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Tanzania Safari Destinations

Tanzania is the wildlife safari destination – simply put, it has it all, and you can seek out the Big Five here. With 25 percent of its land surface area enjoying protected status the country is home to some of the most famed game parks in the world


Tanzania, an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. Tanzania Safari Destinations include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.

Approximately 38% of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. Tanzania Safari Destinations comprise of 16 safari parks, plus a variety of game and forest reserves, including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. In western Tanzania, Gombe Stream National Park is the site of Jane Goodall’s ongoing study of chimpanzee behaviour, which started in 1960.

Tanzania safari destinations are highly biodiverse and contains a wide variety of animal habitats. On Tanzania’s Serengeti plain, white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus mearnsi) and other bovids participate in a large-scale annual migration. Tanzania is also home to about 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species, many of them strictly endemic and included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red Lists of different countries.[50] Tanzania has developed a Biodiversity Action Plan to address species conservation.

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Where to go in Tanzania

Tanzania Safari Destinations is home to some of Africa’s most famous national parks and natural attractions such as Serengeti National park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National park, lake Manyara National park, Saadani National park, Kilimanjaro national park and Zanzibar Island. Each park is different and there’s much to explore, the most popular things to do in Tanzania and the reason why many people are visiting this  country is safaris and Mountain Climbing and other activities related to adventures, not to forget beach holidays in Zanzibar Island. This country is divided into four distinct zones, namely northern circuit, southern circuit, western circuit and coastal, and each has their own unique offerings. Tanzania Safari pretty diverse in terms of wildlife, landforms, and culture.

Month-by-month guide for traveling in Tanzania

Visiting Tanzania in January

There is a chance of rain, the temperature is getting higher and the humidity is building. It's still a good time to go as rates are lower and safari is excellent. At this time of year the migration herds are in the southeast of the Serengeti for calving season, so the Ndutu Plains are busy but it is amazing to see so many animals in one place.

Visiting Tanzania in February

Migration is still occurring in Ndutu. The weather is hot and humid with a chance of rain.

Visiting Tanzania in March

Migrating herds are starting to leave Ndutu, heading west toward Grumeti. This is truly low season, before the heavy rains but with humidity building. Great rates can be taken advantage of at this time of year.

Visiting Tanzania in April - May

This is a period of heavy rain, so we would advise against traveling at this time. Although Safari in Tanzania can be done in any-month.

Visiting Tanzania in June

This is the green season, bringing lush grasses and bush that can make spotting game more difficult. However, this is still a wonderful time to travel — particularly for bird watchers as parks are full of migratory birds; especially in the south. Migration should be in the Grumeti area of the Serengeti heading north.

Visiting Tanzania in July

This is the start of the peak season. The Migration is in the north of the Serengeti moving toward Kenya, and elephant start to gather in Tarangire. The land is getting drier and spotting game is becoming easier. Temperatures are in the high 20°Cs to early 30°Cs and the humidity is low.

Visiting Tanzania in August

Peak season. Migration is still in the north. As the land becomes more parched, the animals' behaviour becomes more predictable. The dense bush in Ruaha is drying out so game spotting here becomes much easier.

Visiting Tanzania in September

Peak season. The end of the migration is still in the north, with herds on both sides of the Kenya and Tanzania borders and high numbers of elephant in Tarangire. The northern circuit can be very busy, but it is less busy in the south, so for those who want to avoid crowds it's best to visit the southern parks.


Visiting Tanzania in October

Peak season. The migration is now in Kenya, but the game viewing in central Serengeti is still very good. Southern parks are particularly rewarding at this time of year.

Visiting Tanzania in November

Short rains. This is a great time to take advantage of low season rates and is still a popular time to travel. The rains tend to be overnight, but there is a risk of rain during the day as well. Migrating herds are starting to travel south from Kenya, so crossings can be seen in the north of the Serengeti.

Visiting Tanzania in December

There is a chance of rain, but this is generally overnight. Temperatures and humidity start to build. Safari is good, with migrating herds in the north traveling south to Ndutu. The festive season can be very busy and needs to be planned well in advance to ensure availability.


Toto Africa Adventures is ideally positioned to arrange your safari here. The northern circuit parks have long formed the heart of our business. With years of experience in planning and leading customized safari expeditions throughout Tanzania, we at Toto Africa Adventures are passionate about what we do. Whether it is our custom designed safaris, our scheduled departure safaris, or our private guided safaris, we are committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests. We offer a wide range of itineraries to suit anyone’s expectations, including luxury lodge safaris, private guides for small groups, camping safaris for the more adventurous and migration safaris to the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

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