Suggested road trips in Tanzania
Tanzania is a huge country, and it's a road trip paradise. We've set out some really nice routes, including the justifiably popular Northern Circuit with the most popular safari destinations in Tanzania like Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, but also much less discovered areas, where you can avoid taking (expensive) domestic flights.
These suggested routes are great if you'd like to experience the privacy and flexibility of a self-drive safari in Tanzania, but with peace of mind about which routes to take and where to stay. You'll find answers to frequently questions about self-drive car hire and travelling in Tanzania in the 'Practical Info' section.
We are happy to point you in the right direction as you prepare for your self-drive safari in Tanzania.
- Follow a carefully designed route
- Tips on places to stay
- 24 /7 roadside assistance
Highlights of the North
Tanzania is truly gifted by Mother Nature, but its northern region really is the spoiled kid! You tumble from one legendary safari park to another, all within a stone's throw distance of one another. Start and end your journey in Arusha, visiting Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater along the way. You can customise this road trip by combining it with a Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar add-on.
Bush to Beach
Where in the world can you combine world class safaris, visiting tribal villages, hiking in mountains and swimming in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean into one epic trip? This is the ultimate one-way road trip. Start your journey in Arusha and end in Dar es Salaam. The Usambaras and Swahili coast are not touristy and easy to explore on a budget.
The wild South East
This roadtrip begins and ends in Dar es Salaam and takes you to the less visited national parks of south east Tanzania. Ideal for those that want to get off the tourist trail at friendly prices. Go on world class safaris in Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve, experience local village life in traditional Tanzanian highland villages, and go birding and chimp trekking in the Udzungwa Mountains.