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The United Republic of Tanzania is a country found in the Eastern part of Africa. It shares borders with Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Comoros Islands, and the Indian ocean. The highest point in the country is Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa). Tanzania is home to some of the oldest inhabited areas on the planet. Fossils have been discovered at Olduvai Gorge dating back to over 2 million years ago. These early humans were then replaced by hunters/gatherers related to the Khoisan in Southern Africa. After these early gatherers and hunters, tribes from West Africa started migrating and settling in the country 2,000 years ago. The first foreigners (outside Africa) into the country were Arab and Persian traders. They were then joined in 1498 by the first Europeans led by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. The Portuguese settled on the coast for a relatively short time before being driven out by the Arabs. Later on, Germany colonized the country before Britain took over after world war 1. Throughout this time, the islands on the Indian Ocean like Zanzibar were governed separately. During its independence in 1964, mainland Tanzania merged with the Zanzibar archipelago to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

Tanzania now has a population of about 56 million people and 120 ethnic groups. Although these ethnic groups each speak their own language, they are united by their knowledge of Swahili. Swahili is used as the language of communication in the lower courts, primary schools, and parliamentary debates. English is mainly used for diplomacy, foreign trade, higher courts, and in secondary/ higher institutions of learning.  The capital is Dodoma but Dar es Salaam is by far the largest city. It is the country’s commercial and cultural hub with most of the government offices.
Tanzania’s economy depends a lot on agriculture and tourism. Tourism contributes about 17.5 percent to the country’s GDP and over 1.3 million tourists visit the country each year. Because of this, the tourism industry in the country is highly developed compared to that of many countries in Africa. Tanzania has some of the best tourist attractions in the world. 38 percent of land in the country is protected or reserved for conservation-related purposes. The country has 17 national parks, 40 reserves, and several marine parks. Tanzania is one of the top four countries to go for a safari in Africa. Although Kenya enjoys more publicity as a safari destination, Tanzania is special and amazing when it comes to variety. Tanzania offers amazing cultural experiences, beautiful landscapes, beaches, and wildlife encounters that are second to none. From the breathtaking wildebeest migration in the Serengeti to the exotic beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania has it all and more. You can also read about the top attractions in Kenya or the things to do in Uganda.

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Our Tanzania Wildlife tour fits the Budget of any African tour Traveler be it Luxury, Standard, or Budget Safari Categories to Tanzania. Tanzania Wildlife Safaris are arranged to the most visited Tanzania safari parks which are located in the Northern part of the Country including Serengeti National Park where you experience Millions of Animals (wildebeests) migrating from Serengeti park via river mara to Maasai Mara Park in Kenya.

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1). Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Safari Tour.  
The Serengeti national park is arguably Tanzania’s most popular tourist attraction. It is part of the wider ecosystem which also includes the Simiyu and Mara regions in Kenya. The park consists of acacia trees, savanna grasslands, woodlands, and small forests. The annual great migration within and outside the Serengeti is one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. During this migration, over 1 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebras move around the Serengeti and then cross the Mara river to Kenya. They undergo great challenges and have to cross crocodile-infested rivers and lion territories. While on safari in the Serengeti, you can spot elephants, buffaloes, cheetahs, giraffes, impalas, hyenas, eland, gazelle, ostriches, and wild dogs. If you can afford the hot air balloon experience, then go for it. Since the animals, move a lot during the dry season, it is important to plan your trip during specific months. 8). A good tour operator can guide you on the best time to visit and what to carry along. You can check out our 7 Days 6 Nights Serengeti and Gorilla Trekking safari package.

2). Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania Safari Tours.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located next to the Serengeti and 180 kilometers away from the city of Arusha. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the top 10 natural wonders of the world. There was a time when it was part of the Serengeti National Park but a decision was made to manage it as a separate wildlife conservation area.
The key feature of the reserve is a large volcanic caldera/crater which acts as a natural enclosure that keeps most of Africa’s famous wildlife together. Because of this protective shield and constant water throughout the year, the animals here do not migrate as much as those of the Serengeti. Visitors can expect to spot them throughout the year. The animals to look out for are lions, black rhinos, leopards, elephants, flamingos, and buffaloes. The varied landscape includes forests, bushes, Savannah grasslands, volcanic features, and saline lakes. The government has allowed the Masai tribesmen to continue living and taking care of their domestic within the conservation area hence allowing tourists chance encounters with them. For a truly memorable experience in Tanzania, you can choose to go for our 5 Days 4 Nights  Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari.

3). Olduvai Gorge Tanzania Safari Tours.
The Olduvai Gorge is found within the wider Ngorongoro conservation area. It is where some of the first fossils of the earliest humans were found. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the cradle of mankind. The site sits on a collection of fault lines that got exposed due to erosion allowing scientists to excavate fossils that are millions of years old. The first fossil was discovered in 1911 by a German professor while looking for butterflies in the area. Later, the Leakey family carried out more advanced explorations in the area where they unearthed bones and fragments of skulls believed to be about 2 million years old.

