The Selfish Guide to a Safari in Tanzania

The Selfish Guide to a Safari in Tanzania

Mr. Selfish and I spent one week on safari in Tanzania. Although I was originally doubtful that I would enjoy a safari, I was quickly proven wrong. It was one of the best and most memorable trips we’ve ever taken.

This was the only safari that we’ve ever done, so I can’t speak to the other areas in which you can safari. But I can say that Tanzania was wonderful.

We chose to go during the “life” part of the Great Migration, during which nearly half a million wildebeests are born. I’ve heard that the “death” part of the Great Migration, where tens of thousands are slaughtered crossing the Mara River, is quite epic too. But I wanted to see all of the baby wildebeests are zebras, and boy, there were plenty!

Here was our itinerary:


Days 1 and 2 – We spotted elephants at Tarangire National Park and stayed at Maramboi Tented Camp.

Biggie Tarangire 282Mrambi Lodge 003

Days 3 and 4 – We drove to Lake Manyara National Park to see the beginning of the Great Migration and explored Ngorongoro Crater where there were lions aplenty. We spent our evenings luxuriating at Kitela Lodge.

Lake 046Crater 060Kitela Lodge 005

Days 5 and 6 – We witnessed the births of two wildebeests at Serengeti South and glamped at Ndutu Under Canvas in the Serengeti.

Serengeti 009Ndutu Under Canvas Camp 004

Day 7 – We drove around looking for wild cats in both Ngorongoro Park and Seregenti South and spent the night at Lake Masek Tented Camp.

Ngorongo Park Day 1 015Ngorongoro Park Day 2 009Ngorongoro Park Day 2 030Masek Tented Lodge 005

Click here for our 15 tips for a successful safari.

Lastly, my biggest recommendation for a safari is to choose your tour operator carefully. You will spend A LOT of time for your driver, so you want to make sure that he/she is fun and knowledgeable. We chose a private tour operator, Allan Tanzania Safaris, and found our driver, Francis, to be optimal for me and Mr. Selfish.


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