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Best Things To Do In Tanzania

Safari, beaches and incredible adventures in Tanzania

Experience the heart of the African wilderness with a vacation to Tanzania, located in East Africa. This captivating destination offers stunning wildlife encounters, breathtaking scenic vistas, beautiful beaches, and a rich local culture. The cool, dry months are ideal for visiting Tanzania, providing the best opportunities to witness the iconic Great Migration of wildebeest and zebras in the Serengeti, hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, and sail around the picturesque island of Zanzibar. With so many activities to choose from, Tanzania is a must-visit destination in East Africa.

If you’re wondering where to go and what to do in Tanzania, or concerned about safety, our experts are here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the top things to do in Tanzania, curated by our African Diurnal specialists, which should be a key part of your travel guide.

Plan your trip around these top ten experiences in Tanzania for an unforgettable journey.

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Game Drive

A game drive in Tanzania offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the country’s rich and diverse wildlife in its natural habitat. Visitors can embark on guided safari tours through renowned national parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire, where they can witness the spectacular “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) among other species. The Serengeti, in particular, is famed for the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebras traverse the plains in a dramatic, cyclical journey. Game drives typically occur in the early morning or late afternoon, maximizing chances to see animals when they are most active.

These drives are not just about spotting big game; they also provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in Tanzania’s stunning landscapes, from vast savannas to lush woodlands and volcanic craters. Knowledgeable guides enhance the experience with insights into animal behavior, conservation efforts, and the ecological significance of the areas visited. Whether traveling in a 4×4 vehicle or opting for a walking safari, a game drive in Tanzania promises a thrilling and educational adventure, offering memories that will last a lifetime.

Hot Air Balloon

A hot air balloon safari in Tanzania offers a unique and breathtaking way to experience the country’s wildlife and landscapes, typically in Serengeti or Tarangire National Parks. Ascending at dawn, passengers enjoy panoramic views of the savannah, rivers, and acacia woodlands, often witnessing the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles.

The hour-long flight provides a tranquil opportunity to spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and hippos from above. After landing, guests are treated to a luxurious bush breakfast with champagne. This extraordinary adventure combines the thrill of flight with the serene beauty of Tanzania’s natural environment, making it a must-do for safari enthusiasts.

Cultural Interaction

Tanzania is renowned for its rich cultural diversity, with over 120 ethnic groups including the Sukuma, Chagga, and Maasai. Swahili, the national language, unites these diverse communities, reflecting historical trade interactions with Arab, Persian, and Indian traders. This cultural blend is evident in Tanzania’s music, cuisine, and architecture.

The country’s cultural landscape has also been shaped by colonial influences and post-independence policies. German and British colonial periods introduced Western education and Christianity, while the post-independence policy of Ujamaa under Julius Nyerere promoted national unity and economic self-reliance. This policy encouraged inter-ethnic interaction through collective farming and villagization. Today, Tanzania celebrates its cultural plurality through festivals, national holidays, and policies that promote unity and diversity.

Serengeti Great Migration

The Serengeti Great Migration is a spectacular annual event where over 1.5 million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, traverse the Serengeti ecosystem of Tanzania and Kenya. Driven by the search for fresh grazing and water, this journey spans around 1,200 miles and includes dangerous river crossings, particularly at the Mara River, where many animals fall prey to crocodiles. This migration supports a diverse array of predators and scavengers, including lions, hyenas, and vultures.

The migration follows the region’s rainfall patterns, with animals moving north to the Maasai Mara in Kenya during the dry season (July to October) and returning south as the rains resume (November to June). This movement ensures the grasslands’ renewal and the ecosystem’s health. Tourists and researchers flock to witness this event, highlighting the importance of conservation efforts to protect this natural wonder and the biodiversity of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

Nature Walk

Nature Walk Tanzania offers guided tours through the country’s diverse ecosystems, including forests, savannas, and wetlands. Led by knowledgeable local guides, participants can observe wildlife like elephants, antelopes, and colorful birds, while learning about the area’s ecology, culture, and history.

These walks emphasize sustainable tourism, aiming to minimize environmental impact and support local communities. By joining, visitors contribute to conservation efforts and experience the natural beauty of Tanzania, making for a memorable and educational adventure.

Boat Safaris

 

Boat safaris in Tanzania offer a unique way to experience the country’s rich wildlife and stunning landscapes. Visitors can explore waterways in parks like Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa, and Ruaha National Park, spotting hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species up close. On the tranquil waters of Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria, boat safaris provide opportunities to see local fishing villages, diverse aquatic life, and breathtaking sunsets. These safaris offer a peaceful and immersive experience, allowing travelers to see a different side of Tanzania’s natural beauty.

