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.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Best for: Beach, Family, Imagine Favourites
Breezes Beach Club & Spa is a true favourite with us at Imagine Africa - the attention to detail, beach and accommodation are all superb. We particularly love Breezes for its simple luxurious style, excellent value and authentic Zanzibari feel.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Breezes Beach Club & Spa has a fabulous location on the east coast of Zanzibar, set on one of the best stretches of beach on the island with luxurious yet great value accommodation on offer. Perfect for honeymooners and families alike, Breezes is a medium sized resort but thanks to being family owned retains a strong attention to detail and excellent personalised service.
As well as Breezes being set on a beautiful beach, there are plenty of facilities on offer with a large pool (perfect for when the tide is too far out to swim), watersports and PADI diving centre, spa with Thai therapists - perfect for some post safari relaxation, tennis courts and fitness centre. Breezes also has a range of bars and restaurants with the Dhow Bar being the perfect place to relax during the day whilst The Tides offers an intimate dining experience for just two people - perfect for a romantic candle lit dinner. During your stay at Breezes it will also be possible to explore the island further afield with Stone Town, spice tours and a visit to the red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest all being popular choices.
Breezes Beach Club has a total of 70 rooms across three room categories. The 10 standard and 40 deluxe rooms are located on the ground floor, whilst there are 20 suites which are on the first floor and have a balcony with sunbeds. There are also two villas which are two deluxe rooms which interconnect with a living room which are perfect for families.
When to go
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
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Prison Island visit
Prison Island lies just off the coast of Stone Town, and was one where rebellious slaves were exiled to. Today it is home to endangered Aldabra giant tortoises with a small beach and reef for snorkelling - a half day here will allow you to explore.
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar and discover what the crystal blue waters have to offer.
Kite Surfing in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is fast-becoming a world-recognised kite surfing destination with kite surfers flocking to the east coast which has a number of professional centres with equipment for hire, lessons can also be arranged for beginners.
Historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Town's old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Jozani Forest, in the forested interior of Zanzibar, is home to the rare red colobus monkeys. A visit here is an excellent half day visit which offers a chance to not only see monkeys but also a lot more too!
Snorkelling in Zanzibar
Pick up a snorkel mask and head off into the azure blue ocean to explore the reefs and coastal line of Zanzibar. See how many of the colourful fish and different types of marine life you can spot hiding below the waters.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Manyara, Ngoronogoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar
For the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, look no further than this itinerary! Embark upon the ultimate safari in Tanzania’s impressive national parks before flying over to Zanzibar to make the most of its incredibly pristine beaches.
Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar
Embark on an exciting safari through northern Tanzania visiting beautiful Lake Manyara, the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater and epic Serengeti where wildlife abounds. From here you have the chance to relax on one of Zanzibar's most exquisite beaches.
Masai Mara and Zanzibar
A superb family safari to Kenya with fantastic wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara with expert guiding and luxurious accommodation before relaxing on Zanzibar's beautiful beaches in a family friendly beach resort.