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There are two words that anyone remotely familiar with Africa will know: Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. The first, an almost boundless expanse of savannah and multifarious wildlife. The second, Africa’s highest peak, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Certainly, these two are enticing enough alone. However, this land of inimitable safaris and bountiful cultures has even more to offer.

Tanzania is a land almost overflowing with hidden treasures, many of which cannot be understood without having experienced them in person. What better way to experience the extravagant, wild and raw beauty of a destination like Tanzania than with us on Safari. Our Tanzania tours will leave you in awe while providing you with an abundance of precious memories. We are highly knowledgeable when it comes to Tanzania and all of its wonders. Details matter and as such we have meticulously crafted our Tanzania tours to showcase the best Tanzania has to offer. With that in mind, what are some of the hidden treasures that you can see on one of our Tanzania safari tours?

The Ngorongoro Crater, a self-enclosed ecosystem of near-infinite diversity in the centre of an ancient collapsed volcano; Zanzibar, an island district encircled in sublime beaches and home to a historic melding of cultures; and the Great Migration, where more than a million large land mammals brave a potentially deadly river crossing in some of the most majestic safari scenes imaginable. And of course, the wonderful Tanzanian peoples themselves, with their amenable natures and obliging hospitality.

Tanzania Is More Than Just Safari

On one of our luxury Tanzania safari tours, you will see wildlife and plenty of it. You will have opportunities to see the “Big 5”, hundreds of bird species, and plenty more. However, this is not all you will experience. Rather, you will have a chance to feel one with this ancient land that offers some of the most remarkable insights into nature available anywhere on the planet. You will also, we believe, find a kinship with a warm and inviting people that will make you feel as if you are at home with family rather than a mere visitor.

Moreover, you will do all of this in incredible comfort, staying in luxurious lodges or safari hotels that will tend to your every need after a hard but invigorating day on safari.

Luxury Safari Holidays Tanzania, let us take you there.

