Types of Safaris in Tanzania

Tanzania can be best defined as a land filled with mystery and the most inspiring natural experiences that the world has to offer. From some of the most spectacular natural events to the most life-changing of natural experiences, the variety of natural wonders that a Tanzania safari has to offer is certainly unmatchable. The safaris that one can experience in Tanzania are far-ranging and can be experienced in myriad forms. Go through this list to understand the various ways in which you can witness the undying and inexplicable beauty of Tanzania.

The Classic Jeep Safaris

Tanzania is probably the best location to go on a jeep safari. Locations like Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro are filled with endless plains as well as rivers and marshes that house thousands of varieties of animals. Chasing the big cats is also ideal through these jeep safaris that can cover good distances in short periods of time. A northern circuit 4×4 safari is also quite filled with adventurous climbs and unique sightings of the big cats. 3-day, 5-day and week long jeep safaris are available at just about every national park in Tanzania.

Traverse On Your Feet

Some locations within the mainland of Tanzania are ideal to traverse on foot. Mount Kilimanjaro, for example, is often known as one of those treks that takes you through all the different ecological systems within the earth – from equator to the poles. While a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb might not fit the bill of the classic safari, walking safaris are offered at different national parks to go up close and watch animals too – often at watering holes that attract a large variety of animals. A quick inquiry at any of the accommodation lodges in Tanzania will help you arrive at the best possible walking safari if you prefer walking the large and endless plains of Tanzania to get the best feel of the place. Arusha National Park is one of the most famous parks for safaris on foot.

Safaris on Horseback

Credits – Kilima Camp

Another unbelievable experience that can be part of your Tanzanian safari is that of a horseback safari. A lot of locations have the option of safaris on horseback. These often work better than jeeps because they are not detected as foreign objects by animals, thus allowing you to get closer to the animals that usual. They are also a much more eco friendly option as compared to jeeps. From the Serengeti to the Zanzibar islands, horseback safaris are everywhere and would be quite an upgrade to your Tanzanian safari experience.

Special Safari: The Great Migration

This is one of those safaris that deserves a special mention. Irrespective of the mode of transport that you employ, this is a must do when you go to Tanzania. Witnessing one of the most moving natural experiences that the world has to offer will certainly leave you speechless. Over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebra make the annual trip through the expansive plains chasing the rains, a race that goes on forever. January sees thousands of newborn wildebeest that begin chasing the rains in May (beginning of the dry season) while taking refuge from the sun in the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. The same is repeated seamlessly with every breeding season, leading to an endless cycle of migration and reproduction – something very raw, natural and humbling. The sheer vastness of the wild, with all its noises and eery patches will make for an adventure like one you have never experienced before! Make sure you watch the great migration in action when you visit Tanzania.

Boat Safaris in Tanzania

Tanzania is also strewn with a lot of water bodies that lie amongst the bounds of different national parks. From the Rufiji river in the Selous game reserve to the Momella lakes in the Arusha national park, the water bodies provide a wholly different angle to the Tanzania safari experience. Moreover, there are bird watching paradises amidst the Zanzibar islands – all of which can be visited through boat safaris. As you wander along the current of the waters, you might even run into virgin lands that have never been visited by humans before. Such is the richness of the natural beauty in Tanzania. Some of the most diverse and rich birdwatching experiences can be had on these Tanzanian boat safaris. Along with this, boat safaris are also handy for spotting those animals that reside along river banks or on the trees that surround these water bodies. Don’t be surprised if you come across a few leopards while floating away on your boat.

Underwater Safaris in Tanzania

In fact, you can even take this to the next level with the spectacular underwater safaris in the Zanzibar islands and the white sand beaches that line them. They make for some of the most fantastic underwater viewings anywhere in the world. The variety of wildlife underwater is also extremely rich because of how untouched the entire area is when it comes to human intervention. That is why you should never miss the opportunity of visiting the world under the crystal clear waters around the Zanzibar islands.


So there you have it, Tanzania has one of the most diverse safari experiences that you can find in a single country. The place is a treasure trove of natural wonders and can be witnessed in myriad ways. Whether you make multiple visits to experience all the different Tanzanian safaris available, or you make a long trip to mix-and-match several different types of safaris, one thing is for certain – there will be no repeat experiences and all of them will have a special something that will make them memorable. Even if you are in the same general area, a jeep safari and a boat safari will be completely contrasting experiences. The terrain as well as the animals that you will get to see at these safaris will be completely different and will give you an all-encompassing view of the natural beauty of Tanzania.

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