12 Best Tanzania Safari Tours

It’s one of Africa’s biggest safari experiences but with must-see destinations such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater on offer plus the allure of Zanzibar, it’s hard to know where to start when choosing your Tanzania safari. Even more so when you want to see the Great Wildebeest Migration or bring the family. So we’ve made it easy and divided our top ten tours by theme – something for everyone. And if you’d like to time your safari to perfection, simply click through to our When to Go page to find out how.

Luxury Tours

Luxury Tanzania Tours

 

Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 4

Elephants in Tarangire National Park.

A comprehensive tour of Tanzania’s classic northern safari destinations with the added comfort of local flights to take the sting out of long-distance travel, the itinerary includes some of our most intimate and luxurious accommodation. You’ll track the elephants of Tarangire before sitting back to Big 5 game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, and ending with three nights under canvas in the Serengeti at a camp whose name translates as ‘big cat’. Focused on wildlife, delivering comfort, it’s an easy-paced, well-balanced safari that would be ideal for a special occasion.

Highlights:

  • Excellent game viewing at any time of the year
  • Well-located camp for the Wildebeest Migration
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Exclusive, off-the-beaten track accommodation
  • Romantic suites, stunning views and fine food

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners.

Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Migration Fly-in Safari

Duration: 8 Days | Locations: 3

The view at Tarangire Treetops.

Northern Tanzania’s iconic wildlife destinations make up this itinerary with air transfers between camps, maximising your time on safari. You begin with the elephants and giant baobab trees of Tarangire, before game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater and a grand finale at a specialist migration camp in the Serengeti. Accommodation includes elegant tented suites and grand manor houses, and you’ll enjoy a mix of game drives, guided walks and cultural interactions.

Highlights:

  • Fantastic game viewing all year round – great for predators
  • Well-located camp for the seasonal Wildebeest Migration
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Great mix of activities available – drives, walks, biking, horse-riding and balloon safaris
  • Luxurious accommodation and fine cuisine

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners.

Walking Safaris

Tanzania Walking Safaris

 

Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti Walking Safari

Duration: 13 Days | Locations: 4

Leopard mother and cub in Tarangire.

Balancing game drives with walking safaris allows you to experience Tanzania’s natural world in more detail. You’ll be in the safe hands of expert rangers and local guides, walking the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and gazing over the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. There’s heavyweight game viewing in Tarangire before you finish with game drives and fly-camping in the Serengeti, a unique opportunity to sleep on the savannah with the starry cosmos as your ceiling.

Highlights:

  • Rare chance to combine game drives with walking safaris
  • Exceptional wildlife viewing and scenery throughout
  • Specialist Serengeti camp for the Wildebeest Migration
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Luxurious accommodation in private settings
  • Fly-camping finale in the Serengeti for an unforgettable experience

Best for:

Active and adventurous travellers, bird watchers and nature photographers.

Serengeti, Secret Ruaha and Selous

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 3

Lunch in the bush at Kwihala Camp.

Looking for something off the beaten track? This fly-in safari opens with a remote setting in the central Serengeti and an area renowned for big cats, before whisking you off to a private corner of Ruaha National Park and a mobile tented camp. Here you’ll mix guided walks with day and night game drives in a landscape famous for its heavyweights – lion, elephant and buffalo. The tour ends with hilltop views over the Rufiji River and the best wildlife hotspot in the mighty Selous Reserve, giving you the chance to explore on foot, by boat and 4X4.

Highlights:

  • Diverse and highly rewarding wildlife viewing throughout
  • Stay at a specialist camp for the Wildebeest Migration
  • Exceptional predator sightings: big cats, hyenas, crocodiles and raptors
  • Great mix of drives, walks and river safaris
  • Luxurious frontier-style safari accommodation
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience

Best for:

Active travellers, bird watchers, nature photographers, repeat safari travellers.

Wildebeest Migration Tours

Wildebeest Migration Tours

 

Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti Overland Safari

Duration: 8 Days | Locations: 3

Children's activities at Maramboi Tented Camp.

Keeping an eye on your budget doesn’t mean missing out on experience or comfort. This fully guided overland tour takes in all the classic destinations of northern Tanzania and accommodates you at a mix of comfortable lodges and tented camps, all with your own bathroom and plenty of comforts. There’s great wildlife viewing to look forward to: you’ll begin with Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater before ending at the Serengeti and a mobile camp that follows the Wildebeest Migration – go in season for ringside seats.

Highlights:

  • Excellent wildlife viewing and scenery
  • Specialist camp for the Wildebeest Migration
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Look for Manyara’s flamingos and tree-climbing lions

Best for:

Budget-conscious and first-time safari travellers.

Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti Fly-in Safari

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 3

Picnic with Kichakani Serengeti Camp.

A fly-in itinerary means there’s more time to spend on safari, and this tour has plenty of it. It opens in the ‘land of giants’ – Tarangire, home to lions, elephants and great buffalo herds – before looking for tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park. Then sit back on a Big 5 safari into the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Featuring luxurious, romantic accommodation throughout, the tour ends in the Serengeti at a mobile tented camp that moves between three locations to ensure prime position for the Wildebeest Migration between November and June.

