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Introducing Tanzania

Make the most of your time in Tanzania. 
Tanzania offers a spectacular array of wildlife, important tribal cultures, and slices of beachy paradise that might as well have been made for a postcard. Its Serengeti ecosystem hosts one of the world's most fascinating natural events: every year, over a million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope form a massive migration spanning two countries. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the only places in Africa to view every member of the "Big Five"—rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, and elephant—on a single game drive. Want more? Towering over the landscape, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, beckoning trekkers from around the globe to reach its peak. 

When is the best time to visit?
For the best safari weather, you'll want to book your trip to Tanzania from December-February or June-October. These are dry periods, meaning less vegetation and lower chances of a rainstorm—in other words, ideal conditions for spotting wildlife. And if for nothing else, summer is prime time for the incredible annual wildebeest migration. In November, early December, and March-May, you'll find bargain prices and fewer travelers, making it a nice time to visit if you don't mind taking your chances with safari conditions.

Where should you go?
Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater are famous for a reason, and both should top your list of must-visit places in Tanzania. But there's much more to see and do.

Get off the beaten track in Gombe Stream National Park—it's renowned for the groundbreaking chimpanzee research of Dr. Jane Goodall, yet few tourists visit due to its location far from the traditional safari route. Check out the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. Or wander the winding lanes of Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences, where you'll find minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace.

Beachgoers will want to visit the paradise of Zanzibar or add an element of adventure in Mafia, a premier spot to dive with whale sharks from October-February. Into anthropology? It's possible to learn about the country's tribal cultures through visits to Maasai villages and guided experiences with the Hadzabe tribe (one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world). 

How many days should you spend?
Getting to Tanzania often involves long flights, so most travelers will want to make the most of their time by spending at least a week exploring. With 10 days, you can easily combine the Ngorongoro Crater with safari tours in Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks, and still have a couple of days left to relax in Zanzibar. If you have two weeks, you can add a couple of days of safari at each park—or combine a 5-day safari with an 8-day Kilimanjaro climb.

Only have 5 days of vacation to spare? Not to worry—you can still complete a highlights tour of the crater and parks, or stick to the beaches of Zanzibar or Mafia.

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Tanzania Tours & Itineraries

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Cheetahs in the Serengeti
Map of Serengeti & Zanzibar Getaway - 7 Days
Serengeti & Zanzibar Getaway - 7 Days

Even in as little as a week, you can experience Tanzania's most famous highlights: safari adventures and tropical beaches. Start with the wildlife as you embark on game drives across the savannas of Serengeti National Park to spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, and more. Then spend a few days relaxing in Zanzibar, an oasis of white-sand beaches and coral atolls nestled amid a sea of sapphire and crystalline waters.

Go on safari in Tanzania's famous Serengeti National Park
Map of Active Tanzania: Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar & the Serengeti - 10 Days
Active Tanzania: Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar & the Serengeti - 10 Days

This 10-day adventure combines the best safari locations in Tanzania with beach time in gorgeous Zanzibar. However, before relaxing on those white sands, you'll test yourself on a day hike up Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. In between, you'll embark on unforgettable safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater and legendary Serengeti.

Your 10-day safari ends with game drives and wildlife spotting on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater
Map of Kenya & Tanzania Safari Adventure - 10 Days
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Adventure - 10 Days

Get ready for a safari adventure in Africa that covers not one incredible country but two. It begins in Kenya with visits to elephant and giraffe sanctuaries, plus a camping trip with tribal warriors. After viewing wildebeests and gazelles at the Masai Mara Reserve, you'll hop the border into Tanzania for a safari on the famous Serengeti to see lions, leopards, and more. The trip culminates with a drive over the volcanic crater at Ngorongoro to witness black rhinos in the wild.

Discover Tanzania
Map of Tanzania & Kenya Road Trip - 14 Days
Tanzania & Kenya Road Trip - 14 Days

You can't beat this itinerary for a trip that combines African cultural immersion with safari fun. It starts with some beach time in Zanzibar before hitting the road on off-the-beaten-path routes between cities in Tanzania. After relaxing at Lake Victoria, you'll cross over to Kenya for game drives in the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, plus spend time in tribal villages and participate in Maasai warrior ceremonies.

