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Tanzania Safari- What’s New in 2023

Tanzania remains one of the world’s top safari destinations, drawing hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe to experience its magnificent wildlife in a network of well-managed national parks across the East African nation. Places like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park are synonymous with abundant wildlife and a pleasing selection of lodgings. Together, they make up the famed Northern Circuit, while other lesser-known parks, like Gombe and Ruaha, mean that over 15% of the country is set aside for conservation. Add to this, hospitable people and tropical beach destinations like Zanzibar Island, and you can easily understand why Tanzania consistently ranks as a must-visit destination.

Safari 2023 – What’s New?

While the Covid-19 pandemic certainly did cause major disruption to tourism in Tanzania, its enduring popularity coupled with a new urgency to travel, means that it is rapidly making up for lost ground, with some destinations reporting occupancies equal to or greater than pre-pandemic levels. With the resurgence, a few changes to the way people are planning their holidays have been noted; including a tendency to book at shorter notice, looking to add more to their experience than just wildlife viewing (such as exploring the indigenous culture), spending more and staying longer, and lastly, traveling with extended family.

With the worst of the pandemic behind us, Tanzania continues to welcome visitors, applying regulations in line with international norms regarding Covid-19 and travel. You can read more about the current rules here. Also, be aware that you may need to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever, so please be sure to consult your tour operator regarding these and similar issues when making your booking enquiry.

Tanzania has a tourist-friendly policy at its ports of entry, which along with a well-established tourism infrastructure mean your visit should be hassle-free if arranged by a reputable local tour operator. Visitors continue to be warmly welcomed and your visit will greatly assist in the region’s economic recovery and growth, particularly if you use a local safari operator whose network and know-how often translate into savings of time and money. You can read more about Tanzania’s entry requirements here.

It is appropriate to note that some western norms may be frowned upon (or even illegal) in Tanzania.  Your attire should be modest; covering both the knees and shoulders.  Public displays of affection are also taboo.  As a conscientious traveler, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with some of the local Tanzanian customs and laws, with which your tour operator should gladly assist.

Inevitably, given the recent (and ongoing) economic disruptions, coupled with a surge in demand, service providers have been forced to adjust their prices, both to recover losses and kickstart the industry.  There were huge job losses and several safari companies were forced to close for good, so there’s ample motivation in the sector, both to get back up to speed and take the opportunity to explore ways of enhancing the experience for visitors to make itself more resilient.

Safari 2023 – What Stays The Same?

Africa has long held a huge fascination for travelers from around the globe and its safari offerings are a major drawcard.  Few countries have done as much to popularize Africa’s wildlife and the expanses of wilderness where they thrive.  Thankfully, while we’ve faced numerous challenges of late, the undoubtedly restorative and inspiring traits of nature have remained constant.  

No matter when you choose to visit Tanzania, you are all but assured of an exciting and unforgettable wildlife experience.  From the tuskers that roam among the baobabs in Tarangire to the endless plains stalked by the predators, and from the depths of an extinct volcano to sparkling lakes tinged pink with flamingos, the array display is a year-round extravaganza.

Tanzania experiences distinct wet and dry seasons, which can affect game viewing.  June to October is typically dry – warm by day and cooling considerably overnight (so warm clothing is essential.  It is easier to spot wildlife in sparse vegetation, particularly near water.  November to May mark the wet season, with hot, humid days punctuated with rainfall.  The landscape is lush, baby animals abound and the birdlife is prolific.  

The other season to keep in mind is the tourist high season.  This runs from July to March and is driven by what is commonly referred to as ‘the greatest show on earth’ – the Great Migration.  Made famous by countless documentaries, a massive herd of over a million wildebeest and tens of thousands of zebra and antelope follow the rains to better grazing.  The event is marked by dramatic river crossings, lurking predators and the sheer spectacle of so much concentrated life, and is best viewed in June/July.  The herd pauses its journey in January/February when thousands of baby animals are born, perpetuating the circle of life on the plains.

With our wanderlust once again freed to explore, Tanzania; its wilderness and wildlife are bound to get ever more popular.  There is no better time to enquire about making a journey to one of the top bucket list destinations in the world for wildlife enthusiasts and those with a taste for adventure.

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LoveTravel259094
August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
bonny l
bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
thx a lot for the thoughtful and excellent service
highly recommend
FENG Y
FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
Vladimir T
Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
Sukhraj S
Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
Eric W
Eric W
August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
Priyank S
Priyank S
August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
Banu
Banu
August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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