Encounter Wildest Africa on This Coveted Safari Across the Serengeti & Beyond
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On Africa’s Great Plains, the pulse beat of the planet reverberates. Our Land Cruiser is a tiny island in a vast, grassy sea, its idle drowned out by waves of pounding hooves. Wildebeest and zebra flow in a living current across the Serengeti as lion and cheetah follow in their wake, finely tuned hunting machines ready to stalk and take down the weakest members of the herds. From our private mobile camp stationed in the center of the world’s greatest ancient migration route, we are subsumed in a primal spectacle as the drama of predator and prey unfolds. Witness it in rare seclusion, immersed in the wonder of one of the world's truly epic wildlife events. And of course, no Tanzania safari is complete without a descent into the famed Ngorongoro Crater. The largest unbroken caldera on Earth, the crater is home to nearly 30,000 animals sustained within its walls.
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- An Itinerary Designed Around the MigrationOur route is adjusted seasonally for proximity to the herds, maximizing your chance to witness Africa’s most dramatic wildlife phenomenon
- Private Serengeti Mobile Camp Far from CrowdsEnjoy unparalleled seclusion, comfort and vintage safari atmosphere at Nat Hab's own Migration Base Camp, placed near the migration route
- Two Descents into Ngorongoro CraterFrom our tented camp on the rim, gain the closest access to the crater floor, facilitating an early arrival for optimal wildlife viewing
Great Migration Safaris
The Nat Hab African Safari Experience
Compare Migration Safaris…Here’s Why Ours is Better!
No wildlife event on the planet rivals Africa’s Great Migration for sheer drama. Twice each year the huge herds make a great circuit across the Serengeti Plains, following the grass that sprouts with the seasonal rains. To witness the migration is on many a wildlife lover’s bucket list, and a coveted experience for nature photographers. But it’s crucial to do it right—because all Tanzania migration safaris are not the same!
- An Itinerary Designed for Optimal Migration Viewing
Many companies operate the same standard “migration” tour year-round, driving the entire northern circuit of Tanzania with no concern to be in a particular place at a time that jibes with the arrival of the herds. We focus on the best time to see the animals, then build our safari itinerary and dates around that, attempting to time our presence for peak viewing. What's more, we spend three full days amid the migration, for optimal photo prospects.
- We're Involved from Beginning to End
We construct every component of your safari, then ensure that you are personally guided from start to finish by a highly trained Nat Hab Safari Expedition Leader, so you can have the utmost confidence in the quality and safety of our operations. Our oversight is meticulous, because our reputation depends on your safari’s success.
- Fly from Arusha to the Serengeti
Many companies drive you both ways to and from the Serengeti from Arusha. We fly you in to maximize time for what you’ve come to Africa for: watching wildlife on safari!
- Our Private Mobile Migration Camp Gets You Close to the Herds
Rather than using crowded lodges where vehicles depart each morning in large numbers, often surrounding the same animals all at once, we insist on the smallest luxury bush camps located in isolated places where wildlife is prolific. In particular, our own private Migration Base Camp allows us flexibility to pursue wildlife where concentrations are greatest, rather than utilizing larger accommodations that are nowhere near the migration.
- Stay Closest to the Crater Floor in Ngorongoro
At the Ngorongoro Crater, we stay at a remote luxury camp that is inside both park gates and closer to the crater floor than other accommodations. This proximity allows expedited access to wildlife viewing in the crater early in the morning, when many animals are most active. With us, you’ll beat the crowds!
- Small Groups for Intimate Wildlife Encounters
A small group is essential for optimal wildlife viewing and photography. We generally have the smallest group sizes in the safari industry. We take a maximum of 12 on this trip, divided into multiple vehicles within radio contact to track the migration. Small groups mean we get closer to the herds, get better photos, and enjoy more personalized interaction with our Expedition Leader and local trackers and guides.
- A Window Seat for Every Traveler
Every guest is guaranteed a window seat. We know how important unimpeded views are when you've come all this way to see and photograph the migration. That's why we split our group into separate top-of-the-line 4x4 safari vehicles, so no one is stuck in a middle seat. With just six guests per vehicle (and only four on photo trips), each traveler gets an open side view with plenty of room for your personal belongings and photography equipment.