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what our customers say

We have just returned from our first trip to southern Africa, organised by John and his team at Destinations Africa. It was an amazing trip, covering self driving in Namibia, safaris in Etosha, Botswana and Sabi Sands, with stays in Cape Town and Victoria Falls. The wildlife viewing was incredible, thanks to our wonderful local guides and trackers in each camp. All of the locations and accommodation chosen were perfect for us, with meetings and transfers between each location. I highly recommend the team at Destinations Africa for your next adventure!
Julie Rust
Julie Rust
01:28 25 Sep 23
Having just got back from Africa we wanted to share the wonderful experience we had with John's company.John listened to what we wanted to do and then made insightful suggestions, and constructed a great itinerary for us. He was always there to answer questions or arrange little add ons. His personal knowledge of all the accomodation was very helpful. His selection of lodges was wonderful. We never had to worry about pick ups or arrangements because it was always clearly set out in our itinerary, and everything went seamlessly. We always felt safe and supported.We would not hesitate to go with this company again and recommend it to others, it was an amazing experience!
Leon Allen
Leon Allen
08:26 06 Sep 23
Trip of a lifetime thanks to John and the Destinations Africa team! Although we are well traveled this was our first trip to Africa and Destinations Africa could not make it easier. They selected two amazing safari lodges for us with exceptional service and incredible guides. Every detail was thought of and taken care of. Best week of our lives. They were also able to pull this off with just 3 weeks notice in peak season!
Joshua K
Joshua K
08:36 09 Jan 23
John was so helpful with putting together a week long safari in Tanzania and a short trip to Nairobi, Kenya for our family of 3. All of the accommodation was beyond what we expected and the staff at all of our accommodation were incredible. We enjoyed our daily game drives, the food served and everything in between! We were so lucky to see all of the big 5 and plenty of other animals! We could not recommend Destinations Africa and their partner Albatros Travel more!
Mikayla Payne
Mikayla Payne
02:35 06 Jan 23
We are a family of seven adults who have just returned home after visiting Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa for 24 days. Destinations Africa's expertise and know how made this possible. We chose Destinations Africa because of their positive, nothing is a problem, can do, attitude. We enjoyed amazing, oh so comfortable bush safari camps but also chose to push the boundaries and experienced hot air ballooning, diving with the great white sharks and very high and long zip lining. We had the most awesome, fantastic, seamless, exciting but safe holiday of a lifetime. Our memories and photos are priceless.Destinations know how to do Africa. If you want your ideas and wish list to be made into the ultimate African adventure, talk to Destinations Africa. Go to Africa. Live and breath like never before.
Graham Leahy
Graham Leahy
04:23 14 Jul 22
Destinations Africa are highly recommended. We have now engaged them for a second time. The level of service from start to after the holiday are excellent. The suggested trips, accommodation and places we stayed were spot on. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Sandie and we are looking forward to booking our new trip
troy daff
troy daff
03:50 26 Nov 19
We had an amazing time in South Africa and Zimbabwe in October 2019. We were 2 families with young adult children - 9 all together.Cathy from Destinations Africa organised our 15 night tour exceptionally well. Everything went very smoothly. Someone was there every time we landed in an airport to pick us ( we had 3 internal flights ) and all the transfers went very smoothly.We had 4 nights in Cape Town- went to Table Mountain, Cape Point and wine lands.Then we had safari at Simbabala Lodge in Tmbavati and Imbabala Lodge at Hwange ,Zimbabwe. The experience specially at Simbavati was amazing. We saw the Big 5 in 3 days. We saw wild dogs 2 consecutive days which is rare. All the staff , specially our guide and tracker were excellent.We had a different experience at Imbabala as not as many big animals like Simbavati. But we still enjoyed viewing animals and more varieties of birds. We enjoyed the hospitality of the young owners and all guests having meals together on one dining table and interacting with each other.It was very interesting to cross borders- zambia , Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe, Botsawana. We did a day tour in Chobe , Botswana.Then we went to Victoria falls hotel in Zimbabwe. The kids loved all the activities in the area- Devil pool experience, Gorge swing which etc. Victoria falls was majestic even though this was a low water season.We are very happy, we came back safe and sound and nothing went wrong. Excellent planning and organising from Cathy. I will certainly book with Destinations Africa when I am ready to visit Africa again.
Chamila Kulasekara
Chamila Kulasekara
08:15 16 Oct 19
Destinations Africa are the best company to travel to Africa with. This is my fifth time with this company and everything always runs like clockwork. Always exceeding expectations.Travelling to many different places over the years. Everywhere I stayed at was amazing.I would always use this company and highly recommend them. Thank you to everyone.
Di Huntington
Di Huntington
13:22 18 Sep 19
My family and I spent 3 weeks in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The bookings and transfers went smoothly. The advice we were given was extremely helpful and the quality of the hotels, lodges and tour guides were amazing. I highly recommend the team at Destinations Africa
Dallas Kennedy
Dallas Kennedy
06:45 13 Sep 19
My husband and I went on a 2 week holiday to Zimbabwe and South Africa. We experienced 2 game lodges and visited Johannesburg and Cape Town. Cathy from Destinations Africa put together the most amazing trip. Everything was perfect, exceeded our expectations and we could not have had a better time. We look forward to being able to visit Africa again sometime and would certainly be getting Destinations Africa to arrange this for us. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!!
Julie Short
Julie Short
03:54 11 Sep 19
