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2-Day Tanzania Safari Tours

Tanzania is one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations. To really savor this you should spend at least a few nights in the bush. However, as wildlife densities are high in Tanzanian parks and reserves, you’ll be able to see a big variety of wildlife in a short time span if you need to take a 2-day safari. Luckily many tour operators have realized the need for a quick safari and there are lots of great overnight trips available. Most 2-day trips require a lot of driving time getting to the park and back, but this gives you the opportunity to see the countryside. If time or budget mean you’re restricted to 2 days, you need to make the most of it, so here are some answers to popular questions to help you on your way.

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6 Questions About 2-Day Tanzania Safaris


6 Questions About 2-Day Tanzania Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Are there 2-day tours available to Tanzanian parks and reserves?

“There are many 2-day/1-night tours available in Tanzania. Most safaris start from Arusha or Dar es Salaam, but it is possible to book a quick 2-day safari from Zanzibar too. Arusha is the gateway to the country’s Northern safari circuit. To take a tour of the entire circuit you need at least 4 or 5 days, but in 2 days you can visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater in combination with Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Parks. Of course you can also opt to reduce traveling time and spend both days in just one of these destinations. Even more convenient is an overnight trip to Arusha National Park, located not too far from the city. Here you can enjoy game drives and walking safaris, but more amazing are canoe trips on the Momella Lakes. Large flocks of flamingos often drop by the lakes. From Dar es Salaam, a convenient 2-day safari is to Mikumi National Park. If you park near one of the waterholes you may see a constant stream of animals, including huge herds of buffalo, coming to drink. Otherwise, you can go to Saadani National Park, which spills onto the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It is possible to drive here (the drive takes about three hours), but boat transfers are also available. Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) can also be visited on a 2-day road trip from Dar es Salaam, but because of the distance, a fly-in trip here is more suitable.”


What can I expect from a 2-day Tanzania safari?

“On a typical 2-day safari, at dawn or straight after an early breakfast you’ll be picked up at your accommodation. Usually you’ll drive for several hours to reach the park. The drive gives you the opportunity to see rural Tanzania. Once you arrive at the park entrance gate, your driver-guide will take a few minutes to sort out the paperwork and pop up the roof of your 4x4. This is where your game drive starts. Your guide will drive slowly while looking for animals. You can relax and sit down or you can stand up and look around for animals. When animals move to seek shelter from the sun, it’s time to stop for lunch at a picnic spot, which could be at a scenic viewpoint or even a waterhole where you’ll be able to watch animals coming to drink. The afternoon is spent looking for more animals before you get to your accommodation for the night. After an early breakfast, you might go on another game drive before commencing the drive back to the city. You’ll be dropped back at your hotel in time for dinner.”


Is it safe to book a 2-day tour in Tanzania?

“All Tanzanian safaris run by reputable companies can be considered very safe. There is virtually no crime in any of the country’s parks and reserves. However, like anywhere in the world, cities tend to be crime hot spots. Most tours start in Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Many travelers walk around Arusha without any problems, but we suggest avoiding busy areas, such as the market and the bus station, and following some safety precautions (see Safety & Security – Tanzania). Dar es Salaam has a bad reputation for crime and you need to be more careful here. Exploring the city unguided is not recommended. Rather book a tour or get around by taxi.”

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Is it possible to see the Big Five in Tanzania in 2 days?

“Tanzania’s wildlife viewing is incredible, and on a 4- to 5-day safari around the Northern circuit your chances of seeing the Big Five are very good. This is more tricky on a 2-day trip though. Most Tanzanian parks and reserves don’t have rhino. The only place to dependably see black rhino is in the Ngorongoro Crater. The other members of the Big Five are regularly spotted here too, although you need some luck to see leopard. In the Dry season, Tarangire NP is known for its big elephant herds, and buffalo is commonly seen too. Sightings of big cats, however, can be erratic. There is great general wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara NP, and you’ll have the chance to see tree-climbing lions. Arusha NP isn’t as much a conventional safari destination. There are lots of animals, including the beautiful black-and-white colobus monkey, but there’s little chance of seeing any of the Big Five, except perhaps buffalo. In Mikumi NP three of the Big Five are easily seen, but leopard sightings are very rare. In Saadani NP, while wildlife densities are rather low, you could see elephants, giraffes and several antelope species. A highlight in Saadani is a boat trip on the mangrove-lined Wami River.”


Is a 2-day Tanzania safari worth it?

“Whatever time you can allocate, it’s always worth getting out on a safari. Even though a proper safari should at least take you out into the bush for a few nights, sometimes a quick Tanzania safari is all you may have time to do. You might be traveling on business to the capital city of Dar es Salaam and looking for the best way to spend a free weekend. Or perhaps you have booked a beach holiday in Zanzibar and you’d like a small safari adventure with a 2-day trip to the bush. Or maybe a 2-day safari is all the budget allows. It may surprise you how much you can see and take in on an overnight tour. And hopefully it will inspire you to do a longer safari another time.”


How much does a 2-day Tanzania safari cost?

“There is a big range of prices for a 2-day safari in Tanzania. The cheapest 2-day budget camping tours start at around US$300 per person. Private tours are usually a bit more pricey than group tours where a vehicle might be shared by six to eight people. Mid-range private tours, where you stay in no-frills accommodation, starts at around US$500 per person, but luxury safaris start at around US$800 per person. Fly-in Nyerere NP packages start at around US$700 per person for an overnight trip. Use the filters on the SafariBookings website to narrow down your search, and always get a few quotes before making a booking. ”


Tanzania Safari Reviews

4.8/5 1041 Reviews
Harriet Nimmo  –  
South Africa ZA

Harriet is a zoologist with more than 20 years’ experience. She has the privilege of working with the world’s top wildlife photographers and photo-guides.

The Serengeti and so much more.

Tanzania is “the” classic safari destination and should be top of every Africa lover’s wish list. The starting point for most visitors is the northern safari circuit, comprising the iconic Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater, with Lake...

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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

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!

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.

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

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

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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