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Tanzania Safari Holiday

You may be considering a Tanzania Safari, however, you may not be sure yet. Is it the same wildlife experience every day; How will the activities be different from other holiday destinations, or what is the best time to book a Tanzania Safari? Known as an ‘award-winning’ destination by Bookings.Com, World Travel Awards, and Trip Advisor, here is what makes Tanzania special in East Africa.

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What can I do in Tanzania, Africa?

That’s the first question that would come to a traveler’s mind. If you are curious to know what is Tanzania known for, yes, of course, it’s the wildlife safaris like its neighboring countries in East Africa. You will also be thrilled to know that you can climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world- Mt. Kilimanjaro, explore the best travel hot spots such as Serengeti National Park tours and visit the white-sand beaches of Zanzibar in a single itinerary.

From swimming in the hot water springs of Kikuletwa to hiking highlands around Lake Chala and dancing with the Masai, there are plenty of things to do on your Tanzania Safari, beyond watching the wildlife. Unlike a busy city exploration, Tanzania wildlife parks are exceptional, where your days slow down, and you indulge in activities that bring you close to nature. The use of technology is minimalistic, and your holiday is more about living in the moment and soaking in the bliss of your surroundings.

balloon Safari experience
A Tanzania Safari experience

Here are unique excursions to experience on your Tanzania Safari

  • Float in a hot-air balloon ride in Serengeti or, Tarangire followed by a Champagne breakfast.
  • Hop on a luxury flying safari to spend your days discovering the primate’s life in Gombe and Mahale.
  • Spend splendid honeymoon glamping under the stars in the wild, followed by a stay in the tree house and swimming with whale sharks on Mafia island.
  • Indulge in cultural experiences, from meeting the Hadzabe – one of the last hunter-gatherers of the world to the vibrantly dressed Masai.
  • Experience a wildlife up-close safari in the Nyerere Park; go for boating excursions, walk in the wild with a tribal guide, and enjoy magical game drives from dawn to dusk.

What makes a Tanzania holiday different?

Make your Tanzania Safari holiday exceptional by swimming with the whale sharks in Mafia island
  1. Exceptional Destinations

One day you will wake up in the highlands of Ngorongoro crater, enjoying crater lake views from your luxury room, and the next day you will be sleeping in a camp in Serengeti surrounded by sounds of the wild. Every day in the wild is different and gives you a new opportunity to explore your stay differently. 

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2. Tailor-made Experiences

Whether you are traveling with kids, as a couple, or solo, your itinerary can be designed as per your budget, choice of activities, number of days, and the destinations you want to visit. There are unique experiences for everyone.

Explore the wildebeest migration on our Serengeti Safari

3. The Best Time for a Safari is Year-Round

Unlike other destinations such as Europe or the U.S, where the weather changes dramatically, one can book a safari year-round and enjoy special activities. The Great Migration from January to August is an epic movement from South to North Serengeti. The Whale Sharks arrive in Mafia Island Waters from October to February. The mountains can be hiked all year round and enjoy the best safari rates in the green season of April and May.

4. It is Safe to Travel to Tanzania

If you have booked a safari with a reliable tour operator, be assured of your safe travels. A professional tour guide will pick you up from the airport and will take you to your dedicated hotels/ destinations. Most of your payments are done online and you will have to carry your debit/ credit card and some money for tips and personal expenses. It is ideal to read reviews of the company.

5. Make the Most of Your Combination Safaris

What every traveler enjoys about a Tanzania Safari is the flexibility to visit diverse destinations and have unique experiences from the mountain and beaches to cultures and cities. A combination safari allows you to make most of your holiday in one country so that you don’t have to travel to different countries, have a hectic schedule, or have an out-of-the- pocket budget. Explore all tour packages to Tanzania and choose which is the best for you.

Enjoy the luxury of a bush to the beach experience

Here is how you can start planning your Tanzania Safari Holiday

Many people spend days and time looking to book safaris in individual Tanzania destinations. However, remember a reliable tour operator saves your time by offering you a highly-maintained Land Cruiser safari vehicle, a professional tour guide, accommodation at better rates, and a detailed, customized itinerary as per your desires.

