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Tanzania

Often referred to as the "cradle of mankind", Tanzania is a kaleidoscope of landscapes, cultures and welcoming smiles... a riotous assault of colours, smells and fleeting images and a journey into an Africa of the past. On safari, looking out over the open plains of the Serengeti: a solitary Maasai warrior silhouetted against the pearly dawn sky; a pack of wild dog and their puppies pondering the wisdom of crossing a stretch of crocodile-infested waters; like a mirage, snow-capped Kilmanjaro shimmering in the far distance; crouching low in the deep, shady undergrowth watching a chimpanzee family; wandering through twisting alleyways of Stone Town in Zanzibar, alive with the scent of myriad spices and the haunting cry of the muezzin.

 


Highlights

Vast plains of the Serengeti National Park, scattered with beautiful rock kopjes and teeming with wildlife as the great migration creates a continually moving mass of wildebeest, zebra, numerous gazelles and predators that stretches as far as the eye can see. Visit the southern Ndutu area in February when the movement comes to a temporary halt as the wildebeest give birth, greatly swelling the already phenomenal numbers

Ngorongoro Crater, a natural phenomenon with thrilling game viewing

Selous Game Reserve, the oldest and largest single reserve in Africa, traversed by impressive sand rivers

Ruaha National Park, a wild and remote park in southern Tanzania

Mahale Mountain and Katavi National Parks - both off the beaten track but the tropical, forested slopes of Mahale bordering Lake Tanganika, home to chimpanzee families, and the watery grassy plains of Chada both offer alternative game viewing experiences

Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world

The islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia - idyllic Indian Ocean beach destinations with culture and history

 


Weather

 

Tanzania has a pleasant tropical climate which, being close to the equator, is not very seasonal. Rainfall is split into two main periods: the short rains in November and December and the long rains from March until the end of May. January and February are fairly dry. 



Activities

  • Game viewing, on foot, by boat and by vehicle with drives during the day and after dark
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
  • Discovering the archaeological secrets of Ol Duvai Gorge with its large quantity of fossil remains
  • Mobile camping safaris in the Serengeti, Selous, Ruaha and the spectacular Loliondo area of Northern Tanzania
  • Tracking chimps in the forested slopes behind the shores of Lake Tanganyika
  • Diving and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean

 


Sample Itineraries

Click on the titles below for links to see our suggested itineraries.  But please remember that these are just some ideas and we look forward to helping you plan YOUR safari!

Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar: A privately guided safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks with perfect relaxation on Zanzibar Island

Short & Sweet, Tanzania & Mafia: With diverse safari adventures in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania including game drives, walks and viewing by boat followed by a lovely remote beach location on Mafia Island for good diving, snorkelling and generally relaxing!

Unspoilt Tanzania: Exploring three more remote National Parks - Ruaha in the centre of the country, Katavi further west and Mahale Mountains bordering Lake Tanganyika

Romantic Tanzanian Honeymoon: Exclusive and very romantic, relaxation at the coast before exploring the Selous Game Reserve and then head off to the island of Pemba for a luxurious retreat and fantastic marine life

Wild Places: Rwanda & Tanzania: For those who wish to get off the beaten track and yet see fantastic game: trek to see mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda before game viewing in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Diverse Kenya & Chilled Zanzibar: Exploring and game viewing in some of Kenya's most beautiful and contrasting scenery before unwinding by the Indian Ocean

 


 

Aerial highlights of Tanzania
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