WHAT ANIMALS CAN I SEE IN TANZANIA?
Ultimate Guide For Choosing The Right Safari In Tanzania-Tanzania is a home of a lot of animals – and the most famous of them is the BIG 5. The Big 5 include Rhinoceros, African Elephant, African Leopard, African Lion, and African Buffalo. The name for the Big 5 came from the animal hunters as a way to describe which animals are hardest to hunt on foot.
Besides these, in the national parks of Tanzania, you can see hippopotamus, giraffes, cheetah, serval cat, jackals, more than 500 species of birds and amongst them oysters and flamingos, mongoose, gazelles, monkeys, baboons, impalas, zebras, gnus and many more.
The best thing about a safari in Tanzania is that you don’t have to drive for hours to see an animal – they are all around you!
WHAT NATIONAL PARKS TO VISIT IN TANZANIA?
In Tanzania, there are 17 different national parks, and each of them is different. It may be difficult to make a decision about where to go – but we made a guide to make it easier for you. As it may be too much to discuss all 17 national parks, we’ll focus on the 4 most famous ones. You’re welcome to explore all national parks in Tanzania HERE.
Two key questions that you should think about are:
- What sceneries/national parks (forest, plain…) you’d like to experience?
- What are the key animals that you’d like to see in nature?
- SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK: THE PLACE TO SEE THE ‘BIG 5’
Scenery: African savanna, endless plain with very few trees.
Animals that are often to see: lion, cheetah, leopard, rhino, African buffalo, elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostrich, buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, crocodiles, hippos, more than 500 bird species.
Best place in the park: Besides the park itself, sleeping in Nyani campsite where you can spot hyenas, elephants, buffalos, and baboons just a few meters away from the tent is an experience of a lifetime.
Why you should visit it: Serengeti has voted the best African park for 2018/2019 and it’s the greatest lion sanctuary – with 3.000 lions living there. If you wish to see that National Geography live – this is a place to be!
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area: One of kind Natural Wonder!
Scenery: dense evergreen forests cover the steep slopes of the crater and lush-green, rain-watered vegetation is all around the NCA. In the crater, you’ll experience African savannah, a lake with hippos and a river.
Animals that are often to see: lions, hyenas, jackals, elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostrich, buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, cheetahs.
Best place in the park: Place where they used to mine the sand. You can stop and just listen to the sounds of nature. Amazing! Besides that, the NCAA is a unique place where you can see animals and people close to each other.
Why you should visit it: There’s no other place on earth where wild animals and people co-exist in harmony. Being inside of a volcano crater filled with wildlife is once in a lifetime experience!
- Lake Manyara: The place where baboons, storks and water buffalo sit together
Scenery: game drive through forest with a lot of umbrella trees, sausage trees, yellow fever trees. In the middle of the park, there’s a lake Manyara where all the animals come for the water.
Animals that are often to see: Water buffalo swimming in the swamp, over 300 bird species including storks and flamingos, hippos, baboons, zebras, gnus, wildebeests, African buffalo, gazelles, and tree-climbing lion.
Best place in the park: Lake Manyara as the heart of the park with amazing view on all animals. Enjoy your lunch here while looking at the shimmering water.
Why you should visit it: If you want to see animals by the water, swimming, drinking or playing – this is the place with the most amazing view! This park is famous for tree-climbing lions so with a little bit of luck, you can see them.
- Tarangire National Park: home of elephants, termite mounds and baobab trees
Scenery: middle bush and a lot of trees – Thorny acacia and baobab as the most famous here!
Animals that are often to see: The highest density of elephants in Tanzania. Also, here you can spot giraffes, zebras, gazelles, baboons, vervet monkeys
Best place in the park: Picnic area where you can have lunch outside and enjoy the amazing view of the wildlife!
Why you should visit it: If you love elephants and baobab scenery, this is the place to go. Also, if you don’t have time to visit Serengeti – you can have a little touch of African’s best safari park for 2018.
HOW TO MAKE A SAFARI TOUR?
Based on how many days you have and parks you’d like to see, we can prepare for you a custom itinerary that fulfills your needs. The tour can last from one day (lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha National Park) up till 15-days when you’ll visit all if them.
BEST TIME TO GO ON A SAFARI IN TANZANIA
In Tanzania, there are 2 wet seasons and dry season. The wet season usually occurs from mid-March to early June for the long rains and from October to December for the short rains. On the coastal areas, the climate is hot and humid, as you move inland towards the highlands the temperature becomes cooler and temperate.
Dry Season in Tanzania
Generally, the dry months, late June to October, give better wildlife sightings, but they are also the most crowded months to visit. The country has low and high seasons in different areas at different times, due to the movement of the animals and the rainfall.
- The wildebeest migration is best to be seen in the mid of July in the northern Serengeti, until the end of August.
- At the beginning of November, you can see turn migration from Masai Mara to Serengeti.
- In the morning and during the night it gets cold so we recommend bringing warm clothes for morning game drives during the months of June, July, and August.
- Animals are easier to spot in the dry season since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers.
- You may see only a few mosquitos because there is little to no rain. The sky is usually clear and most days are sunny.
Wet Season in Tanzania
In December, there is a short rain which makes national parks very green.
In January in February, usually there are no rains, there are a lot of animals, that are easy to spot. The game is more widely dispersed, at this time due to there being more water available, but can still offer rewarding safaris. Most of the animals give birth to the babies – as there is a lot of food available.
March, April, and May are the heavy rain months.
Except for March, April, and May, rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your trip.
WHERE TO SLEEP ON A SAFARI?
There are several options amongst which you can choose.
Sleeping in tents gives you an authentic, real-life experience. Usually, the guests set up the tents by themselves, with the help of guides. We provide you with clean sleeping bags, mattress to put below the sleeping bag, and a tent. If needed, you can bring your pillow.
Sleeping in tented lodges provides you more comfort, but still offers a unique experience of sleeping in nature. The tents are usually put on the wooden floor and here you’ll sleep in a real bed.
Benefits of sleeping in tented lodges: After having a wild and exciting game drive, it feels amazing to just relax in the bed, charge your camera and phone and go to a normal toilet. Most of the national parks have the option of tented lodges. While some are within the park (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro) in others it is just close to a borderline. You’ll still fell asleep with the sounds of nature that’ll feed your soul.
Sleeping in luxury lodges offers a unique experience for your ultimate safari in Tanzania, often booked for special dates like honeymoon, engagements or moments when you want to treat yourself. Deep within Africa’s renowned Serengeti National Park, Four Seasons Safari Lodge welcomes you to a sanctuary of trademark comfort.
Benefits of sleeping in luxury lodge: Spend a quiet day lounging on the sunbed by an infinity-edge pool, watching elephants gather for a drink at a nearby active watering hole beneath the endless turquoise sky. Needless to say, this will make you feel special!
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ON A SAFARI
Besides having an amazing game drive with 4×4 Land Rover, you can soak high on a hot-air balloon safari and see the animals from above. This can be arranged in Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks.
On a walking safari, you have a chance to see wildlife in a totally different way than in a vehicle. You’ll go with armed rangers and step-by-step discover the Arusha National Park and Tarangire National Park.
Canoe safari, birdwatching and seeing the wildlife from water is possible in lake Manyara, Arusha National Park, and Lake Duluti.
Individual safari is the best option when you’d like to spend quality time with your loved ones. May it be a family safari, honeymoon trip, only girlfriends gathering or private photography tour – here you dictate the rhythm of the day and our guides and drivers will help you have the best possible experience.
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