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.
The Residence Zanzibar
Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Best for: Diving, Family, Honeymoon
The Residence, located in peaceful southwest Zanzibar, is a superbly stylish luxury beach resort set on pure white sand, and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The Residence is ideal for a relaxing and romantic beach holiday or honeymoon.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The Residence is located in the peaceful south-west corner of Zanzibar. Set on a pure white sand beach, The Residence offers the ultimate luxury hotel experience. It is a highly respected property that offers spacious accommodation in villas set along the coastline and with beautiful gardens surrounding each one. The Residence is ideal for a family holiday. However, private villas mean it is also perfect for a relaxing or romantic beach holiday; we recommend The Residence to many honeymooners.
The Residence boasts 66 stand alone luxury villas, all with their own private swimming pool and luxuriously appointed with contemporary furnishings reminiscent of the Island’s African and Omani Heritage. You will feel like you are royalty with professionally trained butlers riding around on traditional “tricycles” assisting you from arrival to unpacking and with anything that you may need during your stay. The Residence is a true example of luxury on the beach. A gastronomic journey is enjoyed either at the hotel’s restaurant or in the privacy of your own villa. Enjoy dishes with a hint of Zanzibar spice or if you prefer head to The Pavilion Restaurant which offers the best of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
The Residence offers a wide range of activities. For those looking for a relaxing day then there is the infinity pool to lie beside or the spa to indulge at. If you are feeling more adventurous, explore the island on your complimentary bicycles or head out snorkelling or diving. For families with children, there are complimentary children's activities for children aged 4-12 years. This enables the whole family to be in heaven at The Residence. The children are entertained all day and have the Indian Ocean as their back garden, while the rest of the party can enjoy a cold drink by the pool and relax to their hearts content.
Guests celebrating their honeymoon and taking advantage of the hotel's great honeymoon offers will be required to present a marriage certificate on check in.
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
Things to do
Discount Offer - The Residence Zanzibar
Book a stay at The Residence Zanzibar and enjoy an 25% discount off your Half Board when staying at least four nights.
Honeymoon Offer - The Residence Zanzibar
Book to celebrate your honeymoon at The Residence Zanzibar and enjoy 25% discount on Half Board and a host of complimentary extras when staying at least four nights.
Two-Bedroom Family Offer - The Residence Zanzibar
Book your family holiday to The Residence Zanzibar and enjoy complimentary accommodation and half board meals for children under 18 sharing with parents.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
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.
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!
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Zanzibar Coast, Stone Town
For that ultimate beach honeymoon, Zanzibar has the answer! This itinerary includes one of our favourite properties on the island for honeymooners. Not only is it a beautiful place but it also gets great feedback from honeymoon clients.
Masai Mara, Stone Town, Zanzibar Beaches
An incredible honeymoon to Kenya and Zanzibar which combines a wonderful safari in the world renowned Masai Mara with a culture in Stone Town as well as a luxurious stay on the divine beaches of Zanzibar, this is the perfect romantic honeymoon.