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5 Types of Unique Safari Tours in Tanzania

Although many people may never have thought of visiting Tanzania on holiday, anyone who takes the plunge and comes to this beautiful destination will discover that it is an exotic and exciting place to experience a thrilling safari adventure.

The safari vacation is one of the most popular types of holiday, and is a bucket list experience for many. Anyone who is planning the perfect safari holiday should consider Tanzania as one of the best African countries to head to for this once in a lifetime vacation.

Seeing animals and big game in their natural environment is a thrill unlikely any other, and is something that will be remembered for a lifetime, and in Tanzania, you can not only have this memorable experience but you can also unwind and get away from all of the stresses and strains of everyday life and immerse yourself in a more laidback lifestyle that is sure to draw you in.

One of the main reasons to choose Tanzania for your safari holiday is the sheer diversity of safari tours that you can choose from. There is no such thing as a standard safari in Tanzania, so whether you’re looking for something more traditional or something completely out of the ordinary, Tanzania’s unique safari tours can be matched to your ideal personal experience whether you’re looking for an active adventure, a relaxing trip or a one of a kind way to see the array of exotic wildlife.

The Jeep Safari

A classic way to experience the local wildlife is on a traditional jeep safari. A comfortable way to travel and ideal for anyone with limited mobility, a jeep safari is one of the best ways to find the Big Five animals that everyone wants to see when they head to the African continent.

A guide will drive you around the stunning landscapes of the game reserves and national parks in a 4 wheel drive vehicle so that you can have the full experience without any of the effort. There are many different jeep safari experiences to choose from including a Masai Mara experience, a Nakuru Lake safari, an exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire Serengeti.

Balloon Safaris

If you’re looking for something completely different and out of the ordinary, a balloon safari is a must-do experience. There is no more relaxing and romantic way to see Tanzania’s diverse wildlife than from the unique vantage point of a bird’s eye view. With this safari type, you’ll be taken up in a hot air balloon so that you can look down over the stunning Tanzanian landscapes and see the amazing array of wildlife that call this African country their home from the air.

Although you won’t be able to get any close-up shots of the animals, you’ll see as much as possible in a short space of time and the views which you’ll experience are out of this world. As an added advantage you get the excitement of a balloon ride into the bargain. This is an ideal addition to a standard safari or as a standalone experience during your Tanzania vacation.

Bird Watching Safaris

If you love birdlife and you’re a keen bird watcher, a bird watching safari is the ideal way to spend your vacation. The ideal alternative to a traditional safari, this unique trek looks out for unusual birds instead of the standard land animals. You will be taken out into the national park where you will see all kinds of exciting birdlife in their natural environment, led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Boat Safaris

Tanzania has made rivers and lakes that wind through a beautiful landscape that is rich in diverse wildlife. These waterways are an ideal natural setting for canoeing and boat safaris, either as a standalone activity or as an additional activity as an aside from your traditional safari game drive experience.

From your boat, you will enjoy seeing birdlife and game from the unique vantage point of the water and not only that, you’ll also be able to enjoy the unusual and thrilling experience of cruising by amphibian wildlife and even seeing hippos close up in the water as you pass by. Some of the best places for this type of safari are on the Rufji River within the Selous Game Reserve or on the River Wami, which borders the Saadani National Park.

For something slightly different and also slightly more strenuous, try a canoe safari on the Momella Lakes in the Arusha National Park on Lake Duluti close to Arusha Town.

Chimp Safaris

For one of the most unique safari experiences of them all, and also one of the most rewarding, the Tanzania Chimp Safari is a must-do experience for anyone with a love of primates. Walking in the footsteps of Jane Goodall, the famous primate advocate and researcher, the Tanzania Chimp Safari in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park is an amazing and memorable way to get up close to these fascinating creatures that are humans’ closest living relatives.

There is nothing more magical than tracking Gombe’s chimp population by using half-eaten fruit scraps and dung as clues, leading the group not the heart of the forest where you can see the chimpanzees in their natural environment and watch their behaviour at first hand.

There are so many different safaris to choose from in Tanzania that there is sure to be one to suit your preferences. All you need to think about is which experience you want to have.

Do you want a traditional safari to find big game? Or do you want to try something completely different to see the diverse wildlife from the unique vantage point of the water or the air? Or do you have a particular love of birdlife or primates and want to focus your vacation around your interests?
Whatever you enjoy, you’ll find it in Tanzania and with friendly and knowledgeable local guides and comfortable accommodation you’re sure to have an amazing time.

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