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.
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Top itineraries in Tanzania
Staying in luxury safari lodges, enjoying expert-led game drives and indulging with full-board gourmet dining throughout, this small-group safari takes in the best of Tanzania’s national-park treasures, from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. It’s all capped with some beach relaxation in Zanzinbar.
From the bustling hub of Arusha, head to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and finally the Ngorongoro Crater offering views to leave you speechless.
This unique nine - day tailor - made safari takes in a remote and untouched part of Western Tanzania.
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Top places to stay in Tanzania
A luxurious tented safari camp overlooking the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you'll enjoy game drives and all-inclusive drinks and dining.
Comprising three intimate safari camps perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, this andBeyond lodge is steeped in romance. Each mud and thatch suite is built on stilts with elegant antiques, graceful chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the crater below.
The only lodge in the small yet diverse Lake Manyara National Park, guests are offered an exciting safari experience in a game-rich environment which includes large herds of elephant, buffalo, and the famous tree-climbing lions.
Where to go in Tanzania
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…
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.
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 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…
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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