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.
The Palms Zanzibar
Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
The Palms is a wonderful boutique beach and spa resort on the east coast of Zanzibar. With only a handful of private villas, The Palms offers an exclusive and private escape, and the ideal spot for a honeymoon or romantic beach holiday.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The Palms is a wonderful resort on the east coast of the island. With only a handful of private villas, The Palms offers an exclusive and private retreat away from everyday life. It is the perfect combination of effortless elegance with Zanzibari sophistication – the ideal spot for a honeymoon or romantic beach holiday.
Although The Palms is a quiet, tranquil haven there is something for everyone. Whether it be spending your days being pampered in the spa, or taking to the water, every guest is catered for. There are numerous water activities including: kite surfing, kite buggies, sailing, snorkelling, kayaks, scuba-diving and paddle boards. There is also a large central pool which is the perfect place to take a dip to cool off when the tide is too far out to swim in the ocean. If you are looking for something more cultural, take a day trip to Stone Town with a private driver and guide.
The Palms’ small collection of six beautifully designed villas offers luxurious comforts in an intimate setting on the Indian Ocean. Each villa features a stylish interior with private veranda, en-suite bathroom and plunge pool with views of the Indian Ocean. Overlooking the beach, private palm thatched “bandas” (one per villa) shelter private day beds and carved sun loungers to provide intimate beachfront privacy on the award winning Bwejuu Beach. With the fusion of cultures in Zanzibar, an exotic cuisine has been created, which blends spices and flavours featuring the best of the island’s produce. Enjoy your evenings relaxing after a sun filled day, with a cold drink.
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
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Prison Island visit
Prison Island lies just off the coast of Stone Town, and was one where rebellious slaves were exiled to. Today it is home to endangered Aldabra giant tortoises with a small beach and reef for snorkelling - a half day here will allow you to explore.
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar and discover what the crystal blue waters have to offer.
Kite Surfing in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is fast-becoming a world-recognised kite surfing destination with kite surfers flocking to the east coast which has a number of professional centres with equipment for hire, lessons can also be arranged for beginners.
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar is the best way to view the island's coastline. Take a private cruise in a dhow whilst sailing in the late evening to watch the sunset in Zanzibar, a beautiful island destination.
Jozani Forest, in the forested interior of Zanzibar, is home to the rare red colobus monkeys. A visit here is an excellent half day visit which offers a chance to not only see monkeys but also a lot more too!
Spice Plantation tour
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island and a tour of a plantation is an interesting way to learn more about this industry and sample fruits, spices and other plants.
Snorkelling in Zanzibar
Pick up a snorkel mask and head off into the azure blue ocean to explore the reefs and coastal line of Zanzibar. See how many of the colourful fish and different types of marine life you can spot hiding below the waters.