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4-Day Tanzania Safari Tours

Tanzania offers some of the best safaris available, and there is plenty you can see and do on a well-planned 4-day safari. Some people love to go on long safaris. Every day is different and you never know what nature has in store for you. You might, however, just want to add on a short safari to a beach holiday or business trip. In this case a 4-day Tanzanian safari might be exactly what you are looking for. Budget permitting, a fly-in safari will make the most of your precious time spent in the bush. However, driving to your destination will give you a chance to see the Tanzanian way of life in the villages and towns along the way.

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5 Questions About 4-Day Tanzania Safaris


5 Questions About 4-Day Tanzania Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is a 4-day Tanzania trip too short?

“A 4-day safari in Tanzania isn’t too short, but you’ll have to make some compromises. If at all possible, I would recommend adding a day or 2 to the itinerary. It always takes a few days to fully settle into the safari routine, and transport to, from and between the parks can take up valuable time. However, if there are constraints in terms of budget or time, you’ll still be able to have a great trip in 4 days. You’ll have a good opportunity to get a feel for the safari atmosphere. And hopefully you’ll be able to return to Tanzania or another safari destination one day. So long as you are realistic on what you can accomplish on a 4-day tour, you’re bound to have a great experience. But be aware that a common mistake people make when planning any safari is to try to fit too much into the allotted time. For obvious reasons, this tends to be accentuated on a short safari. Quality is more important than quantity, and visiting fewer parks usually allows you to spend more time on game drives and to see more wildlife.”


What can I fit in during a 4-day safari in Tanzania?

“There are many short tours on offer in Tanzania, so you’ll have options as to what you can fit into your safari. To avoid having to move lodge or campsite every day, I would recommend either spending all three nights in one location or splitting them across two locations. In the Northern safari circuit, you can easily fit two parks in a 4-day tour. You can go to the famous Serengeti National Park and visit the Ngorongoro Crater along the way. Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks are both close to Arusha National Park, and either of them can be combined with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater in a 4-day safari. At a push, you can visit Lake Manyara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in a 4-day safari, but be warned that you’ll be covering quite a bit of distance. To visit all four of the Northern circuit parks in 4 days is just about possible, but certainly not recommended. Alternatively, you can visit southern Tanzania in a 4-day safari. Either Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) or Ruaha National Park can be visited on its own as a stand-alone fly-in safari from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. You can also drive to Nyerere and visit Mikumi National Park en route.”


What kind of accommodation can I expect?

“There are many accommodation options when going on a safari in Tanzania. If you are looking for a budget 4-day safari, consider a camping tour. Camping is not only the cheapest option available; it also often allows you to stay at the best locations inside the park. If you want to keep the price down, but camping is a bit too rough to your taste, then a budget lodge tour is a good option. These use no-frills accommodation that is often outside the parks, but there are some real gems inside as well. Either way, most budget lodges form a great base for game drives. There is a large variety of mid-range lodges and hotels inside the parks and reserves. These are usually larger hotels or smaller tented camps. If you prefer some luxury on your safari, you should look at the tours offering a higher level of lodgings. These luxury establishments often go hand in hand with a fly-in safari. Top of the range are the small, exclusive luxury boutique lodges that give impeccable personal service, fine dining and excellent guiding. There are some rustic options in this category as well, including very old-school tented camps offering an experience reminiscent of colonial times.”


Which animals can I expect to see?

“There is certainly no shortage of wildlife in Tanzania, and you’ll see many species on your safari. Whichever parks you go to, you’re in for a treat. The easiest wildlife viewing is in the Northern circuit parks. These include the Ngorongoro Crater and the world-renowned Serengeti, a combination that forms the best chance to see all of the Big Five on a short safari. The black rhino, which is usually difficult to spot in Tanzania, is quite easily seen in the Ngorongoro Crater. Serengeti and Ngorongoro also offer a great chance to see all the big cats, including lion and cheetah, although leopard sightings can be hit-and-miss. If you love elephant, you should certainly visit Tarangire National Park in the Dry season to see hundreds of these giants congregate along the rivers. Driving south to the Nyerere or Ruaha on a 4-day safari can be done. But the distances involved and the bad roads mean these parks are better visited on a fly-in trip when time is limited. Here you’ll get a good chance to see wild dog and some unusual antelope species, such as lesser and greater kudu.”


How much does a 4-day safari cost in Tanzania?

“It is difficult to put an actual price on a 4-day safari in Tanzania. There is a wide range of prices for safari packages, but even the budget options don’t come cheaply. You should expect a starting price of about US$1,300 per person for a mid-range lodge tour. Luxury tours are more expensive. Being able to go on an African safari is an incredible privilege. The once-in-a-lifetime experience is more than worth the money though, and the fact that you are directly contributing to conservation makes it even more worthwhile. Lodges range from budget to luxury. Camping is usually the most budget-friendly option. This can be particularly appealing to nature enthusiasts wanting a real bush experience. Whether you book a private safari or you join a group tour also affects the cost. There are many 4-day road safaris on offer, but sometimes a fly-in safari might be the better choice. It will save you valuable time. Fly-in safaris generally use luxury accommodation and this comes at a higher price. When looking for a good deal, consider traveling in the low season. You might get some rain, but this goes together with fewer crowds, lush landscapes and baby animals. It’s always worthwhile getting a few quotes from different operators.”


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Philip Briggs  –  
South Africa ZA

Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

Africa’s Greatest Safari Destination

There is arguably no better safari destination than Tanzania. And, to be honest, I’m not even sure I should be using the word ‘arguably’ here! Tanzania’s superb network of wildlife reserves (including 22 national parks) is the most...

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Kim Wildman  –  
Australia AU

Kim is a travel writer who authored and updated over 15 guidebooks, including Lonely Planet's South Africa and Bradt's Tanzania guides.

On the prowl

Tanzania is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true – even for wannabe National Geographic photographers like me. With one of the world’s largest and wildest animal populations, the country offers some of the best safari...

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Lorraine  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Jul 16, 2024
Phenomenal wildlife, culture, history

Amazing country, the multitude of different tribes and fascinating cultures was incredible. In the national parks you can imagine being here millennia ago and not seeing vast differences from present-day.

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Greg Jaffa  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jul 15, 2024
Once in a lifetime experience

Had a fantastic trip to Tanzania for our anniversary. Tanzania Specialists gave us the trip of a lifetime. Our guide Christian was the best. His expertise and knowledge of the places we visited allowed us to not only see the Big 5, but way...

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Martin Norris  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Jul 15, 2024
Amazing country with welcoming happy people!

Unsure what to expect but no need to have worried! Extremely safe and welcoming country from the moment we arrived at Kilamanjaro airport where even the visa people were friendly and chatty! Hotel in Arusha of African Safari lodge was...

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Liam M.  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jul 15, 2024
Amazing nature, service, and people. Everything we could've hoped for!

Had an amazing 10-night safari through Lake Natron, Serengeti NP, Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Eyasi cultural tours, and Tarangire NP. Lake Natron is a bit out-of-the-way and off-the-beaten-path, and is known for its flamingos, shallow water...

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