Keareleys can help you by connecting you with our safari expert. Simply fill-up the form or contact us by call or email to book the best Tanzania Safari.

On a holiday to Tanzania, the rich culture will greet you, at every point of your travel. If you are one of the adventurous travelers, you can also choose to cycle in rural villages, visit farms and participate in the plantation of various spices, tea, coffee, rice, banana, cotton, and cocoa nestled on panoramic landscapes all the way from North to South.

Ever thought to leave your 4X4 safari vehicle and hike with local guides to their villages? Learn how to grow, pick, dry, roast, pound and, brew fresh aromatic coffee. Participate in the process personally before enjoying the taste and taking home a very personal packet of Tanzanian finest coffee. Cultural experiences across Tanzania from the Masai villages in the north to the lush green interiors of Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe, Ruvuma, and Songwe are unforgettable.

Admire Tanzania’s authentic cultural festivals held across towns and villages during your safari to Tanzania. Be it the famous drum dance of Southern Tanzania or the annual cultural dance festival in Tukuyu – Tulia Traditional dance Festival. During a cultural tour you will also get to participate in cooking cuisines with all its diversity ranging from Ugali-Mlenda, Machalari, Kiburu, Ugali-Mbogamboga, Makande, Nyama Choma, Spiced Rice-‘Pilau’, Chapati-Maharage with Lemongrass and ginger tea to Wali wa Nazi (coconut rice).

Experience Tanzania’s culture and history of the Swahili coast people and explore the Savannah’s on a camelback. Boat down a river or row on Lake Nyasa and listen to hair-raising legendary tales of the Pomona rock and caves. Sail with fishermen to pristine untouched white sand islands of your choice for local fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling activities. Hike through scenic hills and highlands of the South through plateaus and mountain ranges with stunning views of the rift valley, spotted with beautiful endemic flowers and local village settlements.

Meet the friendly inhabitants of the Usambara Mountains, during your hikes. You will get to meet local farmers, herbal medicine healers and local guides Obtain the correct remedial prescription on your visit to a traditional healer.

By visiting the locally owned cultural tourism enterprises, visitors explore landscapes, scale heights, take part in local fine art classes with local artist groups, pottery, weaving, basketry, and rituals, listen to traditional music and tales, taste the local cuisines and beverages, make musical instruments and get an insight of the Tanzanians way of life Cultural tourism is beneficial to everyone.

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Tourist visits create mutual understanding and friendship between tourists and local people, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience Tanzania’s authentic cultural diversity and providing local people the opportunity to build sustainable livelihoods. Tanzania culture, has it all: the music, colors, nature, climate, the friendship of inhabitants, traditional food, art, and long history that impulse to the innovation keeping a strong connection with the local roots. This is the evidence that Tanzania is endowed with incredible authentic cultural and natural heritage that can attract and keep tourists looking for a deep experience in a special African contest Come explore with locals and enjoy a cultural experience, you will find nowhere else on Planet Earth!

The coastline covering Tanzania, including Zanzibar is dotted with islands rich in culture, history, marine life, and scenery. The islands and petite islets along the Swahili Coast, vary in geography, yet offer some of the most distinguished recreation and relaxation options for diverse travelers.

Zanzibar (previously known as Unguja),  Pemba, Mafia, and the small surrounding islands form this archipelago and are surrounded by a rich coral reef barrier, protecting the natural beauty of the Swahili Coast. The pristine beaches, a wealth of nature, the Swahili culture, and warm hospitality have made these small islands some of the popular island destinations of the world.

Zanzibar – A favorite of all beach lovers

Picture perfect sunsets at Zanzibar Zuri hotel

Zanzibar is famed among many tourists as a paradise island whose serenity, culture, and hospitality are unbeatable and irreplaceable. The white powdery beaches, affluence of Arabic culture, traditional shows, aromas of spices, quaint alleys, and blissful stays by the ocean are some of the island’s unique features luring all kinds of travelers from honeymooners to families, adventurers, and solo travelers.

The capital of Stone Town, The UNESCO World Heritage Site holds its own charms, appeasing travelers with its narrow alleyways, ornate carved Arabic wooden doorways, hidden cafes, street markets, and roadside stalls. Besides being a shopping hub of gorgeous paintings, Tanzanite stones, and unique souvenirs, Stone Town is rich in history and takes travelers through a nostalgic journey of the slave trade of the 19th century.

