We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Tanzania and Zanzibar. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a copy by email.
Renowned for its geographical might rather than its cuisine, Tanzania is often overlooked as a destination for foodies. And whilst the country is perhaps not well known for its culinary offering, tasty, hearty food sits top of the menu from north to south. Here, we shortlist five delicious dishes you should try for a true taste of Tanzania.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
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During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Whilst Tanzania's blockbuster sights attract the lion's share of its safari visitors, it is still possible to find your very own corner of this incredibly vast and varied country. Venture away from snow capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the palm fringed coastline of Zanzibar, and you will discover a Tanzania much less travelled. We've handpicked our favourite spots which take you unequivocally off the beaten track in Tanzania.
Deciding whether to go on safari in the north or south of Tanzania very much depends on what you’re looking to get out of your trip – the two areas offer vastly different experiences but both have so much to offer. We've broken down what to expect where on a safari holiday in Tanzania.
For families with older children and a serious sense of adventure, Tanzania is a destination with very many draws. With school summer holidays being one of the best times to spot the Big Five and the wildebeest migration, you will not have to look far when it comes to seeking out the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. The cluster of Tanzania's main attractions in the north means shorter travel times whilst the south is home to an array of family friendly camps.
Taking to the skies above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon is a totally unique experience that allows you to enjoy Tanzania's savannah from a completely different perspective.
Imagine Africa specialist Pierre tells us why tracking chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains is, for him, one of Tanzania’s true highlights.
During a recent stay at Mdonya Old River Camp in Ruaha National Park, Matt got speaking to his guide Kahimba Zacharia about the uniqueness of Ruaha and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Kahimba had to say…
Conquering Africa's highest free standing mountain sits top of the bucket list for many a trekker and mountaineer. And whilst the snow crested summit of Kilimanjaro has become a holy grail for hikers around the globe, reaching Uhuru Point takes preparation and determination in equal measure. There are a number of different routes which lead to the summit, varying in terms of difficulty and length, and it is vital that you pick the right one for you. Here, we guide you through how best to reach the top, one step at a time.
With more wildlife than almost any other corner of Africa, Tanzania is an unrivalled destination for safari. This patchwork of vast and varied terrain is home to stampeding wildebeest, wallowing hippos and swinging chimpanzees alongside majestic elephants and the rare black rhino, confirming it as the perfect destination for first time safari goers and Africa aficionados alike. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to spotting wildlife in Tanzania.
Tanzania and Zanzibar are fantastic for birders. There are over 1,000 bird species on record, of which over 20 are endemic. We asked our Tanzania specialist and birding enthusiast Anton to whittle down his top five spots for going in search of these nimble creatures of the air…
Also known as the Hadzabe, the Hadza are a traditional hunter-gatherer tribe native to northern Tanzania.
Nothing lets you experience the true wilderness of the bush quite like spending a night fly camping in the Selous. Perfect for those with an adventurous spirit and a love of the wild, you’ll sleep in a temporary camp set up deep within the reserve, with nothing but a mosquito net between you and the star-strewn African sky.
Northern Tanzania in Depth
Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar
Best for: Highlights, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
Embark on an exciting safari through northern Tanzania visiting the elephant haven of Tarangire, the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater and epic Serengeti where wildlife abounds. From here you have the chance to relax on one of Zanzibar's most exquisite beaches.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Perfect for those wanting a memorable trip through northern Tanzania with outstanding game viewing and quality accommodation to match as well as having the comfort and exclusivity of a private safari vehicle with knowledgeable guide. Staying in some of our favourite lodges and camps you will be ideally situated to take advantage of the wonderful wildlife sightings on offer as well as enjoying fabulous views. Away from the crowds, these camps are a winning combination of style, comfort and great value for money. After an exciting time on safari you will fly to Zanzibar where you can relax on the beautiful beaches, experience the unique culture of Stone Town and sample some of the best diving in East Africa, whilst staying at one of our favourite resorts on the island.
Day 1 : Fly to Kilimanjaro
Day 1 : Arusha, Tanzania
Stay at Rivertrees Country Inn
On arrival into Kilimanjaro you will be met by your specialist driver/guide who will be with you for the duration of your northern circuit safari. You will receive a full briefing and your guide will discuss your expectations and Wishlist so that they can tailor the safari to your interests. You will then set off in your private 4WD vehicle to a comfortable little guest house in Arusha where you can relax and unwind before you embark on your safari the following day.
Days 1 - 3 : Tarangire, Tanzania
Stay at Kichuguu Camp for 2 nights
This morning, wake up early full of enthusiasm for your safari adventure. The first stop on your Northern Circuit is a two night stay in the magnificent Tarangire National park.
Famously known for its large elephant herds and large numbers of big cats, Tarangire is a fantastic introduction to your Tanzanian Safari.
Spend your days exploring the park on 4x4 game drives with your private safari guide, or request to see the park on foot, where you can learn more about the smaller fauna and flora that call this park home. For a truly exceptional safari experience, opt for a night drive and go in search of Tanzania’s nocturnal species.
Days 3 - 5 : Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Stay at The Plantation Lodge for 2 nights
Drive from Tarangire National Park up into the highland region of Karatu, home to large coffee plantations and close to some of Tanzania’s most famous National Parks. Stay in an atmospheric lodge surrounded by lush green gardens and agricultural land, a fantastic introduction to the culture of Tanzania. Your stay here is inclusive of all meals, park fees and game viewing activities.
On the first morning of your two night stay you will rise early ready to descend into the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the most spectacular places imaginable and one of the best spots in Tanzania for rhino sightings. After a half day game drive you will return to Karatu for an afternoon spent relaxing, or visiting the coffee plantation.
Days 5 - 7 : Central Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at Kiota Camp for 2 nights
This morning you will be driven into the depths of the Serengeti, passing plenty of wildlife along the way. Your first two nights in the expansive National Park is in the central Serengeti offering year-round excellent game viewing with a fantastic location in the heart of the bush. Your stay here is in a tent which has just the right level of luxury and includes all meals, park fees and game viewing activities. This area is regarded for exception big cat sightings and is the perfect base for a hot air balloon safari.
Days 7 - 9 : Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at Chaka Camp for 2 nights
Today you will continue deeper into the Serengeti, stopping to spot plenty of game as you go along. For your final two nights in this impressive National Park, you will be based in a mobile tented camp. The beauty of staying in a mobile camp is that it moves with the season to ensure that you are in a great location for witnessing the spectacular wildebeest migration. From here you will be able to enjoy spectacular game drives - fingers crossed you'll have the chance to see a river crossing!
Days 9 - 14 : Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Stay at Breezes Beach Club & Spa for 5 nights
This morning enjoy a final game drive as you transfer to the airstrip in time for your light air craft flight to Zanzibar (via Arusha).
On arrival onto Zanzibar, you will be met by a guide and driven across the island to the beautiful East Coast, where you will spend five nights winding down from your safari. When you are not enjoying the soft white powdery sand, the turquoise Indian Ocean, and the vast array of water sports on offer, you can lounge by the hotels pool or enjoy delicious fresh sea food.
Day 14 : Fly Home
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $7800 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
Private safari vehicle and guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.