My husband and I went on a 2 week holiday to Zimbabwe and South Africa. We experienced 2 game lodges and visited Johannesburg and Cape Town. Cathy from Destinations Africa put together the most amazing trip. Everything was perfect, exceeded our expectations and we could not have had a better time. We look forward to being able to visit Africa again sometime and would certainly be getting Destinations Africa to arrange this for us. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!!
Julie Short
Julie Short
03:54 11 Sep 19
A great big thank you to Sandie at Destinations Africa for planning the most memorable and unforgettable adventure for our first trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Sandie listened to us regarding our time frame, budget and “must sees” and put together an incredible 17 day itinerary that balanced both safari adventure and the sights of Cape Town. We were looked after from the moment we landed in Johannesburg to our final flight from Hoedspruit. Everything ran smoothly. Our accommodations were expecting us and we were checked-in immediately, our transfers were comfortable and on time with friendly and informative staff. All aspects of the trip were finely tuned and ran to perfection. Our accommodations whilst on safari were breathtaking due to their locations be it on the Zambezi River or because the elephants came into camp and we could watch them from our window. The staff at the lodges were friendly and happy and treated us like a member of the family. The food was fresh, delicious and abundant. Then there were the game drives. We saw The Big 5 multiple times, saw leopard and lions “in action” and even saw rhinos mating!! We were also fortunate to see cheetahs, zebra multiple times, hippos both in the water and on land, giraffes multiple times and many other wild life that we had only ever seen in pictures and we couldn’t believe how close they came. The game drives were thrilling. We also enjoyed our time in Cape Town. Our accommodation was comfortable and very handy to the V&A Waterfront where a lot of the Cape Town action is. Although we don’t usually do a Hop on Hop Off bus we found this was a great way to explore Cape Town and get to Table Mountain. Our full day Cape Winelands tour was a lovely way to see more of the area and to visit the lovely villages on the way to our wine tastings. With a couple of days to do our own thing as well it was a good balance of planned and own time. Sandie, thank you again. I’ve already told many friends about Destinations Africa and given them your name. If anyone wants a trip of a life time then contact Sandie at Destinations Africa. Sandie will arrange for you the best trip of your life. We’ll back for another adventure.
Susie Soong
Susie Soong
05:24 10 Sep 19
My family and I, went on a 3 week holiday to South and East Africa, it was unforgettable and exceeded all our expectations. It was a trip of a life time, we have traveled extensively, and this particular trip would be on top of our list, we are planning on going back in the near future.We especially loved the detailed digital itinerary that provided so much information on every stage of the trip and could be shared with friends and family.
Elisa Kisvarda
Elisa Kisvarda
03:22 21 Aug 19
My family and I, went on a 3 week holiday to South and East Africa, it was unforgettable and exceeded all our expectations. It was a trip of a life time, we have traveled extensively, and this particular trip would be on top of our list, we are planning on going back in the near future. We especially loved the detailed digital itinerary that provided so much information on every stage of the trip and could be shared with friends and family.
Elisa Kisvarda
Elisa Kisvarda
03:22 21 Aug 19
Our 3 week holiday to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia was unforgettable and exceeded all our expectations. Thanks to Sandie for great recommendations and all arrangements, including finding answers for all our questions. Everything went very smoothly. We especially loved the detailed digital itinerary that provided so much information on every stage of the trip and could be shared with friends and family.
Linda Richardson
Linda Richardson
06:16 13 Aug 19
We have just returned from a fantastic 19 day trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe.What an amazing experience. From the moment we arrived we were met and transferred with effortless precision. Our accommodation surpassed expectations, the food was amazing and the attention to detail, second to none. Cathy suggested we travel on Rovos Rail and that was an amazing trip. I had never thought of train travel before.. can't wait to do another! The camps we stayed in were luxurious, extremely comfortable and so exciting - Elephants wandering past your front door was an everyday occurrence. We saw the big 5, several times over and the guides we had were informative, courteous and very professional. Prior to going, Cathy designed a trip that suited our group of 4 to a tee! All our questions were clarified promptly and we were never left wondering. If you are considering and African holiday I would definitely recommend Destinations Africa for a trouble free and personalised holiday! I extend a special thanks to Cathy for being our travel manager! Sue Peterie
Sue Peterie
Sue Peterie
23:31 24 Jul 19
Rick and I have been to Africa 3 times over the past 6 years. Destinations Africa have been amazing in planning our trips to suit price, places we wish to go and suggesting the most fabulous Private Game reserves. Christa went out of her way to accommodate our needs and we have always found that each trip has been seamless with arranging pick ups, flights, luggage care and finding new and exciting Private Game reserves. The accommodation is always fantastic and we have never had any worries during our time away. Our favourite is always Savanna Private Game Reserve but we have visited many other wonderful lodges during our trips, including Stanley’s Camp in Botswana, Motswiri, Motswari, The Hide, Imbabala and also went to Victoria Falls, staying at the magnificent 116 yr old Victoria Falls Hotel. There has always been an abundance of animals at each reserve which has been the highlight of our holidays. In summary, we would recommend Destinations Africa without hesitation for an amazing experience.
Dawn Moore
Dawn Moore
04:11 12 Jul 19