The Jozani Forest is home to Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey renowned for photographic journeys and a wealth of exotic plants and wildlife. Spice Tours introduce travelers to rich fertile soil that grows the wealth of spices in Zanzibar. Most travelers begin and end their Zanzibar holiday on the white coral sand beaches, where you can find a secluded spot to relax and watch the waves. The beach-facing hotels, lodges, and resorts can accommodate guests of various budgets while offering a number of recreation options from deep-sea diving to snorkeling and dhow cruises. Zanzibar beaches are famous worldwide and hold a commendable ranking on international recommendations such as Tripadvisor and popular travel magazines.

Pemba- The luxury, secluded island

Fundu Lagoon, a hidden gen on Pemba Island

Pemba, only 50 kilometers away from Zanzibar, is of unique character, favored among a handful of travelers. The island is remote and famed as a world-diving spot among deep-sea divers and water sports enthusiasts.

The small villages of the island have had minimal impact on the coastline and reefs, leaving the richness of the ocean in pristine conditions. And this abundance often excites travelers as they watch endless stretches of coral reefs, large pelagic fishes swimming in the ocean, thousands of brightly colored small varieties plunging in drop-offs, and turquoise waters of the shallows.

The landscape is hilly and forested with the title bestowed to it as the green island, the people immeasurably friendly and the culture-rich. Pemba is very fertile and always seems greener and more arable than Zanzibar Island. It produces far more cloves than Zanzibar – and it is the economy is far less dependent on tourism alone.

Mafia island – Where the whale sharks visit every year

Whale shark adventures on Mafia island

Mafia Island, laying south of Unguja offers a diversity of marine life around Mafia is staggering, with sharks, rays, dolphins, whales, turtles, and not to forget the countless species of colorful reef fish and dugongs. The Mafia Marine Park was created with the support of the WWF to protect this unique ecology of the coral reef. The huge Rufiji river delta influences this ecosystem by supplying nutritional substances at the base of a complex food chain. The island is the meeting place of large oceanic fish, close to 400 species breeding in the park. Chole Bay, Mafia’s protected deep-water anchorage, is part of the marine park.

Its horseshoe shape is studded with lovely beaches. The diving here is amongst the most spectacular in the world and includes colorful coral gardens, walls at various levels, and many shelves and coral heads.

From October to December this island is busy hosting travelers with water-based activities and swimming with the whale sharks being one of its major attractions.

If you are looking for a perfect honeymoon, adventure or relaxation destination, the three islands are a treasure to spend your precious holiday on. Let’s chat and plan your extra-special holiday today.

Rising with pride as the natural hallmark of Tanzania’s standing crown, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is an aspiring wish of thousands of worldwide travelers. Be it on postcards or souvenirs, below the town in Moshi, or aerial views from the sky, the mountain’s beauty is unforgettable and celebrated around the globe.

While there are so many interesting facts about the mountain, if you are someone who plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, or combined with a safari, here are some things, we absolutely want you to know.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – photo by Christina Litt

1) The highest free-standing dormant volcano mountain in the world

The imperious elevation of 5,895 meters above sea level makes Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak and the roof of Africa, and an adventure dream for thousands of travelers to be on top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro National Park protects the area above 2,700 meters on the mountain and includes the moorland and highland zones, Shira Plateau, Kibo, and Mawenzi peaks. The Park has six corridors or rights of way through the Kilimanjaro Forest and Game Reserve in 192. The park was established in 1973 and officially opened in 1977.

2) Kilimanjaro successful climbing rate

On average, 35,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two thirds are successful. Altitude sickness is one of the major reasons to restrict climbers. Acute Mountain Sickness may cause you to descend and forceful climbing may lead to death. Not everyone can quickly adapt to the high altitude weather and therefore follow your guide’s instructions. Diamox helps with vomiting and should be consumed twice a day. Eat well even if your appetite is low and keep yourself hydrated. Climbing slow and steady is a success tip to reach the summit.

