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Tanzania Elewana Sky Safari

This luxury safari combines the best national parks of Tanzania with exclusive accommodations: a chic plantation house at The Arusha Coffee Lodge, an intrepid Tree House at Treetops, a lavish estate home at The Manor and a luxurious tented camp in the Serengeti. Travel in executive nine-seater Cessna Caravan plane. This sky-safari includes all of Northern Tanzania’s game and scenic highlights and offers an unparalleled game viewing and cultural experience.

itinerary: Kilimanjaro - Arusha - Tarangire - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti - Kilimanjaro
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6
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Tanzania Lion Prides Safari

A deluxe safari to the lion hotspots in Tanzania. Spot tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara, increase your chances of witnessing a lion kill in Ngorongoro Crater and get close to the largest lion population in the Serengeti.

itinerary: Kilimanjaro - Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro - Serengeti - Kilimanjaro
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6
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Classic Tanzania Safari

The best reserves of Tanzania in one safari. Discover the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest in the world, together with the vast Serengeti plains and the wildlife oasis of Lake Manyara. 

itinerary: Arusha - Ngorongoro - Serengeti - Lake Manyara - Arusha
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7
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kenya, tanzania

Amboseli Safari and Zanzibar Island

This safari journey features several game drives across Kenya's magnificent Amboselli National Reserve, and a hop to the coasts of Tanzania for an unforgettable stay at the white sand beaches of Zanzibar. 

itinerary: Nairobi - Amboseli - Zanzibar - Nairobi

Tanzania Travel Guide

Country Guide

Tantalizing Tanzania – Gem of East Africa

The vast majority of safari visitors will opt for the Northern Circuit, which includes the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, all dominated by marvellous Mount Kilimanjaro.

Travel Guide

African safari - which country to choose?

Expect traffic jams as you wait for huge herds of zebra to meander across roads as part of the annual migration, while magnificent flocks of soft-pink flamingos fossick in shallow pools of water.

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Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro - why age is no barrier

When you consider that the oldest person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro was 93 years old, age is not a limiting factor when it comes to this epic, once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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How to plan a trip to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in Africa

They traverse the magnificent Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Reserve over the Tanzania and Kenya border as they follow the rains in search of new land to graze.

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Safari photography - tips and tricks for first-timers

If you are heading out on safari and new to the photographic experience, take the time to invest in some practical gear, plan a few ‘backing-up’ tactics, and prepare yourself mentally.

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Top 10 things to do in Zanzibar

Stone Town’s ancient streets are lined with magnificent buildings that exhibit the influence of successive rulers, while its coast is ringed by white sandy beaches.

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What animals can you see on your African safari?

The largest concentration of wildebeest are to be found in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara eco-systems in Tanzania and Kenya where one of the world’s greatest wildlife migrations take place every year.

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What are the different types of African safaris?

While planning a safari, you may think solely of the big vans driving around to see wild animals in their natural habitat, but a safari can be so much more, which makes the process rather unnerving.

Tanzania Top Destinations

Wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

The immense crater of Ngorongoro is teeming with lions, zebra, buffalo, black rhino and hippos, while flamingos and migratory birds throng to the region following the rains. Apart from the diverse landscapes to explore in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the nearby archaeological site at Olduvai Gorge has uncovered human and animal fossils revealing our ancestor’s history.

Zanzibar Tropical Beach

Zanzibar

There are few islands in Africa as alluring as Zanzibar, whose exotic history of Omani Sultans and Portuguese colonisers are most visually displayed in the magnificent architecture of Stone Town. Explore the island’s spice farms, relax on its pristine beaches and dive the surrounding archipelago’s coral reefs, rich in marine life.

Leopard, Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

The endless grassy plains of the Serengeti National Park host not only the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, but also one of Africa’s highest concentrations of big predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard. Take a game drive and walking safari from one of Serengeti’s luxury lodges, or a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari.

Colobus Monkey, Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park

Encompassing the volcanic peak of Mount Meru, Arusha National Park’s diverse landscapes host giraffe, buffalo, zebra and colobus monkeys, while flamingos wade in the shallow waters of the Momella Lakes. The park is most famed for its prolific birdlife, easily viewed in the forest canopy during walking safaris.

Elephant Herd, Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Known for its lion sightings, as well as one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephant, Tarangire National Park is a lesser-known gem. From its open savannah and swamps, to its impressive baobab trees, its landscapes are stunning, while bird watchers will be enthralled by more than 450 species to spot.

African Wild Dog, Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha’s wildlife viewing is concentrated around the Great Ruaha River, where large herds of elephant, sable antelope and African wild dog can be easily viewed refuelling during the dry season. When the rains come, the bird life is impressive, with more than 500 species recorded, including storks, hornbills and kingfishers.