Hi to AllJust wanted to let anyone who may be wanting to go on a dream trip to Africa, you cannot go past "Destinations Africa".From our very 1st contact with Cathy, it was obvious that this lady knows her stuff when it comes to travelling to and around Africa. There was huge amount of information re our proposed trip well before we left and nothing in regard to queries etc was too much trouble.Everything, and I MEAN everything, was organised to a tee and absolutely nothing went wrong during the entire trip, we could not have been happierThank you Destinations Africa, you have given us "memories for a lifetime".
Trevor Walker
Trevor Walker
10:13 23 Jun 19
Thanks Destinations Africa for organising a fantastic trip the safaris were amazing Elephants Eye and Motswari were incredible we were treated like Kings and Queens fabulous foodFabulous people .
jim chadwick
jim chadwick
05:23 05 Jun 19
Hubby and I just got back from an amazing first trip to Africa organised by Christa from Destinations Africa. Christa created us a wonderful 3 week holiday from start to finish. It couldn't have been better. From pick ups, charter flights, choosing 5 different safari camps in Botswana and Zimbabwe for us, not forgetting Victoria Falls, we were met on time, every time by happy drivers, pilots and camp staff. The service at the camps was second to none and delivered so much more than we thought possible. Christa's choice of camps was perfect for us and each camp gave us special memories each different to the other. The animal life was exceptional. Destinations Africa get 5 stars from us for service, knowledge and knowing what we would enjoy. Thank you.
Bronwyn Dixon
Bronwyn Dixon
07:49 22 May 19
Our family has had two holidays at Simbavati, mainly staying at the River Lodge.Both have been wonderful experiences, really feeling that we were welcome visitors to a natural environment, still wild but approachable, and unspoilt. The River Lodge fits in to its natural surroundings while giving you all the amenities you need, we were not intruding or changing the habitat but felt very well looked after. The Hilltop Lodge is more modern and man-made but still blending gently into its environment.Destinations Africa made everything so easy for us - all our questions were answered quickly and with confidence, all the background information was sent to us to cover all aspects of a trip to Africa, not just to the game reserve. We felt that they cared personally about our group and what we wanted to achieve.Go and enjoy!
diane ross
diane ross
02:37 17 May 19
Destinations Africa listened to what I wanted, and delivered a dream trip. It was my first visit to Africa, alone, and they managed everything, all my connections and accommodation and activities. It was a perfect wish list of locations (Cape Town, Victoria Falls, safaris), the lodges were exceptional and friendly, the food was great. I saw every animal I dared to hope for, including the Big 5. Destinations Africa know what they're doing.
Jen Riddler
Jen Riddler
04:42 25 Mar 19
Travel Destinations Africa (TDA) is the best travel agent I have every used for anything. Their knowledge of Africa is unparalleled. Nothing is left to chance. The destinations themselves are superb, the arrangements seamless and all done with a very high level of personal service over the phone and via the internet. We have used TDA's services twice now and despite the fact we know Africa reasonably well will always use them when arranging a trip to Africa. I cannot recommend them highly enough
Martin Heffron
Martin Heffron
23:28 07 Mar 19
Our agent's local knowledge was invaluable, even the airport hotel was great! Ha ha. The safari at Karen Blixen Camp exceeded all expectations. We can't thank Destinations Africa enough for planning such a great trip for us.
Lainy Thompson
Lainy Thompson
22:16 21 Jan 19
The single most personal and detailed service we have ever worked with!What make Destinations Africa such a pleasure to work with was that they really took our experience, interests, passions and travel history into account. Cathy from DA interviewed my husband and I for almost an hour to deeply understand what we were interested in, how we like to travel, what experiences were the most important to us and other personal details. Based on what we provided in that initial interview, Cathy came back with recommendations, we provided feedback and she iterated on the itinerary until it was absolutely perfect. But this wasn't a simple booking service, we were provided with regular proactive updates and recommendations on additional activities as well as details on everything from the type of vaccinations required, to what type of currency we would need. We also felt completely supported by them while on the trip. Congratulations to the amazing team at Destinations Africa (especially Cathy!) for all of their fantastic work. If you are considering an African trip (and let's face it, after our experiences why wouldn't you be??), give them a buzz.
Juliette Connolly
Juliette Connolly
07:21 28 Nov 18
Wow, what an amazing trip we have just returned from. We visited Nairobi and Giraffe Manor, the Maasai Mara and Karen Blixen Camp, the Serengeti and Mbuze Mawe Serena Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Crater and Karatu Acacia Lodge Farm and then on to Zanzibar and Sultan Sands Resort. Cathy and the team at Destinations Africa should be very proud of themselves with their organisation and handling of our trip. From the first phone call with Cathy I felt she understood exactly what I was looking for in this exciting adventure I was about to plan. Any dealings we had with Destinations Africa were handled promptly and everything ran smoothly. And we felt safe everywhere we went. Thank you Cathy, for making our dreams come true.
Lyn Nicholson
Lyn Nicholson
01:47 01 Nov 18
We are about to leave on our trip. Destinations Africa have been nothing but superb. We have been working with Cathy and the service and knowledge has been fantastic. We have done a lot of travel, and cannot recommend DA enough. Quick to respond, brilliant advice, and extremely well organised. If you're planning on a trip to Africa look no further than this company to help you create a trip of a lifetime.
Graham Connolly
Graham Connolly
23:23 30 Oct 18
