How many days should I spend on safari?
Here are what some days on a safari might look like… You wake up with the rise of the sun, eat a hot breakfast chased by strong coffee or tea, then head out with your guide in a fully equipped safari vehicle. For hours you drift across endless savannah or drop into large calderas teeming with wildlife. You stop and you observe, swimming in awe at the sheer amount of wildness surrounding you.
So, what’s the ideal time to spend in a wildlife paradise?
It’s an unusual question to ask, especially when safaris are so superlative, so huge and utterly life changing. Is more better? How do I know the optimal amount of days that will afford me time to witness the Big Five and everything in between?
What’s unique about a Tanzanian safari is how much you’re able to pack into a week. Along the Northern Circuit, for example, there is such variety of experience and landscape that after a full week, you’ll have a bunch to process.
Here are just four of these highlights:
- Tarangire National Park: Staff favorite; best place in to see African elephants.
- Serengeti National Park: Ground zero for the best wildlife viewing on the planet.
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Largest intact caldera not only in East Africa, but in the world; a condensed arena of wildlife.
- Lake Manyara: Host to millions of pink flamingoes; located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
Bottom line? Don’t rush.
The Serengeti is 5,700 square miles, about the size of the state of Connecticut. The last thing you want to feel when you’re out on there and searching for those wild things is rushed. To have at least four full days on game drives will give you enough time to see an incredible amount of wildlife. Tack on arrival and departure days, travel to and from the national parks and reserves, and we think the optimal time for your safari experience is 6-7 days. This truly gives you the space to experience the essence of safari while having time to prepare, decompress, and process.
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