Welcome
to the Tanzania Safari Specialists

The Tanzania Specialists specialise in Tanzania luxury safaris and honeymoons, drawing on years of experience to help you design your ultimate luxury safari to Tanzania. In the course of the best part of a decade, we have endeavoured to visit every hotel, eat at every restaurant, safari in every region and swim in every body of water in Tanzania, in the name of research!

The Tanzania Specialists are experts at tailoring luxury Tanzania safaris to our clients, rather than the other way round.

As one of the most popular countries in Africa and the world, Tanzania luxury safari has it all!

In the North of Tanzania; the wide, sweeping plains of the Serengeti National Park, the Great wildebeest Migration and the Ngorongoro Crater…this is safari Africa of postcards, with flat-topped Acacia trees silhouetted against the vast African sky.

In the South of Tanzania; the raw and untouched beauty of the Selous and Ruaha National Parks allow an intimate Tanzania safari experience with walking safaris and small, private camps.

To the West of Tanzania; the deserted Katavi National Park offers some of the best safari in Tanzania and Africa, and the famous chimps of the Mahale mountains, that plunge into Lake Tanganyika.

To the East of Tanzania; the exotic islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, with their Arabian influence, white sand beaches and azure waters, offering the perfect respite after your Tanzania safari.

Many head to Tanzania for safari and as their first trip to Africa, and are never disappointed. Many head here having been on safari throughout Africa and are also never disappointed. What Tanzania safari does very well, and is a rare occurrence in Africa, is that it really does have outstanding safari options as well as world-class beaches. If you would like to hear more then please give us a call or send an email for a quote.

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The Tanzania Specialists are experts at tailoring luxury Tanzania safaris to our clients, rather than the other way round.

As one of the most popular countries in Africa and the world, Tanzania luxury safari has it all!

In the North of Tanzania; the wide, sweeping plains of the Serengeti National Park, the Great wildebeest Migration and the Ngorongoro Crater…this is safari Africa of postcards, with flat-topped Acacia trees silhouetted against the vast African sky.

In the South of Tanzania; the raw and untouched beauty of the Selous and Ruaha National Parks allow an intimate Tanzania safari experience with walking safaris and small, private camps.

To the West of Tanzania; the deserted Katavi National Park offers some of the best safari in Tanzania and Africa, and the famous chimps of the Mahale mountains, that plunge into Lake Tanganyika.

To the East of Tanzania; the exotic islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, with their Arabian influence, white sand beaches and azure waters, offering the perfect respite after your Tanzania safari.

Many head to Tanzania for safari and as their first trip to Africa, and are never disappointed. Many head here having been on safari throughout Africa and are also never disappointed. What Tanzania safari does very well, and is a rare occurrence in Africa, is that it really does have outstanding safari options as well as world-class beaches. If you would like to hear more then please give us a call or send an email for a quote.

When is best to see the Great migration?

As arguably the most famous destination for safari in Africa, the Serengeti homes one of the most famous spectacles on earth - the wildebeest migration. Every year, over a million wildebeest and zebra migrate clockwise around the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya, mating, giving birth and grazing fresh grasses along the way. Although we know the annual pattern of the herds, the movements of the wildebeest herds can vary every year. The movements are triggered by the short rains in November and heavy rains in April and May each year.

Between the months between January and March, the migration herds are located across the southern plains, where they give birth to their calves. The Ndutu Plains, the Maswa Reserve and the central Serengeti are the best areas to stay in for this period. April marks the start of the main rains mid-June, is seen as the wettest time of the year and so generally do not recommend travelling during this time.

As the long rains end, the migration herds run the gauntlet north to the border and between the window of July and October, the herds graze the plains of the northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya. However, travelling during these months is a fair bit more expensive as you have to fly up to the northern plains of the Serengeti. Between November and December, the herds are making their way back southwards on the eastern side of the Serengeti.

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Have you considered the southern parks?

Often overlooked by many safari operators in favour of the northern parks, the southern parks of the Selous and Ruaha are worth serious consideration and are the preferred destination for most who are really keen on their safari. The Selous is located south of Dar es Salaam (only a 30-minute flight) in southern Tanzania, and is one of the largest designated game areas in Africa. Ruaha is approximately an hour and a half flight to the west of Selous, and is named after the Great Ruaha River that runs through the northern section of the park.

The benefits of heading to the south is that, where the very north of the Serengeti gives the numbers of game, along with some seclusion, the southern parks are still very much “frontier” parks and so are noticeably less busy. The second important point is that, where the average lodge cost in the north is around $700 per person per night, the lodges in the south, where they offer a similar experience, are around $2-300 less. The third, and for us, most important reason to consider the southern parks is that, where the northern safaris are vehicle based throughout, the southern parks will allow you to walk, boat and drive, giving you a much fuller experience.

Another great thing about the southern parks is that there are noticeably less camps and vehicles, which will make it feel like you have the park to yourself at times! The camps we recommend are located in the best areas of game in the parks, and can vary from earthy safari feel such as Lake Manze Camp in the Selous to somewhere more luxurious, such as Siwandu.

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Is this your first safari?

A safari is quite often featured on a bucket list. Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa, as with many other films and books, has romanticised the continent, and rightly so! Whilst the Serengeti National Park home this picturesque landscape, not all safari destinations offer vast open plains, and instead offer rising plateaus, dramatic rift valleys, riverine forests and many more. As well as the topography, the climate, seasonality and logistics all play a big part in choosing the perfect destination for your first safari.

There are quite a few different options and logistics involved in a safari. A ‘fly in’ safari means that you are flown, in a small Cessna caravan plane, into the park, where you will be met on arrival on the bush airstrip. During your stay at camp, all game viewing activities is done by the camps local guides and vehicles on a shared basis. Some destinations, especially when combined, are best done by a driving itinerary because of their location and proximity to one another. Although this can save you the flight of an internal flight, it does add to the amount of time you are travelling.

Climate is another important factor when considering a first safari. Although each park varies with seasonality and game patterns, East Africa generally share the same climate. April and May is the rainy season and most of the camps take the opportunity to close and undergo renovations. The months between June and October are deemed the best time to go on safari, as you can enjoy sunny, blue skies with almost no rain. November marks the start of the short rains, however it’s difficult to predict when exactly it will start and the rains are very brief.

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Where should I stay in Zanzibar?

Zanzibar island (known locally as Unguja), is an island full of contrasting landscapes and beautiful coastlines. Its capital, Stonetown is an UNESCO world heritage site, and is full of history, charm and atmosphere. Outside of the city lies remote forests home to only colobus monkeys, incredible spice plantations, white sand beaches, coral rocks and many more.

There is a wealth of accommodation in Zanzibar! If you are looking for somewhere in the heart of a lovely town, then somewhere like the Z Hotel is a great choice as it sits in a location walk-able to other restaurants and bars. If you are looking for somewhere more secluded and intimate, then somewhere like Boutique Hotel Matlai is a great choice. Located on the south east of the island, the property has only 8 rooms and offers suburb attention to detail and service… perfect for honeymooners! Somewhere that works really well with families with children, or those looking for lots of facilities, then Breezes’ Beach Club is one to check out.

Whatever you like, there is a property for you! As there are so many to choose from, the best thing to do would be to let us know what sort of thing you like or dislike, and we can suggest the best properties for you to get the ball rolling.

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