Tanzania   

Tanzania is unquestionably the world's premier game viewing country.  Its unique location offers the possibility of seeing both greater diversity of species and greater numbers of wildlife of any other safari destination in the world. The country's early-man history adds to its fascination as do the African-Arabic cultures, including the colorful Maasai. Many come to see the Great Wildebeest Migration, others to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and still others to relax on the white beaches of the exotic islands of Zanzibar. If you only take one safari in your life it should be to Tanzania.

 

Important Destinations

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain and the world's largest free-standing mountain; a hiker's dream trek

Ngorongoro Conservation Area -

  • Ngorongoro Crater - A large intact caldera; high concentrations of wildlife; home to the endangerd black rhino
  • Ngorongoro Highlands - A vast area of volcanic mountains, craters and lakes; the home of the Maasai
  • Olduvai Gorge - The "cradle of mankind"; made famous by Louis and Mary Leakey

Ruaha National Park -  Wild, unspoiled; extraordinary wildlife; many rarer species; bird watcher's paradise

Selous Game Reserve - World Heritage Site; large numbers of elephants, black rhino, and cheetah

Serengeti National Park - World Heritage Site; known for the Great Migration of wildebeest, big cats and buffalo

Tarangire National Park - A bush park; great concentrations of wildlife and birds; huge herds of elephant

Zanzibar - The ultimate Indian Ocean destination; superb water sports; a cultural journey into the past

 

Best Time to Visit 

Though Tanzania is in the Southern Hemisphere so seasons are opposite of those in the north.  The best times to visit Tanzania are in the dry seasons:

  • For overall game viewing:  December through early April and June through October - large quantities of wildlife everywhere; great game viewing
  • To see the Great Migration:
    • January - wildebeest in the Ndutu area of the Serengeti
    • February and March - the wildebeest are calving in the Serengeti; lots of predators
    • June - herds are gathering in the Central and Western Corridor of the Serengeti
    • Mid-July to August - herds moving to northern Serengeti and on to Kenya
    • Late October - herds are beginning to return to the Tanzania