Embark on an unforgettable safari in Tanzania

When it comes to wildlife, there are few places as epic as Tanzania. Where else can you explore a giant volcanic crater home to one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa? Or traverse the seemingly endless plains of one of the oldest ecosystems on the planet (aka, the Serengeti)? As well as tracking down some of the world’s most elusive animals, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local tribes – including the Maasai – and learn about their ancient cultures and traditions. When you’ve ticked off the Big Five, why not bliss out on Zanzibar’s beaches, summit Kilimanjaro or discover the beauty of neighbouring Kenya, Zimbabwe or Malawi.

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Tanzania safari highlights

A giraffe standing in the grassy plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania

Find the Big Five

Jump into a specially designed safari vehicle and journey deep into the vast, grassy plains of the Serengeti to search for the Big Five (the lion, the leopard, the bush elephant, the Cape buffalo and the rhino). The animals are active at different times of the day, which is why we head out on four game drives – two in the early morning and two in the late afternoon – for the best chance of spotting Africa's most iconic wildlife.

A dazzle of zebras in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Explore Ngorongoro Crater

At 20 kilometres wide and 600 metres deep, the scenes of Ngorongoro Crater's craggy volcanic peaks and lush grasslands are almost as impressive as the 30,000 animals that call it home. Traverse the crater floor in an open-roof 4WD to track down large game and smaller critters. If you're lucky, you might see lions, leopards, elephants and hippos. And if you're really lucky, maybe even an endangered black rhino.

A local shepherd from the Masai community in Tanzania

Meet local communities

You might come for the Big Five, but you'll stay for the culture and hospitality. Home to over 120 tribes, the little town of Mto wa Mbu is home to diverse cultures, languages and customs. Visit a local community to learn about traditional ways of life, sample banana beer, meet some local craftspeople and share a homecooked meal with a family in their home. This is the Tanzania most travellers don't see.

Two cyclists posing for a photo in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Cycle alongside antelope

Swap four wheels for two on an epic cycling-come-safari adventure through some of Tanzania's lesser-known landscapes. From cycling in the shadow of Mount Meru to whooshing past wildebeest and millions of flamingoes in Lake Manyara, cycling allows you to go where cars can't and immerse yourself in the wildness and beauty of the African bush at a slower pace.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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The best time to go on safari in Tanzania is generally during the dry season from June to October. The drier weather makes it easier to track wildlife as vegetation is thinner and higher concentrations of game congregate around permanent waterholes. Tanzania has two rainy seasons – the 'long rains' from April to May and the 'short rains' from November to December. The long rains bring high humidity and tropical downpours while the short rains see brief showers. Despite the rain and the thicker vegetation which can make it more difficult to spot wildlife, it's usually less crowded, everything lush and green, and there are more baby animals around.

If you visit between May and September, you may get to experience the annual Great Migration (there's no way to predict when it'll happen, but it's usually within these months). This epic natural phenomenon sees millions of wildebeest (often mixed with herds of zebra and antelope – followed by hungry lions!) travel across the Serengeti in search of water as the dry season sets in. As you can imagine, this is the experience of a lifetime.

We can’t guarantee you’ll spot the Big 5, but you’d have to be seriously unlucky to see no animals at all. On our safaris, you’ll explore some of the best game parks and national reserves in the world. These protected areas are filled with a huge variety of species and your expert driver and local leader will be on hand to point you in the right direction (literally).

The “Big 5” used to refer to the five big game animals that were the most difficult to hunt. Now that most shooting is done on a camera, the Big 5 are the most exciting animals to spot while on safari: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.

Loose, light layers in neutral colours are the best attire for a safari (dark colours will get hot in the sun and can attract the Tsetse fly). You’ll also want a sun hat, some good walking shoes, a camera, sunscreen and bug spray. For more details, check out our ultimate Africa packing guide

It depends on the trip style you've chosen. On our Basix trips, you’ll have a cook travelling with you who'll whip up a variety of local and Western-style dishes. Along your route, your cook will stop to purchase fresh, locally sourced food for your meals. You can expect a variety of things for breakfast like fruit, eggs, toast and cereal; lunch is often sandwiches and salads; and dinner is usually a hearty meal like pasta, curry or a BBQ.

On our Original and Comfort trips there'll be more meals at camps and lodges along the way. One thing's for sure: you definitely won't be going hungry on safari!

Most of the permanent tented camps will have private bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers with warm water.

Many of the campsites we stay at have communal facilities with flushing toilets and showers with warm water. However, in some of the more remote areas, there may only be basic facilities (toilets and cold running water).

Some of our hotels and campsites will have Wi-Fi, however, internet and phone access may be limited in more remote areas. But you won’t think twice about emails and social media when you’re watching a pride of lions prowl through long grass or enjoying a drink around the campfire with your group.

We are committed to making travel accessible to everyone, so we will work with you to assess whether you will be able to complete an existing itinerary, or whether we will be able to make reasonable adjustments to meet your needs before you book. Please see our accessible travel page for more information. 

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