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.
Discover Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar
Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Konokono
Best for: Beach, Safari, Wildlife
The perfect introduction to the wonders of Tanzania and Zanzibar taking in a memorable safari in northern Tanzania, with spectacular game viewing in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti before relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar!
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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A fantastic trip staying in some of our absolute favourite safari properties, this is our most popular northern circuit safari which offers boutique lodges and camps away from the crowds. The focus is on experience with wonderful wildlife viewing on offer in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Despite being relatively close together each park offers a different experience and game to its neighbours. Your private safari guide will ensure that your trip is tailored to your specific interests so that you get the most out of the experience. You will then fly to Zanzibar for the chance to relax on the stunning beaches that the island is famous for. A luxurious boutique stay awaits you on the popular east coast of the island, allowing you to round off your discovery of Tanzania and Zanzibar in style.
Days 1 - 3 : Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Stay at Farm House Valley Lodge for 2 nights
On arrival into Kilimanjaro you will be met by your dedicated driver/guide who will be with you for the duration of your northern circuit safari. You will be briefed on your private 4WD and discuss what you are most excited about seeing so that the guide can tailor your safari experience to your specific interests and requirements.
You will visit the spectacularl Lake Manyara National Park first which enjoys a picturesque setting at the base of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. You will have a picnic lunch on the shores of the beautiful lake and if you are lucky will have the chance to spot an elusive tree climbing lion!
Later this afternoon you will depart the park for the Crater Highlands where you will spend the next two nights at Farm House Valley Lodge with all meals and game viewing activities included.
This morning you will rise early to descend into the Crater for a half day tour of the Crater floor. This is one of the best places in Tanzania to spot endangered rhino and a truly breathtaking setting. You will return to the lodge for an afternoon at leisure - you can relax by the lovely swimming pool or go on a tour of the coffee farm if you prefer.
Days 3 - 6 : Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at Asanja Africa for 3 nights
This morning you will continue into the famous Serengeti National Park with plenty of wildlife to see along the way. Situated in the scenically pleasing Moru Kopjes, Asanja Camp is a traditional tented bush camp which makes the most of its location. The Maasai staff will treat you to authentic hospitality with evenings often spent watching the bush television. Your stay here includes all meals and game viewing activities.
Days 6 - 11 : Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Stay at Konokono Beach Resort for 5 nights
This morning you will be game driven to the airstrip in time for your light aircraft flight to Zanzibar (via Arusha). On arrival onto Zanzibar mid-afternoon you will be met by a guide and driven across the island to Konokono, which is set on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Here you can relax after the excitement of your safari in your private villa which has a private plunge pool for five nights on a half board basis. Spend the next few days relaxing by the pool and taking a dip in the warm Indian Ocean waters. If you prefer to be more active we recommend a day in Stone Town and a visit to the red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest.
Day 11 : Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam
This afternoon you will be collected and driven to Zanzibar airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam. Your arrival marks the end of your arrangements and your discovery of Tanzania and Zanzibar.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $4847 per person
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
Private safari with guide
Internal light aircraft flights
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.