Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

Located in northern Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park is one of the world’s most celebrated game reserves. This magnificent 1.5 million hectare wilderness area is home to what is arguably the most impressive wildlife spectacle on earth - the Great Migration, a pilgrimage of over 3 million wildebeest and zebra charging across endless plains to seek new pastures. These migrational herds attract predators, ensuring that if travellers are following the migration, lions, cheetahs, and crocodiles will never be too far behind. The Serengeti’s accessibility, vast size and abundance of wildlife, make it a popular, year-round safari destination providing a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure.

Must See:

The annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra.

The largest concentration of big game in Africa, particularly big cats such as lions and cheetahs.

The vast expanse of classic savannah vegetation seen by game drive or hot air balloon.

Take a look at some of our camps and tours in the Serengeti

Ngorongoro Crater

Formed three million years ago when a colossal volcano erupted and collapsed, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest caldera in the world. Millennia of erosion and the growth of forests and grasslands within its rim have resulted in a highland sanctuary for an astonishing array of wildlife, including ‘Big Five’ game such as endangered black rhinos and black-maned lions. With its breathtaking views, flamingo-filled soda lakes and some extraordinaryclifftopaccommodation, the Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly one ofthe most uniquesafari destinations on earth.  

Must See:

Massive herds of wildebeest and zebra traversing the plains during their annual migration.

Livestock, herded by the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe, grazing alongside wild animals.

Magnificent views across the 610-metre deep crater from the 2400 metre high rim.

Take a look at some of our camps and tours in the Ngorongoro Crater

Zanzibar

While the island of Zanzibar typically steals the limelight with its exquisite white sand beaches and luxurious coastal retreats, Tanzania's many other Indian Ocean islands are just as idyllic and offer a quieter, more remote setting away from the crowds. Whether you are after a rustic Robinson Crusoe-style getaway on the remote island ofFanjove,or some barefoot luxury on the exclusive private island of Mnemba, Tanzania has a range of relaxing islands to complement your adventurous African safari. No matter which island you choose youaresure to find powder sand beaches lapped by warm, crystal-clear waters teeming with an abundance of colourful coral and marine life.  

Must See:

Zanzibar’s historic tradecenter, Stone Town, a maze of narrow winding alleyways lined with intricately carved doorways, grand colonial architecture, and colourful markets.

The Jozani Forest Reserve on Zanzibar Island, home to the rare Kirk's red colobus monkey and Aders' duiker.

Mafia Island, a diving mecca protected by a pristine marine park.

Pemba Island, Zanzibar Island’s less developed neighbour, known for its excellent diving and its magnificent Fundu Lagoon.

Lake Manyara National Park

Stretching for over 50 kilometres below the cliffs of a rift valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a soda lake known for its remarkably high density of birdlife. Over 400 species make the lake their home, including pink flamingo, herons, and yellow-billed storks. The national park surrounding the lake contains forests and woodlands inhabited by an impressive array of wildlife including unique tree-climbing lions, vast elephant herds, and the world’s largest concentration of baboons. The diversity of the park’s habitats is remarkable, producing some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in Africa.

Must See:

Thousands of pink flamingos, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

The park’s famous tree-climbing lions and huge family groups of baboons.

The Maji Moto, steaming and bubbling fields of hot springs.


Arusha

Tucked away in the northern highlands of Tanzania, the bustling town of Arusha is a popular gateway to the surrounding safari destinations, earning it the well-deserved title of ‘Tanzania’s safari capital’. As it rests at the base of the twin peaks, Mount Menu and Mount Kilimanjaro, the town also serves as an ideal base for hikers eager to conquer Africa’s highest mountain. Despite its range of convenient services, quality restaurants, vibrant bars and various accommodation options, Arusha has managed to retain its traditional character, complete with colourful local markets and a unique rural charm.

Must See:

The National Natural History Museum, home to a dedicated exhibit of human evolution.

The Laetoli footprints, made by human ancestors and preserved in volcanic ash.

Arusha National Park, offering a prelude to the wildlife in the region.

The scenic coffee plantations that surround the town.

 

Dar es Salaam

Situated on the banks of a quiet bay on Tanzania’s exquisite Indian Ocean coast, Dar es Salaam is the nation’s largest city as well as its economic and commercial centre. While most travellers use the city as merely a gateway to Tanzania’s better-known tourist attractions, those who linger will find a vibrant multicultural hub complete with a bustling harbour, distinctly African markets, beautiful beaches, and remnants of both British and German colonial presence in many of the landmarks and historical buildings around the city.

Must See:

The Dar es Salaam National Museum, dedicated to the history of Tanzania.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, a late 19th-century Gothic church overlooking the busy harbour.

The Botanical Gardens, a peaceful oasis featuring an array of unusual exotic plants.

Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve, offering beautiful beaches, secluded islands and some excellent snorkelling and diving sites.

Tarangire National Park

Set in Tanzania’s spectacularly scenic Manyara Region, the Tarangire National Park is renowned for having some of the highest population density of elephant in the country. This impressive expanse of unspoiled wilderness is known for its unique, sparsely vegetated landscape, dotted with magnificent baobab and acacia trees. This distinctive terrain attracts large numbers of migratory herbivores and the full range of large predators which inevitably follow. Tarangire is also a birding mecca, boasting over 550 species of bird, as well as the most breeding species located in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Must See:

Unforgettable views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Large herds of up to 300 elephants, which can be spotted year round.

The beautiful Tarangire River, which traverses the park and provides countless dry-season wildlife encounters.

Mount Kilimanjaro

With its three snow-capped volcanic peaks towering above the exquisite rolling hills and plateaux of northern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. Set within the Kilimanjaro National Park, this iconic mountain boasts a diverse range of landscapes from dense tropical rainforests and alpine meadows to glacial ice fields. While some visitors are content to take in the breathtaking views from the base, many choose to take on the exhilarating challenge of conquering the summit. Whether you are an experienced hiker or an enthusiastic novice, Kilimanjaro is sure to be the highlight of your Tanzanian adventure.

Must See:

Wildlife such as elephant, leopard, buffalo, antelope and primates in the lush montane forest of the mountain’s foothills.

Four climatic zones, each with its own distinct fauna and flora.

Rain forests, heather moors, lava formations and glaciers.

The jaw-dropping views from the summit.

Lake Tangankiya

Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Tanganyika is the longest and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. Due to its advanced age and isolation, it is also one of the most biologically rich environments on earth, inhabited by over 500 species of fish. Most visitors choose to base themselves in the lovely lakeside town of Kigoma which serves as a gateway to the two rainforest reserves bordering the lake: Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Stream National Park, both of which offer unforgettable up-close chimpanzee encounters and an astonishing variety of birdlife.

Must See:

Large populations of chimpanzees as well as hippopotamus, crocodiles and a variety of other primates.

Some of the world’s most unique freshwater tropical fish.

A dazzling array of forest birds and butterflies