How to plan a safari in Tanzania from A to Z

How to plan a Tanzania safari

Tanzania is one of those magical lands with a distant atmosphere, a pristine place where you can get in touch with the wildest nature and the most beautiful fauna in the world. Travelling in Tanzania and nearby places, such as the splendid Zanzibar, is a life-changing experience that leaves your heart full of emotions.

When you decide to plan a safari in Tanzania, you are preparing to immerse yourself in a completely different world, marked by an ancient culture that is far from our reality; breathtaking landscapes, enchanting lakes and craters, and memorable safaris. But how do you plan a safari in this faraway land? How do you go about a Tanzania safari?

You will find below a step by step guide on how to plan a holiday in Tanzania, so you can have a perfect, smooth experience.

Why living a Tanzania safari?

There are plenty of reasons to travel to Tanzania, all of which can be grouped into three main reasons:

  • Get to know and get in touch with the indigenous population, such as the Masai people or the tribes of Lake Eyasi, and discover the customs and traditions of these distant and unique cultures.
  • See the wonders of Tanzania and its fantastic landscapes, such as the beautiful Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and magnificent lakes, such as that of Natron.
  • Experience an unforgettable safari in Tanzania’s parks, photographing and admiring Tanzania’s beautiful wildlife. Elephants, rhinoceros, lions and many other animals await you here.

Where to go and what to do in Tanzania

We have already talked about the thing to do on a tour of Tanzania, a subject that would require writing entire books to be fully satisfied. The truth is that Africa is littered with enchanting landscapes and incredible places where nature has prevailed.

From the parks of Tanzania, such as Serengeti and Arusha, where you can find spectacular landscapes, majestic trees such as baobabs and the most beautiful animals in the Savannah, such as leopards and lions, to the lakes that Hemingway fell in love with.

You will find all the best destinations below:

Kilimanjaro National Park
Serengeti National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Arusha National Park
Tarangire National Park
Lake Natron
Lake Eyasi

Zanzibar and its seaside resorts

Tanzania is not only a favourite destination for wonderful safaris, but it is also a land rich in some of the most magical and popular seaside resorts in the world. Top among these is undoubtedly the Zanzibar Archipelago, a dream destination for all who enjoy beaches, nature, pristine transparent ocean and marine life.

You will find other islands waiting for you in the archipelago, such as Pemba and Mafia, where you will meet hundreds of tortoises, as well as diving, swimming and resting on white beaches.

Pemba Island
Zanzibar Archipelago
Mafia Island

How to plan your safari in Tanzania

Planning a travel to Tanzania is not the simplest and easiest thing in the world, because you have to plan the trip from A to Z. You will have to think about the sites to visit, things to see, tour operators to rely on, and dates to choose from and so on. Below you will find all the information you need to make a trip to Zanzibar and Tanzania and enjoy this fantastic places

Choice of season

When you make a decision to go to Tanzania, the choice of period is fundamental. Tanzania’s climate is in fact very peculiar and characterized by 4 different seasons: two dry seasons and two rainy ones. The choice of season is especially important when organizing a safari in Tanzania.

The season and climate will determine whether you will be able to see different landscapes, either lush or dry, and experience phenomena such as migration.

The best times are:

Deciding on your Flight

One of the things to take into consideration when planning a holiday to Tanzania is the flight. Air is the only way by which you can reach this part of Africa. Though there are fewer flights headed here compared to more popular destinations, and despite the fact that the flights are quite long, it is quite easy to find affordable flights.

Our advice is to book your flight at least 4 months in advance, so you can find flights at lower prices, and compare offers from various sites. The sites we recommend for flights to Tanzania are:


Picking a safari tour operator

Upon deciding to travel to Tanzania or Zanzibar, it is best to find a tour operator to manage your stay, especially if you intend to go on a safari tour. Organizing your travel by yourself is almost impossible and can even be risky, while relying on an experienced tour operator will ensure you travel safely to Tanzania and not run into problems.

I would obviously recommend that you rely on us at Safari Avventura, a tour operator specializing in travel and safari in Tanzania. We offer all-inclusive packages that allow you to dedicate your mind and body to your holiday without having to think about anything else. You will be assisted by fluent Italian speaking local guides, and you will find everything ready for you from the moment you arrive Tanzania.

With Safari Avventura you get to live a fantastic experience, explore the most beautiful parks in Tanzania, immerse yourself in photo safaris, and get in touch with the local people.

What to bring along

One of the most common questions we get asked is: what should we pack for a trip to Tanzania?

The answer, in fact, depends on a number of factors. If your choice is to visit the Zanzibar Archipelago and the seaside resorts of Tanzania, then get everything you need for the beach, and a very strong sun screen is essential. Should you be coming for a safari, we recommend you bring comfortable, lightweight, and opaque clothes with you. Insecticides are also fundamental to protect you from possible insect bites.

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