The Leakeys also unearthed hunting weapons and other tools which are believed to be 1 to 1.5 million years old. Perhaps the greatest discovery where the footprints of a woman, man, and child that are believed to be over 1 million years old. These tools and bones are enough evidence to show that some of the oldest known humans lived in Olduvai Gorge and Tanzania for that matter.

4). Ruaha National Park Tanzania Safari Tours 
Ruaha is found in the western part of Iringa. It is the largest National Park in Tanzania covering an area of around 13,000 square kilometers. Ruaha is part of a wider Eco-system that also includes Usangu Game Reserve, Rungwa Game Reserve, and other smaller protected reserves.

The park gets its name from the River Ruaha. This river is very important to the Eco-system because it helps support the animals and plant life, particularly during long dry spells. The animals gather to drink along the banks of the river offering amazing wildlife viewing. Ruaha river also supplies most of the electricity in the country. The key attractions in Ruaha National Park are the large pride of lions, elephants, and the wild dog. Other animals roaming the park are jackals, leopards, zebras, bat-eared foxes, cheetahs, giraffes, and impalas. The park is not as crowded as the Serengeti and because of that offers excellent exclusive safaris. It is possible to have unique wilderness experiences which are very rare these days. Ruaha can be reached by car via Iringa or by air to the airstrip in the park.


5). Tanzanite, Tanzania Safari Tours

Tanzanite is a rare and precious gemstone only found in Tanzania. They are mined from deep inside Mount Kilimanjaro. The mineral has striking shining blue colors. Though not as expensive as diamonds, they are equally stunning. They are excellent as gifts for friends, lovers, and those you cherish. Tanzanite can be bought from jewelry shops in major cities like Dar es Salaam and Arusha but it is important to be careful so as not to buy fakes. Only buy from authorized dealers and well-known artisan shops. Genuine products will have a recognized gem certification.

6). Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Safari Tours
Tarangire is the sixth-largest park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 2,850 square kilometers. The park gets its name from the Tarangire river which crosses the park and is a major source of water for the animals, especially during the dry season. One striking feature in the park is the old baoba tree and countless termite mounds. Though smaller than Ruaha, the park receives almost the same number of visitors because it is closer to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Tarangire has one of the largest populations of elephants in Africa and is home to tree-climbing lions. Apart from lions and elephants, expect to encounter impalas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeests. Tarangire National Park is a birder's paradise with over 550 species. During the dry season, the park receives thousands of birds and animals from other nearby parks – especially the Manyara National Park. At the height of this migration, the number of elephants can rival anywhere in the world.

7). The Great Rift Valley, Tanzania Safari Tours
The East African rift valley passes through Tanzania leaving behind amazing features like lakes, rivers, hot springs, geysers, and volcanoes. Some of the lakes found on the floor of Tanzania’s part of the rift valley are Lake Tanganyika, Lake Natron, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Lake Victoria, and Lake Makati. Most of these lakes are shallow and are blessed with amazing biodiversity.

8). Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Safari Tours
Although Dar es Salaam isn’t the capital city, it is by far the largest metropolitan area in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam is also Tanzania’s commercial hub and busiest port. With a population of over 4 million (one of the largest in Africa), Tanzania is the best place to experience Tanzanian culture, cuisines, restaurants, and nightlife. The key attractions in the city are the beautiful beaches, the fish market, the national museum, Kunduchi Wild Water Park, the Botanical gardens, the Askari monument, Oyster Bay, Mbudya Island, the former state house, and nearby national parks. The city is located on the showers of the Indian ocean hence allowing residents and visitors access to beautiful beaches, the islands of Zanzibar, and much more. We will be discussing some of the tourist attractions in Dar es Salaam individually in this article.

9). Maasai people and their Markets, Tanzania Safari Tours
As we already mentioned in our introduction, Tanzania has over 200 tribes. However, the most intriguing is the Masai tribesmen. The Masai have a reputation as great warriors. In fact, some people believe that the Masai were a lost legion or defectors of the vast army of the Roman empire.
The Masai are very tall and spend most of their time tending to their domestic animals close to or within national parks in the northern part of the country. Their culture and traditions have remained unchanged despite exposure to modernization. They put on colorful clothing and striking beads. A Masai man can have as many wives as he wishes as long he can take care of them. A visit to Tanzania is therefore incomplete without encountering this fascinating tribe.

If you cannot meet them in the national parks, you will find the Masai selling souvenirs/curios in weekly markets all over the country. If you are lucky to meet those in villages close to the parks, then you will be taken for a truly amazing cultural experience. You will have opportunities to enter their traditional huts, listen to stories from their elders, watch cultural performances, and participate in their jumping ceremonies. The one who jumps the highest wins an award.

10). Volunteering In Tanzania 
Are you interested in Volunteering while in Tanzania? Volunteering is a great way to meet the local people and experience their culture in a more personal way. Besides the cultural experience, you get to know the challenges faced by the local people. There are several organizations and charities willing to take in motivated volunteers in cities like Arusha and Dar es Salaam. You need to take your time finding the right organization that will allow you to make a difference. Many charity organizations are underfunded and have their own politics. However, if you focus on the big picture of making a difference, then you will find the whole experience fulfilling. There are also local families willing to host international volunteers for a specific period of time.

