First Time on a Safari?

What to Expect on Your First Tanzania Safari

We know it can be somewhat intimidating at first. A luxury African safari is at or near the top of most travellers’ wish lists, but the ins and outs of actually going on a safari may seem a little vague. We understand this, and DEAN Africa Safari specialists are adept at transforming your perhaps hazy safari dream into a brilliant, very achievable reality.

So they’ll offer highly informed guidance and make sure they truly understand—and fulfil—your wants and needs. We answer many Common Safari Questions elsewhere on this site, but here are some queries we’ll put to you and some you might want to put to us… just to begin the discussion.

Africa’s incredible wildlife is the central reason to go on safari, of course. We say incredible, because—after a lifetime of exposure to African images—most of us can barely believe the thrilling immediacy and newness of seeing these charismatic animals up close, wandering freely in their beautiful, ancient homeland.


We design all our safaris for variety and richness of the unique gameviewing experience (almost invariably including the fabled Big Five: lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino, and grandly gamboling elephants), typically making a morning and afternoon game drive in comfortable, well-provisioned and expertly guided safari vehicles. We usually fly from one camp to another (in itself a splendid and timesaving experience). Depending on the camp or lodge, we can choose between a wide range of activities, from classic game drives, mountain biking, swimming, bush picnics, cultural exchanges, bush walks, candlelight dinners to optional balloon rides, helicopter flights, spa treatments, wine tasting, and, that rare luxury in modern life: deep, quiet, untroubled repose.


landscapes: snowy mountains (Kilimanjaro), vast, acacia-dotted plains, the sparkling white beaches of Zanzibar, the idyllic, bonsai-like kopjes of the Serengeti. If you have a sight you’d like to see and savour, we’ll find the right safari for you.

Africa has many countries where you can opt to travel but Tanzania is the best country for you to travel. Tanzania has the greatest National Parks where you can go and have a maximum game drive like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Many more,  else you can spend your holiday on the sparkling white beaches of Zanzibar.

A major question. But not so easy to answer. Our safari experts at DEAN Africa will offer detailed suggestions based on your schedule and preferences.

  • The best season to visit Tanzania is during the long dry season, which falls from July to September. These are considered the best months for safaris, the Great Migration, trekking, and beach holidays in Zanzibar.
  • Of course, these months are peak travel season. They will be busier, and some lodges, hotels, and parks will apply higher rates.
  • If you prefer a more secluded experience, consider visiting during the short rainy season from the end of October to December. 
  • If possible, you'll want to avoid visiting during the long rainy season in April and May. The rains are often heavy and sudden, which can result in activities being cancelled last minute. 

Of course we recommend taking as much time as you can on safari, so wondrous is the African experience. A Custom Safaris can be any length from a week to a month or more. As always, your schedule and preferences dictate our planning

Families, groups of friends, and solo travellers —all are welcome, and our safari experts will help you choose a luxury Tanzania safari that best fits your interests, schedules, and enthusiasms.

We have a saying, tried and true: People come to Africa to see its wildlife, but they leave in love with its people. Our roots in Africa are deep and we delight in introducing our guests to its village and city people, Maasai, Chagga, Hadzabe, Zanzibaris and many more you can decide to visit on your first safari to Africa.