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Tanzania Holidays And Safaris

Tanzania was the first country we specialised in, and it's still our absolute favourite destination for a luxury safari holiday! Tanzania's jaw-dropping showpieces include Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro; the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater; the annual Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and zebras across the magnificent Serengeti Plains; the highest concentrations of cats and other predators in Africa; beautiful Indian Ocean beaches on the historic Spice Island of Zanzibar - and so much else besides...  Let a Tanzania Holiday be your next adventure ...


View the Great Migration
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Zanzibar's Indian Ocean Beaches
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Chimpanzees in the wild
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Historic Stone Town
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Climbing Kilimanjaro
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Our top 5 reasons to take a Tanzania Holiday

1.      The game viewing here is some of the best in the world, and Tanzania’s coastline and islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world too.  Here you can seamlessly combine an authentic, wild safari adventure with a deserted Indian Ocean beach holiday, a match made in heaven... 
2.      The Great Migration, when 1.5m wildebeest move en masse following the rains, in search of green pastures.  
3.      Value for money: Tanzania has some seriously good accommodation options at great prices (and there are also some astronomically expensive lodges in Tanzania, for those who are want to splash out for the last word in luxury!)
4.      Tanzania is well-developed in terms of activities and experiences: why not add in a hot air balloon trip, a night fly camping in the bush, a spot of pristine reef diving or an alfresco dinner in the middle of the Serengeti?
5.      The largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, Ngorongoro Crater. This is where you will find the densest concentration of animals in Africa: over 30,000 mammals, including large game and associated predators.

Tanzania: some background

Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania (TANganyika / ZANzibar).  The new republic brought together over 120 different ethnic groups, and introduced Swahili, the language of the monsoon coastal traders, as the national language.  In stark contrast with many of its African neighbours which have been plagued with racial conflict and violent civil war, Tanzania has remained largely politically stable and peaceful since independence.   Show me more >

Map of Tanzania

Tanzania Map
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Tanzania Holidays: when to visit

Tanzania is best during the dry season of June to October, and again from December to March.  The long rains come during April and May, and the short rains during November.  In the weeks following the rains, the country turns green and wildlife spreads out across the plains where there is plenty of sustenance.  During the dry season, as water sources diminish and vegetation dries out, the wildlife has no option but to seek water at the limited water holes, guaranteeing a spectacular pageant of predatory action.  The best safari lodges and camps do get booked up well in advance during the peak (dry) season, so it's best to plan ahead.

Tanzania: getting around

We recommend flying within Tanzania: there is a good western-owned network of flights connecting all the parks and islands with main hubs in Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar which makes travelling within Tanzania a breeze. With the exception of Katavi and Mahale, there are several flights a day between the parks, hubs and islands.  Show me more >

Tanzania: where to stay


The South:

The South of Tanzania (where the most popular parks are Selous and Ruaha) is far less visited than the parks of the North, and allows short or extended walking safaris, safaris by boat, as well as safaris by open-sided vehicle.
The parks in the south have small (usually tented) lodges which tend to be better value than the tented lodges of the north. Since it is cheap and easy to fly in and out of Selous due to the relatively short distance, this is a good choice if you are looking for a short (3 or 4 nights) and reasonably cheap safari.  For those looking for a longer safari in the South, the combination and contrast of Selous and Ruaha is superb.
Siwandu, Beho Beho, Sand Rivers, Mwagusi and Jongomero are all top safari lodges at the higher end of the market, whereas the likes of Lake Manze Camp, Impala and Mdonya Old River are substantially more affordable and still superb for game viewing.

The North (Serengeti & Ngorongoro):

There are some stunning camps here including the likes of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Sasakwa, Faru Faru, Kleins Camp and Serengeti Under Canvas, which offer every conceivable luxury and all of which will delight experienced safari enthusiasts and newbies alike.
Consider that the lodges in the north tend to be more expensive than those in the south when planning your trip. At the top of the scale are lodges like the Crater Lodge and Sasakwa at about $1,600 per person per night. Most of the good camps tend to be between $800 and $1,000, including Faru Faru, Sayari, Olakira, Nomads, Oliver’s, and Serengeti Under Canvas. In this price bracket are mobile tented camps (such as Olakira), permanent tented camps (such as Sayari), and permanent lodges (such as Klein’s). It is hard to find any good tented lodges cheaper than this, though it is possible to take a driving circuit and stay in hotels which do not have their own vehicles (such as the Serena or Sopa chain, Plantation Lodge, Kirurumu) for about $600 on the basis of 2 people and $500 on the basis of 4 people.
If you are looking for an adventurous safari, the Serengeti's mobile camps (including Alex Walker’s Serian, Nomad’s Serengeti Safari Camp, Kimondo and Olakira) offer fabulous game viewing, value for money and a much more luxurious experience than most clients expect. These mobile camps start at around $750 per person per night.

Zanzibar Holidays:

Mnemba Island is the best of it all, but at $3,000 a night it ought to be!  Palms, Baraza and Kilindi are superb and slightly more affordable while the likes of Ras Nungwi, Breezes and Matemwe Bungalows offer great beach accommodation at sensible prices. Lastly, Ras Kutani (on the mainland coast) is our favourite beach lodge in the whole of Africa - an outstanding option at a ridiculously good price.
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Our favourite Tanzania lodges

Our favourite Tanzania Parks