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Venture across stunning African plains, dramatic mountains and the idyllic beaches of the Indian Ocean on holiday in Tanzania. With epic safari adventures, stunning sunsets and starry nights that will take your breath away, Tanzania is the perfect place to create magical memories, offering something for everyone.

Holidays in Tanzania offer a chance to explore wonderful Africa at its finest. Gaze at the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro or dive to see the unique flora and fauna of Lake Tanganyika. The endless plains of Serengeti National Park play host to the spectacular annual wildebeest migration which is a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast. The diversity of Tanzania is awe-inspiring, from the ‘cradle of mankind’ at Olduvai Gorge to the unique Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as 'Africa's garden of Eden’. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Here, wildlife coexists with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists who continue in the footsteps of their elders with the practice of traditional livestock grazing.

Unforgettable adventures

Stay in a luxurious safari lodge that offers excellent dining inspired by local cuisine. For a more exclusive experience, take the family to Thanda, an award-winning private island in the Tanzanian archipelago where you’ll have your own personal chef. Start your safari in Kenya and explore the bush for rare wildlife, before spending time unwinding from your adventures in a restful beach resort in Tanzania. Pemba Island is the perfect place for discovering diverse marine life, including sharks and spectacular reefs.

Choose our South Africa and Zanzibar Multi Centre and enjoy vivid city life in ‘the best place to visit in the world’ before staying in Zanzibar, the ‘spice island’, for rich history and culture. At Hayes & Jarvis, we want to help you find the perfect break away. Give our destination specialists a call today to discuss the perfect Tanzania holiday.

Destination Highlights

  • Time your trip to coincide with the ‘great annual wildebeest migration’ and explore the Serengeti in search of the ‘Big 5’.
  • Stay in a luxury safari lodge that looks out across the dusty savannah and indulge in locally inspired dining.
  • Relax by the Indian Ocean and enjoy the powdery white sands and stunning sunsets of Zanzibar’s beaches.
  • See the tree climbing lions in Manyara or explore the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important archaeological sites on earth.

Great sample itineraries


We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Tanzania holiday package. Almost anything is possible so please give us a call to discuss all your options.

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Highlights of Northern Tanzania

  • 5 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
Packed with national parks, diverse landscapes and incredible wildlife, our Highlights of Northern Tanzania tour offers a truly unforgettable experience...
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Safari holidays
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Northern Tanzania Safari

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £5,099 PP
Our extensive eight-day Discover Northern Tanzania will take you on an adventure through some of northern Tanzania’s national parks –...
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Adventure holidays
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East Africa Safari Tour

  • 13 Days
  • Guide Price £7,499 PP
Whether you’re travelling to East Africa for the first time or you are returning to see more, our comprehensive 13-day...
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Escorted tours holidays
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Elewana Sky Safari

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £7,999 PP
There are few better ways to discover the natural beauty of Tanzania than this eight day fly drive tour across...
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Safari holidays

Our favorite hotels


From luxury resorts to quaint boutique getaways, authentic tents, safari lodges, and self-catering apartments, Tanzania has it all. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

The Residence Zanzibar
Tanzania

The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 80-acre estate where five-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature’s untouched beauty. Feel...
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Guide Price £1,749
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Tanzania

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Set on the powdery white sands of the island’s beautiful north coast, the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort offers a paradise...
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Guide Price £1,689
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Beach
Tanzania

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Ideally situated on one of Zanzibar’s finest sweeps of white sandy beach, the Blue Bay Beach Resort & Spa is...
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Guide Price £1,769
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Bungalow
Tanzania

Zuri Zanzibar

Welcome to Zanzibar’s newest and arguably already best hotel. Situated on a beach in the north of Zanzibar the unique...
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Guide Price £2,389
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Explore Tanzania

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Approximately 11 hours direct, 12–13 hours indirect from UK airports

Currency

TZS - Tanzanian shilling

Visa Information

British citizens will be required to purchase a visa for travel to Tanzania on arrival.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Info

Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Tanzania. Speak to your GP for the most up to date medical advice.

Tanzania has 17 national parks, including the magnificent Serengeti, which is home to over 400 species of animals set in an ancient landscape. For more wildlife, the Ngorongoro crater forms a natural enclosure for the rare black rhino and the unusual crater lions. Mount Kilimanjaro can also be found in one of the national parks. For something a little different, the islands of the archipelago are steeped in fascinating history and diverse culture.

