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.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
North East Coast, Zanzibar
Best for: Beach, Family, Food Drink
Located on Zanzibar’s northeastern coast, Essque Zalu is a small luxury beach resort that’s a firm favourite of Imagine Africa. High standards of service, an idyllic beach location and delicious food make Essque Zalu the perfect place to relax.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located on the North Eastern Coast of Zanzibar, Essque Zalu is a luxurious property and a firm favourite of Imagine Africa. With beautiful and spacious architecture, a high standard of service and the ideal location, Essque Zalu is a paradise in which you can rest and relax.
Choose from 40 suites, all with picturesque views, whether you prefer an ocean front, sea view or garden view suite all are luxuriously styled and crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional makuti roof. If you are looking for something a bit more spacious why not select one of our 9 expansive villas. Stretch out in the spacious living room, unwind in the privacy of your own massage area, rustle up a snack in your own kitchen, laze on the terrace overlooking the garden or just chill in the privacy of your very own swimming pool. Satisfy your taste buds with a choice of three distinctive restaurants, a scrumptious café, two well-stocked bars or dial a mixologist to come right to your suite and shake your very own tailor-made cocktail. One cannot forget The Jetty, set al fresco on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean, where you can casually kick back with a refreshing cocktail, share succulent morsels of modern Arabic cuisine, freshly prepared mezze, draw on some shisha and gaze at the sunset.
Whether you are wanting to put your feet up and relax or head out and explore there is something for everyone. From the exclusive spa which is open around the clock to all the water activities they have on offer, from kite surfing and scuba-diving to snorkelling. Looking for something cultural, why not head out and explore Stone Town or go trek through the forest in search of the red colobus monkey and the fabled Zanzibar Leopard. Return to the paradise of Essque Zalu to enjoy a cold cocktail and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
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 two 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
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.
Beach Bars in Kendwa
In the lively bars in Kendwa, northern Zanzibar, enjoy local cocktails and watch the sunset as a mix of traditional African and reggae music plays.
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.