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Tanzania is 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!

We’ve made it easy and divided our top 12 safari tours by theme – something for everyone.

Luxury Tours

Luxury Tanzania Tours

1. Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 4

Elephants in Tarangire National Park.

A comprehensive tour of Tanzania’s classic 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.

Tarangire National Park is first, home to large numbers of elephants and other heavyweight animals. A full-day safari on the flat floor of the Ngorongoro Crater provides more opportunities to spot the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and perhaps flamingos and hippos in the Crater wetlands.


  • Well-paced, comprehensive northern circuit safari
  • Sophisticated and intimate tented camp accommodation
  • Excellent for game viewing, the seasonal Wildebeest Migration and the Big 5
  • Great photographic opportunities

Best for:

  • Couples and honeymooners

2. Luxury Tanzania Safari

Duration: 8 Days | Locations: 3

Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania | Go2Africa
Safari luxury at Mwiba Lodge, Tanzania.

Experience two of Tanzania’s best wildlife destinations, Tarangire and the famed Serengeti – all while staying at luxury safari lodges. You begin with an overnight in Arusha at Legendary Lodge, the perfect safari welcome in Arusha. It’s then off to Little Chem Chem situated in an exclusive-use wilderness area alongside Tarangire National Park, to enjoy a hidden gem away from the crowds. You end at one of Tanzania’s finest lodges, Mwiba Lodge where you can revel in off-road game drives, bush walks and spot-lit night drives.


  • Exceptional elephant sightings in Tarangire National Park
  • Famous big cat sightings in the Serengeti
  • Add an optional helicopter ride to your safari experience
  • Guided walks and night drives
  • Luxury safari accommodations
  • Witness the Great Migration (in season February and March)

Best for:

  • Couples and honeymooners
Walking Safaris

Tanzania Walking Safaris

3. 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.


  • A 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

4. 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 Nyerere National Park (Selous), giving you the chance to explore on foot, by boat and 4X4.


  • 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

Know When to Go

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Wildebeest Migration Tours

Wildebeest Migration Tours

5. Tanzania Migration Safari

Duration: 11 Days | Locations: 3

Dinner on Safari in Tanzania | Go2Africa
Dinners are an elegant affair on safari.

This fantastic 11-day itinerary introduces you to some of the best wildlife destinations in Tanzania while staying at safari properties that take ‘glamping’ to a new level. Furthermore, you’ll fly between camps – which gives you more time on safari – and stay at a mobile camp in the Serengeti, giving you guaranteed front-row seats to the Wildebeest Migration.


  • Witness the Great Migration year-round
  • Stay at luxurious tented camps in pristine settings
  • Private safari vehicles and guides for an exclusive experience
  • Fly-in itinerary for more time spent on safari
  • Guided walking safaris in the Serengeti

Best for:

  • First-time safari travellers
  • Couples and honeymooners

6. 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 a prime position for the Wildebeest Migration between November and June.


  • 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 and honeymooners
  • First-time safari travellers

How the Migration Works:

Kenya & Tanzania Combined

Kenya and Tanzania Combined

7. 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.


  • 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 and honeymooners
  • Wildlife photographers

8. 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.


  • 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 and honeymooners
  • Wildlife photographers
Bush & Beach Combinations

Bush and Beach Combinations

9. 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.


  • 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 and honeymooners
  • Active travellers and families

10. Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar

Duration: 14 Days | Locations: 5

This 14-day itinerary ensures that you will tick every important box in this diverse and friendly country. Kicking off in Arusha, you will explore Tarangire National Park, a massive but little-visited reserve that is home to tree-climbing lions and the curious long-necked gerenuk.

Your next destination is a place with some of the easiest game viewing on Earth: the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater. This ancient caldera has fertile grazing that supports plenty of plains game, which in turn supports a healthy population of predators. Then it is the big one: the Serengeti, a place of endless savannah and, in season, the Wildebeest Migration.

After a thrilling safari, jet off to the paradise island of Zanzibar for a classic combination of sand, sea and sun.


  • See the Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Discover little-known Tarangire
  • Spot the Big 5 in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Explore the plains of the Serengeti
  • Walk the historic streets of Stone Town
  • Unwind on a picture-perfect Zanzibar beach

Best for:

  • First-time safari travellers
  • Couples, honeymooners and special holiday occasions

Why Go to Tanzania? 

See our best reasons to go on a Tanzania safari.
Here are our favourite things to see and do in Arusha.
Family Tours

Tanzania Family Tours

11. Private Villas in the Serengeti and Selous

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 2

Kiba Point, Nyerere National Park (Selous)

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 Nyerere (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.


  • 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 Nyerere – a traditional night out!

Best for:

  • Multi-generational families

12. 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.


  • 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

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Written By

Dominic Chadbon

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