Northern Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar
A classic northern Tanzania safari itinerary followed by a relaxing luxury beach holiday on Zanzibar Island.
A luxury safari in Tanzania is like no other. Witness the Great Migration across the Serengeti, conquer Kilimanjaro, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, watch hippos in Lake Manyara, tick off Africa's Big Five, then after East Africa's best safari experience, relax on island beach resorts.
The iconic Serengeti National Park is home to the "Greatest Show on Earth," the Great Migration. On a Serengeti safari, watch herds of wildebeest, zebra and more as they embark on their annual cycle of Tanzania and Kenya's Masai Mara, all while staying in luxury safari lodges.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a remarkable ecosystem for wildlife and the local Maasai community. This is the perfect spot for Big Five safaris in Tanzania (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as the crater is home to endangered black rhino.
In the north of Tanzania, Tarangire National Park provides walking safaris, night safaris and fly camping trips, whilst nearby Lake Manyara National Park is home to pink flamingos, pods of hippos and primate species. In western Tanzania, visit the remote Mahale Mountains National Park where you can trek to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
Getting off the beaten path, the southern parks include Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Enjoy off-road game drives, boating safaris and game viewing in regions which rival the Serengeti in terms of wildlife diversity and density.
Safari adventures and a high concentration of predators, including huge prides of lion, herds of elephant, and the endangered African wild dog, sets these parks apart. Another lesser-known Tanzania safari destination is Katavi National Park, a pristine wilderness packed with wildlife and few visitors.
Although African safaris are what bring most visitors to this East African destination, Tanzania tours have plenty more to offer travellers looking for an East African adventure.
Take on Africa's highest peak with an epic Kilimanjaro trekking expedition, relax on Tanzania's coast at Dar es Salaam, visit Lake Victoria, one of Africa's Great Lakes, or hop over to Zanzibar and its surrounding islets to relax on pristine white sands and swim in turquoise waters.
A country in epic proportions, Tanzania safari tours offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from dawn break on the horizon from the "Roof of Africa," to the thundering stampede of wildebeest migration, to diverse marine life off Pemba Island in the Indian Ocean.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoy safari game drives in Tanzania's amazing national parks, trek to see wild chimpanzees in western Tanzania, and recline on gorgeous beaches with the waves lapping at your toes. Every detail of your luxury Tanzania safari holiday is personalised to you and here are a few itinerary suggestions to give you some ideas.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is best between December and March or July, August and September, when conditions are drier. Tanzania's safari destinations are also best visited in the drier seasons, as wildlife is easier to spot when most of the vegetation dies off and animals congregate around the remaining watering holes. June and July are the best months to visit if you'd like to see the Great Migration in the Serengeti.
Learn more about the best destinations to include on a Tanzania holiday below, including which wildlife species to see where, popular safari spots versus off-the-beaten-track experiences, as well as Tanzania's key cities.
From family safaris to Tanzania honeymoons, our escorted tours are customised by our travel specialists to suit every holiday type. Choose from a range of lodges and camps, including luxurious lodges, mobile camps and other safari camps. Sleep in plush treehouses overlooking grazing wildlife or spend the night fly camping in a luxury tent, falling asleep to the sound of a distant lion's roar and waking up to chirping birds at sunrise. Have breakfast with elephants at Lake Manze Tented Camp, discover the remote chimp-inhabited forests of Mahale Greystoke Camp, explore the coffee plantations at Arusha Coffee Lodge, or take in the breathtaking views from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, as water buffalo wander the grounds. You choose where to stay with a tailor made Tanzania safari itinerary, customised to suit your preferences and tastes.