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.
Deluxe Safari and Beach
Tarangire, Manyara, Crater, Serengeti, Zanzibar
Best for: Beach, Diving, Highlights
A top end safari taking in all of Tanzania's Northern Circuit, followed by a week of barefoot luxury at along the white sandy beaches of Matemwe Lodge in Zanzibar.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Enjoy a perfect combination of wildlife, adventure and relaxation as you embark upon this thrilling itinerary, beginning with a top end safari; taking in all of Tanzania's Northern Circuit, where you could spot the Big Five as well as some of the lesser seen game. Your holiday will be rounded off by a five night stay on the beautiful island of Zanzibar at Matemwe Lodge, a blissfully relaxed and alluring beach retreat.
Days 1 - 3 : Tarangire National Park
Stay at Oliver's Camp for 2 nights
You will arrive into Kilimanjaro where you will be met by your private driver/guide who will be with you for the duration of your safari to expertly guide you and tailor your safari experience to your specific interests and requirements. After a short introductory briefing, depart by road in your private 4WD vehicle for Tarangire National Park, famed for its impressive elephant population.
On arrival into Tarangire you will stay at Oliver's Camp for the next two nights including all meals, house drinks and game viewing activities. Tarangire is one of the least-visited parks in northern Tanzania and Oliver's is situated in the wildest part of the park with exceptional game viewing as well as a resident honey badger!
Days 3 - 5 : Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Stay at The Highlands for 2 nights
This morning you will depart for Lake Manyara National Park and will spend the rest of the day game viewing in the park with a picnic lunch provided.
At the end of the day, you will arrive at The Highlands where you will spend two nights in the dome-style tents, including all meals and game viewing activities. This is one of the most breath-taking places in Tanzania, if not the whole continent and The Highlands boasts magnificant views over the crater where you won't find anywhere else.
This morning, as the sun rises, you will descend into the crater for the morning's game viewing on the crater floor, with a hamper lunch prepared by the fantastic in-house chef.
Days 5 - 7 : Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Stay at Dunia Camp for 2 nights
This morning you will continue your safari into the Serengeti seeing wildlife along the way. The Serengeti has one of the highest densities of game in Africa and with your private vehicle you will be able to make the most of it. You will stay at Dunia Camp for two nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities. Dunia Camp has a lovely position in the Moru Kopjes area of the southern central Serengeti, away from the crowds and surrouded by the bush, making for some excellent wildlife sightings from bush. Spend an afternoon relaxing in camp and you'll be surprised by what you see!
Days 7 - 12 : Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Stay at Matemwe Lodge for 5 nights
After a morning game drive and breakfast, you will be taken to the Seronera airstrip in time for your light aircraft flight to Zanzibar.
On arrival you will be met and transferred by road, to stay for the next five nights at Matemwe Lodge with all meals and selected drinks and activities included. The atmosphere at Matemwe is all about laid back sophistication, making it ideal for a relaxing holiday getaway. On the activities front, a wide range of water-sports are available, including snorkelling, fishing, and diving, where guests can experience the beautiful marine life.
Matemwe Lodge prides itself on its close connections with the local community and you can get a real sense of island life as you watch the women forage for seaweed and the men bring in the catch of the day.
Day 12 : Zanzibar to Nairobi
Today you will be transferred by road back to Zanzibar airport in time for your light aircraft flight to Nairobi via Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival you will be able to connect onto your onward flight home, marking the end of your safari and beach adventure!
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To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Stay 7, Pay 5 at Fundu Lagoon
Stay for 7 nights and pay for 5 at Fundu Lagoon in Tanzania. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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From $8595 per person
Full board accommodation on safari
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.