Nicholas Eager

How to Spend 9 Days on a Safari in Tanzania

Last updated: 20 December 2023

A safari in Tanzania should be at the top of your bucket list if you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine spending your days exploring the vast savannahs, spotting a variety of wild animals, from majestic lions and leopards to graceful giraffes and zebras, and waking up to the sounds of lions roaring and elephants trumpeting. With miles of golden grasslands and soaring mountains, the surroundings are breathtaking, and the sunsets are nothing short of magical. The Maasai people have lived in harmony with the wildlife for centuries, which makes the local culture fascinating. Don't pass up this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the wild and learn a different way of life.

Basic Information

Here is some practical information that is necessary for a safari adventure in Tanzania:

Visa: To enter Tanzania, most nationalities need a visa, which can be obtained either in advance or on arrival.

Health: To ensure you have received all required immunizations and to obtain any necessary medications, speak with a doctor or travel clinic.

Insurance: To cover any unexpected medical costs and other expenses while visiting Tanzania, travel insurance is a necessity.

Money: Carrying both local money (Tanzanian Shilling) and US dollars is advised because some locations might only accept one of the two. Major cities have ATMs, but remote locations might not have access to them.

Clothing: For warm days, wear lightweight, breathable clothing; for chilly mornings and evenings when temperatures can drop, wear a warm layer.

Gear: A comfortable and successful safari requires a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and binoculars. Check out the gear I bring with me on most of my trips.

Booking: To guarantee availability and lock in the best prices, booking a safari in advance is advised, especially during the busiest travel period. If you're going on your own, more info below.

Respect wildlife laws and regulations: To ensure the safety of both you and the wildlife, abide by the rules and regulations established by the park administration.

Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Tanzania depends on your interests and what you hope to see and do while you are there. Depending on the season, Tanzania's weather can change dramatically.

Dry Season: From June to October, there is a dry season marked by little to no rain and clear skies. The vegetation is scarce at this time of year, which makes it easier to see wildlife, making it the best time to go on a safari in Tanzania.

Wet Season: The wet season, which lasts from November to May, is distinguished by torrential downpours, thunderstorms, and sporadic flooding. Even though going on a safari during this time of year may be less convenient, it is still possible to see wildlife, and the lush green surroundings can be quite lovely.

The annual wildebeest migration, which occurs between June and October, is what makes the Serengeti famous. Huge herds of zebras and wildebeest are also roaming the park at this time in search of new grass. It is best to go during the dry season if you want to see this spectacle. Although the wildebeest migration is the Serengeti's most well-known spectacle, there is a wide variety of other wildlife to observe all year long. A variety of animals, including large predators like lions and leopards as well as herbivores like buffalo and giraffe, can be seen at Ngorongoro Crater.


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The following was our itinerary for the group tour. However, if you're doing this on your own, you can easily add extra days here and there if you like a park.

Brief Itinerary

Day Itinerary Distance / Elevation
1 Arusha - / -
2 Tarangire National Park - / -
3 Lake Manyara & Mto Wa Mbu - / -
4 Serengeti - / -
5 Serengeti - / -
6 Ngorongoro - / -
7 Ngorongoro - / -
8 Lake Eyasi & Arusha - / -
9 Depart - / -

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha

Spend a night in Arusha to rest up for the Safari ahead. You can also visit a cultural center or go on a hike among the neighboring countryside.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Explore the stunning park and sleep in tents at Twiga Campsite.

Day 3: Lake Manyara & Mto Wa Mbu

Explore Lake Manyara. You can also go on a bicycle ride in the surroundings of Mto Wa Mbu.

Day 4: Serengeti

Go on a safari in the Serengeti and sleep in tents at Nguchiro Public Campsite.

Day 5: Serengeti

Go on a safari in the Serengeti and sleep in tents at Nguchiro Public Campsite.

Day 6: Ngorongoro

Drive to Ngorongoro, see the sights, and sleep in tents at Simba Campsite A.

Day 7: Ngorongoro

Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, then drive to Lake Eyasi Ng'ula Sunset Safari Camp.

Day 8: Lake Eyasi & Arusha

Visit the lake, and the Hadzabe indigenous tribal village. Then transfer back to Arusha.

