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Tanzania safaris

Introduction

Tanzania is one of East Africa's most enticing holiday destinations, offering the dual delights of world famous safari parks, combined with the exotic charms and white sand beaches of the fabled spice island of Zanzibar.

Safaris are a key Tanzania travel highlight. Here can be witnessed the Great Migration, a natural spectacle that sees more than two million wildebeest, gazelles and zebras make their way between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. The vast herds travel in search of fresh pastures, their progress closely monitored by big cats, crocodiles, vultures and other predators.

The Serengeti is just one of Tanzania's many evocative place names. Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak - the Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Tanganyika and the Great Rift Valley are other magical locations that roll pleasingly off the tongue and can be included in a tailor made travel itinerary. Travellers in Africa often feel that ‘this is where it all began'. But in Tanzania's case this really is true - this inspiring landscape was the cradle of mankind, at Olduvai Gorge.

After seeing the Big Five animals on a safari, many visitors choose to spend a few days unwinding by the coast. Sultry Zanzibar, once home to Arab sultans, retains an altogether different feel to the African mainland. Watching the lateen sails of dhows at sea, hearing the muezzin's call to prayer across the rooftops of old Stone Town and touring the spice plantations are another side of Tanzania not to be missed.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
9½ hours

Time Zone
GMT +3

Currency
Tanzanian shilling (TSh)

Language
Kiswahili and English

Visa
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Where to go in Tanzania

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika forms a natural and beautiful boundary on Tanzania's western extreme, following the contours of the Great Rift Valley. Although its surface area is smaller than that of the country's other great lake, Lake Victoria, its depth of up to 1,400 metres means that Lake Tanganyika contains…

Dar es Salaam

Although Dodoma is the official capital of Tanzania, the lively Indian Ocean port city of Dar es Salaam is in many ways the country's de facto capital. This intoxicating place is something of a ‘marmite' city - you either love it or you hate it.

Ngorongoro Crater

Driving along the rim of the enormous Ngorongoro Crater in a 4x4 safari vehicle and then down into the crater affords breathtaking sweeping views - especially on a dawn game drive when the sun's rays gradually light up the crater floor.

Zanzibar and Pemba

Zanzibar is surely one of Africa's most evocative place names, up there with Timbuktu in Mali and Casablanca in Morocco. Its sultry tropical climate, Islamic influences and multitude of dreamy white sand beaches make it a hugely popular holiday destination - whether as part of a tailor made tour co…

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When to go to Tanzania

Tanzania's location near the equator means that it is blessed with long sunny days most of the year. Temperatures are generally warm but comfortable year-round, typically ranging between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, although it is usually cooler in the highlands. Masika, the long rains - also known as the 'green season' - runs from March to June, while a second, shorter rainy season, mvuli, takes place in November/December. October to March is considered the hottest season and this coincides with the peak season on Zanzibar. Humidity is more noticeable near the coast than inland, although cooling ocean breezes mean that it is never …

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Top itineraries in Tanzania

Treasures Of Tanzania

10-day tailor-made journey from £6,775 pp incl. flights

From the bustling hub of Arusha, head to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and finally the Ngorongoro Crater offering views to leave you speechless.

Tanzania Safari, Sun and Sea

11-day luxury safari

Explore the very best of Africa with this tailor-made tour, taking you to three of the best safari camps across Tanzania and East Africa. This journey combines safari, sun and sea for an authentic and ultimate African experience.

Western Tanzanian Adventure

9-day tailor-made journey from £6,495 pp incl. flights

This unique nine - day tailor - made safari takes in a remote and untouched part of Western Tanzania.

Tanzania safari & Zanzibar beach

13-day tailor-made journey from £3,375 pp incl. flights

Tanzania is a breathtaking country, where you'll encounter spectacular landscapes, fascinating Maasai culture and, of course, some of the world's most iconic wildlife.

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Top places to stay in Tanzania

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Luxury tented camp

A luxurious tented safari camp overlooking the majestic Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Duluti Lodge, Tanzania

Accommodation

Located on a working coffee farm just a short drive from the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania, Lake Duluti Lodge comprises 18 contemporary chalets each with superb en-suite facilities and private deck.

Essque Zalu, Zanzibar

Accommodation

Essque Zalu, perfectly situated amongst the aromatic spice plantations and white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, stands as one of the finest resorts on this beautiful part of the African continent.

Chada Katavi, Western Tanzania

Accommodation

Chada Katavi is located in the far west of Tanzania, far-removed from the tourist trail on the edge of the Chada plain. The camp has just six, spacious, furnished tents that afford awe-inspiring views of the plains and passing wildlife. The Katavi National Park is made up of a series of flood plain…

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