How many days should I spend on a Tanzania Safari holiday?
How Long Should a Safari in Tanzania Be?
Ever thought of going on a safari to Tanzania but got stuck with the big questions. How long does a Tanzania safari take? How many days are best to experience a Safari in Tanzania? Only you can really answer this question as it comes down to your interests and preference.
How much do you want to observe the animals, watch their behavior, not be rushed, etc?
These are some other factors to put into consideration when deciding on the duration of your safari; factors such as time, budget, seasons, driving distance, etc.
The duration of an ideal Tanzania safari can take between 5 to 10 days, to ensure you hit all the top spots on your safari. The length though can depend on how long you’d like to stay and enjoy a specific place/hotel/park on your itinerary.
For example: There are several types of safari enthusiasts to Tanzania who will benefit from the approach of long multi-day Tanzania safari itinerary, as well as many who will not.
- For the Experienced Safari traveler,
If you are an experienced safari-traveler, you will probably have seen most of the varied landscape and different animals that a newcomer will be looking for on a safari in Tanzania, this makes a huge difference on the way you plan to experience your safari.
You may well be better off with a more specialized safari, where you base yourself in a few areas for a longer period at a time.
- For the Newbie Safari goer
The people looking for a more expansive safari experience and want to see it all in a short period of time will benefit the most by constantly hopping from one safari region to another. This is common with first-time safari-goers mostly travelling on a Tanzania safari as part of a group.
There are a lot of great Tanzania safari holiday packages that you can choose from, ranging from day trip safaris, short 2 to 3 day safaris to longer multi-day wildlife safaris that last for weeks, depending on your preference.
WHY YOU SHOULD SPEND MORE DAYS ON SAFARI IN TANZANIA?
How much time to spend on a Safari? We believe that the best Tanzania safaris program shouldn’t rush you from one place to the next but should offer an in-depth guide to every place you visit.
- Time to Appreciate and have a Better Safari Experience
Spending more days on a safari tour gives you the best possible chance of seeing what you have travelled to see on your Tanzania safari holiday. It allows you to make the most of your time during your safari, add-on activities such as walking safaris, culture tours, balloon rides, etc. can also easily be integrated in your day to day safari program to spice up your safari holiday.
- A Slow-paced and Relaxed Safari
Spending more days on a safari also guarantees a more relaxed pace and flexibility during your safari days, you will have a varied and interesting time across the whole of your Tanzania safari holiday hence maximizing your safari experience.
EXPERT TIP: A safari is a really great experience, provided you plan it right. Before you book two weeks of safari in Tanzania, realize that you’re basically going to sit in a car all day every day while on safari, that’s if you don’t plan your safari right.
However, on a positive note; We recommend splitting your trip up into small chunks of various activities and locations to keep things fresh, and hopefully, give you a sense of achieving something cool, as well as relieving some of the stress that you have inevitably gone on holiday to deal with anyway.
Recommended Number of Days for Tanzania Parks
- How many days do you need in Serengeti national park? 3 to 4 Days
We recommend spending a minimum of three to four days in Serengeti national park if you’re looking for enough time to be able to enjoy a full Serengeti experience, including doing some of the add-on safari activities such as Serengeti balloon safari, bush dinners, etc.
- How many days do you need for Ngorongoro crater safari? 1 Day
The Ngorongoro crater offers amazing game viewing throughout the year. We recommend spending a minimum of one day. On a good day, Ngorongoro crater is one of the few places in Tanzania where you can spot all the “BIG 5” in one day
- How long should a safari in Tarangire be? 1 to 2 Days
If you are visiting Tarangire national park during the dry season, late July, and October, we recommend staying a minimum of two days in the park. Tarangire is fantastic during this period as most wildlife can easily be spotted around the Tarangire River.
- How long should a safari in Lake Manyara be? 1 to 2 Days
Lake Manyara national park is a small but beautiful park that offers good game-viewing throughout the year. We recommend spending a minimum of one day in the park as we believe it’s enough time to have a taste of this lovely park.
- How long should you go on Ruaha or Selous safari? 3 to 4 Days
Ruaha national park and Selous game reserve are quite large. To have a feel of these parks we recommend staying a minimum of three to four days at each of these parks. This should give you sufficient time to get acquainted with the parks, look for wildlife in the different areas, and take part in add-on safari activities offered.
- How long to spend at Lake Natron? 3 Days
We recommend three days for a lake Natron visit. Take note, the access roads to the lake can be rough and we only recommend a visit to the lake if you love history and especially studies about early man.
So, How Many Days for a Great Safari in Tanzania?
On a well-planned safari holiday, more days are better than too few and don’t try to see ‘everything’, however, Most tourists spend 5-7 days on a safari in Tanzania which is kind of the best compromise when you take time, budget and driving distance between parks into consideration.
Don’t forget to include other activities such as cultural tours, hiking tours, a balloon ride, etc, to your safari program! These will give you a different perspective on your safari and hopefully, you will fall in love with Tanzania!
We hope this article gives you an insight into how many days to spend on safari in Tanzania. However, If you are still having trouble deciding on the best number of days, please get in touch, our team of experts at AQ Tours & Safaris will be happy to assist you with any queries.