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Tanzania safari


... is among the very best in Africa, one of the most popular choices with our guests, not least because it is a prime location for the classic 'bush and beach' trip combination.

Tanzania is best known for safari in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, treks on Mount Kilimanjaro and the beaches of Zanzibar.

It is a very cool country whose more famous locations make for an ideal and adventurous first safari, but which also contains an incredible array of lesser known and equally alluring locations which are crying out to be explored.

Tanzania safari

When to visit ...

The classic period to visit Tanzania is the Jun/Oct dry season, when safari conditions tend to be at their best. Additionally Dec/Mar is excellent for the migration calving season in the Serengeti and for treks on Mount Kilimanjaro.

But there are reasons to visit year round, with the possible exception of Mar/Apr, then the rains can be heavy in many areas, although you really can get the place to yourselves.

Your choice of month will very much depend on the areas that you choose and the specific activities in which you are interested, please refer to the seasonality sections on the individual lodge pages for detailed information.

Read more about when to visit this part of the world ...

Regions ...

We subdivide Tanzania into six regions, each of which has its own very distinctive character and set of attractions. The majority of visitors combine two or more of these regions in their trip ...

Tanzania North ... is one of the most sensational areas for safari in Africa, with a cluster of fine reserves including the magnificent Serengeti and Ngorongoro, usually visited as a private overland safari of 7 to 12 nights.

Tanzania South ... is the second most popular area for safari, focussed largely on the superb reserves of Ruaha and Selous, which are usually combined by light aircraft rather than overland.

Tanzania Northeast ... is most commonly visited for treks on Mount Kilimanjaro, but also includes a few lesser known safari and mountain areas which tend to be of more peripheral interest.

Tanzania Coast ... is an area of classic tropical beaches, both on the mainland and the beautiful islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia or Fanjove.

Tanzania West ... is a relatively remote and little-visited region which contains the excellent savannah reserve of Katavi and the outstanding chimpanzee reserve of Mahale Mountains out on Lake Tanganyika.

Tanzania Northwest ... is a very little-visited region whose only significant attraction is the chimpanzee sanctuary of Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria.

Resources ...

Here are a few tips on issues relating to travel in Tanzania ...

1. Passports and visas
2. Health
3. Money
4. Security
5. Electricity
6. Good books

Tanzania safari

How we like to include Tanzania in trips ...

We really appreciate Tanzania for the range and depth of experiences that it has to offer. A well constructed trip should be able to deliver a magical blend of landscape, wildlife and culture. This is a country which you really can fall in love with.

Many of our guests have travelled to Tanzania three, four or five times. We never have any trouble coming up with new and interesting trip combinations, from for a quick week in the Serengeti to a month long exploration of far flung corners.

The most common trip shape is the combination of a week on safari and a week on the beach, with the option for an extra week trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. Visitors from North America tend to be less inclined to head to the beach and spend more time on safari instead.

Over the years we have helped to build literally tens of thousands of unique trips to Tanzania, but when it comes to putting together your trip we will have no problem in coming up with another unique combination, there are so many options.

Most international visitors arrive into either Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro international airports and connect around the various regions by light aircraft, except for the parks in the north, which are most commonly connected overland.

Tanzania is most commonly combined with visits to the mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, plus further safari in selected areas of Kenya. Occasionally it is combined with countries further south, although the connections can be considerably more arduous.

Ultimately we are here to help you build whatever combination of experiences, locations and lodges that you wish, but we are also always there with help and advice on how to make the best of your time in Africa.

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