Top Reasons to Visit and Do Safari in Tanzania
Safari happens almost everywhere you look in Tanzania. It’s been a way of life here for decades. Few destinations in Africa can rival Tanzania’s sheer diversity of wildlife and landscapes.
From the never-ending savannah of the Serengeti to the beaches and coral reefs of tropical Zanzibar, a Tanzania safari delivers one fascinating experience after another.
Top Reasons to Visit and Do Safari in Tanzania
#1 – The Great Wildebeest Migration is often called ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ with good reason.
The Wildebeest Migration is something that needs to be seen to be believed. A movement of more than one million animals, this annual procession of wildebeest and zebras from the southern Serengeti into Kenya’s Masai Mara draws visitors from all over the world.
Whether you’re in Tanzania to see the calving season, the high drama of a river crossing, or the sheer size of the herd as it moves across the plains – Tanzania offers the absolute best opportunity to see this massive movement of animals.
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#2 – The Beaches of Zanzibar
Its very name conjures up images of white sand, crystal clear waters, and a fascinating blend of cultures that can be found in few places on earth.
Zanzibar is just a short flight from Arusha, the nation’s safari hot spot. With resorts ranging from laid back backpacker haunts to world-class luxury escapes, Zanzibar is one of the world’s most accessible slices of paradise.
A Romantic Beach Escape
Zanzibar is perhaps best known for the huge variety of romantic resorts, B&Bs, and lodges that line its many idyllic beaches.
Sima Safari can assist in arranging romantic escapes for all budgets.
Of course, Zanzibar isn’t just for couples! There are plenty of fun resorts for families, solo travelers, and groups of friends too.
It’s not just beaches on Zanzibar. There is a huge variety of Zanzibar tours to explore the island’s history, experience its natural beauty, or duck beneath the waves to see the area’s unique marine life
The more popular options include:
Combining Zanzibar and a Safari
Zanzibar is the perfect starting (or finishing) point for your dream Tanzanian adventure, and we offer a number of itineraries that let you combine the best of both worlds.
Below please see our sample short Tanzania safaris in both lodge & camps. These packages can still be customized in any ways to meet your ideas and budget.
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So come and take us on a short safari on an organized trip, experience the nature you have seen so far only on TV screens. The world’s largest wildlife variety, the masses of tribes, are just waiting for you.Traveling with the Tanzanians – the welcoming people This is always a welcome experience. With a smile that doesn’t go down, they are happy to host you in their country with pride.
#3 – The Big Five
The lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros might have been dubbed the ‘Big Five’ for being hard to hunt, but these days the iconic quintet is more popular with photographers than big game hunters.
Tanzania is one of the best countries on earth to see the Big Five in its entirety, and a visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro all but guarantees you the chance to see these instantly recognizable animals.
Two Days Safari to Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater
Three Days Safari to Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks
Four Days Safari to Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks.
The Safari Car.
#4 – Mt. Kilimanjaro
The Roof of Africa stands at the very gateway to Tanzania’s famed Northern Circuit.
Africa’s highest mountain dominates the landscape on a clear day.
Whether you desire to climb the mountain and shout your triumph from its peak or simply to see the great mountain from its base, there are numerous ways to take in the majesty of the mountain affectionately known as ‘Kili’.
Sima Safari offers a number of Kilimanjaro climbing/Trekking options.
#5 – Experience the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater.
The towering walls of this massive volcanic caldera conceal a primal lost world in which many of Africa’s most recognizable animals can be seen in their natural habitat.
The best place in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhinoceros, Ngorongoro’s crater floor is alive with animal life including lions, hyenas, flamingos, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, and hippos.
For the more energetic, the opportunity to hike nearby Empaakai Crater gives a more intimate view of the region.
#6 – Maasai Culture
The iconic colorful attire and jumping dance of the Maasai have become synonymous with Africa, and it is in Tanzania and neighboring Kenya that these semi-nomadic people can be interacted with.
Whether you simply snap a photo of a wandering herdsman out on the savannah or spend a night at the Maasai operated Africa Amini Maasai Lodge, the chance to interact with these fascinating people is one not to be missed.
If you’re more interested in the cultural element than the wildlife, you can even take a full Tribes of Tanzania safari!
#7 – Stone Town
The Zanzibar capital is a city steeped in history. A true melting pot of Arabic, European, Asian, and African cultures whose every brick has a story to tell.
Often seen as just a layover on your way from a safari to Zanzibar’s famous beaches, there is more to Stone Town than meets the eye.
Located on the shores of the azure ocean, Stone Town’s labyrinthine alleys, towering spires, and historic sites make it a living museum.
Why not include a Stone Town walking tour or a romantic Stone Town dinner in your itinerary?
For those with a bit more time, there are a number of Zanzibar day trips that can be arranged from Stone Town.
#8 – World Class Hiking Experiences
While the majority of national parks of Tanzania do not lend themselves to walking safaris, there are plenty of breath-taking hikes that can be taken by the adventurous.
From the towering heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to the volcanic slopes to Ol Doinyo Lengai to the verdant jungle of Empakai Crater, Tanzania is a hiker’s paradise.
Climbing Mount Meru
While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate goal for many aspiring hikers, there are some less challenging hikes you can use to get in shape for the big event.
Climbing Mount Meru is a shorter, less
daunting hike that many use to acclimatize for Kili.
Achievable in just three or four days, a Mount Meru summit can be added on at the start or finish of your safari adventure.
For those who don’t necessarily want to scale a mountain, a day trip to Empaakai in the Ngorongoro Highlands can be a great way to trade the safari vehicle for some fresh air.
Guided by a local Maasai, you’ll venture down to the crater floor, wander the shores of Lake Empaakai, and then return to the crater rim for a stunning view of the surrounding landscapes.
While you’re not likely to encounter rhinos and lions during your hike, you can expect to see buffalo, bushbucks, monkeys, and a variety of bird life.
ol doinyo lengai hiking An active volcano with amazing views of Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo is a popular but challenging hike.
Ol Doinyo Lengai – Climbing a Volcano
Few people can say they have climbed an active volcano, but that’s entirely possible while paying a visit to Tanzania.
Looming ominously over Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai is a challenging hike that must be completed at night to combat the fierce heat that rises from the volcano.