Read: Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Kearsleys

3) Record-breaking stats

The fastest climbing record by a female is held by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld. She climbed to the summit in 8 hours, 32 minutes in July 2015, via the Umbwe Route, 30 kilometers long. Spanish mountain runner, Kilian Jornet, made the fastest ascent up the mountain in September 2010, at just 22 years of age. He reached the peak in a mere5 hours, 23 minutes, and 50 seconds. The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Valtee Daniel.

4) The best time for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

There is, of course, the best time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. There are two trekking seasons; January to March which are usually cold and quiet and June to October and December which is the ‘holiday season’ frequented by tourists from around the world. April, May, and November should be avoided as they are the ‘wet months’. This is also the best time when prices are fairly lower and the trek is not crowded with too many visitors.

5) Are there multiple routes to the mountain top?

Which is the best way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? There are various route options to reach up to the summit. Each route has its own pros and cons. Acclimatization, detailed itinerary, distance, camping/ hut accommodation, and the number of days to reach the peak are some points to consider. The seven official routes are:

  • Lemosho Route
  • Machame Route
  • Marangu Route
  • Northern Circuit
  • Rongai Route
  • Shira Route
  • Umbwe Route

6) Preparing yourself for the hike

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro does not need extreme or aggressive training. It is essential to do consistent physical exercise to build up stamina such as swimming, jogging, walking, and climbing stairs. Breathing exercises especially yoga stretches, and aerobics help to develop your breathing capacity for better acclimatization.

Reaching to the Roof of Africa by Mouser Williams

7) Mt. Kilimanjaro is 20 something years away from being likable

The last volcanic activity of Mount Kilimanjaro occurred 200 years back, resulting in the ash pit that climbers today can see from Uhuru Peak.  Since 1912, Kilimanjaro has lost 82% of its ice cap, and since 1962 it has lost 55% of its remaining glaciers, the major reason being climate change.

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HI: Nyerere National Park, previously known as Selous Game Reserve is also known as the “Wild Heart of Africa”. It is a spectacular Game Reserve in the world, populated by diverse species of wild flora and fauna.

WHY IS IT SPECIAL?

The unique wilderness safari environment comprises vast and thriving wildlife with forests and woodland around lagoons, sandbanks, and lakes along the mighty Rufiji River. Selous, now Nyerere National Park is the oldest protected area in Tanzania, it was established in 1896. The reserve was named after Captain Fredrick Courtney Selous, a British explorer, hunter, and conservationist, who died at Behobeho during the First World War.

The majority of visitors to the park pay tribute at the Selous grave located at Behobeho. The reserve is situated in the Southern part of Tanzania, covering an area of about 50,000 Km2 , which makes it the largest inhabited game reserve on the continent. Due to its natural diversity and untouched state, in 1982 UNESCO proclaimed Selous Game Reserve as a World Heritage Site and today continues to live up to its esteemed status. Nyerere National Park is home to over 350 species of birds and reptiles, 2000 species of plants as well as a wide range of wildlife.

WILDLIFE

The largest concentration of elephants on the continent has been known for taking home in this same reserve. The reduction in numbers estimated at about 30,000 to 50,000 is known for having been brought about by the “Ivory Wars “ of the late 70s and early 80s, which also brought about much devastating effect on the herds, reducing them in numbers. Apart from being very famous for hosting a diversity of fauna such as elephants, Lion, Leopards, hippopotamus, wildebeest, buffalos, sable antelope, eland, greater kudu, waterbuck, hartebeest, zebras, giraffe, reedbuck, warthog, spotted hyena, and hunting dog, in addition to the largest populations of buffalo in Africa.

Stay at the rugged luxury lodge- Roho Ya Selous

LIFE AROUND RIVER RUFIJI

The Nyerere National Park also has a remarkable scenic view embraced with hot volcanic springs, sporadic lakes, and channels from the nearby rivers such as the Great Ruaha and Rufiji rivers make Selous Game Reserve have such a diverse landscape. The big herds of Tanzanian Elephants for example are attracted by the River Rufiji that flows through the reserve. Selous is a popular and superb hunting destination for big game hunting in Africa and arguably in the world. It is divided into forty-seven (47) blocks of which forty-two (42) of them are used for trophy hunting and the remaining five are (5) in the North Sector Matambwe are set aside for photographic tourism in lieu of trophy hunting. The Northern sector is home to a network of channels and lagoons that runs off the Rufiji River.

