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.
Our recommended tours in 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 tour will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Selous Game Reserve.
Enjoy a sunset boat trip along the Rufiji River, looking out for hippo, crocodiles and waders.
Follow animal tracks and learn about smaller wildlife species on guided bush walks.
Relax on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and explore the island’s spice farms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 £2,100pp
3 nights Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah – Al Waha, including breakfast; 7 nights Breezes Beach Club & Spa, half board. Includes flights and transfers.View this tour
Beach + Wildlife or Scenery
Enjoy incredible game-viewing with a few days safari in the Selous before a relaxing week on the beach in Zanzibar.
13 Days from £4,270pp
4 nights Selous Game Reserve, full board, including safari activities; 7 nights Baraza Resort & Spa, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers.View this tour
Some of our favourite travel guides
Tanzania is home to some of the most luxurious safari lodges in Africa. It is also home of the world-famous Great Migration, so if you are looking to view this spectacle in style, our country specialists can help you plan your perfect trip to Tanzania.View this travel guide
With the Great Migration taking place in the north and true wilderness areas stuffed full of animals in the south, you’re spoiled for choice when choosing a safari in Tanzania. Using his first-hand experience, Tanzania specialist Dickie shares his ideas for a memorable safari holiday.View this travel guide
With its family lodges, abundant wildlife and endless opportunities for adventure, Tanzania has much to offer your family. Many safari camps have swimming pools, where you and your tribe can cool down at the end of a day spotting the Big Five.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra through the Serengeti is not the only highlight of Tanzania. We have come up with five of our favourites, from climbing Kilimanjaro to relaxing on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.View this travel guide