- Extra Luggage Allowance
Most airlines and safari companies in East Africa strictly limit luggage to 33 pounds per guest, including carry-on bags, with even the highest priced trips typically having this limitation. We have arranged a special luggage allowance of 44 pounds per guest, making it easier to travel comfortably without leaving behind essential items you need. And on our photo safaris, we've reserved extra seating to allow 60 pounds of luggage per guest, allowing you to take all your camera equipment comfortably. This makes a big difference!
- The World's Finest Safari Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalist guides on the planet! In Tanzania, rather relying only on less-qualified local camp guides, our own Safari Expedition Leaders are the most highly trained guides in Africa, renowned for providing exceptional service. And our photo safaris are led by guides who are also photography pros, adept at coaching photographers of all skill levels. With you from beginning to end, our Expedition Leaders average approximately 15 years' guiding experience. Their training is further enhanced by the resources of WWF’s premier scientists.See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Safari Experience
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Read what travelers are saying about our Tanzania Migration & Ngorongoro Crater Safari:
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Tanzania. Tanzania is similar to Kenya – fantastic wildlife parks across the country, an excellent safari industry – but its traffic is generally less stressful, prices are (for the most part) lower, and its mountain (Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest) is even higher.What animals will I see on safari in Tanzania? ›
- Gazelles. Gazelles are among the easiest animals to spot whilst on safari in Tanzania. ...
- Giraffes. Giraffes are one of those animals that you just can't see in their true light except on safari in Africa. ...
- Cheetahs. ...
- Pink Flamingos. ...
- Hippos. ...
- Crocodiles. ...
- Wildebeest. ...
And, for many, the main reason to visit Tanzania is to see 'The Great Migration' that occurs there. This huge migration of over 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle over the acacia plains is the largest terrestrial mammal movement of animals on earth and the most dramatic safari spectacle you will ever see.Is Tanzania good for safaris? ›
Tanzania is one of the best places to experience safari. Safe, accessible and populated with incredible wildlife, including the Big Five, it is also one of Africa's most popular safari destinations.What color should you not wear on safari? ›
Avoid black and dark blue clothing (both colors attract tsetse flies), and leave bright-white items at home; safari parks are often dusty, and white clothes may get dingy. You want to see wildlife on safari, not look like it!What is the safest African country? ›
The safest country in Africa, Mauritius also ranked as the 28th-safest country in the world in 2022. Mauritius is a multicultural island nation that is family-friendly and secure.Does Tanzania have crocodiles? ›
It is estimated that Africa is home to over 600,000 African crocodiles and 50% of these can be sighted in Tanzania this thus makes Tanzania one of the best places in Africa to film crocodiles.Does Tanzania have tigers? ›
However, you can find few tigers in African zoos and other protected areas. But certainly, there are no tigers in Tanzania.Are there snakes in Tanzania? ›
Tanzania supports a diverse variety of snakes, including some of the world's most venomous species such as black mambas, cobras, and puff adders. Many Tanzanians are bitten by snakes, especially in rural areas but dangers of snakebites are largely neglected by public health agencies and non-governmental organizations.How long does it take to get to Tanzania on safari? ›
How long do you need for a safari in Tanzania? In this day and age, with limited vacation time, we recommend a minimum of 7-10 days. People often assume, after a single day on safari, that they have seen it all. That they can tick that box and head off on the next adventure.
Tanzania is home to some of Africa's most famous national parks and natural attractions, including majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Consequently, the most popular things to do in Tanzania and the reason many people visit the country, are the safaris and wildlife-related adventures.Is Tanzania a good place? ›
Tanzania is said to be one of the safest countries in Africa, and while I have been living in Moshi, I have always felt relatively safe and have never faced any issues. However like everywhere in the world, there is crime and you should always use your common sense and take precautions.Is Tanzania safer than Kenya? ›
Tanzania is generally safer than Kenya since its crime rates are slightly lower than Kenya and there are fewer reported cases of terror attacks and major security incidents. Tanzania is also more politically stable than Kenya and this reduces the chances of you getting caught up in any protests or political upheavals.Is safari cheaper in Kenya or Tanzania? ›
A Tanzania safari is generally the pricier of the two, especially if you want to take in very special reserves like the Grumeti, Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha and Mahale.What is the best month to visit Tanzania? ›
The best time to visit Tanzania is from July to October when the country is at its driest. This coincides with the migration river crossings, however, all the parks offer amazing wildlife sightings at this time as the grasses and bush are at their least dense.Do you see snakes on safari? ›
Most safari-goers look to the Big Five for inspiration but there is a wealth of intrigue to be found in African snakes. A guided safari tour is the safest and most effective way of seeing these incredible reptiles in action as they know where to find them and how to spot the signs of aggression.Is it OK to wear grey on safari? ›
Shorts and shirts are quite comfortable on a safari especially during the day, but sometimes during the game drives and short walks in the bushes you might wish you had covered up a little more. So light weight pants in light colors like cream,khaki and Chinos or grey are good for the game drives and walks.Which country is the richest in Africa? ›
- Nigeria - $514.05 Bn.
