Tanzania Safari Holidays

Tanzania combines superb wildlife, vast expanses of wilderness and excellent small safari camps

With seven of its national parks offering world-class wildlife viewing, Tanzania is a rich feast of choices for anyone looking for an authentic safari

More than this it’s a country where, thanks to an excellent network of domestic flights, combining wildly different destinations in a single itinerary is very much possible. This is a country spoiled for choice when it comes to wildlife areas.

For sheer numbers of animals, Northern Tanzania is hard to beat. The Serengeti with its world-famous wildebeest migration is an extraordinary spectacle. But we’d also encourage you to look beyond the obvious in the north; combine a migration hit with lesser-known regions, like the southern end of Tarangire and you’ll find exceptional wildlife and some beautiful secluded safari camps. Equally head to northern Serengeti when the migration has gone and you’ll have the place – and superb resident wildlife – all to yourself. 

Southern Tanzania is where Natural High was born and it remains a spiritual home for us. Selous and Ruaha are two stunning wild areas that combine easily to provide not only a great variety of activities - walks, boats and fly-camping – but also huge contrast in scenery and species, not to mention world-class game viewing in Ruaha in particular. Take a look at a sample trip for Southern Tanzania

To get properly off-grid head to Western Tanzania – an area visited by only a small number of tourists, but home to the ethereal wilderness of Katavi and the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains. Expect exquisite intimate camps and a through the looking-glass experience.

For the ultimate off-grid experience take a look at a multi-day walking safari across the Serengeti, or a similar style of safari in Southern Tanzania: a proper walking safari in Ruaha National Park

THE LESS-IS-MORE FORMULA NATURAL HIGH ADVOCATES MAKES COMPLETE SENSE. LUXURY LIES IN EXPOSING THE SENSORY, INSTINCTIVE SELF TO THE SCENTS AND SOUNDS OF THE WILD ”

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A SAFARI IN TANZANIA IS PERFECT FOR FAMILIES

If you’re looking to introduce your children to safari then Tanzania will leave you spoilt for choice. The north of the country - Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara and the Ngorongoro Highlands - comes into its own for active families wanting to keep older children and teens and busy. Walks, cycling, tree top walks and cultural interaction all combine with spectacular wildlife to make an ideal trip for active families. Consider our light tented camps for an unforgettable tented experience that will get you all off the beaten track for special time with your family. We'd highly recommend ending up with a few days on the white sands of Zanzibar to wrap up an unforgettable trip.

Take a look at our 5 best family safaris in Tanzania

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THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION

ONE OF NATURE'S MOST DRAMATIC SPECTACLES

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Light Tented Camping in Northern Tanzania

Exploring Northern Tanzania from a simple tented camp

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Walking safaris in Tanzania

A look at the best places for proper walking safaris

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The best of Tanzania away from the crowds

Amazing low-season game viewing in Northern Tanzania

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Tanzania's Top Experiences

The Mahale Chimps

Chimps and the wild west of Tanzania

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Tanzania's Top 5 Family safaris

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Tanzania's top wildlife areas

When and where to go

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Best time to go to Tanzania

The best time of year to visit Tanzania for all round game viewing is between June and October, the dry season.

During the dry season any of the parks that are centred around rivers are likely to be at their best. Permanent water dwindles and animals are forced to gather round remaining sources. At the same time vegetation thins out making seeing the animals easier too. This goes in particular for Ruaha, Katavi, Tarangire and Selous, but in simple terms all Tanzania’s parks are worth visiting at this time and weather tends to predictable and largely dry throughout.

The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas work very differently and tend to be viewed through the lens of the wildebeest migration. This flows from the calving on the Southern Plains in February to the river Crossings in Northern Serengeti between July and October.

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Don't rule out the the green season

March April and May - the green season - are often seen as months to avoid in Tanzania. But in Africa rain means life and this time of year can be exceptional in the right places.

While some parts of Tanzania become largely inaccessible in the rains, look beyond the obvious and you'll find a few areas that promise the holy trinity of outstanding wildlife, few other tourists and low season rates.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Northern Serengeti is abandoned by the migration in November, the tourists and mobile camps follow suit, leaving low season rates and one of the best places to see the Big 5.

In the early part of the year Tarangire National Park is filled with vast numbers of happy elephant families feasting on the lush grasses that thrive here. This is one of the best places to witness relaxed breeding herds of elephants upclose. 

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, while the dry season can be dominated by low stratus cloud, particularly on the eastern rim, this time of year brings intense green and excellent air clarity meaning wonderful light and colour for photography.

