Tanzania holiday highlights

In Tanzania, you can wake up to the distinctive early morning call of the fish eagle, enjoy the thrill of after-dark game drives when the bush comes alive, climb Africa’s highest peak, and marvel over tree-climbing monkeys and huge herds of elephants.

The world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater bring opportunities to spot rare black-maned lion, herds of elephant, leopards and cheetahs in their natural habitat. A sunrise hot-air balloon drifts across the savannah with a spectacular perspective on the animals below and 600 meters down the Ngorongoro Crater floor you’re among one of Africa’s richest concentrations of wildlife. And then, of course, there’s the Great Migration. As millions of wildebeest, antelope and zebra stampede across the plains of the Serengeti chasing the freshest grass and water on the continent, you can watch – front row – one of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth.

There are wild and romantic bush breakfasts, family-friendly 4x4 full-day game drives and bespoke fly-in safaris on board a private Cessna. Seasoned safari-goers will love travelling the lesser-visited southern circuit where the remote Selous and Ruaha Reserves sustain a huge number of giraffe, elephant, lion and buffalo. There’s more… fly east to the 'spice islands' of Zanzibar and Pemba and let the warm Indian Ocean lap at your feet for the ultimate post-safari relaxation.

Where is Tanzania?
Tanzania is on the eastern coast of Africa land bordered by Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and with a coastline lapped by the Indian Ocean. The islands of Zanzibar and Pemba lie on the Swahili coast, offshore from mainland Tanzania.

Getting around
Our safaris include a range of 4x4 and fly-in options. Fly-in safaris are in light aircraft that land on airstrips right in the heart of the national park and are a fantastic option for shortening your travel time. Overland safaris cover lots more mileage but are an exceptional way to experience all the scenery of this diverse landscape. All our overland safaris take place in 4x4 vehicles; there are no minibuses here. Safari tours can be taken in small groups or on a private basis. It’s around an hour and a half to fly from the mainland to Zanzibar. 

Wildlife
The Serengeti is one of our most popular destinations for wildlife spotting. While the Serengeti is famous for its big cats and spectacular wildebeest migration with zebra and gazelle joining the crowd, combine it with the Ngorongoro Crater and you may also be lucky enough to spot the rare black rhino. Tanzania is home to a huge population of elephants, giraffe, hippos and buffalo too. The dry season (June-October) offers fantastic wildlife viewing as animals head out to the watering holes to graze, whereas the wet season brings a lush landscape and fewer crowds. The southern circuit’s Selous Reserve (larger than Switzerland) offers a quieter place for wildlife spotting and here it’s possible to see the highly endangered African wild dog.  

Food & drink
Bush kitchen breakfasts, lunch-time game-drive picnics and sundowners by the fire are integral parts of a Tanzania safari. Expect fresh tropical fruits in abundance, freshly baked bread and a variety of game. Traditional dishes include ugali, nyama choma and chapatti bread. Grilled meats are a favourite, often thrown on the fire right in front of you by your safari chef, and seasoned beautifully. You’ll experience plenty of flavoursome open coal cooking and communal dining in luxury mess tents whilst enjoying drinks under a star-strewn African sky. Rooibos and chai tea are popular for those early morning wake up calls!

Tanzania key facts

Time difference

GMT +3 hours

Capital

Dodoma

Currency

Tanzanian shilling, although US$ are widely accepted

Flying time to destination

10 hours to Dar es Salaam, 10½ hours to Zanzibar via Nairobi, 9½ hours to Kilimanjaro via Nairobi.

Language

English and Swahili

Passport & visas

Visa required by UK passport holders. We recommend obtaining in advance although they are available on arrival and are approximately $50. A departure tax of $50 is payable in cash on departure from Zanzibar.

Tanzania good to know

Etiquette

For any internal light aircraft flights, luggage must be in soft bags and weigh a maximum of 15kg.

Health and vaccinations

A number of vaccinations are recommended and we advise that you contact your GP or one of the specialist vaccination centres. Visitors from countries infected with yellow fever must produce a vaccination certificate when entering Tanzania.

Tipping

Tipping is customary but not obligatory. Little and often is the best guideline; it is recommended to tip a hotel porter $1-2 per suitcase, and on local tours and excursions, tips of approximately $10 per group for a full day tour are recommended.