Where to go

Tanzania

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

Tanzania safari
Matemwe Lodge Zanzibar
Tanzania safari

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.

Where to go on safari in Tanzania?

As a very brief starting point, please read through the overviews of the various areas below which should set you off in the right direction. In a nutshell, however, what it usually comes down to is how keen you are to see the Great Migration of the Serengeti. For roughly 4 months of the year, from July to October, the wildebeest herds sit on the Tanzanian/Kenyan border and, while it is a superb time to go and see them, the itineraries are a little more expensive than at other times of the year. 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. The final area to consider for the safari section is the western parks of the Mahale National Park and Katavi National Park. Located right over on the western edge of Tanzania, they are 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.

Where to go for the beach in Tanzania?

Again, a question that is asked frequently by clients. 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.

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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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