- Egypt - $394.28 Bn.
- South Africa - $329.53 Bn.
- Algeria - $151.46 Bn.
- Morocco - $124.00 Bn.
- Kenya - $106.04 Bn.
- Ethiopia - $93.97 Bn.
- Ghana - $74.26 Bn.
The National Bank of Libya issues this currency, and it has an ISO code, “LYD.” It is number one on our list because 1 LYD = 0.21 USD, which translates to 1$ = 4.88 LYD. For a long time, the Libyan Dinar has been the strongest currency in Africa because of the strict monetary policy set out by Libya's central bank.Does Tanzania have black mamba? ›
Are there venomous snakes in Tanzania? Of course! Tanzania lies in the eastern sub-Saharan African region, an area that where a rich variety of venomous snakes can be found! Some of the most dangerous snakes in the country include Black Mamba, Green Mamba, Egyptian Cobra, and Puff Adders.
You can spot rock pythons in protected areas here in Tanzania, if you are lucky. I have seen rock pythons in the wild a few times, once in Tarangire at the Silale Swamps and twice in the Serengeti National Park.Are there lions in Tanzania? ›
Tanzania is home to an estimated 50% of the remaining lions and some of the last viable populations of wild dogs of sub-Saharan Africa.Does it get cold in Tanzania? ›
It can be quite cold at night and in the early mornings, especially at higher elevations. Temperatures can drop as low as 40 F; be prepared with warm layers including jackets, sweaters, warm long pants and warm hats, gloves and a scarf.What food is Tanzania known for? ›
Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau (rice mixed with a variety of spices), biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat).Are there scorpions in Tanzania? ›
The Tanzanian whip scorpion's body is flat and spider-like with six segmented walking legs, two long front legs, and no tail. Coloring varies from mottled brown, black or cream. The body is 1-2 inches across, but they measure up to 8 inches with their legs extended.Do black mambas chase humans? ›
Stories of black mambas that chase and attack humans are common, but in fact the snakes generally avoid contact with humans. Most apparent cases of pursuit probably are examples of where witnesses have mistaken the snake's attempt to retreat to its lair when a human happens to be in the way.Are there black mambas in the Serengeti? ›
Nile crocodiles, monitor chameleons, African python and black mamba are some of the reptiles found only in a select few parks in Africa, such as Serengeti National Park.What animals live in Tanzania? ›
Some of the most well-known African mammal species are native to Tanzania: wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino, lion, and leopard. They are endangered due to poaching. Crocodiles and hippopotamuses can be found along riverbanks and lakeshores, and giant turtles live off the coast.Is a 3 day safari worth it? ›
If you can only spend three to four days on safari, it's probably not worth the travel and cost. While even a day is amazing on safari, it's the extended time out in the bush that makes the biggest difference.How many days are enough for Tanzania? ›
Tanzania in 3-4 Weeks
With a third week, you can really explore Tanzania's game parks in-depth, adding two “Southern Circuit” game parks plus another gem in the “Western Circuit” to the 2-week itinerary above. We recommend beginning with your selection of one of the 10-day itineraries above.
Three of Four days is usually enough time at each camp
Depending on how many destinations you are planning to include in your itinerary, about 3 to 4 nights would be enough time at a safari camp. This would give you plenty of time to spot the wildlife on your bucket list, but also some time to enjoy the lodge.
