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Tanzania Safaris and Tours

Tanzania is world-famous for its spectacular scenery and density of wildlife, with the country’s northern section being the most visited.

The escarpments and volcanoes of the Great Rift Valley form a dramatic backdrop to game-covered plains below. Snow-capped Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 5,895m, is a mecca for avid trekkers and mountaineers.

Tanzania’s national parks are a haven for huge concentrations of animals and birdlife. The Serengeti alone has nearly 2 million wildebeest and zebra which migrate along age-old pathways, followed by opportunistic lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and jackal. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is a massive volcanic caldera where 25,000 animals live in a setting of unparalleled grandeur. Maasai tribespeople have inhabited this region for hundreds of years, and to this day, still herd their cattle amongst the native wildlife.

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Tanzania Overview

Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Tanzania Highlights

  • The famous grasslands of the Serengeti
  • Host to the great wildebeest migration for much of the year
  • The Ngorongoro Crater, home to all the ‘Big 5’
  • Lake Manyara National Park, renowned for tree-climbing lions
  • The enchanting red soils of Tarangire National Park
  • Colonial homesteads and coffee farms of Karatu
  • Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak
  • Exotic Zanzibar Island, fringed with idyllic beaches
  • Historic Stone Town and fragrant spice plantations

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Places to visit in Tanzania

The Migration in the Serengeti

The unique Serengeti ecosystem covers 30,000 square km and sets the stage for the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world.

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Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest, un-flooded, unbroken volcanic caldera on earth, and within it lies a hidden world filled with wildlife.

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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park lies in the Great Rift Valley beneath a spectacular 600m-high escarpment, and supports an incredibly diverse range of wildlife.

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Selous & Ruaha

The Selous is one of Africa’s largest game reserves, covering an area of 50,000 km2, whilst Ruaha is crossed by a number of rivers which are a lifeline for wildlife during the dry season.

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is situated in the Great Rift Valley just 118 km from Arusha and features very different scenery to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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Kilimanjaro Trekking

Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and one of the world’s highest free standing massifs. Its snow and ice-covered summit rises 5,895m out of the African grasslands.

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Mahale Mountains and Katavi

Located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains offers exclusive chimpanzee encounters while visitors to Katavi are assured of intimate big game experiences.

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Zanzibar Stone Town & Beach Resorts

The archipelago of Zanzibar, 25 km off the coast of Tanzania, has a long and fascinating history. It is made up of Unguja (Zanzibar), Pemba and other small islands.

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Tanzania Lodge Safari

Tanzania Lodge Safari

Follow in David Attenborough’s footsteps on this 6 day safari through the world-famous game parks of northern Tanzania. With your own guide and vehicle, visit the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater and view the prolific wildlife that inhabit the the vast plains of the Serengeti.

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Tailor-made Tanzania

Tailor-made Tanzania

Design your own safari choosing from our range of preferred lodges and camps in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro/Karatu, Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara. Combining road transfers and flights, this is the perfect way to experience Tanzania’s many natural treasures.

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Serengeti and Beyond

Serengeti and Beyond

Whilst the Serengeti is a haven for huge concentrations of animals and birdlife year-round, it is most famous for the annual migration during which two million wildebeest and thousands of zebra migrate along age-old pathways followed by predatory lion, cheetah and leopard.

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Selous & Ruaha

Selous & Ruaha

Explore the legendary Selous Game Reserve or remote Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. We feature three fabulous tented camps in these remote locations that are well worth the effort to get there. Fly by light aircraft from Dar es Salaam to reach these destinations.

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Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale

Experience your own Jane Goodall moment in the Mahale Mountains where you can observe one of Africa’s largest populations of wild chimpanzees. Enjoy barefoot luxury at Greystoke Mahale, a slice of paradise located on the shores of beautiful Lake Tanganyika.

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Katavi & Mahale

Katavi & Mahale

This 8 day safari combines gameviewing without the crowds in western Tanzania’s rarely-visited Katavi National Park with unforgettable chimpanzee encounters at Greystoke Mahale, set on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the majestic Mahale Mountains National Park.

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Kilimanjaro Treks

Kilimanjaro Treks

Trek to the snowy summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 metres above sea level is one of the highest freestanding massifs on earth. No mountaineering skills are required but you will need to be fit and able to handle the altitude.

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Zanzibar in Brief

Zanzibar in Brief

Visit Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town with its fascinating mix of cultures, exotic cuisine, narrow lanes featuring small bazaars and graceful old coral stone buildings. Visit the market, the interesting Zanzibar Museum, the Sultan’s Palace, and a working spice plantation.

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Zanzibar Beach Resorts

Zanzibar Beach Resorts

Relax at the end of your safari on the postcard-perfect beaches of Zanzibar. Choose from our collection of fine beach resorts. These 4 day packages include transfers from the airport or Stone Town and can be combined with Zanzibar in Brief, for insight into the island’s history.

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