Explore: Nyerere National Park on a Southern Circuit Tour

THINGS TO DO

The park is the most scenic wildlife destination and is utterly beautiful. The beauty of the reserve is ingrained in the quality of experience offered from:-

► Trophy/sport hunting

► Boating safari

► Night game drive

► Sport fishing

► Canoeing

► Game viewing

► Commercial photography, Filming, and Cinematography

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Nyerer National Park is certainly the dry season from June to March. During this period game drives are rather truly rewarding as many large mammals gather around the five lakes. On average, Selous receives 30,000 visitors per year. Being remote, it offers an exclusive experience for those who are taking a tour. Nevertheless, with increased demand for adventurers, Selous expects to receive 50,000 visitors in the next two years.

The sheer volume of games in the Selous is outstanding with statistics putting most parks in Africa to shame. Elephant, buffalo, and lion are ‘arguably’ found in no greater numbers year-round anywhere on the planet. But it is the Selous’ reputation as the last true stronghold for African wild dogs that draws the enthusiasts.

Looking for a bespoke itinerary for your honeymoon, family, or solar travel? Contact us for your special offer.

Whether you are playing tourist, visiting family, or are here for a business trip, Dar es Salaam is one of Tanzania’s ‘most happening’ cities.

From narrow alleys boasting Street food to local stores, to ocean-facing landmarks and lively beaches, there is so much to do here. And that is why we thought to introduce you to Dar es Salaam – Things to do here that you will never regret.

SANDBANK PICNICS

 

Dar es Salaam is surrounded by a rich coastline with few isolated sandbanks such as Mbudya and Bongoyo, mostly visited for snorkeling and to enjoy a day out in a serene established in 1934 is of special interest to history lovers. The museum exhibits bones location with pristine views. Ideal for weekends, you can rent a ride (from hotels/ private companies) and sail to one of the islands on the weekend.

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Situated in the heart of the city and close to the botanical garden, this landmark of Paranthropus boisei of Olduvai, the history of the Shirazi city-state of Kilwa, colonial rule, and collections on Tanzanian cultures. If you are on a city tour or spending 48 hours in Dare es Salaam looking for 10 things to do, the National Museum is a must-visit.

ART TOUR

Tinga Tinga Arts in Dar es Salaam, top 10 things to do in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is home to many skilled artists, from painters to creative welders, visiting art markets is beyond a delight. Tinga Tinga paintings in Oysterbay, wood carvings in Mwenge, metal, and recycled crafts at Wonder Welders, and the art market at Slipway make for perfect places to buy souvenirs.

NIGHT CLUBS

One of the biggest attractions in Dar es Salaam is the nightclubs by the peninsular and beyond. From delicious food and groovy DJ nights and not to forget full moon parties, the city gets exciting by night. Some of the popular nightclubs are  Elements, George and Dragon, Havoc, and Samaki Samaki.

CITY TOUR

Enjoy a half or full-day city tour with expert guides who take you around landmarks. From religious institutes to museums, community visits, and local markets, city tours are enriching and give you an opportunity to know more about daily life in Dar es Salaam things to do here besides business and beyond.

 KIVUKONI FISHMARKET

If you wonder where the fresh catch and tasty seafood comes from, a visit to the fish market makes for a unique experience. The market begins at sunrise with a big fish auction and the other side is where the fishes are cut, cleaned, and cooked.

VILLAGE MUSEUM/ MAKUMBUSHO VILLAGE

Opened in 1996, the village museum is an ethnographical project showcasing traditional huts from 16 different Tanzanian ethnic groups. It is located in the outskirts of the city on the road to Mwenge and Bagamoyo. Guests get to see traditional cultivations, traditional music and, daily dance shows.

BOTANICAL GARDEN

Although less popular, the botanical garden is an admirable place with an enchanting mix of exotic plants such as blue jacaranda, scarlet trees, and purple bougainvillea. The garden is a peaceful place to spend evenings away from the hustle and in the company of peacocks and other birds.

