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July 26, 2012

Gombe Stream National Park

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Katavi National Park

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Katavi National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park

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Mikumi National Park

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The Ngorongoro Crater:

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Arusha National Park

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Ruaha National Park

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Serengeti National Park

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Tarangire National Park

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Kilimanjaro

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A family safari in Tanzania offers a wonderful experience which can easily be combined with a beach vacation in Zanzibar. Tanzania is Africa's best safari destination because of the sheer variety of wildlife parks, their immense size and the numbers of animals.

Choose itineraries where there's not too much driving involved (i.e. a lot of parks to visit) especially if you have young children. It's also a good idea to opt for lodges with swimming pools to fill up the time in between game drives if your children are younger. Find out if there are child-friendly programs on site which will occupy the children if you are out on a long game drive.

Note that some safari lodges won't accommodate children under 6. Avoid long game-drives or drives between lodges in safari parks if you have younger children since they won't be able to get out for a bathroom stop due to the wild animals.

A family safari in Tanzania offers a wonderful experience which can easily be combined with a beach vacation in Zanzibar. Tanzania is Africa's best safari destination because of the sheer variety of wildlife parks, their immense size and the numbers of animals.

Choose itineraries where there's not too much driving involved (i.e. a lot of parks to visit) especially if you have young children. It's also a good idea to opt for lodges with swimming pools to fill up the time in between game drives if your children are younger. Find out if there are child-friendly programs on site which will occupy the children if you are out on a long game drive.

Note that some safari lodges won't accommodate children under 6. Avoid long game-drives or drives between lodges in safari parks if you have younger children since they won't be able to get out for a bathroom stop due to the wild animals.

If you want to see the Great Annual Migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest unfold, head to Tanzania's northern parks - theSerengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas. The best time to witness the migration is probably February - March when the wildebeest and zebra have their young. Not only can you enjoy seeing baby animals, but the predators are at the highest number too. Because the herds also concentrate in the south of the Serengeti, it's easy to plan your wildlife viewing in that area and find a safari company that offers lodging there. For more details see my Tanzania Safari Planner. The migration usually moves out of the Serengeti area by the end of June and doesn't return until December.

June to November is Tanzania's dry season and is the best time to visit all the parks, especiallyTanzania's Southern Parks. They become more difficult to reach during the wet season and during the dry season the animals tend to congregate around permanent water and it isn't so hot and humid.

All of Tanzania's parks suffer from the rains which generally fall from March to May in the North, and from November to May in the South and West. Roads get washed out and given the sheer size of Tanzania's parks, the animals tend to spread out, and this makes wildlife viewingless satisfying (if you're looking for sheer numbers of animals).

December through March can get quite hot and humid, especially in Western and Southern Tanzania which makes it a little uncomfortable to spend a lot of time in the bush.

If you want to track chimps in Western Tanzania, the best time to go is the dry season, June - November for better access to the parks. However the wet-season (December to April) makes it a little easier to find the chimps since they don't have to roam too far to get water.

Best Time to Trek Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru are a stones throw away from one another, so the trekking seasons are basically the same. The best time to trek is January - March and September - October.

More information about:

  • How to Climb Kilimanjaro
  • How to Climb Mount Meru
  • Interview with Mount Kilimanjaro Expert Guide Peter Lema

Best Time to Enjoy a Beach Holiday in Zanzibar
The coastal city of Dar es Salaam and the islands of Zanzibar stay warm and humid year round with some humidity off-set by the Indian Ocean breeze. Rainfall can happen any month but the heavy rains fall from mid-March to May and November to January. Click here for average temperatures and rainfall in Dar es Salaam. One of the best times to travel to Zanzibar is during one of the cultural festivals that take place on the island: Sauti za Busaratakes place in February, and the Zanzibar International Film Festival takes place in June.More about Zanzibar...

Tanzania's Climate and Average Temperatures
Tanzania lies just south of the equator and on the whole enjoys a tropical climate, except in the high mountains (like Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru) where temperatures can get below freezing, especially at night. Along the coast (see temperatures for Dar es Salaam), it stays quite hot and humid with heavy and reliable rainfall especially during the rainy season.

Tanzania has two rainy seasons, generally the heaviest rains (called Masika) usually fall from mid-March to May and a shorter period of rain (called mvuli) from November to mid-January. The dry season, with cooler temperatures, lasts from May to October. Click on the following cities for monthly average temperatures in: Dar es Salaam (south, coastal), Kigoma (western region) and Arusha (northern Tanzania, Serengeti and Kilimanjaro area).

