Our itinerary in Tanzania
Tanzania is a top African destination, a natural paradise for wildlife lovers. You can have a great experience in this wild and unspoiled country through breathtaking sceneries enjoying stunning National Parks/Reserves, lakes, mountains, pristine beaches with clear sea, and much more. We’ve visited most parts of Central and Southern Africa, but the wildlife is stunning in Tanzania. The thing that most struck us was how easy it was to spot animals, above all lions and predators.
1° Day: ARUSHA
2° Day: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE N.P.
3° Day: TARANGIRE N.P. – M. WAMBU – NGORONGORO C.A.
4° Day: NGORONGORO CRATER
5° Day: NGORONGORO C.A. – SERENGETI NP (Lobo section)
6° Day: SERENGETI N.P. – SERENGETI N.P. (Seronera section)
7° Day: SERENGETI N.P. (Seronera section)
8° Day: SERENGETI N.P. – LAKE MANYARA N.P.
9° Day: LAKE MAYARA N.P. – ARUSHA – ZANZIBAR (by flight)
10° Day: STONE TOWN (tour)
11° Day: STONE TOWN – NUNGWI BEACH
12° Day: NUNGWI BEACH
13° Day: NUNGWI BEACH – KENDWA BEACH
14° Day: KENDWA BEACH – PAJE’ BEACH
15° Day: PAJE’ BEACH – STONE TOWN – DAR ES SALAM
Need to know about Tanzania
Traveller’s health: click here for more information; keep in mind that Malaria is also endemic, so remember to take measures to protect yourself above all at night by applying mosquito repellent that contains at least 30% DEET.
When to go: the rainy season lasts from November through May, while the dry season runs from June to October. June and July are also the coldest months of the year. The dry season is the best time for game viewing because the animals are concentrated close to permanent water sources.
About the National Parks: the most popular Tanzania destinations are encompassed in the so-called “northern circuit“.The circuit starts in Arusha and includes Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park, which stretches north of the Tanzania/Kenya border.
Serengeti wildebeest migration: it’s one of the most spectacular events in the whole of Africa and consists of the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest to Masai Mara National Park (and back) in search of green pasture, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. The exact timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration depends entirely on the rainfall. It’s possible to see the migration all year round (the wildebeests migrate in a clockwise movement around the Serengeti National Park). Still, the most spectacular moment is from June to October when thousands of them cross the Mara river (northern Serengeti) with many predators such as lions, cheetahs and crocodiles ready to catch their prey.
Mean transport: a hatch top vehicle 4WD with driver rented through a local agency.
Local tour operators: Tanzania is not such a cheap country, and to get the most out of its wonders, it’s good to book a trip with a local tour operator choosing to sleep in the campsites with your tent. We can suggest contacting Easy Travel and tour, Roy Safaris, World Tours and Safaris, Dorobo Tours & Safaris and Earthlife expeditions.
Alternatively, you can also look at the web platform Viator.com which offers tours around Tanzania managed by local tour operators. Another good way to look for your Safari is by using safaribookings.com.
Self-drive: another option is to rent a 4WD vehicle and self-drive through the parks. In Arusha, you’ll find some rental car companies providing the right vehicle to drive to the parks’ gravel road networks. You can try Arusha car rental and safaris, Roadtrip Africa, and Seasons Tanzania.
Accommodations: you can choose between expensive lodges, medium-range hotels (not always), and campsites. If you arrange your trip through a local agency, you can specify which accommodation you prefer.