Tanzania

Safari reserves & places to visit in Tanzania

Arusha is a bustling, but still lovely town standing at the foothills of Mount Meru.

Arusha

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Arusha is a small town in northern Tanzania that is most commonly used for an overnight stay before or after a safari around the northern circuit. Though if you stay a little longer, it can also be a base for the often overlooked, but charming Arusha National Park.
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Dar es Salaam

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Dar es Salaam is the country's largest city and main port, and is the entry/exit point for international flights. It is a vibrant and bustling modern African city, and it will sometimes be necessary to stop here for a night's stay, but many visitors pass straight through.
Fanjove Island is located 20 miles off the Tanzanian coast…

Fanjove Island

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Located 20 miles off the Tanzanian coast, the stunning Fanjove Island has previously been inaccessible to all except a few local fishermen and the stunning bird and wildlife which thrive in its tropical vegetation. Over the past year, a very reliable operator has set up a small eco lodge here to allow the more intrepid travellers to experience this beautiful island...
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Katavi National Park

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The most remote of Tanzania's best safari areas, Katavi can be costly to reach, but it's full of game and virtually empty of visitors. Expect a vast open plain with large herds of plains game, surrounded by dense, productive woodlands and forests. Katavi is a park for experienced safari hands who love the wilderness.
The name Kilwa means 'Place of Fish'...

Kilwa

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Kilwa – meaning ‘Place of Fish’ – is the collective name given to three different areas on the Tanzanian coast: Kilwa Kisiwani, Kilwa Kivinje and Kilwa Masoko. Visitors come here to explore UNESCO-listed ruins that tell the story of centuries of coastal history. Kilwa isn’t located on the usual tourist route, so the quality of accommodation isn’t as high, and apart from visiting the ruins there isn’t a great deal to do...
Lake Manyara covers about 330km², of which two-thirds is usually underwater…

Lake Manyara National Park

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At the bottom of the Great Rift Valley, the vast shallow salt-lake - Lake Manyara - is visually stunning and a magnet for local wildlife and birdlife. Well worth stopping into for a few nights if you can - but try to spend at least a whole day in the park.
Lake Natron lies in a wild and remote area, far from the beaten track.

Lake Natron

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Lake Natron has stunning scenery with relatively little tourism – with fascinating walking and often vast numbers of flamingos. It is also a great gateway into the back of the Serengeti – avoiding the busier routes.
The Chole Bay area on Mafia Island is one of Tanzania’s best areas for diving.

Mafia Island

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Mafia Archipelago is sparsely-populated and laid-back, with one side protected by a huge Marine National Park. There are few small, unpretentious lodges here, swathes of empty beaches and of Tanzania's best diving. Mafia is a firm favourite, partially because many overlook it.
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Mahale Mountains National Park

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Very different from Tanzania's traditional parks, Mahale Mountains is a remote, costly and totally magical. Expect lush forests, white tropical beach, a huge freshwater lake, and Africa's best chimp safaris. Watching chimpanzees at close quarters is a profound and fascinating experience.
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Mikumi & Udzungwa Mountains

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Holiday in Tanzania – visiting Mikumi National Park and Udzungwa Mountains National Park in your own private 4WD with a driver/guide.
The Ngorongoro Crater is world-famous for its stunning scenery and concentration of game.

Ngorongoro Crater

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Safari holiday in Northern Tanzania's spectacular Ngorongoro Crater.
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Pemba Island

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Pemba is less developed than Zanzibar and less easy to reach, so has fewer visitors. Its generally rural, conservative in outlook and fringed by mangroves. The popular beach lodge at Fundu Lagoon is a favourite with divers and honeymooners.
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Ras Kutani area

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For two nights at the start or end of your trip, consider one of the two excellent, contrasting lodges on the lovely long beach of Ras Kutani. It's only about an hour's drive south of Dar es Salaam.
Ruaha National Park is rugged and quite high up - with a hot and dry climate.

Ruaha National Park

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In the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park offers a great extension to a stay in the Selous Game Reserve; it's hotter, drier and higher – in some ways more like areas further north – and has several species that you won't find further south.
Rubundo Island has been uninhabited for decades and almost untouched by tourism.

Rubondo Island National Park

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The largest island national park in the whole of Africa, Rubondo Island offers a true off-the-beaten-track experience on a Jurassic Park style island. With just one camp here, it's exclusive and intimate, offering a relaxing safari experience as a beach alternative.
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Saadani National Park

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Saadani National Park is a tiny national park which can genuinely claim to offer both sides of a 'bush and beach' experience. Come to for some gentle, low-key game viewing and time to relax on the beach, walk with guides, and enjoy peaceful river trips. Don't come expecting a full-on 'Big 5' game experience.
Game drives in the huge Selous Game Reserve are usually in open-sided 4WDs.

Selous Game Reserve

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The northern section of the Selous, Tanzania's largest reserve, is dedicated to photographic safaris. Come to one of a handful of small, remote camps for excellent big game safaris, a hint of adventure, and a convenient location close to idyllic beaches of the offshore islands. If there's a better reserve for a 'bush-and-beach' trip, we haven't found it yet!
The Serengeti is home to huge numbers of animals: over a million wildebeests...

Serengeti Migration Area

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The vast open plains and occasional kopjies of the famous Serengeti National Park need no introduction - but choose your time to visit, and precisely where you go, with great care and our advice - it varies enormously.
Tarangire National Park is famous for its prolific number of elephants.

Tarangire National Park

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Northern Tanzania's Tarangire National Park has highly seasonal game – at its best from June to October. It's famous for baobabs, large herds of elephants and a northern section which is too busy with transient tourists. So if you come here at all, then come for a few days to its wilder, quieter and much more interesting southern side.
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Zanzibar Island

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Lying off Tanzania's coast, the Zanzibar Archipelago consists of over 50 islands, most of which have a long history and a rich cultural mix. The best known island here is Zanzibar (or 'Unguja Island', as it is more properly known). It is an integral part of Tanzania – even though it often seems separate, and this website treats it separately! The larger islands in the archipelago are highly fertile, with many agricultural resources...