Zebras Graze, Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara

With a stunning setting at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, the ecosystems of Lake Manyara National Park are as diverse as their wildlife. Its grassy plains support giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, while tree-climbing lions and baboons inhabit its acacia forests and thousands of flamingos wade in the lake’s shallows.

Safari Animals and Wildlife in Tanzania

African Big 5

Big5

While the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Black Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo) can all be found throughout most of Tanzania’s main parks, your best chance of seeing all five at once is within Ngorongoro Crater where the rare Black Rhino is most visible today.

Wildebeest, Migration animals crossing Mara River

Migration animals

With thousands upon thousands of wildebeest on the move, together with countless zebra, gazelle and opportunistic predators who follow in their path, the Great Wildebeest Migration occurs between April and December, with September the best time to witness the herds cross the crocodile-infested Mara River in the northern Serengeti.

Giraffe, Selous Game Reserve

Giraffe

Tanzania is home to the tallest subspecies of giraffe, the Maasai or Kilimanjaro giraffe, stretching up to 6 metres in height with dark, sharp-edged spots. While they can be found in many of Tanzania’s national parks, they are best spotted in Selous Game Reserve which boasts one of the continent’s greatest giraffe concentrations.

Lion on the tree, Tarangire National Park

Lion

For many seeing a lion kill is a highlight of any trip to Africa, and Tanzania’s annual migration provides one of your best chances as these fierce predators seize wildebeest and zebra by the throat to suffocate them. Even away from such spectacles, seeing groups of these big cats in the grassy plains of the Serengeti and Tarangire is unforgettable.

Hippopotamuses, Serengeti Wildlife Conservation Area

Hippo

The large flaring nostrils of the hippo can be seen submerging and remerging into waterways throughout Tanzania’s national parks, with large populations found in Ngorongoro’s lakes. If you want to spot them on land, then the cool hours of early morning and evening are best.

Tanzanian Unique Experiences

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking

Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Hiking to the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro through montane forest, alpine desert and glaciers is one of the world’s great treks and, no matter which of its routes you take, the views from the summit stretching across East Africa are breathtaking.

Annual Great Wildebeest Migration

Follow the annual Great Wildebeest Migration

One of the world’s most impressive wildlife spectacles, the Great Wildebeest Migration is an unforgettable opportunity to witness millions of Africa’s animals traversing the Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Parks as they follow the rains to feed, calve and hunt.

Boat Safari, Selous Game Reserve

Take a boat safari through the Selous Game Reserve

The lakes, swamps and channels that diverge from Selous Game Reserve’s Rufiji River are home to hippos, crocodile and an astounding birdlife, with boat safaris through this forested region offering a unique wildlife-viewing perspective.

Chimpanzee Trekking, Mahale Mountains

Go chimpanzee trekking in the remote Mahale Mountains

Trek through the remote, lush rainforests of the Mahale Mountains or boat cruise along its Lake Tanganyika shoreline to spot chimpanzees, along with other wildlife such as red-tailed monkeys, red colobus, leopards and blue duikers.

Scuba Diving, Mafia Island Marine Park

Go Scuba Diving in the Mafia Island marine park

With stunning coral reefs, deserted beaches, and almost guaranteed whale shark sightings during part of the year, Mafia Island and its surrounding archipelago are an undiscovered gem for divers and snorkelers, ideally explored by traditional sailing dhow.

Tanzania Safari Vacation Types

Migration Safari, Serengeti National Park

Migration Safari

Follow the Great Wildebeest Migration from the comfort of a permanent luxury lodge along the expected migration route or Mara River bank, including daily game drives, or stay amidst the action in mobile tented camps with the wildlife right outside your door.

Tanzania Walking Safari

Walking Safari

Walking safaris within Selous Game Reserve, Tarangire National Park and along Ngorongoro’s crater rim enable you to not only get up close to some of Tanzania’s most impressive mammals and birdlife, but sleep out under the never-ending African sky on ‘fly camping’ safaris.

Tanzania Fly-in Safari

Fly-in Safari

Offering spectacular aerial views of Tanzania’s landscapes, fly-in safaris allow you to encompass all Tanzania has to offer within a short time frame, with flights met by safari vehicles ready to whisk you away on wildlife-spotting game drives or transfer you direct to Zanzibar’s idyllic beaches.

Tanzania Luxury Safari

Traditional African Safari

As one of East Africa’s premier wildlife-viewing destinations, Tanzania’s parks offer some of the continent’s most impressive lodges and camps, catering to all style of traveller and providing a comfortable base at the end of an exhilarating day game driving.

Acacia Thorn Tree, Tanzania Mobile Safari at Serengeti National Park

Tanzania Mobile Safari

With few fences between its national reserves, Tanzania’s wildlife is free to roam, making it the ideal destination to do a mobile safari. Take in Ruaha, Selous and Mahale on a Southern Circuit Safari or the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire as part of the Northern Circuit.

