Planning your own safari can be time-consuming and stressful and it is difficult to know which are the best Tanzania safari companies. A quick internet search will bring up hundreds of operators that all promise you the holiday of your dreams. So how do you know whom to trust?
Here, I review some of the highest-rated and most trusted international and local safari companies in Tanzania. Each safari company listed has a good reputation and experience in planning different types of safaris.
How to Choose a Tanzanian Safari Company
When deciding on a safari company, it is important that you choose an operator with good, recent reviews and high ratings on platforms such as TripAdvisor and TrustPilot.
Check the Company’s Website
Good travel companies usually have awards and acclimations displayed on their website. Also, find out how long they have been operating. The best way to check your local operator is to ask them how they accept payment.
Many local companies cannot accept payments other than via WesternUnion or cash on arrival. This doesn’t mean you have to be suspicious, but I’d recommend finding a company you can pay online instead.
On the other hand, many international companies have easy purchase frills, but might be coming with hefty price tags.
Select Based on Style and Budget
Each safari company specialises in a different type of trip, so be sure to compare safari prices and itineraries. You can also compare accommodation quotes with online lodge rates to see if you are getting a fair deal.
Best Tanzania Safari Companies by Type of Safari
Best Group Safari Companies
Small to medium group safaris are budget-friendly and have fixed itineraries including popular parks and attractions.
1. Altezza Tavel
Specialists in mountain climbing, safari and beach holidays, Altezza’s operations offices are based near Mt Kilimanjaro so they are always close on hand to offer assistance. Altezza has its own vehicle fleet, two hotels and professional guides that undergo regular development courses.
2. Roy Safaris
Roy Safaris has 25 years in the travel industry and an impressive 70% of clients return or come from referrals. Aimed at small groups and also offering tailor-made packages including photographic safaris.
3. Suricata Safaris
Relatively new to the safari game, Suricata Safaris was started in 2016 but has hundreds of rave reviews for their knowledgeable and friendly guides and good food on camping trips. You can choose between 3-7 day camping or lodge safaris.
4. Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris
A local company based in Arusha, Meru Slopes specialises in the budget to mid-range safaris as well as mountain climbing, trekking and beach holidays. A lot of focus is on cultural experiences and supporting local communities.
As world leaders in small group travel, G-Adventures has finely tuned and well-tested itineraries led by expert teams. They offer multiple tour options across Tanzania’s National parks and Zanzibar from 6-15 days.
Best Private and Luxury Safari Companies
If you prefer more flexibility and exclusivity, private safaris allow you to custom-design your own experience. The following Safari Companies help you plan your dream holiday down to the finest detail.
1. Gosheni Safaris
One of the top locally owned tour companies, Gosheni has its own fleet of vehicles, drivers and guides who undergo regular training. Gosheni has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of excellence from 2015-2017 and prides itself on staying ahead of the trend in tailor-made safari experiences.
2. Micato Safaris
Micato Safaris is family run with insightful Kenyan owners and round-the-clock support to clients. Their incredible attention to detail is why they have been named #1 best Safari outfitters by Travel & Leisure magazine nine times. They are best known for selecting decadent luxury lodges and their tips-included policy.
3. Lion King Adventures
A family-owned safari company in Arusha, Lion King Adventures specialises in custom made safaris. Their small team of professional guides and travel advisors offer expert insights into your safari experience and a more personalised trip from start to finish.
Best Companies for For Adventure or Off-The-Beaten Track Safari
Most safari routes are around Northern Tanzania, to the popular parks and attractions. However, return travellers often seek a new adventure into lesser-known areas of the country.
1. Nomad Tanzania
Nomad Tanzania has 14 of its own exclusive camps across Tanzania. Luxury Safari packages include fly-in safaris to the remote Ruaha and Katavi National Parks and Mahale Mountains to see chimpanzees. Nomad is dedicated to sustainable tourism through conservation and community projects.
2. Shadows of Africa
Tanzania Travel Award winner and one of the top safari outfitters, Shadows of Africa focuses on group and private safaris at competitive prices. Packages include a 9 day Tanzania Adventure safari with a daily dose of outdoor activities in the form of walking, horse-riding, cycling and kayaking.
3. Expert Africa
Established in 1994, Expert Africa is known for its carefully curated safaris in the less-visited Southern Tanzania national parks and chimpanzee trekking adventures in Gombe and Mahale Mountains parks. The company prides itself on discovering new lodges and hidden gems.
Best Safari Companies for Families
The following companies have special packages with family-friendly accommodation and itineraries to keep the whole family entertained.
1. Easy Travel and Tours
A Tanzanian safari company with a reputation for sustainable travel and personalised service. Easy Travel has been awarded Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence four years running. The company focuses on creating unforgettable environmental and cultural experiences. Their well priced mid-range safaris include family-style options.
2. Yellow Zebra Safaris
World Travel Awards Winner as Europe’s leading safari tour operator for six years running, this company offers in-depth expertise as their safaris are designed by professional guides and lodge managers. Yellow Zebra curates special family packages by selecting child-friendly lodges and special family itineraries.
3. Rothschild Safaris
Boasting over 30 years of experience and multiple awards in the business of private travel, Rothschild Safaris strives to source expert guides and eco-friendly accommodation. They offer a range of Family Safaris to East Africa and support local conservation and community projects.
Best Conservation-Focused Safaris
For the traveller that craves more insight, a safari experience with a difference. The following companies offer exclusive safaris that include learning about conservation from local experts and through interactive experiences.
1. National Geographic Expeditions
National Geographic Expeditions offer an exclusive safari experience that combines wildlife viewing and luxury accommodation with the chance to meet and learn from National Geographic’s network of local experts about wildlife conservation and cultural issues.
2. Natural Habitat Adventures
In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, Natural Habitat Adventures have been operating small group tours with once in a lifetime wildlife encounters and educational experiences since 1985. Tours are focused on sustainable tourism and encourage travellers to adventure and discover more about the natural world.