STREET FOOD

Photo courtesy: Migrationology.com

From dusk to dawn most streets in Dar es Salaam are brimming with business, people, and the most prominent – food. Street vendors selling fruits, roasted cassava and black coffee, and meals like beans and rice can be easily spotted on the streets. A delicious fusion of Asian and Swahili cuisine at restaurants or the barbeque chicken and chips, by evening, is another special attraction.

SAFARI TO BEACHES

Dar es Salaam and the things to do here are not limited to typical city breaks. You can visit Mikumi or Nyerere National Park and upon return relax on white sands beaches. This is a perfect option for those on business and leisure trips or waiting to connect to their main safari destination.

Here is a popular Southern Circuit Safari (customizable) Tour with a starting point from Dar es Salaam.

With so much to explore in 48 hours or more, we are sure you need a city expert for a fulfilling experience. Write to us and we will customize a bespoke itinerary for you.

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Peter Mitchell- Unsplash.com

Charming, captivating and mysterious. This is why Stone Town is a big buzz when you visit the tropical island of Zanzibar. You will be carried away by the small shops in the narrow alleys to buy t-shirts, spices or fridge magnets, but history waits to unveil as you meander from one street to another and explore a picture, larger than life.

One may be deceived by the vibrancy; the excited visitors, the overwhelming hospitality of Zanzibaris and the holiday buzz on the spice island. As one enters Stone Town, it’s a moment of nostalgia, a city that will take you back to time, hundred years back. For whatever you experience here, is a reflection of a strong past, rich, complex and extremely captivating. Karibuni Stone Town, a place to explore the depths of history framed in present and the rarest of vintage cities claimed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An entire city made in coral stone, unpainted walls of popular landmarks and an unchanging architecture for new establishments. You can only imagine the great influence of four strong ethnicities; Swahili, Indian, Arab and European reflected in the buildings, most dating back to the 18thand 19th centuries.Besides admiring the historical buildings, here are some more things to do in Stone Town.

Want to stay in Stone Town?

If you are spending three or more nights in Zanzibar, we highly recommend you to explore beyond the beaches and dive into the alleys of Stone Town It hold rich history, reflects an impressive culture and features and admirable architecture.

Here is where we recommend you to stay

Luxury

Mid-range

Relaxation awaits you a top Upendo House in Stone Town

It seems like a customary tradition but more than that a heartfelt desire of every Zanzibari to make you feel at home. The glimmering eyes of a 10 year old girl in hijab, a babu sitting on the baraza or a tour guide at the historical site all have it naturally to wish the guests with warmth and love.

A maze of narrow alleys with several curio shops, boutique hotels in aromatic spice scents, bicycles meandering and solemn prayers from the mosques are some unique experiences in Stone Town. It is also astonishing to galore at most buildings that retain the classic architecture including new establishments; wooden stairs, mosaic glasses, traditional windows and the most attractive of all, long carved wooden doors studded with brass or metal uniformly seen across all entrances.

Where to eat in Stone Town?
  • Enjoy a traditional, swahili experience at Emerson on Hurumzi
  • Immerse in magical sunsets, sundowners and tasty meals on Maru Maru rooftop terrace
  • Enjoy seafood feast at Forodhani Gardens

The historical influence of the Sultan, Colonial rule and rich traditions persists till date well reflected in the monuments lined on the main road. The Old Fort built in stone where international film and music festivals are held, The House of Wonder built by Sultan Burghash of Oman, The religious buildings; The Anglican and Catholic Churches, Malindi Mosque and Arya Samaj Temple, Jamat Khana and the Slave Market; landmarks that show the prominence of historical, cultural and architectural influences prevalent and intact till date.

Best Tours in and around Stone Town
  • Culinary Experience
  • Landmark and History
  • Classic Stone Town + Spice Tour
  • Prison Island Exploration
  • Architectural tours followed by island hopping

Explore Zanzibar beach holidays and Stone Town tours here

Spice Island is most famous for its beaches and luxury resorts. As an explorer, Stone Town is a place for a unique stopover, an explorers paradise to celebrate a rich and infamous history of Zanzibar echoing in the architecture, people and culture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Interested in booking a relaxation retreat after a safari or hiking Kilimanjaro? Get in touch with us and let us tailor-design a unique itinerary for you.

