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.
Active Tanzania - Walk with the Great Migration
Southern & Central Serengeti
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Family
Bear witness to the soundtrack and sights of the impressive great migration, on this week-long expedition on foot through the famous rolling plains of the Serengeti. This is a seasonal expedition taking place throughout December to March during the calving season.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This activity packed itinerary allows guests the rare opportunity of seeing one of the world’s greatest spectacles, the great migration, on foot. This week-long expedition allows you to walk through the very heart of the migration during December until March, a peak calving period, so perhaps you will be there to witness the birth of a zebra foal or a wildebeest calf, one things for sure, this is a thrilling way to experiences the sights and sounds of the world’s most famous animal migration- Perfect for the more adventurous.
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. In some sections you will fly camp, an adventurous and exhilarating way to experience the African Bush. 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.
Day 1 : Fly to Kilimanjaro
Day 1 - 2 : Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at Kimondo Camp for 1 night
On arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport you will be directed you to your onward domestic flight into the Serengeti were your expedition will commence.
Your first night will be spent at Kimondo Camp which is located in the Southern Tip of the Serengeti, the starting point of your week-long walking safari. This afternoon can be spent relaxing, or perhaps head out on your first game drive to explore the area. In the evening you will meet your walking guide who will talk you through your coming adventure and what to expect, before enjoying a delightful dinner under the African starry skies.
Days 2 - 4 : Serengeti and Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Stay at Wayo Walking Fly Camp for 2 nights
This morning you will rise early so you don’t miss that sun rise, enjoy breakfast and set off walking with your guide in the North-West direction. Todays is a gentle flat walk through stunning acacia woodlands before the path opens up to the rolling open plains that the Serengeti is famed for. During your walk you could come across a vast array of wildlife and your expert guide will be there to point out the different fauna and flora along the way, you could even potentially come across big cats, elephant and rhino- there is nothing quite like seeing one of these magnificent species on foot. It is also worth noting that depending on your time of travel you may encounter the great migration either at the beginning or the end of your walking expedition, either way the wildlife you encounter along the way will not disappoint.
The goal is to arrive at your home for the night, Wayo’s walking fly camp. Upon arrival your luggage will be waiting, and your tent will already be set up, it is certainly not your average camping holiday. Spend the evening discussing the days events around a roaring camp fire whilst the chef prepares a delicious dinner for you to enjoy surrounded by the sounds of the bush.
On your third day you will wake up as the sun rises in the distance. Today you will continue your walk through the Serengeti, stopping on route to rehydrate and when ever you come across wildlife, an interesting track or some fascinating vegetation. Your fly camp will be packed up and it will meet you at your next fly camp stop, and much like before it will be ready and waiting upon your arrival in the early afternoon. Spend the afternoon at leisure, a real chance to rest your legs and lounge in the shade before enjoying camp fire tales later that evening.
Day 4 - 5 : Serengeti, Tanzania
Stay at Wayo Walking Camp for 1 night
Day four is a real treat, your walk will primarily take place along the winding drainage of the Simeo River, one of the most wildlife rich regions you will come across during your expedition, so have your camera ready!
Being on foot, your approach is significantly quieter, so you can happen across some really impressive animal sightings without spooking or disturbing them. Each day there is the opportunity to experience something totally new.
The goal of today’s walk is to reach a slightly more luxurious fly camp with larger tents, which include raised beds. Much like before, your evening will be spent enjoying another delicious dinner prepared by the camp chef before dining under the vast African skies.
Day 5 - 6 : Serengeti and Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Stay at Wayo Walking Fly Camp for 1 night
As you set off the next morning and pass into Central Serengeti, you will notice that the environment has changed, with clumps of large boulders and rocks call kopjes dotted throughout the landscape, prime spots for big cats to use as a hunting lookout, or to toast themselves in the sun. Your trail will take you past the largest of these outcrops, Oldonyo Olbae Hill before arriving at a woodland based fly camp. Again, opt to relax at camp or perhaps take a short walk within the vicinity to explore the area.
Day 6 - 7 : Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Stay at Dunia Camp for 1 night
Today is your final hike through the vast African bush, explore kopjes, plains and woodland before arriving at your final stop in the early afternoon. As you get closer and closer to camp you will be met with the beautiful singing voices of the all-female staff of the luxurious Dunia Camp. Expect to dance around with these wonderful women as they celebrate your arrival before being shown to the spacious permanent tented rooms. It is your final night so of course a party and feast are to be expected, dine and toast to your fantastic adventure through the plains of the Serengeti and through the heart of the great migration.
Day 7 : Fly home
When to go
This is a set small group departure adventure available throughout December and March, excluding 20 Dec-5th Jan. these dates reflect the movements of the great migration which will be in Southern and Central Serengeti.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $7259 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
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.