Pemba Island
Map of Zanzibar & Pemba Island - 7 Days
Zanzibar & Pemba Island - 7 Days

Experience one of the true gems of the Indian Ocean with a visit to the tropical paradise of Zanzibar. Over seven days, you'll enjoy this island's famed white-sand beaches plus discover its rich culture and cuisine on tours of its historic center. Finish the trip on the unspoiled island of Pemba for some snorkeling, fishing, and communing with nature far from the stress of the modern world.

Summit Mt. Meru in the early hours of the morning to see an African sunrise
Climb Tanzania's Mount Meru – 5 Days

Adventurous travelers who love the idea of climbing an African mountain but who don't want an extremely challenging experience will enjoy this four-day climb of Mt. Meru. Most days will include a few hours of hiking, while on the long summit day, you'll start in the middle of the night and be rewarded by sweeping views over the plains toward Mt. Kilimanjaro. Spot wildlife, trek through different vegetation zones, and afterward, relax at the beautiful and historic Rivertrees Country Inn.

Make the Most of Your Time in Tanzania

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How Many Days to Spend in Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country, about the size of California, Nevada, and Arizona combined. How long to spend will depend on whether you're on a quick beach getaway or a safari...

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Try to spot tree-climbing lions on a full-day game drive in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park
Map of 3 Weeks in East Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
3 Weeks in East Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Three weeks in East Africa gives you time to hop between numerous national parks and conservation areas in two to three countries. Kenya and Tanzania are the most popular options, and for good reason, considering they're home to the Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, and Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. If you're eager to spot chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild, swap in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable and Kibale National Parks, or consider Rwanda for immersive cultural experiences.

Drive alongside African bush elephants in Tarangire National Park
Map of 2 Weeks in Tanzania - 5 Safari Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Tanzania - 5 Safari Itinerary Ideas

Discover up to seven destinations on a two-week safari trip to Tanzania. An adventure itinerary splits time between safari hotspots and Zanzibar beaches, while a highlights itinerary focuses on Tanzania's national parks like the Serengeti and Tarangire. Get off the beaten path in southern Tanzania with waterfall hikes and Isimila's Stone Age Site. For a wildlife and culture-focused trip, add Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, and for mountain gorilla trekking, add Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Pair three days at the beach on Zanzibar with safari and culture experiences on a Kenya and Tanzania adventure
Map of 2 Weeks in East Africa - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in East Africa - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks gives you time to visit two countries in East Africa. Each offers wildlife, outdoor adventures, and cultural activities, but travelers keen on gorilla trekking should head to Rwanda or Uganda. Culture enthusiasts can visit a Maasai village, join a handicraft workshop in Arusha, and learn about street art in Kigali. Foodies will savor a coffee tasting near Nairobi and a cooking lesson in Stone Town. Those interested in coastal exploration and a leisurely pace will enjoy sailing and snorkeling in Zanzibar.

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10 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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7 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
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Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 18 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

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I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 25 years experience as a travel consultant. I am a senior consultant who specializes in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury...

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I am passionate about tourism and conservation in my country Uganda and East Africa as a whole. I made sure i travel to most of the tourism attractions so as to sell them well to the people from...

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Trip Reviews for Tanzania

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Brilliant trip to Uganda and Tanzania!
Tanzania | Jun 16 - Jun 26, 2024

Simone
Simone B.
Brooklyn, NY | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2024
Brilliant trip to Uganda and Tanzania! Melvin and Irene did a wonderful job organizing everything for us in both countries and personally greeted us which we appreciated. Melvin was our point of contact in the lead up and was always very responsive and helpful. We were very pleased with the final itinerary and how easy it was to get this trip planned. Fantastic guides and drivers in both countries. They were very informative, organized, got us where we needed to be safely, and were a lot of... Read more

Brilliant trip to Uganda and Tanzania! Melvin and Irene did a wonderful job organizing everything for us in both countries and personally greeted us which we appreciated. Melvin was our point of contact in the lead up and was always very responsive and helpful. We were very pleased with the final itinerary and how easy it was to get this trip planned. Fantastic guides and drivers in both countries. They were very informative, organized, got us where we needed to be safely, and were a lot of fun! Beautiful accommodation in every location. Will organize future trips with Truly Swahili and can't recommend them enough. Memories to last a life time!

