Wildebeests crossing Mara river, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania Holidays

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 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.

Explore the highlights of Tanzania

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  • 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
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Our Tanzania specialists recommend

  • 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. Benefit from a tailored safari, led by private guides.
  • 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.
  • Watch the wildebeest migration give birth to their young on the plains of the Serengeti or witness spectacular river crossings, where thousands of animals charge across the Mara River.

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Our Tanzania Safari Experts

For many years a safari guide in Tanzania, Illona has a love for the country and its wildlife. Having explored large parts of this vast country, her heart is still in the northern circuit, where the game encounters and endless vistas are most spectacular.

Jackie has been organising trips to Tanzania for the best part of two decades. Having visited numerous times during this period, she remains captivated by Tanzania’s magnificent wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Advice from our Tanzania experts

“Staying in seasonal, tented camps gives you a real taste of wilderness. Forgo the luxuries of permanent lodges for the sights and smells that accompany these more intimate camps. Only here, will you be startled by a lion chasing an antelope through the heart of the camp – as once happened to me.”

Illona Cross | Steppes Travel Tanzania Expert

“In spite of Kenya frequently stealing the headlines, it is actually Tanzania where the wildebeest migration spends most of its time. The Serengeti offers a migration experience that is hard to beat. Furthermore, Tanzania is a remarkably safe and stable country, free from the strife that has dogged so many African countries.”

Jackie Pearson | Steppes Travel Tanzania Expert

Tanzania FAQs

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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 Hemingway tented camps to elaborately constructed lodges, each with their own idiosyncrasies and particular flair.

You can expect long but exciting days on your Tanzania safari, driving, walking and interacting with welcoming Tanzanians and overlooking endless vistas of wilderness.

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.

When is the best time to see the wildebeest Migration?

Linked to the rainfall, this stunning migration of thousands of wildebeest – accompanied by zebra, gazelle, eland and impala – takes place  throughout the year, and follows a fairly predictable pattern, as the wildebeest are constantly seeking fresh grazing and water.

Having said that, the wildebeest migration happens all year – the migration can be found during any given month; you just need to know where to look! The question should really be about the 'best places' to see them during a given time of the year – and when visiting them is most enjoyable.

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. Sun screen, a hat and a swimming costume are the other necessities. 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).  

Do I need any immunisations or malaria tablets?

The best person to speak to is your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner as the advice can change. Some parts of Tanzania are affected by malaria and you will need a course of tablets.

Can I charge my camera/phone on safari?

Almost all safari lodges in Tanzania have either a generator or solar power. This will provide electricity to the camp, but you may not have plug points in your room. There will be somewhere that you can charge your camera or phone but this maybe in the main area or the managers office.

Can I use my mobile phone in Tanzania?

Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average. Please consider other guests when using your mobile phone at your lodge or camp.

Phones are available at most hotels, lodges and restaurants. Public phones either operate with coins or cards.


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New: Bush Rover Suites

These ingenious tented constructions are like nothing the Serengeti has seen before. Each Bush Rover Suite is a standalone unit, consisting of a spacious canvas tent mounted on a raised platform that sits on top of a modified Land Rover.

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New: The Highlands - opened March 2016

Set in the wild landscape of the northern reaches of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Highlands hugs the dramatic slopes of the Olmoti volcano. Beautiful volcanic terrain surrounds this stylish camp, crisscrossed by ancient Maasai trails that link traditional bomas. 

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Did you know?

The size of the wildebeest migration is equivalent to the populations of Newcastle and Liverpool trading places, yearly
Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika is the largest lake in Africa by volume, and the second largest in the world
Tanzanian ugali - a firm porridge of dough-like consistency - is said to provide those who eat it with great strength

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