Tours of Tanzania take you from its spectacular plains which are full of wildlife to the white sandy beaches of stunning Zanzibar. Enjoy the best of both worlds, with local guides helping you track down Africa’s Big Five on safari, while a tour of Stonetown teaches you the vivid history of this fascinating country. Book one of our private Tanzania tours and discover everything the country has to offer, or travel with a small group of travellers during your trip.
Our five day Highlights of Northern Tanzania tour allows you to experience the country’s top attractions over five days. See the soda lake and forests of Lake Manyara National Park, see flamingos and tree climbing lions in Manyara and observe the incredible animals in the Serengeti. Witness the spectacular Great Migration, when over a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra make their way to new pastures. Finish your trip in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is home to a microclimate of species contained in this beautiful crater.
For a luxury Tanzania safari tour, book our The Elewana SkySafari - Tanzania. Fly between the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks with an expert pilot. You’ll stay in luxurious lodges, and see flamingos, lions, rhinos and the Great Migration along the way. Add to this exquisite cuisine, spa treatments and opulent tents. If you prefer to spend your holiday exploring the national parks and safari lodges before unwinding on the white sands of Zanzibar, book our The Bush Rover Experience. This nine day tour finishes with a luxury beach stay, as well as the opportunity to explore the markets and narrow winding streets of Stonetown.
Elewana Sky Safari
Elephant Hills Jungle Safari - Luxury Tented Camp-2 Night - 3 Day Jungle Lake Safari
“A boat safari along the Rufiji River is the perfect way to spot game, providing a wholly different experience than by 4x4. You’ll get closer to the likes of hippos and crocodiles, witnessing a range of local wildlife gathering to drink.”
“Photographers should keep their eyes to the east while on safari in the Serengeti, as the mighty Ol Doinyo mountain will be watching over you, adding that extra ‘wow’ factor to your pictures.”
“With the archipelago of Zanzibar so near, a trip to its powdery beaches and crystal-clear waters is an absolute must. It’s a fantastic way to wind down after the excitement of tracking the Big Five – a true island paradise.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What currency should I bring to Tanzania?
The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling, though it is worth noting that larger shops and chains may accept payment in US dollars, as some citizens prefer it to the shilling. When visiting Arusha and Dar es Salaam, most hotels, lodges, bars and restaurants will accept card payment, and there will be ATMs available around the cities. As you would expect, the further you travel from these cities, the harder it will be to locate an ATM, and you should expect to pay for any services in shillings – especially if you are doing business with local tribes.
What is Tanzania known for?
The best place to view the extraordinary annual migration, Tanzania is home to some of the largest and most diverse game reserves across all of Africa. It’s variety of dramatic landscapes includes the towering Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa; the vast savannahs and the winding waterways of the Serengeti and the Grumati River; and the Godupai Gorge, where early humans are first thought to have roamed almost two million years ago.
What language do the people of Tanzania speak?
The official language of Tanzania is Swahili, but there is a large population of English-speaking citizens that combine both languages. You will find that your safari guides and most service workers within the tourist industry will speak English reasonably well, but should not expect it of local tribes and citizens as you venture further from Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Imposing mountain ranges, blissful beaches, Commiphora woodlands and vast volcanic craters – Tanzania’s myriad landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for one of the best safari experiences in all of Africa. Here, the Big Five roam, as wildebeest, zebra and antelope wander the horizons with hungry predators in tow. Discover fascinating local tribes, witness Tanzania’s wildlife up close, and sip sundowners from the deck of your luxury lodge, gazing over the peaceful plains as dusk settles.
Why you'll love Tanzania...
• Observing the spectacular annual migration of wildebeest and zebras across the Serengeti
• Viewing hippos and crocodiles by boat on the Rufiji River
• Taking in panoramic views of the gigantic Ngorongoro Crater
• Tracking the Big Five at Selous Game Reserve
• Enjoying fine dining and vibrant night life in Arusha
• Trekking across the prehistoric Olduvai Gorge
• Lying back on Zanzibar’s powdery white beaches
• Spotting game from above in a light aircraft
• Admiring the lush greenery and baobab trees of Tarangire National Park
• Observing hundreds of species of birds in Lake Manyara National Park
Did you know?
• Tanzania is considered to have two capitals – the new capital Dodoma, where the president and National Assembly reside, and the former capital Dar es Salaam, which is Tanzania’s largest city, it's principal port and leading commerce centre.
• Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park is known for its tree-climbing lions, who ascend the trees to scope out prey, sleep, assert dominance and avoid the midday sun.
• British icon and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, on the island of Zanzibar, also spending his youth in India before moving to the UK in his early teenage years.
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