11). Religious buildings and sites, Tanzania Safari Tours 
From ancient mosques to sprawling modern churches, Tanzania has a lot to offer for those interested in a religious or cultural tour. The Anglican Cathedral in Zanzibar is one site you must visit while in Zanzibar. It was constructed in 1887 to commemorate the end of the slave trade along the coast. The cathedral is close to the old slave market and whipping post. St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral in Zanzibar is also an interesting place to visit and was built in the last decade of the 19th century. It was designed by the same architect as the Notre Dame Basilica in Marseilles, France. If you are in Dar es Salaam, you can also check out the Azania Front Lutheran Church close to the city beaches. This church was built in 1898 and is a major religious attraction in the city. Other religious establishments include the Mosques in Dar es Salaam. There is the Darkhana Jama’at-Khana Mosque along Mosque Street, Memon Mosque, Sunni, and Ibaddhi Mosque. Then there are the impressive Hindu temples along Kitsu Street in Dar es Salaam.

12). Tanzanian Souvenir Markets Tour, Tanzania Safari Tours
One of the interesting things about traveling is the chance to get unique gifts and souvenirs. Tanzania has countless artisan shops, malls, and other outlets where tourists can buy beautiful local products as gifts for friends back home. For the best original Masai products while in Arusha, go to Maasai Market Curio and Crafts. They sell beautiful hand-built jewelry, Masai blankets, and basket painting. If you chance to visit the Masai communities while in the national parks, do not forget to buy souvenirs from them. The Masai sells beautiful clothing, handbags, and beads. I guess we shouldn’t go on about this as we already discussed it earlier.

13). Arusha City Tour, Tanzania Safari Tours
Arusha is often referred to as the safari capital of Tanzania. The city is found on the slopes of Mount Meru and was constructed in the 19th century as a regional administrative capital by the Germans. It is where most tourists stop while on their way to visit the Ngorongoro crater, the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and other nearby national parks. If you happen to stop in the city on your way to or from the national parks, take time to discover the hidden attractions in Arusha. There is a lot to discover in this beautiful city ranging from hot springs, cultural centers, souvenirs, and nightclubs.

14). Museums, Tanzania Safari Tours
The best way to gather evidence about Tanzania’s fascinating history is through the numerous museums around the country. Perhaps the most important one is the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Built-in 1940 and expanded in 1963, this museum shows everything from vintage cars to some of the finest artifacts you will find in Africa. Expect to see ancient rock paintings and footprints of the earliest man dating back to millions of years ago. Most of the important discoveries from Olduvai Gorge have found a home here. The Makumbusho Village Museum on the other hand offers something completely different. It is a large piece of land with traditional buildings from 18 ethnic tribes in Tanzania. Tourists love the museum because it offers a chance to experience the culture of Tanzania’s people in one area.

15). Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Safari Tours
Selous Game Reserve is located in the southern part of the county. It covers an area of about 54,600 square kilometers and has additional protective zones outside its main boundaries. It was named after Sir Frederick Selous who died in 1917 while fighting against the Germans in the first great war. Frederick was a great game hunter who later turned into a passionate conservationist. By sheer size alone Selous Game Reserve is almost four times the size of the Serengeti National Park. Much of the park consists of typical savanna grasslands, bushes, forests, and rivers. Since its establishment, the park has grown to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The main mammals in the reserve are rhinos, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, brindled gnu, eland, giraffe, greater kudu, hartebeest, leopard, lion, Nyasaland gnu, reedbuck, sable antelope, spotted hyena, warthog, waterbuck, zebras, elephants and over 350 species of birds. Selous has the largest population of buffaloes and elephants in Africa – over 110,000 in number. Apart from mammals, the other attractions are volcanic springs, lakes, and rivers (Rufiji and Rhuha). The only reason why it receives fewer tourists is that it is in the southern part of the country and not so close to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. If you desire a more personal and private tour with fewer crowds while spotting Africa’s famous mammals, then this is the place to be.

16). Katavi National Park, Tanzania Safari Tours
Katavi is found in the remote western part of the country. It is the 4th largest national park in Tanzania and consists of 4471 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. Katavi National Park is covered by massive floodplains for much of the year allowing wildlife to thrive. Whereas wildlife watching here isn’t as dramatic as in the Serengeti, the park animals do not migrate and you can encounter most of Africa’s famous animals including giraffes, 4,000 Elephants, buffaloes, lions, crocodiles, hippos, reedbuck, leopards, zebras, and impala. Over 400 species of birds can be sighted here. Because of its remote location, Katavi National Park is an excellent place to escape the large crowds and experience the magic of the African wilderness. The best time to visit is during the dry months of June to November.

