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.
Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp
Best for: Family, Wildlife, Imagine Favourites
Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp is a tented camp located outside Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. One of the area's better value options, the camp has superb views and offers excellent game viewing.
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Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp (formerly Tarangire River Camp), set within 25,000 hectares of concession area, is ideally situated just 3.5 km from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park. Accommodation consists of twenty one spacious tents built on wooden platforms with a thatched roof, all of which are en-suite and tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need whilst on safari. Each tent’s generously proportioned private verandah opens out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro on the distant horizon and several of the tents also offer views of the river, which changes to a dramatic sand riverbed in the dry season.
Traditional grass thatching adorns the roof of the main lodge structure, which is set off the ground on an elevated deck. The breezy lounge boasts ample seating in a relaxing open-air environment. The dining area, where culturally inspiring meals are served, consists of simple safari style seating and the elevated position allows for excellent views over the riverbank below. Both the dining and lounge areas connect to a campfire area and game viewing deck that also overlook the same stunning views. The lodge’s small, informal gift shop offers the families of the nearby Maasai villages a chance to sell some of their handmade wares.
The family tents have been configured to accommodate a family of four with a king bed and two single beds or a family of five with a king bed and three single beds. Each tent has it’s own private verandah area and indoor bathroom with toilet, shower and basin.
There is also a Deluxe Safari Room, built around an ancient big Baobab Tree overlooking Tarangire River. The outside deck boasts an amazing outdoor shower and bath, which enhances the romantic setting of this tent.
Mbali Mbali Tarangire River Camp provides good access to the best wildlife viewing areas of Tarangire, one of the most diverse parks in Tanzania, with its abundance of big game including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as a vast bird and lesser game population. One of the advantages of being located outside the park is that various activities not permitted within any of Tanzania’s northern National Parks, are possible. Activities include game drives, bird watching on the shores of Lake Manyara and cultural safaris visiting the Maasai and Datoga people whose bomas populate adjacent land.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
December to March, is the Wildebeest calving season. In April and May, the rut begins and the plains dry out so the herd begin the journey north. June and July, the migration gathers momentum and the herds enter the Serengeti Western Corridor. It's here that the wildebeest and their newborn calves meet their first serious barrier in the form of the Grumeti River and its vast crocodiles. Between August and November, the migration reaches its northern range: the grasslands on either bank of the crocodile-infested Mara River which the herds must cross not once, but twice, as they complete their migration.
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Things to do
Walking safari in Tarangire National Park
You will be able to enjoy a game walk in the Tarangire National Park. Game walks are a unique and fascinating way to take in the terrain. You will be able to appreciate some of the smaller treasures of the park and it is a very interactive experience.
Game drive in Tarangire
Game drives in the Tarangire National Park offer a great introduction to East Africa. The diverse range of wildlife and habitats make for fascinating game viewing. A huge elephant population and tree climbing lions make this region famous.