Tanzania is a vast country inEast Africa , covering more than 945,000 km2 of breathtaking scenery. It is a country rich in diverse flora and fauna and ancestral cultures preserved by the local populations.
During your trip, you will meet many people: Masai tribes, Hadzabe, craftsmen, painters, children, fishermen, farmers… Each encounter is a unique and unforgettable moment. You’ll be confronted with lifestyles and traditions that are very different from those of Westerners. We’re sure you’ll learn a lot from these encounters.
Of course, you’ll also meet a lot of four-legged specimens. That’s the whole point of a safari..
Tanzania is often divided into two parts: the northern parks and the southern parks, so how do you choose your safari?
The northern parks are often the best choice for your first photographic safari. The BIG 5 are accessible through the various reserves and the distances involved are not as great as in the south.
However, a safari in the southern parks allows you to discover an authentic Tanzania, to meet the local people more easily and to discover landscapes that are different from those in the north. Ideal for a second safari in Tanzania or for a more adventurous trip.
Which parks to visit in Tanzania?
If you choose the northern parks for your Tanzania safari, don’t miss the main parks that witnessed the great migration:
You can also stop off at Lake Natron, a place hostile to most living creatures and inhabited by thousands of pink flamingos! Finally, don’t hesitate to visit the Ndutu region to observe the births of thousands of zebra and wildebeest between December and March.
If you’re heading south, we recommend a stopover in theUdzungwa mountains, where there are plenty of hiking opportunities, after a fine safari in the Selous reserve. Finally, the Mikumi Park offers adventurous safaris to encounter an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna!
What animals can you see in Tanzania?
Tanzania is the largest kingdom of wild animals in East Africa. A wealth of wildlife roams at the heart of an immense nature reserve. Numerous wild animals such as buffalo, giraffe, gazelle andelephant live together in huge, varied and easily accessible national parks. You can take the photo of your dreams in wide open spaces, as lions, hyenas and leopards may cross your path.
Travelling to Tanzania with Off Road
Travelling to Tanzania with Off Road means travelling in safety with a local agency. It means being advised by professionals who know the terrain. It means benefiting from the knowledge of local guides. It means fair prices for you and for those involved in your trip. It means choosing an agency that helps local people and plays an active part in local life. It also means choosing lodges in the heart of nature that respect the environment . Find out more about Off Road Tanzania.
When should you travel to Tanzania?
Contrary to popular belief, there is no best time for a holiday in Tanzania. Each month has its advantages. For example, from September to December, you’ll be amazed by the number of elephants in Tarangire Park. Similarly, April to October is the best time to see wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti.
Many travellers choose their travel dates according to the season and the climate. If that’s what you’re planning, here’s the information you’ll need.
Seasons and climate in Tanzania
The climate is hot and humid on the coast, temperate inland.
Temperatures range from 24°C to 27°C from June to September and from 30°C to 35°C from December to May. They can be cool at night.
The dry season runs from May to October and the rainy season from mid-March to early May. During the rainy season, nights are cool, especially around Ngorongoro, where temperatures can fall below 10°C.
There is a short rainy season from November to December. Rainy days are occasional.
But let’s face it, the weather conditions are quite pleasant all year round. So, if you have the chance, choose your holiday dates according to the influx of tourists. If, like us, your dream is to be on your own in the savannah, then January, June or September to November are the best months to go.
How much does a safari in Tanzania cost?
To help you plan your trip, Off Road tells you a little more about the cost of living in Tanzania, how much it costs to get there and how much it costs to live there. Here are a few tips to help you work out your budget for your trip to Tanzania.
The budget for a safari in Tanzania
Budgeting for a safari in Tanzania is not always easy at first. It is vital to know the price of the hotels, the activities to be enjoyed and the cost of transport to get you there and around. These are all factors you need to take into account when working out your budget.
When drawing up your budget for Zanzibar or a safari in Tanzania, bear in mind that although the country may be fairly poor, it is not the cheapest in the region. Prices can sometimes be rather high, especially in the national parks. However, they are definitely worth the diversions, as the flora and fauna are so exceptional! The country’s idea is to protect itself as much as possible from mass tourism. This is the solution that the Tanzanian government has chosen in order to preserve its exceptional nature and guarantee the beauty of its landscapes and wild lands.
Tanzania safari travel budget: an affordable daily routine
Apart from the main tourist activities (visiting the national parks or climbing Kilimanjaro), which are fairly expensive, the cost of living in Tanzania is relatively low. When you draw up your budget for your trip to Tanzania, day-to-day living will not be the biggest item of expenditure. Anyone can travel on a personal budget! Transport, for example, is really not expensive. There are many ways to get around, to suit all budgets. From overcrowded minibuses to “luxury” buses, planes or even taxis – a short journey will cost between €1 and €3 depending on the distance – the choice is yours!
As for food, there are plenty of street stalls where you can eat local dishes at a low price. For 2 euros, for example, there are plenty of opportunities to treat yourself! Of course, in the more touristy areas, there are also more luxurious restaurants, popular with travellers and with more European prices.
When it comes to the accommodation component of your budget for Zanzibar or Tanzania, the same applies as for food. It ranges from entry-level accommodation to the most luxurious lodges. You can indulge in superb waterfront accommodation or opt for quieter corners of the world for less.
When drawing up your budget, you need to think carefully about all the possible areas of expenditure. Cost of living, accommodation budget, price of excursions, price of a safari in Tanzania, but also the visa and administrative requirements that you need to anticipate! Overall, the price of a trip to Tanzania is estimated at €1,765 per person for an average budget over a week, and €2,270 for a high budget. What’s certain is that travelling to Zanzibar or Tanzania is a choice you won’t regret!