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.
Saadani Safari Lodge
Saadani National Park, Tanzania
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track
Saadani Safari Lodge is a small and exclusive lodge combining bush and beach. Located on the edge of Saadani National Park, this lodge offers an exclusive location where rare and untamed land meets the beauty of the turquoise ocean.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Saadani National Park (a short 25 minute flight from Dar es Salaam) covers 1000sq km and is a unique wilderness in a wonderful location within one of Tanzania’s most varied wildlife conservation areas. Here beach, bush and river come together in a colourful clash of ecosystems found nowhere else on the coast of East Africa.
All 15 rooms, including nine Classic Banda suites, five Maridadi suites, and one Siri Suite offer unrivalled views of the sea from private decks overlooking the beach.
The classic Banda suites are traditional in design using local materials and Zanzibari finishes including hand carved furniture and a coconut leaf shaded deck. The Maridadi suites are raised on wooden decks to maximise the views of the ocean beyond and all have teak wooden floors within. En-suite with both an indoor and out door shower guests can cool off under the stars and watch the glistening sea beyond. Whether a birthday, honeymoon or just simply because, the Siri suite prides itself on elegant luxury. With its own private bar, sundowner deck and pool this is for those seeking a true luxury hide away experience.
The main area comprises of a relaxing sitting area with views out to sea, a thatches restaurant on the beach and an infinity pool over looking the ocean.
While perhaps not a typical safari setting visitors will not be disappointed by the varied activities on offer including game drives, guided walks, river safaris, bird watching, cultural experiences and of course snorkelling and relaxation. One of the few places in Africa to witness big game by the coast, Sadaani National Park, is home to four of the big five including lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo as well as plenty of plains game. Seeing a giraffe grazing or discovering lion tracks on the beach are rare and unique sights not to be missed.
Just 16 km from the lodge the Wami River fringed by date palms, is a haven for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts with large hippo pods and crocodiles taking refuge in the river. Up in the trees, kingfishers and fish eagles take shelter from the sun's rays while on constant watch for catfish and tiger fish in the ripples below.
A few nights at Sadaani Safari lodge will offer any discerning traveller a remote yet rewarding get away experience.
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