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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Tanzania

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
A safari vehicle and zebras
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...

Tanzania Travel Advice

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Our Latest Tanzania Content

Blue sea and white sand of Zanzibar
Tanzania in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

December is shoulder season for travel in Tanzania, with a busier peak around the Christmas and New Year period. Although there's some rain about, it's still a lovely time to enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar, to go on safari in the glorious national parks, or even to have a go at scaling Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Swim with the whale sharks around Tanzania's Mafia Island in November
Tanzania in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

November is the start of Tanzania's "short rains" season and a shoulder season for travel. It tends to only rain for a short time each day, and it's still a great time to go birdwatching or see the start of the Great Migration of wildebeest in the north. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in November.

Zanzibar's Sultan Palace Museum in Stone Town
Tanzania in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

October is the end of the peak season in Tanzania. Earlier in the month, the weather will be dry, but by late October, the rains of the short rainy season begin, and trade winds blow. It's still a good time to spot a variety of animals and birds around the country, as long as you're prepared for more changeable weather. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in October.

Tanzania Travel Maps

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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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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 12 mins ago

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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Travel specialist Petru van Zyl
active 3 days ago

Petru van Zyl

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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Travel specialist Agnes Mirembe
active 59 mins ago

Agnes Mirembe

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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Travel specialist Stephanie Louw
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Stephanie Louw

I am an adventurous traveler with an insatiable wanderlust, wholeheartedly embracing every journey with boundless curiosity. My thirst for exploration takes me to diverse cultures and landscapes....

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Trip Reviews for Tanzania

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Tanzania Journey
Tanzania | Feb 1 - Feb 17, 2024

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Jay W.
Madison, CT | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2024

Our trip climbing Kilimanjaro followed by a safari organized by Kimkim was fantastic. Our lead guide on Kili, Abu, was professional and really helpful. Our other guides, Nazoru and Lulu, were equally fantastic. On the safari to Tarangire park, Serengeti and Nagorogorno crater, or guide and driver, John, was so knowledgeable about the environs and animals. He really made the long driving days special. Thank you team!

Local specialist: Joseph Thuo

Trip of a Lifetime!
Tanzania | Feb 1 - Feb 7, 2024

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Cassie C.
Millsboro, DE | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
Fantastic trip. Our guide Aggrey was superb. He was so kind, knowledgeable and has 10 years of experience in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Our local contact Ali was attentive and smoothed the way for travel changes. Read more

Fantastic trip. Our guide Aggrey was superb. He was so kind, knowledgeable and has 10 years of experience in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Our local contact Ali was attentive and smoothed the way for travel changes.

Hotel Reviews
Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp
Arusha P.O. Box 14529, Arusha. Tanzania.
Authenticity & Character
The furniture in the lounge was dated and worn and the area was not screened in. After dark you got bit by bugs while using the wifi.
Location
In the heart of the Serengeti! Fantastic sunsets
Staff
Staff was the best part of this experience. They were friendly, kind and supper helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room and beds were comfortable and relaxing.
The Escarpment Luxury Lodge Manyara

This lodge had a beautiful view. The lodge was small, the rooms were large with comfortable beds. None of the 3 of us in our party enjoyed the food there. We were glad we only had one night here.

Authenticity & Character
This lodge was well cared for but older. Rooms were large.
Location
A good location to start long trip to Serengeti.
Staff
Staff was not well trained in hospitality.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean rooms and comfortable bed.
Arumeru Lodge

This lodge was nothing special. It's a dated and worn. The staff weren't nearly as friendly or well trained as other places we stayed. Nothing special about the food it was adequate.

Authenticity & Character
lodge and rooms were dated and worn.
Location
The pool area and animals on property were a plus.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
furniture and bedding was dated and worn.
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
Arusha
Authenticity & Character
The tent was so comfortable we did not want to get up each morning.
Location
The surroundings along the crater rim had a magical quality. We enjoyed the cooler evenings.
Staff
Staff were, kind, thorough, accommodating and attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were so comfortable and warm on cool evenings.
Local specialist: Joseph Thuo
Joseph
Joseph Thuo
Local specialist in Nairobi, Kenya | Replied on Feb 12, 2024

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your travel experience with us, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed your safari, we will pass along your kind words for our drivers Aggrey and Ali. We have also taken note of your feedback regarding some of the accommodations and assure you that your concerns will be looked at into details.

Best wishes for your future travel journeys, with thanks,
Joseph

Well organized trip with helpful staff
Tanzania | Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2024

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Blaz F.
Austria | Reviewed on Jan 06, 2024
The communication with Agnes was good from the beginning. The trip was organized well. The hotels they've booked for us were on the expected level, the safari was organized professionally, the driver spoke English well and was always trying to find the best compromise between our wishes and what was realistically possible in the given timeframe. All ground transfers were there on time and got us to where we needed to be on time. We felt very safe with all the guides and drivers we've been in... Read more

The communication with Agnes was good from the beginning. The trip was organized well. The hotels they've booked for us were on the expected level, the safari was organized professionally, the driver spoke English well and was always trying to find the best compromise between our wishes and what was realistically possible in the given timeframe. All ground transfers were there on time and got us to where we needed to be on time. We felt very safe with all the guides and drivers we've been in contact with, we never had a feeling that they are doing anything that is not in the guest's best interest. The team was very responsive and eager to help all the time, so they really deserve compliments for this.

There were some minor details regarding the activities in Zanzibar that were not scheduled in a way that we requested when planning the trip. However, this was quickly solved after contacting the team, so we could see and do everything we've planned prior to the trip. And the plane transfer from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar was organized a bit "the local way", but in the end we got to Zanzibar safely and on time.

Local specialist: Agnes Mirembe