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I have travelled around Tanzania a lot and love that the wilderness of the safari areas. The animals roam freely across huge swathes of land.

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Why we love Tanzania

The latest insight from our time spent exploring Tanzania.

Connections

Access to Tanzania is straightforward, direct KLM flights from Amsterdam access Kilimanjaro International Airport daily, Kenya Airways routes via Nairobi and there are numerous Middle Eastern options to consider. It is also easy to link South and Southern Africa with Tanzania via a number of low-cost regional airlines and scheduled services. Within the country, flying is the most efficient, and in some cases the only way of getting about, but it is expensive. Alternatively many areas of the north can be accessed by 4x4 and the roads west from Arusha are dominated by land-cruisers heading to or from the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

Location

As Tanzania is on the eastern coast of Africa, it’s easy to combine the bush with the beach and this adds tremendous appeal. For a country blessed with the Serengeti National Park, The Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, it is no wonder that the tourism industry has boomed in recent years. Tanzania has the ability to visit these iconic areas but in the blink of an eye to step completely off the beaten track.

Safari Options

With the variety of National Parks throughout Tanzania you can easily combine driving, horseback or walking Safaris into one holiday. For example you could combine Katavi National Park with hiking in the Mahale Mountains for the best wild chimpanzee encounter on Earth. Although East Africa’s strongest card, the Great Wildebeest Migration, spends all year working its way through the Serengeti ecosystem in search of grazing. There is no time of the year when a visit to the Serengeti National Park can’t put you in a front-row seat for Africa’s most impressive wildlife spectacle.

World Class

Tanzania is a favourite destination of the True Luxury Travel team, we love the world class wildlife experiences combined with iconic locations and landscapes - Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro - this is a blockbuster of a safari destination!

Tanzania Highlights

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s most famous safari destinations, vast areas of open savannah and dramatic natural phenomena; teeming with wildlife and dominated by big African skies. This is such a huge tract of land with a wide offering of accommodation types and safari styles. There truly is something for everyone across the northern safari destinations, matching the expectations you have for your safari with the best lodges and guides on the ground is where the team of specialist at True Luxury Travel come in. The Serengeti National Park is most famous for the Great Migration. This annual cycle of two million animals covers vast distances in search of fresh grazing, although unpredictable in its very nature, the cycle does follow a pattern and at any time of the year it is possible to enjoy an unparalleled migration safari. As the herds move on the resident wildlife stays behind, this is where the depth of the Serengeti comes into its own, blessed by wonderful wildlife throughout the year, we often recommend visitors experience a quieter corner, away from the big herds, take the opportunity to slow down on safari and soak in the atmosphere of this very special part of Africa.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania’s most famous safari destinations, vast areas of open savannah and dramatic natural phenomena; teeming with wildlife and dominated by big African skies. This is such a huge tract of land with a wide offering of accommodation types and safari styles. There truly is something for everyone across the northern safari destinations, matching the expectations you have for your safari with the best lodges and guides on the ground is where the team of specialist at True Luxury Travel come in. 2016 is a particularly exciting year in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, True Luxury Travel’s favorite safari operators are launching new camps in time for the safari season. With the high visitor numbers to the Ngorongoro the challenge is to provide visitors with the high quality experience they expect rather than the crowded wildlife sightings, which have unfortunately been the norm in recent years. Watch this space!

Western Tanzania

Western Tanzania

If you are looking to get off the beaten track then Western Tanzania is a great destination. Rarely a choice for the first time safari, Katavi National Park and the Mahale Mountains National Park receive only a tiny fraction of the visitors to Tanzania’s more famous reserves. Nomad Tanzania are the champions of Western Tanzania, their Chada Katavi Camp is safari at its unadulterated best, a simple but extremely comfortable bush camp with excellent guides and everything you could possibly need to make the most of a Katavi safari. Combined with the unique Greystoke Mahale where you’ll cruise the waters of Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake and the longest in the world, swimming in the cool waters and fishing from your dhow for sashimi to be enjoyed later with a sundowner in Big Bird, Greystoke’s famous cocktail bar.

Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks

Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest in Tanzania, with excellent density of game and in particular, the Reserve is famed for it's large elephant herds. Birdlife is prolific with plenty of colour including yellow-billed and saddle-billed stalks. You will also find orange-bellied parrots and barbets in the Tarangire river throughout the year. A short drive from Arusha, we find that Tarangire is a lovely place to stay for a couple of nights safari at the beginning or end of your northern circuit. Lake Manyara National Park is also a good choice as a soft introduction to a safari, for a 1 or 2 night stay option following a stay in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions, good elephants, flamingos and baboons, although the scenic beauty of the park itself certainly makes it worth a visit. The lake itself takes up much of the park, leaving a strip of land running along its shores where game concentrates.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and at 55,000 sq. km is twice the size of Switzerland and just 200 km south west by air of Dar es Salaam. It is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa and is widely accredited as being the most pristine wilderness. This area is certainly one of True Luxury Travel's favourite game viewing areas as it attracts both east and Southern African Wildlife, both resident and migratory, making it a real hidden gem! It is unearthed African wilderness at its finest, yet still easily accessibly from Dar and Zanzibar.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania and one of its most famous. The park is rich in its flora and fauna, making for an exceptional game viewing experience. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique. The park is also home to Tanzania's largest elephant population, with about 12,000 elephants. In addition to this, large herds of buffaloes, as well as greater and lesser kudus, Grant’s gazelles, wild dogs, ostriches, cheetahs, roan and sable antelopes, and more than 400 different types of birds can be seen in Ruaha National Park. Ruaha is very special in comparison to the northern parks, as large parts of it are unexplored, and for much of the year, you’re likely to have things to yourself.

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, "Kibo", "Mawenzi", and "Shira", is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, rising to approximately 5,895 metres above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro national park has become one of Tanzania's most visited parks, not necessarily for its wildlife although it is there, but rather for for the breathtaking views of a mountain on the equator, capped with snow, which can be climbed to stand on the top of Africa. It is one of the continent's most magnificent sights, rising from cultivated farmlands on the lower levels, through lush rainforest to alpine meadows, and finally across a barren lunar landscape to the twin summits of Kibo and Mawenzi. A trek up Kili lures around 25,000 trekkers each year, but is no easy task and needs serious consideration. The rewards, however, are endless throughout the expedition.

How to Explore Tanzania

These itineraries cover routes and places that are particularly popular with our guests and are designed to inspire. Every single trip we create is tailor-made and highly personalised to meet your specific requirements.

Selous & Zanzibar

Selous & Zanzibar

  • Explore one of the greatest game reserves in the world & explore the culture of Stone Town and the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.
  • From £3,300 per person based on 4 nights on safari and 6 nights at the beach. Inclusive of meals, drinks, local flights and transfers
  • Selous National Park & Zanzibar
Tarangire & 3 National Parks

Tarangire & 3 National Parks

  • Explore Unesco World Heritage Sites & revel in the diversity & awe at the beautiful scenery.
  • From £7,250 per person based on a 9 night safari across Tanzania's iconic wildlife destinations. Fully inclusive of all meals, drinks and safari activities, as well as regional flights.
  • Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Zanzibar
Serengeti, Ruaha & Zanzibar

Serengeti, Ruaha & Zanzibar

  • Catch a glipse of the Great Wildebeest Migration & explore the biggest National Park in Tanzania.
  • From £6,600 per person based on two sharing for 7 nights of safari and 7 nights on Zanzibar. Fully inclusive throughout, including all safari activities and regional flights
  • Serengeti, Ruaha & Zanzibar
Selous, Ruaha & Zanzibar

Selous, Ruaha & Zanzibar

  • Explore Africas largest game reserve & largest National Park, before relaxing on the beach.
  • From £4,000 per person based on a two week itinerary including the Ruaha and Selous for one week on a fully inclusive basis and b&b accommodation in Zanzibar
  • Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar
Best of the West

Best of the West

  • Explore the unspoilt and untouched Katavi National Park and trek with Chimps in Mahale National Park.
  • From £7,500 per person for a seven night safari including all activities and chimpanzee tracking permits. Includes internal flights and transfers.
  • The West, Katavi & Mahale
3 Beach Break

3 Beach Break

  • Immerse yourself in the history of Stone Town, dive with Whale Sharks on Mafia Island & enjoy privacy on Fanjove Island.
  • From £2,750 per person based on two sharing over a nine night itinerary. Includes domestic flights, full board accommodation and transfers
  • Zanzibar, Mafia Island & Fanjove Island

Where To Stay in Tanzania

Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our Tanzania Collection.

Mkombe's House Lamai

Mkombe's House Lamai

Northern Serengeti
Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous

Selous Game Reserve
Gibb's Farm

Gibb's Farm

Ngorongoro Crater
Fanjove Private Island

Fanjove Private Island

Fanjove, Kilwa
Lamai Serengeti Camp

Lamai Serengeti Camp

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Safari Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

Serengeti National Park

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