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Everything you want to know about Safaris !

When visiting Tanzania, doing a Safari is almost a must - this country has so many amazing parks and beautiful animals to see, that it would be a shame to miss that ! Check out here all the answers to your questions about this crazy adventure.

1. What Safaris in Tanzania ?

Serengeti National Park : This park is the largest and most famous in Tanzania. Listed as a World Heritage Site, this 140,000 hectare park is the scene of the largest animal migration in existence. One can observe giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, buffalos...

The Ngorongoro Crater : This crater of 9,000 km 2 extends to the Serengeti Park. Unlike the national parks, this area has a status allowing the Maasai to live and graze their herds. In the dry season, you will see the herds escorted by the herdsmen armed with spears descend into the crater. They are thus in the middle of one of the largest concentrations of predators in the world, to access the only permanent water point in the region, Lake Magadi : an astonishing sight! Almost all the fauna of northern Tanzania is represented here, and it is undoubtedly the park where you have the best chance to observe lions, rhinos, cheetahs and hyenas.

Ruaha National Park : The second largest park in Tanzania. The specificities of this park are its big baobabs, its green forests, and its wildlife. Elephants, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes and herds of antelopes can be seen crossing the grassy plains.

Tarangire National Park: Located not far from Arusha, Tarangire takes its name from the Tarangire River, and is considered one of the country's most beautiful wildlife theaters. The park is famous for its elephant migration, birdlife and authentic safari atmosphere.

Katavi National Park : Located in the southwest of Tanzania, this park is less visited and offers an unusual safari experience. The park consists of two lakes where elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, impalas and hyenas go to drink. There are also many crocodiles and hippos.

Mikumi National Park : Southwest of Dar Es Salaam, it is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania. Although it is not very popular with tourists, it has a varied fauna and is an important migration area for many animal species. You can see zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elands, impalas, elephants, giraffes, lions and hyenas.

Lake Manyara : North of Zanzibar, Lake Manyara National Park is a small park of 330 km² that stretches along the ochre cliffs of the Rift Valley. There are many baboons, gazelles and elephants, but also giraffes, zebras, wildebeests as well as huge herds of buffaloes that come to graze the grassy plain.

Selous Game Reserve : The Selous Game Reserve covers 55,000 km² and gathers a great concentration of animals around the waterholes and the river bank: elephants, hippos and crocodiles live there in harmony. It is also an opportunity to see a family of lions hunting. A breathtaking and unique spectacle.

2. What budget for a Safari ?

The budget for a day Safari starts at $250 per person minimum, up to $1500 or more, depending notably on the accommodation you choose and the season.

3. How many days to leave ?

From one to eight days - beyond that, you may find the days a bit redundant.

4. When is the best time to go on Safari ?

July to the end of September is the best time to go on safari, and November to February is the best time for the northern and central parks, as these are the dry seasons. Thus, it is easier to see animals near waterholes and rivers. However, this season is part of the high tourist season. It is therefore not impossible that the camps and lodges are quickly overcrowded and prices are at their highest. The Serengeti National Park, on the other hand, is more interesting during the rainy season when you want to observe herds of wildebeest and zebra in the southeast of the park (for lions and other predators, prefer the dry season).

The time to go on safari in Tanzania also depends on the choice of park : some (such as Tarangire and Katavi) are not accessible during the rainy season and almost all camps close at that time.

5. How to prepare a Safari ?

Don't forget to take along these few essentials : binoculars, a camera, sunscreen and your headlamp, essential if you are on a night safari in Tanzania. In case of a safari during the rainy season, a K-way, suitable walking shoes, a fleece, scarves and comfortable clothes will be welcome. Long sleeves and pants are recommended, as well as avoiding bright colors.

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