Open vehicle game drives offer a unique and immersive way to experience Tanzania’s wildlife. During an open vehicle game drive, visitors are taken through national parks and game reserves in an all round open 4×4 vehicle, allowing for unobstructed views of the surrounding scenery and wildlife. This activity offers a thrilling and exciting way to witness Tanzania’s incredible wildlife up close.

Best Time for open vehicle game drive

Open vehicle game drives are available year-round in Tanzania, but the best time to go on this activity depends on the park or reserve you are visiting. For example, from July to October is an excellent time to go and witness the great migration crossing the Mara river in Serengeti, December – February the migration in the southern plains of Serengeti and Ndutu areas.

Other parks like Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Park are also ideal to use an open game drive vehicle during the dry season (June- October) and the green season from Mid December – February

Best Places for Open vehicle game drive

Most national Parks in Tanzania are the best for open vehicle safari  and Here are most popular places to go for an open vehicle game drive in Tanzania:

  • Serengeti National Park: This park is known for its vast savannahs and abundance of wildlife, including the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). The park is also famous for the annual wildebeest migration which is best followed in an open game drive vehicle.
  • Tarangire National Park: This park is home to large herds of elephants, as well as giraffes, zebras, and other wildlife. Tarangire is at its peak during the dry months and the game drive experience is way better in an open game drive vehicle.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: This area is home to the great migration during December – Feb and game drives in an open game drive vehicle is highly recommended when following the herds and the predators lurking around them.
  • Lake Manyara National Park: This park is known for its tree-climbing lions, as well as its large numbers of baboons and flamingos. Game drives with an open 4×4 will be very enjoyable in this lush green park.

Prices & Costs

Full day open game drives can cost around $300 or above for the shared open game drive vehicle.

The use of open game drive vehicle can be incorporated in some parts of your itinerary as anadd on extra, or as a main mode of game drives for those who are taking the fly in fly out packages.

Talk to your tour consultant to make sure you don’t miss this rare thrilling and unforgettable experience for anyone looking to witness the country’s incredible wildlife up close.

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