An amazing awe-inspiring experience like a Tanzania safari is best organized by a reliable tour operator.
If you are planning a trip to Tanzania in the near future then you are in luck. I have put together a list of 17 Tanzania tours that I believe can help you assemble the ultimate Tanzania safari experience.
This list is informed by the safari companies’ track record and the experiences travelers who have used them over the years have had. I have also looked into reviews left by genuine travelers on various independent platforms.
You’ll notice that I give sample Tanzania safari packages for most of the tour operators. This is only to serve as a guide. I do not guarantee that the packages exist. The prices are also to serve as a guide and are meant to give you an idea of what your safari might cost. The prices are per person sharing.
The cost of an African safari is influenced by many factors. One of the factors under your control is the luxury level you are shooting for. Someone staying exclusively in luxury lodges and camps will definitely fork out more cash than someone staying in mid-range facilities.
I would advise you to do your own independent research before booking with any of the tour operators. It helps if you already have an idea of what you want to do while in Tanzania. This way, you will find it easier to spot a Tanzania tour company that most suits your needs and whose pricing your budget can easily accommodate.
The safari companies are listed in no particular order.
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Company Website: www.thomsonsafaris.com
Thomson Safaris has been around for a long time – 3 decades. And when you’ve spent that much time perfecting your craft, mastery is inevitable. These guys really know and care about Tanzania and it shows in the impeccable service they deliver to the lovers of adventure that choose to experience Tanzania with them.
One thing that sets them apart is the Nyumba camps. They are among the few Tanzania tour operators that run accommodation facilities exclusively for their customers.
Expect to be wowed if you stay at a Nyumba camp. The camps are all about bringing the 5-star experience to the wild.
Sample safari package 1: Price: $4,690. Days: 10. Destinations: Serengeti National Park, Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge & Ngorongoro Crater.
Sample safari package 2: Price: $9,390. Days: 14. Destinations: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Ruaha National Park & Dar es Salaam.
Roho Ya Chui
Company Website: www.rohoyachui.com
‘Roho ya chui’ is Swahili translation for ‘leopard’s soul’. I haven’t yet figured out how ‘leopard’s soul’ fits in with the company’s offerings.
Maybe they wanted to communicate that they approach African safaris with the ‘soul of a leopard’. Well, that doesn’t sound right. ‘Heart of a lion’ would do the job better. And that would translate to ‘moyo wa simba.’ But it is not my job to name a company I do not own.
While the name might be confusing, one thing that isn’t is the quality of service offered by the safari company. Roho Ya Chui is one of the best in the business. Especially if you are going on a photographic safari.
If your aim is to test your photographic skills and capture as many still moments of Africa’s magic as you can, then Roho Ya Chui would be the perfect choice.
Sample safari package 1: Price: $3,550. Days: 10. Destinations: Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar.
Sample safari package 2: Price; $5,880. Days: 8. Destinations: Serengeti & Masai Mara (Kenya).
It Started in Africa
Company Website: www.itstartedinafrica.com
It sure started in Africa. Civilization, writing, architecture, elevators… (elavators? Yea, in Egypt).
And in the spirit of progress, in the spirit of continuing what Africa started, It Started in Africa is continuing to wow humanity – one safari goer at a time.
The company specializes in Tanzania safaris. If the customer reviews and reports are anything to go by, they are pretty good at their trade.
There are tours to almost all safari destinations in Tanzania including Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. You’ll definitely find something that tickles your fancy whatever your Tanzania safari goals are.
Sample safari package 1: Days: 8. Destinations: Ruaha, Mikumi & Selous,
Sample safari package 2: Days: 4. Destinations: Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro.
Earth Life Expeditions
Company website: www.earthlifeexpeditions.com
You can make your dreams come true with Earth Life Expeditions. Yes, it is a small safari company but that is a good thing. It allows them the freedom of maximum flexibility and so they can organize more personalized Tanzania safaris.
The guys at the company are really passionate about Tanzania. You are therefore assured of an amazing Tanzania experience as they’ll enjoy the trip just as much as you will.
Earth Life Expeditions provides holidays to the world famous Serengeti National Park, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara National Park, Zanzibar and several other places including those that you probably have never heard of.
You can easily customize your Tanzania safari with Earth Life Expeditions. Because of the flexibility afforded by being small, your wishes can be easily accommodated and you can get a perfectly tailored bespoke safari arranged just for you. Just tell them what you want and they’ll make your dreams come alive.
Sample safari package 1: Days 20. Price: $5,950. Destinations: Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron, Serengeti National Park, Lake Victoria (cultural tour), Ngorongoro, Lake Eyasi (cultural tour), Tarangire & Zanzibar.
Sample safari package 2: Days: 9. Price: $1,900. Destinations: Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro, Lake Eyasi (cultural tour) & Tarangire.
Company Website: www.kanuthiadventures.com
Kanuthi Adventures is based in Tanzania and is fully owned by Tanzanians.
The founder, Kanuthi Tarimo, is a former safari guide. 18 years as a safari guide! He now serves as the CEO of the safari company.
