Reasons to Visit
It is extremely easy to add some beach relaxation in Zanzibar after a tiring safari on the mainland; the beaches are stunning and diving is excellent. You don't have to travel far either as the island is only a 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the ideal location to combine a safari and beach break.
Tanzania has some of Africa's most famous and best national parks and reserves where you are guaranteed fantastic big cat sightings. The Serengeti, Selous and the Crater are just some of the best game viewing areas to visit.
Tanzania has more than 1,000 species of birds and some spectacular places to view them. Lake Natron is also the only known breeding ground for East Africa's millions of lesser flamingos which cover the lake between August and October.
The Mahale Mountains - towering almost 2km above the shore of Lake Tanganyika are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. There are currently around 900 which are habituated to humans, and tracking them is a magical experience.
One of the highlights of the Serengeti National park is the great annual migration which passes through this amazing wilderness. Up to 1.8 million wildebeest and zebra have been counted doing their annual trip in search of the sweet grasses and the rains.
Tanzania has an evocative mix of people and cultures with 120 ethnic groups making up the diverse population. The largest group are the Sukuma but perhaps the most memorable are the Maasai who you will often see in Northern Tanzania herding their cattle, goats and sheep.
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Entitled simply "Africa", Sir David Attenborough's latest five-part series was filmed across five different regions of this extraordinary continent, capturing animal behaviour never seen before.
Each year, the annual Great Migration in Africa sees up to two million wildebeest and zebra undertake a journey of over 1,600 kilometres across Kenya and Tanzania.
Subject of countless documentaries, the Serengeti is perhaps most famous for the Great Migration, which each year sees up to two million wildebeest cross the plains in search of good grazing.
Tanzania’s Swahili Coast comprises stretches of deserted sand, interspersed with sleepy Swahili towns and tiny fishing villages. Often overlooked in favour of the Zanzibar Archipelago, it is well worth visiting.
Standing at 5,895 metres tall, Kilimanjaro towers over the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. With knowledgeable guides it is possible to climb it over the course of several days.
Tanzania is perhaps the most beautiful country in Africa, from the Serengeti plains with their annual mass migrations to towering, jungle-clad mountains and paradise archipelagos. Our specialists know the best small lodges and camps, and can tailor-make an itinerary to get the best out of this diverse country while also giving you plenty of time to relax.
12 Days from £3,305pp
An amazing safari experience in the diverse Selous Game Reserve, coupled with blissful beach relaxation and fascinating history on Zanzibar Island.
16 Days from £4,120pp
Enjoy an incredible safari in Tanzania's remote and undiscovered southern reserves, combined with time relaxing on the beach and exploring the spice island of Zanzibar.
11 3/4 hours (via Nairobi)
Emirates, Kenyan Airways & Qatar Airways
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Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
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