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.
Simply Southern Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve and Tanzanian Coast
Best for: Family, Beach, Safari
Experience the Selous in Southern Tanzania with an exciting safari in one of Tanzania's most unspoilt reserves before having the chance to enjoy the picturesque beaches and unique culture of the Tanzanian Coast for a great value safari and beach holiday.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This holiday combines a top-notch safari in Tanzania's relatively undiscovered Selous Game Reserve with a beach stay at one of our favourite coastal properties. Expect a diverse safari experience packed full of a range of activities including game drives, walking safaris and river cruises which will allow you to explore the Selous on different levels. Then head onto the Tanzanian Coast for some barefoot relaxation in a peaceful ocean front setting.
Day 1 : Fly to Dar es Salaam
Days 1 - 4 : Selous, Tanzania
Stay at Selous Kulinda Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Dar es Salaam you will be assisted to the domestic airport for your light aircraft flight to the Selous Game Reserve. Enjoy this scenic flight which will give you a bird's eye view of beautiful Tanzania, lasting around 45 minutes.
On arrival into the Selous you will be met by a camp guide who will game drive you to your camp, where you will spend three nights in a comfortable tent, with all meals, and scheduled game viewing activities included.
About the size of Switzerland, the Selous is Africa's most impressive game reserve. This remote wilderness holds some of the continent's largest wildlife populations but still attracts relatively low visitor numbers, making for a truly special safari experience.
Enjoy full days game viewing in the Selous. Adventures and activities available include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, boat safaris on the Rufiji River and guided walking safaris through magnificent scenery conducted by experienced guides. You will usually have the option to do a morning and afternoon activity, but if you prefer you can also go on a full day game drive with a picnic lunch to explore even deeper into the reserve.
Days 4 - 11 : Near Pangani, Tanzania
Stay at The Tides Lodge for 7 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will be flown to The Tides private airstrip with a touch down in Dar es Salaam. On arrival you will be met by a lodge representative and transferred to your ocean front retreat where a sleepy, barefoot and personalised stay awaits you in your private beach bungalow. Enjoy relaxing at The Tides by the pool or take a walk along Ushongo Beach, which has been voted “one of the World’s best beaches” by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. The lodge has been designed with relaxation in mind and is deliberately low key, however it offers fantastic service and cuisine.
If you fancy being a little more active there is a dive centre nearby which operates the resort’s snorkelling and diving activities, or you can enjoy a variety of non-motor water sports and cultural experiences.
Day 11 : 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 $4604 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation based on two people sharing
Full board on safari
Full board beach accommodation
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.