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Tanzania trip ideas

Tanzania trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

Tanzania is a large country with an exciting array of activity options and getting your travel plans right can make a world of difference to your trip. Narrowing your focus to just one or two areas is a good starting point and our carefully devised itinerary suggestions ensure you'll get to see the country's highlights but avoid the crowds. These travel ideas are based on routes that reveal the true character of this fascinating country. They aim to ensure that your tailored tour of Tanzania is as rewarding as it should be whether you choose to explore the Serengeti or the Selous, discover Zanzibar's colourful heritage or laze on a dazzling beach in the Mafia Archipelago.

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Ideas for your trip to Tanzania

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Tanzania, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Tanzania's Spice Islands

  • Enjoy the superb snorkelling and diving in the Mafia Archipelago.

  • Relax on a private island complete with pristine white beaches.

  • Visit one of Zanzibar's famous spice plantations.

  • Explore Stone Town's winding streets, learning about the region’s mix of Arabic and African cultures.

15 Days from £3,215pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Northern Tanzania safari

  • Search for the Big Five on private game drives in northern Tanzania's best-known reserves.

  • Experience the dramatic scenery of the Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Highlands, and explore the Serengeti’s sweeping plains.

  • Track endangered black rhino and see lion, hyena and buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Watch flamingos and hippo around the shores of Lake Manyara.

9 Days from £3,930pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tanzania's remote south: safari & Pemba Island

  • Safari in the wild and striking landscape of the remote Ruaha National Park.

  • Search for wildlife such as cheetah, lion, leopard, and the rare sable antelope.

  • Relax on the beach at Fundu Lagoon, accessible only by boat, on Pemba Island.

  • Snorkel and dive in the warm Indian Ocean.

15 Days from £4,660pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tanzania & Rwanda: primates, Great Migration & the Big Five

  • Spend time tracking the fascinating mountain gorillas.

  • Experience game drives in Northern Tanzania's best reserves.

  • The Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 25,000 large animals.

  • View the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti.

  • Inclusive of daily breakfast and all meals on safari.

11 Days from £5,995pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Chimpanzees of Western Tanzania

  • Search for thousand-strong herds of buffalo in Katavi National Park.

  • Watch chimpanzees on the slopes of the Mahale Mountains.

  • Swim in Lake Tanganyika, Africa's deepest lake.

  • Unwind on one of Zanzibar's pristine beaches.

16 Days from £6,580pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Gorillas, the Great Migration & the Big Five

  • Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.

  • Safari through Northern Tanzania's best reserves.

  • Search for rhino in the unique and awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Experience the wonder of the open plains of the Serengeti.

11 Days from £6,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury Northern Tanzania Safari

  • Stay in the iconic Crater Lodge for spectacular views across Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Search for Big Cats in the Serengeti.

  • Explore Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park.

  • Travel to the remote northern reaches of the Serengeti by light aircraft.

  • Enjoy excellent accommodation and safari guiding throughout.

13 Days from £9,610pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + Beach hopping

Breezes Beach Club and Spa and Muscat

Spend a few days discovering Muscat's souks and mosques and then head to the white sands, stunning waters and spice farms of Zanzibar.

12 Days from £2,098pp

3 nights Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah – Al Waha, including breakfast; 7 nights Breezes Beach Club & Spa, half board. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Baraza Hotel & Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Enjoy incredible game-viewing with a few days safari in the Selous before a relaxing week on the beach in Zanzibar.

13 Days from £4,612pp

4 nights Selous Game Reserve, full board, including safari activities; 7 nights Baraza Resort & Spa, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers.

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Honeymoons in Tanzania

Tanzania offers a variety of private, secluded experiences, which make it a stand out honeymoon destination. Country specialist, Georgia, explains how you can combine time on safari with relaxation on a palm fringed beach in Zanzibar.

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