingly positive experiences. The country is an extremely safe place to visit with some of the most exquisite wildlife viewings in the world. If you’re looking for an in-depth guide to safaris in Tanzania and are ready to start planning your trip, please reach out to our Wild Root Safaris experienced guides, we are happy to help you plan the trip of your lifetime!

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