Local specialist: Melvin Mapetla
Melvin
Melvin Mapetla
Local specialist in East Africa | Replied on Jul 07, 2024

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure planning and hosting your trip to Uganda and Tanzania. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the itinerary, the guides, drivers, and the accommodations. The team will be delighted to hear your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back for another adventure with Truly Swahili. Memories like these are what we strive to create!

Family trip to Tanzania wilderness and city life
Tanzania | Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2024

Jamshid
Jamshid K.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2024
This was our family's first trip to Africa. Were naturally unfamiliar with the territory and a bit apprehensive about planning a trip. We spent five days wildlife viewing in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and two days in the city of Arusha. Our local travel organizer Melvin M. and our local safari guide Walter O. were both extremely helpful and kind beyond our expectations. Melvin was professional and very responsive. Walter and assistant guide Kaka M. were very well informed about Tanzania's... Read more

This was our family's first trip to Africa. Were naturally unfamiliar with the territory and a bit apprehensive about planning a trip. We spent five days wildlife viewing in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and two days in the city of Arusha.

Our local travel organizer Melvin M. and our local safari guide Walter O. were both extremely helpful and kind beyond our expectations. Melvin was professional and very responsive. Walter and assistant guide Kaka M. were very well informed about Tanzania's natural world and helped us get the most of our time, putting in extraordinary effort to help us experience the best of this wonderful part of the world.

As parents were were protective traveling with our teenage kids. The team made us feel safe and welcome both in the city and in the wild. We will remember their kindness and good company for a long time to come.

Hotel Reviews
Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti
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Ngorongoro Farm House
Arusha
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Gold Crest Hotel - Arusha
Arusha

The hotel is well located and has a nice building. However the rooms are not very well maintained. We found a handful of things broken or not well cleaned.

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Local specialist: Melvin Mapetla
Melvin
Melvin Mapetla
Local specialist in East Africa | Replied on Apr 08, 2024

We're truly delighted to hear that your journey with us was a memorable one! As this is always what we aim for. It was our absolute pleasure to meticulously plan and execute every aspect of your trip, ensuring it was as seamless and enjoyable as possible. The anticipation of welcoming you back for another adventure fills us with great excitement. Asante for your trust and Karibu once more into the fold of unforgettable experiences we're eager to offer!

Northern Tanzania Safari--Fred and Doug Feb 2024
Tanzania | Feb 13 - Feb 22, 2024

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Fred P.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024
Hi Joseph,
Doug Fishman and I completed this form in person and gave it to Aggrey, our fantastic guide. I have nothing but praise for his warm personality, animal knowledge, habitat and geographic expertise, and ability to light up a room with his friendly manner. All the camps and lodges were excellent with very kind hosts. Aggrey was adaptable to our needs and showed kindness to the other guides and staff by sharing our uneaten food. We saw all the animals we had hoped to see and...
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Hi Joseph,
Doug Fishman and I completed this form in person and gave it to Aggrey, our fantastic guide. I have nothing but praise for his warm personality, animal knowledge, habitat and geographic expertise, and ability to light up a room with his friendly manner. All the camps and lodges were excellent with very kind hosts. Aggrey was adaptable to our needs and showed kindness to the other guides and staff by sharing our uneaten food. We saw all the animals we had hoped to see and Aggrey was skilled in using the cell phone and binoculars to get great images. Thanks to Kim Kim for arranging this once in a lifetime trip. Fred Pinkney, Takoma Park, MD USA.

Local specialist: Joseph Thuo
Joseph
Joseph Thuo
Local specialist in Nairobi, Kenya | Replied on Mar 02, 2024

Hi Fred,
Thank you so much for the kind feedback! I'm happy to hear you and Doug had such a good experience in Tanzania. We’ll pass along your high praises for Aggrey, a cherished part of our team. It was such a pleasure to work on you trip and appreciate for trusting us with your trip plan. We hope to see you again in the near future with more trips to East Africa (Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda) or any other part of the world.
Best wishes for your future travel journeys.
Many Thanks
Joseph