We recently used Destinations Africa to organise our trip along the Garden Route (self drive) in South Africa, 8 days in Zimbabwe (a minibus for 6 people) and finally 5 days at Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands west of Kruger National Park. It would have to be one of the best trips we have so far taken. Everything went like clockwork, the transport and accommodation was superb. The Garden route exceeded expectations. Travelling through Zimbabwe was an eye opener.. don't let anyone put you off exploring this very interesting country with amongst the friendliest people you could meet anywhere.We have been to a number of game parks in Africa and Savanna Lodge would have to be the best we've ever visited. Apart from the superb accommodation and food, the game drives were fantastic. If you want to get up close and personal with lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, giraffes... you name it, we saw it.Thanks so much Destinations Africa for such an amazing holiday. Would we recommend it?? Definitely!!
Maureen Hessey
Maureen Hessey
07:06 21 Sep 18
Our recent (and first) trip to Africa exceeded our expectations !!!!! Cathy at Destinations Africa worked with us and put together a 3 week itinerary which was a perfect balance of safaris, culture and sightseeing, and met our budget objectives. Every aspect was covered in the documentation and the logistics of meet & greet (4), internal flights (7), transfers (5), & border processing between Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa worked like clockwork, exactly as planned.All of our accommodation was first rate and the 4 safari venues that we went to were very different and provided a multitude of varied wildlife experiences ...... the icing on the cake was the final 5 nights at the Savanna Lodge in SA where there was a multitude of “surprises” built into the program for guests - what a fantastic way to finish our trip !ps: we don’t know how Cathy managed it, but we even ran into an Australian on the Chobe River who I last saw 55 years ago !
Andrew Bell
Andrew Bell
22:19 19 Sep 18
We have just returned from a 3 week honeymoon to Mana Pools and South Africa. Having used the wonderful services of Destinations Africa for my 2011 trip to Africa I did not hesitate to contact them once more when we decided to go to Africa.Everything was perfect. As usual, John and Sandie went out of their way to ensure they understood EXACTLY what we wanted to get out of the trip, to understand why we wanted to go to Africa and what we wanted to experience.The locations, accommodation, transfers, flights, the African support staff, everything was spectacular.I wouldn't trust anyone else to arrange our trips to Africa.
Amanda Lancaster
Amanda Lancaster
01:58 07 Sep 18
I have just returned from an incredible walking safari with Robin Pope Safaris in Zambia. What an incredible experience! With our expert guide, Kanga, we saw all of the animals we could possibly hope for including leopards, one with her cub. The staff, food and lodgings were top class and I would return tomorrow. Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel were an added bonus which we thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend the helicopter ride over the Falls.Thank you Cathy and team at Destinations Africa for your superb help with itineraries and all on ground arrangements. I would use you again without hesitation.All up, an unforgettable 5 star experience.
Julie Stewart
Julie Stewart
02:05 22 Aug 18
Christa planned the most amazing family trip of a lifetime for us! We spent 3 amazing weeks in South Africa and Zimbabwe and enjoyed every moment. Our accommodation and transfers were all seamless. We met the most amazing people on our trip and it's certainly left us with a myriad of lasting memories. Thank you so very much!
Robyn Follett
Robyn Follett
12:18 07 Aug 18
Cathy at Destinations Africa was amazing in organising a trip for myself and three girlfriends to East Africa and Victoria Falls. She was so efficient, always friendly, very patient and went above and beyond to give us the trip of a lifetime. From the moment we set foot in Africa we had a friendly face to greet us and we were never left wondering about any of the arrangements...the trip ran like clockwork. All the hotels and lodges we stayed at were terrific and the game viewing was spectacular. I can't thank Cathy and the rest of the Destinations Africa team (particularly Albatross Travel in East Africa) for all their hard work. I wouldn't hesitate in coming to them again for further Africa travel.
Denise Luey
Denise Luey
05:10 06 Aug 18
Christa from Destinations Africa is absolutely amazing!Our sincere gratitude to Christa for not only recommending wonderful destinations and organising these, but also for re-organising at late notice when a death in our family meant rescheduling.All proceeded to plan, with highly recommended accommodation and destinations. We particularly enjoyed the three safari camp stays, each were amazing in experiencing wildlife encounters. Victoria Falls, Cape Town and the Garden Route added icing on to the cake!Throughout my experiences with Christa and Destinations Africa, we received valuable, current information and support throughout. Christa was always friendly, approachable, thorough and knowledgeable, going out of her way to help in any way she could. All within a reasonable budget!I sincerely thank Destinations Africa for organising our wonderful African adventure, and would recommend them to any interested travellers.Yvonne and AndrewHamersley, Perth, Western AustraliaJuly 2018
Yvonne Hare
Yvonne Hare
06:41 29 Jul 18
Wow Wow Wow! Just home from the best holiday I have experienced! And I'm a big traveller. I can not fault any little thing about Destinations Africa from the very beginning, and all the way through our trip, it was smooth sailing, John and Sandie are experts and listened to what I wanted and certainly delivered. Our itinerary was magic, just like Africa, trust me if you want a holiday that is wonderful and you want to feel totally at ease with the whole experience, look no further. Thanks guys for you expertise it was brilliant.
Dianne Mapleson
Dianne Mapleson
05:15 06 Jun 18
Destinations Africa planned our first trip to Africa, we visited Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Elephant Plains Game Reserve. All accommodation was first class from service to comfort to meals. The activities booked for us were interesting and informative. We especially liked the lunch with the local lady in Victoria Falls. Cape Town was a lovely city with the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain highlights. Then Elephant Plains with the great variety of animals we viewed was a dream come true. Thanks for a great itinerary and all your help.
Christine Mitchell
Christine Mitchell
22:40 27 May 18


