Travel to Tanzania With Your Dream Bucketlist

Travel to Tanzania is majestic. An elephant herd trumpets their arrival at a floodlit waterhole. Hyenas prowl the plains. Lion prides watch the great wildebeest migration rumble by. Nowhere in Africa are the safari wildernesses so large. Nowhere in the world are the wild mammals so many. And no visitor to Tanzania forgets how close they once were.

Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti

Serengeti Mobile Camping Wildebeest Migration Safari

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Chimpanzee, Mahale Mountains

Chimpanzee Tracking in the Mahale Mountains

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"A Cessna Caravan 208 is landing on an unpaved runway of a bush airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania."

Scenic Safari Flight and Park Transfer

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Hadzabe (or Hadza) young bushman making the arrow for a hunting bow. The Hadzabe are an indigenous ethnic group in north-central Tanzania, living around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau. The population of Hadza tribe just under 1000 persons. Endangered tribe. They are among the last hunter-gatherers in the world.

A Day With a Hadza Community

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Sunset over the tropical beach Zanzibar, Tanzana.

Pemba Island Tropical Getaway With Private Boat

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Little Meru Peak, Mount Meru

Mount Meru Climbing Expedition

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Guided Walk, Serengeti

Serengeti Walking Safari in Grumeti

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African Leopard, Tarangire

Tarangire Private Concession Safari

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Tanzania Experiences

Experiences are itinerary ideas from leading travel designers. Use them as inspiration and then plan a dream itinerary with the best Tanzania travel designers.

Great Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti

Covid-Safe Tanzania Safari

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Matusadona Private Safari, Lake Kariba

African Safari Trip of a Lifetime

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Classic Travel to Tanzania

Tanzania is a legendary East African safari country, where visitors enjoy beautiful natural encounters with the greatest mammals to walk our Earth.

Home to many of Africa's most famous wonders, Tanzania is a country of African travel reverie. The list of destinations borders on the surreal. For safari alone there's the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Tarangire, and Africa's largest game reserve, Selous. Well-established routes offer an iconic safari experience, with Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar providing two more dreamy Tanzanian experiences. While tourism is a mainstay of the economy here, the facilities and services struggle to match other popular African countries, unless you're on exclusive high-end safaris. Still, this is a small negative in comparison to Tanzania's vast and dramatic appeal.

The Great Migration, Serengeti

Northern Circuit Overland Safari

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Uhuru Peak, Mt Kilimanjaro

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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Hot Air Balloon Safari, Serengeti

Hot Air Balloon Above the Serengeti Grasslands

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Giraffe in the wild

Game Drive in Katavi National Park

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Boat Safari, Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve Boat Safari

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Jumping Masai, Ngorogoro Conservation Area

Meet a Traditional Maasai Community

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Male Lion and cub, Serengeti

Serengeti Multi-Day Game Drive Safari

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the Cradle of Mankind, Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge Private Anthropologist Tour

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Giraffe, Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park Game Drive

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Tree Climbing Lion, Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Game Drive

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Exceptional Tanzania Accommodation

Until 2014, Tanzania was always far behind Kenya in terms of tourist numbers. Widely held misconceptions said that the Serengeti and the great wildebeest migration was in Kenya, Zanzibar was a separate country, and Mount Kilimanjaro was found somewhere in the middle of Africa. While Kenya's tourism industry flourished, Tanzania trundled along, struggling to shake stereotypes and failing to adequately invest in the tourism. This has changed drastically in the last decade. There's been a huge upturn in both tourist numbers and tourist facilities, roads towards national parks are becoming paved, a healthy collection of new lodges and camps are prospering, and visitors are starting to explore more than just a classic route of its world-renowned wonders.

Tanzania accommodation will place you centerstage in the wilderness, even if it is under the water. From camping with the herds to contemporary lodges on the beach, you will always have animals roaming past your window. And whether it’s the best location for a wildebeest migration safari, climbing Kili or a honeymoon getaway, a local specialist can advise you on travel to Tanzania.

