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Tanzania safaris


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

Naturally, safaris are a cornerstone of most Tanzania holidays. And, for those that visit between June and August, witnessing the Great Migration is right up there with the world's great bucket-list experiences. Indeed, this natural spectacle 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. But, this country of vast landscapes and incredible wildlife offers plenty for visitors at any time of the year.

The Serengeti is just one of Tanzania's many evocative names. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak; Ngorongoro Crater; Lake Tanganyika; and the Great Rift Valley are other magical locations that roll pleasingly off the tongue and can be easily incorporated into your 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 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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Flying time from UK
9½ hours

Time zone
GMT +3

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Top itineraries in Tanzania

Elephants in Tanzania

Tanzania: Serengeti Safari & Zanzibar Beach

15-day small-group tour from £4,850 pp incl. flights

Staying in luxury 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. It’s all capped with some beach relaxation in Zanzibar.

Grumeti River bush walk, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

Tanzania SkySafari: Ngorongoro, Tarangire & Serengeti

12-day tailor-made fly-safari from £9,990 pp incl. flights

Let scenic charter flights, luxury stays and all-inclusive indulgences knit together the safari greats of northern Tanzania, from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro crater.

Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Western Tanzania: Chimpanzees & safari

11-day tailor-made holiday from £12,085 pp incl. flights

This unique safari adventure takes in a remote and untouched part of western Tanzania, bringing you right up close to some of the country's most spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro Adventure

9-day itinerary from £3,350 pp incl. flights

The most popular way to the summit of Africa's highest peak, the Marangu route uses comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting and takes in highlights from Gillman's Point to spectacular sunrise views across Mt. Peru and the wildlife-rich plains of the Rift Valley far below.

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Top places to stay in Tanzania

Tent, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Tanzania

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Luxury tented camp

A luxurious tented safari camp overlooking the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you'll enjoy game drives and all-inclusive drinks and dining.

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


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.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge


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.

Lake Duluti Lodge, Tanzania

Lake Duluti Lodge, Arusha

Small & intimate lodge

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.

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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…

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, Tanzania

Zanzibar & 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 truly idyllic holiday destination.

Mt Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain in Africa is the main attraction of this national park on the border with Kenya. At 5,895 metres tall, Mount Kilimanjaro is an imposing presence, visible from many miles across the plains when not veiled in cloud.

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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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