Holidays in Tanzania

Welcome to Africa's "Garden of Eden"... and the destination that some would say is the land of safaris. Our Tanzania tours will transport you to "the place where life began", where you'll witness the "Big Five" on private game drives in Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro and beyond while enjoying experiences that reveal the essence of East Africa on a small group safari or a family-inspired adventure.

Holidays to Tanzania and Zanzibar offer some of the best game viewing in Africa. Tanzania's safari is the stage for nature's most magnificent spectacle, the Great Migration on the Serengeti plains. Lions loll under flowering Kigelia trees, pods of hippos make their obscene hippo noises in muddy waters, Grevy's zebra and wildebeest race along seasonal migration routes, while parades of elephants feast on the acacia-filled savannahs.

Luxury Tanzania safaris offer a myriad of opportunities, staying in some of the continent’s finest safari lodges and camps. In the northern plains, Mt Kilimanjaro casts a long shadow beckoning with its magnificent snow-capped summit. Nearby at the base of the Western Rift Valley escarpment is Lake Manyara National Park, an alkaline lake with flocks of flamingos, said by Ernest Hemingway to be the 'loveliest in Africa'. Further on is the Serengeti, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa; its south-eastern area is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest unbroken caldera that isn't a lake.

Luxury Tanzania safaris on the less-known Southern circuit offer an Africa vacation in the raw, unspoilt wildernesses of Ruaha National Park and Selous, a UNESCO site and home to the mighty Rufiji River. Here game viewing is possible on foot and by boat as well as 4WD.

When it's time to leave the bush, conclude your trip to Africa with a beach holiday in Zanzibar or Pemba Island, where days are enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving, or sailing in a wooden dhow in the turquoise Indian Ocean. Creed Solutions can tailor-make luxury Tanzania safari holidays for you.

Tanzania Highlights

Witness wildlife's greatest spectacle

Just hearing the name Serengeti sparks an imagination filled with beasts charging across vast open bushlands and sunsets melting over dusty savannahs. The reality doesn’t disappoint and this epic landscape grips any traveller who visits, whether they catch a glimpse of lions, cheetahs and hippos stalking the plains on safari or witnessing possibly the planet’s greatest wildlife spectacle, where over a million wildebeest storm towards the Masai Mara. In the Serengeti, it feels like this ancient rhythm of wildlife has been this way forever, a mystical power that you can’t fail but be entranced by. Pure animal magic.

Be bowled over by the Ngorongoro Crater

Formed after a volcano the size of Mount Kilimanjaro erupted millennia ago, the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater is now the largest extinct caldera in the world. The view from above is majestic enough but slip down inside its slopes and you’re treated by a feast of wildlife. This natural emerald bowl cradles wildebeest, zebra, and the ‘Big Five’, while your ears are often pricked by the soundtrack of elephants trumpeting and lions roaring among the grassy swathes. It’s a place though, where even if there isn’t any wildlife in your eyeline, you’re captured by the utter beauty of the landscape.

Southern Tanzania is wildlife without the crowds

While Tanzania’s northern safari circuit attracts the lion’s share of wildlife spotters, the southern end of the country arguably matches it. At just over 21,000 square miles, Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest and its size means a rich diversity of ecosystems, a place where hippos and crocodiles bathe in riverine marshland and wildebeests, impalas and wild dogs prowl the woodlands. Twin it with Ruaha National Park, a classic African vista where undulating plateaus are studded with baobab thickets and rock outcrops. Its striking scenes are filled with Tanzania’s biggest elephant population, along with ostriches, cheetahs and gazelles.

Find true wildernesses in Western Tanzania

For a safari holiday that’s really off the beaten track, the western corner of Tanzania is where you’ll find it. Katavi National Park is a true wilderness, where thousands of elephants, buffalos and giraffes jostle for space in its floodplains, while hundreds of hippos soak up a watering hole like a giant public bath. Neighbouring Mahale Mountains National Park is a land of staggering beauty and well worth a visit. Here, lush forested peaks surge up from the vast Lake Tanganyika, a wild world where chimpanzees rule, along with giant pangolins, monkeys and a wide variety of birds. Best of all, you’ll likely have these pair of wildernesses all to yourself.

Twin safari with beach

The palm-swayed beaches of the Zanzibar archipelago are the perfect place for respite after time spent watching wildlife on mainland Tanzania. While its sands, people and waters are dreamy, it’s also a cultural crossroads of African-Arabian influences, reflected in its charming villages and tasty cuisine.

Tanzania is a country of magnificent marvels.

Tanzania Travel Essential

Do I need any vaccine for Tanzania?

Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. You’ll need a Yellow Fever certificate if you’re travelling from an endemic country, such as Kenya. Consult your GP at least four to six weeks before travelling for vaccination advice and information regarding anti-malarial medication. You would also need Covid-19 vaccination card as well as a negative Covid-19 PCR test result not less than 72hours old. 

What is the currency in Tanzania?

The official currency of the country is the Tanzanian Shilling.

Do I need a visa for a holiday in Tanzania?

Most international tourists need to apply for a visa to visit Tanzania. Nationals of just a few African and Asian countries can visit visa-free for up to 3 months. In most cases, foreigners can get a tourist visa for Tanzania online or on arrival. Passport holders from some countries need to apply for a tourist visa at their nearest Tanzania embassy or consulate. Speak with your agent to find out if you would be needing one

What language is spoken in Tanzania?

The official languages spoken in Tanzania is Swahili and English

The Best Time to Visit Tanzania

In truth, there’s no bad time to plan a safari holiday to Tanzania. Wildlife spotting is excellent year-round but your best chances are from January to March and June to October.

January to March are the hottest months of the year, with thirsty animals congregating around watering holes. It’s also the calving season, with wildebeest giving birth to their young in the southern parts of the Serengeti. The calving also attracts predators, leading to exciting game viewing!

April to May brings the long rains, often referred to as the green season. The weather can make the access to camps difficult but birdlife is abundant and it’s a time when the flora blooms into life.

June to October is the dry season and a fantastic time to visit Tanzania, especially as the wildebeest start to make their way north to the Masai Mara in Kenya as part of the extraordinary Great Migration spectacle. Wildlife is rife, the scenery is stunning following the rains and it’s also a great time to visit the coast, which is peak season – a great time for honeymooners!

November and December see the 'short rains’ arrive, but don’t let that put you off. It’s quieter than Tanzania’s peak seasons, the game viewing is still good and the scenery is lush, making it an ideal time for photography.

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