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14-Day Tanzania Safari Tours

Expect an experience of a lifetime when going on a two-week Tanzania tour. Or maybe the first of many more to come. Once the safari bug has bitten, people come back over and over again. Tanzania is the perfect destination for a first-time safari as it is totally captivating. The term ‘a thrill a minute’ comes to mind. The wildlife viewing and the African landscapes in the Northern safari circuit are all you would have hoped for and more. Seasoned African safari enthusiasts will enjoy some of the more remote parks, with unusual animals such as wild dogs, in the Southern circuit and chimpanzees in the Western circuit.

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6 Questions About 14-Day Tanzania Safaris

 
 

6 Questions About 14-Day Tanzania Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

What can I expect from a two-week Tanzania safari?

“When going on safari for two weeks you’ll usually visit several parks and reserves that form a natural circuit. You can mix and match between circuits on a fly-in safari, but on a road safari you’ll probably either visit the Northern or the Southern safari circuit. Wherever you choose to go, you’ll soon get into the safari rhythm. Mornings and afternoons are usually dedicated to wildlife viewing. You’ll be woken early to look for predator action at dawn. This is the most productive time to be out and about. You might get back to camp in the middle of the day when animals are hiding in the shade. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy another game drive or perhaps a walking safari or a boat trip. Some days you might stay out for the whole day so that you can reach a remote area of the park or because you’re moving between parks. On such days, your guide will organize a picnic lunch. When traveling on a road safari, your vehicle will most likely be a 4x4 with pop-up roof. These sturdy vehicles are comfortable during long distances and perfect for wildlife viewing once the roof has been popped up. Most safari itineraries are action-packed, so you might want to consider booking a few days in Zanzibar or elsewhere on the Tanzanian coast so you can relax before going back home.”

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Where should I go on a 14-day Tanzania safari?

“There are several options for where to go on a two-week safari in Tanzania. The Northern safari circuit, centered on the Serengeti National Park, is most popular. You’ll most likely visit the Ngorongoro Crater en route, and you could also add on a visit to Lake Manyara and/or Tarangire National Parks. An off-the-beaten-track side trip to the remote and starkly beautiful Lake Natron with its flocks of flamingos is highly recommended too. An altogether different experience is offered in the Southern safari circuit. This area is particularly appealing to repeat visitors wanting to get away from the crowds. Aside from offering game drives, Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) is great for boating safaris on the Rufiji River, while Ruaha National Park offers exciting walking safaris in baobab-studded landscapes that have an incredible wilderness appeal. The very remote Western circuit is best visited on a fly-in safari. Katavi National Park is without a doubt Tanzania’s best-kept secret. Hippo, elephant, buffalo and lion are abundant, but you might not even see another vehicle while on a game drive. Katavi is often paired with Mahale Mountains National Park, which offers chimp trekking in pristine forest, and relaxation on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.”

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What kinds of tours are available for a 14-day Tanzania safari?

“Tanzania’s well-established safari industry has something for every type of traveler. You can use the filters on SafariBookings to look through the available options. First of all you’ll probably want to choose between a private or a shared tour. The latter can be a lot of fun, but the group experience isn’t for everyone. Due to the logistics of a safari and the need for a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, private tours are most popular in Tanzania, but group tours are often relatively small with a maximum of eight people per vehicle. There are different levels and types of accommodation available too. You can go on an adventurous camping safari or opt for authentic tented camps, which come with most of the mod cons under the canvas. If you prefer to sleep in a proper bedroom, choose comfortable hotels or lodges that are in keeping with the safari theme. While there is plenty to do in Tanzania alone to keep you busy on a two-week safari, a combined Kenya and Tanzania safari is also popular. You can even add on gorilla and/or chimp trekking in nearby Rwanda or Uganda. Last but not least is the option to add some beach time to your safari. Regular flights connect Zanzibar with the main safari circuits, but visit Pangani on the less-visited idyllic east coast of Tanzania for an out-of-the-way alternative.”

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When going on a 14-day Tanzania tour, should I choose a fly-in or road safari?