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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is a vast wilderness, which has remained unchanged for thousands of years. The momentous annual wildebeest migration takes place here and really is a must see for wildlife lovers. Featuring over a million wildebeest, zebras and antelope in search of fertile grounds, you can track these fascinating animals on their journey with the help of expert guides.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzania is home to Africa’s largest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Climb through jungles up to the snowy peaks and witness breathtaking vistas. For those who want a more relaxing holiday, enjoy watching the sun set behind the iconic mountain.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Stretching out over 100 square miles, this volcanic crater is a unique habitat abundant in wildlife, including endangered wild dogs and tree climbing lions. It’s also the home of the protected, elusive black rhino and offers opportunities to get up close to these magnificent creatures.

Zanzibar, Pemba and Thanda islands

Off the coast of Tanzania lies the spice trail, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Just a short flight away, the islands provide an ideal place to relax after a safari adventure.

Best time to visit Tanzania

Tanzania is usually warm all year but early morning and night safaris can get a little chilly. The best time to go to Tanzania is during the hot and dry season, from June and December to March, the weather is very warm and dry with cool evenings. The annual wildebeest migration can be seen in different areas of the Serengeti from November through to July. The best time to visit Zanzibar is from December to March, the weather during this time is warm and sunny with pleasant sea breezes.

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Zanzibar
27° C
89 mm

Average Weather in February

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Zanzibar
28° C
56 mm

Average Weather in March

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Zanzibar
26° C
153 mm

Average Weather in April

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Zanzibar
26° C
401 mm

Average Weather in May

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Zanzibar
26° C
255 mm

Average Weather in June

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Zanzibar
25° C
68 mm

Average Weather in July

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Zanzibar
24° C
48 mm

Average Weather in August

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Zanzibar
24° C
47 mm

Average Weather in September

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Zanzibar
25° C
50 mm

Average Weather in October

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Zanzibar
25° C
97 mm

Average Weather in November

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Zanzibar
26° C
226 mm

Average Weather in December

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Zanzibar
27° C
194 mm
Lucy, Destination Specialist

Venture across the Manyara Treetop Walkway, a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara. Walk among the treetops and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective. This 370m airwalk starts with a short board-walk that gradually rises from ground level up through the canopy of the forest.

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Destination Specialist
Barbara, Destination Specialist

Consider a Serengeti hot air balloon ride for a bird’s eye-view game viewing experience in Tanzania. A great spot for a balloon experience is in the Central Serengeti, where wildlife gathers year-round in the Seronera River Valley to drink from an everlasting water hole.

Barbara
Destination Specialist
Robert, Destination Specialist

“For a true wilderness experience head to the Selous Game Reserve. About the size of Wales, you can safari here without seeing another vehicle all day.”

Robert
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

Tanzania offers a wide variety of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.

Maasai market

Catch a glimpse of traditional Tanzanian life at Arusha’s Maasai Market. Offering a total assault on the senses, the lively atmosphere of this market offers plenty to see and do. Spend the day meandering past a variety of stalls offering exotic fruit, coffee, nuts, spices and traditional African handicrafts.

Local Cuisine

Tanzania has no shortage of incredible food, with its diverse lands offering plenty of fresh and locally sourced produce. Bush kitchen breakfasts, game-drive picnics and sundowners can be a real highlight to any Tanzanian safari. Offering a melting pot of flavours and influences from around the world, as well as staple Tanzanian classics, there is no doubt the food in Tanzania will be a major highlight of your holiday in Tanzania.

Ugali

A starchy, polenta-like side dish made with fine white maize meal flour and cooked to a thick consistency similar to play-dough. Ugali is typically unsalted or unflavoured in any way.

Mchicha

Also known as amaranth, Mchicha is a green leaf vegetable, very similar to spinach. Mchicha is generally cooked with garlic, onion and tomatoes, or with peanuts in a coconut curry sauce.

Makande

A popular dish in many regions of Africa which consists of a combination of maize and beans. Both are soaked overnight and then cooked until soft. The spices can be simple or more complex. Some versions have very simple seasonings, others, more complex. Some versions add potatoes or other vegetables.

Kuku paka

This simple dish, sometimes called kuku na nazi, is a fabulous chicken coconut curry from the East African coast. It is a perfect illustration of how African, Arab and Indian influences meld in the coastal region.

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