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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.
Zanzibar - Mafia Island, Tanzania
Best for: Beach
Kinasi Lodge is an intimate, relaxing beach resort on Mafia Island, Zanzibar. Kinasi Lodge offers some superb diving in a protected marine park as well as the option to explore Mafia Island on foot or by bike, rounding off your day in the superb spa.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kinasi is an intimate and lovely boutique resort, situated in an old cashew and coconut plantation on Mafia Island, a 12th-century Arab trading post off the south coast of Tanzania, and providing a stylish and comfortable escape in the magnificent natural environment of the protected marine park. All of Kinasi’s 12 thatched cottages are en-suite with solar-heated water, walk-in mosquito nets that cover the beds completely, and cross-ventilation keeping them cool in all seasons. The interior designs, furnishings and finishes are eclectic, combining elements of coastal Tanzanian, African, Indian and Arabian cultures into a historically accurate shirazi style that is unique to Kinasi. Each has ample hanging space, a desk and chair, verandah chairs and table, a double chaise for full relaxation. The atmosphere is informal and homely, and intentionally unpretentious.
The cuisine, a mixture of European an East African dishes based on seafood, fresh local produce, grills and home made condiments, is served as a buffet lunch at the Pool bar and Grill, while dinner is eaten in the dining room on a table d’hote basis. A beautiful Egyptian-themed spa offers fragrant aromatherapy treatments in three separate rooms or al fresco overlooking the sea.
Kinasi has an excellent dive school and offers great diving for advanced and novice divers in safety under professional instruction. The lodge brings picnic lunches aboard its dive boats so that you can stay out for two-tank dives or, after diving, enjoy the rest of the day with a visit to other islands or historic and interesting sites. The snorkelling on the shallow reefs surrounding the many islands in and around Chole Bay is also a great attraction. In our opinion Kinasi has much to offer, and is ideally positioned to combine with a wildlife safari.
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
Dhow sailing from Mafia Island
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar is the best way to view Mafia Island's coastline. Take a private cruise in a dhow to explore nearby islands, sand banks, and other beaches on the island.
Diving on Mafia Island
Slipping just below the surface of Mafia's ocean, you find yourself in one of the greatest locations for your diving adventure. Mafia Island Marine Park is one of the healthiest and diverse coral reef systems with warm waters and great visibility.
On the trail of whale sharks
Mafia Island lies on the migratory route for whale sharks with October to March being the best time to spot them. For those feeling particularly brave we recommend diving in and going for a swim with the whale sharks on an organised excursion.