When you travel to Tanzania, the best places to visit and enjoy a safari include Katavi, Selous, Ruaha, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. Of course, there's also the Serengeti where you can witness the great annual migration of millions of wildebeest. Some of the best beaches on earth can be found in the Zanzibar archipelago, and Mafia Island is equally idyllic. For more action, you can hike up Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Other incredible mountains include Mahale, where you can visit the largest remaining population of chimpanzees in the wild. Explore all 10 of Tanzania's best destinations below.

1. The Serengeti, Northern Tanzania

Wildebeest Herds gathering for annual migration, Serengeti, Tanzania Getty Images/ Tom Brakefield

The Serengeti National Park offers the absolute classic African safari setting. The migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra starts here. The vast expanse of grasslands make the Serengeti fantastic for spotting lion kills because you can see the whole spectacle clearly. There are mobile camps that are worth staying at because the wildlife concentrates in certain parts of the park depending on the time of year and the rains.Click here for a list of recommended accommodations. If you can, spend at least 4 days to make the most of it. The best time to go is between December and June, but you can't really go wrong anytime of year. A hot-air balloon ride at dawn is a truly magnificent experience.

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2. Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania

Uhuru Peak from Shira Camp 1, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania © Erika Bloom

Africa is known as one of the best destinations for adventure travel, and what can be more adventurous than hiking up the world's tallest free-standing mountain? Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, stands at 19,340 feet (5896m) and will take you 6 days to conquer. The exciting thing about this mountain is that anyone who is fit and determined can make it up. No special climbing equipment or expertise is needed. That said, more than 50% of all attempts fail because people figure it's doable in shorts, t-shirt, and a couple of beers for hydration. Check out these pictures to see what the hike is like.

  • More About Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Images of a Kilimanjaro Trek
  • Interview With Lema Peter - Expert Kili Guide

3. Zanzibar, East Coast

Mnemba island luxury romantic zanzibar island, Tanzania CC africa

Zanzibar is one of Tanzania's top destinations because of its fascinating past and its incredible beaches. Zanzibar's location in the Indian Ocean has made it a natural trading center throughout its history. Famous for its spices, Zanzibar also became an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers. Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital, is a World Heritage site and boasts beautiful traditional houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan's palace, and many mosques.

Zanzibar has many beautiful beaches, that can be enjoyed on any budget. Some of the surrounding islands offer total paradise for the luxury traveler, Mnemba island is absolutely idyllic for a romantic vacation.

Find out more about Zanzibar...

4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Northern Tanzania

Elderly male elephant, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania © Erika Bloom

The Ngorongoro Conservation area borders the Serengeti in northern Tanzania and includes the world's largest crater which acts as a natural enclosure for almost every species of wildlife found in East Africa. This includes the very rare black rhino. The Ngorongoro Crater is where you'll witness some of the densest population of wildlife in the world and it's a truly amazing place for photographers. The Maasai still live within the conservation area, and it's also home to Oldupai where some of man's earliest remains have been found.

There are several lodges and campsites in the Conservation area.

For firsthand accounts of people who have recently visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, click here

5. The Selous, Southern Tanzania

Sand River Selous, Southern Tanzania © Sand Rivers Selous

The Selous is Africa's largest reserve, a world heritage site, and not as crowded as the Serengeti. You can see elephants, cheetahs, black rhinos, African hunting dogs, and plenty of hippos and crocodiles. The Selous swamps, rivers and wetlands allow tourists to take their safari by boat, which is a big draw. Walking safaris are also popular here and you can also enjoy night drives.

Accommodations in Selous and surrounding areas are somewhat limited but all offer a very intimate and unique safari experience. Accommodations include:

  • Sand Rivers
  • Rufiji River Camp
  • Sable Mountain Lodge
  • Selous Impala Camp
  • Beho Beho
  • Selous Safari Camp

For firsthand accounts of people who have recently visited the Selous Game Reserve, click here

6. Mahale Mountains, Western Tanzania

Greystoke Mahale, Chimpanzees, Western Tanzania © Greystoke Mahale

Mahale was the research base for a team of Japanese anthropologists for several decades. Despite the gorgeous clear waters of Lake Tanganyika and the obvious draw of the chimps themselves, Mahale was not an established tourist destination until about decade ago. It's still remote, but absolutely worth the trip. Besides the 1000 chimps, there are other primates to see too, including the red colobus and yellow baboons.

The best time to visit Mahale is during the dry season from May to October. A visit to Mahale is often combined with at least a few nights in Katavi. Mahale is linked by chartered aircraft to Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Kigoma.

There are two excellent camps: Greystoke Mahale (or Zoe's Camp) and Nkungwe Tented Camp.