17). Lake Natron, Tanzania Safari Tours
Natron is a saltwater lake found in the northern part of the country – between the Ol Donyo Lengai mountains and the Ngorongoro islands. The area is very dry with temperatures reaching 60 degrees Celsius on a particularly hot day. Lake Natron gets its water from hot springs and the Ewaso Ng’iro River. The lake is generally shallow and about 3 meters deep. During the long dry season, the water reduces considerably in size as a result of evaporation leaving behind minerals and salts. Only one type of fish, algae, and bacteria can survive in this highly alkalized water. Despite all these harsh conditions, over 2.5 million Lesser flamingos thrive and breed here. The flamingos fed on the algae and feel safe in the area because of its remoteness.

18). Lake Victoria, Tanzania Safari Tours
Lake Victoria flows in three countries – Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. It is the largest freshwater lake in Africa and the source of the great river Nile. In Tanzania, three towns are found close to the lake – Musoma, Mwanza, and Bukoba. Most residents of the towns survive on fishing, trading between islands, and farming. The main fish caught in the lake are the Nile Perch and Tilapia. Although the Tanzanian section of Lake Victoria is far away from the major cities and national parks, it has amazing tourist attractions. Between Musoma and Mwanza are countless islands which are home to wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the islands have been combined to form the Rubondo Island National Park where sport fishing and bird watching are the key activities. Tourists can also take a boat trip to explore the lakes, islands, and wildlife.

19). Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Safari Tours
At a height of 19,331 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It is also the highest free-standing mountain on earth. The “roof of Africa” as it is often called was formed by earth movements 1 million years ago in the northeastern part of Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most visited tourist spots in Tanzania. Each year, over 40,000 hikers attempt to reach the snow-peaked Uhuru peak. There are five major routes used to get to the summit including Rongai, Machame, Shirea, Lemosho, and Marangu. Each route starts from a different part of the park and presents a different challenge. Marangu is more straightforward and popular but other routes are more scenic. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is surprisingly easier and safer compared to many of Africa’s mountains. One doesn’t need to be a seasoned mountain climber to reach the peak. If one is not fit enough or mentally ready to reach the summit, one can choose to hike up to the first section at a lower cost. The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is about $2500. The price includes the services of a Guide, a cook, and porters.

20). Singita Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania Safari Tours
This is a private enterprise and conservation project next to the Serengeti National Park. It is run by Paul Tudor Jones under a leasing agreement with the government. The reserve lies in a strategic location (west of the Serengeti) – an area with breathtaking views of wildlife. If you want to stay in one of the finest lodges while watching the great migration away from the crowds, then this is one place you should visit. It is expensive but you will have a private and memorable safari.

21). Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania Safari Tours
The Mahale mountains are found close to the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The highest of the lot is Nkungwe at 8,069 feet above sea level. Tourists are mostly drawn to the park because of its 1000 chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking is, without doubt, the most popular attraction in the park along with the beautiful lake Tanganyika. While looking out for the chimps, it is also possible to spot yellow baboons and red colobus monkeys. The park is also excellent for photography. For about two decades, Mahale Mountains National Park was a research base for a group of Japanese anthropologists but it still has a lot to be discovered. The best time to visit the park is after the rains (May to October).

22). Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania Safari Tours
Gombe is a small national park covering an area of only 52 square kilometers. Despite its small size, it is an important wildlife conservation area. Gombe has one of the largest populations of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. Ever heard about Jane Goodall? Well, she is considered to be one of the greatest primatologists of our time. She came to study chimpanzees in Africa in 1960 – around the time Dian Fossey was in Rwanda studying mountain gorillas. Her first research station was in Gombe Stream National Park. Because of that, the park has become internationally known among primatologists and tourists interested in tracking habituated chimps. Apart from chimps, there are also smaller primates and 200 recorded species of birds to be seen. Among the birds are barbets, crowned eagles, kingfishers, palm-nut vultures, starlings, and sunbirds. Other activities in Gombe Stream National Park include swimming, hiking, and exploring waterfalls.

23). Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania Safari Tours
This park is found close to the city of Arusha. Much of the park is made up of 330 square kilometers of water and forest. Lake Manyara is a key feature of the park. The soda/alkaline lake is considered to be one of the best places for birding in East Africa. During the rainy season, over 300 species of migratory birds visit the lake including flamingos. Many of the birds leave during the dry season once the lake starts losing water due to evaporation. However, flocks of flamingos remain and so do the resident mammals. You can spot hippos, elephants, giraffes, and wildebeest. Perhaps the greatest attractions of the park are the rare tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara. Spotting lions climbing as they rest on top of acacia trees are very rare. You can only see tree-climbing lions here, in Queen Elizabeth National Park of Uganda and in Kruger National Park of South Africa. Safaris to the Serengeti or Ngorongoro crater is often combined with a visit to Lake Manyara to offer tourists an opportunity to view wildlife in a lake and tropical forest environment.

