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6-Day Tanzania Safari Tours

Tanzania is one of the top safari countries in Africa, and on a 6-day safari you’ll be able to see everything you hoped for, and probably more. All its parks and reserves are unique and offer a different experience. The well-known parks in the Northern safari circuit are perfect for a first-time safari. The wildlife densities are incredibly high at any time, but imagine timing your holiday to see one of the most-famous wildlife spectacles on Earth, the wildebeest migration. Although the migration is an incredible privilege to witness, return visitors or those looking to get away from the crowds might opt for a 6-day safari in off-the-beaten-track southern Tanzania.

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5 Questions About 6-Day Tanzania Safaris

 
 

5 Questions About 6-Day Tanzania Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is it recommended to do a 6-day safari in Tanzania?

“A Tanzanian safari of a minimum of 6 days (or longer) is definitely recommended and worthwhile. It will give you the chance to get into the daily routine of a safari and you’ll be able to tune into the rhythms of the bush. A Tanzanian safari is an experience of a lifetime. Every day is different and you never know what you’ll see next. When visiting from overseas, you must make the trip worthwhile. Flights to Tanzania from outside of Africa can take a lot of time, and many travelers will also need to deal with jetlag. So, ideally you should spend adequate time in this country that has so much to offer. Moving camp or lodging every day is tiresome, but on a 6-day safari you should be able to spend some quality time at several places. You should also have the opportunity to get away from the busiest places, mostly visited on shorter safaris.”

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What can I fit in during a 6-day safari in Tanzania?

“There are many 6-day tours on offer, opening up your options as to what you can fit into your 6-day Tanzanian safari. Six days is a comfortable time for the well-known Northern safari circuit. When heading this way, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater are a given. Most people visit the Crater on full- or half-day trips, but it is worth settling into the Serengeti for several days. Depending on the season and the location of the wildebeest migration, you can decide to venture beyond the busy Seronera area of the park. The Western Corridor and the area south of the Mara River lack the big hotels of the central region. For variety you can also add on a stop in scenic Lake Manyara National Park, which lies in the Rift Valley, or Tarangire National Park, known for its big herds of elephant. For a second safari or a more off-the-beaten-track experience, the Southern circuit is a great choice too. Ruaha National Park is perhaps the jewel of the south, and some of the best Tanzanian guides work here. A walking safari here is highly recommended. A stay in Ruaha can be combined with a few nights in Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve), where boat safaris offer an exciting alternative to the usual game drives. Mikumi National Park, en route to the wilder southern parks, is an excellent stopover on a road safari, but seldom included on fly-in itineraries.”

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What kind of accommodation can I expect?

“There is a wide variety of accommodation levels and styles on offer for your safari in Tanzania. Bottom of the range is a camping safari. But despite being the cheapest option, camping has several advantages aside from the relatively low cost. Many campsites inside the park are in top locations, right where most of the wildlife is, and often with great views too. There is no way to get closer to nature than to camp. If you don’t like to rough it a little bit, you’ll probably prefer a lodge safari. There are amazing luxury lodges in the parks. Most are very exclusive, and some are so intimate that they comprise a mere six safari tents or rooms. When I say safari tents, I’m not referring to camping. These tented camps offer large canvas rooms with en suite bathrooms and most mod cons. Many luxury lodges and tented camps are used on fly-in safaris. They offer fine dining, personable service and excellent guiding in open-sided vehicles. There are plenty of larger hotels as well, many pitching at the mid-range level of accommodation. These hotels offer less of a bush experience, but they might appeal more to people needing their creature comforts and a break from the bush at night. Finally, there are usually several budget establishments on the outskirts of the parks too. They might lack sophistication, but they offer a comfortable place to sleep and a hearty meal at the end of the day.”

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Which animals can I expect to see?

