Why choose Tanzania?

Tanzania is a huge country, three times the size of France. It protects more land through its national parks and reserves than any other country on the African continent and there are so many different ways to enjoy this incredible, diverse country.

Marvel at the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra across the vast plains of the Serengeti, gaze in wonder at the Ngorongoro Crater – a geological wonder. Travel to Lake Manyara, often pink with flamingoes, photograph the unique tree-climbing lion and abundant birdlife; visit Arusha National Park with its concentration of giraffe and flighty colobus monkeys and Tarangire National Park with its majestic herds of elephant or climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Why not complete your African holiday and adventures in Tanzania with some rest, relaxation and recuperation on the Spice Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia in the Indian Ocean.

Places to visit

Arusha

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania and the gateway to the northern sector of the country. Lying between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru, Arusha National Park is an area of outstanding beauty and a popular stopover at the start or end of a northern circuit safari.

Mount Kilimanjaro

For the truly adventurous and those seeking a demanding trekking challenge, Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain awaits; equally impressive, but slightly gentler, Mount Meru, and for a more unusual experience you can climb the still active Oldonyo Lengai volcano, which rises out of the Great Rift Valley.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve lies in the south of Tanzania. Stretching inland from the coast, this enormous wildlife sanctuary covers an area larger than Denmark. Selous is internationally famous for its animals and contains the greatest concentration of big game left on earth including elephant, buffalo, rhino, sable antelope, wild dogs, hippo and lion. Unique activities include boat safaris along the Rufiji River, walking safaris with an armed ranger and game viewing in four-wheel drive vehicles.

Katavi National park

Located in the western area of Tanzania, Katavi offers un-spoilt wildlife viewing in a remote location far off the beaten track. The national park is one of the most untouched areas in the country offering unadulterated bush settings, spectacular views, and rich wildlife.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro crater is located west of the great rift valley which runs from the Red Sea to Lake Nyasa in southern Tanzania. Ngorongoro was an active volcano some eight million years ago, whose cone collapsed, leaving a crater. Today it offers a haven to a large concentration of wildlife and stunning views of the surroundings.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is as big as Northern Ireland, and the most popular wildlife sanctuary in the world. The park is fantastic in its natural beauty and unequalled in its scientific value. This vast expanse of land is known to contain about 4 million different types of animals. In May and early June, you can witness the annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest in search of water and forage as the seasons change.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Located in western Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees. The Park is accessible all year round however, tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience and is best in the dry season (May -October). Other activities include hiking; camping safaris, snorkelling & fishing.

Ruaha National Park

Located in the south west of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park sprawls within and along the Great Rift Valley, covering a unique transition zone where the Eastern and Southern species of both fauna and flora meet against a dramatic topographical backdrop. The proliferation of plains game in the park ensures that the larger predators - leopard and large prides of lion - are unusually active and the bird life, too, is unparalleled. Activities such as game drives, day walks and hiking safaris can be done.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is situated on the south of large open grass plains of southern Masailand. In the dry season, Tarangire has a high concentration of wildlife, second only to Ngorongoro Crater.

When to visit Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country with much regional variation in geography and climate. When to visit Tanzania depends on what you want to experience. Tanzania has two distinct rainy seasons; the unpredictable ‘short rains’ (November and December) and the ‘long rains’ (March to May) where afternoon tropical downpours are common, and the humidity is high. General game viewing in Tanzania’s northern, southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the dry season (June to October). The best time to experience the Migration in the Serengeti is between November and August. Wildebeest calving takes place in late January to February. We can advise the best locations for your month of travel. If you’d like visit Tanzania’s coast or one of the Spice Islands, we’d recommend avoiding the long rains (March to May).

A Sample Of What You Can Experience

TANZANIA

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We Recommend Tanzania For…

BUSH & BEACH

Tanzania is one of the best places in Africa to enjoy a Bush & Beach holiday. Combine a classic safari in Tanzania’s northern or southern parks and reserves with a relaxing coastal stay on white sandy beaches & turquoise waters on the island of Zanzibar.

 FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Tanzania is a richly rewarding destination for a family safari holiday and a delight for all ages. It offers a wonderful introduction to Africa thanks to the superb lodges, family focused guides, swimming pools and sandy beaches.

 HONEYMOONS

Tanzania is a very versatile honeymoon option. A popular choice is the combination of a luxury African safari with a romantic getaway on the exotic island of Zanzibar which lies off the country’s tropical east coast.

RIDING SAFARIS

Experience a true African safari on horseback riding alongside groups of giraffe or herds of zebra and from a safe distance, you can marvel at the Big 5. Ride between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, through savannahs, bush country, and swamps and have a true equestrian adventure.

ESCORTED TOURS

The northern circuit in Tanzania is well suited to a proper overland safari due to its diverse combination of scenery, wildlife and culture. We can arrange camping & accommodated set departure tours as part of a small group which offers an affordable way to see Tanzania.

ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS

Tanzania is a wonderful destination for an adventure holiday. From challenging trekking, exciting wildlife safaris and cultural interaction with the Maasai in the north to the rarely traversed south, where wilderness takes on a truly different meaning.

10 Day Family Safari | Northern Tanzania

Outposts Travel Africa arranged a family holiday for a lovely family of 5 from the USA who wanted to visit Tanzania together during the school holidays. We organised a 10 day adventure-packed itinerary that took them on a journey through northern Tanzania seeing the Ngorongoro Crater and the Wildebeest Migration in northern Serengeti.

“We got very lucky at Klein’s Camp. On our second day at Camp we saw the river crossing not once, twice but three times at Sun River. We had a guide with 16 years experience who accompanied us, instead of going to Mara river like everyone. We were incredibly lucky as we saw the initial hesitation and the crossing. We had an amazing trip, it was such a incredible experience. Thank you for planning this wonderful trip.”

The S Family

USA, June

Tanzania Riding Safaris

Tanzania is a wonderful country to explore on the back of a horse. Taking part on a proper mobile tented safari is very authentic, special and a MUST. There aren’t that many places that offer riding in Tanzania so we would like to recommend an excellent quality riding safari operator based near Arusha in Northern Tanzania. They offer day safaris which can cater for the less experienced riders as well as adventurous off the beaten track group riding safaris.

KASKAZI HORSE SAFARIS

For Experienced Riders | A true ‘off the beaten track’ riding experience

This privately guided horseback operation in Northern Tanzania focuses on horses and Safaris off the beaten path. Due to the owner’s many years of experience within the Safari industry, Kaskazi designs unforgettable safaris led by qualified and professionally trained guides, always pushing for a new and exhilarating adventure. The routes are off the beaten track and with a vast knowledge about the countries fauna and flora you will travel deep into the bush and together enjoy the wonders that Africa has to offer; the magnificent wildlife, the scenery and the magical interaction with the local tribes who inhabit these areas.

The area offers an ideal climate for horses and riding. The stables have a magnificent view of Mount Meru, with Mount Kilimanjaro emerging itself in the North on a clear day. Day rides takes place from the stables, while on a mobile safari the horses are trucked to the location. Explore the remote African bush from the back of a horse combined with visits to the many unexplored areas of Tanzania, away from the crowded destinations and running engines.

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