Tanzania Safari Routes
Whether you take a camping safari or a lodge safari, there are a whole plethora of Tanzania safari routes available ranging from two days to 15 days and sometimes 25 days. If possible, it’s best to go on a safari which lasts at least five days and preferably longer since otherwise a good deal of your time will be taken up driving to and from the national parks and Arusha or Dar es Salaam. You’ll also see a great deal more on a longer safari and have a much better chance of catching sight of all the major animals. Remember that sightings of any particular animal cannot be guaranteed but the longer you spend looking, the better your chances are. A longer safari will also give you the opportunity of having some involvement with the local tribespeople.
A three-day safari typically takes you either to Tarangire or Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. A four-day safari would take you to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. A five-day safari would take you to Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara and Tarangire as well as Ngorongoro Crater; whereas a six-day safari would take you to Tarangire, Lake Manyara or Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro Crater as well as Serengeti Plains. On a seven-day safari, you could expect to visit at least 3 days in Serengeti national park as well as Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire national and Lake Manyara national park and Arusha National park, whereas on an 11-day safari you would take in one or more of Serengeti national park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara; or Mt Kilimanjaro, Selous Game Reserves, Mikumi National park or Ruaha National park.
Most of the safari companies cover the above standard routes but some also specialise in different routings designed to take you off the beaten track. There are, for instance, safaris which take in Katavi National park, Gombe stream and Mahale National park and others which take in Mt Meru, Udzungwa mountains and Ruaha National park where you’ll hardly see another vehicle.
The shorter trips take one or other of the standard routes — Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park, Usambara mountains, Arusha national park and Ngorongoro Crater. The longer trips detour from this route and take you to either or both the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire or Lake Manyara. A full description of the options available can be found in our Safari Tours section or you can Contact us for more details.