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Black Rhino

Black Rhino in Tanzania

One of Africa’s iconic ‘Big 5’ species, black rhinos are on many travellers’ safari wishlists. Small populations hang on in several parts of Tanzania, however sightings are very rare.


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Quick facts about Black Rhino

Scientific name: Diceros bicornis Habitat: Scrub & open woodland
IUCN status: Critically Endangered Adult weight: 800–1,400kg

Africa has several subspecies of black rhino, but it’s the eastern black rhino, Diceros bicornis michaeli, that is found in Tanzania. Distinguished from its southern counterparts by its grooved skin and distinctive long, curved horn, this impressive animal was once widespread across the region, however poaching has drastically reduced its numbers.

Black rhinos are listed as critically endangered and are closely protected wherever they live, with new calves (born roughly every three years, when conditions are right) always a triumph.

Seeing black rhinos in Tanzania can never be guaranteed: the best location is the Ngorongoro Crater, while in parts of the Serengeti you may also be lucky.

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NO. OF SUBSPECIES

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NO. OF CALVES BORN

$100/g

MAX. VALUE OF HORN

5–8 years

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Tanzania's top camps for seeing black rhinos

Based on 28 reports since Jul 2018, the camps below have the best chance of seeing black rhinos. Simply follow the key below.


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Where to see black rhinos in Tanzania

Black rhinos are extremely rare in Tanzania. There are estimated to be around 80 individuals. For the best chance of seeing them, head to northern Tanzania.


Top tips for viewing black rhinos in Tanzania

Black rhino numbers in Tanzania are very low and sightings are far from certain. Even in known rhino territory it is amazing how easily they can camouflage their great bulk as they hide deep in the bush: on a game drive keep an eye out for their curved backs and long horns sticking out of the grass.

Some of the best sightings are typically in the Ngorongoro Crater where the short grass plains make black rhinos easily visible. There are several rhino protection zones in the Serengeti National Park, around the Moru Kopjes and in the north of the park. A small population of rhinos is also found in the western Selous, in southern Tanzania, however this district is off the beaten track and far from any camps or lodges.

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Holiday ideas to see black rhinos in Tanzania

These trip ideas include places that will give you a chance of seeing black rhinos in Tanzania


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Regal Sunbird Fly-in Safari

12 days • 5 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Experience the highlights of Tanzania with a safari in the country’s famous northern parks followed by historic Stone Town and the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar, staying in high-quality accommodation throughout.

US$7,780 - US$12,040 per person

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Dik Dik Safari

12 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Combine safari with peace and relaxation on Zanzibar’s white-sand shores during this exploration of Tanzania. Stay in three high-quality sister camps within Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park before concluding with a stay on Michamvi Peninsula.

US$7,310 - US$9,390 per person

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Secretary Bird Fly-in Safari

8 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Chosen for comfort and relaxation as much as for its range of activities, this safari makes for a leisurely trip featuring stunning accommodation and swift access to many of northern Tanzania’s best wildlife regions.

US$10,100 - US$13,300 per person

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Fringe-eared Oryx Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three superbly positioned camps during this exploration of Tanzania’s famous Northern circuit. Excellent views over the surrounding area, remoter locations and game-rich habitat make for an exciting and varied safari experience.

US$6,520 - US$10,870 per person

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Avocet Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxurious safari explores three iconic African reserves from exclusive lodges in unbeatable locations. A very high standard of food, care and guiding ensure that you can focus on the amazing experience.

US$7,740 - US$11,660 per person

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Lovebird Fly-in Safari

5 days • 2 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Visit two consistently impressive wildlife destinations during this excellent-value safari in northern Tanzania. Enjoy a range of walks and cultural visits from sister camps at the Ngorongoro Crater and in the heart of the Serengeti.

US$3,190 - US$4,730 per person

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Flufftail Guided Safari

10 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three uniquely special camps as you safari across the Ngorongoro Crater and iconic Serengeti Plains with your private guide and 4WD vehicle: a trip of comfort and autonomy, filled with excellent wildlife.

US$11,190 - US$14,720 per person

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Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari

6 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore Tanzania’s renowned northern circuit with a private guide during this driven safari. Stay in three well-positioned and economical lodges that provide fast access to fantastic wildlife viewing and cultural visits to local communities.

US$3,960 - US$5,220 per person

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Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari

13 days • 5 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Four luxurious camps enable exploration of Tanzania’s north and southern regions. With a range of land and water-based activities available throughout, decidedly comfortable accommodation and applicable long-stay discounts, this adventurous safari is excellent value.

US$13,390 - US$18,440 per person

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Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari

8 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore Tanzania’s famous northern circuit with safari in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park. Four smart sister camps offer a high level of care, first-class guiding and wide range of activities.

US$8,630 - US$12,000 per person

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