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Tailor Made tours of Tanzania

Landscapes to defy belief, captivating culture, wildlife that could never be done justice by a camera lens- which sights in Tanzania could we possibly not marvel at?  Watch The Big Five roam vast savannahs to the backdrop of huge snow-topped mountains, hear the city nightlife buzz from the shore of white-sand beaches. Whatever you do, prepare for Tanzania’s emerald grasslands and humble tribesmen to captivate your heart and soul from the very first footstep. 


This enchanting corner of the Earth is known best for its unbeatable safari experience. The age-old patterns of Africa’s seasons remain imprinted on the zebras and wildebeests which migrate in their masses, alongside the giraffe’s graceful hooves and the flapping wings of over 1000 bird species. And let’s not forget the feral ancestors of our domestic dogs and cats growling at their next meal whilst innocent elephant families graze beside still waters. Wonders like this await you in spots like Serengeti National Park.

Though the kings of the jungle may quickly pull you in with their piercing eyes, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in Tanzania’s vibrant culture. It’s impossible not to be humbled by the hardworking plantation farmers of Zanzibar island, or bowled-over by the beauty of a sea of Maasai people in their rainbow robes. And nowhere else is there a richer ethnic tapestry than along the coastline, where Asian, European and Middle Eastern influences blend seamlessly with contemporary Swahili culture.

And that’s all without mentioning the breath-taking landscapes. East Africa is home to some of the most iconic scenery the continent has to offer, much of which remains refreshingly untouched by human interference. Gaze upon the majestic peak of Mount Kilimanjaro; watch a crimson sunset dip below the Serengeti plains, or perhaps the crater of one of Ngorongoro’s volcanoes. Whatever you do, make sure you have your camera at the ready. 

Is there any way you could say no to such an experience? Take the chance to open yourself up to a part of the world like no other. 

Our top Tanzania tour destinations

Wildlife-spotting in the Serengeti, roaming the epic natural landscape of Ngorongoro, relaxing on white-sand beaches in Zanzibar. These are just some of the must-dos when visiting Tanzania. With so many unique and exciting experiences to be had, planning the ultimate adventure can be daunting. Luckily, help is at hand. Our destinations have been carefully chosen to make sure you see the very best of what these countries have to offer.

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Ngorongoro

There’s nowhere else quite like the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Everywhere you look there’s a new natural wonder to be amazed by. The area is home to the largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera in the world, as well as the highest density of predators in Africa. Lion prides bask in the sun, elephants graze in the grasslands and flamingos wade through the water.

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Serengeti

For many, the Serengeti is the quintessential African experience. Vast savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see, wildebeest migrate in their millions and lion prides snooze in the scorching sun. You’ve probably seen it on wildlife documentaries or when longingly flicking through travel brochures, but nothing compares to seeing this epic destination for yourself.

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Zanzibar

Snow-white sands, sapphire waters and World Heritage old towns. As first impressions go, Zanzibar hits the mark. A gem in the Indian Ocean, this tropical archipelago has long been a favourite spot to unwind after an adventure holiday in East Africa. It’s a place where time stands still, the pressures of modern life become a distant memory and fun-filled activities are always on the agenda.

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Lake Manyara

If you’re thinking of giving it a miss, we’ve got one word of advice: don’t. Though much smaller than other northern circuit parks, it packs quite a punch with its animal-spotting opportunities. You could be watching large herds of elephants wandering through the forests one minute and observing a lioness lounging in an acacia tree the next.

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Selous

Compared to many of the northern parks in Tanzania, where the landscapes can become crowded with tourists, the peaceful and pristine countryside is a big part of the appeal at Selous. The miombo woodlands, borassus palms, acacia savanna and wetlands are a breathtaking backdrop to your safari, offering fantastic photo-ops at every turn.

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Tarangire

Though it’s often overshadowed by the more well-known safaris, Tarangire National Park boasts just as many natural wonders. And because it manages to slip under the tourist radar, you won’t be competing with other safari vehicles for the best viewing spots either. Exceptional animal sightings in an undisturbed environment - what’s not to love?

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Experiences & Attractions in Tanzania

From the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park to the World Heritage Stone Town, Tanzania is brimming with unforgettable experiences. Gaze upon the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, retrace our ancestors’ footsteps in Olduvai Gorge and visit ancient Maasai tribes in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You won’t be struggling to pass the time here, that’s for sure.

Maasai Tribe

A visit to one of the Maasai communities is a cultural insight into Kenyan heritage like no other. Traditional bomas – made from mud, sticks, grass and cow dung – are configured into circular villages which are then enclosed by a fence fashioned from thorned Acacia branches to protect their cattle from any roaming lions.

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Olduvai Gorge

Established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the gorge is more than just a dramatic ravine, but rather one of the world’s most important treasure trove for fossils too. It’s here that the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors can be found.

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Stone Town

Making up the most famed half of Zanzibar City, this labyrinth-like, historical quarter is a cultural melting pot, packed full to the brim of ancient trading-hub secrets. Forget all the cliches of powder white sands and turquoise waters that lure tourists to the archipelago's beaches, this is Zanzibar at its most authentic.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

And, as if being the tallest mountain in the continent wasn’t enough, as it’s not part of a mountain range, Kilimanjaro also holds the title of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. So, don’t just catch a glimpse of it, get a photo in front of it too. This mountain is high on the list of earth’s most incredible sights, that’s for sure.

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Mount Meru

Having last erupted in 1910, Meru is actually considered an active volcano. It exploded into life over 500,000 years ago and has since dominated Arusha’s skyline with its distinctive horseshoe rim. Now protected by Arusha National Park, the area surrounding the mountain is rich with wildlife so a quick trip here and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

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At a glance

  • Time Difference

    GMT +3 hours

  • Flight Time

    8-12 hours

  • Currency

    Tanzanian shilling

  • Language

    English and Swahili

  • Electricity

    230 V/50 Hz

Visa requirements

When traveling to Tanzania, you can get a single-entry tourist visa without having to apply to a second visa. Just make sure that the visa is valid for the length and purpose of your stay and that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive in these locations. 

Vaccinations

You should visit your doctor at least six weeks before travelling to Tanzania to see if they recommend any of the following vaccinations: yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, rabies, meningitis and cholera. Malaria precautions are also crucial.

Tanzania Inspiration

Our tailor-made holidays will have you bewitched by Tanzania’s jaw-dropping landscapes and captivating culture from the moment you arrive. Whether you’re spotting the Big 5 on a safari, soaking up the vibrant city scenes or relaxing on a flawless beach, memorable moments await around every corner.

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