“A 6-day tour gives you enough time to see most animals associated with an African safari. Tanzania has a wealth of wildlife, and most popular parks offer an incredible wildlife-viewing experience. The Northern circuit parks have the biggest wildlife densities. Of these, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti are the most well-known parks, and for good reason. You have a very good chance of seeing the Big Five on a 6-day safari to these two parks. Lion, buffalo and elephant are so abundant you might actually become blasé about seeing them before the end of your trip. Rhino is rare in Tanzania, but a healthy population of black rhino inhabits the Ngorongoro Crater, and sightings are almost guaranteed. Leopards are notoriously shy, but the guides are experts at spotting them. Your chances of seeing one on a 6-day safari that includes a few nights in the Serengeti are quite good. There is of course much more to see than the Big Five. Cheetahs are prolific in the southern Serengeti. Other predators you’re likely to see include hyena and jackal. You’ll also see a large variety of antelope, and interesting creatures such as warthog and giraffe. If you head south to Ruaha or Nyerere on your 6-day safari, there is a good chance of seeing wild dog as well.”

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How much will this safari cost?

“It is difficult to put an actual price on a Tanzanian 6-day safari. There are many variables determining the cost. Expect a starting price of US$1,200 per person for a 6-day budget tour and luxury tours start at about US$2,500 per person. Before booking a package, it makes sense to get a few quotes. If you don’t like the idea of long bumpy rides, you might want to book a fly-in safari. However, flights generally add to the overall cost, and most fly-in tours use top-end accommodation, which puts them in the luxury end of the market. Road safaris can also be graded in terms of comfort level. Some use basic budget accommodation outside the parks. Some opt for mid-range hotels in the parks. And others opt for top-end luxury designer lodges and tented camps. Private tours are generally slightly pricier than shared tours, and this is even more so for single travelers. If you want to see the great migration, you probably have to travel in the high season, but if that isn’t a priority, you could consider saving some money by traveling in the off season. The low season mostly corresponds with the rainy months, but rainfall is seldom continuous for days and there are many positives in traveling at this time. Aside from getting good deals, the landscape is stunning and there is an abundance of healthy baby animals. Most of all, lodges are often half-empty and there are fewer vehicles out on game drives.”

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Tanzania Reviews

4.8/5 1564 Reviews
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Brian Jackman  –  
United Kingdom UK

Brian is an award winning travel writer, author of safari books and regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Travel Africa.

Wilderness unlimited
5/5

Tanzania may be one of the world’s poorest countries but its national parks and game reserves are the crown jewels of Africa. First among equals is the Serengeti, probably the most famous wildlife refuge on the planet, a wilderness the...

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Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

East African Landscapes at Their Best With the Enticing Additions of a Kilimanjaro Climb or Zanzibar Beach
5/5

Most itineraries in Tanzania are designed around the world-famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, and for good reason. The fabulously impressive African landscapes and sheer concentration of game are the reasons they’re so popular,...

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Roger Cederholm  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 12, 2024
The wildlife is amazing and the people are friendly
4/5

Our tour was made with Soul of Tanzania, which fits perfectly. Our guide asked me what was important for our trip and then made sure that we checked off everything on the list. Wildebeest/Zebra migration is inspiring, the hippopotamuses...

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Maazen  –  
Saudi Arabia SA
Reviewed: Apr 12, 2024
Maz & Gaby in Paradise
5/5

We had a trip of a lifetime combining beach and safari adventures. It’s a very relaxed environment that makes you forget all your worries. People were so kind and hospitable. The country is gifted with beautiful beaches, mountains, safari...

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Larissa Weyll  –  
Brazil BR
Reviewed: Apr 10, 2024
Best safari in the world!
5/5

We chose Tanzania as our honeymoon destination. The trip was a dream come true! Mama Savana (our tour operator) was perfect and we were able to see the most amazing animals and we had the most amazing experiences in the safari at the...

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Shamsuddoha E Kabir  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 7, 2024
A very Friendly Nation
5/5

Actually the Tour was superb but it wouldn’t have been possible if not for the Tour Operator “Meru Slopes Tours” so friendly and helping. Whatever we wanted to do they tried to accommodate it’s like if we were happy they were happy...

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