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.
Tanzania Coast, Tanzania
Best for: Honeymoon, Beach, Imagine Favourites
Set on a crescent of deserted white sand beach on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast, Ras Kutani is a tranquil beach lodge ideal for a romantic getaway. The epitome of castaway chic, this idyllic beach property is the perfect place to while away your time.
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Located between the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean and the quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon, Ras Kutani is all about relaxation. Lie in your hammock looking out at the sea, stroll along the stunning sandy beach or indulge in a treatment or two at the spa. For those looking for something a little more adventurous, there are plenty of activities on offer from the lodge. Don your snorkel and fins and go and explore the shipwreck of a 1900s cargo vessel that lies just offshore, or head off with your kayak to the calm freshwater lagoon and delve further into the riverine forest. Want to ride the waves? Grab a boogie board and head down to the beach. What’s more, every year when the season is right, green turtles return to the sheltered beaches of Ras Kutani to nest. If you time your stay right you can watch as these wonderful creatures hatch and make their first journey towards the ocean. After a day spent chilling or out on the water, kick back at the beach bar and enjoy cocktails and food under a ceiling of African stars.
The accommodation is comprised of nine standard beach facing chalets and four hillside suites. Each of the standard chalets are constructed from natural local materials, and have their own en-suite bathrooms and a large veranda offering views over the sea. The four hillside suites are spacious airy suites set apart from the main lodge and come complete with large front verandas with Swahili day-beds and hammocks, from which to survey the crescent bay and the jade waters of the Indian Ocean. Each of these suites has a private plunge pool, 8ft wide double bed and a large en-suite bathroom with dressing area.
Situated on the mainland coast of Tanzania, just 25km south of Dar es Salaam, Ras Kutani is easily accessible and the perfect place to relax at the end of a safari adventure.
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, and in April and May the rains last slightly longer, 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
Complimentary Nights Offer at Selous Safari Company Properties
Stay at a Selous Safari Company property for four nights and pay for only three!
Honeymoon Offer at Jongomero, Ras Kutani & Siwandu
Celebrate your honeymoon at Siwandu, Ras Kutani and Jongomero and pay for just five nights when you book at least seven and enjoy complimentary private activities. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.
Low Season Savings Offer at Selous Safari Company Properties
Book a stay for two at a Selous Safari Company property for at least three nights and save 50%.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
Turtle Hatching at Ras Kutani
Take the opportunity to view first-hand as baby turtles hatch on the sheltered beach at Ras Kutani and make their first journey towards the ocean. Sea Sense, an NGO works closely with costal communities to conserve and protect endangered marine species.