Tanzania Safari Holidays

Tanzania combines superb wildlife, vast expanses of wilderness, and excellent small safari lodges and camps.
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ABOUT TANZANIA

With seven of its national parks offering world-class wildlife viewing, a Tanzania safari offers a rich feast of choices for anyone seeking an authentic experience of Africa.

Thanks to an excellent network of domestic flights, our Tanzania safari holidays let you easily combine wildly different destinations into a single itinerary. This is a country that leaves you spoiled for choice when it comes to sensational safari experiences.

For sheer number of animals, a Northern Tanzania safari is hard to beat. The home of the legendary Serengeti is an extraordinary spectacle, thanks to its world-famous wildebeest migration. But we’d also encourage you to look beyond the obvious in the north, and combine the migration with Tanzania’s lesser-known regions.

Head to the southern end of Tarangire and you’ll find exceptional wildlife and some of the most beautiful secluded safari camps Tanzania has to offer. Likewise, head to northern Serengeti after the migration has gone, and you’ll have the place–and the rest of its superb resident wildlife–all to yourself. 

Southern Tanzania is where Natural High was born. Much less frequently visited than the north, it remains our spiritual home. Selous and Ruaha are two stunning wild areas which combine easily to provide not only a great variety of activities—including great walking, boats, and fly-camping—but also a huge contrast in scenery and species. It also offers world-class game viewing in Ruaha in particular 

To get properly off-grid, consider a Western Tanzania safari, an area visited by only a small number of tourists. Home to the ethereal wilderness of Katavi National Park, and the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, you can expect intimate safari camps, and a truly through-the-looking-glass experience.

However, for some real authentic bush encounters, take a look at a multi-day walking safari. At Natural High, we offer tailor-made expeditions across both the vast Serengeti in the north, or an equally brilliant walking safari in Ruaha National Park in the south.

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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Best time to visit Tanzania

The Dry Season

For all-round game viewing, the best time to visit Tanzania for a safari is between June and October.

During the dry season, the weather is consistently warm, highlighting the beauty of any of Tanzania’s safari parks. Since permanent water within the parks dwindles, animals are forced to gather around any remaining sources. At the same time, the vegetation thins out, making it easier to see the animals. While this is particularly revelatory in Ruaha, Katavi, Tarangire, and Selous, all of Tanzania’s safari parks are worth visiting during this time.

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas are also excellent areas to explore throughout Tanzania’s dry season, and tend to be viewed through the lens of the annual wildebeest migration. This flows from the southern plains, where thousands of wildebeests are calved during February, to the river crossings in Northern Serengeti between July and October.

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The Green Season

Tanzania’s best kept secret

The green season - which runs from March to May - is often seen as the time to avoid visiting Tanzania. But in Africa, rain means life, and this time of year can be exceptional if you know the best safari areas in Tanzania to visit. While some parts of the country become largely inaccessible in the rains, look beyond the obvious and you'll find a few places that promise the holy trinity of outstanding wildlife, few other tourists and low season rates.

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 safari animals. Early in the year, Tarangire National Park is one of the best places to witness relaxed breeding herds of elephants up close, as they feast on the lush grasses that thrive here.

This time of year brings intense greenery and excellent air clarity to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, providing 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 area’s beaches a little soggy at times, the chimp viewing remains excellent, and comes at a fraction of the price of the dry season.

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Discover the best of Tanzania on safari

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

THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION

One of nature's most dramatic spectacles

Light Tented Camping in Northern Tanzania

Exploring Northern Tanzania from a simple tented camp

Walking safaris in Tanzania

A look at the best places for proper walking safaris

The best of Tanzania away from the crowds

Amazing low-season game viewing in Northern Tanzania

The Mahale Chimps

Chimps and the wild west of Tanzania

Tanzania's Top 5 Family safaris

When and where to go

Tanzania's top wildlife areas

When and where to go

Tanzania's top wildlife areas

When and where to go

Africa's Elephants

The best places to see Elephants on Safari
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Tanzania’s Top Wildlife Areas

No matter where you choose to go on a Tanzania safari, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to seeing its majestic wildlife. However, finding the right safari park for you ultimately revolves around which animals you want to see in their natural habitat.

The most famous national park in Tanzania is the Serengeti, which is home to lions, leopards, zebras and the legendary biannual wildebeest migration. To see endangered species such as the black rhino, the three million year old Ngorongoro Crater—a stunning oasis surrounded by dense volcanic mountains—should be your first port of call.

For avid birdwatchers and elephant lovers alike, Tarangire National Park is the place to go. Although relatively small—the park is roughly 2,850 km²—it offers the country’s highest density of elephants. Tarangire also offers night vision safari trips, Tanzania’s first such scheme, to allow intrepid travellers the chance to see nocturnal animals in all of their glory.

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LIONS OF THE SERENGETI

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

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Northern Tanzania for active families

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

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The Wildebeest Migration from stylish Camps

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Superb small safari camps and lodges, outstanding wildlife

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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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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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MAFIA ISLAND: BEACH & COSTAL CULTURE

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Great beach and cultural destination

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WHERE TO STAY

TANZANIA’S TOP SAFARI CAMPS AND LODGES

Light tented camps, stylish lodges & fly-camps; Tanzania has it all

Best known for its superb safari camps and lodges, Tanzania blends Robinson Crusoe-esque creativity with a real effort to complement, rather than dominate, their environments.

In recent years, luxury has become an increasingly important part of the experience, however we believe that it’s often the intangible qualities that set Tanzania’s best safari camps apart from the merely-good ones. In most cases this comes down to people, experience, and proper bush know-how, as much as breathtaking locations.

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

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BESPOKE SAFARIS

Tanzania’s Beach and Safari Holidays

Combine safari sights with a beach vacation

Thanks to regular flights between most of its national parks and the coast, it’s easy to add a few days at the Indian Ocean to the end of your Tanzanian safari trip.

Best known beach destination off the coast of Tanzania is Zanzibar, which, despite large numbers of tourists flooding in over the past decade, still offers one or two unspoilt corners that are well worth heading to for some R&R.

If you're looking to keep up the spirit of adventure, 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 lodges offering great seafood.

If you like the idea of your own private island, Fanjove Island might float your boat. The Tanzanian archipelago’s centrepiece is a glorious 19th century lighthouse, surrounded by immaculate white sandy beaches.

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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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OUR EXPERIENCED TRAVELLERS

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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