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Tanzania Wildlife Safaris

Can any one mental snapshot encapsulate the Tanzanian experience? Thousands upon thousands of wildebeest that march in mindless unison on the annual migration through the Serengeti, perhaps? Or a family of elephants wading across the wide, muddy Rufiji/Tarangire River? What about a pride of well-fed lions sunbathing on the grassy floor of the majestic Ngorongoro Crater? Certainly, it is such images that tend to spring to mind when one thinks of Tanzania. And properly so!

Tanzania, truly, is a safari destination without peer. The statistics speak for themselves, an unparalleled one-quarter of its surface area has been set aside for conservation purposes, with the world-renowned Serengeti National Park and incomprehensibly vast Selous Game Reserve heading a rich mosaic of protected areas that collectively harbor an estimated 20 percent of Africa’s large mammal population.

And yet there is more to Tanzania than just safaris. There is Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, respectively the highest and fifth-highest peaks on the continent. And Lakes Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa, the three largest freshwater bodies in Africa. Then, of course, there is the magical ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar, the highlight of a vast Indian Ocean coastline studded with postcard-perfect beaches, stunning offshore diving sites, and mysterious medieval ruins.

Each of our Tanzania safaris and wildlife tours, is a once in a lifetime holiday travel experience It touch something deep within you and can be an affordable getaway that will never be forgotten. All our quality Tanzania safaris and tours are both intriguing and exciting, created by a fascinating balance between the wildlife, the stunning landscapes and the friendly Tanzanian people. Tanzania’s northern zone, is renowned for offering some of the finest wildlife viewing holidays and tours in Africa. Its natural abundance of wildlife, along with the annual migration of millions of animals across its northern plains, make up a flourishing Eco-system, which is now benefiting from the country’s historical strict conservation measures.

Kilimanjaro Centre For Trekking and Ecotourism (KCTE) welcome all of you and take your time and go through our informative Tanzania safaris to this website at your leisure and let us help to plan your dream Tanzania safaris holiday. Detailed tour itineraries, useful links, travel tips and information, will further assist you in planning an affordable but quality Tanzania safaris holiday or wildlife tour in Africa. We can assist you, whether you are considering in Mount Kilimanjaro climbing, Wildlife Safaris, Cultural tourism, Domestic flight booking, Car hire and excursions to the Spice Islands of Zanzibar.

Best time to visit Tanzania

The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the dry-season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception, since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the dry-season as well.

Best Time to go to Tanzania by Major Park

The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater offer good wildlife viewing throughout the year. June and July are the best months for seeing the migration and February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. The dry months offer good game viewing throughout Tanzania. Tarangire and the southern and western circuit parks (including Katavi, Selous and Ruaha) are best visited in the dry season, from June to October.

June to October – Dry Season

June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration, animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers and there is less vegetation. There are fewer mosquitoes because there is little to no rain skies are clear and most days are sunny even though most tourists visit during the dry season, the parks still don’t feel crowded, except for the Seronera area in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Mornings and nights get cold. It’s recommended to bring warm clothing for morning game drives in open vehicles during the months of June, July and August.

November to May – Wet Season

Late January to February is the time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti. This is an excellent time to see predator action. The scenery is green and beautiful. It’s less crowded parks. Although wildlife is easier to spot in the dry season, you’ll still see plenty and most northern circuit parks offer good year-round game viewing. Migratory birds are present and bird watching is at its best except for March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your trip.

March to May – Peak of the Wet Season

Most big wildlife has migrated out of Tarangire National Park and game viewing in Katavi, Selous and Ruaha is clearly better during the dry season.

Best time to go:

June to October (All parks), June-July and January-February (Serengeti for the wildebeest migration & calving)

High Season:

July to March (northern zone parks; they get crowded), July to October (southern and western zone parks; they don’t really get crowded any time of the year)

Low Season:

April and May (northern circuit parks still get quite a few visitors unlike the southern and western zone parks, where many lodges close down)

Best Weather:

June to October (Little to no rainfall)

Activities and Destinations to Visit in Tanzania

Mahale Mountains National Park

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About Mahale Mountains National Park In Mahale, the chimpanzees are the star attraction. There are roughly 800 chimps in the park, of which about 60 individuals are very habituated to people. The research and habituation in Mahale is a Japanese project that goes back as long as...

