With its many nature reserves and game parks, Tanzania is the ideal destination for a safari. Go in search of the Big Five or watch the migration of millions of grazers on the savannah of Serengeti during the Great Migration. A visa is required for a trip to Tanzania, which can easily be applied for online.
Preparing for a safari in Tanzania
In order to get the most out of your safari, it is advisable to make a few key preparations. Although temperatures in Tanzania can reach 30° Celsius, it can still be quite cold during a safari. Because the animals are generally least active in the middle of the day, many safaris take place early in the morning. Therefore, make sure you have warm clothing in inconspicuous colours; bright colours can scare off animals. It is also advisable to bring good binoculars and a camera with a strong zoom lens. These will allow you to see more and capture the animals in their natural habitats. Also remember to bring sunscreen and an insect repellent, such as DEET.
Do not forget your Tanzania visa
In addition to packing the right clothes and equipment, travellers should apply for a Tanzania visa before they leave. The electronic visa is suitable for tourists and can therefore also be used for safaris. Applications can easily be made online with a digital application form. An e-visa allows you to stay in Tanzania for a maximum of 30 days. This means there is enough time for several safaris or a tour of the country. On average, it takes about a month for the visa to be granted, so start applying in time! Once the application is approved, the visa is sent by e-mail. Travellers only need to print the visa and take it with them on their trip.
Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Tanzania has various safari areas, such as the well-known national parks of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, but there are also numerous lesser-known parks that are worth a visit. Serengeti, which means 'endless plain' in Masai, is a fitting name for the area, which consists of savannahs and vast plains. Serengeti is one of the best-known national parks in the world and is popular with tourists because of, among other things, the large migrations, in which millions of wildebeest, African buffalo, zebra, antelope and gazelle migrate through the plains. Besides these herbivores, the lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah are also represented in large numbers in the park.
Another highlight in this region is the Ngorongoro Crater, which was created by a volcano that erupted and collapsed. Because of the differences in altitude, the area has highly varied landscapes, from mountain forests to vast savannah. The crater has the highest concentration of large mammals in all of Africa; some 25,000 animals live there, including rhinos, lions, wildebeests, gazelles, antelopes and leopards. It is one of the few places in Tanzania where rhinos can be spotted, which are threatened with extinction in this area, and one of the best places to see lions. The crater is on the route of the great migration, which means that large herds of ungulates pass through
Less known parks and reserves
Although Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are a must for travellers going on safari in Tanzania, it is worth visiting other, lesser-known national parks and reserves, such as Selous Game Reserve to the south of Dar es Salaam. Selous is one of the largest game reserves in the world (it covers more than 5% of Tanzania), but it has not yet been invaded by mass tourism. It is home to elephants, wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species. In addition to jeep safaris, walking safaris can also be conducted in the reserve.
Another attraction is Tarangire National Park, the park with the most elephants in the world. The park owes its name to the Tarangire River that flows through it. Tarangire is less known than Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, but is certainly worth visiting for its many animals and the impressive Baobab trees, also known as monkey bread trees.
Good preparation will help you select just the right safari from the many game reserves and national parks Tanzania has to offer, so you avoid running out of time. Since visa applications for Tanzania are generally processed after four weeks, it is advisable to start your visa application on time.