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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.
Pemba Island, Tanzania
Best for: Beach, Diving, Imagine Favourites
Fundu Lagoon is the ultimate beach hideaway on Pemba Island, offering an off-the-beaten-track barefoot luxury stay. With outstanding diving, snorkelling and fishing on the doorstep, this is the perfect choice for an active yet relaxed beach stay.
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Fundu Lagoon offers a barefoot luxury beach hideaway on Pemba Island, the northern-most island in the Zanzibar Archipelago. An exclusive stay awaits at this intimate beach lodge in unspoilt surroundings, with a Robinson Crusoe experience on offer. The location is hard to beat with world class diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing within the immediate vicinity.
Whilst Fundu Lagoon offers an intimate beach stay with a high level of privacy, making it a superb choice for a romantic honeymoon, it is also perfect for those who like to fill their time on the beach with plenty of activities. The diving and snorkelling is considered amongst the best in the world with pristine coral and a wide variety of sea life, the fully equipped PADI dive centre caters for both beginners and experienced divers. A trip to Misali Island is a real must, whilst a tour of the local village is a great way to see how little life has changed on Pemba. For those who prefer to stay above the water, there are canoe safaris through mangrove forests, windsurfing and kayaking on offer as well as deep-sea fishing with marlin, sailfish and dorado amongst the species on offer.
Fundu Lagoon provides for an intimate and exclusive stay with just 18 tented safari style bungalows. The entry level Hillside Bungalows afford a high level of privacy thanks to being nestled in the vegetation and offer spectacular views across the Indian Ocean, there is also a jungle suite which is perfect for honeymooners looking for their own private escape. Alternatively the beach front rooms offer direct access to the beach and ocean. The suites have private plunge pool, whilst there is a large infinity pool for communal use. There are also three bars - one on the jetty which is perfect for sundowners, one on the beach and one by the pool as well as a wonderful restaurant.
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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”.
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Things to do
Visit Misali Island on Pemba coast to see some of the most breathtaking coral reefs of East Africa. This is a perfect location for snorkelling and depending on the time of the year you could also find hawksbill turtles nesting on the island.
Diving & Snorkelling on Pemba Island
Spend the day snorkelling or diving around Pemba Island. Amongst the crystal clear tropical waters of the Indian Ocean there is an abundance of fish and marine life living within the healthy coral reefs, an unforgettable experience for all nature lovers.
Fundu Lagoon offers outstanding fishing in the Pemba Channel. Common species caught including wahoo, dorado, yellow fin tuna, marlin and sailfish. Your fully qualified skipper will take you out for half or full day trips on a Cobra Cat boat.
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Ruaha National Park and Pemba
Get off the beaten track and experience an unforgettable safari in the Ruaha National Park which offers a true wilderness experience before heading to the stunning Pemba Island to hideaway at the tranquil Fundu Lagoon- a chic and romantic beach lodge.