Tanzania Safari

If you just go on one safari trip in your life, it should be to Tanzania! We have developed an itinerary that shows the very best of northern Tanzania's great wilderness areas without unneccessary transport  

  • 5 days safari in northern Tanzania
  • 1 day culture walk in the villages on the slopes of Mount Meru
  • Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
  • We experience the migration at close range
  • Well planned safari routes, without unneccessary transport and maximum time in the safariparks
  • Guided bush walk on the southern Serengeti plain
  • Small tented camps and safari lodges close-to-nature. No big Hotels.
  • Always small groups with maximum one jeep.
  • Knowledgeable and experience safari guides.
  • All transfers between hotels and airports

Travel with us on this Tanzania safari and meet the lions in the Serengeti, experience the endless plain of beautiful Ndutu, photograph rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater and see elephants just a few meters away in Lake Manyara.

Africana Travels Tanzania Safari will take you on one of the most beautiful natural experiences that the African continent has to offer. The safari takes place in the stunning natural areas in northern Tanzania and is a journey that extends over 7 days.

The safari begins in Lake Manyara which is not only the park in Tanzania, but also in the whole of Africa, where you have the best chance to see elephants. After Lake Manyara awaits Rift Valley, the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater.

During the safari you will be accommodated in small permanent or semi-permanent lodges situated in a secluded environment, close to the stunning nature, which gives a more genuine feel than the big lodges many other organizers offer. You will also have a chance step out of the jeep and do a guided hike on the savannah - one of many popular elements. With Africana Travels Tanzania Safari you will get an experience of a lifetime!

Join us on a journey to visit one of the world's most fascinating natural areas! 

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Tanzania Safari Deluxe

A week of safari in northern Tanzania's stunning natural areas with accommodation in tent camps of high quality. This trip includes;

  • Five days safari to Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Accommodation in small tent lodges of high standards
  • Private jeep and private guide
  • Two nights in Arusha Safari Lodge (ranked as Arusha's best hotel on Tripadvisor)
  • Guided bushwalk (safari on foot) in the Serengeti
  • Return flights UK-Tanzania incl. taxes

Tanzania Safari Deluxe gives you the most of the great natural areas of northern Tanzania. Just like "Tanzania Safari" it's a 7 day trip (5 days safari) and uses the same route but with accommodations at small permanent lodges of high standars. They 're all secluded in stunning landscape areas that gives a more nature-oriented and genuine feel compared to the larger lodges.

This safari has a route that has been carefully selected to give a little extra. The safari begins in the stunning Lake Manyara which is the densest elephant park in Africa. After Lake Manyara awaits the rainforest in the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater. The week is intense but we have scheduled quiet days with late morning and time to just enjoy the beautiful views, perhaps with a cold beer in hand. The route has been organised to give you a combination of nature and culture. Elements such as hiking in Ikoma adds variety so that you don't get tired of the bumpy jeep ride.

This safari is perfect to combine with a week on one of the paradise islands, Zanzibar or Pemba. Join us on a safari that will give you the chance to see the Big Five and much more in one of the world's most fascinating natural areas.

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Uganda Safari

Mountain gorillas in Bwindi rainforest and chimpanzees in Kibale Forest is without a doubt the highlights of this trip to Uganda. Our Uganda safari includes:

  • Seven-day safari in Africa's pearl
  • Visit to the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Visit to the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth national park with tree-climbing lions and over 600 bird species
  • Selected safari accommodation
  • Private jeep and safari guide
  • Return flight UK-Entebbe including taxes

You'll experience the very best of The Pearl Of Africa, Uganda, when you travel through the rolling hills terraced slopes and high mountains with dense rainforest. In Kibale Forest you will meet our closest relatives; the Chimpanzees. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you will meet the Mountain Gorillas and in Queen Elizabeth National Park you have the chance of seeing many of Africa's large mammals including lions. In Queen Elizabeth National Park birdwatcher can scout for more than 600 different species of birds that have been recorded here. Uganda Safari is the journey to the Africa of your dreams. 

The journey can of course, be combined with a week on East Africa's most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar, Pemba, Lamu or Mombasa.

