Tanzania Safari Holiday Tour is an adventure lifetime travel experience to the Africa’s best Safari destination. Tanzania is indeed a great safari destination endowed with two of the Natural wonders of the World namely; the Great Migration and the Ngorongoro Crater. Besides the natural wonders, Tanzania features the famous World Heritage Site – Olduvai Gorge where the remains of the Early man were discovered contributing greatly to the history of human evolution.
From her northern endless plains – the named as Serengeti in Maasai language intercepted by the Africa’s highest glaciated Kilimanjaro Mountain to the extensive coastal beaches and Islands of the Indian Ocean, Safaris Tour Holidays in Tanzania are remarkably diverse and exceedingly rewarding.
Being a vast country, the destination Tanzania is configured in form of circuits including the Northern, Southern, Western and the Coastal and Island Circuits.
- Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit
- Southern & Western Tanzania Safari Circuits
- Tanzania Safari Holidays
Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit
This is the amazing of all the Tanzania Safari Holiday Tour Circuits particularly if the traveller is interested in wild game viewing. It features the Tanzania’s most famous National Parks including Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Initially a section of Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater now stands as an independent establishment under the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority. It rests to the South of Serengeti marked by short grass plains and the famous extinct Volcano to the West of the Great Rift Valley.
The violent eruption and the collapse of the erupted volcano is noted to have occurred at 2 – 3 million years ago leaving a very large intact, unfilled and extinct caldera apparently ranked among the Natural wonders of the world. The site was also proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978 and the Caldera is 16 – 19km in length and 400 – 610m in height with great concentration of large mammals.
Ngorongoro Safari has populations of Wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and Zebra herds along with the largest population of Black Rhinos in East Africa, the great concentration of Maasai lions, counts of leopards, cheetah, jackals and Spotted Hyenas.
The connection to Ngorongoro Crater on Tanzania Safari Holiday is possible by both Road and Air. From Arusha, it is 4 hours drive to the park but the traveller can as well transfer by flight to Manyara Airstrip and connect on one hour drive to Ngorongoro.
The travellers on Tanzania Safari Holiday Tour to Ngorongoro Crater can stay at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Rhino Lodge and Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge at the Crater rim. Others are Gibb’s Farm Plantation Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm house in Karatu area near the Rift Valley Escarpment.
The Olduvai gorge heritage site is also found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is large Tanzania Safari site covering 15,000km2 with one of the great concentrations of wild life on the continent of Africa. Serengeti a local Maasai word meaning endless plains features more than two million Wildebeest, tens of thousands of Impala, an estimate of half a million Zebra, hundreds of thousands of Thompson Gazzelle along with other antelopes like Grant’s Zebra, Hartebeest and Topi.
Serengeti National Park is a home to one of the World’s Natural wonders namely the Great Migration where counts of Wildebeest, Zebras and Thomson Gazelle cross the Mara and Grumeti Rivers to Kenya’s Maasai Mara and back.
Serengeti National Park has the following sectors;
Southern Plains where the counts of Wildebeest graze from late November to April and the places to stay in include; Olduvai Camp, Ndutu Safari Lodge, Olakira Camp and Kusini Camp
Seronera Area the busiest sector as it offers great wild game concentration in open savannah intercepted by scattered Kopjes. The area offers impressive sights of cheetah, leopards and lions along with most of their prey. The Migration occurs in this area in the months of April and May. The travellers on Safari Holiday Tours in Tanzania to Serengeti Seronera are can stay at Seronera Safari Lodge, Dunia Camp, Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Four Seasons Lodge Serengeti and Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Western Corridor has two rivers namely Grumeti and Mbalagati and the Wildebeest cross the Grumeti River between May and July. The wildlife in this area include; Zebra, Wildebeest, Colobus Monkeys among others. Accommodation units include; Mbalageti Camp, Grumeti River Camp and Kirawira Camp.
The Northern Serengeti is at 100km distance north of Seronera and offers good wildlife sights along with beautiful physical features like Kopjes and hills. Accommodation units include; Lobo Wildlife Camp, Migration Camp, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp and Sayari Mara Camp.
Lake Manyara National Park
Positioned at 1 ½ hour’s drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park is 330km2 in size and about two thirds of this area is covered by water. The Park supports populations of elephants, Giraffe, Wildebeest, tree climbing lions, warthog, Zebra, Impala and Waterbuck along with large Baboon troop. Bird species like Flamingos, the Herons, Egrets, Stilts and Spoonbills and waders among others thrive in the park.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park covers 2,600m2 of undulating landscape positioned in between the plains of Maasai Mara in the South East and the Lakes of Great Rift Valley to the West and North. The perennial Tarangire River is the main blood stream of the park and traverses the park gorges before emptying into Lake Barungi. The park features considerable counts of Elephants, the Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Giraffe, Eland and Buffalo among others. The giant Boabab trees form the icon of Tarangire National Park.
Southern Tanzania Safari Tour Circuit
Southern Tanzania Safari tour circuit features Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve – the largest of all African game reserves and Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks.
Western Tanzania Safari Circuit
In this Circuit, the destinations include; Mahale Mountains National Park where Lake Tanganyika belongs and Katavi National Park with good sights of lions and Buffalos. Coastal and Island Tanzania Safari Holiday circuit
This circuit features Islands of Zanzibar with its historical Stone Town and the magnificent extensive beaches impressive for Sun bathing not forgetting an extensive marina where diving and snorkelling occurs. Other sites in this circuit include; Pemba Island, Mafia Archipelago, Dar es Salaam and Kutani Area.
Best Time to go on Safari Holiday Tour in Tanzania
The Tanzania Safari Holiday Tour is better undertaken in the dry season that stretch from Late June to October while the Great Migration can be explored in the months of June and July. The Wildebeest Calving occurs from Late January and February.
Climbing Kilimanjaro Mountain is better done from July and October or from January to March. The Coastal and Island destinations are better explored from August to October avoiding March, April and May long rains.
What to Pack on Tanzania Safari Holiday Tour
One can consider the following guide lines as regards what to pack;
- Long pants
- Light weight, Hand washable and quick dry
- Short- sleeved shirts
- Under garments
- Long sleeved shirts
- Sun hat
- Swim suite (Optional)
- Sturdy and comfortable closed toe walking shoes and ideally waterproof
- Sandals for relaxing in
- Camera & its charger
- Money belt
- Essential medicine