“On a road safari, you’ll have your vehicle and driver-guide for the duration of the trip. The driver will transfer you between parks, possibly show you attractions along the way, and guide you inside the parks and reserves. They will be your constant companion on your holiday. If you’ve booked a private tour, your game drives will be private too. You’ll probably have to cover large distances on bumpy roads to get around, but this gives you an opportunity to see the countryside away from obvious tourist attractions. On a fly-in safari you’ll travel around in light aircraft. This is more time-productive as it cuts out a lot of driving time. It also offers more options in terms of mixing and matching destinations around the country. When you arrive at a park or reserve, you’ll be met by a local guide from your lodge who will look after you for the duration of your stay. You’ll probably join other people for game drives in open-sided vehicles. You’ll have a different guide in each place. These on-site guides have more local knowledge than the general driver-guides on road safaris.”

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What is the best time of the year for a two-week Tanzania safari?

“The popular Northern safari circuit can be visited at all times of the year, unlike the Southern and Western circuits, which are best visited during the Dry season. This runs from late June to October. Even in the Northern circuit, this period tends to be the most productive for wildlife viewing as the grass is short and thirsty animals congregate around water sources. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is usually during June and July, and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. Note, though, that the exact timing of these incredible events is unpredictable and depends on the rains.”

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How much does a 14-day Tanzania safari cost?

“It is difficult to put an exact price on a 14-day safari in Tanzania as many factors determine the cost. A budget two-week safari costs between US$3,000 and US$5,000 per person. Mid-range tours start at US$4,000 per person, while luxury tours start at about US$7,000 per person. If you are traveling alone or as a couple, you can save some money by booking a shared tour rather than a private safari. The biggest variable on tours is the accommodation level. Camping packages are usually the most budget-friendly. If you don’t like camping, you can opt for budget accommodation outside the parks. However, mid-range lodges are often in better locations inside the parks. They can be no-frills, but they are usually very comfortable. Top of the range are the luxury tented camps and designer ecolodges. These high-end accommodation options are usually booked on fly-in tours, which are pricier than road safaris. Lastly, there are advantages to traveling in the low season, often called the Emerald season. You might be able to get good deals while avoiding the crowds of the high season. The Serengeti is lovely at this time. Rain rarely interferes with the safari, the scenery is lush, and the birding is fantastic.”

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Tanzania Safari Reviews

4.8/5 1041 Reviews
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Anthony Ham  –  
Australia AU

Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

Tanzania: The Great Abundance
5/5

Tanzania belongs among the elite of African safari destinations, and its northern safari circuit in particular is one of the best places on the planet to see wildlife. The northern parks are rich in everything there is to love about...

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Sue Watt  –  
United Kingdom UK

Sue is an award-winning writer who specializes in African travel and conservation. She writes for national newspapers, magazines, Rough Guides and Lonely Planet.

The perfect safari destination
5/5

With almost a quarter of this vast country dedicated to wildlife reserves and national parks, Tanzania is justifiably regarded as Africa’s premier safari destination. It’s one of my favourite countries, not just for the bush, beaches...

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Emanuel  –  
Israel IL
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2021
I would highly recommend Friendship Adventure to anyone looking to have an unforgettable trip!
5/5

I have just finished amazing 10 days of safari in Tanzanya.This was my first safari experience in Africa! Everything was wonderful, much better than what I expected! The tour was very well organized by Friendship African Adventures Safaris...

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ShaNae McCleskey  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Dec 19, 2020
The most eye-opening and life-changing experience I’ve ever had.
5/5

I’m writing this review many years late. But my appreciation for Tanzania, the people I met there, and the wildlife is still a driving force in my life. I went in 2012 and my tour guide on this safari was Loth Kornelio and his team. They...

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DMBT195  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Dec 17, 2020
An Awesome Experience Worth Repeating
5/5

Did a 3D/2N "Camping Safari" that was arranged through Swahili Paradise Tours & Safaris. From start to finish it was an easy process and pleasant experience dealing with everyone from Jimmy to Mashaka, Juma (Driver) and Paul (Chef who made...

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Luna  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Sep 1, 2020
A respite from quarantine
5/5

After a few months of restrictions of our normal activities, we decided to return to our favorite destination, Tanzania. We have traveled with African Big Cats in the past and would not consider traveling with any other tour company....

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