Zanzibar Excursions

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Zanzibar Island Excursions Zanzibar Island is so much more than sun and sea… Though the beaches are wonderful and relaxing, we also would like to show you more of the island, its people, history and culture. In order to give you an idea what can be done and seen, we have...

Lake Natron & Oldoinyo Lengai

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About Lake Natron Surface elevation: 610 m Catchment area: 932 km² Area: 1,040 km² Lake type: Salt lake Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. The lake is close to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern...

Lake Tanganyika

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About Lake Tanganyika Lake Tanganyika is one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes found on the western border of Tanzania, in East Africa. This massive expanse of water is the longest Lake in Africa (720 km long) and is the second deepest Lake in the world (1,470m) – second only...

Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings

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Kolo Village and History of Kolo Painting Kolo is a small village along the ‘highway from Arusha to Dodoma (Capital of Tanzania). It takes about 3 hours to get to Kolo from Arusha by 4 wheel drive (224km) and another 3 hours to get from Kolo to Dodoma (180km). The district...

Selous Game Reserve

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About Selous Game Reserve Selous Game Reserve is one of Africa’s largest parks, but most of it has been set aside for hunting. The game viewing area open to the public is relatively small, but very rewarding with many predator sightings and excellent boat safaris on the...

Pangani & Tanga

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About Pangani & Tanga Pangani Village, 52 km south of Tanga, is located at the point where the Pangani River empties itself into the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the north side of the village, separating the old buildings and the present-day market from the farms...

Katavi National Park

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About Katavi National Park Katavi is pure wilderness. This classic dry-season park is completely off the beaten-track, but teeming with wildlife. Size: 4471 km² / 1727 mi² Altitude: 816-1634 m / 2677-5361 ft Isolated, untrammeled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true...

Kitulo Plateau National Park

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About the Kitulo Plateau National Park Size: 412.9 sq km (159 sq miles) Location: Southern Tanzania. The temporary park headquarters at Matamba are situated approximately 100km (60 miles) from Mbeya town. Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden...

Bagamoyo – Tanzania

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About Bagamoyo Bagamoyo played various historical roles in Tanzania. Apart from being a slave and ivory port, it was also a German headquarter in 1891. Explorers such as Burton, Speke, Grant, Livingston and Stanley all passed in this town. Attractions of interest tell the story...

Olduvai Gorge & Laetoli

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Olduvai Gorge & Laetoli Over the last thirty years or so, it has become increasingly apparent that Africa is probably the “Cradle of Mankind”. From Africa they spread out to populate the rest of Earth. Remains of the earliest humans were found in Olduvai Gorge....

Walking Tours

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Walking Tours Tanzania walking safaris are undoubtedly very rewarding experiences in Africa. It is explained as the best way to discover Africa on foot. This is because of its vast Un-spoilt wilderness areas thrilled with large concentrations of wildlife and awe-inspiring...

Treetop Walkway Lake Manyara

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Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway Experience nature like never before! Enjoy a guided bird’s-eye view of Manyara on Tanzania’s first treetop walkway (370m). It begins at ground level and climbs gently into the canopy, reaching a maximum height of 18m above the forest...

Mkomazi National Park

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About Mkomazi National Park Although Mkomazi doesn’t offer as much game viewing when compared to other parks in Tanzania, the wild scenery compensates for it with mountains rising in every direction. Size:3245 km² / 1240 mi² Altitude: 225-1531 m / 738-5023 ft Set...

Arusha National Park

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About Arusha National Park Size:552 km² / 212 mi² Altitude: 1340-1839 m / 4396-6033 ft Though very accessible, Arusha NP isn’t on many safari itineraries. This is mainly because it doesn’t offer a chance of seeing the Big Five. The park is at the base of...