  • Arusha Coffee Lodge
    Arusha Coffee Lodge

    Hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest and oldest coffee plantations is this resplendent lodge with a theme matching its surrounds to perfection. A truly aromatic and sensory experience, the lodge radiates a coffee-styled aura of luxury and comfort, perfect for weary safari-goers returning from an energetic day of viewing the local wildlife.

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    Plantation Lodge - Ngorongoro

    Only a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Plantation Lodge is a lavish plantation hotel on an erstwhile farmstead, perfectly situated as a safari lodge. Extremely popular among both visitors and tour operators, the lodge has received considerable acclaim and ranks among the most beautiful safari hotels in East Africa.

  • Southern Sun Dar es Salaam
    Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

    Modern facilities juxtaposed with old-world charm in a pristine setting make this Southern Sun hotel a premier destination for travellers to Tanzania. Located in the centre of the nation’s commercial capital, the hotel provides easy access to some of Dar es Salaam’s most popular attractions including Dar es Salaam Zoo, and the Mbudya and Bongoyo Islands.

  • Crater Lodge Ngorongoro
    Crater Lodge Ngorongoro

    Located on the edge of the internationally renowned World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Crater Lodge is perfectly positioned for exploring an area termed “Africa’s Eden”. Designed in the Masai mud-and-stick homestead style, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is among the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.

  • Sultan Sands Island Resort – Zanzibar
    Sultan Sands Island Resort – Zanzibar

    Nestled on the sparkling beaches and halcyon waters of Kiwengwa on the east coast of the island of Unguja lies this idyllic resort – the very picture of leisure. With first-class amenities and facilities, and an inspired blend of Swahili and Arab décor, guests will enjoy a perfectly relaxed ambience during their stay in Zanzibar.

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  • Serengeti Bushcamp
    Serengeti Bushcamp

    Serengeti Bushcamp is a semi-permanent canvas-tented safari camp with numerous luxury facilities offered at affordable prices, in a superb location for “Big 5” sightings. Located at Tana Springs in Serengeti National Park, the camp is owned and managed by indigenous Tanzanians, meaning you’ll receive their renowned warmth and hospitality and be part of their safari “family” as soon as you arrive.

  • Mbuze Mawe Camp

    Flanked by three-million-year-old granite towers in Serengeti National Park is this elegant tented camp, located on one of the main annual corridors for the Great Migration. As well as superb opportunities to discover the Serengeti’s wildlife, guests at this safari camp will enjoy a traditional five-course bush dinner, enlivened by the presence of scarlet-clad Masai warriors at a scenic location on the plains.

  • Taasa Safari Lodge 3
    Taasa Lodge (formerly Buffalo Camp)

    An updated luxury tented camp in a private concession of the northern Serengeti, Taasa Lodge offers nocturnal game drives, walking safaris, open safari vehicles, balloon safaris, and all the modern comforts to make you feel at home. As well as special activities provided for family and children, Taasa Lodge offers guests a superb opportunity to immerse themselves in Masai culture at the local village.