Best time to visit Tanzania

June-October. The long dry season sees mostly fine, clear skies with pleasant temperatures on the grassy plains. This is the peak game-viewing season in most of Tanzania’s parks with the migration in full swing, as well as the best time to trek Mount Kilimanjaro or visit the coastal areas and Zanzibar.

November-May. The wet season transforms Tanzania’s landscapes into a lush green, with bird watching at its best across the country as migratory species visit. While game-viewing is still good in the northern parks, including calving in the southern Serengeti during January/February, it is less reliable in the south. March to May sees the majority of rainfall, with sticky temperatures and afternoon downpours, particularly along the coast and islands.

Tanzanian Ethnic Groups

Maasai Tribe Woman

Maasai

The nomadic Maasai are perhaps Africa’s most iconic tribe, dressed boldly in traditional red, checkered matavuvale and adorned in elaborate beadwork. They are fierce warriors, proudly independent, and known for their competitive adumu jumping. These livestock pastoralists live in peaceful coexistence with the wildlife surrounding them and are active participants in Tanzania’s conservation tourism.

Barbaig Tribe Village

Barbaig

Inhabiting the northern volcanic highlands, the Barbaig are a pastoralist Nilotic tribe, highly revered for their skilled metalwork and jewellery making. They are one of the seven Datooga tribes who hunt only by spear and, if successful in killing a lion or elephant, the men are hailed as heroes by their community and receive gifts of women and cattle.

Iraqw

The Iraqw are a Cushitic tribe who inhabit a region that stretches from the Ngorongoro Highlands south to Lake Manyara. These agriculturalists are known for their tunnelled, underground dwellings, built to defend themselves against warring Datooga tribes, are their distinctive language (resembling Arabic) has its roots in Ethiopia.

Festivals in Tanzania

Mwaka Kogwa Festival

A means of settling arguments and ‘letting off steam’, the Mwaka Kogwa Festival sees village men beat each other with the stalk of a banana plant, watched on by traditionally dressed women, singing wholeheartedly in Kikae. It is held over four days in July/August in southern Zanzibar, ending with a thatch hut being ignited with fire.

Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival

Held in the capital Dar es Salaam during May, this two-day music festival is a vibrant display of traditional Tanzanian music by local performers, together with a variety of art and cultural exhibitions displaying the countries rich ethnic diversity.

Tanzanian Gastronomy

While the inland areas of Tanzania are dominated by grilled meats (beef, mutton and goat), together with ugali, chapati, rice and vegetables, the cuisine of the coastal regions and islands is spicier, with coconut cream a common base for dishes. The influence from India can also be found in Tanzania’s cuisine, particularly in Dar es Salaam, with many Indians of Islamic faith migrating here throughout the last few centuries.

Nyama Choma Grilled

Nyama Choma

Translating as ‘grilled meat’, this smoky-flavoured goat is slow cooked over hot coals at street-side stalls throughout Tanzania. You can select the piece of meat you prefer from the carcass and the butcher will roast it fresh.

Mshikaki, Roasted Meat Skewers

Mshikaki

Served on the street-side at all hours of the day and night, mshikaki is marinated meat (goat, beef or mutton), slow roasted on skewers over open coals so the flavours are infused right through.

Ugali

Combining maize flour and water into a dough-like consistency, ugali is Tanzania’s staple carbohydrate, served alongside meat and vegetables in local restaurants country-wide and ideally eaten with the fingers.

Shopping in Tanzania

There is no shortage of opportunity to shop in Tanzania - whether you’re in a bustling market of Dar es Salaam or a tribal village in the Maasai Mara, there are unique, hand-crafted finds. Traditional curios and Tinga Tinga paintings are boldly displayed at tourist stores, while the beautiful Tanzanite gemstone is best found in reputable dealers in the capital or Arusha. For spices and essential oils, those found in Zanzibar are second-to-none.

Kangas Colourful Sarongs

Kangas

The colourful sarongs known as kangas, with Swahili sayings along the bottom, are a versatile and unique Tanzanian souvenir. Dar es Salaam’s Kariakoo market is surrounded by textile stalls where you can try your haggling skills.

Tanzanian Spices

Tanzanian Spices

Spices are for sale around every corner in Zanzibar, but instead of purchasing the small packages sold at tourist stalls, head to the Darajani produce market in Stone Town where the best quality is available.

Tanzania Handicrafts

Tanzania Handicrafts

Traditional Maasai handicrafts, such as beadwork, can be bought directly at tribal villages, while woodcarvings depicting wildlife and people can be found at most tourist markets. If you want to watch the artisans at work, then visit the Mwenge Carver’s Market in Dar es Salaam.

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