Whether you planning a brief holiday or a longer staycation, things to do in Tanzania are no ordinary, and you will never run out of exciting options. This much-famed travel destination is amusing, from the narrow streets of Stone Town to the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. As one travels through these inspirational places, the mind opens to thoughts and ideas that give way to the new interests, you want to pursue in life.

Here are some travel motivations that will inspire you to pursue a new passion, interest, or career while indulging in the unique things to do in Tanzania.

Travel Photography

Photography opportunities are abundant in Tanzania. Whether you are going to climb the tallest mountain of Africa- Mt. Kilimanjaro, venture into a wildlife safari or visit the pristine Zanzibari beach, you no longer need to be a professional photographer to frame the perfect moment. Pick up you’re your mobile phone or buy a professional camera and get started with online tutorials to get ideas on how to make the most of your gadget and the destination you plan to visit.

Who knows, you would be selling your photos on Shutter stock and other similar platforms after this trip.

A Gen Z captures an interesting point of view by the waterfall in Udzungwa National Park

Explore: Scenic Destinations in Tanzania

Vlogging

There are not many online travel videos or short, informative travel documentaries on Tanzania. You may choose to visit the islands of Zanzibar, Tanzania, or Mafia and gather a great deal of information in a video format; how to reach there, what to eat, activities, etc. Capturing your travel information on video is called vlogging, and gives you an impressive mileage on your social media handles. Would you consider this amongst the top things to do in Tanzania?

A vlogger on a Safari in Tarangire National Park: One of the Top 5 Things to do in Tanzania

Adventure Sports

If you are someone who enjoys the adrenaline rush of traveling, Tanzania makes for the best destination for adventure lovers. You can mark specific months on your calendar when you can actively venture into one adventure at a time. Some exciting options include climbing mountains in Northern Tanzania, swim with whale sharks in Mafia island, horse-riding on the crater rim in Ngorongoro, walking safari in the Serengeti, and skydiving in Zanzibar.

A kite surfer in Paje, Zanzibar

Become a travel influencer

While in Tanzania, things to do here are plenty and will spark a new motivation in you. Spend your night, camping under the stars, watch the lion face to face, swim amidst colorful corals, or get carried away by the hot air balloon in Serengeti. Point at the map, save enough, plan and travel. When you pick a top travel itinerary, you will quickly get acquainted with Tanzania and get a group of people to experience the new perspective to travel.

Hikers walking towards Mt. Kilimanjaro

Destination Celebration

Oh yes! This could be one of your best reasons to escape to your much-desired destination in Tanzania. Capture your special moments in the raw African beauty or celebrate your milestone year at your favorite destination. Tanzania wildlife is admirable and perfect to behold moments that you would cherish forever. The Northern Safari Circuit is favorable for young adults and adventure lovers.

On the top of the mountain, Tanzania

Do you know enough about things to do in Tanzania, want to know more, or book a promising holiday too? We specialize in fulfilling your Africa Safari dreams. Write to us to get your planning started, on a bespoke itinerary, just the way you like it.

You feel like you don’t have enough time but still want to go on a short safari and explore wildlife destinations? These 5 Tanzania National Parks are our personal favorites and are rewarding in their own unique ways. Whether you are pressed by time or budget, explore some of the less visited and best-kept secrets of the animal kingdom.

Arusha National Park

The beautiful lake Momela where you can even choose to canoe under the bright open sky

Just 30 minutes drive from the Safari capital, this safari park is a hidden gem beyond wildlife. Arusha National parks gives you the best views of Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater with the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes. This destination makes for a great short safari trip for families to spot red colobus monkeys, hundreds of birds and giraffes all in the serene retreat. A few hours of a game drive makes for a fulfilling experience.

