Big 5 safari

Overview

About Big 5 Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania stands out as one of Africa’s foremost destinations for encountering the “Big 5” – comprising the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Observing these iconic species in their natural environments epitomizes the quintessential African safari experience, and Tanzania’s renowned national parks, notably the Serengeti, provide exceptional opportunities to witness the Big 5.

The expansive Serengeti ecosystem harbors all members of the Big 5, with particularly abundant prides of lions. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts one of the most concentrated permanent populations of rhinos, along with herds of buffalo. Tarangire National Park is a haven for elephants and is known for its unique tree-climbing lions. In southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve hosts substantial numbers of elephants and buffalo, as well as the endangered African wild dog.

Safari experiences that prioritize encountering the Big 5 often involve extended stays in these wildlife-rich habitats and are led by knowledgeable driver-guides. Many tour operators exclusively tailor multi-day luxury itineraries to maximize opportunities for Big 5 sightings. From private 4×4 vehicles to walking safaris, a variety of options are available to enhance your chances of a successful encounter.

For safari enthusiasts, spotting the entire Big 5 checklist represents a thrilling achievement and a photographic dream. While Tanzania is home to an array of incredible wildlife, including wildebeest, giraffes, hippos, and over 500 bird species, the Big 5 remain the stars and the ultimate rewards of any safari adventure.

Best destinations for Big 5 Safari

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Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Crater

Tarangire National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Selous Game Reserve

Best things to do on Big 5 Safari

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Photography

Cultural experiences

Game drive

Stargazing

Night Safaris

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Breakfast at the camp will be followed by a guided walk to visit Lake Natron. This lake is famous as a breeding site for lesser flamingoes in East Africa. Return to your camp for hot lunch and short relaxation. Later, in the afternoon, you will be taken to the Eangaresero waterfalls whose water is believed to have curative values, thus many visitors prefer to swim there before retiring back to your camp for dinner and accommodation.

Places to Stay

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