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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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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.

African savannah in Uganda
Map of Uganda & Tanzania Safari: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Serengeti & Ngorongoro - 15 Days
Uganda & Tanzania Safari: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Serengeti & Ngorongoro - 15 Days

This journey of a lifetime will take you to some of the most astonishing natural wonders in Uganda and Tanzania. Begin in Uganda, where you'll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, known for its wild mountain gorillas, and Queen Elizabeth National Park for a big-game safari. Then, travel to Tanzania and Serengeti National Park, where game drives, wilderness camping, and a hot air balloon safari await. Finish your trip at the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest inactive volcanic caldera in the world.

Elephants in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Wildlife Adventures in Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Lake Manyara - 17 Days

Perfect for the wildlife enthusiast on the hunt for Africa's "Big 5", this trip includes visits to some of the country's best big game reserves, including Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. Visit the big cat capital of Africa, walk with flamingos at dawn, and enjoy sunsets with views of baobab trees and volcanos while giraffes, elephants, and zebra graze in the distance. Take a break from wildlife by joining a traditional hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe and learn how to make brass with the friendly blacksmith of the Datoga Tribe.

Sunset over the Serengeti
Map of Parks & Beaches of Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar - 13 Days
Parks & Beaches of Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar - 13 Days

The first part of this Tanzania adventure will take you on safari at Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here, you'll do game drives, learn about the ecology of the parks, and see the African big five. Then, you'll fly over to the gorgeous Zanzibar archipelago, where you'll spend days swimming in crystal-clear waters and diving around corals.

Sunset on the Serengeti
Wildlife & Cultural Adventures in Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Datoga Tribe - 12 Days

Where wildlife and culture meet, this trip combines adventure-filled safaris through famous natural parks with quiet, personal visits to local tribes. Start with a search for the "Big 5" animals in the quiet corners of Serengeti National Park and watch the annual Great Migration cross the white rapids of the Mara River. Then slow things down with a Massai medicine walk and a traditional sunrise hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe.

Riding among giraffes on the Tanzania savannah
Tanzania Horseback Safari - 4 Days

Gallop across the plains of Tanzania on this short but unforgettable 4-day horseback safari. Starting in Arusha, you'll spend a night in a boutique wildlife lodge before setting out towards Tarangire National Park. Spend your days exploring the savannah on horseback, riding through herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and giraffes. As evening falls, you'll gather around the campfire for sundowners and stargazing in the African bush.

Make the Most of Your Time in Tanzania

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How Many Days Should You 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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7 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Even in as few as seven days you can cover the major highlights of Tanzania. That includes embarking on safari adventures in two or even three of this country's national parks. Or mix an active vacation with beach time on tours of the Serengeti and time spent lazing on Zanzibar's white sand beaches. And if you're really feeling adventurous, test your fortitude on a six-day hike up the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance
Map of Hiking Kilimanjaro - 7 Days
Hiking Kilimanjaro - 7 Days

So you're determined to conquer mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, but you don't have a couple of weeks to do it. Not to worry, as a typical ascent to the summit can be completed in a week or less. You won't have to rush, either, as this scenic route passes through different ecosystems with incredible views at every step of the way.

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.

Tanzania Travel Maps

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Tanzania map: Uganda & Tanzania Safari: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Serengeti & Ngorongoro- 15 Days
Uganda & Tanzania Safari: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Serengeti & Ngorongoro- 15 Days
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Tanzania map: Parks & Beaches of Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar - 13 Days
Parks & Beaches of Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar - 13 Days
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Tanzania map: Kenya & Tanzania Adventure - 14 Days
Kenya & Tanzania Adventure - 14 Days
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Travel specialist Joseph Thuo
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Joseph Thuo

Born and raised in Kenya, in the land of the Maasai (Narok), I started traveling extensively around the country back in College, exploring unique destinations and cultural experiences one after...

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Petru van Zyl

I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 21 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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Stephanie Louw

I am a junior consultant at African Travel Gateway. Where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client...

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Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 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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Trip Reviews for Tanzania

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Peter

Kenya and Tanzania safari · Tanzania - Jan 2 - Jan 21, 2022

Traveler: Peter K. - Local specialist: Joseph Thuo

We had an incredible trip! Wonderful guides, amazing stays and great food were all set up for us.
Joseph, our local specialist, communicated well with us and was easy to work with, he answered all our questions promptly and made our requests reality. Richard was our driver in Nairobi and he was welcoming and informative. Our guide in Kenya was Andrew and he was knowledgeable and wonderful, going above and beyond in helping our Dad, and find for us some incredible animals, especially the 4... read more

We had an incredible trip! Wonderful guides, amazing stays and great food were all set up for us.
Joseph, our local specialist, communicated well with us and was easy to work with, he answered all our questions promptly and made our requests reality. Richard was our driver in Nairobi and he was welcoming and informative. Our guide in Kenya was Andrew and he was knowledgeable and wonderful, going above and beyond in helping our Dad, and find for us some incredible animals, especially the 4 cheetahs hunting in the Maasai Mara. Our guide Mansour in Tanzania was patient and well informed, we had the opportunity to see a bunch of cats in the Serengeti and the surrounding conservation area. We also had the opportunity to meet Susan at the Maji Moto camp, which was a unique experience during which we enjoyed getting to spend time with some of the Maasai, who taught the tween boys to throw spears and shoot atraditional bow and arrows. We had an amazing time and can't wait to go back!

Ivette

Best last minute trip + Covid issues · Tanzania - May 19 - May 27, 2021

Traveler: Ivette C. - Local specialist: Joseph Thuo

I had Joseph as my contact for this amazing trip to Pemba & Zanzibar. I couldn't be any happier with his great customer service. Due to my busy work schedule, I was unable to book in advance and it was last minute. Finally, when I booked the trip I had a nightmare with CoVid19 as I was coming from Uganda. Joseph was very, very helpful and made sure that I initially received helped with the cancelations, but eventually I was still able to make it to my destinations and he helped me again and... read more

I had Joseph as my contact for this amazing trip to Pemba & Zanzibar. I couldn't be any happier with his great customer service. Due to my busy work schedule, I was unable to book in advance and it was last minute. Finally, when I booked the trip I had a nightmare with CoVid19 as I was coming from Uganda. Joseph was very, very helpful and made sure that I initially received helped with the cancelations, but eventually I was still able to make it to my destinations and he helped me again and made sure the remaining of the days left were booked and ready for me. The hotels utilized were great, the food, the staff and every aspects of my trip were amazing. I am a single female traveler and safety it's always a must. Not once I felt in any danger or uneasy. Thanks to Joseph for putting up with me and arranging the CoVid19 test and everything else. Best luck and hope to work with you again ;)

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Joseph Thuo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ivette

Thank you so much for the kind feedback! I'm more than glad to know you had such a good experience in Pemba & Zanzibar. I'm really happy that you enjoyed your trip and that you are happy with our service, and many thanks for your patience and kindness throughout the process.

With warm and best Regards,
Joseph

Jonathan

Safari in tanzania · Tanzania - Jun 17 - Jun 28, 2018

Traveler: Jonathan G. - Local specialist: Bianca Thielke

Tanzania and the national parks truly were unforgettable. Our driver / guide Living was great and PK Tours did a good job arranging everything. Bianca also was very communicative and planned an unforgettable trip. Thanks!

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Bianca Thielke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jonathan,
it was a pleasure to have you here with your parents.
Such knowledgeable, open minded and patient visitors,

asante sana!
Greetings to your parents,
Bianca