It is safe to imagine that someone with as much experience as a safari guide knows all the intricate details and secrets to making a safari experience unforgettable. Safari guides spend the most time with safari goers. They are there to witness the range of emotions had by safari goers as they witness the wonder of nature that is Africa.
If I were looking for advice on what combination of Tanzania safari experiences would satisfy a customer the most, I would trust the direction given by an experienced safari guide over that given by the average business executive. So I think Kanuthi Tarimo gets it.
I am all for Tanzania safari companies that strive to make a difference in the communities they operate in. Kanuthi Adeventures is doing a great job in this area especially in aiding education of children in local Tanzanian communities.
Sample package 1: Price $1,450. Days: 8. Destinations: Trek Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame route.
Sample safari package 2: Price $1,885. Days: 6. Destinations: Chalinze (Masai Culture Boma), Mikumi National Park & Ruaha National Park.
Company website: www.safarihub.com
Safarihub is a hub of tailor made Tanzania safaris. Just tell them what you have in mind and they’ll personalize your safari to meet all your needs. And with two decades of experience in the business, it is very unlikely that they will get it wrong.
The focus of the company is Tanzania. And to support the hand that feeds them, the company contributes to the development of Tanzania tourism.
Safarihub is an excellent choice for your safari as they’ll go above and beyond what you are paying for. They do strive to get you the best deal too.
Sample safari package 1: Days: 8. Destinations: Ngorongoro, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti & Tarangire
Sample safari package 2: Days: 8. Destinations: Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park & Bagamoyo.
Company website: www.savannahexplorers.com/en
Explore the expansive breathtaking grasslands of the African Savannah with Savannah Explorers. Savannah Explorers has succeeded in building a reputation as one of the most reputable Tanzania tours.
You have a wide range of options to choose from. The company has safari tours to the Western, Southern and the Northern circuit. You can also choose from options that have Zanzibar as a safari add-on.
Zanzibar is an amazing coastal destination and you don’t want to come to Tanzania and fail to make it to Zanzibar. It has pristine white sandy beaches, amazing resorts and awesome people. It is the perfect after-safari destination. Make it to Zanzibar to wind down your Tanzania safari and enjoy some beach time.
Sample safari package: Days: 7. Destinations: Ndutu, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro.
Company website: ilmaasai.com
Want to trek a mountain in Tanzania? Ilmaasai will take care of you. Want to go on a classic Tanzania safari? Ilmaasi got you covered. Want to experience Tanzania’s vibrant cultural flavors? Ilmaasai offers some of the best tribal experiences around. Want to escape to Zanzibar and you can’t find a reliable tour operator to organize your trip? Worry not, Ilmaasai got your back.
Very few tour operators offer as wide an offering to choose from as Ilmaasai does. You’ll definitely find something to whet your Tanzania appetite. And they do a great job.
Their Kilimanjaro trek will take you to the roof of Africa. Kilimanjaro stands tall at 5, 895 meters. It can be quite a thrilling climb.
You actually don’t have to be ‘athlete fit’ to climb the Kilimanjaro. You just have to be reasonably fit.
Ilmaasai will take you through the Marangu or Machame routes and you’ll summit the legendary Kilimanjaro in six days. And then you can take that classic just-made it-to-the-top-of-the-mountain photo at Uhuru Peak.
Sample safari package: Days: 5. A Zanzibar experience: will give you a tour of Zanzibar’s stone town. You’ll stay at a beach resort and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar.
Company website: www.ajabu-adventures.com
‘Ajabu’ is Swahili for ‘awesome’. Ajabu Adventures promises to deliver awesome safaris. So far the greater majority of travelers think they have delivered on the promise.
An awesome safari destination like Tanzania requires awesome tour operators. Tanzania, says Safari Bookings, is actually the best safari destination in Africa. And since like attracts like, it is no accident that the best tour operators choose to concentrate their efforts in Tanzania.
Ajabu Adventures offers private safaris that incorporate the major safari destinations in Tanzania. The main advantage of private safaris is that you have more control of your itinerary and you don’t have to bend to the whims of other people who may have different goals or preferences.
And like with all private safaris, you have the option to choose the level of luxury that most suits your budget. The main driver of safari costs is often the accommodation choices with luxury lodges taking the lion’s share of a luxury safari’s expense. The prices shown in the sample packages below are thus just indicative.
Sample safari package 1: Days: 20. Price: $5,895. Destinations: Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Karatu Village, Mto wa mbu (a Masai cultural visit), Tarangire National Park, Ruaha National Park, Mikumi National Park, Selous Game Reserve & Zanzibar.
Sample safari package 2: Days: 7. Price $3,099. Destinations: Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park.
Company website: www.gadventures.com
Every adventure traveler knows G Adventures. Well, maybe not all every adventure traveler but most of them.
The company is one of the most iconic brands in the travel space. It has been around for over two decades serving lovers of adventure visiting almost all corners of the world.
