Typical Day on a Safari in Tanzania

Typical Day On A Safari in Tanzania: What to Expect

Experiencing a safari adventure is a dream for many, offering a unique glimpse into the wild beauty of Africa. From the majestic landscapes to the close encounters with wildlife, every moment is filled with wonder and excitement. Let’s delve into what a typical day on a safari in Tanzania looks like. This article is based off of my experiences in my 6 day safari through northern Tanzania.

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No matter which safari park in Tanzania that you are exploring, a typical day on an African safari varies depending on the lodge or camp you choose, as well as the time of year. Some lodges offer a day that is broken up with time to relax in the afternoon. I found that a typical day on a safari in Tanzania is often a full day of exploring. I was able to experience both types of exploring in two different countries. You can read about my comparison between a safari in South Africa vs a safari in Tanzania for a full comparison.

MORNING EXPLORATION: Mid-Morning Adventures

A typical day on a safari in Africa usually starts before 8am. Depending on the lodge and time of year, your morning may start with a light breakfast and freshly brewed coffee or tea, or with a full hearty breakfast. 

As the day starts in the African bush, the birds in Tanzania are starting to become active. It’s a prime opportunity to witness the wilderness stir to life, with predators on the prowl and herbivores beginning their daily rituals of grazing and foraging. Your chances to catch the Big Five are usually at its best in the early morning hours.

Some may opt for mid-morning game drives, setting out after a fulfilling breakfast, while others embark on full-day excursions, equipped with packed lunches for sustenance. Most of my days exploring the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in the north and Selous Game Reserve in the south were full day excursions.

Lionesses on safari

AFTERNOON: Explore, Lunch and Relaxation

A typical day on safari in Africa usually means a leisurely lunch back at your accommodation, followed by a well-deserved break during the peak of the day’s heat. Whether it’s lounging with a book, indulging in a siesta, or taking a refreshing dip in the pool if available, this interlude offers a chance to unwind and recharge for the adventures yet to come.

If you are participating in a full-day excursion, then you will have a packed lunch and stay out exploring. Be prepared for the heat! Luckily most of the safari vehicles have air conditioning, so you can stay comfortable.

Jeep in Tanzania with Cheetah


Come late afternoon, the allure of the wilderness beckons once more. After a brief interlude, replenish your energy with snacks and tea, preparing for another exhilarating game drive. The late afternoon to early evening game drive promises encounters with a bustling array of wildlife. With dusk approaching, the savannah stirs to life once more, unveiling its nocturnal inhabitants. There’s no better moment to savor a sundowner amidst a waterhole.

If you were on a full day excursion, there is a high probability that you will not be out into the early evening, as your day will come to an end probably before sunset. You will then return to your lodge to relax and decompress from the memories of your day.

Safari Jeep at Sunset

EVENING AMBIANCE: Sundowners and Dinner Delights

Returning just before darkness envelops the landscape, you’ll have ample time to freshen up, enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and relish an amazing meal. And I never had a bad meal; the food was always amazing. Now is also when you start to immerse yourself in the nocturnal sounds. It’s pretty amazing to hear hippos calling from the watering hole behind your lodge.

Share stories from the day and amazement in what you saw, before retiring to the comfort of your room for a well-deserved rest.


Select lodges or camps offer the option of a nighttime game drive, an exhilarating opportunity to witness the bush come alive in a whole new dimension. Equipped with spotlights, you’ll venture into the darkness, uncovering the secrets of elusive creatures like the stealthy leopard or other nocturnal animals such as porcupines and genets. If you have the opportunity to do this, I highly recommend it, as it is an amazing experience. 

Unfortunately this was not part of a typical day on a safari in Tanzania for me, as I was always partaking in full day excursions. I did however have an opportunity to experience this when I was on safari in South Africa.

Serengeti at night

What to Expect on a Safari

Throughout your safari, expect the unexpected. The wilderness is unpredictable, but that’s part of the adventure. From awe-inspiring encounters with the Big Five to the stunning landscapes that frame every moment, a typical day on an African safari is anything but ordinary.

A typical day on a safari in Tanzania may not be exactly like the above, as it will always be catered towards your lodge and what they provide. But almost any thing you do will be an amazing experience!

Packing For Your Safari

A typical day on safari in Tanzania entails many amazing sights and things to experience but it is essential to be well-prepared. Packing the right items can make all the difference in your safari experience. Essentials include comfortable clothing, binoculars for wildlife viewing, a good camera, sunscreen, and a hat to protect you from the sun. For those keen on making the most of their safari adventure, a detailed packing list can ensure you’re ready for every moment. You can download your Tanzania safari packing list here:

Choosing Your Safari

Tanzania offers so many different national parks to explore that you will have an amazing experience, no matter which ones you visit. If you are looking for assistance in planning your safari, please reach out so I can help. I work with a local safari company in Tanzania, so we can ensure you have the best safari adventure.

Zebras seen on a typical day on a safari in tanzania

Embarking on a safari offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and wildlife encounters. From the vibrant life of the savannah and the mysterious allure of the African night, your experience will be something you will never forget.

Whether it’s your first time or a return visit, the thrill of a typical day on a safari in Tanzania will never fade. So, pack your bags, set your sights on the wild of Tanzania, and prepare for an unforgettable journey!

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