Activities to do in Tanzania : Safaris in Tanzania can be done as part of a group and also as a private safari. Depending on the activity which you will take part in during your safari to Tanzania, the cost of the safari will also be different and the activities which can be done during these tours include the following;
Night game drives safaris
For night game drive safaris around Tanzania, destinations which can be visited include Lake Manyara national park, Ruaha national park, Tarangire national park, Katavi national park, Burigi Chato national park and also in Mikumi national park, Activities to do in Tanzania.
These night game drives involve searching for nocturnal wildlife species around the national parks and can take about 2 to 3 hours. This activity excluding 18% tax costs 10,000 Tanzania shillings for East Africans and Tanzanians above the age of 16 years, 50 USD for nonresidents and residents above 16 years of age.
Other forms of game drives which are carried out during safaris in Tanzania include morning and afternoon game drives as well as full day game drives. 4×4 safari vehicles are used during these game drives and the best time for this activity is during the dry season from June to October when wildlife species can easily be spotted.
Wildlife species which can be seen during tours around Tanzania include wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, impalas, kudu, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hartebeests, gazelles, hyenas, elephants, rhinos among others.
Wildebeest migration safaris
Another safari that many tourists are interested in during tours to Tanzania is the wildebeest migration safari.
The wildebeest migration takes place in different parts of Serengeti national park and involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests. The migration also takes place in the Ndutu area which is part of the Ngorongoro conservation area.
This migration also takes place annually across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and some of the highlights during the wildebeest migration safaris in Tanzania include the calving season which takes place in the southern part of Serengeti national park and also the Mara river crossings which take place in the northern part of Serengeti national park.
During the wildebeest migration safaris in Tanzania, predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs can also be seen while driving around the savannah plains in Serengeti national park. Wildebeests also move around the central part of Serengeti national park known as Seronera area and also in the western part of Serengeti national park, Activities to do in Tanzania.
Hot air balloon safaris
Hot air balloon rides are also carried out during tours around Tanzania in destinations like Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro conservation area, Tarangire national park, Nyerere national park, Ruaha national park among others.
The hot air balloon safari costs about 600 USD inclusive of pick up and drop off fees, champagne and also an English breakfast after the balloon ride which takes about 1 hour. Tourists during the hot air balloon safari enjoy amazing views of the landscape and other attractions in the different destinations.
Boat or canoe safaris
Another activity which tourists can engage in when visiting Tanzania is the boat safaris or canoe safaris which are carried out in different destinations such as Nyerere national park, Lake Victoria, Momella lakes, Lake Manyara, Lake Duluti among others.
Boat safaris or canoe safaris in Tanzania can take about 2 to 3 hours and in the national parks around the country, wildlife species can also be seen during the boat rides. This activity can be done in the morning or during the day.
Different bird species can also be seen during the boat safaris around Tanzania. Zanzibar is another destination in Tanzania where dhow rides or boat cruises can be done either in the morning or in the evening. These boat rides are used for accessing different destinations around the island.
Tanzania is also a good place for hiking and some of the destinations where hiking is done include Mount Kilimanjaro (Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Lemosho routes), Mount Meru (Momella route), around the Ngorongoro area, Ol donyo lengai, Ol moti crater, Empakaai crater, Usambara mountains among others.
Different trails are used for hiking during tours in Tanzania and the duration of these hikes also varies from one place to another. Some hikes take about 4 days while others take longer and there are also day tours for hiking in Tanzania, Activities to do in Tanzania.
The best place for hikes in Tanzania is Mount Kilimanjaro which is also the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 meters. During these hikes, guides, porters and rangers go with the tourists as they hike to the summit.
Guided walking safaris
Guided walking safaris are also part of the tour experience when visiting Tanzania. These guided tours involve walking on foot and exploring the different destinations in the company of a guide.
In national parks in the southern part of Tanzania, guided walking safaris are common such as in Ruaha national park and Nyerere national park which offer off the track wildlife viewing experiences.
Other places where guided walking safaris are carried out around Tanzania include Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, Serengeti national park, Arusha national park and many more.
When visiting Lake Manyara national park, tourists can also engage in canopy walks along the treetop walkway. The guided nature walks are a good way to get closer to the natural surroundings and also see wildlife species from a closer place.
These guided walks can take about 3 to 4 hours of getting to know more about the destinations and the attractions around.
Zanzibar is another place to visit during tours around Tanzania and the island is famous for beach holidays.
There are different activities which are carried out during Zanzibar tours and they include stone town tours, safari blue experience, kite surfing, spice tours, beach walks, cultural tours, local food tasting, visiting the local markets, snorkeling, scuba diving, nature walks around Jozani forest, visiting prison island, walking tours, cycling, swimming with dolphins among others.
There is a lot more to do during tours around Tanzania which can be carried out at any time of the year.