Tanzania

Home to some of Africa’s most incredible national parks, wildlife and natural attractions, including the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is a rich vein of natural wealth. Hold your breath as you watch the majestic beauty of nature unfold before your eyes: Experience the wonders of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, where over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masaai Mara ecosystems in search of green pastures. Wherever you go in Tanzania, there will always be adventures and new discoveries waiting in every corner.

Home of the Safari

Home to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania offers travellers the romance of the traditional safari experience. Drive through vast plains in search of the Big Five – the most feared beasts of the African savannah. In summer, witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring as you watch mighty wildebeest herds cross the treacherous Mara river in search of fresh pasture. The Serengeti’s rich eco-system never disappoints.

Laze in the sparkling depths of Lake Tanganyika or cruise the azure waters and rainbow coral reefs of the Zanzibar peninsula. Hike at spectacular locations such as the towering Mount Kilimanjaro – “The Roof of Africa” – and admire the rich wildlife of the Empakaai Crater. Visit the jungle tracks of Mount Mahale and observe wild chimpanzees basking in nature’s finest.

Meet with the local inhabitants of the land, as scarlet-clad Masaai warriors and community elders reveal their time-honoured traditions. Buy glass hand-crafted glass beads and woven silk from a social enterprise and learn more about the vibrant local art scene with a visit to a Tingatinga workshop. End your day with a steaming hot cup of fragrant Arusha coffee against the gorgeous backdrop of majestic mountain ranges overlooking green hills of coffee plants.

Home to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania offers travellers the romance of the traditional safari experience. Drive through vast plains in search of the “Big Five” – the most feared beasts of the African savannah. In summer, witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring as you watch mighty wildebeest herds cross the treacherous Mara river in search of fresh pasture. The Serengeti’s rich eco-system never disappoints.

Laze in the sparkling depths of Lake Tanganyika or cruise the azure waters and rainbow coral reefs of the Zanzibar peninsula. Hike at spectacular locations such as the towering Mount Kilimanjaro – “The Roof of Africa” – and admire the rich wildlife of the Empakaai Crater. Visit the jungle tracks of Mount Mahale and observe wild chimpanzees basking in nature’s finest.

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Meet with the local inhabitants of the land, as scarlet-clad Masaai warriors and community elders reveal their time-honoured traditions. Buy glass hand-crafted glass beads and woven silk from a social enterprise and learn more about the vibrant local art scene with a visit to a Tingatinga workshop. End your day with a steaming hot cup of fragrant Arusha coffee against the gorgeous backdrop of majestic mountain ranges overlooking green hills of coffee plants.

Reflections from Tanzania

Discover the endless plains from our experience makers and fellow escapists

Our Naturalist and Storyteller

“Once I was on a walking safari in the Selous Game Reserve with 3 female tourists. Selous is unlike the Serengeti – it is very bushy and wooded. We were walking through the bushes when all of a sudden, we spotted two lion cubs.

“Let’s back away.” I whispered. One of the ladies exclaimed, “Why? They are so small!”

All of a sudden, a big lioness – their mother – came out of the bush and growled angrily at us. It all happened so quickly. I had a rifle on my shoulder but I couldn’t even move it. The only thing I remembered was that running was a bad idea because you become prey to them. The ladies at the back were trying to run and I could see the lioness looking past me, her eyes fixated on them.

“Don’t run! Don’t run!”, I shouted, all the while still looking at the lioness and not wanting to turn my back to her. The ladies stood frozen in their tracks.

After what felt like an eternity, the lioness turned away. It was literally a staring contest with nature’s finest.”

– Kitoi

Meet Felix,
our safari guide in Tanzania

“Having been a guide for 17 years now,  I’ve seen a lot of stuff on safaris over the years. Once, we were observing a leopard lazing on top of a tree, mid-day, somewhere in the Serengeti. It was scorching. Soon after, a cheetah crawled under the tree to catch a break from the heat, unaware of the leopard waiting above. In a flash, the leopard leapt off the tree and onto the cheetah, killing the poor animal with a swift bite to its neck, and lifting it up onto the tree. I was really upset to see that – the cheetah is my favourite! I don’t want to see something like that again, but that’s nature I guess.”

