What to expect on a Safari in Tanzania

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By William on December 31

What to expect on a Safari in Tanzania: Discover  the Wonders of Tanzania

A Tanzania safari can be a truly unforgettable experience. The country is home to some of the most iconic wildlife in Africa, including the “big five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and an incredible variety of other animals, such as giraffe, zebra, antelope, and many species of birds.

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During a safari in Tanzania, you can expect to spend most of your time in the country’s national parks and reserves, which are home to an abundance of wildlife. These parks are typically vast areas of land that are protected for the conservation of wildlife and their habitats.

Safaris in Tanzania can be customized to suit your interests and preferences. Some safaris focus on game viewing and wildlife photography, while others may include activities such as hiking, biking, or cultural experiences. Many safaris are also combined with beach vacations, giving you the opportunity to relax on the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean after a day of wildlife viewing.

Regardless of the specific activities you choose, a safari in Tanzania is an opportunity to witness the incredible beauty and diversity of the country’s wildlife and landscapes. It is a chance to see animals in their natural habitat and learn about their behaviour and ecological importance. A Tanzania safari is an unforgettable adventure that you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Need even more reasons to choose Tanzania as your safari destination?

The Great Wildebeest Migration has the largest movement of animals in the world (well, after the migration of bats, but it is not that spectacular)! And it occurs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park for nine months a year!

Only in Tanzania can you combine your safari adventure with climbing the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania is the only location where one of the rarest gemstones in the world – Tanzanite – has ever been found.

Tanzania has the largest population density of animals and diversity of animals compared to any other African country. Here, you can witness healthy herds of elephants and visit a rhino sanctuary where rangers are working to save the endangered black rhino species. Also, the largest population of lions on the planet is in Tanzania.

While it is true that park fees to enter Tanzanian national parks are higher than in neighbouring countries, without question, the parks of Tanzania offer a higher-quality experience for an African safari.

A safari in Tanzania National Park means:

  • A typical African safari means a game drive under the guidance of a professional guide to designated protected areas. Your driver-guide will explain about the environment, animals and other wildlife you encounter and allow you to take incredible photos of everything.
  • In some locations, there is an opportunity for a ‘walking safari’ (such as in Arusha National Park), or a “Tree Top Walk” (Manyara National Park), which means you can hike or climb near the animals in a sustainable and environmentally-safe (and physically safe!) manner.
  • Afterwards, you will continue to your accommodations at a comfortable lodge or camp, where you will enjoy a beautiful African sunset and eat a delicious meal as you reminisce about your exciting day
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What is a game drive?

By nature, safaris usually mean lengthy game drives. Guests can expect to spend anywhere from 6-8 hours in a safari car for animal viewing, especially in parks where they may not be permitted to exit the vehicle except in designated areas.

Because of this, some guests opt to leave for a sunrise game drive, departing early in the morning with the hopes of viewing elusive animals – such as cheetahs – and returning to the lodge or hotel earlier in the day to enjoy a swim in the pool or a leisurely hike before evening.

No rule says you have to stay in the park until closing time. The hours of national parks are 6 am – 6 pm, and you are welcome to come and go any time between these hours.

Of course, it is not necessary to spend all day game-driving in the car. Most hotels are located right amidst the national parks, and, taking a longer safari itinerary, will allow you to enjoy the comforts of award-winning properties the whole day. Water hotels drilled around the lodge will attract the animals directly to the terrace, bringing safari vibes right to you.

Because of the long time spent in a safari car, consider travelling with young children. Keep in mind if your young one can sit for long periods and how attentive they may be to this experience. Safaris are exciting and there are animals, birds, and unique wildlife to see all around, but it can be tiresome for young travellers.

Also, remember that time moves differently on safari. A morning spent in Tarangire National Park following a herd of elephants is thrilling; your heart will race when you see a lion just a few meters away; you will stand up to fully appreciate the height of a giraffe, and climb through the safari car to get a perfect photograph of a leopard hiding in a tree overhead.

Before you know it, it’s time for lunch; your driver will take you to a specially designated picnic spot, usually overlooking a lake or with a fantastic view of the park, where you will enjoy your meal outside of the safari car

Things that make a safari in Tanzania special

Animals

Tanzania has the largest biodiversity of animals in Africa, making it hands-down the best location for a wildlife safari.

