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Tanzania is known for its abundant wildlife and the annual wildebeest migration, one of the world’s most famous natural spectacles during which, every year, an estimated 2 million wildebeest, zebra and other wildlife move en masse through the Serengeti in search of green pastures. There are three main safari circuits to explore in Tanzania: the north, the south and the west.

What to see

The Northern Circuit
The northern circuit is Tanzania’s most visited region and encompasses Lake Manyara, Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Fly by light aircraft or travel by road, accompanied by your own driver/safari guide. The elephants of Tarangire, the tree climbing lion of Lake Manyara, the endless Serengeti plains and the huge concentrations of animals in the Ngorongoro Crater promise a memorable safari experience.

The Southern Circuit
The southern circuit is an untamed wilderness area, visited by fewer people than the north. Included on the southern circuit are Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, and Ruaha National Park. These parks offer superb wildlife viewing in 4 x 4 safaris vehicles, on foot or by boat. The wetland scenery teems with hippo, crocodile and over 440 bird species. A week on safari in the Selous is easily combined with a beach stay on either Zanzibar or Pemba.

The Western Circuit
Cox & Kings offers safaris to the Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Parks in western Tanzania, where we work with our partners Nomad Safaris.

Tailor made Nomad Safaris:
Nomad Tanzania is a small owner-managed company based just outside Arusha, founded by early pioneers who, 25 years ago, set up camps in some of Tanzania’s most remote corners. The Nomad camps occupy spectacular locations across the length and breadth of the country, and offer a flexible mobile safari experience. They are small and original in design, well equipped and very comfortable, and are recognised for having some superb safari guides.

Serengeti & Loliongo: There are three seasonal mobile camps travelling around the more remote parts of the Serengeti. Serengeti Safari Camp is seminomadic and will have already been positioned before your arrival in the closest proximity to the predicted path of the annual wildebeest migration. Combine a few nights here with a stay at Nduara Loliondo, which moves seasonally within the Loliondo Concession Area, bordering the Serengeti. Here the emphasis is on walking safaris, off-road driving and night drives, none of which are possible within the Serengeti itself, and also on cultural visits with the Masai. Taking in both of these locations is Nomad’s new camp, ‘Charlie’. Charlie consists of just four tents and offers five night itineraries on set departure dates, split between the Serengeti National Park and the Loliondo Concession Area.

The South: Further south, in the vast wilderness of the Selous, is Sand Rivers, a small, vibrant lodge located next to the great Rufiji River. Easily combinable with any of the Serengeti Camps, a stay at Sand Rivers includes activities such as boating up the Rufiji or following on the trail of a lion in a 4 x 4 vehicle. Fly camping and walking safaris are also available in this area. Sand Rivers combines especially well with Vamizi Island in Mozambique.

Western Tanzania: Greystoke Mahale, on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganika, and Chada Katavi, in the Katavi National Park, are the two outposts in western Tanzania. Mahale is home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, while Katavi is the ideal place has vast herds of buffalo wandering its plains. The two can be easily combined on a week-long itinerary. Alternatively, end your Tanzanian safari with some time on one of Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches.

Mahale, on Lake Tanganyika, is the best place to track chimpanzees, while Katavi is a wild, untamed area inhabited by huge herds of buffalo and zebra.

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Key Facts

Capital: Dodoma
Flying time from London: 10 hours
Time difference: +3 GMT
Population: 41.0 million
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Official Language(s): Kiswahili and English
Visa (UK Passport Holders): Visa required

Before You Go:

Born Wild

Tony Fitzjohn (2010)
Born Wild is the extraordinary story of one man’s passion for lions and Africa. Tony made it his life’s work to reintroduce animals into the wild in Kenya and then Tanzania.

Mara Serengeti

Jonathon Scott (2000)
A personal selection of wildlife photographs and biographical snippets amassed from many years work by Jonathan and Angela Scott in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
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