Beach Holidays

Tanzania offers stunning beach holidays with pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters along its mainland coast and the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia. Zanzibar, known as the “Spice Island,” features vibrant beaches like Nungwi and Kendwa for relaxation and water sports, while Paje and Jambiani are perfect for kitesurfing. Pemba and Mafia Islands offer secluded spots ideal for diving and snorkeling.

Besides beautiful beaches, Tanzania’s coastal regions provide rich cultural and historical experiences. Stone Town in Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers winding alleys, bustling markets, and grand architecture. Mainland coastal towns like Bagamoyo and Pangani reveal remnants of colonial and Swahili history. These destinations blend adventure, culture, and relaxation for an unforgettable escape.

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Best Places To Visit

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Gombe Stream National Park

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Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is a remote and untouched wilderness located in western Tanzania, renowned for its abundant wildlife

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Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is a remote and pristine wilderness area located in western Tanzania along the shores

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Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika, located in East Africa, is the second-largest and second-deepest freshwater lake by volume in the world.

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Best Time To Visit

The best travel time for your tour of Tanzania depends on the regions you visit, and what you wish to experience. Discover the climate and month by month highlights.

Safety

Tanzania as well as Zanzibar, are generally considered a safe destination for travel. As with all other destinations, all you need to do is follow these simple safety measures.

Travel Guide

Planning a trip to Tanzania? Before you travel, get your lowdown on all the essential details – from visa and entry to communications, internet, currency, cards, and health information.

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Dzigbordi A
2024-05-27
Unforgettable trip to Serengeti with African Diurnal Safari It was a fantastic trip especially with my escort driver. He’s very patient and makes sure I see what I want. It interesting see these wild animals in their own habitat. I was able to see big 3 out of the big 3; Elephants, lion and buffalo. I saw cheetah too so that will replace my leopard, unfortunately I couldn’t see Rhino. There were numerous animals at Serengati aside the big 5.
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diakiss d
2024-04-06
During our trip, we saw many famous animal, like chiter, elephants, lion, zebra buffalo, giraffe and many others animals The trip were really amazing and took many pictures and videos and we enjoyed a lot it was a great experiences that we are not going to forget.
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Alessandro S
2024-04-03
Absolutely recommended Great experience absolutely recommended! Great driver too 💪🏻 we saw all the animals we wished to see! Everything was planned by African Diurnal so we could enjoy the most without any stress in planning
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Deogratias E
2023-10-11
The fabulous African Safari Tour in Northern Tanzania it was an African safari that included my wife and I and another couple (our friends). We started in Arusha city, went to Seronera, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, and then ended in Mwanza city. It was a very wonderful experience. My wife and I and our two grown sons did almost a very similar safari tour in June 2019 by the same company and we also experienced the same excellent/superior service. From hotel choices, services in the tour vehicle, meals, etc., it was fabulous
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2023-09-12
Remarkable Lifetime Safari Experience! I had an unforgettable safari with Lameck's team. The tailored made itinerary for me as solo woman traveller, quick and easy communication and well controlled within my budget with quality accommodations! My driver Samson was a great guide and he knows everything about wildlife and parks, within five days I was lucky to see all the big five up close. I would definitely recommend African Diurnal Safaris to anyone looking for remarkable lifetime safari experience.
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Alexandra T
2023-05-19
Best experience ever This was an amazing experience! Our guide knew exactly where all the animals are and we were very lucky to see all of them! We will never forget this trip. What a beautiful region. Long way to drive from kilimanjaro airport to seregenti park.
Grace P
Grace P
2023-05-07
Amazing! Wonderful experience! My tour guide taught me so much about the Serengeti and the animals that live inside. We had an amazing picnic lunch under a tree in the Serengeti while watching animals graze in front of us. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I highly recommend!
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Cfbaur
2022-12-16
A great experience. I only had one day to do a safari. This company did a great job in providing a wonderful Serengeti experience. Lameck, the guide was very good at finding most of the big five animals including getting about 6 meters (20 feet) away from three lionesses feeding on a recent kill.
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Brendkay
2022-11-16
Amazing 7days luxury Safari with great Safari Company Me and my husband had the best times and best organised safari from the beginning when arranging the trip as well as payments. Everything was great and our guide Lameck was the best ever, he is very skilled and well informed. He showed us the most incredible places and gave us great information about every animal, birds and plant we saw. He knew the roads very well and took very good care of us. When it came to lunch he knew how to set a wonderful table and pampered us well enough. We had a very exciting adventure with Lameck. Wonderful trip that I recommend to all who love to see the fascinating wildlife in Tanzania. Thank you African Diurnal Safaris and thank you so much Lameck for this great wonderful experience. Will definitely recommend this trip to my friends.
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David M
2022-11-15
Sensational safari We enjoyed a great 4 day Safari. Our friendly drivers were knowledgeable and helpful. Starting from the western side meant that our first day was extra special as we did not see any other vehicles but very many animals.