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.
Katavi, Mahale Mountains
Best for: Wildlife, Beach, Family
Western Tanzania is one of Africa’s last great frontiers, vast, isolated national parks, huge tracts of unexplored forest; it’s perfect for a second or third safari, real wilderness enthusiasts or just for someone who wants something completely different.
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Combining Katavi National Park with the Mahale Mountains should be on any African bucket list. More people summit Mount Everest every year than find their way to Katavi, a wonderful mix of wetland, savannah and forest, while the Mahale Mountains offer a near mystical experience tracking chimpanzees in misty rainforest above white sands and clear waters as you look out over Congo on the shining horizon of Lake Tanganyika.
Days 1 - 5 : Katavi, Tanzania
Stay at Mbali Mbali Katavi for 4 nights
Fly from Arusha to Katavi to spend four nights in Katuma Bush Lodge in the wilderness of Katavi National Park, one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas. You will head out on morning and evening game drives in search of big game in true isolation as vast plains, endless wetlands, complex river systems and dense forest stretch out around you. Katuma Bush Lodge also offer night drives, a real treat for safari lovers where you can catch a glimpse of nocturnal wildlife and maybe even get the chance to follow lions on the hunt for buffalo, which they are specially adapted to tackling in this incredible national park.
Days 5 - 8 : Mahale Mountains, Tanzania
Stay at Mbali Mbali Mahale for 3 nights
Fly from Katavi to the beautiful Mahale Mountains National Park. Spend three nights at Kungwe Beach Lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. You will stay in a spacious safari room tucked away in the forest canopy where you might find wildlife wandering past camp.
Each morning the lodge will send out their resident trackers deep into the forests which rise up around camp in search of the resident community of Chimpanzees which you will then track on the steep slopes of these other worldly green mountains. You will spend an hour in the company of the Chimps which is just the right amount of time to get to know the structure of the group, learn about individuals from your guides and trackers and really feel at one with our closest relatives.
Activities are not limited to Chimp tracking, you could find yourself on a boat trip to find hippo pods and potentially even Nile crocodiles as well as go out on a fishing trip. The easly accessible beach also means you could swin the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, or just put your feet up on the beach.
Day 8 : Mahale - Arusha
Fly from Mahale to Arusha for departure.
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When to go
The dry season in Mahale starts in June, when the long rains have stopped, and goes through to October. At this time of year the temperatures increase and the skies are quite hazy, the lake has never been more appealing for a cooling dip. As the dry season progresses, the chimps are more usually found in the lower slopes due to their favourite fruits being found lower down.
Mahale's green season runs from November through to March and this time of year is a photographers dream; the haze often prevalent through the dry season is washed away. The forest offers varied viewing, although the forest is at its best, full of the colour of wildflowers, birds and butterflies. The lake is clearest in these months with incredible views of the Congo in the distance.
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From $6258 per person
All meals and soft drinks
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.