Corruption remains a central and serious challenge for Tanzania, in terms of both good governance and for the entire social development.Is Tanzania safari safe? ›
Overall, Tanzania is a safe country to visit. It's the safari capital of Africa and government ensures safety of foreign tourists is a priority.How far does a dollar go in Tanzania? ›
The Tanzanian banknotes are in 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 Shilling. The coins are available in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Shilling. 1 US Dollar is about 2250,- Tanzanian Shilling.Why is Tanzania so famous? ›
For many, Tanzania may be the most well-known country in Africa. It is the country that has become synonymous with the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. People from all over the world flock to Tanzania to have a safari in some of the best national parks in the world.Is the Serengeti safe to visit? ›
Serengeti National Park is safe to visit as long as you follow the rules and guidelines set out by park staff and your guide. Incidents with wildlife are extremely rare on safaris, especially when everyone is there to respectfully view animals in their natural habitats.Are there beaches in Tanzania? ›
The mainland and islands along the coastline have some of the most stunning beaches in the world, with powder white sands and turquoise blue seas. The balmy temperatures are around 30 degrees centigrade throughout the year, making Tanzania and its islands the perfect beach getaway, whatever time of year you want to go.How do I choose an African safari destination? ›
- Step 1: Decide What You Want to See. The first step to finding the perfect safari vacation is to think carefully about what you want to see. ...
- Step 2: Decide on Your Mode of Transport. ...
- Step 3: Decide on Your Desired Level of Independence.
Botswana, Safest Country in Africa for Safari
In addition to being ranked as the safest African safari country, Botswana is also one of the most rewarding safari destinations.
South Africa offers several safari destinations, but the most famous—and perhaps most impressive for the big five (lion, leopard, black or white rhino, African elephant and Cape buffalo)—is Kruger National Park and its surrounding territory.
You need at least 5 days to sufficiently enjoy your African Safari. This is from when you arrive on your International flight to your Safari Destination to when you board a flight back home. This time also factors in the time you will need to travel to the national park from the city and some hours of rest.What time of year is best for African safari? ›
When is the best time for a safari? The best time to go on safari is between June and October, during the dry season. This is a cooler time of the year and you are more likely to see animals, who are searching for water sources. During these months, you can also catch the iconic Masai Mara migration.How long should you do a safari? ›
For a well-rounded and rewarding safari experience, the ideal number of days for a safari getaway is anywhere between 7 – 15 days. While this is a great benchmark for safari-goers, it varies from one traveler to the next depending on their travel requirements.How do people stay safe on safaris? ›
Never try to interfere – in any way – with the animals you encounter. This includes trying to change their behavior or position for a good photo shot and feeding them. The feeding of wild animals is absolutely prohibited for both your and the animals' safety. No smoking on the safari vehicle.Is Tanzania safe? ›
Is Tanzania a safe country? Yes, Tanzania is a reasonably safe country. In fact, it's one of the safest African countries , both for locals and tourists. According to the 2019 Global Peace Index, Tanzania is the seventh safest country in Africa.What's the safest country in the world? ›
According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. Iceland is a Nordic nation with a relatively small population of 340,000.Is Kenya or Tanzania safari better? ›
So Kenya is the better-known safari destination, but consequently, most of its prime national parks and game reserves are considerably busier than across the border in Tanzania. With a safari tourism model that tends to prioritise quantity over quality, Kenya has followed the route of low value and high impact tourism.What is the best time to go on safari in Tanzania? ›
The best time to visit Tanzania for a safari is during the dry season from late June to October. Tanzania has two distinct rainy seasons: April to May (the 'long rains') and November to December (the 'short rains').Is Kruger or Serengeti better? ›
Serengeti is more of an open terrain and is best for viewing lions, while Kruger is denser and is better for viewing elephants. The Kruger is home to the important black rhino; however, this endangered grazer can also be seen from the Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti.Where are the big 5 in South Africa? ›
South Africa: Kruger National Park & Private Reserves, Eastern Cape & Madikwe. Long a stronghold of the Big 5, South Africa offers perhaps Africa's most reliable Big 5 sightings in the private reserves that border the Kruger National Park, itself a famous Big 5 hotspot.
The best time to visit South Africa is from May to September. Winter mornings and nights are cold. May and September are wonderful because it is less cold and, especially in September, the wildlife viewing is excellent. South Africa makes a year-round destination.