Bush and beach
Incredible game viewing
Birthplace of mankind
Famed for its big game viewing (a third of the country is made up of game reserves and national parks) this vast and stunning country offers a wealth of experiences to its guests. Divided into North, South, East & West each area offers something different. The Northern circuit is home to the world renowned Serengeti National Park (famed for the wildebeest migration and the predators that follow it), the UNESCO heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater and the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. The vast wildernesses of the Southern circuit appeals to the more intrepid traveller and is made up of the Selous and Ruaha Game Reserves. Off the East Coast lie the spice islands of Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia offering relaxation on palm fringed beaches. While those who make the effort to travel to Western Tanzania will be rewarded with isolated, untouched parks teeming with game or a privileged encounter with the largest population of chimpanzee.
Due to its incredible diversity Tanzania has something for everyone. For a once in a lifetime safari experience no one will be disappointed by the game-filled plains of the Serengeti where the wildebeest migration can be experienced throughout the year. For the experienced safari goer Tanzania can offer unique experiences (walking, fly camping, boat trips & authentic mobile safaris) in some of the largest and untouched wilderness areas left in Africa. If you want to challenge yourself why not climb Mount Kilimanjaro and reach the highest point in Africa or for those seeking a more leisurely pace or romantic holiday a combination of a sumptuous safari lodge followed by sun soaked beaches is hard to beat.
Northern Circuit – Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara & Ngorongoro Crater
The parks of the Northern Circuit naturally lend themselves to a driving safari with a private guide. We work closely with Nomad Safaris who have a fabulous guiding team, top notch safari vehicles and perfectly placed camps. The endless plains of the Serengeti is one of the best places to watch game in Africa and is home to the great wildebeest migration. An ancient instinct leads this mass of animals from the Southern Serengeti (where they calf) to the Northern Serengeti and neighbouring Masai Mara (legendary river crossings) in search of fresh grass. Predators follow closely behind and make for some incredible sightings – gold maned lions, the elusive leopard and the quick footed cheetah to name a few. The Serengeti has some beautiful permanent lodges where you will find resident game all year round but also has an efficient network of mobile camps that ensure you are in the thick of the action – to sit round a campfire at night and hear the whoop of a hyena in the distance is one of life’s great pleasures.
The Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera created by a volcano 3 million years ago, acts as a natural enclosure for wildlife and one of the few places you are almost sure to see black rhino. On a longer safari we would also highly recommend a stop in the Tarangire National park where it is possible to see herds of elephant up to 200 strong – here you will also find the exceptional Little Chem Chem camp. For bird lovers a visit to Lake Manyara should be high on your list – with over 400 different birds and its flamingo filled lake. For the archeological enthusiast you can visit Olduvai Gorge where some of the earliest human remains have been found and gives Tanzania’s its name of the Cradle of Mankind.
Southern Circuit – Selous & Ruaha
Bigger than Switzerland, The Selous is one of Africa’s largest game parks but conversely has very few visitors which makes for a very rewarding and private experience. The red-ochre earth, massive baobabs, meandering sand rivers and grasslands full of game make it one of the most beautiful parks. Due to its status as a game reserve (rather than national park) the lodges here can offer a wider range of activities than its northern counterparts – such a boat trips, fishing, walking and fly camping. Whether you choose to stay on the banks of the Rufuji River at Sand Rivers Camp or in the cooler highlands at Beho Beho you will have the safari of a lifetime.
The remote and wild Ruaha National Park is surely one of Africa’s hidden gems. The main source of water in this arid wilderness comes from the Ruaha River which encourages herds of antelope and buffalo to congregate here which in turn are stalked by majestic lion. Ruaha is also well known for wild dog and huge breeding herds of elephant.
Western Tanzania – Katavi & Mahale
For the intrepid, this is one of the most exciting and remote places to visit in Eastern & Southern Africa. Far from civilisation (let alone crowds!) you will be thrilled by the remote wilderness of Katavi. The game is unbelievable – vast herds of buffalo and elephant and during the dry season the best hippo sightings in Africa.
Greystoke Lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and at the foothills of the Mahale Mountains is utterly sublime. Accessible only by plane a few days here is paradise – days are spent trekking through the tropical forest, hot and humid, you forget your discomfort when, surrounded by the trees you suddenly hear the calls of the chimps all around you, a spine tingling experience that will stay with you forever. Exhausted but exhilarated, you can then refresh with a dip in the cool waters of Lake Tanganyika, the deepest lake in the world.
The Coast & Zanzibar Archipelago.
The Tanzanian Coast, Zanzibar and neighbouring islands are every bit as exotic as they sound – either the perfect end to a safari or a winter sun destination. There are many wonderful hotels and lodges to choose from and we would also recommend a night or two in Zanzibar’s Stone Town with its heady mix of different cultures.
Relaxing, diving, snorkelling, dhow trips, fishing are just some of the activities on offer. Amongst our favourites are the exclusive Mnemba Island, shabby chic Fundu Lagoon, tranquil White Sands Resort & Spa, elegant Baraza Resort and family friendly Breezes Hotel.
Tanzania combines well with Kenya and Northern Mozambique; we can also help to organise specialist walking safaris with professional guides, mobile tented safaris and riding safaris. We can also organise private or group expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) for those seeking a challenge.