Considering even just Tanzania’s northern parks and attractions, it is easy to see why Tanzania is a popular tourist destination for wildlife safaris:

Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  is known for its incredible population density of animals – the highest in the world per square meter. Visitors may also spy on the endangered black rhino in Ngorongoro Crater. Visiting this amazing conservation area offers guests the chance to see the most wildlife, and is truly a special experience in nature.

Serengeti National Park has also been named a UNESCO  World Heritage Site for its unique ecosystem, and because it hosts the most ungulates on earth, and has the highest number of predators in a specific area than anywhere else in the world. Serengeti is where guests will see the wildebeest migration with their own eyes – with the opportunity to see it from the air in either a chartered plane or a hot air balloon adventure.

At Manyara National Park, guests have the chance to see tree-climbing lions, enormous numbers of pink flamingos, and hoards of other bird species, as well as one of the largest troops of baboons in Africa. Manyara National Park has recently constructed a series of connected bridges in the strong trees along Lake Manyara, allowing for a unique ‘Tree Top Walk’ to get even closer to the incredible birdlife of this park.

Tarangire National Park has one of the largest populations of elephants in the region, visitors are sure to see elephant families with young babies in this park. During the dry season, herds of zebras and wildebeests, and their predators – lions, cheetahs and leopards – make their way to Tarangire for its large river, as a source of water.

Arusha National Park is home to the iconic Mount Meru, the second-highest peak in Tanzania. Guests can experience a walking safari through the grasslands and get close to giraffes, zebras and herds of Cape Buffalo, all under the guidance of a professional park ranger, of course.

Kilimanjaro National Park is home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing this incredible peak is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many. Williamson  offers unmatched Kili treks as either private climbs or group tours which anyone can join. Learn more about climbing Kilimanjaro here.

what to expect on Tanzania safari

Scenery and Environment

Within Africa, Tanzania is one of the leading countries to set aside large land areas for conservation or wildlife protection. Over a quarter (25%) of the nation has been designated either national parks or official conservation areas.

This means there are vast areas of land which have stayed true to the integrity of nature, remote areas where nature reigns; such as the famous Great Migration with millions of wildebeests charging over the Grumeti River, risking crocodiles and other predators, savannahs where lions are still king and all nature respects the mighty elephant.

In Tanzania, visitors can truly see nature at its finest, untouched state away from human habitat.

Photographers of all walks – professionals and amateurs alike – continually choose Tanzania for amazing nature photographs. Capture photos of African plains that seem to stretch on forever, get an up-close shot of brilliant weaver birds constructing their nest in a thorny acacia tree, or some of Africa’s famous big cats like cheetahs or serval cats, prowling in the long, dry grasses. Photos taken while on safari in Tanzania are excellent, even without high-quality photography equipment because the scenery here is so vibrant and wildlife is so active.

Cultural experiences:

 A safari in Tanzania will offer an opportunity to learn about and experience the culture of the Maasai, who have lived in the region for centuries. You may have the chance to visit a Maasai village and learn about their traditions, customs, and way of life.

Maasai Culture

Comfortable safari cars

The Tanzanian tourism industry maintains a high level of standard, which extends to safari vehicles. When you book with Williamson Adventures, there is no compromise about driving in a van for your safari – you will certainly be in a modern, comfortable safari vehicle.

Our safari cars come with Wi-Fi internet, a fridge for cool drinks, electric outlets to charge devices on the go, air conditioning and extendable tops. The option to lift the roof of the safari car means better viewing all around for a fun safari adventure.

what to expect on Tanzania safari

Luxury lodges and camps

Many Williamson Safari Accommodations range from luxury lodges to more basic camps. You can expect to have comfortable accommodations and meals provided during your safari.

Visitors to Tanzania are sure to have a luxury experience throughout their stay. You may be in a remote location on the edge of the Tarangire River, the Serengeti plains or with an exquisite view of the Great Rift Valley; but you’re sure to be drinking fine wine, eating chef-prepared meals and be offered all the luxuries of any four or five-star hotel.

