Three Safari drives you MUST do in Tanzania 

I only got the pleasure of doing a three-day safari while I was in Tanzania – and it was incredible. I have never been on a safari before and wasn’t expecting to see as many animals as I did. In fact, I ended up seeing 4 out of the Big 5 – just missing out on seeing a rhino.  

Tanzania is one of the best places to do a safari in all of Africa, as it hosts some of the most famous national parks. It has heaps of protected land and conservation areas. It’s also a great trip extension if you plan on climbing Kilimanjaro!  

Although I only had a short safari in Tanzania, I’ve made a list of three national parks I highly recommend you visit! I did my safari as an add on to my Kilimanjaro climb with Kandoo advenutres.

1. Serengeti National Park

The most famous of the three, and undoubtably the best. It is also the only one on this list I didn’t have the pleasure of visiting – but it still deserves a place! The best time to visit here is from June to October. 

Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site, with over 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs and over 500 bird species. It is known for its massive annual zebra and wildebeest migration, The Great Migration.  

Here you are sure to see many animals roaming in the grass fields and may even come up close to some of them. This is a place which is known as being one of the best safari destinations in all of Africa. It is high on my list, and I plan on visiting here when I return to Africa. 

cheetah on grass field
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2. Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

This was my favourite safari area. The Ngorongoro Conservation area is a mixture of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Occupying some 8,300 square km, this area will take easily half to a full day to explore. The best time to visit here is from June to September.  

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is host to the largest ungulate herds in the world. Here you can expect to see lions, zebra, elephants, hippos, wildebeest, buffalo and so much more.  

This is the spot where I saw the most animals in a short amount of time. I was shocked how quickly we were able to spot 3 of the Big 5. Within the first 45min we had spotted a lion, elephant, and buffalo. I also saw many other animals such as hippos, hyenas, jackals, and plenty of zebra. This was truly a remarkable experience!

3. Tarangire National Park

This was the final park I visited for my safari in Tanzania. Ranking as the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania, covering an area of 2,600 square metres. Well known for its elephant large elephant herds and mini migration, which sees 250,000 animals enter the park in the dry season. The best time to visit this park is from June to October. 

The day here started off a bit slow, where we didn’t really see much except for giraffes, zebra, and buffalo. It then took a quick turn when a leopard was spotted. While we were admiring from afar, we spotted a herd of elephants heading our way. Babies and all!  

Quickly our 4WD moved and we were driving right next to the heard while they were on the move. Not even 30mins later we spotted 2 lions and were about 15m away from them. This was an unforgettable moment. 

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