Please note, there is a minimum age of 15 years for visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda

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Here we have collected the most frequently asked questions prior to a trip to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya or Botswana. If you can't find your questions/answer here, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


What to pack:
We will send you a 'packinglist' when you book your trip.

Can I drink the tap/creek water in Tanzania?
We strongly advise you not to drink the tap/creek water in Tanzania and to brush your teeth with bottled/boiled water. We will provide you with boiled water during your days on the mountain.  

What time is best to climb Kilimanjaro? When does it rains the most?
The main rain season is in March to May and a shorter one usually accuris in November. During the main rain season, we do not recommend climbing Kilimanjaro but between June and February, it's fine. Note that it rains far more on mountain slopes than elsewhere in the country and you run the risk of rain any time of year on Kilimanjaro.

Will we stay in tents or cabins?
If you climb Kilimanjaro via Marangu route you will stay in cabins, on all other routes you will be sleeping in tents.

How much do I carry myself?  
Be prepared to carry a medium backpack (35-40 liter) yourself. There you will keep a change of clothes for the day (for alternating temperatures), water, your lunch and valuables such as cameras. The rest will be carried by the porters. We recommend that you do not carry more than a maximum of 7kg yourself.

What kind of food will we get during our Kilimanjaro expedition? Can I get an example?  

Breakfast: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, omelet, porridge, toast, cucumber, tomato, and fresh fruit.

Sandwiches, avocado, cheese, salami, homemade bread, chicken, fruit, salami, peanuts, crisps, dried fruit, juice and tea.

Dinner: salad, chicken, rice, pasta, beans, mashed potatoes, boiled vegetables, different soups and cake for dessert. We can also cater for a vegetarian or gluten-free diet etc. If you have any request for special meals please inform us prior to your trip and we will arrange it.


How is the weather in Tanzania? 
Generally, the dry season is between June and October, rainy season between March and May, and a season where it rains a bit every now and then between November and February. The weather is warmest November to March and the coolest June to August. Temperature and rainfall varies a lot across the country depending on factors such altitude.

What is the best time of year for a safari in Tanzania? 
Safari in Tanzania is good throughout the year except during the main rainseason between mid-March to May. Different safari parks peak at different times of the year. The southern parks and specially Tarangire are great June through October / November. Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara is good all year round, but different parts of the Serengeti (such as the southern grasslands) varies greatly over the year.

What kind of food will we get on the safari?
Breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge. For dinner it’s usually a buffet with different types of food including meat, rice, pasta, salad, bread, etc. During the day when you’re on a game drive you will get a lunch box containing, i.e., bread, juice, pasta, chicken, chocolate, etc. If you have any special needs such as gluten-free or vegetarian food, let us know in advanced and we will arrange it for you.

What kind of clothes should we bring with us? 
We have a checklist of things you need to take with you. We will email it to your trip is confirmed. You can also download it for yourself.

What is the best camping or lodge safari? 
It all depends on your own preferences. Camping Safari gives a very close-to-nature experience but it is nothing for those who never enjoyed to camp, sleeping in a sleeping bag and not showering for days. Safari Lodge provides more comfort and may feel safer. Tented camps is a great compromise; you will be close to nature but still have all the amenities such as showers, toilets, restaurant and bar.

Can I drink the tap water in Tanzania? 
No. Neither should you brush your teeth in it. Most lodges places water bottles in the rooms. You also get bottled water from us on the safari and you can purchase bottled water at all lodges.

Is it safe to go on safari? 
Yes it is very safe to go on a safari as long as you follow the safety rules and listen to your guide. This includes not going outside the camp or lodge area (NOTE: That can be very dangerous!) and no walking between the tents on your own in the in the evening.. Lodges in Tanzania are not enclosed so animals often walk by the tents/houses.

What animals will we see on a safari? 
It all depends on which parks you visit,  the following animals are common in the major safari parks in Tanzania and Kenya; lion, hyena, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, crocodile, zebra, giraffe, impala, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, dik dik, kudu, hippo, waterbuck, baboons, warthogs, etc. Leopards are also fairly common but very shy and difficult to spot. The rhino is an usual sight these days and in Tanzania it's only possibly to see the rhino the Ngorongoro Crater and the rarely visited Gol Kopjes in Serengeti. In Kenya you can see the rhino in Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru. African wild dogs are found only in the southern parks (common in the Selous and Ruaha among others) and to a lesser extent in Loliondo (west of the Serengeti) and Tarangire.