Williamson has carefully chosen top-rated hotels, and our staff members frequent these establishments to ensure the quality and service that our guests receive are consistent with our high standards.

Nearly all the lodges Williamson partners with for our guests’ safari accommodations offer beautiful swimming pools, outdoor fire pits for nights under the stars and top-rated restaurants within the hotels. Rooms are spacious, often with private balconies or verandas for further relaxation and breathtaking views.

Many also provide spa services and sometimes babysitting options for families. Child-minding in such settings is educational and fun for all ages; children learn about Tanzanian culture and have the chance to participate in crafts or learn traditional dances.

Typically, guests spend early mornings and evenings at hotels or lodges, but you can create a schedule to suit your needs.

what to expect on Tanzania safari

Professional safari guides

Williamson carefully selects safari guides who have experience in the field, and in-depth knowledge of Tanzania’s plants, animals and history. Your safari experience will be both memorable and informative. All around, you will learn about the incredible features of nature, and the behaviour of Africa’s animals, in a fun and engaging way. Despite the lengthy time in the cars, many families who do bring their children on safaris find the experience opened their children’s minds to nature in a completely new way. Electronic devices seem dull compared to the excitement of the real wild!

Our guides consistently are given positive reviews by our guests. The professional and friendly manner of Williamson guides is often considered one of the aspects that took a traditional safari above and beyond expectations.

Adventure and excitement:

 A safari can be an adrenaline-filled adventure, with the chance to go on game drives, take part in guided walks, or even go hot-air ballooning.

If you’re interested in an experience that is much more than a typical vacation, come to Tanzania for a wildlife safari.

If you’re seeking an adventure that is not only memorable but has the power to influence how you see the world around you, come to Tanzania for a wildlife safari.

If you want your travels to make a deeper impact and teach you about the importance of our environment, come to Tanzania for a wildlife safari.

If you want to experience the world but avoid feeling like a regular tourist, come to Tanzania for a wildlife safari.

If you want to visit authentic Africa and see wildlife in its natural habitat, come to Tanzania for a wildlife safari.

If you want to have the best safari experience available, come to Tanzania!

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About the Author

William is a Tanzanian Safari and Kilimanjaro expert motivated to write about his Safari and Kilimanjaro Trekking experience because of his passion for adventures. Through his stories and articles, William sought to inspire others to experience the thrill of adventure and to appreciate the beauty of  Africa around them.

