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Incredible safari experiences and stunning island beaches
There’s something special about Tanzania. Historic and teeming with wildlife, it packs a visual punch with landscapes ranging from idyllic Indian Ocean beaches and great lakes to wide-open grasslands and Africa’s highest mountain.
Best time to visit
• The coastal areas are hot and humid with an average daytime temperature of 30ºC.
• From June to September the sea breezes make the climate very pleasant.
• The Central Plateau experiences hot days and cool nights.
• Temperatures vary around Kilimanjaro according to the season, during May to August registering a low 15c during December to March registering a high 22ºC.
• For the whole country the hottest months are from October to February.
• The long rainy season is from mid-March to late May.
The incredible endless plains of the Serengeti attract many a first-time visitor, eager to see its prides of lions lazing in the shade and catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard, or to witness the herds of thundering wildebeest during the Great Migration. The breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater is rarely left out of a first-time itinerary. As the home of Africa’s largest concentration of wildlife, it not only offers sightings of black rhino, hippos and lions, but far-reaching views and wonderful sunsets.
But Tanzania is also popular with experienced safari-goers thanks to its more remote southerly parks, which remain largely untamed and lesser-visited. Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve and offers a true wilderness adventure, with game viewing from vehicles, on foot or by boat along the mighty Rufiji river. Ruaha also offers a safari experience away from the crowds and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Saadani is a coastal wildlife sanctuary, whilst Katavi sees few visitors to its wide-open plains.
Experiences away from the Big Five await, too. A number of Tanzania safaris include visits to a Maasai village, and Olduvai Gorge is one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. And for the more active, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro provides extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Our overland driving safaris in Tanzania are all 4x4 safaris, and these offer a more affordable way to experience Tanzania. Each vehicle on a Kuoni safari seats a maximum of only six people, allowing each person to enjoy a window seat and enough standing room to view wildlife through the pop-up roof. Fly-in safaris have the benefit of reduced travelling times, and our options in Tanzania are some of the most luxurious safaris in Africa.
The choice of accommodation on offer here also ranges up to the very highest quality. The most luxurious ‘tents’ are technically tents by structure but otherwise unrecognisable, with some featuring en suite bathrooms, a hot tub, or even a crystal chandelier! Perfect for honeymooners, a luxury safari can be easily combined with a beach holiday to ensure relaxation and more quality time together. Exotic Zanzibar is one of the most popular extensions to a honeymoon safari, with its captivating capital Stone Town and beautiful island beaches.
Bespoke tailor-made itineraries can also be created in Tanzania, by choosing from our range of lodges and camps situated in popular wildlife-viewing locations.
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The sights, sounds and smells of this historic World Heritage site of Stone Town really tell you that you are in exotic Africa.
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