Tanzania Voted the Best Safari Country of Africa

Tanzania 'Best Safari Destination in Africa

SafariBookings.com conducted an in-depth analysis of 3,061 reviews of safari tourists and acclaimed experts and concluded that both have voted Tanzania as the best safari country of Africa.

Over the past two years a distinctive SafariBookings taskforce searched for those who have been on safari and invited them to write a review. As a result, over 1,000 people from 53 nationalities wrote more than 2,300 user reviews.

To complement these user reviews, reputable guidebook authors -working for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint- teamed up in the SafariBookings Expert Panel and wrote 756 expert reviews.

The overall average rating of Tanzania in both the user and expert reviews is 4.8 out of 5 stars: the highest score of all 8 major safari countries.

Why is Tanzania such a great safari destination?

  • Superb wildlife viewing in top-class parks. Two are Unesco World Heritage Sites.
  • The annual great migration where over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra migrate from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
  • Authentic African wilderness with unfenced parks, dirt roads and endless plains.
  • A wide range of budget, mid-range and luxury safari options.
  • Beach holiday extensions on Zanzibar Island, including kite-surfing.
  • Best chimp tracking of Africa in Gombe- and Mahale Mountains National Park.
  • Extend your safari holiday by climbing Africa’s highest mountain; Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Direct flights from abroad make the northern and southern safari circuits easily accessible.
  • Politically stable and generally safe country.


Ratings for the 8 major safari countries

  • 1.Tanzania

    4.84/5(Experts: 4.85/5 – Users: 4.84/5)

  • 2.Botswana

    4.75/5(Experts: 4.70/5 – Users: 4.79/5)

  • 3.Kenya

    4.66/5(Experts: 4.50/5 – Users: 4.83/5)

  • 4.Zambia

    4.58/5(Experts: 4.56/5 – Users: 4.60/5)

  • 5.South Africa

    4.55/5(Experts: 4.33/5 – Users: 4.77/5)

  • 6.Namibia

    4.54/5(Experts: 4.38/5 – Users: 4.70/5)

  • 7.Uganda

    4.16/5(Experts: 3.88/5 – Users: 4.44/5)

  • 8.Zimbabwe

    4.14/5(Experts: 4.00/5 – Users: 4.28/5)

When looking at the ratings above it can be concluded that all 8 countries are excellent safari destinations as they all have a rating of 4 stars and up. In general the experts were more critical than normal safari tourists, which is to be expected as they have visited far more countries and parks and have a better sense of what’s on offer. Of the user reviews 42% came from first time safari goers and, in general, they are more easily impressed.



  1. so zambia is 4th (with the help of expert ratings), but it is actually 6th in Africa going by user ratings, meaning we are behind desert countries like namibia and botswana, reason? publicity and proper tourism sector management. you got to make it work…and not make it work for itself!!