As a destination a Tanzania holiday really does have it all covered (apart from skiing): Tanzania is blessed with hundreds of miles of beautiful Indian Ocean coastline, gorgeous Indian Ocean tropical islands and some of the best safari parks in Africa.
What sets it aside from almost all other African countries is the ease with which you can integrate safari with beach time. Home to the Serengeti (the most famous wildlife park in the world), the Ngorongoro Crater, the Mahale mountains (where chimps still roam freely) and the southern wilds of Selous and Ruaha; it has so much to offer that planning your time is key.
Culturally, it has a wealth and depth unlike its neighbours. The fascinating old port of Stone Town on Zanzibar, once a key link in the spice and slave trades, is a melting pot of cultures and extraordinary sights. In the north you can visit Olduvai Gorge, the first footprint and birthplace of mankind or visit the Masai tribes and see their way of life first hand.
Many people want to to extend their Tanzania holiday to include time at the beach. For those who want diving there are great options for all levels. Zanzibar has excellent reefs just off it’s shores (including the world famous Mnemba atoll) and for those who want serious pro dives sites, the islands of Pemba and Mafia take things to the next level. On Zanzibar there is so much to do - pedalos, canoes, kite surfing, Dhow sunset cruises, deep sea fishing, spice tours, Stone Town tours, swimming with dolphins.
For the less active there are dolphin trips, Dhow (local boats) sundowner cruises, excursions to the Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys, spice tours to the spice farms of the interior, and trips to the historic capital Stone Town, and trips to near-by islands such as prison island.
In terms of safari holidays, the Serengeti hosts the wildebeest migration and has ridiculous concentrations of game. Most wildlife documentaries are filmed here – and for good reason. It is classic flat plains Africa and we ensure that whenever you are travelling, your location will be spot on to make the most of the game. For those looking for a less hectic, more “old Africa” charm, then the parks of Selous and Ruaha offer a true wilderness, far away from the crowds. And for those on about their seventh safari, there is Katavi – which is truly prehistoric!
The Serengeti’s Great Migration is one of the greatest natural events on the planet. Up to two million wildebeest move round the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems followed closely by approximately 300,000 zebra and 200,00 assorted other antelopes. The best way to think of the herds is as one sprawling mass of wildebeest moving in a circular fashion around the parks. The mega herd is the very centre of this sprawling ball with splinter herds heading off in different directions all across the park. It is very easy to design an itinerary to locate herds, the question is whether you hit the mega herd.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites. Once a volcano supposedly taller than Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater is 20 kilometers across with 600 metre high walls. Africa’s Big Five are found on the Crater floor as well as large herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. The Crater’s prize sightings are black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa today. Its popularity means that the Crater is always busy, and small size means that you really notice the other vehicles here. However, the Ngorongoro is without any doubt one of the continent’s most beautiful game viewing environments – a must see on a Northern circuit safari.
Perfect for honeymooners, families, first-time safari goers and hardened veterans, with its perfect beaches and extraordinary safari options - Tanzania really does have something for everyone. Placed right on the equator Tanzania has great weather all year round apart from the seasonal rains in April and May. The close proximity of beach with safari makes it the ultimate country to visit in Africa.