24). Arusha National Park, Tanzania Safari Tours
 
This is one of the less visited national parks in Tanzania. Why? Because of the popularity of neighboring parks like Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater. Despite that, Arusha National Park has its own share of wildlife and has the advantage of being close to the city of Arusha. Most tourists visit the park for a day or two before or after visiting the larger national parks. The key attractions of the park are Climbing Mount Meru, exploring the Ngurdoto Crater, and the seven Momela Lakes. Expect to encounter Colobus monkeys, buffaloes, warthogs, and zebras among many other creatures. The Momela lakes are particularly attractive with over 200 species of both resident and migratory birds.

25). The Arusha Cultural Centre, Tanzania Safari Tours 
If you are staying in Arusha for a night or two after your trip to the Serengeti or nearby parks, then this is one place you must visit for a cultural experience and some souvenir shopping. The Arusha Cultural Centre showcases Tanzanian art in all its forms. It is one of the best places in the country to learn about Tanzania’s cultural history and heritage. After visiting the Centre, you can then relax at the coffee shop and restaurant.

26). Mount Meru, Tanzania Safari Tours 
Even though Mount Meru is found in Arusha National Park, it had to be an attraction of its own. It is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania with a height of about 4,565 meters above sea level. Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano and its most recent eruption was in 1910. The mountain lost much of its original size 8,000 years ago after a volcanic blast. Evidence of its past eruptions is the craters and small cones close to the summit. The mountain offers a steeper and more difficult climb than even Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking routes pass through different kinds of vegetation depending on altitude – savanna grasslands, forests, heather zones, and moorlands. Once hikers get to the summit, they must pass through a narrow ridge where some of the best views are possible. Apart from climbing to the summit and getting beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, hikers can also spot over 400 species of birds along its slopes. Small primates, leopards, and antelopes also live along the slopes.

27). Zanzibar, Tanzania Safari Tours
Zanzibar is a collection of islands on Tanzania’s section of the Indian ocean. Its capital is Zanzibar city which sits on the largest island Unguja. Zanzibar is semi-autonomous from the mainland and has a unique cultural heritage dating back to the early centuries. It was an important trading center connecting the islands to the mainland during centuries of Arab occupation. The key tourist attraction in Zanzibar is the beautiful white sand beaches and Stone Town. Stone Town is home to some of the top cultural and historical sites in Tanzania – some date back to the early 15th Century. While on a tour of Stone town, expect to go through narrow alleyways as you catch sight of ancient mosques, the former Sultan’s palace, traditional houses, and a lot more.

28). Mafia Island, Tanzania Safari Tours
Mafia Island is just one good example of what Tanzania has to offer in terms of beach life. Mafia is part of the wider Zanzibar archipelago – also known as the “Spice group of Islands” which also includes Pemba, Unguja, and Latham. Mafia is smaller with a population of about 41,000 people and is governed directly from the mainland. Residents depend on subsistence agriculture, fishing, and tourism. Mafia island has pristine beaches and remains relatively unspoiled by tourism. Tourists can expect a more private experience with opportunities to take part in a variety of water sports including scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and spotting well sharks. It is the perfect place to relax after a long safari on the mainland.

29). Pemba Island, Tanzania Safari Tours
Pemba (“The Green Island” in Arabic) island is also part of the Zanzibar archipelago and the so-called “Spice Islands” in the Indian ocean. It covers an area of about 988 square and is relatively less crowded compared to Unguja. It is popular for its marine life and untouched coral reefs. It still has a large Omani Arab community that first settled several centuries ago. They intermarried with the local people giving birth to a mixed race. Pemba island has fertile soils which support the growth of large plantations of cloves and other spices. Pemba Island has gained both a positive and negative reputation as the home of some of the most powerful traditional witch doctors in the country. Thousands visit the island each year just to see these medicine men hoping to solve their worldly problems. If black magic isn’t for you, then bullfighting, snorkeling, and a variety of water sports will do.

30). Tanzanian food and beer, Tanzania Safari Tours
One of the things to do in Tanzania is to taste the local food. Tanzanian food has heavy influences from Europe, Arabia, India, and Pakistan. Most of the food is composed of meat and spices. Nyama Choma (roasted meat, fish, or chicken) is arguably the most popular local cuisine and is usually served with baked bananas – highly recommended if you are not a vegetarian. You could also try out pilau. Pilau is a rice dish that has been influenced by Indian cooking and recipes. It often includes boiled rice mixed with either chicken, fish, mutton, or boiled eggs. The spices used are kachumbari, tomatoes, onions, and chili pepper. If you are holidaying in one of the Islands of Zanzibar, don’t forget to taste seafood mixed with spices. Many Tanzanians depend on street food after work which is then washed down with local beer.

