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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 big 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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Tanzania Holidays: 5 top reasons to go


1.      The game viewing here is some of the best in the world, and Tanzania’s coastline and islands have some of the world's most beautiful beaches 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!)   Show me more >

Map of Tanzania

Tanzania Map Tanzania - Ruah Tanzania - Mahale Mountains Tanzania - Katavi Tanzania - Pemba Island Tanzania - Mafia Island Tanzania - Ruaha Tanzania - Selous Game Reserve Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Tanzania - Tarangire Tanzania - Lake Manyara Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania - Serengeti
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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 >

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Our favourite Tanzania lodges

Our favourite Tanzania Parks

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 boating safaris and short or extended walking safaris, 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.  Show me more >

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 >

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