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Tanzania Luxury Safari Tours

Tanzania is a dream luxury safari destination. One-quarter of its surface area has been set aside for conservation, and its protected areas harbor an estimated 20% of Africa’s big wildlife. The world-famous Serengeti National Park, the top attraction safari-wise, is famous for its wildebeest migration and density of lions and other carnivores. In addition to the Serengeti, Tanzania has six other Unesco World Heritage Sites, including Ngorongoro Crater (the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera), snowcapped Mt Kilimanjaro, the 30,000km²/12,000mi² Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) and the spice island of Zanzibar. It’s difficult to think of any other African country that outshines Tanzania’s natural attractions.

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6 Questions About Tanzania Luxury Safari Tours

Answered by Philip Briggs

Why should I choose Tanzania for a luxury safari?

“Tanzania has three of Africa’s most attractive safari circuits, the Northern, Southern and Western circuits. These offer some of the finest wildlife viewing anywhere in Africa, as well as a scattering of world-class exclusive and upmarket camps and lodges, making it ideal for a luxury safari. The Southern and Western circuits are best suited to fly-in upmarket safaris, with the Western circuit in particular ranking among the most exclusive and costly in Africa. The focus of the Southern safari circuit is the huge Nyerere National Park, but it also incorporates Ruaha, Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Parks. With its high temperatures and more dispersed wildlife, the south is better suited to repeat safari-goers. More off the beaten track still is the Western safari circuit, which offers the dry savannah country of Katavi National Park and the lush forests of Mahale Mountains and Gombe National Parks. At Mahale and Gombe, hikers can track habituated chimp communities on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. The best-known Northern safari circuit, with its temperate weather, offers the perfect introduction to the continent’s scenery and wildlife in one compact, well-equipped circuit. It incorporates Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. The north is easily covered by road and has accommodation to suit most mid-range and upwards budgets.”


What is included in a Tanzania luxury safari?

“Almost everything. A Tanzania luxury tour will usually include domestic flights and road transport, as well as game drives, other activities and the associated guides and park fees. Accommodation on a full-board basis is usually included too. Some luxury lodges and exclusive camps also include laundry and non-premium drinks (i.e. tea, coffee, soft drinks, local beer and house wine). Check this in advance. Aside from souvenirs and other personal purchases, the most obvious exclusion from most trip quotes is tips. These can add up quickly in Tanzania as tipping is widely practiced, so carry enough cash to cover it.”


Do all luxury safaris in Tanzania include the Serengeti?

“No. Travel logistics mean most safari packages to Tanzania, luxury or otherwise, concentrate on just one of the three different safari circuits. The Serengeti is almost invariably the key destination of any Northern circuit safari package. Northern circuit packages also usually include the Ngorongoro Crater and some, or all, of Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. Trips to Tanzania’s Southern and Western safari circuits seldom include the Serengeti.”


Can you describe a typical day on a Tanzania luxury safari?

“The typical routine is to get up before sunrise, grab a quick cup of coffee or tea, then head out on an early morning game drive. Most lodges and camps in Tanzania offer clients the choice of carrying a packed breakfast on their game drive or returning to camp for a late breakfast or brunch. The middle hours of the day are usually very hot. You might catch a quick power nap in your room or chill out at the swimming pool (assuming that your lodge has one). Afternoon game drives start at 3 PM or 4 PM. For those with the stamina, an alternative is to pack lunch and explore farther afield on a full-day game drive. Either way, the day usually ends with sundowners around the campfire and a three-course bush dinner. Then it’s an early night to ready you for the next day’s pre-dawn start. The safari day is designed to make the most of the first two and last two hours of daylight. These are the cooler times of the day in the warmer parts of the country. These times also provide the best chance of seeing lions and other predators in action and have the best light for photography.”


What type of accommodation can I expect on a Tanzania luxury safari?

“There are three broad categories of luxury safari accommodation in Tanzania. The best represented category comprises large wildlife lodges (say, 40-plus rooms). These typically rank highly in terms of conventional hotel-style amenities, but they also tend to feel somewhat removed from the surrounding bush. At the other extreme are exclusive permanent or semi-permanent tented camps. These consist of canvas units that usually come with en suite hot showers, comfortable bedding and private verandahs. They also offer high-quality cuisine, service and wine. Falling in between these two categories are small, exclusive five-star permanent lodges that might be described as the safari equivalent of boutique hotels. Where possible, look for a luxury safari package that offers a mix of accommodation types, as each has its advantages. For instance, an upmarket tented camp is almost certainly the most hands-on way to experience the African wilderness. However, after a few nights, the superior amenities of a larger lodge might come as a welcome break. If facilities such as 24-hour electricity, wifi or swimming pools are important to you, then be sure to research and choose your accommodation carefully.”


What are the typical costs of a Tanzania luxury safari?

“The costs of a Tanzania luxury safari are highly variable. Bank on an all-inclusive price of at least US$500 to US$600 per person per day. It will cost a lot more – upwards of US$1,000 per person per day – if you stay in small top-of-the-range luxury camps. What you pay depends on just how luxurious and exclusive you want your holiday to be. Other cost factors are the parks you include in your itinerary, and whether you travel in high, low or mid-season.”


Tanzania Reviews

4.8/5 1191 Reviews
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

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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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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Records Andréa  –  
France FR
Reviewed: Nov 28, 2022
The paradise on the earth

We went to Tanzania for our honeymoon. This country is magnificent, it is paradise on earth. Tanzanians are very welcoming and smiling. In October the air and water temperature is just perfect.

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Dee Francis  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Nov 27, 2022
Amazing wildlife

Visited in October with Savannah Explorer and it was amazing to see the animals in their natural surroundings. About 2 to 2 hours drive to each national park and the public toilets were nice and clean. Be prepared for a bumpy ride as the...

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Cheryl Smart  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Nov 27, 2022

Spent time in the national parks on safari. Saw lots of animals up close including lions, leopards and cheetahs. Very fantastic experience. Plus our guide , Lemomo, was very knowledgable, and the other people at Safari Z went out of...

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Joanna Polczak  –  
Poland PL
Reviewed: Nov 26, 2022
Incredible landscapes and unique wildlife

We went with Roadside Tanzania tour operator on 3day safari to Ngorongoro, Tarangire and lake Manyara. Our tour guide Ezekhiel spoke very well English, his driving skills were exquisite, friendly and easygoing person. Our accommodation was...

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