– Felix

A Tanzania Journey

Get inspired for your perfect escape with this journey previously crafted for a fellow traveller

Immersive Tanzania Experiences

Tanzania Travel Tips & Insights

Tanzania is a country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continent’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish. The eastern shore is hot and humid,  with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore. “The Roof of Africa” – Mount Kilimanjaro, is in northeastern Tanzania.

Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east.

The currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). 1 TZS = 100 senti.

Credit cards are not widely accepted for hotel payment, except at top-end establishments. Where they are accepted, it’s often only with commissions, so you may rely heavily on cash and ATMs.

ATMs are widespread in major towns, and all are open 24 hours, but we advise you to always have some cash prepared.

The main airport of Tanzania is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), located 12 km away from its largest city Dar es Salaam.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) also serves most of the other international flights and is situated about 46 km east of Arusha, the gateway of Tanzania’s most popular safari circuit in the North.

Citizens of most countries require a visa, which is best obtained in advance through an official online visa-application portal, but it can also be obtained through your local Tanzania Embassy or High Commission.

Visas can also be obtained on arrival but this is a lengthy process that can take one to two hours.

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required if you are arriving from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. It is best to check here.

March: Intermittent rains start at this time. Spring-like conditions are moderated by cool nights.

April and May: Rainy season, road conditions can become difficult.

June to October: Cooler dry season. Peak tourist season is July-August. Excellent viewing conditions, though many roads are dusty. Wildebeest are normally encountered in the Western and Northern Serengeti in large numbers in June and then again in mid-late October. This is an excellent time of year for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

November: Short rains begin. There’s nice greening of plants, and birds begin arriving from Eurasia. Expect intermittent showers and some flash flooding. Wildebeest are migrating back into the Serengeti at this time.

December to February: Hot dry season. Excellent for birds and animal viewing, though long grass may make some smaller species hard to see. Early February is the peak of the calving season for the wildebeest on the Serengeti Plains.

Recommended vaccines before traveling to Tanzania include Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Rabies. Malaria, dengue fever and cholera are common in Tanzania, so you should consider them too. Also, we advise you to check with your doctor for routine vaccines.

Tanzania is a country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continent’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish. The eastern shore is hot and humid,  with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore. “The Roof of Africa” – Mount Kilimanjaro, is in northeastern Tanzania.

Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east.

The currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). 1 TZS = 100 senti.

Credit cards are not widely accepted for hotel payment, except at top-end establishments. Where they are accepted, it’s often only with commissions, so you may rely heavily on cash and ATMs.

ATMs are widespread in major towns, and all are open 24 hours, but we advise you to always have some cash prepared.

The main airport of Tanzania is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), located 12 km away from its largest city Dar es Salaam.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) also serves most of the other international flights and is situated about 46 km east of Arusha, the gateway of Tanzania’s most popular safari circuit in the North.

Citizens of most countries require a visa, which is best obtained in advance through an official online visa-application portal, but it can also be obtained through your local Tanzania Embassy or High Commission.

Visas can also be obtained on arrival but this is a lengthy process that can take one to two hours.

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required if you are arriving from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. It is best to check here.

March: Intermittent rains start at this time. Spring-like conditions are moderated by cool nights.

April and May: Rainy season, road conditions can become difficult.

June to October: Cooler dry season. Peak tourist season is July-August. Excellent viewing conditions, though many roads are dusty. Wildebeest are normally encountered in the Western and Northern Serengeti in large numbers in June and then again in mid-late October. This is an excellent time of year for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

November: Short rains begin. There’s nice greening of plants, and birds begin arriving from Eurasia. Expect intermittent showers and some flash flooding. Wildebeest are migrating back into the Serengeti at this time.

December to February: Hot dry season. Excellent for birds and animal viewing, though long grass may make some smaller species hard to see. Early February is the peak of the calving season for the wildebeest on the Serengeti Plains.

Recommended vaccines before traveling to Tanzania include Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Rabies. Malaria, dengue fever and cholera are common in Tanzania, so you should consider them too. Also, we advise you to check with your doctor for routine vaccines.

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