In my opinion there is no finer wildlife watching in East Africa than the Serengeti, but the crowds can get irritating.
There can be such a traffic jam for a lion or other significant sighting that you have to wait in line to see it. That's not to say avoid the Serengeti – a Tanzanian safari isn't complete without it – but your overall trip will be better if you also get to parks that lie outside the Northern Circuit.
And none round out the experience better than Katavi National Park, which gets fewer visitors all year than the Serengeti gets in a single day. In my two half-days in the park I spotted a good variety of wildlife, but didn't pass another safari truck.
African Safari Tours
5-Day Tanzania Luxury Safari Tour
$3,612 to $3,796 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti NP, Arusha (End)
4.9/5 – 72 Reviews
4-Day Safari Lodge Experience
$1,089 to $1,199 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tourLuxuryLodge
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Kruger NP, Greater Kruger, Johannesburg Airport (End)
5.0/5 – 107 Reviews
4-Day Tanzania Secrets Safari
$850 to $1,000 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP, Arusha (End)
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4.9/5 – 168 Reviews