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Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s grandest sights, from the endless plains of the Serengeti to the glorious Ngorongoro Crater, the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, and the exotic island of Zanzibar. Contact us now to take advantage of special offers and book your tailor-made Tanzania safari with Gane and Marshall.
As a safari destination, Tanzania is unmatched. There is a wide range of safari parks in the north of the country, a number of them among the finest in all of Arica, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Arusha and Lake Manyara. A highlight of any Northern Tanzania safari is meeting the indigenous tribes, such as the Maasai and Hazda. The Maasai are wonderful wildlife guides and a number of our safari itineraries include guided walks with the Maasai.
Tanzania's Northern Circuit attracts the most visitors, but the Southern parks and reserves of Selous, Ruaha and Katavi are more exclusive and wild; here we offer walking safaris, fly-camping and river safaris as well as 4x4 game drives. Daily flights connecting Selous and Ruaha mean you can combine these two beautiful reserves, ensuring a wonderful safari experience.
In the West of Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, are the parks of Gombe Stream and Mahale, famous for chimp tracking. Mahale is also renowned as a birding paradise. The superb Greystoke Mahale Camp is our favourite place to stay, with an idyllic location on a small sandy bay backed by palm trees and forested slopes. Adding on a few days in Katavi works brilliantly well with Mahale. The recent addition of twice weekly flights from Arusha have made Mahale much more accessible.
All of Tanzania’s parks and reserves are teeming with game. The vast plains of the Serengeti alone support over 3 million large game. Here, between December and July, vast and spectacular columns of wildebeest, zebra and predators begin their spectacular migration from the south to the permanent water in the north.
Both a northern Tanzania safari and a southern Tanzania safari can be combined with Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia Islands. Those looking to begin or end their Tanzania safari with a beach break should also consider Tanzania's mainland coast, which boasts a number of beaches and resorts that are well worth a visit.
Gane and Marshall can offer a Tanzania safari for every budget. Tanzania has a huge range of properties from luxury lodges to upmarket semi-mobile camps that are moved seasonally with the wildlife. One of our favourite safaris is a light mobile safari, allowing you and your driver/guide to head off for some great wildlife experiences in the bush, carrying your camping gear on the safari vehicle – it's easy on the budget, and great for getting to know Tanzania in detail.
For trekkers there is of course the highest free-standing mountain in the world – Kilimanjaro. Speak to Jeremy Gane who has climbed the mountain over 20 times and who can offer advice on every aspect of your climb. Jeremy was project manager and guide for the Elton John Foundation Aids Day climb in 2003 and in March 2009 he led the biggest ever Kilimanjaro event, the Comic Relief climb with Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and several other British A-list celebrities.
There are several other peaks in Tanzania to consider. A combination of Meru and Kilimanjaro is very rewarding, as Meru offers good acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro, while being a challenging and beautiful mountain in its own right.
With over two decades of working in Tanzania, we can provide exceptional itinerary advice and top class guides for any Tanzania safari or Kilimanjaro climb. We know how to plan your Tanzania safari away from the crowds but close to the game. Contact us today to discuss your Tanzania travel plans.
TRAVEL ADVICE FOR TANZANIA SAFARI & BEACH HOLIDAYS
In the north of Tanzania the dry season is June to October and December to March. The long rains come between April and May and the short rains begin in November.
Tanzania's southern parks are best visited between June and March.
Tanzania's western parks have some rain November to June.
Kilimanjaro is best climbed June – October and mid-December to early March, but mountain weather is unpredictable.
Regions in Tanzania
Arusha lies at the foot of Mount Meru, half way between Cape Town and Cairo. It is the starting point for most Tanzania safaris, with good access to the northern parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and of course, Arusha National Park itself. It is within driving distance of Mt Meru, which can be climbed during a full-day trip.
The largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is a bustling sea port with a lively atmosphere. The city revolves around the huge harbour, where you can sit in one of the many cafés or restaurants and enjoy a drink at the waters edge while watching the dhows arriving and departing.
Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks, but thanks to the world renowned zoologist Dr Jane Goodall, it is also one of the best known. Though not as easily accessible as the parks on Tanzania's northern safari circuit, Gombe Stream is well worth the effort it takes to visit, and is likely to be a highlight of any Tanzania safari itinerary that includes it.
Located far off the beaten track, Katavi is Africa at its most wild – unadulterated bush settings, spectacular views, and rich wildlife. Katavi National Park is one of the most remote parks in Africa, offering a true African bush experience.
