Tanzania has wonderful national parks where you may view some of Africa’s most beautiful flora and wildlife. Several national parks and wildlife reserves may be found in Tanzania. The Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, and Tarangire) and the Southern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, and Tarangire) are the two types of safaris available in Tanzania (Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha). This is an oversimplification, since it excludes other fascinating but more difficult-to-reach parks like Katavi and Gombe, to mention a few. The first two groups are more accessible to tourists, since many tour firms provide a range of packages for them.
A safari can cost anywhere from US$250 to US$1,500 per person per night, depending on the level of comfort (fly-tents, self-catering, and guides with vehicles) and the size of the park (Manyara and Tarangire). Luxury lodges and tented camps in the Serengeti can cost anywhere from US$250 to US$1,500 per person per night. You are welcome to bring your own car, as long as it is a 4×4 with sufficient clearance. There is an advantage to hiring a guide and a vehicle since safari vehicles have open roofs that offer a far better vantage position for observing animals. Even if you’re driving your own car, many parks will need you to hire a licensed guide before entering the park. A day with a guide may cost about US$35 including tip. Guides are useful since they are familiar with the park and can assist you in finding creatures like as lions, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, and hyenas.
As of July 2008, park fees for Manyara and Tarangire were US$35 per person and US$10 for vehicle/driver costs. There is a US$200 vehicle charge, a $50 per person park fee, and a $10,- vehicle/driver fee for Ngorongoro. It costs US$100 per person to visit the Serengeti, plus a $10 vehicle/driver charge. These charges are valid for a period of 24 hours. If you come in the afternoon, you will not be charged again if you return in the morning the following day.
Warrior Trails, Ranger Tours, and Leopard Tours are among of the most well-known safari businesses. Ajabu Adventures, Bush2Beach Safaris, Bushmen Expeditions, Fay Safaris, and Tanzania Tour Company are among the other prominent tour operators rated by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators. Serena and Sopa are well-known hotel locations with amenities all throughout the Northern Circuit. Smaller excursions and lesser-known accommodation facilities, on the other hand, may be just as excellent, if not better, than the bigger tours and lodges.
Head to the southern circuit for cheaper rates and some of the most magnificent parks while avoiding safari vehicle traffic congestion, especially Ruaha National Park, where fees are still just $20 per person and the animal range is considerably wider and the landscape breathtaking. Iringa is an excellent location for exploring the region and planning your safari excursions.
If you search online for any of the following trips, you’ll discover trustworthy businesses like Worldlink Travel and Tours that are fairly priced and make the vacation pleasant and stress-free.
- Serengeti National Park – Lions, cheetahs, leopards, hippopotamuses, elephants, zebra, buffalo, waterbuck, crocodiles, gazelle, warthogs, and wildebeest live in the Serengeti National Park, which has been featured in many Discovery Channel programs. The wildebeest migration, which takes place every year between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, is a significant draw (Kenya). As of July 2008, park fees are $50 per person per day, with a guide in a 4-wheel drive vehicle needed. If seeing the migration is your primary reason for visiting the Serengeti, you should let your tour operator know since it may necessitate traveling much farther away, which may be more expensive.
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Wildlife abounds in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, especially in the Ngorongoro crater. Ngorongoro consists of the highlands around the crater (which are rich in elephants) and the crater itself, both of which were formed by the same volcanic activity that created Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley (similar animals to Serengeti, but at higher densities and with a small population of black rhino). As of July 2007, park costs are $50 per day per person, plus $200 per car for a six-hour game drive in the crater.
- Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve – Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve are less well-known but equally rewarding. These parks have a far wider diversity of animals than the Serengeti, and if you’re searching for a less touristy location, these are the places to go. Ruaha is renowned for having the greatest number of elephants and giraffes of any African park, earning it the nickname ‘Giraffic Park.’ It is also an excellent location to view huge prides of lions and the elusive and uncommon hunting dogs. Apart from Ngorongoro, Selous is the only location in the world where you may observe rhinos. You may also go on a real wilderness walk through unspoilt and beautiful landscape in the Uduzungwa Mountains Park. There are just a handful locations on the planet like this. With new gates opening on the Iringa side of the park, as well as excellent campsites, it is a fantastic complement to any Tanzanian vacation.
- Tarangire National Park – Tarangire National Park is located in Tanzania’s northern circuit and is called after the Tarangire River that runs through it. The park covers about 2,600 square kilometers. During the dry seasons, the park, like the Serengeti, has a high concentration of animals. In addition, over 570 bird species have been discovered, making the area a birdwatcher’s dream. Safari lodging is offered at high-end safari hotels and campgrounds.
When visiting wildlife parks, stay as near to the viewing areas (park’s heart) as feasible and depart as early as possible in the morning, since animals are most active just after dawn.
- Zanzibar is a Tanzanian island that comprises the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Beautiful beaches and a historical Stone Town may be found in Zanzibar. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins are all popular activities in Zanzibar. Spice excursions and the Jozani Forest, which is home to a tiny population of red Colobus monkeys, are two more attractions.
- Mafia Island Marine Park is located south of Zanzibar and offers excellent scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities. You may also get the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, since this is one of the few places on the planet where they gather each year.
- Bongoyo Island is easily accessible by boat from Slipway. It features a beautiful beach with great snorkeling in clean water, but you may be better off bringing your own snorkels since renting them is expensive. Because the island is not affected by the tides, you may swim at any time. There are two prices: a resident price and a’muzungu’ price, both of which are still quite affordable.
- Sinda Island is a tiny deserted island that lies between the inner and outer sinder’.
- Mbudya Island – The Silver Sands hotel can take you to Mbudya Island. Although the water seems to be clean, it is shockingly muddy under the surface, making snorkeling impossible.
- Lazy Lagoon – On the secluded 9-kilometer-long white-sand island with uninhabited beaches, there are just 12 accommodations. It has beautiful azure blue water that is excellent for swimming at all tides and snorkeling to be fascinated by the shoals of iridescent tropical fish hidden amid the immaculate coral gardens that surround the island. The island is accessible from the mainland, 70 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam, just south of Bagamoyo town. Bushbabies, wild pigs, genets, baboons, duiker, and Suni antelope live there. The bandas were well-equipped, with solar-powered hot water, a wide shaded verandah, and roomy rooms with enormous windows.
- Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s tallest freestanding mountains. Many individuals come to Tanzania just for the purpose of climbing this peak. Tourists tend to congregate here. You may either hire a travel agency to arrange your trip up the mountain from your home country, but you’ll pay a lot more for the convenience, or you can jump on a plane and save money by arranging it in Arusha or Dar. Be aware that there are just as many inept and dishonest trek organizers as there are professional and honest ones. Make sure your guide follows through on his promises by asking around.
- Mt Meru is an active stratovolcano in Tanzania, situated 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro. On a clear day, it can be seen from Mt Kilimanjaro at a height of 4,565 meters (14,977 feet), and it is Africa’s ninth or tenth tallest peak, depending on definition. Much of its mass was lost approximately 8,000 years ago owing to an eastward volcanic explosion, comparable to Mount St. Helens in the United States, which erupted in 1980. In 1910, Mount Meru erupted in a small eruption. Several tiny cones and craters in the area are likely the result of several periods of volcanic activity.