31). Festivals and cultural events, Tanzania Safari Tours 
Like every country, Tanzanians celebrate special events each year to celebrate culture, political milestones, and success. Sauti za Busara is a musical festival celebrated for four days every February of the year in Dar es Salaam. It brings together musical talents from all over Africa for amazing performances. A major attraction of the event is the carnival and street parades where everyone is invited to participate. There is also the Serengeti Cultural Festival held every middle of July. Visitors to the Serengeti get to take part in traditional dance performances as they check out some of the country’s finest artists. The Zanzibar International Film Festival is equally amazing. This festival showcases movies from all over the world and is said to be the largest film/arts festival in East Africa. It helps promote African movies to international audiences. Finally, there is the Nyama Choma (roasted meat) festival in March. This event celebrates popular African food and participants can taste grilled meat, barbecued ribs, and other local cuisines.
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Tour Overview of 3 Days Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater SafariThis 3 Days 2 Nights Safari Tour Starts and end in Arusha! With the Safari tour of 3 Days, 2 Nights at Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari Tour Tanzania, you have a 3 days tour package taking you through Arusha, Tanzania, and 2 other destinations in Tanzania. 3 Days, 2 Nights Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari Tour Tanzania includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport, and more.

This3 Days, 2 Nights Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari is the perfect itinerary for those who only have 2 days available and wish to visit the most famous national parks in Tanzania. Except for the Serengeti, this tour will give you a great understanding of Tanzanian national parks in a short amount of time.

This 3 Days, 2 Nights Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari takes you to the most famous national parks in Tanzania. You will be able to see Africa's big 5 animals in the Ngorongoro crater. Ngorongoro crater offers perfect views during the game drive. Tarangire you will see the famous baobao tree and big herds of elephants. This 3 Days, 2 Nights Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari will give you a great understanding of Tanzanian national parks in a short amount of time. That is you will visit Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Safari (3 Days / 2 Nights)

Day 1:
 
Early morning drive to Ngorongoro crater with lunch boxes or lunch at Ngorongoro, afternoon for a holiday crater tour, return to the lodge/campsite for an overnight stay.

Day 2: 
After breakfast descends into the crater with lunch boxes for a full day game viewing and return to lodge/ campsite for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: 
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch boxes for a half-day game viewing, and thereafter drive to Arusha.

Discover the iconic Ngorongoro Crater In Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 m deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in East Africa to see the Big Five.  It is a great way to start your African safari adventure. However, as one of the world's most astonishing and renowned natural wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater does get busy, and at times very busy.  Due to the crowds, we recommend a two-night stay only here, then moving on to the Serengeti for a quieter, more private safari experience.  

Any Northern Tanzania Safari should ideally include a visit to Ngorongoro Crater: it is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Maasai tribe.

The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa's most beautiful regions. Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa. The most famous such crater is without question Ngorongoro, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa. Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent's most famous safari destinations.   

How To Travel  To The Ngorongoro Crater | Arusha To Ngorongoro
  • Driving from Arusha. Depending on your party size, it may be cheaper for you to all share a private vehicle and guide from when you are picked up from your international flight at Kilimanjaro Airport all the way until you fly out of the Ngorongoro region. If you are driving, it is essential to have a night on either side of your crater descent either in a camp on the crater rim, or a 20-minute drive away in the Ngorongoro Highlands. This means you can get to the gates early to avoid the crowds!
  • Flying from Arusha. If you are staying at a “fly-in” camp which means your guide and vehicle are provided by your camp, and not by a ground handler from Arusha, you can fly into Lake Manyara airstrip, and get picked up by the camp. This can be a good idea if there are fewer people at your party, making flying cheaper than driving in a private vehicle from Arusha. It is also essential for some camps which are usually the more luxurious ones owned by excellent safari companies such as Nomad’s Entamanu or The Highlands Asila.
Ngorongoro Crater Weather - When To Travel
Since the wildlife mainly stays in the crater all year round, there is really no good or bad time to visit. However given that the crater floor does get busy with vehicles, it can be more pleasant to visit during the low season. Higher water levels in Lake Magadi (in the center of the Crater) also result in higher concentrations of flamingos.  Whenever you visit Ngorongoro, you are guaranteed excellent safari action. The beauty of a Ngorongoro safari is because of its unique micro-climate, it can be enjoyed year-round. 
 
How did the Ngorongoro Crater form?
Now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed around 3 million years ago. The cone of the volcanic caldera collapsed inwards and created what we know today as one of the most unique safari parks in Africa, and indeed the world. It of a kind of safari destination teeming with life. For further facts and explanations of the Ngorongoro Crater please follow the link to our blog post. 

Now Ngorongoro is a notoriously difficult destination to work out logistics for, but from our experience of organizing such trips, we can guide you in the right direction - so give us a call to discuss your different options.

NGORONGORO CRATER SAFARIS | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1). Ngorongoro Safari Tour  | Wildlife/Animals:
The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see 'The Big Five'.  A healthy population of black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa today are the prize spots, but the crater is also home to good populations of lion, leopard, and hyena along with healthy herds of wildebeest, buffalo, and zebra.  Other wildlife here includes serval cats, cheetahs, jackals, Grant's and Thompson's gazelle, flamingos,s and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of bird. A Ngorongoro safari is action-packed, to say the least - and for a relatively small park, it really does have the highest concentration of wildlife of any one place in the whole of Africa.
2). Ngorongoro Safari | Activities: 
Activities inside the Ngorongoro Crater itself are limited to game drives; there are a couple of picnic spots in the park, but getting out of the vehicle is strictly limited to these areas. However, a full range of activities is on offer in the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including walking, trekking, excursions to Olduvai Gorge, and visiting the Masai and other tribes.