What are the best parks in Tanzania for a safari? 
All of Tanzania's major safari parks in the north (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire) and south (Selous, Ruaha, Katavi) are very good to see many wild animals. 

When is the best time of year to see the migration in Tanzania? 
Best time to experience the migration is Mid-May to mid-July (Western Serengeti), mid-October to mid-March (north-western, central and southeastern Serengeti).

When is the best time of year to see the migration in Kenya? 
August, September and early October. 

Is your safari in small or large groups?
Our safari groups never exceed 12 people, maximum of 2 cars. 

Is it possible to go on safari with children? 
Yes it is possible but we do not recommend safari for children under the age of 6 years. For children under 12 years, we recommend that you stay at the lodges and not camping. In the tents one often hears animals such as hyenas and lions at night and this can be quite scary for children.  We also recommend a shorter safari as children often can not really appreciate the 5-6 day safari.

Is it safe to walk at night in Tanzania?  
It is not dangerous to walk at night in Tanzania but in the cities, we recommend that you don't walk at night and rather travel by taxi.  In all safari areas, it is very dangerous to go out at night.

Is it safe to walk at night in Kenya?  
In  Kenya you should always walk in groups during the day's and take a taxi at night. In all safari areas, it is very dangerous to go out at night.

How are the roads in Tanzania? 
The roads to and from the safari parks in northern Tanzania are good, with some exceptions. There are dirt roads Inside the safari parks and the quality of them varies depending on facotrs like rain etc. Expect it to be a bumpy ride from time to time. The roads in southern  parts of Tanzania vary in quality. Road to Selous is not particularly good and you should consider flying there instead. The road to Mikumi and Ruaha are mostly good but Ruaha is a far drive from Dar Es Salaam. Katavi is a two day drive with poor road conditions, we therefore only offer an flights safari to this destination. Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains is located in the far west of Tanzania beyond navigable roads.You get here by plane and boat. 

How are the roads in Kenya? 
The roads in Kenya vary in quality, still many are quite bad. Even the road to Maasai Mara is at times poor so always count on it to be a bumpy ride on the roads in Kenya

Am I allowed to take pictures of people?
Ask the person before taking the photo, it’s usually fine but it’s considered rude not to ask for permission first. The vast majority in Uganda and Rwanda does not want to be photographed, and we ask you to respect this.

Can I give gifts to children at the roadside?
We urge you not to do it because it encourages children to stand at the roadside begging.

What type of cars are used on the Safari?
Toyota Land Cruicer or Landrover are the cars that we use. We have maximum of 4 or 6 people in every car so everyone gets a window seat and all the cars have a pop up roof


Can I photograph people and the private houses?
Always ask before photographing people private houses. If your with a guide they can ask on your behalf. 

Can I drink the tap water in Zanzibar?

How should I dress on Zanzibar?
Zanzibar is a Muslim society, therefore don’t walk around Stone Town or other community wearing only a bikini, shorts or swimwear. Women are advised to wear clothing that covers shoulders and knees. Men are recommended to have a t-shirt that covers shoulders and not to go bare-chested except on the beach and the hotel.

Is it safe to walk on the beaches?
Yes it is quite safe but be careful to walk by yourself in the evenings and early mornings. Do not wear or bring valuables to the beach.

Is it possible to buy alcoholic beverages in Zanzibar?
Most hotels serve alcohol but some do not. Note that it is generally accepted that tourists drink alcohol but to behave drunk is considered very disturbing and disrespectful.

Is it permitted to buy seashells?
Yes it is allowed, but we strongly recommend that you not do it. Many seashells, corals etc sold on the streets and beaches are collected from vulnerable marine habitats and selling these as souvenirs threaten Zanzibar's coral reefs.

Can I give gifts to children at the roadside?
We urge you not to do it because it encourages children to stand at the roadside begging.

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