Tanzania: Heart of African Adventures
Tanzania is the ultimate dream safari destination and was recently voted the Number 1 Safari Country in Africa. An unparalleled one-quarter of its surface area has been dedicated to wildlife parks and conservation area.
Tanzania is Africa’s safari diversity hotspot, and connoisseurs keep coming back year after year, each time discovering more delights. You could spend the rest of your safaris in Tanzania and never run out of options!
The bucket list Great Wildebeest Migration spends more time in Tanzania’s Serengeti than in Kenya’s Maasai Mara (indeed Serengeti is many times the size of the Maasai Mara), and if you’re looking for something more off the beaten track, how about the best chimp viewing on the planet at Mahale, the vast Selous, extremely remote Katavi or the less visited Ruaha, Tarangire and Manyara reserves? Kilimanjaro is an iconic snowy peak, famously viewed from many parts of both Kenya and Tanzania and Ngorogoro Crater offers a unique slant on game viewing – inside a volcano crater. And of course, after your safari what could be better than a spot of tropical island bliss on the Spice Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia? Never forget of course that for humans it all began in the fascinating Oldupai area. So, whether you after bush, beach or culture, Tanzania has it all in spades.
Or even be a bit more adventurous and speak to us about adding to your Tanzanian safari a gorilla trek in nearby Uganda and Rwanda or a hop across the border to Kenya for more safari options.
Accommodation in Tanzania ranges from luxury lodges to city hotels, historic guesthouses, mobile safari camping and just about everything in-between.
Where to go in Tanzania?
The Northern Circuit
Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro
Best accessed via the town of Arusha. The Serengeti is the mother of all safari parks.
Safari is a way of life in Tanzania!
Experience Northern Circuit Safaris in the best game parks on the planet. Stalk the stalker, watch it pounce upon its prey, see millions of animals crossing a river, live in the wild and discover unusual species while you’re at it.! This is an Urth Expedition Northern Circuit Safari which is one of the biggest charms of any wildlife adventure.
Northern Circuit Safaris are designed to suit all kinds of interests, preferences and comfort levels. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, planning a family holiday (Children are welcome), want to experience an exceptional wildlife safari or are planning the perfect honeymoon, like your perfect wedding, Northern Circuit Safaris build upon this initial wonder with an eternal ability to surprise and amaze!
Northern Circuit Safaris are witness to the Great Migration passing through the Serengeti National Park – a massive spectacle with wildebeest herds so large they can be seen from space!
The neighboring parks like Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro Conservation Area are also home to an extraordinary selection of predators.
The eastern Circuit
The Spice Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia
For tropical island vibes
The eastern circuit is the smallest of all the circuits of Tanzania, yet it has its own charm in offerings. The eastern part of Tanzania forms miles-long shoreline with the Indian Ocean. The Eastern Circuit Safari Route is a secluded and remote route visited by only a few intrepid travellers each year. But even after being situated in a remote location, there are plenty of options to take advantage of from this circuit of Tanzania.
The Eastern Circuit Of Tanzania has Sadaani National Park as its one of the only national parks. Often referred to as the destination where bush meets the beach, it is the only national park in Tanzania bordering the sea. It is also among the newest national parks established only in 2005. Some of the wildlife you’d be able to spot in Sadaani includes waterbucks, wildebeests, hartebeests, buffalos, and reedbucks.
The other national park is Mkomazi National Park which covers an area of 3,234 sq km, but it is sometimes excluded from the Eastern Circuit Safari route and included in the Northern Circuit Safaris instead because of its straddling northern-eastern location.
Coastal touristified towns like Dar Es Salaam, Bagayomo, Pangani are all located in the eastern circuit. Dar Es Salaam, the former capital of the country, is currently the largest city and economic capital of Tanzania. It has all the modern facilities almost on part of a western beach town. From this location, the Zanzibar Archipelago is easily reachable.
The Western Circuit
Katavi and Mahale
Extremely remote - for the intrepid traveller.
Western Circuit presents a unique opportunity to escape the tourist crowds and enter the hear of the bush. You can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains and trek through breathtaking forests. Kitavi is exceptional for hippo and lion.
You can also visit the great lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa (Malawi) and Lake Rukwa.
GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
Gombe Stream National Park is famous for its social chimpanzee living harmony to this rain forest set amidst mountains and steep valley.
The National Park has very rare carnivores in the forest making it the ideal place for a walking safari or a swim in one of the streams.
MAHALE NATIONAL PARK
Is famous for its elephants, leopards, zebras, roan antelopes, hyena, wild dogs, giraffes, and buffaloes.
The vegetation of the Mahale is populated with the Miombo woodland, the narrow forest along the rivers.
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
The park is the third largest in Tanzania with an area approximately 4,500 square kilometers and was gazetted as a national park in 1974.It is famous for its unspoiled wilderness areas. vegetation of the park is scattered acacia trees near Lake Chada, the grassy Katavi flood plain and Miombo woodland. The park’s Lakes (Katavi and Chada) and river Katuma are rich in birdlife more than 400 species are recorded to date, and has the largest population of crocodiles and hippos in Tanzania.
RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Is tucked in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest lake, an inland sea sprawling between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. With nine smaller islands under its wing, Rubondo protects precious fish breeding grounds.
Tasty tilapia form the staple diet of the yellow-spotted otters that frolic in the island’s rocky coves, while rapacious Nile perch, some weighing more than 100kg, tempt recreational game fishermen seeking world record catches.
Rubondo is more than a water wonderland. Deserted sandy beaches nestle against a cloak of virgin forest, where dappled bushbuck move fleet yet silent through a maze of tamarinds, wild palms, and sycamore figs strung with a cage of trailing taproots.
The shaggy-coated aquatic sitatunga, elsewhere the most elusive of antelopes, is remarkably easily observed, not only in the papyrus swamps it normally inhabits, but also in the forest interior.
The SOUTHERN Circuit
Selous and Ruaha
Best accessed via Dar es Salaam
The southern parks present a wide range of experiences, from savannah to wetlands, walking safaris to river experiences
The south of Tanzania is mostly a destination for the second-time visitor. The south can also be combined with the Serengeti in the north or linked with the west if time and budget allow. The southern circuit includes parks and reserves that can be visited using Dar es Salaam as a starting point. There's Saadani National Park north of Dar, then two hours to the west the little park of Mikumi on both sides of the highway that meanders down to Iringa and Mbeya and eventually to Zambia or northern Malawi. The Selous Game Reserve to the south of Mikumi is great for river experiences on the Rufiji River and also for walking safaris. Udzungwa Mountains National Park is all about forests, waterfalls and weird endemics, while Ruaha National Park just west of Iringa is the gem of the southern circuit.
When to go to Tanzania?
Tanzania lies close to the equator and so temperatures are fairly constant, and rainfall is the main seasonal variant. The diversity of altitude and habitats means that climate does vary across the country. Temperatures and rainfall peak during the short rainy season of March to May.
The coastal areas are hot and humid throughout the year, with coastal breezes cooling temperatures somewhat.
Largely though, Tanzania is a year-round safari and beach destination.