Where to stay in the Ngorongoro Crater? 
The choice is whether to stay at a hotel on the Crater rim for the phenomenal view or a little way away from the Crater in nearby Karatu. Either way, where you stay does not impact the quality of your Ngorongoro safari. The advantages of Karatu include the comparative lack of crowds, and better-value, smaller and more intimate lodges which offer a range of activities such as walking and mountain biking. On the rim, the 

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
is by far the best luxury hotel and is absolutely world-class, perfect for a Tanzania Honeymoon, but at approximately $3,000 a night, it probably should be! The Serena and the Sopa have equally stunning views of the Crater floor and are much more affordable options, but they are large and fairly old hotels.

Away from the Crater rim in nearby Karatu in the highlands is a variety of small coffee plantations and guesthouses.  For approximately the same cost as the Serena and Sopa, these are much more charming and characterful but obviously lack the fantastic Ngorongoro views. The best of these are Plantation Lodge, Gibbs Farm, and The Manor.

Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania | Further Reading 
If you are wanting to combine your Ngorongoro Crater safari with other parks in Tanzania then we would recommend visiting either (or both if possible) Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park. Both hold an abundance of flora and fauna that are perfect for an African safari experience. While we try and make our website as comprehensive as possible, if you would like some more background information, have a read through the Cadogan Guide to Tanzania and Zanzibar - Ngorongoro Chapter, written by one of our directors Annabel. The most recent edition was published in 2005 so some of it might be slightly dated but generally, it’s as comprehensive as they come. 

Discover the Wildlife of Tarangire National Park In Tanzania
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Ranking as the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania and covering an area of 2,600 square kilometers, The Tarangire National Park is most popular for its large elephant herds and mini-wildlife migration that takes place during the dry season which sees about 250,000 animals enter the park.

Location Of Tarangire National Park
Slightly off the popular northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, the park lies between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Within the northern part of Tarangire is the permanent River Tarangire also known as the lifeline of the park particularly in the dry season when most of the region is totally dry. This flows northwards until it exits the park in the northwestern corner to pour into Lake Burungi. There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.

During your Safari in Tarangire, You are highly recommended to stay for a couple of days, especially in the south of the park which offers a less crowded safari experience and gives you the opportunity to enjoy an authentic African feel of Tanzania’s countryside.

Tarangire National Park Vegetation 
The permanent Tarangire River is the most dominant feature here and it’s after this river that the park was named. there are a number of large swamps that feed off some of its tributaries however, these are usually dry for most of the year but get very impassable during the rains. The Tarangire park is usually very dry, in fact, drier than the Serengeti, however, its vegetation is much greener especially with lots of elephant grass, vast areas with mixed acacia woodlands, and some of the wonderful ribbons of the aquatic forest not to forget the giant baobab tree that can live up to 600 years storing  between 300 and 900 liters of water

Tarangire National Park Wildlife Migration In Tanzania 
Every year during the dry season from June to November Tarangire hosts a wildlife migration that is not as dramatic as the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti but receives a somewhat large number of animals. As most of this part of the country is dry, the Tarangire River remains the only source of water and consequently attracts large numbers of wildebeests, elephants, gazelles, zebras and hartebeest, buffaloes plus various predators like lions that come to drink and graze around the river banks. during the rainy months of November to May, The zebras as well as large herds of wildebeests move into the north-western direction towards the Rift Valley floor amongst the large numbers of animals that spread across the large open areas of the Masaai Steppe and dispersing all the way to Lake Manyara.

Animals Of Tarangire National Park
Tarangire and you will be able to encounter various animals. This park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa with several herds of up to 300 members per herd. In addition, there are large numbers of impalas, elands, buffaloes, giraffes, Bohor reedbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, Thompson’s gazelle, the greater and lesser kudu and on rare occasions, the unusual gerenuk and fringe–eared Oryx are also seen. A few black rhinos are also thought to be still present in this park. You will obviously see big numbers of elephants gather here as well as the wildebeests and zebras. Among the other common animals in the Tarangire are the leopards, lions, hyenas, and cheetahs which seem to be popular within the southern open areas. The wild dogs are only seen once in a while

The birds within the Tarangire are also quite many, there are over 545 species that have been identified here. The stunning yellow-collared lovebirds and the shy starlings are in plenty here in addition to other species.

Activities in Tarangire National Park
1). Game Drives and walking tours
The primary safari activity in this park is game driving however if you live outside the park boundaries you might be able to enjoy walking tours. and night safaris. Currently, Oliver’s Camp organizes walking tours as well as fly camping safaris.

2). Night Game Drives
one would wonder, are night game drives allowed in Tarangire? Well, Night Game Drives are allowed in the park however, not all accommodations offer these tours. Only those that have properly established all the requirements and regulations offered by TANAPA such as Swala and Oliver’s camp are allowed to conduct these walks.