For the serious chimp aficionado this is an excellent time to visit the Mahale Mountains. While rain may make the beach aspect of Mahale a little soggy at times, the chimp viewing remains excellent and a fraction of the price of the dry season.

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Traditional Tented Camps, small lodges and simple comfortable camps

Tanzania has long been home to some very stylish safari camps and lodges. The best are the embodiment of responsible safari operation - camps designed absolutely to fit in with the environment.

Tanzania is known for it’s superb safari camps and lodges, the best of which blend Robinson-Crusoe-esque creativity with a real concern to complement rather than dominate their environments.

In recent years luxury has become an increasingly large part of the offer, however in our experience it’s often the intangibles that set the great camps apart from the good ones. In most cases as well as breath-taking locations, this comes down to people, experience and proper bush know-how.

When considering the sorts of places you might like to stay keep in mind that it’s well worth while mixing and matching styles of accommodation. A night or two immersed in the wild under canvas in a light tented camp, is the perfect complement to time in the lap of luxury in a beautiful small lodge perched on the rim of the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater.

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IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SEE, IT'S HOW YOU SEE IT

What you see on a safari holiday is in reality just a small part of what will make it memorable. As anyone who has been on safari will tell you, this isn’t a numbers game. Far more important are the unexpected encounters and the way in which you see the animals. Nowhere is this truer than in Tanzania.

Having the luxury of watching a bull elephant far from any other vehicles in Ruaha National Park as it quietly feeds a few metres from you is an experience worth considerably more than a “drive-by” viewing of an animal surrounded on all sides by vehicles in one of the country’s tourist hotspots.

What mercifully few people realize is that there are plenty of areas of Tanzania where you can be assured of excellent wildlife without having to share it with hordes of other tourists. 

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SAMPLE TRIPS in Tanzania

Northern Tanzania for active families

Highlights:

Amazing wildlife, plenty of activities, simple comfortable camps, away from the crowds, great guides,

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SAMPLE TRIPS in Tanzania

The Wildebeest Migration from stylish Camps

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Superb small safari camps and lodges, outstanding wildlife

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SAMPLE TRIPS in Tanzania

SOUTHERN TANZANIA'S DRY SEASON

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The best of Selous and Ruaha. Superb dry-season game viewing, few other tourists, boats, walks and flycamps in the Selous

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SERENGETI: THE TRACK LESS BEATEN

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EPIC WILDLIFE, LOW SEASON RATES, AWAY FROM THE CROWD

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SAMPLE TRIPS in Tanzania

Serengeti walking safari

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A full on multi-day walking safari, experienced armed guide, unspoilt wilderness areas, mobile camp, great wildlife

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Natural High shines rays of adventurous light into some of the least explored, most exciting corners of the wider world”

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COMBINING SAFARI AND BEACH IS A MUST IN TANZANIA

Regular flights between most of Tanzania's national parks and the coast makes it easy to add a few days at the Indian Ocean on the end of your safari.

Best known of the beach destinations off the coast of Tanzania is Zanzibar, which despite large numbers of tourists that have flooded in in the past 10 years of so, still offers one or two unspoilt corners that are well worth heading to for some R&R.

If you're looking to get beyond the obvious then consider Pemba Island to the north or Mafia Island to the south, both of which have superb diving and snorkelling as well as a choice of small excellent lodges offering great seafood.

If you like the idea of a private island then Fanjove Island with its 19th century light house and immaculate white sandy beaches might float your boat.

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

UNBEATABLE GAME VIEWING IN LITTLE VISITED SOUTHERN TANZANIA

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

Serengeti National park

Africa's greatest wildlife spectacle

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

Katavi National Park

Astonishing mammal viewing in the far west of Tanzania

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

Ngorongoro Crater & Highlands

The world's largest unbroken crater and much more

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

The Mahale Mountains

The best chimpanzee viewing in Africa

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

Selous Game Reserve

Rivers, lakes, woodland and countless activities

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Tanzania's Top Wildlife Areas

Tarangire National Park

Baobabs, elephants and incredible game viewing

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It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary.

All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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Perfect holiday from start to finish.

"Absolutely excellent service. The itinerary was spot on and the whole holiday worked like clockwork. The pre holiday notes and briefing were most useful too. I would have no hesitation in recommending Natural High Safaris to others."

Angela R CR

Fabulous trip to Tanzania

"This is the second time we have used Natural High Safaris, and again they organised an outstanding holiday for us, this time in Tanzania, combining a safari and beach holiday that was top-notch. Highly recommend them, with huge range of experience and desire to really understand what it is their clients want - and then delivering! Thanks to Catherine Ronan."

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