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7-Day Migration Safari with Williamson: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience! My friend and I had a 7-day migration safari (River Crossing) with Williamson Adventures exceeded our expectations. The captivating sights of wildebeest herds were absolutely breathtaking, a true testament to the wonders of nature. Our knowledgeable guide Raymond made the experience even more remarkable with his deep understanding of the wildlife and their behaviors. The seamless combination of the safari with a day trip to Materuni Waterfall and Coffee Tour added a perfect touch of cultural immersion. The lush greenery and the thundering waterfall were a sight to behold, and the coffee tour was enlightening. Williamson's team orchestrated a flawless journey, ensuring comfort and safety throughout. This safari was a life-changing experience, and I'm incredibly grateful to William and his team for making it so exceptional.
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2023-08-30
Unforgettable experience in Tanzania The Ultimate Tanzanian Safari and Cultural Experience! I can't thank Williamson enough for the incredible 7-day migration safari adventure. Witnessing the Great Migration in person was an awe-inspiring spectacle, and Raymond Our Guide added an educational layer that deepened our appreciation. His passion for wildlife is contagious! The highlight was coupling this safari with a day trip to Materuni Waterfall and Coffee Tour. The waterfall's beauty left us speechless, and the coffee tour was a delightful insight into the local culture. The Accommodation during our safari experience was top notch, thank you William for organizing our trip and his team was amazing! I am going to miss Tanzania ❤️ # one of my best trip ever # amazing travel experiences # lots laughs & fun during the trip # unforgettable moments
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2023-07-23
Incredible Safari in Tanzania We did a 5 day Incredible honeymoon safari with Williamson Adventures , we were researching good company for our safari It is our luck to go with them the communication was smooth, we exchanged so many texts until we reached the conclusion . The guide Allan was knowledgeable who knows alot about animals and plants his driving skill was exceptional on the rough road on the way to Serengeti national park , The accommodations were good during our safari we will recommend Williamson Adventures to our family and friends .
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2023-07-21
Kilimanjaro 6 days Machame route My dad and I booked the Kilimanjaro 6 days Machame route and since the first contact with William I received all the information and help that we need and our conversation was easy. Our team at the Kilimanjaro hike was really friendly and helpful and our guides were perfect with us! Cannot recommend more I and have no words to thank enough all the team.
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2023-03-19
Er du interessert i fugleliv såvel som dyreliv prøver du Williamssons adventures med Ian som guide Er du interessert i fugleliv i tillegg til dyreliv bør du be om å få Ian som guide. Han var kunnskapsrik om både fugler, dyr, fauna og stoppa opp på alle henstillinger og svarte tålmodig på alle spørsmål. Ian var også ein flink sjåfør. Vi var i alle nasjonalparkene, Tarangire, Serengeti, Manyara og Ngorogoro conservation area. Vi var på en fire dagers safari, og lunsjboksene, frokostene og middagene var fantastiske. Likeså med overnattingsstedene. Vi ble tatt vel i mot og tatt vare på. Denne safari er ett minne for livet, og kan anbefales på det sterkeste. I tillegg til kjempemange fugler og dyr fikk vi også sett alle fem store????
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2023-02-06
Perfect Kilimanjaro trek, perfect safari, perfect Guide From the first day of emailing Williamson Adventures for a safari and Kilimanjaro quote we were answered in professional way with full of information about the tour in Tanzania.The Director William was helpful and well organized our Kilimanjaro trek and 5 days safari , we started hiking for 6 days machame , the team was very helpful and the porter were strong and friends they really supported us to carry our luggages and guide was very professional especially during the summit day we really appreciate them . After safari we went to safari where we saw many animals excluding rhino because the guide explained that they're now endangered sometimes it's hard to spot them although it was good experience, the food good and accommodation was superb with high comfortability. Thanks Williamson Adventures for making our trip unforgettable
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2023-02-02
Kilimanjaro Climb Experience! My husband and I booked 7 days Machame route Kilimanjaro mountain climb with Williamson adventures, we liked the experience from the day we started hiking up to last day at mweka camp. The tour was very organized and the team was extremely friendly . During the summit Day it's was really challenging for me but the guide and porter was really helpful and fun to be around , the food was delicious and plentiful so we really appreciate our chef , the tent were top quality and brand new so we slept in comfortable tents . I really recommend Mr William to arrange your Kilimanjaro mountain trekking if you wish to make it to the top of Kilimanjaro mountain. Best wishes from USA
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2023-01-31
Unforgettable safari in Tanzania My Safari experience in Tanzania with Williamson adventures was really good since from the day we emailed them they were very cooperative , we had 8 days safari in Tanzania with them the guide was very detailed about Flora and fauna of Tanzania national park, I really liked Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater the most because of its scenic views and abundant of Animals, we managed to see all the big 5 during safari, the accommodations was nice and clean, we really thanks this company for making our journey in Tanzania unforgettable
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2023-01-29
Best Wildlife Safari I did a 7-day safari in Tanzania and it was an unforgettable experience. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the wildlife, making each game drive a learning adventure. From the endless plain Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater, every stop was awe-inspiring. The accommodations and food were good and provided the perfect balance of comfort and immersion in nature. I would highly recommend to Williamson to plan your safari in tanzania . Thanks Williamson Adventurures for the nice hospitality
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2023-01-25
7 day Kilimanjaro Climb Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 7 days Lemosho was an experience of a lifetime. The trek to the summit was challenging, but the breathtaking views and sense of accomplishment made it all worth it. The scenery was absolutely stunning, from the lush rainforest at the base to the barren, lunar-like landscape at the summit. The guides were knowledgeable and supportive, and the porters were incredibly helpful in carrying our gear. The final summit push was grueling, but the sunrise from the top was truly unforgettable. Despite the physical demands, I would highly recommend Williamson Adventures for Kilimanjaro climb to anyone looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The sense of camaraderie among the climbers, the challenge of reaching the summit and the stunning beauty of the mountain made it an experience I will never forget.

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