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.
Northern Tanzania Adventure
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Family
With walking safaris, game drives, and some unforgettably amazing scenery, this is a great itinerary for families or couples looking for a real adventure. Stay in a mobile tented camp for a back-to-basics safari without compromising on comfort.
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This activity packed itinerary covers some of the best spots in Tanzania, from Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. These game packed areas are full of life and offer some beautiful views, and exciting game experiences. Accommodation consists mainly of bell tents; simple but stylish, these rooms offer an authentic tented safari feel away from the crowds in some incredible and remote locations. You might find elephants and other game approaching the river in front of your tent for a quick drink, or watch as the wildebeest migrate in their droves around camp. Perfect for the more adventurous, this itinerary includes hiking and walking trails, canoeing, mountain biking, as well as day and night game drives.
Days 1 - 3 : Arusha
Stay at Rivertrees Country Inn for 2 nights
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by your dedicated private safari driver/guide who will drive you to Rivertrees Country Inn. Here you will stay for one night with breakfast and dinner included.
The next morning you will spend the whole day in Arusha National Park, beginnging with a morning walk, followed by a picnic lunch to replenish your energy levels. After lunch you will head out on a canoeing safari before heading back to Rivertrees for your second night.
Days 3 - 5 : Lake Manyara, Tanzania
This morning you will have an early pick up and have a road transfer to the Manyara area. Here you will pick up mountain bikes and cycle to the south gate of Manyara National Park and a stop off for a picnic lunch at Magara Waterfalls.
In the afternoon you will drive into Lake Manyara National Park, where you will spend two nights at the Manyara Green Camp with all meals included. Manyara Green Camp offers a comfortable stay in bell tents, all of which fit a double bed, luggage racks and chairs and have a large bathroom attached to each tent with hot showers. If you would like you can go on a night game drive to spot the park's nocturnal residents.
The following morning you will take a gentle walk along the shores of Lake Manyara; a great place for spotting flamingos! After a picnic lunch you will then have an afternoon game drive to allow you to see more of the park.
Day 5 - 6 : Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Today you will drive from Lake Manyara up into the Ngorongoro Highlands. In the afternoon you will go on a treetop walkway out of the park. Along the way you will stop to visit the sights and sounds of the Mto Wa Mbu village and have a bit to eat for lunch in a local banana plantation. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the rim of the crater and have an afternoon walk in the Crater highlands before heading to your accommodation. You will be staying at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp for one night with all meals included.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is located in the rim valley of the Ngorongoro Crater, with easy access to the Crater. You will be styaing in Classic Safari Tents, each with en-suite bathroom facilities, as well as plug points and a small veranda out the front of camp. The main areas offer extra space to relax, with a dining area and bar and lounge area.
Days 6 - 8 : Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at Naabi Green Camp for 2 nights
Today you will have an early start with a game drive descending down into the Crater for a game drive and picnic lunch. The Crater floor is one of the best spots in Tanzania for spotting endangered rhino as well as flamingos on Lake Magadi in the heart of the Crater. Later you drive up out of the Crater and head to the Naabi Hills in the Serengeti arriving in the late afternoon. You will spend the next two nights at Naabi Green Camp. Naabi Green Camp is located at the entrance of the Serengeti at the Naabi Hills. Accommodation is made up of stylish bell tents, with comfortable double beds and large attached bathroom facilities, including a hot shower.
On your second day you will have a chance to have a full day game viewing across the Serengeti. You can spend as much or as little time as you like out on game drives. Your last night will be spend back at Naabi Green Camp.
Day 8 : Serengeti to Arusha
This morning you will be transferred to the Seronera Airstrip for a light aircraft flight to Arusha. This will give you the opportunity to see where you have just been from above! On arrival in Arusha you will be met and transferred to Rivertree’s Country Inn for lunch and an afternoon to relax.
Later in the day you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport where your arrangements and Tanzanian adventure come to an end.
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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.
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From $5939 per person
Activities as per the itinerary
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.