Underwater Suite, The Manta Resort

Underwater Suite at The Manta Resort

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Service with a Smile, andBeyond Mnemba Island

Stay at andBeyond Mnemba Island

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Private Deck View, Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous Safari Lodge

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Room Verandah, Elewana Tarangire Treetops Lodge

Elewana Tarangire Treetops Safari Lodge

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Serengeti Views, Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Safari Camp

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Exceptionally Close Safari Encounters

The Northern Circuit is an iconic safari route connecting four contiguous parks along with the great wildebeest migration. Southern Tanzania is packed with undiscovered safari gems and a great place for an off the beaten track safari.

Tanzanian safari excels in abundance and scale. There are more wild mammals here than anywhere in the world and they're easy to find on the open grass plains. Wildebeest herds sometimes number hundreds of thousands while various antelopes gather in gargantuan groups. Nutrient rich grass and a consistent rainy season help maintain the staggering numbers. The highlight of most parks is the interaction between predators and prey. Encountering raw hunting scenes is a real possibility and it's rare to go a day without seeing lion prides. Cheetah, leopard, wild dog, hyena, vultures, eagles; a menagerie of hunters form the core of most Tanzanian safaris. Elephant, hippo, and giraffe are also widespread but Tanzania has just a tiny and difficult to spot rhino population.

Most Tanzanian safaris are restricted to daytime game drives. Strict park rules mean other safari activities are rarely available, other than short bush walks from a camp. Unfenced private concessions do offer alternative game viewing and these are firmly tailored towards the luxury market. Remote accommodation is part of the experience and it's often surrounded by wildlife; it's rare that a night goes by without something passing your tent or lodge, whether that's buffalo, elephant, hyena, or a grazing antelope herd. Such encounters reinforce the general impression of safari here, notably that wildlife is absolutely everywhere and you're truly exploring an animal realm.

Ngorogoro Caldera in Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive

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Zebra with Calf, Ndutu Area, Serengeti

Serengeti Calving Season Safari in Ndutu Area

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Elephants, Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park Multi-Day Safari

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Wildbeest and some zebras standing in the savannah in the beautiful landscape of the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania

Mikumi National Park Daytime Game Drive

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Blue Monkey, Udzungwa Mountains

Udzungwa Mountains Walking With Monkeys Safari

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Young chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) clinging to a tree in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Gombe National Park Chimpanzee Safari

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Wild Dolphins swimming in blue ocean in Zanzibar

Swimming With Wild Dolphins in Kizimkazi

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several hikers with backpacks walk on the top of a dry gully with streaks of white carbonatite minerals from the rare natrocarbonatite lava of Ol doinyo Lengai Volcano in Tanzania, Africa

Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain of God Trek

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Fossilized Animals Tour, Lake Natron

Lake Natron Fossilised Animals Tour

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Horseback Safari, Serengeti

Serengeti Horseback Safari in Grumeti

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Travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar

Travel to Tanzania can be combined with the enchantment of Zanzibar island. The iconic island has its own atmosphere and style, a counterpoint to all the safari on the mainland. Think spices, white beaches, fabled heritage, exotic culture, and absolute escapism before or after your safari.

Scuba Diving, Zanzibar

Scuba Diving Zanzibar’s Mnemba Atoll

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Spice Plantation Tour, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Spice Plantation Tour

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Slavery Memorial, Stone Town

Zanzibar Slave History Tour

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Stone Town Artisan Tour, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Artisan Workshop and Music Tour

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Idyllic sandy beach with turquoise sea (Zanzibar island, Tanzania, Africa). There are kite surfers in the background.

Learn to Kitesurf in Paje, Zanzibar

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Coast of Zanzibar

Cruise the Zanzibar Archipelago in a Traditional Dhow

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Stone Town, Zanzibar

Cultural Walk in Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Planning Your Travel to Tanzania

So many iconic wonders, so much choice. Tanzania can be explored in four days or four weeks dependent on how much you want to see. The Northern Circuit is the country's most popular land-based safari, taking in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara. You'll need at least six days to do it all properly as the Serengeti is hard to reach by land. An alternative route explores the country's lesser visited southern parks: like Mikumi, Ruaha, Selous. High-end safaris use micro flights to connect the premier destinations from all over the country.

In addition, climbing Kilimanjaro is an iconic African experience and requires six to seven days plus some preparation and recovery days either side. Then there's Zanzibar and it's hard to put a timeframe on tranquil white sand beaches. Mixing these different destinations is part of the country's appeal and most don't combine Tanzania with anywhere else The exception is a combined Tanzania and Kenya safari.