Lake Eyasi

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About Lake Eyasi Lake Eyasi, lake, northern Tanzania. It lies west of Lake Manyara and approximately 95 miles (155 km) southwest of Arusha. At an elevation of about 3,400 feet (1,040 m), the lake covers an area of about 400 square miles (1,050 square km) and occupies the bottom...

Lake Ngozi Mbeya

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Lake Ngozi & Crater Thrilling Crater Lake in Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Standing as the second largest Crater Lake in Africa, Ngozi Lake is the leading tourist attraction in Rungwe district pulling hundreds of visitors each year. The lake is located about 38 kilometers...

Serengeti National Park

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Serengeti National Park Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles). Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west. A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the...

Balloon Safaris

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Balloon Safari in Serengeti Serengeti Balloon safaris pioneered ballooning in Tanzania and commenced flying in the Serengeti National Park Launching at dawn, rising as the sun rises, you gently float over the plains of the magnificent Serengeti National Park. The Balloon Safari...

Saanane National Park

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About Saanane National Park Saa Nane Island was named after its previous owner, Mzee Saanane Chawandi, a fisherman who turned into a farmer and later shifted to another island (after being compensated) to pave the way for conservation efforts in the early 1960’s. The...

Birds Watching Safaris

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Tanzania Birds Watching Tour Tanzania is one of Africa’s best birding destinations. It has one of the largest species lists of any African country: over 1,100 of which over 800 species are resident and nearly 200 are regular migrants. 22 species are endemic to Tanzania and...

Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area

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The Ngorongoro Crater Size: 8228 km² -3176 mi² Altitude-1009-3645 m -3310-11959 ft A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime. There are few places that have wildlife densities and variety on this level. It is not unusual to see the Big Five in one...

Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park Size: 2850 km² / 1096 mi² Altitude: 982-1646 m / 3222-5400 ft Tarangire is one of the more seasonal parks in northern Tanzania with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. In the dry season, between June and October,...

Lake Manyara National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park Size: 330 km² / 130 mi² Altitude-953-1445 m / 3127-4741 ft Lake Manyara NP is a small park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Its groundwater forest offers a nice change of scenery from the more savannah dominated parks. Although the...

Saadani National Park

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About Saadani National Park Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. It is the only park in East Africa with an Indian Ocean beachfront and the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or animals coming to drink at the...

Serengeti Migration

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GNUS Cruise – A Month-By-Month Guide to the Wildebeest Migration: It is rated as one of the world’s most spectacular natural events – every year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem, taking in...

Gombe Stream National Park

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About Gombe National Park Gombe Stream is one of the best places in Africa to track chimpanzees. First researched in the 60’s by Jane Goodall, the primates are remarkably habituated. The experience is unforgettable. Size: 52 km² / 20 mi² Altitude: 767-1606 m /...

Usambara Mountains

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About Usambara Mountains Situated in the north-east of Tanzania. With their wide vistas, cool climate, winding paths and picturesque villages, the Usambara’s are one of Tanzanian’s highlights.The Usambara’s are a part of the ancient Eastern Arc chain which...

Ruaha National Park

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About Ruaha National Park Ruaha offers excellent wildlife viewing and is particularly good for spotting predators, including very large prides of lions and the endangered wild dogs. It also has outstanding wilderness appeal, with only a few exclusive luxury camps available. Size:...

Udzungwa National Park

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About Udzungwa Mountains National Park: Size: 1,990 sq km (770 sq miles). Location: Five hours (350 km/215 miles) from Dar es Salaam; 65 km (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi. Brooding and primeval, the forests of Udzungwa seem positively enchanted: a verdant refuge of...

Rubondo Island National Park

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About Rubondo Island National Park The largest island national park in Africa, Rubondo Island lies in the southern part of Lake Victoria (the second-largest lake in Africa!). The island is 26km in length, and varies in width from 3km to 10km. Uninhabited for decades, it has until...

Mikumi National Park

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About Mikumi National Park The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, is often compared to the more famous Serengeti Plains. The park is very accessible by surfaced road from Dar es Salaam. Size: 3220 km² / 1250...