You can take your Tanzania tour with G Adventures. Some of the packages offered by the company combine a number of African countries. You can combine a Kenya and Tanzania safari or traverse the African continent from Southern Africa to East Africa. The prices are relatively affordable.
Sample safari package 1: Price: $1,999. Days: 7. Destinations: Mto wa Mbu village, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro.
Sample package 2: Price: $2,299. Days: 7. Destinations: Trek the Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route.
Company website: www.trek2kili.com
Do you have plans of climbing the Kilimanjaro? Trek2Kili is here to help.
Trek2Kili has organized several successful Kilimanjaro treks. The company employs the services of experienced guides and porters to ensure that your climb is a success.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa – 5, 895 meters. Making it to the top should take you between 5 and 7 days depending on the route taken and how much time you take to acclimatize to the climate.
Having good guides increases your chances of success. One of the best companies to turn to would be Trek2Kili. Azizi, one of the co-founders, is a trained guide and once served as a porter. The staff’s knowledge and passion about Kilimanjaro will put you at ease and in the right frame of mind for an amazing Kili trek.
Besides Kilimanjaro climbs, the company also organizes safari trips to famous safari destinations like Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire.
Sample package: Price: $2,507. Kilimanjaro trek – Machame route.
Company website: www.go2africa.com
Go2Africa is one of the best tour operators in Africa. The company offers safari tours to almost all the safari destinations in Africa.
The safari company has experienced representatives who will help you craft your dream safari.
For those who are planning to combine Kenya and Tanzania safaris, Go2Africa has safari packages just for such combinations. Kenya – Tanzania safaris will take you through some amazing destinations in the two nations. This can come in handy when you are tracking the great migration from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Sample safari package 1: Price $22,820. Days: 21. Destinations: Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Katavi National Park, Lake Tanganyika, Mahale National Park & Ruaha National Park.
Sample safari package 2: Price $6,760. Days: 9. Destinations: Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater.
Abercrombie & Kent
Company website: www.abercrombiekent.com
This is another renowned brand in the travel industry.
Abercrombie & Kent have been helping travelers discover the world for years now. They have redefined luxury travel in the process and it is one of the travel companies with the largest global reach.
You might want to consider them if you are going on a luxury Tanzania safari.
Sample safari package: Price: $4,395. Days: 8. Destinations: Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park.
The Luxury Safari Company
Company website: www.theluxurysafaricompany.com
You want a listening caring partner to help you organize your Tanzania safari. Rose of The Luxury Safari Company is such a partner.
Rose and her team have deep knowledge of the various destinations and accommodation options in Tanzania. For a trip of a lifetime like an African safari, you want to employ the services of someone who knows her stuff.
The Luxury Safari Company has been in business since 2010.
The team has taken the time to gather and continuously update the pieces of information needed to help you plan the perfect Tanzania safari. When they finally tailor your safari, they’ll help you put together the best pieces so that you achieve the ultimate bespoke Tanzania experience for your budget and adventure needs.
When you go on a luxury safari, a significant portion of the budget will go into accommodation. This is because you’ll be staying in some of the best safari lodges and camps. Camps that will make you look up the meaning of camping in the dictionary… just in case they changed what camping means. The Luxury Safari Company, through various partnerships with lodges and camps, will help you get the best deals on such lodges and camps.
Sample safari package: Price: $7,535. Days: 6 Nights. Destinations: Destinations in Northern Tanzania (where Serengeti is).
Company website: www.kuoni.co.uk
Avid UK travelers will definitely recognize this award winning brand.
Kuoni is almost a century old. Their commitment to quality and excellent service has won them raving fans over the years.
You can be assured of an amazing experience if you book with Kuoni. This covers the hassle free booking experience as well as the actual travel experience.
Kuoni takes travelers to tens of countries all over the world. Tanzania is one of them.
Sample safari package 1: Price: $4,377. Nights: 9. Destinations: Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro & Serengeti.
Sample safari package 2: Price: $4,793. Nights: 6. Destinations: Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro.
Tanganyika Ancient Routes
Company website: tanganyikasafari.com
Mainland Tanzania was called Tanganyika (Republic of) between 1961 and 1964. When Tanganyika later joined forces with Zanzibar, the name Tanzania was born.
Tanganyika Ancient Routes derives its name from the former republic.
They focus exclusively on safaris in Tanzania. The company has experienced guides and they will help you craft the perfect itinerary for you Tanzania tour.
There are classic Tanzania safaris and even balloon and golf safaris available. Experiencing the vast Serengeti from a hot air balloon can be one of the best experiences in the world.
Company website: www.greatsafaris.com
Great Safaris focuses on African safaris and offers tours to South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Egypt and Tanzania.
The award winning company is run by a group of people with a wealth of experience on African safaris.
Planning an African safari can be a complicated process. Having a partner like Great Safaris by your side irons out most of the stress. They’ll take care of every detail to ensure that your tour of Tanzania is a success.
The peace of mind that comes with having a great company like Great Safaris organize your trip is priceless.
Sample package: Price: $3,695. Days: 10. Destinations: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater & Tarangire.
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