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8 Day Tanzania Wildlife Safari Tours - Experience Big five Animals 

8 Day Tanzania Safari Tour - Itinerary and Price

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day Tanzania safari tour, where adventure and breathtaking landscapes await.


This meticulously crafted journey takes you through some of Africa's most iconic national parks, including the elephant-rich Tarangire, the vast Serengeti, and the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. Each day promises thrilling wildlife encounters, from the Big Five to the mesmerizing Great Migration. Along the way, immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to a traditional Maasai village.


Ideal for both luxury and budget travelers, this safari offers an extraordinary blend of excitement, natural beauty, and cultural discovery.

Highlight : 8-Day Safari in Tanzania

  • Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

  • Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park​

  • Day 3: Tarangire to Serengeti National Park​

  • Day 4: Full Day in Serengeti National Park​

  • Day 5: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater​

  • Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Exploration​

  • Day 7: Ngorongoro to Lake Manyara National Park​

  • Day 8: Return to Arusha and Departure​

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5 Questions About 8-Day Tanzania Safaris

Discover the top 5 most informative questions about 8 Tanzania safari tours. Bruno, your Tanzania safari expert, will provide the answers.

Is 8 day safari in Tanzania good ?

Spending eight days on a safari in Tanzania is a good length of time, but you'll need to decide which area you want to focus on. It's not possible to visit all the main parks of Tanzania in a single trip, but you can choose to explore one of Tanzania’s three safari circuits. On a fly-in holiday, you can also mix and match destinations to some extent.


Trying to fit too much into a safari is a common mistake. It's better to allow enough time to truly enjoy each moment. I recommend spending at least 2 or 3 days in each destination instead of rushing from park to park. Safari days usually start before dawn because early morning is the best time for wildlife viewing. When spending more than 1 night in a place, you may have a break in the middle of the day before heading out again in the afternoon. This allows you to recharge for the afternoon drive or activity. It creates a lovely rhythm, typical of spending time in the bush. Also, don’t worry about covering the same ground twice, as every game drive is different, and you never know what you’ll see next. In 8 days, you'll have a chance to get away from the busiest traveler hot spots that are difficult to escape on shorter safaris.


"What activities and destinations should I consider during an 8-day safari in Tanzania?"

On an 8-day Tanzanian safari, you have plenty of options to tailor your experience just right. If you're opting for a road safari, focusing on one of Tanzania's three main safari circuits is key. The Northern circuit stands out with iconic parks like Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater—must-visits for first-timers. The Serengeti, famous for its annual wildebeest migration, can easily occupy your entire 8-day adventure, perhaps with a night stopover at Ngorongoro Crater along the way. Alternatively, consider extending your journey to include Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Parks, especially enjoyable during the Dry season.

For a more remote experience or a second Tanzanian safari, the Southern circuit offers its own allure. Guides in Ruaha National Park are among the best, and the park is perfect for immersive walking safaris. Nyerere National Park further south boasts boat safaris on the Rufiji River, where encounters with crocodiles and hippos provide a refreshing change from traditional vehicle safaris.

Fly-in safaris provide flexibility, allowing you to cherry-pick from the northern and southern parks or venture into the remote western parks. Mahale Mountains and Gombe National Parks on Lake Tanganyika's shores are renowned for exceptional chimpanzee trekking, often combined with Katavi National Park on 8-day packages. Katavi, with its exclusive lodges spread across vast wilderness, remains one of Tanzania's best-kept safari secrets.


What kind of accommodation can I expect?

Accommodation choices during a Tanzanian safari span a wide spectrum. In major parks and reserves, there's a variety of lodges and hotels available, catering to different comforts and budgets, from economical to mid-range to luxurious. The luxury segment, in particular, offers exceptional diversity, with some lodges exceeding all expectations—it's truly limitless.

Budget lodges are typically located outside the parks or nearby towns, while mid-range options within the parks range from basic tented camps to larger hotels. Though the latter may lack some ambiance, their prime locations often boast breathtaking views. If you prefer a more conventional hotel setting and prefer not to stay in the bush at night, these hotel-like lodges might suit you better than rustic eco-camps, which are more expensive but offer a more rugged experience.

Luxury lodges are usually intimate and blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings, providing an authentic outdoor feel. Many guests choose to fly directly to these lodges, where the service, cuisine, and guiding are exceptional.

For a different safari experience, consider a budget camping safari—an affordable option that immerses you in the authentic bush atmosphere. Campsites within parks and reserves are unfenced, offering a chance to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild with only canvas separating you from nature's embrace.


Which animals can I expect to see?

Tanzania boasts an extraordinary array of wildlife, offering a diverse animal encounter over an 8-day safari.

In northern Tanzania, the Serengeti stands out for its immense herds of ungulates and dense predator populations, including lions, leopards, and cheetahs. A highlight is witnessing the annual wildebeest migration, where millions of these animals, along with zebras and gazelles, trek across the plains in search of fresh grazing grounds. Witnessing their determined march across the savannah is awe-inspiring, especially during river crossings, where the dramatic spectacle of massive crocodiles seizing their prey unfolds.

Encountering the Big Five is highly probable during an 8-day safari. While elephants and buffalos are plentiful across all major parks, the best chance to see black rhinos is within the Ngorongoro Crater. Lions are abundant in both the Northern and Southern circuits, with Katavi National Park in the west also hosting a robust lion population. Although leopards are notoriously elusive, Serengeti and Ruaha offer good odds for spotting them. Wild dogs, a rare sight in the Serengeti, can be better observed in Nyerere or Ruaha, providing a special opportunity to see these endangered social animals in their natural habitat.


How much will this 8 Day safari cost?

"The cost of an 8-day safari in Tanzania varies widely. Budget options start around US$1,980 per person, while mid-range tours range from US$2,000 to US$3,000, and luxury experiences can cost between US$3,600 and US$7,700 per person. Numerous factors influence these prices.

Accommodation plays a pivotal role in cost variation. Budget safaris typically utilize economical hotels or camping, while mid-range options favor safari lodges, tented camps, or larger park hotels. Luxury safaris feature designer lodges and exclusive tented camps. Shared tours are generally more economical than private ones, especially for solo travelers, with little difference for families.

Luxury tours often include flights between parks, offering comfort and efficiency but at a premium compared to overland safaris. Road trips, though slower, provide a chance to see more of the countryside.

Traveling off-season or during shoulder months can yield great deals, despite the possibility of rainy weather affecting park accessibility. While some parks may close, others like Serengeti thrive with lush scenery and abundant wildlife, minus the crowds."

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