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.
Southern Tanzania Safari & Beach
Ruaha, Selous & Zanzibar
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Off the beaten track
This trip away is perfect for those who are seeking something wild and slightly different to the well-trodden path of the Serengeti and allows you to see a different side to Tanzania. From game rich waterways, to scattered baobab landscapes to white sandy beaches, expect some of the most spectacular landscapes that Tanzania has on offer.
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This alternative Tanzania itinerary combines Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park for a safari filled seven days which will not soon be forgotten. Starting off the trip in the Selous Game Reserve where you can safari in style and comfort and enjoy all that the Selous has to offer. Followed by three nights in the untamed wilderness of Ruaha, this diverse and beautiful landscape is home to a variety of animals such as huge numbers of elephant, as well as giraffe, zebra, impala and kudu. Both regions combine to create an exciting and varied safari experience that will be unforgettable. Finally, you will fly onto Zanzibar for 7 nights of fun in the sun. Spend your final week relaxing after your adventurous safari experience, either by the pool or looking out over the turquoise lagoon of the Indian Ocean.
Day 1 : Fly to Dar es Salaam
Days 1 - 4 : Ruaha, Tanzania
Stay at Kigelia Ruaha for 3 nights
After a final game drive in Selous National park, you will be transferred to the airstrip in time for your onwards flight to Ruaha.
You will be collected from the airstrip and driven on a game drive towards your camp where you will spend the next three nights. Located on the Iguguru Sand River, your camp offers a unique wilderness experience where the large double tents offer a perfect mix of comfort and authentic rustic design.
Staying in Ruaha National Park you can expect incredible game viewing, from lions to kudu, as well as some great herds of elephant. In between game drives, you could also even head out on foot to experience the untamed African wilderness like it should be.
Days 4 - 8 : Selous and Mikumi, Tanzania
Stay at Sand Rivers Selous for 4 nights
On arrival into Dar es Salaam you will be transferred to the domestic terminal, where you will board the light aircraft flight into Selous National Park. You will be collected from the airstrip and driven on a game drive to the lodge where you will spend the next four nights. This stylish lodge lies on the banks of the Rufiji River, offering an idyllic base from which to explore the wild Selous area and all it has to offer in wildlife and wilderness.
You can spend your days with some excellent guides whilst on game drives in open-sided 4x4 vehicles, or alternatively relaxing on a boat safari where you could silently drift downstream whilst spotting wildlife on the way. For those who are slightly more adventurous, a night fly camping in the bush is an unforgettable experience or walk on the wild side on a walking safari.
Days 8 - 15 : Zanzibar Beaches, Zanzibar
Stay at Zawadi for 7 nights
Your safari experience has come to an end and after a final game drive you will be transferred to the airstrip for your onwards flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to your ocean front resort.
Spend your final week unwinding by the cooling swimming pool or enjoy long walks along the powdery white sands. If you are feeling adventurous you could even embark on a variety of activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling on the nearby reef, enjoying an impressive sunset aboard a traditional dhow, or maybe even explore the winding alleyways of Historic Stone Town on a private tour.
Day 15 : 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 $9492 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.