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Tanzania Activity Holidays

One of the great things about Tanzania is that there is so much to see and do.  Many of the activities on offer appeal to those with a particular passion; if you love walking, the treks here are truly spectacular, birdwatchers may feel overwhelmed by the extraordinary range and diversity of birdlife, and any artists or photographers seeking inspiring landscapes will be thoroughly spoilt for choice. 
Tanzania offers numerous options for specialist safaris and activities, whether you wish to drive, walk, ride, fish, fly camp, ride in a hot-air balloon, dive, kite surf or go trekking after chimpanzees...  For any of these, or other interests that you wish to pursue (e.g. special interest fauna, or historical or cultural interests), please do discuss with us and we will do our best to help you get the most out of your trip.

Activity based lodges

Walking safaris

Walking safaris are an excellent way to experience the bush, with all the sights and smells and intrigue that comes with picking your way through the landscape on foot.  But, this is wild country, and it is imperative to be accompanied by an excellent guide and an armed ranger.  All of the best lodges in the south and west offer superb guided walks, as will some beyond the National Park boundaries and in concession areas in the north.  All walking safaris will require suitable footwear, and generally you are advised to wear subtle colours of the bush and long trousers.  In 2014, Tanzania welcomed its first walking-centred camp, Kichaka. Run by Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro, undoubtedly one of Tanzania’s finest guides, this is a fantastic operation – ideal for adventure seekers and veteran safari goers.

For further information of Tanzania'a walking safaris, please refer to our blog post on touring Tanzania on foot. 

Driving safaris

In Tanzania, a driving safari has always meant being seated in a vehicle driven by a driver/guide, enjoying your surroundings while they do the hard work.  That said, some of our clients have asked for a more hands-on role.  It’s many people’s dream to drive through the African bush in a 4x4 and it is now possible, albeit as part of a group, in a Land Rover Defender 4 SE.  Led by a chief guide in the front vehicle, you will drive yourself through the highlights of Northern Tanzania. The 7 night / 8 day set-departure trips begin on alternate Sundays throughout most of the year and take in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. It’s a great trip, the only one of its kind in Tanzania, and the fixed accommodation is amongst the best we sell.  Prices start at approx USD $8,500 per person in high season.  If this sounds like your kind of thing, give us a call.

Chimpanzee safaris

The very specific, remote habitats for chimpanzees in Tanzania mean that this is a special interest safari and probably not for the beginner, but if you are keen to experience these wonderful animals in the wild it is certainly worth the price and the distance.  The best chimpanzee safari option is at Mahale Mountains National Park, on Lake Tanganyika.  This is a stunning, wooded, mountainous region, and all safaris are on foot.  Guests stay at Greystoke, which is a seriously excellent camp in its own right, nestled in the foothills on a beach of the lake.  Guests return from safari walks to snorkel the clear, freshwaters and catch fish for their supper!  Wonderful tents and décor make this a very special and memorable experience.

Hot air balloon safaris

In Tanzania, hot air balloon trips operate in the Serengeti only.  These leave at dawn from the Ndutu, Seronera and Grumeti regions, and after a couple of hours of floating above the plains, you land to find a sumptuous bush breakfast laid on with aplomb. A must-do on any Tanzania honeymoon.

Riding safaris

Riding is only possible from two locations within Tanzania, so we recommend that those seeking serious horse-based safaris should look at an Okavango Horse Safari in Botswana instead.  The best place to ride a horse in Tanzania is, typically, the best place to stay in Tanzania: the Singita Private Reserve. They have beautiful horses and amazing stables but the horses must return to the stables every night.  The only other lodge offering horse riding is Manyara Ranch, a good lodge in a mixed-use area to the east of Lake Manyara.


The diving centres around Zanzibar are nearly all PADI accredited, and the waters here are varied enough to suit all skills and abilities.   It is possible to take a full PADI course while on holiday here, and to experience night and drift dives, wall dives and wreck dives.  For hardcore divers, Mafia provides incredible diving as does Pemba.

Kite surfing

There are a number of places offering kite surfing in Zanzibar and it has grown to become a world capital of the sport. We can point you in the right direction.

Further Reading 

For more information on activities in Tanzania please see our blog on what to do on your Tanzania holiday

We don't just know Tanzania! 

For more information on Tanzania, the best thing to do is to give us a ring for an impartial chat. Although we love Tanzania, we also love the rest of Africa too and have experts in all the main safari countries. If you are undecided as to where to visit, please do just drop us an email or give us a call! 




Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

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