Where to go

Tanzania

An overview of where to go and what's on offer...

The Great Wildebeest Migration
The Great Wildebeest Migration

As one of the most bio diverse countries in Africa, taking in the palm fringed shores of the Indian Ocean to the east, the mountainous forests of Mahale to the west, the volcanic plains of the Serengeti to the north and the riverine Miombo woodlands of the Selous to the south, there is a lot to choose from! Usually, for many of our clients, the question is more “where to go on safari?” as this element is usually the most expensive part and, therefore, can dictate plans.

The Serengeti National Park

Along with the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Masai Mara in Kenya, the grassland plains of the Serengeti is one of the most famous places in Africa to go for a safari. The main key to coming here is in understanding the migration movement. The herds of wildebeest move annually on a fairly predictable pattern and the reason for their movement is down to the rain fall patterns and feeding grounds that are available. Read more...

The Ngorongoro Crater

Located just to the east of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater is always included in an itinerary to the north of Tanzania...and rightly so! What was once a volcano at around 6,000m, the Ngorongoro Crater of today is a mere 2,400, having blasted the rest out across the southern plains of the Serengeti (which is partly the reason for the wildebeest liking this area so much, due to the rich mineral content of the grass). The crater measures approximately 20 kms across and is a haven for wildlife with great grazing year round. Read more…

Tarangire National Park

Often dubbed as the main reason to come here, the vast elephant herds that wander in and out of the park throughout the year are to be seen to be believed. This is not, however, the only reason to come here with both lesser and great Kudu to be seen, plentiful lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as a variety of interesting habitats and accommodations. Read more

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, at around 6,000m towers over the plains of Eastern Africa and is one of the most iconic volcanoes in the world. As Africa's highest peak it is always on the lists of those visiting the continent that are keen on walking and mountaineering. The slopes themselves are fairly innocuous and so it is usually the altitude that is the issue for most with the starting point at around 1,400m and the average climbing time being around 3 days. Read more…

Selous Game Reserve

If you are not set on seeing the herds but would still like a very high standard of safari then the southern parks of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park could not really be bettered. These parks are far less visited than those of the north and, as such, the overall costs and general time spent getting to and from are much less. For this reason, this area of Tanzania is somewhere that we recommend frequently to clients. Read more...

Ruaha National Park

A short, hour and a half flight to the west of the Selous, Ruaha National Park offers something different again, and the combination of the two is really worthwhile. Where the Selous is “riverine”, with lush forests springing up along the banks of the river, Ruaha is characterised by its lack of water and the red soil that shows through here. Read more…

Mahale National Park

Located right over on the western edge of Tanzania, Mahale is very infrequently visited and, as such, provide some of the most untouched safari and chimpanzee experiences possible on the continent... Definitely something worth a think about. Read more…

Katavi National Park

One of the last true strong-holds of “old” Africa...as it has existed for millions of years, Katavi is to witness safari as it should be...huge herds of Cape buffalo lumber across the three main grasslands that form the centre of the park. Gathering overnight at the main confluences that sit in between the plains allows the predators of the park, lion, leopard, hyena, to come and take pot shots at this massive herd and supplies some of the best game viewing in Africa! Read more…

Zanzibar and islands

Most of those that set their sights on Tanzania are also, more often than not, thinking of a quick stay on the island of Zanzibar… home to spices and warm Indian Ocean breezes. Less well known, however, are the islands of Pemba and Mafia, to the north and south of Zanzibar and, for those that dive, these are certainly destinations that are well worth considering…although, for the beach lovers, there may be a little disappointment as these are also mangrove islands and, as such, the beaches can be a little less than expected. Read more…

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    At a glance.... Tanzania

    • Size 945,087 km²
    • Location East Africa
    • Recommended time 10+ nights combining a safari and a beach trip
    • Time to visit The parks are accessible throughout the year (except April and May) but the best time is the July-October window which is the dry season
    • Safari Activities Game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, diving, snorkelling, hot air balloon rides
    • Topography Open grassland/Acacia scrubland, dense woodland, white-sand beaches

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    Our top five hotels & lodges in Tanzania:

    1. Beho Beho - Lounge

      Beho Beho

      Well, what can we say? Beho Beho is certainly a camp that is in the top three in East Africa if not Africa at the moment...they have been leading the way for the last few years in the Selous. Great location, up in the Beho Beho hills, away from the relative "traffic" in the park's centre. Great... More...

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    2. Nomad Lamai - Bedroom

      Nomad Lamai Serengeti

      Finished in June 2012, Nomad's Lamai had been a pretty long time coming but the wait has definitely been worthwhile. Located on the very scenic Wogakuria Kopjes, around 30 minutes from the Mara River crossings, the camp could not have better views and location in our opinion. Featuring an infinity... More...

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    3. Baraza Resort - Exterior

      Baraza Resort & Spa

      A sister property to the nearby Breezes Hotel, Baraza Resort & Spa is still fairly young and sits nicely in the top end market, appealing to both families and couples alike. Baraza Resort & Spa is located down on the south eastern coast of Zanzibar where the sand is a little finer and more... More...

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    4. Boutique Hotel Matlai - pool

      Boutique Hotel Matlai

      A superb new property on the south eastern coast of the island, Boutique Hotel Matlai manages to tick almost all of the boxes. The main feature here is the management and the rooms…featuring a menu of your choosing, stunning sea views from all of the rooms, beautiful open air bathrooms and great... More...

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    5. Siwandu Camp

      Siwandu Camp

      The first of the camps catering to the top end of the market, Siwandu Camp (formerly Selous Safari Camp) offers great value for money and is ideal for those that want this level of luxury and service but without the price tag. Comparatively, it arguably doesn't live up to the safari standards of... More...

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