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Lake Manyara National Park

Spot the famous tree climbing lions of Manyara – a favorite activity while visiting one of Tanzania’s national Parks

Known for its tree climbing lioness and pink flamingoes, Lake Manyara National Park is one of its kind in the Northern Safari Circuit. It has water forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

Mikumi National Park

The hippo pool- a perfect spot for your lunch time

The fourth-largest Tanzania national park, Mikumi enjoys direct access from Dar es Salaam and is a mere 5-6 hours drive away from the city. Most travelers prefer to take this day trip with a near guarantee to see all the Big 5; lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and rhino. There are more than 400 species of birds including the resident lilac-breasted roller and the bateleur eagle enjoying the company of the migrating European birds. Mikumi National Park is also known as the little Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

How many flamingoes can you count? Visit Tanzania’s only natural calder- The Ngorongoro

The eight-natural wonder of the world, this naturally formed caldera is of 300 sq kms and offers the most happening game drives against a scenic deep backdrop. The crater floor consists of several different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) – a central soda lake filled by the Munge River.  Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, leopard here are also good, and fabulous black-maned lions.  Many flamingos are also attracted to the soda waters of Lake Magadi.

Explore: Classic Northern Safari Circuit

 Kilimanjaro National Park

This park forms Mt. Kilimanjaro’s foot slopes and is a  part of Kilimanjaro National Park featuring a lush montane forest,  home to the leopards, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes and  endangered Abbot’s duiker to mention a few.  Cape Buffaloes and Elephants bathing in the Namwai and Tarkia river, blue monkeys, colobuses and leopards on the trees are a frequent site here.  Witness the greatness of the Kilimanjaro Mountain with overnight hikes on the Shira Plateau, visit the Chala crater lake on the southern eastern slopes and enjoy trout fishing.

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Planning your holidays in Tanzania which is majestic and diverse, be it a safari or even a bucket list goal can get so overwhelming. Juggling between cheapest fares, best tour operators, and wanting that unforgettable experience can make you feel exhausted! Yet planning your holidays in Tanzania is so exciting and everything does fall into place, eventually and perfectly!

What are some most important things to keep in mind to get started? Here are our top five quick tips on planning your holidays in Tanzania

1)      Avoid last minute planning

There are over a hundred destinations to explore, a thousand hotels to stay in and ten thousand tour operators to appease you. Planning your holiday a few months prior can get you good rates and a meaningful research and review on the places to stay. Advance planning is advisable especially for your big safaris to game parks, climbing Kilimanjaro or visiting a busy tourist destination.

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Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar Safari

Hidden Safari Gems- Southern Route

Get to stay in the best resorts when planning your holidays in Tanzania, in advance

2)      Choose your desirable accommodation

Tanzania is an exotic travel destination and accommodation can be one of the major costs. Read reviews, ask questions and see which of the best hotel accommodations suit your taste. Zanzibar has several beach resorts for instance and gives a wonderful experience with great hotels booked in advance.  Set your budget goals and research. Whether you are on a honeymoon, family trip or a group travel experience, choosing your accommodation well in advance is key while planning your holidays in Tanzania

Hot air balloon safari in Serengeti

3)      Pick your season and activities

Tanzania has two rainy seasons: March-May and November-December. The dry season of January-February is the best time for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, while the other dry season from June-November is a preferable time to find wildlife congregating at waterholes on safari. July-October, when you are nearly guaranteed sunshine and best for most travel activities.While you may be able to enjoy plenty of activities during the dry season, the low season gives you the best travel rates. Speak to you consultant who will advise you on the best season to travel to Tanzania.

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4)      Big Attractions? Which ones

Everything is special and appeasing in soulful Tanzania, from small beaches to mountain lodges and safari camping. It is not only worthwhile, but truly a valued experience to visit one of the top destinations. Selous Game Reserve, for instance, is exotic yet one of the largest game reserves of Africa.  Witnessing the great migration is a once in a lifetime experience. Choose wisely, yet surely.

5)      Special Events

A number of cultural music, arts and sports festivals take place in Tanzania throughout the year. Zanzibar hosts international and music festival in February and June. The Kilimanjaro marathon is a renowned and a qualifying sport to international marathon Combining your holiday with such events adds to a richer and fulfilling experience.Always ask your tour operator on special events happening throughout the year in Tanzania.

 

Planning your holiday to Tanzania is uncomplicated when you choose a reliable and experienced tour operator. Whether you are here to relax for a  handful of days or go for an exciting adventure, you experience will be truly unique and memorable when you planned it all in the best way possible.