Stretching for 50km along the base of the 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. Located on the northern Tanzania safari circuit between Arusha and Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park is wonderful addition to any North Tanzania safari itinerary. Ernest Hemingway remarked that the region was “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
Mafia Island is a secluded beach destination, offering privay and comfort. Mafia’s unspoilt dive sites have remained a well-kept secret of diving and beach recluses for years, but now the island is fast becoming a preferred destination.
Mahale Mountains National Park is located in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania, set against the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Accessible only by small aircraft, the park is the home of a large chimpanzee population that is well acclimatized to human contact.
Mikumi National Park is situated along the northern border of the Selous. At 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), it is the fourth-largest park in Tanzania, and part of a much larger ecosystem centred on the vast Selous Game Reserve. Mikumi is within easy reach of Dar es Salaam, and is bisected by the main highway to Zambia.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa. Game drives into the Crater, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, are a highlight of any North Tanzania safari.
Traditionally part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Pemba is fast becoming a unique destination in its own right. Despite its reputation as a fantastic beach and diving destination, tourism to Pemba is still in its early stages, and visitors can expect a good level of privacy from the island's mostly small, secluded lodges.
Tanzania’s second-largest national park after the Serengeti, Ruaha is a remote bastion of spectacular wilderness, undisturbed wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. Because of its somewhat remote location, Ruaha National Park is largely unexplored. As a result, a safari to the park often has the feel of a private adventure.
The largest game reserve in Africa, Selous contains some of the greatest concentrations of big game left on earth, including some of the last remaining Black Rhino, as well an estimated half of Africa's Wild Dog population. Owing to this huge array of wildlife, as well as its sheer scale and unique topography, Selous is now a designated world heritage site.
Simply teeming with game, the Serengeti is one of the largest and greatest game reserves in Africa, unequalled for its natural beauty. Justly famous for its annual migration, the Serengeti offers a excellent safari experience all year round. The emphasis at all Serengeti safari camps is on traditional 4x4 safaris, but hot-air ballooning safaris are also a highlight.
Today, many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged and visitors can walk between the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchants’ houses, and the Turkish baths of the old city.
Tanzania's mainland coast has, to the everyday tourist, been overshadowed by Zanzibar Island. Now, as Zanzibar becomes ever busier, discerning travellers look for new beach areas along the immense and beautiful Tanzania seaboard. Here ancient Swahili history, culture and hospitality combine with hundreds of miles of endless beaches and the warm Indian Ocean.
Named after the river that flows through the park, Tarangire National Park is one of the lesser known Tanzanian parks, giving it a real air of undiscovered Africa. Tarangire works well as part of a northern circuit and can be visited en route to Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, or on the way back. The park allows for walking safaris, an excellent alternative to traditional 4x4 safaris.
Example itineraries in Tanzania
This seven day small group safari is a great option for those who wish to experience the main highlights of northern Tanzania. You will visit the world famous wildlife plains of the Serengeti and the unique Ngorongoro Crater, as well as Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
This short, 5 night safari visits the best wildlife parks of Northern Tanzania: Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Accommodation is in safari lodges and mobile camps of a high standard. The itinerary departs weekly on a Monday and has a maximum of 6 participants.
Itinerary to the Maasai Lands of Tanzania, East Africa, visiting remote Maasai communities, seeing wildlife within and outside the national parks, and ending with a tour of Ngorongoro Crater. This programme takes place in the Rift Valley region.
Southern Tanzanian safari, visiting the game reserves of Selous and Ruaha, and the Pangani coastal region. This 14-day safari itinerary offers an excellent alternative to the more popular Northern circuit, allowing you to see some of Tanzania's less often visited game parks and reserves.
North Tanzania Light Mobile Safari general information pack, including example costs.
Tanzania safari itinerary, visiting Ngorongoro Crater, Mahale Mountains National Park, Selous Game Reserve, and the spice island of Zanzibar.
9-day North Tanzania and Zanzibar safari & beach itinerary, visiting Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar. This classic Northern Circuit safari itinerary is among our most popular.
These low-cost Tanzania safari options will take you to the greatest game reserves and national parks of Tanzania, including Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Selous, and Tarangire. They are open, small group itineraries departing from Arusha at fixed dates throughout the year. We can also offer these itineraries (or similar) for private groups at additional cost.