My Favorite Highlights

Tanzania is home to several beautiful national parks, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Lake Eyasi. Keep reading to discover each of these places, and how to visit them on your own.


wildebeest migration
three kopjes
single acacia tree daylight
sunset with a single tree
three acacia trees
safari jeep waiting
lonely acacia tree silhouette
love birds
ostrich and two zebras
lion resting in tree from a distance
lion resting in tree
lion stalking wildebeest laying in a tree
lion yawning
leopard walking on a road
lion resting in a bush from a distance
lion resting in a bush
lion resting in the grass from a distance
hot air ballon on the plains
jeep offroad
leopard staring at me
leopard walking away
acacia tree close
acacia tree
acacia silhouettes at sunset
acacia tree at sunset
acacia silhouettes at sunset dark

This vast national park is home to a variety of wildlife, including the big five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffaloes). There are rocky hills, grassy plains, and acacia woodlands in the diverse landscape. Along with having numerous rivers and lakes, the park is also home to a variety of birds and other animals.

Ngorongoro Crater

warthogs and wildebeest
two safari jeeps
various birds standing by a lake
round tree under the clouds
safari jeep in the distance
safari jeep
serval cat looking at me
two hippos playing in the water
jeep driving away
jeep in the distance
large tree in fog
massa homes
massa people under tree
muddy buffalo staring at me
open tent in fog
hyena carrying wildebeest head
family of lions drinking water
flamingo walking by a lake
grey crowned crane dancing
herd of buffalos from above
elephant crossing the road in front of a safari jeep

There are many different kinds of animals living in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, including large predators like lions and leopards as well as herbivores like buffalo and giraffe. There are numerous smaller lakes and streams inside the crater, which is surrounded by thick grasslands and forests. The crater's rim offers stunning views, making it a well-liked location for tourists to view sunsets.


two elephants drinking from a lake
vervet blue balled monkey with long tail
vervet monkey sitting in grass
masai giraffe looking at camera
mother and son baboon
safari jeep driving through dust
safari jeep
tent at twiga campsite
baobab tree in a field
herd of elephants roaming
jeeps parked off the road

Large elephant herds, baobab trees, and a variety of birdlife can all be found in Tarangire National Park. The park is a great place to go on game drives and nature walks given that it is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lions, leopards, zebras, and giraffes.

Lake Manyara

safari jeep driving through jungle
baboon sleeping
baboon rolling over

Flamingos are common in Lake Manyara National Park and are frequently spotted there along the lake's shores. Along with a wide range of other animals, the park is home to elephants, giraffes, and baboons. It is a great location for game drives and for visiting the hot springs inside the park.

Lake Eyasi

sunset with a single palm tree silhouette
hadzabe tribe digging for roots
hadzabe tribe home
hadzabe tribe member with bow
fisherman pulling fishing rope
hadzabe tribe child with bow
hadzabe tribe children walking
fisherman boat during sunset
fisherman catching fish
fisherman home
fish caught
beer at sunset

A grassy savanna and an acacia forest surround the shallow soda lake known as Lake Eyasi. Numerous bird species can be found around the lake, making it a well-liked location for birdwatching. The Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, who have inhabited the region for centuries, also call the lake home. These communities can be visited, and you can find out more about their way of life.

Recommended Gear

For a Tanzanian safari, prioritize sun protection with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm, alongside essential insect repellent. Bring binoculars for wildlife observation, a camera with extra batteries, and memory cards. Pack light, breathable clothing, warm layers, and waterproof gear. Wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Carry a first aid kit with personal medications, a refillable water bottle with a purification system, and a power bank. Bring cash in Tanzanian Shillings and US dollars, along with passport, visa, and travel insurance documents for a well-prepared and enjoyable safari experience.

Main Camera Body
Main Camera Body
Telephoto Lens
Telephoto Lens
Memory Cards
Memory Cards
Water Bottle
Water Bottle
Water Filter
Water Filter
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
Hiking Pants
Hiking Pants
Hiking Boots
Hiking Boots
Sun Shirt
Sun Shirt

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Useful Info

Getting Around

Going with an organized tour definitely has its perks. But if you're more independent, you can definitely rent a car and go on safari by yourself. However, it is a good idea to research your options and to compare prices and reviews before making a decision. Research car rental companies, check the rental requirements, choose a car that is suitable for the conditions (i.e. a 4x4 for off-roading and rough terrain), and reserve the car in advance if you plan on going during peak season. Definitely do your own due-diligence and research so that you can be safe, and find something for your own needs and budget.


Check out a video that I made about the entire trip! I tried my best to capture all of the little beautiful moments by letting them speak for themselves. So there are no explanations or speaking in this video, just moments :)

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