3). Tarangire Balloon Safaris
Join a hot air balloon ride over the Tarangire as you soar over the treetops of the Tarangire to enjoy an exceptional perspective of wildlife like lions and ungulates right below you

4). Birding in Tarangire National Park
This is another common activity within the Tarangire during which devotees will be able to spot various bird species.

Talk To Our Safari Planner!
Reading our website is a good start, but the Ngorongoro CraterTarangire National Park are complicated places to get your head around logistically... Seems silly as it is relatively small, but accommodation types vary hugely in style and location - we also know whether it is best for you to fly or drive depending on your party size. Talk To Our Safari Planner on anything Ngorongoro and our office of Tanzania experts would be delighted to help you out. 
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The 9 Days 8 Nights Tanzania Wildlife Tour, Serengeti, Lake Natron, Ngorongoro
Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park Safari is a week-long overland Africa Safari tour you will discover the landscape and wildlife that make Tanzania an African hotspot while staying in safari camps such as Serengeti Halisi Camp.

Northeast Tanzania has been attracting travelers for decades with the call of the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park
See elephants, zebra, and tree climbing lions, and the Great Wildebeest Migration on this 9-day 8 Nights Tanzania Safari adventure.

Want To Make a Longer Trip?

Why not add on a few beach days in Zanzibar, or a short Gorilla Track in Rwanda, Uganda, or Dr. Congo?

Highlights of 9 Days 8 Nights Tanzania Wildlife Tour, Serengeti, Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park Safari

  • Game drive the oldest ecosystem on earth, Serengeti National Park
  • Descend into Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest crater
  • View the great Wildebeest Migration or an abundance of predators
DAYS 8 NIGHTS SAFARI TOUR SUMMARY  
"Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Natron (Maasai Experience Optional)."

Day1: Moshi/Arusha to Tarangire National Park
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi/Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park, which is famous for supporting huge baobab trees in quite large numbers compared to any other park, as well as herds of elephants of large body size and different birds species of both migratory and non-migratory kind. Its sparse vegetation makes it a beautiful and special location, where up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams in the dry riverbeds. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo can also be seen crowding the shrinking lagoons. Here you will enjoy an afternoon game drive with a picnic lunch, and an overnight stay on the outskirts of Tarangire National Park.
Why Tarangire National Park?
"Did You Know that Tarangire National Park is known as the Mother of Elephants"

Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.

Located just a few hour's drives from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for people traveling through the northern safari circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game-controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season, elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephants are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

On drier ground, you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

Day2: Tarangire to Lake Manyara Then Lake Eyasi
You will enjoy a day trip to Lake Manyara National Park, which is located within the Great East African Rift Valley where apart from being a national park it's termed a "Ramsar site" worldwide. Lake Manyara boasts a spectacular setting, famous for its tree-climbing lions and soda-ash Lake (Lake Manyara). The park also provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingos, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. After your game drives, we’ll then travel the short journey to Lake Eyasi. Overnight stay at Lake Eyasi.

Day3: Lake Eyasi to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you'll get the chance to visit the Bushmen tribe of Datoga and Hadzabe and learn about their culture and way of life. A tour will give you the opportunity to go along on a hunt and experience their great hunting skills with arrows and bows, as well as enjoy some singing and dancing ceremonies. After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s seven natural wonders and a world heritage site. Before dinner gets served, you will enjoy the awesome view of the Crater from the rim where the overnight stay will be conducted.

Day4: Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park
Today you’ll wake up early in the morning to descend the 600m high walls to the floor of the crater and get to see the wonders that made the place listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is considered one of the most beautiful and exceptional places in Africa. Here you will find a haven of African wildlife and you might also be lucky enough to witness the endangered species commonly known as the Rhino! Enjoy a game drive and brunch at the hippo pool before driving to Serengeti National Park where our night will be spent.

Day 5 & 6: The Serengeti National Park (Two full days)
Now you get two full days to experience the Serengeti. Known to host one of most amazing wildlife spectacles on earth, the great migration of wildebeest along with zebra. The Serengeti’s vast plains are also home to a haven of other wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and many other predators(Carnivores). Two overnight stays in Serengeti National Park.

Day7: Serengeti National Park to Lake Natron
Drive from the Serengeti to Lake Natron national park which is known worldwide as the only place that serves as a flamingo's breeding site where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Today you will continue your safari adventure onto Lake Natron with a game drive on the route.

Day8: Lake Natron (Full Day)
Lake Natron is one of the most tranquil lakes in Africa, famous for its millions of flamingos that appear as a pink blanket across the alkaline water. Some call it a photographer’s paradise! Spend today recharging your batteries after your hike if so and if not visit the lake with its immense population of flamingos and vitalizing waterfalls. Overnight stay at Lake Natron.

Day9: Lake Natron to Moshi/Arusha/Airport
After breakfast, drive back to Moshi/Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport.
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