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Tanzania Tours

Set before the towering backdrop of Kilimanjaro, this is Africa at its most magnificent across the vast plains of the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti, the grand Spectacle of the great migrations showcase a land of exquisite beauty.

Tours in Tanzania

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  • Best of East AfricaClassical and HeritageCultural and HistoryWildlife or SafariTailor Made Tours

    Best of East Africa

    Nairobi (1 night), Amboseli (2 nights), Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights), Serengeti (2 nights in lodge, 1 night in luxury camp accommodation), Masai Mara (2 nights) and Nairobi (transit)

  • Tanzania's Southern TreasuresWildlife or SafariTailor Made Tours

    Tanzania's Southern Treasures

    Selous Game Reserve (3 nights), Zanzibar Stone Town (2 nights), Zanzibar Beach (4 night)

  • Splendour of TanzaniaWildlife or SafariTailor Made Tours

    Splendour of Tanzania

    Arusha (1 night),Tarangire (2 nights), Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights), Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti (2 nights) and Arusha (transit).

  • Tanzania Safari - Group TourWildlife or SafariEscorted Tours

    Tanzania Safari - Group Tour

    Arusha (1 night), Tarangire (1 night), Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights), Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti (2 nights), Lake Manyara (1 night) and Arusha (transit)

    10 days £2079
    SAVE £400 per person

    Departing: 21st April 2015

Things to See & Do

  • Serengeti

    Serengeti

    Tanzania’s oldest game park, a vast expanse of seemingly endless plains covering nearly 15,000 sq km. Boasting practically every species on the continent, the Serengeti is famous for its huge concentrations of wildlife, especially the big cats, as well as being the stomping ground of the unforgettable great migrations.

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  • Migration

    Migration

    The annual wildebeest migration across the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara are perhaps the most astonishing wildlife pageant in Africa. Each year at the end of the rainy season (normally the end of May), hundreds of thousands of wildebeest move north from the Serengeti in Tanzania into Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of greener pastures. Wildebeest arrive in the Masai Mara during July and August and are joined by countless herds of gazelle, antelope and zebra, their progress keenly watched by the ever-present predators who relish this ready-made source of food. You are likely to see lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas shadowing the herds, picking off the weak and young along the way as the dramatic cyle of like is played out before your very eyes.

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  • Big Five

    Big Five

    Africa’s famous ‘most wanted’ list the Big Five comprise the impressive rhino and the African elephant (largest land mammal on earth), the brooding and deadly buffalo, the beautifully elusive leopard and, finally, the magnificent lion, king of the beasts. Our East Africa journeys off the chance, with luck, to view all 5 in their natural habitat. Maybe you will be lucky enough to witness a lion roar, an incredible sound (and feeling) which can travel 8 km.

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  • Game drive

    Game drive

    Distinct from game drives in other national parks, where your days are generally determined by morning and afternoon excursions, the Serengeti provides the opportunity to spend the entire day exploring its vast open savannahs without having to return to your lodge. This allows for more uninterrupted game viewing following the herds and big game in their daily struggle for survival.

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  • Ngorongoro Crater

    Ngorongoro Crater

    Perched on the edge of Ngorongoro’s famous rim, this stylish lodge is inspired by the design of traditional Masai manyattas. Comprising of 30 intimate suites with stunning crater views, private viewing decks and spacious en suite bathrooms making this an enticing place to enjoy one of nature’s greatest settings.

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  • Amboseli

    Amboseli

    Lying within sight of the imposing shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the expansive plains and infinite skies of the Amboseli National Park. Home to the proudly independent Masai, its dry savannah thunder beneath the vast herds of elephants, whilst cheetahs, leopards, lions and hyenas hunt across the open grasslands.

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  • Lake Manyara

    Lake Manyara

    A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lake Manyara lies at the base of the Manyara Escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley, its shallow alkaline lake is home to an incredible variety of birdlife. Home to thousands of pink flamingos, it is also famed for its tree climbing lions and the world’s largest concentration of baboons.

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  • Tarangire

    Tarangire

    Remote and unspoilt, Tarangire encompasses a 2,600 sq km landscape of open plains, acacia woodland and regions of dense bush with high grasses and huge old baobab trees. The land is hilly and dominated by the impressive valley of the Tarangire River which attracts colourful birds and high concentrations of game.

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  • Zanzibar

    Zanzibar

    Lying off the Eastern coast of Tanzania, the spice islands of Zanzibar still retain much of its laid back charm and exotic Arab influences. Once a colonial province of the Portuguese, the island fell under control of the Sultanate of Oman during the late 1600’s, a cultural legacy that is still reflected amongst the charming architecture of its captivating capital, whilst its glorious beaches, reefs and aromatic spice plantations just cry out to be explored by divers and walkers alike.

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  • Stone Town

    Stone Town

    With its whitewashed houses, labyrinthine streets and aromatic spices, Zanzibar’s ancient capital still reverberates to the echoes of the slave and spice traders of old. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it still incorporates an intoxicating blend of Arabic, African and European styles that hark back to a bygone age.

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Highlights of Tanzania

Travel Experts

  • Phil Ellis

    Take a big camera lens (400mm) to get the best possible photographs of Tanzania's wildlife, also stabilise your camera on the safari vehicle to get a crisp shot.

