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Introducing Tanzania

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tanzania Tours & Itineraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Tanzania

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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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Tanzania map: 10 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Tanzania map: 7 Days in Tanzania - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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
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Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

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Travel specialist Joseph Thuo
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Joseph Thuo

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

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Travel specialist Taf Chindove
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Taf Chindove

I am a consultant for Salty.Travel and have always wanted to travel the world. Having been to most of Southern Africa, I am itching to share my travel experiences. This is my passion and nothing...

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Travel specialist Petru van Zyl
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Petru van Zyl

I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 21 years experience as a travel consultant. I am a senior consultant who specializes in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury...

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Trip Reviews for Tanzania

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Cradle of life, Tanzania
Tanzania | Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2022

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Marcello A.
Manhattan, NY | Jul 30, 2022

My wife and I recently returned from our bucket list trip to Tanzania in East Africa on Saturday July 23rd. What an amazing experience. We want to thank Magic Africa and Vivian Kironde for helping to coordinate, schedule, recommend and provide us with an unforgettable trip to the cradle of life. Vivian was very patient with us and listened to our needs. Our experience from the moment we arrived to all the lodges/accommodations/food/people/places were picture perfect but the most important... read more

My wife and I recently returned from our bucket list trip to Tanzania in East Africa on Saturday July 23rd. What an amazing experience. We want to thank Magic Africa and Vivian Kironde for helping to coordinate, schedule, recommend and provide us with an unforgettable trip to the cradle of life. Vivian was very patient with us and listened to our needs. Our experience from the moment we arrived to all the lodges/accommodations/food/people/places were picture perfect but the most important and highlight of our trip was our local guide and driver Johnson Mapimma. Johnson was not only personable, friendly, and accommodating but he had a wealth of knowledge and shared that knowledge with us. He taught us about the local wildlife during the safaris; where to find them, why they do certain things, how humans should respect them and more importantly, he taught us about the culture, it’s people and history. Because of Johnsons knowledge, know how and quick thinking he provided us with an opportunity to experience a rare catch of a lioness taking down a zebra along with her pride. Asante Sana Johnson for showing us your beautiful country and for being a friend.

Best,
Marcello &Anita
Kew Gardens, NY
USA

Hotel Review
Suenos De Africa Luxury camp
Serengeti, Arusha

My wife and I want to thank all the staff at Sueños de Africa for hosting us and taking care of us while we stayed there. We stayed 3 nights in mid July 2022. Special thanks to JuJu, Freddie and I believe it was Franklin. Apologies but I don’t recall all of their name but the entire staff was amazing.

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Memorable trip to Tanzania
Tanzania | Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2022

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karen s.
Canada | Jul 17, 2022

We had the most amazing time in Tanzania. Taf had planned the most perfect trip for us, it truly felt like a dream. Taf was great to work with, and was so helpful, kind and patient helping us postpone our trip multiple times due to covid. read more

We had the most amazing time in Tanzania. Taf had planned the most perfect trip for us, it truly felt like a dream. Taf was great to work with, and was so helpful, kind and patient helping us postpone our trip multiple times due to covid.

Hotel Reviews
Mawe Tented Camp
Seronera Serengeti

Amazing hospitality and amazing food. Beautiful tented lodged located in the middle of the Serengeti, you truly get to experience nature.

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Karatu Tented Lodge
Karatu

Beautiful resort like tented huts/lodge. Wonderful hospitality, delicious food and beautiful view.

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Local specialist: Taf Chindove
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Taf Chindove
Local specialist in Cape Town | Jul 17, 2022

Hi Karen

Thank you for the feedback on your trip. I am glad you were finally able to make your dream come true after such a long wait. Thank you for your patience during all the planning. I hope that you were both able to create some wonderful memories which will last forever.

All the best and Warm Regards
Taf

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

Peter
Peter K.
Minneapolis, MN | Feb 14, 2022

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

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

Local specialist: Joseph Thuo