Tanzania

Four times the size of Great Britain and covering nearly a million square miles, Tanzania is a huge East African country with an exceptional breadth of landscapes and wildlife.

Tanzania’s northern region contains some of Africa’s most iconic sites: snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro; Ngorongoro’s perfect crater; the Great Rift Valley; and the Serengeti savannah, scene of the epic annual migrations. With a broad choice of excellent safari lodges catering for a wide range of budgets and interests, the north is understandably popular with seasoned safari lovers.

The south of Tanzania lacks some of the “wow!” factor of the north but also has far fewer tourists. Exciting big game encounters are frequent in parks such as Selous and Ruaha – both of which have particularly high numbers of elephant and lion – but safaris can also focus on the smaller creatures such as monkeys, birds, insects and rare mammals like wild dog and sable antelope. Walking safaris, wildlife river cruises and a handful of small independent lodges all add to the overall impression of being in true, unspoilt African wilderness.

The remote far west of Tanzania is home to the vast seasonally-flooded plains of Katavi and the chimpanzee-inhabited forests of Lake Tanganyika. There you can experience a beautiful and virtually untouched part of Africa, staying in a mere handful of top-end lodges and enjoying unforgettable and exclusive wildlife encounters.

Tanzania’s interior wilderness is perfectly balanced by 800 kilometres of untamed coastline with many stunning Indian Ocean islands. The largest, Zanzibar, offers white sand beaches, coral reefs, spice gardens, a rich Arabian history and a wide choice of quality hotels. The smaller islands of Pemba and Mafia host stunning marine life, sleepy fishing villages, clove plantations and a handful of small, independent resorts.

With a wide range of quality accommodation, prolific wildlife both above and below the water, and exceptional scenery, Tanzania is rightly regarded by many safari cognoscenti as East Africa’s most desirable destination.

Tanzania Wildlife Holiday Ideas

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Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale: Tanzania’s Hidden Gems

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13 Days from £6498
Experience a slice of Africa that has remained unchanged for centuries...
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Tanzania’s Iconic North plus Zanzibar

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14 Days from £6345
Tanzania’s celebrated northern circuit using the very best wildlife lodges...
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Serengeti, Katavi and Mahale: Wilderness Africa at its Very Best.

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13 Days from £7749
Three top lodges in three iconic parks: Tanzania’s ultimate wildlife safari...
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Deluxe Southern Tanzania in Comfort and Style

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14 Days from £5449
Tanzania’s remote and unspoilt southern parks plus beautiful Pemba Island...
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Tanzania’s Wild Southern Parks with Zanzibar

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14 Days from £4158
For the adventurous wildlife traveller who appreciates wilderness and value...
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Africa’s Natural Diversity in Rwanda And Tanzania

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12 Days from £5698
Combining the best wildlife highlights of Rwanda and northern Tanzania...
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Northern Tanzania and the Wildebeest Migration

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9 Days from £3276
Africa’s dramatic landscapes and wildlife encounters at a favourable price...

Featured Accommodation

Sand Rivers Lodge

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Southern Tanzania
The most luxurious option for Selous Game Reserve ...

Oliver’s Camp

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Northern Tanzania
A small, intimate camp located in the animal-rich eastern sector of Tarangire Na...

Mwagusi Safari Camp

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Southern Tanzania
A beautiful upmarket lodge in the wonderful Ruaha National Park...

Lamai Serengeti

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Northern Tanzania
Destined to be one of the iconic lodges of Africa, this relatively new lodge is ...

Chada Katavi

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Western Tanzania
Intimate, high end tented lodge in a superb wildlife location within one of Tanz...

Greystoke Mahale

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Western Tanzania
Exceptional accommodation amid some of the world’s best primate tracking...

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Best Time To Visit Tanzania

Tanzania-Tailormade-Tours-Serengeti-Safari-Camp_SunsetThe best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the dry-season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception, since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the dry-season as well.

Travel Info

Flight Time
11 Hours

Time Zone
GMT +3

Best visited
July to October

Language Spoken
Bantu Swahili & English

Population
49.25 million

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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Don’t rule out the early rainy season months (November to February): rainfall can be surprisingly light, the landscape is pleasantly green, animals are having babies, there are much fewer tourists and some great deals to be had. Old safari hands call this the ‘secret season’ for very good reason.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Tanzania please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

The sheer wealth of animals in Serengeti is amazing. We have been on several previous safaris but never seen such vast herds.

Dr J A - Cambridge