    Phil Ellis
    Africa Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

Although Tanzania lies close to the Equator, the climate is healthy and generally agreeable due to altitude - it is the coastal zones, which have what can truly be described as a tropical climate.  There is plenty of clear sunshine all year round.  Much of the terrain is above 5,000ft, which is warm by day but often chilly at night.  The 'long rains' usually fall in the months of April and May.  The only real migration usually takes place after the long rains when from August to October the wildebeest migrate from Tanzania into Kenya to find new grazing.  During the months of October and November, there are occasional scattered rains, the 'short rains', which freshen the atmosphere and vegetation and lay the dust.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT +3hrs
  • Flight Time9.5 hrs
  • VisaYes for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsDiphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, TB, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever**
  • CurrencyShilling
  • CapitalDodoma
  • Area945,090 sq km
  • Population33 million
  • Dialling Code+255
  • Electricity 230 V
  • LanguageSwahili, English, indigenous

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Key Phrases
Jambo – Hello
Kwa heri / Kwa herini (plural) - Goodbye
Asante – Thank you
Habari gani – How are you?
Samahani – Excuse me
Ndiyo – Yes
Hapana – No
Events
January – Wanyambo Festival Staged in the northern area of Dar es Salaam known as Makumbusho, traditional music, dance, costumes and food are enjoyed in celebrating Tanzania’s local culture February – Kiliman Adventure Challenge A gruelling hike, mountain bike jaunt and Kilimanjaro marathon make for an extreme triathlon style challenge around Tanzania’s great peak May to July - The Great Migration One of the most spectacular wildlife events, the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will offer ‘front row seats’ to up to 2.5million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle moving across its vast plains July to August – Zanzibar International Film Festival – Among the largest cultural event in East Africa, this celebration of local screenings and motion pictures workshops is part of the two week Festival of the Dhow Countries August – Eid al-Fitr Pageantry, dancing and dining at Makunduchi mark a colourful celebration for the end of Ramadan on the Muslim calendar July to October - Mara River Crossing As 2 million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, this spectacular sight is now known as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
Food & Drink
Wali wa Nazi Literally translated as rice in coconut milk, this is a popular coastal staple served with most curries Samaki Wa Nazi Coconut fish curry which is typically cooked with tomato pates, chillis, and served with steamed rice Pilau With a strong Arab influence, this rice is spiced with curry, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and hot peppers Chapatti Flour based, fried flatbread which accompanies many curry and meat dishes Ndizi Kaanga Fried bananas or plantain. This is also served with meat known as Ndizi-nyama or used to make plantain soup known in Ethiopia as Supu Ya Ndizi Mandazi Deep fried doughnut-like balls which are sweetened with coconut milk Chai Tea is drank in the morning with chapatti and maandazi Wanzuki A traditional Tanzania wine Mnazi or ‘Tembo’ Wine blended using the coconut palm tree Kilimanjaro Beer Named after the country’s famous mountain, this is a refreshing local brew
Tipping
Restaurants and hotels don’t generally include service charge but many workers in the service industry receive nominal wages so it’s recommended you leave a 10% tip directly for the person who served you. Leave 1,000 shillings (TSh) (62 cents) for porters and housekeepers and 5,000-10,000 ($3.10-$6.20) for trekking guides, 12,000-22,000 ($7.44 to $13.64) for Kilimanjaro guides.
Books to Read
The Tree where man was born by Peter Matthiessen has been described as a classic in journalistic observation and creates a vivid picture of the sights and scenes of wild herdsmen and creatures of East Africa Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah Tragic love story and tale of corruption where an African boy, sold by his father in repayment of a debt, is forced to adapt out of a precolonial East Africa and into a new colonial world The Snow of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway This selection of ten of Hemingway’s fictional stories, begins with a harrowing but matter-of-fact account about a writer at the end of his life, whose climb up Mount Kilimanjaro forces him to reflect on events in his life.
Movies to Watch
The African Queen 1951 adventure film set around a riverboat captain in WWI who is persuaded by a straight laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship Carl Peters 1941 German anti-British propaganda film directed by Herbert Selpin which illustrates the exploits of Carl Peters - one of the founders of German East Africa
Music to Listen to
Taarab The music of Zanzibar, Taarab is an eclectic mix of cultures and instruments including the Middle Eastern oud and dumbek and the Indian tabla.It is typically known as Swahili wedding music and the rhythms and lyrics reflect East African dance music and Swahili poetry Bongo Flava A ‘new’ hip-hop style of Tanzanian music which blends traditional Swahili vocals with modern beats
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    Tanzania Safari - Group Tour

    Arusha (1 night), Tarangire (1 night), Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights), Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti (2 nights), Lake Manyara (1 night) and Arusha (transit)

    10 days £2365
    SAVE £400 per person

    Departing: 07th October 2014

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    Tanzania Safari - Group Tour

    Arusha (1 night), Tarangire (1 night), Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights), Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti (2 nights), Lake Manyara (1 night) and Arusha (transit)

    10 days £2365
    SAVE £400 per person

    Departing: 21st October 2014

  • 1

    Tanzania Safari - Group Tour

    Arusha (1 night), Tarangire (1 night), Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights), Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti (2 nights), Lake Manyara (1 night) and Arusha (transit)

    10 days £2095
    SAVE £170 per person

    Departing: 18th November 2014