Home to the safari experience that drew explorers from around the world more than a century ago, Tanzania is a country rich with stunning landscapes, majestic wildlife and unspoiled beaches.
Swathed with national parks and conservation areas, Tanzania makes an ideal location for a bush and beach trip. Visitors can scale the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, witness the thundering herds of the Serengeti’s Great Migration and explore Zanzibar, home to historic trading ports that gave the archipelago the nickname “Spice Island.”
KILIMANJARO & SERENGETI
Africa’s highest peak, the breathtaking Mount Kilimanjaro, rises above the grassy plains of northeast Tanzania. The snow-capped mountain is one of the tallest in the world, encircled by a rich mountain forest. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the sprawling volcano is recognized as an unparalleled natural wonder. Paired with a safari, scaling the so-called Roof of Africa can be a life-changing experience.
To the west of Mount Kilimanjaro lies Tanzania’s most well-known safari destination, Serengeti National Park. Millions of hectares of grassland plains and savannah stretch to support vast herds of migrating wildebeests, gazelles and zebras, as well as the big cats and other predators that trail in their wakes. Host to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
NGORONGORO CRATER, LAKE MANYARA & TARANGIERE
The Serengeti’s southeast span ends at the volcanic highlands of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unfilled caldera. The crater took its shape three million years ago, after an immense volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. The crater and the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, serves as home for dense wildlife populations which include several globally threatened species.
To the southeast of Ngorongoro, the tranquil shores of Lake Manyara sit against the rocky cliffs formed by the East African Rift. The alkaline lake plays host to flocks of flamingos, squadrons of pelicans and hundreds of other bird species. Surrounding the lake are rich forests, swamplands and sprawling bush plains teeming with wildlife – including the area’s remarkable tree-climbing lions.
A short distance from Manyara, the verdant marshlands and sweeping grasslands of Tarangire National Park unfold. Enticed by the Tarangire River, herds numbering in the thousands of wildebeests, cape buffalo and zebras congregate in the area during the region’s dry months. The scenic park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa and to a plethora of other species, including giraffes, lions, gazelles and leopards.
Pristine, white sand beaches hug the eastern coast of Tanzania, trailing off into crystal clear waters filled with dazzling marine life. In the warm water of the Indian Ocean, spot humpback whales or explore the spectacular coral reefs. Off the coast lies Zanzibar, home to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the historic Stone Town. Once the capital of the island, the town served a pivotal role in the region’s flourishing spice trade in the 19th century. Its winding alleyways and intricate architecture maintain the town’s distinct charm.
The weather in East Africa stays fairly consistent, making it a year-round travel destination. From November to March, Tanzania goes through the “short rains,” a season in which quick, daily downpours are swiftly followed by sunshine. From December to March, temperatures rise. In April and May, the “long rains” appear.
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The Serengeti offers boundless opportunities to view wildlife, including lion prides, warthog sounders and herds of elephants and buffalo, among several others.
The awe-inspiring Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park has been deemed “one of the most impressive natural events in the world” by UNESCO.
View the undisturbed beauty of the vast plains on a safari by hot air balloon.
Enjoy the tranquility of Lake Manyara and its astounding sights while watching for lions sleeping in the trees and flamingoes enjoying seasonal feasts along the edge of the water.
The singular beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area has been praised by UNESCO as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet.”
With an added jaunt to one of Zanzibar’s exquisite beaches, Tanzania serves as the perfect destination for travelers aiming to combine the best aspects of a safari with the best aspects of a beach holiday.
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We work with private campsites, small camps and exclusives lodges to give you the best and most authentic experience of Africa. With this in mind, the earlier we start planning your trip, the better. The ideal time to start organizing your safari is six to eight months before your planned departure date – especially if you want to travel during peak seasons, including around school holidays.