Tanzania is an amazing and evocative country. Within its borders are some of Africa’s most iconic landmarks including Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, famous for the great wildebeest migration, and the towering Mount Kilimanjaro… A Tanzania safari and beach holiday is hard to beat with Zanzibar offering some of the best beaches in the world.
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Focus on the Serengeti and potentially an opportunity to see the great wildebeest migration. The Serengeti is rightly famous for its stunning open plains populated by rare and numerous wildlife. A northern parks safari should include a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, offering a high density of game living freely within the crater basin.
If time permits, at the beginning or end of end of your safari, well worth a visit is The Tarangire, particularly in the dry season where animals congretate at the Tarangire River, or the stunning Lake Manyara National Park at the end of the great rift valley escarpment to see perhaps the spectacular flamingo or tree climbing lion.
A Northern circuit safari is usually conducted in a private 4wd vehicle with your own personal guide, probably starting at Arusha and stopping at camps along the way.
For speed, air transport can facilitate a speedy return or extend the options within a limited time period.
Your own itinerary, spread over a course of 6 days, with a mix of fixed and tented camps, might look something like this:
Travel from Arusha with guide in 4wd / 2 nights Tarangire / 1 night Lake Manyara / 1 night Ngorongoro Crater / 2 night central Serengeti / return by air or 4wd to Arusha or onward to Zanzibar
Your overnight stays would be tailored to your own preferences and budget. Realistically, a trip such as this would cost from $3,000 to $5,000+ per person. For a slightly shorter safari, say 4 nights, the budget would reduce to around $2,000+ per person.
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Arusha is Tanzania’s “safari town” being the gateway to the wonderful northern parks. The climate is excellent and the town sits beautifully within the foothills of the Mt.Meru.
A really pleasant environment where many peo...
At 19,330 ft Mt.Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the world’s largest free-standing mountain. The view of Kilimanjaro rising up from its flat surrounding plains with its distinctive snow-capped peak is one of Africa’s i...
Lake Manyara National Park is a small park (330kmsq) set beneath the spectacular Rift valley escarpment and alongside the shallow alkaline Lake Manyara.
With open grassy flood plain that follows the lakeshore, thick acacia woodland and an e...
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, covers an extensive 8300 sq km, with the celebrated natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater, at its centre. The Crater is one of Tanzania’s most visited destinations offering a dramatic landscape and Africa...
The Serengeti is, in our opinion, the finest game reserve in Africa. A vast and stunningly beautiful wilderness with its open and grassy plains occasionally broken up by isolated granite koopjes and areas of acacia woodland.
The parks sheer...
Tarangire National Park is a truly rewarding park to visit particularly during the dry season.
As part of an extended ecosystem, the dry season sees a great deal of migratory movements into the park where the Tarangire River is one of the f...
Visit the Selous Game Reserve, the largest park in Tanzania and, at 45 sq km, one of the greatest reserves in the world. The Selous offers a great choice of vehiclular, walking and river safaris. This is a lesser known park but with ample game.
The Selous can be as equally rewarding safari experience as the more famous northern parks in Tanzania but with much less (human) visitors. The Rufiji River, which flows through the reserve, attracts a multitude of animals in the dry season who dissipate across the park when the rains return.
The ease of access of the Selous to Dar es Salaam make this an easy safari option for those with time restraints. A 3 night safari could cost from as little as $1500 per person, staying in the same lodge to let you really get into it. However, there are some premium lodges which really conjure up a sense of luxury escapism but with it attract a higher price tag.
Selous is short hop from Zanzibar which means you can comfortably combine a safari and beach holiday with little travelling. It also has excellent connections to Mozambique for those looking for a more removed safari and beach holiday.
Also forming part of the southern circuit is Ruaha, Tanzania’s second largest park. Ruaha is a short flight from the Selous and offers a different kind of safari again, thus combining well the with the Selous. It is home to the largest population of elephant in Tanzania with opportunity to see plenty of predators including cheetah, elusive leopard and rare wilddog. Here you really are off the beaten track. If you have the time, staying at one of a handful of its lodges really does offer an out of Africa experience.
