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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.
The Manta Resort
Pemba Island, Tanzania
Manta Resort is a remote beach lodge positioned on Pemba Island, off the coast of Zanzibar. Manta Resort has a unique underwater room extending four metres below the water with a bedroom with 360 degree view of the ocean, floodlit at night.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Manta Resort is a small all-inclusive beach resort on Pemba, offering an idyllic honeymoon and family escape. Accommodation consists of garden rooms, seafront villas and the world’s first underwater room. The en-suite garden rooms (some can inter-connect) are simply but attractively furnished and come with wooden floors, netted king-sized beds and a makuti-thatched verandah. Cooling is fan-assisted though you can upgrade to a superior garden room if you want air-conditioning. Next up are the six luxury sea front villas. These air- conditioned villas are spacious and private, with a centred king size bed and large en-suite bathroom and a secluded sun terrace offering spectacular sunsets over the Pemba Channel. The pièce-de-résistance, however, is the underwater room - a private floating ‘island’ with your bedroom four metres below the surface of the sea. It is yours to enjoy (at a price!) while sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, lounging and dining on the water deck and sleeping surrounded by a tropical marine environment.
Most meals at Manta are served on the main verandah overlooking the ocean but move to the pool deck and beach for a change of scenery when possible. Many dishes feature fresh locally caught seafood as well as beef, chicken and vegetable dishes, some of which have a distinct Pemba touch to them. Afterwards head to the beach lounge and watch the tide come and go while sipping away at a lemongrass ginger sling, your feet buried in the warm sand. For those in need of some serious pampering, the Kipepeo Spa offers a multitude of divine massages and treatments.
The diving around Pemba is spectacular, and the pristine healthy reefs, constant 26-degree water and 30-plus-metre visibility make Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world, and the perfect place to start your diving adventure. Dhow trips, rainforest nature walks sandbar snorkelling picnics, local school visits and sunset cruise are all popular, or you can take an all-day Pemba safari which includes visits to spice plantations, historic forts, fish markets and roosting flying foxes.
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.