Highlights:

  • Fly-in comfort and convenience
  • Exceptional wildlife viewing all year
  • Well-located for the Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Go on game drives and guided bush walks
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Look for Lake Manyara’s flamingos and tree-climbing lions
  • Romantic, luxurious accommodation

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and first-time safari travellers.

Kenya and Tanzania Combined

Kenya and Tanzania Combined

 

Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Masai Mara Fly-in Safari

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 3

Cheetahs in the Masai Mara.

Guarantee yourself a seat at the Great Wildebeest Migration: this fly-in safari takes in both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara and throws in the bonus of Big 5 game viewing at the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s a perfect opportunity to see Africa’s iconic animals – big cats, elephants, buffalo, giraffe – as well as predator-prey interaction, especially during the Migration. You’ll stay in beautiful tented suites with your own bathroom and viewing deck and can look forward to a mix of game drives and bush walks. It’s an easy-paced and very comfortable tour – ideal for a special occasion.

Highlights:

  • Recommended for Wildebeest Migration
  • Unbeatable heavyweight game-viewing
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Cultural excursions and interactions
  • Luxurious accommodation

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and wildlife photographers.

Year-round Migration Safari

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 3

Game drive with Rekero Camp.

Start the tour from the comfort of a grand coffee estate and enjoy a Big 5 safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, before flying into the Serengeti and a camp set up on the path of the Wildebeest Migration. There’s always great wildlife viewing here but if it’s not the season for the Migration in the Serengeti, then you’ll connect with the herds at your next destination. Rekero Camp sits in the Masai Mara – home to the wildebeest herds when they’re not in the Serengeti. The fly-in itinerary means you maximise your time on game drives and bush walks.

Highlights:

  • Recommended for Wildebeest Migration
  • Excellent general game viewing and predators
  • See the Big 5 in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience
  • Cultural excursions and experiences
  • Traditional ‘frontier-style’ tented camps

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and wildlife photographers.

Bush & Beach Combinations

Bush and Beach Combinations

 

Serengeti and Zanzibar

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 2

Traditional sailboat in Zanzibar.

Opening with a night of fine food and old-world luxury in Arusha, this easy-paced tour flies you straight into the Serengeti for three nights. You’ll spend your days on game drives and bush walks – travel mid-year for the chance to see the Wildebeest Migration – but your camp lies in a game-rich area that is highly rewarding at any time of the year. Then, what else but a laid-back lodge on a white-sand Zanzibar beach – yours for three full days to do as much or as little as you like.

Highlights:

  • Well-located camp for the seasonal Wildebeest Migration
  • Excellent game viewing all year – big cats, elephants and buffalo
  • Secluded ocean-front chalet with your own hammock
  • Massages and spa treatments
  • Recommended for snorkellers and scuba divers

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners, active travelers and families.

Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar

Duration: 12 Days | Locations: 4

Sundowners with Tarangire Treetops.

One of our premier tours, this itinerary takes you on a safari around Tanzania’s northern classics – Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater – before ending at a tented camp set up on the path of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration. You’ll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives and cultural interactions on safari while back at camp, you can look forward to gorgeous suites, grand views and fine food. Then it’s a flight to Zanzibar and 5-star comfort at an exclusive boutique hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean for three days as full or as empty as you wish.

Highlights:

  • Excellent wildlife viewing all year
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience
  • Ideally located for the seasonal Wildebeest Migration
  • Hot-air balloon safaris available
  • See the Big 5 in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Island tours, snorkeling, diving and sunset cruises in Zanzibar

Best for:

First-time safari travellers, couples, honeymooners and special holiday occasions.

Family Tours

Tanzania Family Tours

 

Private Villas in the Serengeti and Selous

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 2

Kiba Point, Selous Game Reserve

Create a family legend! This safari opens with a private camp set on the path of the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration. You’ll have your own guide and vehicle, a chef and babysitters, plus all the family details: cots, car seats, highchairs and a swimming pool. Then it’s a flight across the Rift Valley and into Selous, the largest reserve in Africa and home to all the heavyweights – big cats, elephants, buffalo and giant-sized crocodiles. Your accommodation sits next to the great Rufiji River and you’ll explore this secret wilderness by 4X4, on foot and by boat.

Highlights:

  • Private, fully serviced and family-friendly accommodation throughout
  • Sensational game viewing
  • Flexible daily schedules built around your needs
  • Family-favourite meals from your own chef
  • Game drives, boating and guided walks
  • Optional ‘fly-camping’ adventure in Selous – a traditional night out!

Best for:

Multi-generational families

Guided Group Safari in Tanzania

Duration: 7 Days | Locations: 4

Cultural tour with Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Offering great value for money, this tour takes in Tanzania’s northern classics with you in the safe and experienced hands of a driver-guide. Sit back and watch Africa go by as you travel between Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, ending with a view over the Serengeti savannah – go between November and June to catch the Wildebeest Migration. Accommodation is at larger resort-style lodges with long lists of family-friendly facilities: swimming pools and spas, babysitting services and games rooms, mountain bike trails, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Highlights:

  • Well-located lodge for the Wildebeest Migration
  • Excellent game viewing and predators all year round
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Family-friendly accommodation throughout
  • Compact itinerary: works well with a beach holiday add-on

Best for:

Groups of friends and multi-generational families.