The western parks of Mahale and Katavi are worth a visit for something really special and away from it all.
The Mahale Mountains, jutting out on the eastern side of Lake Tanganyika, are home to one of the largest populations of habituated and non habituated chimpanzees. The fresh water lake lapping the sandy shores forms a stunning location and is well worth the flight from Dar or Arusha.
Katavi National Park, combines well with Mahale, extending the trip by air from Dar or Arusha. Katavi is mainly formed of large flood plains filled with golden grasses attracting a multitude of game. Well off the beaten track but a secret gem for those wanting to be in a remote Africa, rich in wilderness.
Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful locations anywhere in Africa.
Stretching along the lakeshore of the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, the deserted sandy beaches and stunning backdrop of forested mountains ...
Tanzania’s second largest park at 10,300 sq kms, it forms part of a wild and extended eco system that extends far and wide through six other protected areas within the south and west of Tanzania.
Wild and dramatic, this is a truly com...
The Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve with a very high quality game viewing area offering a wonderful mix of vehicular and river safaris.
The park is bisected by the Rufiji River which gives the park its distinctive character an...
A trip to Tanzania, whilst over satisfying most with its safari, would surely be incomplete without a trip to the coast. The stunning white beaches of Zanzibar or more remote Pemba or Mafia islands and/or Tanzania mainland coast are all easily accessible and not to be missed.
The Zanzibar Archipelego is made up of fifty islands, the largest being Zanzibar itself and Pemba Island to the north. Zanzibar conjures all kinds of romantic travel emotions and it delivers in spades. Whether it be swimming or diving in turquoise seas, relaxing on a palm lined sandy beach, watching the fishermen in their dhows or immersing yourself in the cultural riches, the Spice island has to plenty to invigorate the senses.
There are a range of accommodations to suit everybody from boutique hotels in Stone Town/on the beach to luxury resorts. We recommend a mix to really get a feel for the island.
Pemba Island lesser known than it’s renound neighbour but just as beautiful – more so, many say, with its lush forests and deserted beaches. There are fewer hotels but Fundu Lagoon, a destination in its own right, is great for some bare foot luxury.
The Mafia Archipeligo to the south, dominated by Mafia Island, is a stunning mix of islands in a pure azure sea. A much more rustic experience but the unspoilt barrier reefs, rich in soft corals and stunning fish are a diving spectacle. Mafia is famous for its whale sharks with turtles, rays and dophin all populating the area.
The mainland coast in Tanzania is often skipped by those heading to the islands but, being so accessible to Dar es Salaam, can be a great option at the beginning or end of your trip. Here, Rus Katani, a small luxury safari style beach lodge, lies on a wide sandy beach, overlooking a small lagoon and is popular with honeymooners seeking a rest before embarking on the rest of their safari and beach holiday.
Zanzibar is a truly wonderful island that offers some of the finest tropical beaches within Africa. The name itself has captivated travellers imagination over the years and certainly lives up to expectations. Alongside the idyllic, crystal clear s...
Although Pemba island lies just 50 km’s north of Zanzibar, it has remained unchanged and relatively untouched by tourism.
Unlike it’s neighbour it has a far more hilly, fertile and lush landscape which led the Arabic traders of ...
Dar Es Salaam (Dar) is Tanzania’s largest city, – the commercial and social centre of the country with a lively and bustling character. Most international travellers fly in and out of Dar so when necessary, an overnight stay may be req...
Mafia is a relatively unknown and untouched island, 160 kms south of Zanzibar, where rustic fishing communities and farming villages go about their lives in a way that has existed for generations. Just to the north lies the exclusive Thanda Island...
If you have more time or would like to start or end your trip with a few days of perfect relaxation then there are some charming beach options along the coast at Ras Kutani and Saadani Lodge
Connections to these lodges are quick and there a...
Two stunning islands, Fanjove or Thanda, offer something a little bit different for those seeking both privacy and luxury. Both islands would be great for a special celebration or family gathering....
We'd recomend visiting Private Islands during the months in green.
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