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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 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 on a Tanzanian safari?

“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 on a Tanzanian safari?

“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. Leopard 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. Cheetah 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 the Selous on your 6-day safari, there is a good chance of seeing wild dog as well.”

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How much does a 6-day safari cost in Tanzania?

“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$1000 per person for a 6-day budget tour and luxury tours start at about US$2500 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 Safari Reviews

4.8/5 1040 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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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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