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.
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.
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.
Northern Tanzania Safari
East Africa Safari Tour
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
The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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