  • Kirawira Camp
    Kirawira Camp

    Styled to replicate the elegant safari camps of legendary European hunters, Kirawira Camp graces the Serengeti with unforgettable luxury safari adventures, crisp professional services, and 5-star amenities. As the most exclusive of the Serena Group’s safari venues, the camp offers a unique wildlife experience surrounded by the grandeur of Serengeti National Park’s famous Western Corridor.

  • Mbalageti Tented Camp
    Mbalageti Tented Camp

    Situated in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, the creators of Mbalageti spent years searching for a location where tranquility is guaranteed and nature is to be enjoyed in all its facets. Now in full operation, the camp offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Serengeti plains and the Mbalageti River, which lies right on the thundering path of the Great Migration.

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  • Serengeti National Park
    Serengeti National Park

    The word Serengeti is inspired from the Masai word siringet, meaning “the place where the land runs on forever”. When you realise Serengeti National Park itself is almost 15,000 square kilometres in size, this description becomes understandable. The park is home to an almost endless variety of wildlife, numerous stellar safari lodges, and takes pride of place as one end of the annual Great Migration.

  • Ngorongoro Crater

    Termed the “eighth wonder of the natural world” and “Africa’s Eden,” Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken, non-flooded volcanic crater. Replete with a staggering array of wildlife, and home to the densest population of lions in the world, Ngorongoro Crater and its associated conservation area are one of Tanzania’s most uncompromisingly beautiful regions.

  • Tarangire National Park
    Tarangire National Park

    A comparatively quiet national park located slightly off the main safari route with significantly fewer tourists, Tarangire is perfect for those wanting a more exclusive safari experience. Though seasonal, strong wildlife concentrations here make for superb game viewing, especially for sighting elephants.

  • Lake Manyara

    Though not as densely packed with wildlife as other locations, the breathtaking scenery of Lake Manyara and its associated national park make for an excellent day trip. Described by Ernest Hemingway as the loveliest lake in Africa, Lake Manyara and its surrounds are home to numerous tree-climbing lions and over 300 migratory bird species.

  • Zanzibar

    History, style, and island landscapes merge to form Zanzibar, a fascinating melting pot of Swahili culture with Arab, Indian, European and British influences off the east coast of Tanzania. Also known as the “Spice Islands”, Zanzibar is at once full of traditional living and modern concessions, tranquil beauty and party buzz. It is also encircled by some of the world’s finest beaches.

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  • Game Drives (Safaris)
    Game Drives (Safaris)

    Tanzania is a land of safaris. From the “forever plains” of the Serengeti to the secluded beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and beyond, wildlife viewing is sublime, and safari lodges are well above par. With so much on offer, we recommend some careful planning based on your budget and personal preferences. However, if it’s an unforgettable safari experience you’re after, Tanzania is sure to satisfy.

  • Olduvai Gorge

    A fascinating and globally important paleoanthropological site, Olduvai Gorge is a 48-kilometre long, 90-metre deep ravine in eastern Serengeti. The source of hundreds of fossilised human bones and tools dating at thousands to millions of years old, Olduvai Gorge also houses a historic museum chronicling the unearthing of fossils in the area and their scientific impact on human evolutionary history.

  • Local people on a street in Stone Town
    Stone Town Zanzibar

    The “old town” of Zanzibar City, Stone Town is a prominent historical, cultural and artistic site of East Africa that was once a centre of spice trading and the slave market. Full of intricate alleys, grand architecture, colourful bazaars, and remarkable food, Stone Town is a perfect place for the curious to spend time in exploration of an old world wonder.

  • Drive into Ngorongoro Crater

    Get yourself a guide and spend your day exploring this remarkable safari location. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to all manner of wildlife, residing in one of the most visually stunning and ecologically diverse habitats in all of Africa. At over 260 square kilometres in size, the Ngorongoro Crater is sure to fill your safari cup to overflowing.

  • Zanzibar Beaches
    Zanzibar Beaches

    Crystal blue waters and powder white sands encircle the idyllic island township of Zanzibar. Some of these world-class beaches are stocked with tourists and hotel nightlife, while others remain virtually undisturbed, ready for you to discover. Take a load off, and slow down your pace on a coastline that could easily be misinterpreted as a slice of paradise.

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Travel Guide

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Based on the movement of animals, we recommend the following periods for best game viewing.

Northern Tanzania: All year round except April and May.

Southern Tanzania: June through October.

Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia: June through October; December through March.

The climate in Tanzania is always wonderful, and so does not impact much on the best time of year to visit. However, in order to climb Mt Kilimanjaro you may need to avoid rains from mid-April to end of May.