7. Tarangire National Park, Northen Tanzania

Tarangire, Northern Tanzania Getty Images/Kim Steele

Tarangire is a popular day trip for those following a standard northern safari itinerary, but its baobab dotted landscape and numerous dry river beds are worth much more time. During the dry season (August to October) Tarangire has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Tanzania. It's an excellent spot for those who love watching elephants, zebra, giraffe, impala and widlebeest.

Tarangire is a good place to enjoy a walking safaris and an excellent birding destination. Be prepared to swat tsetse flies here, at certain times of the year they can get annoying.

Accommodations in Tarangire include lodges, campsites and luxury tented camps.

8. Katavi, Western Tanzania

Katavi National Park, Western Tanzania © Chada Katavi
Katavi has all the credentials of being a top wildlife destination in Africa. It is teeming with animals, beautiful and unspoiled. The reason Katavi sees so few visitors is because it is so remote. This is a good reason to visit if you're looking for a unique safari experience since there are only two camps and it's only accessible by light aircraft. Check out Chada Katavi it's an excellent camp (but not cheap).

Katavi is best during the dry season (June to November) where the pools are literally filled to the brim with as many as 3000 hippos.

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9. Ruaha National Park, Southern Tanzania

Elephants on the airstrip, Ruaha, Tanzania © Jongomero Camp

Ruaha is remote, large, and full of wildlife -- especially elephants. There are also lions, cheetah, leopard, lots of kudu and almost every other African mammal you'd like to see. The park is home to the Great Ruaha River and it's here during the dry season (May to December) that you get some spectacular game viewing.

Ruaha is only accessible by light aircraft and it's suggested you stay at least 4 nights to make it a worthwhile trip. This also gives you enough time to explore this huge area of unspoiled African wilderness. Luckily the accommodations in Ruaha mean it's a pleasure to spend several nights.

10. Mafia Island, East Coast (Indian Ocean)

Mafia Island, Tanzania, Indian Ocean © Ras Mbisi Lodge
With less than 1000 visitors per year, Mafia Island is an undiscovered Tanzanian gem. It has a rich history, and a strong Swahili culture unspoilt by tourism. Much of the isalnd and its beautiful beaches have been designated as a marine park. It is one of the best places to deep-sea fish, dive and snorkel in Africa. You can watch whale sharks, turtles and many other interesting species of wildlife.

A Tanzania Safari with Kilimanjaro Adventure Safaris Tanzania provides you with the ultimate Tanzanian holiday. Experience Tanzania's rich diversity of wildlife, culture, history and activities. Whether you decide upon: a luxury lodge safari to Ngorongoro Crater, climbing Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, relaxing on superb Zanzibar Beaches, visiting the Selous Game Reserve or a hot air balloon Serengeti Safari, you will have an unforgettable experience.

Kilimanjaro Adventure Safaris Tanzania specialises in:

  • Private, Tailor made Tanzania Safaris, designed to suit your budget and interests
  • Breathtaking Natural History including Tanzania's Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti National Park
  • Safaris to Tanzania's uncrowded southern parks - The Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park,Udzungwa Mountauns National Park and Mikumi National park
  • Kilimanjaro climbs, trekking, mountain climbs and wilderness camping
  • Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba islands for beach and diving
  • Birdwatching and specialist wildlife Safaris
  • Ecotourism and sustainable tourism
  • Cultural Safaris.

For first time visits, enjoy the Serengeti National Park and the worlds 4th natural wonder - Ngorongoro Crater, along with many nearby gems. For the more adventurous or 2nd visits to Tanzania, leave the tourist trail behind and choose a privateTanzania safari in the unspoilt Southern Circuit (including the vast wilderness of the Selous Game Reserve). Alternatively, Kilimanjaro Adventure Safaris Tanzania offers the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, a trekking safari in the Udzungwa MountainsNational Park or Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Thrill seekers may prefer to climb Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania's only active volcano or take a sunrise balloon safari across the Serengeti plains. Whatever you like, Tanzania has a safari for you.

Contact us directly and our consultants will help you design your own personal Tanzania safari, selecting from the wide range of places to visit in Tanzania.

Leopard Tours was established in 1985, as a family business, and like most small businesses had a fine reputation for personalised service. Today, about two decades later, Leopard Tours is rated as one of the leading tour operators in Tanzania, receiving thousands of visitors a year but our motivation is exactly the same to treat all visitors as our personal guests.

We have invested substantially to maintain the efficiency and the personalised service that has been our foundation and is now the Leopard Tours tradition and trademark. We focused our attention on training and upgrading the personnel, opening offices in key tourist centres, expanding and modernising our workshop facilities, increasing the quantity and quality of our vehicles, and installing the necessary equipment for smooth communication with the outside world and linking our operations countrywide. visit our website: www.leopardtour.com

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