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Lioness playing with cubs, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania Holidays

With a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems, Tanzania delivers some of the most impressive natural spectacles. Get close to the great migration, the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater as well as the mountains and plains of Ruaha.

A land of grassy plains, rift-formed lakes and pinnacle-like volcanoes, Tanzania’s exciting landscape is carpeted with wildlife to match. The Serengeti – with its iconic migration – and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater capture the most attention. But Tanzania’s appeal extends far beyond these, with baobab-strewn Tarangire, wild Selous and remote Katavi as different as they are beautiful.

Selous aerial shot, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Why travel to Tanzania

  • Spend a night on the ridge of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the wonderfully situated Entamanu Camp, admire views of both the crater floor and the distant Serengeti
  • Experience exclusivity, staying at a handful of private mobile camps in the Serengeti and Tarangire
  • Explore the elephant-rich landscape of Tarangire, with its lush marsh-filled valleys and tusk-scarred baobabs. Stay at bush-encircled Oliver’s Camp, often visited by passing game
  • Combine the thrills of the safari circuit with the peaceful Arabian feel of Zanzibar. Stay at The Residence and relax amidst palm-shaded gardens that border the white-sand beaches
  • Head to the remote southeast of the country, tracking chimps in the Mahale Mountains and encountering vast herds of buffalo on Katavi’s open plains.
Elephants under tree, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Discover the Serengeti

  • Majestic plains, dotted with kopjes and home to breath-taking wildlife
  • Watch as wildebeests and zebras flood the plains; witness the great migration
  • Stay at tented camps, hidden in this wide-open terrain, each unique
Flamingos, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Flamingos, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Discover the Ngorongoro Crater

  • A vast natural colosseum offering unique vistas and spectacular wildlife
  • Stay at luxurious camps that perch on the forest-strewn rim
  • Below, encounter grazing rhinos and statuesque pink flamingos

Explore Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Manyara National Park
  • Ruaha National Park

Experiences

Namiri Plains

Explore the remote Namiri Plains, in the western Serengeti. Access this area is exclusive to those staying here and it is renowned for the density of big cats, especially lions and cheetahs.

Private Reserves

Stay at one of the private reserves that adjoin the eastern Serengeti. These privately funded conservation areas are rich with wildlife, offer some of the best guiding and allow off-road driving.

Elephant Herds

Encounter Tarangire’s vast herds of elephants, with hundreds of them flooding the landscape en route to the lush marshes.

Tree-climbing Lions

Spot lions relaxing on broad tree branches in Lake Manyara National Park. This is one of the few places where they exhibit this unusual tree-climbing behaviour.

Slow Safari

Stay at the home of the “slow safari”, Chem Chem Lodge. This beautiful lodge sits in a private concession adjoining Tarangire National Park and has perfected a wonderful mix of relaxation and wildlife.

Lake Manyara Birdlife

Lake Manyara is home to a spectacular array of birdlife and offers one of the best locations in Tanzania for birding. With more than 400 species found here, you can often spot as many as 100 in a day.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Tackle the challenge of a lifetime, and reach Kili’s snowy peak. Being a non-technical climb, it is open to most people with a reasonable level of fitness.

The Great Migration

Watch as wildebeests and zebras flood the plains of the Serengeti. Witness one of the greatest animal migrations on the planet,

Serengeti Safari

Take a safari out on the majestic plains of the Serengeti, dotted with granite kopjes and home to breath-taking wildlife.

River Crossing

Wait beside the Mara River in the northern Serengeti, as the herds of zebras and wildebeests mass. Watch as they finally surge forward, crossing the river in a mad – often fatal – dash, dodging crocodiles and fighting the current.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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Frequently asked questions about Tanzania

What Should I Expect on a Tanzanian Safari

The lodges and camps of Tanzania are of a very high standard and each is unique, ranging from simple tented camps to elaborately constructed lodges, each with their own idiosyncrasies and particular flair.

Although much fuss is made of the wildebeest migration in Kenya, the truth is that the migration stays in Tanzania for most of the year. That being said, there is much more to a Tanzania safari holiday than just the migration.

What should I take on safari

Cotton layers, such as t-shirts, a light fleece, shorts and a pair of long trousers are the key items. The temperature can vary quite a bit from the early morning game drive to the heat of the day. It is best to avoid bright colours for a safari. Footwear should include a pair of sandals or flip flops and some walking shoes (trainers would be fine).

When is the best time to see the wildebeest migration?

Moving in a clockwise pattern, the wildebeest migration enters Tanzania in late October. It then moves south through the Serengeti until the herds build up on the short grass plains of Ndutu in the south by January. Here they drop their calves throughout February, before the rains come in late March. The herds then head north-west to cross the Grumeti River in June before continuing north to cross the Mara River in July — completing the cycle.

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