Tanzania has a superb climate, ranging from tropical along the coast, to more temperate in the highlands. The seasons are as follows:

April & mid-May: Long rains (green season)
June–September: Cool season
November–December: Short rains
October–March: Hottest season

Temperature range in Tanzania is fairly limited but always warm, ranging from 25–30ºC on the coast while the rest of the country (apart from the highlands) ranges from 22–27ºC.

The main unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling. However, we advise carrying US Dollars. Money changers do accept major convertible currencies including the Euro and the Japanese Yen. Travellers cheques may be acceptable in some places, but not in the remote countryside. Major credit cards may also be acceptable in some large hotels, however it is still advisable to carry cash in US Dollars, which you will be able to exchange on arrival.

Light clothing is recommended for safaris during the day, especially in Northern Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha). We also recommend sturdy shoes and canvas hats. During the night in areas like Arusha and the Ngorongoro Highlands, where the altitude is between 1500 – 2500 metres, a cardigan or pullover may be essential.

In the same pack, remember your sunscreen, lotions, sunglasses, a pair of binoculars, and your camera (with plenty of film or digital storage for photos).

Vaccination requirements for Tanzania change from time to time. We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department for information on the latest health precautions.

Currently, shots against yellow fever and cholera are recommended but not mandatory. As a precaution we usually advise antimalarial medication to be taken before, during, and after your visit to East Africa. Also, if you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply to last the duration of your stay, plus a copy of your prescription(s).

Malaria: Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including in cities. See your health care provider for details concerning risks and preventative medications.

Tanzania airports

Three international airports are available, including Dar es Salaam (now known as Julias Nyerere International Airport or JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport, and Zanzibar International Airport. See flights coming to Tanzania and Zanzibar.

To begin safaris in Northern Tanzania, most visitors are advised to book with airlines whose arrivals & departures are via KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JRO) which is 45 minutes drive from Arusha town. See international airlines such as Air Tanzania, KLM Royal Dutch (with daily flights out of Amsterdam into Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam), Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Emirates.

It is also possible to get flights arriving to Nairobi (Kenya) from where you can make arrangements to transfer to the Tanzanian city of Arusha.

Tanzania is highly multilingual. However, English is widely spoken as a lingua franca, as is Kiswahili. These serve as working languages, with Kiswahili being the official national language.

Although there are many languages spoken in the country, no single language is spoken natively by a majority of the population.

All charter transfers on our luxury Tanzania safari tours are in light aircraft that carry between five and seven passengers. Please note that these planes are limited with regards to the weight that they can carry. It is therefore vital that all passengers adhere to the luggage restriction of fifteen (15) kilograms per person in a soft bag.

This excludes a reasonable amount of camera equipment and carry-on luggage (up to 5 kilograms – 20 kilograms in total). In addition, please let us know if you are over 188 cm (6’2”) tall or weigh over 100kg (220lbs), so that we can plan our trip appropriately.

Tickets are generally not issued for charter flights; you will however receive a voucher for your trip.

As you will no doubt want to capture as much as possible of your luxury Tanzania safari, remember to bring a camera and/or video camera with plenty of film/digital space and replacement batteries. A quality flashlight may also come in very handy.

Additionally we recommend sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, personal toiletries, a small first-aid kit, and a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses if you use them.

Also remember a swimming costume, plus you may wish to include a good book for the relaxing hours. If you are planning for a camping safari, sleeping bags and towels must be included also.

drinking water

It is generally not advisable to drink or brush your teeth with tap water in Tanzania. Bottled water is available everywhere and in almost all lodges and hotels and all supermarkets. On treks and safaris, it is better to carry sufficient bottled water.

For wildlife photography, a 200 mm zoom lens is the smallest that we recommend, with a 300-400 mm zoom lens preferable. For bird-watchers, a 500 mm or larger lens is necessary, and a wide-angle lens would be ideal for scenic shots.

We recommend bringing extra camera and flash batteries with plenty of film or digital storage, otherwise these may be quite expensive and difficult to obtain locally.

Passport requirements: Each visitor to Tanzania must be in possession of a valid, signed passport that is valid for at least six months beyond his/her scheduled departure date.


VISAS: Visas are required to enter Tanzania as with other East African countries. These can either be obtained in advance through the various embassies/high commissions or consulates abroad, or at the airports or other ports/borders of entry.

The process is fast and easy and all you are required to have is a valid passport (at least six months).