Request a call back

THE CLASSIC SAFARI DESTINATION


Tanzania is wild Africa with wilderness which has remained unchanged for aeons and where the timeless struggles for survival have been enacted and re-enacted on its plains, shores and forests since the beginning of time.
 
Tanzania hosts some of the Earth’s most wondrous sights, names which quicken the pulse of even the most well-travelled: the towering Mount Kilimanjaro; the pulsing plains of the Serengeti; the primeval Ngorongoro Crater; the vast Selous. Tanzania tends to be split into the Northern and Southern Circuits. The various National Parks and Reserves of these regions are what initially capture the imagination of visitors but combining a safari with a stay on its stunning and exotic coastline or idyllic neighbouring islands really puts the icing on the cake.
 
The Northern Circuit tends to steal the limelight having the main tourist draw cards and, as a result of its proximity to Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha, and its infrastructure, it is certainly the most accessible. The Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, is a phenomenal natural amphitheatre enclosing an estimated 30,000 animals! It is incredibly impressive and, deservedly, popular.
 
A stay at one of the crater lodges rewards with incredible sunrises and sunsets. The Serengeti National Park is famed for the migration of massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope, forever stalked by their ubiquitous predators. There are also numerous other parks on the Northern Circuit including Tarangire and Lake Manyara, each with their own particular characteristics.
 
For the more active the 5,895m (19,340 ft) Mount Kilimanjaro is a great temptation but it is a serious hike to its summit.
 
The Southern Circuit has little infrastructure and is less frequented. Camps and lodges are separated by great distances and best reached by light aircraft. The experience is one of isolation and harmony with the bush.
 
The Selous Game Reserve is the second largest in the world and is essentially closed in the wet season (April to June) when its few roads become impassable. Mikumi and the Ruaha are the least accessible parks, while to the west lies Lake Tanganiya – the largest of the Rift Valley lakes teeming with tropical fish and flanked by beaches, mountains and forests.
 
Tanzania offers a real wilderness experience. A safari here is enriching and game viewing is regarded as some of the best, and least contrived, in Africa. Moving around is less easy and tends to be more expensive but the effort is repaid by the experience many times over.

    • Flight Time:Approx 9-10 hours
        • Time Difference: GMT +3 hours
           
            • Language: Swahili, English & local languages
               
                • Currency: Tanzania Shilling
                   
                    • Area: 365,000 square miles (about twice the size of the UK & Ireland).
                       
                        • Total coastline: 1,400 miles
                           
                            • Population: Approx. 48 million
                               
                                • Capital: Dodoma

The climate varies significantly, which is not surprising as its environment includes both the highest and the lowest points on the continent! Whilst the narrow lowland coastal region is consistently hot and humid, the central regions of Tanzania are sufficiently elevated so as to offer much cooler temperatures. The rainy seasons extend from Nov-early Jan (‘short rains’) and Mar-May (‘long rains’).
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The peak season for travel to Tanzania is July to September, which is mainly due to two factors – the Great Migration (which normally starts crossing the Mara River into Kenya in late August/ September) and also the school holidays. Outside of these months then you can basically travel to Tanzania at any time, although we do recommend that you avoid the months of April & May as this is when the long rains fall. January to March and October & November are great times with good value and offers available.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required. You will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination if visiting a Yellow Fever area before entering Tanzania (for example if combining with Kenya or Zanzibar on a two-centre itinerary). Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders require a visa that can be obtained upon arrival into Tanzania. The cost of this is currently USD $50 per person. For any clients connecting from Kilimanjaro Airport to the Masai Mara to ensure that they have their visas in advance for both countries, passengers without these requirements will not be allowed to make the connection.


OUR TOP PICKS

 

&BEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE

This andeyond property is a wonderland, both inside and out. The lodge is perched on the lip of the stunning Ngorongoro Crater with quite spectacular views!
More Info

SANCTUARY KUSINI CAMP – TANZANIA

Sanctuary Kusini Camp is located in the remote south-central area of the world-famous Serengeti National Park and affords guests the rare opportunity for secluded game drives well away from the principle tourist circuit.
More Info

JONGOMERO CAMP – TANZANIA

Jongomero Camp stands under large acacias on the banks of the Jongomero Sand River in the remote south-west corner of the Ruaha National Park and is surrounded by a wilderness of 'terminalia' woodland.
More Info

BEHO BEHO – TANZANIA

Beho Beho is a private luxury camp that offers unrivalled scenery due to its elevated hilltop location and is one of the most magical safari camps in Africa.
More Info

SAND RIVERS – TANZANIA

Sand Rivers is situated in the northern section of The Selous, an area untouched by commercial tourism. This is a stunning safari lodge overlooking the Rufiji River on a wide stretch of the river and offers a wide variety of safari experiences.
More Info

THE MANOR AT NGORONGORO

The Manor at Ngorongoro is located near Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture and has been designed with comfort in mind and with a keen eye for attention to detail.
More Info

WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

 

ARUSHA, MERU & KILIMANJARO

Arusha is the starting point of safaris of the "northern circuit" of Tanzania and is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks, including Mt Meru, Mt Kilimanjaro, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge.
More Info

NGORONGORO & LAKE MANYARA

Ngorongoro Crater is a magnificent natural amphitheatre with an amazing array of wildlife. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is so spectacular that it touches all the senses. Lake Manyara National Park is a beautiful park with good wildlife & birdlife.
More Info

THE SERENGETI

The Serengeti offers unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing and is Africa at its most untamed. The Serengeti National Park offers a synchrony of beauty and nature like no other place and is renowned for the largest wildebeest & zebra migration on the planet.
More Info

TARANGIRE

Tarangire is a really beautiful park with a stunning range of trees, including huge Baobabs, and a great river running through it. It is a good place for a game viewing and is only a couple of hours from Arusha, making it the perfect first stop on a northern circuit itinerary, particularly in season.
More Info

SELOUS & RUAHA

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. They are stunning parks renowned for their large numbers of wildlife and birdlife and lack of humans!
More Info

KATAVI & MAHALE

Katavi is a true wilderness area lying in the remote south-west of Tanzania in the heart of one of the biggest and richest wildlife areas in Tanzania. Mahale lies on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika and contains some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa.
More Info

TANZANIA COAST

Along the coastline of the mainland of Tanzania is an area that is relatively undiscovered and much less populated and touristic than Zanzibar. In fact the coast has everything that Zanzibar has, just a lot less tourists!
More Info

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

THE HEART OF EAST AFRICA SAFARI

Discover Tanzania on this luxury 5 star get away to 5 superb camps and lodges in the heart of Africa. You can discover the large amount of fantastic wildlife, and the amazing panoramic views this superb country has to offer, all in a home away from home.
More Info

TREASURES OF THE TANZANIAN SAFARI

Enjoy explore the Tanzania on this unmissable AndBeyond circuit around their camps in within Tanzania. The luxury lodges and in areas filled with amazing game and site seeing. You will be visiting some of the most popular areas of the country, this is a fantastic opportunity.
More Info

TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR

This amazing holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar gives you a combination of safari and luxury. Explore the wildlife and lands of Tanzanzia before unwinding in a luxury resort in Zanzibar to finish this amazing experiences.
More Info

 
Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Tanzania. Call us on 01778 382764.