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Beach & safari holidays in Tanzania

Tanzania: safari & beach holidays

Holidays to Tanzania can be an amazing combination of a superb wildlife experience and undisturbed relaxation on stunning tropical beaches. You can choose between safari holidays in Tanzania’s famous northern circuit, the wild southern and exceedingly remote western parks - game sightings rarely disappoint. Watch dramatic river crossings during the great Serengeti migration or track chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Afterwards, why not add some relaxing Tanzania beach holidays to your trip? Hopping on a light aircraft in the morning, you can already be on the country’s beautiful coast in the afternoon.

Please note that our beach holidays to Zanzibar are listed separately because there are so many options for travellers on this island.

The ideas for beach and safari holidays in Tanzania that we’ve listed below range from introductory three-night stays to two-week trips. Many of them can easily be combined with each other, especially trips to Tanzania’s northern parks as distances here are generally short. If you decide to go on Tanzania safari holidays here, you should consider booking a privately guided safari – these work really well in the north.

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Avocet Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxurious safari explores three iconic African reserves from exclusive lodges in unbeatable locations. A very high standard of food, care and guiding ensure that you can focus on the amazing experience.

US$7,740 - US$11,660 per person

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Bat-eared Fox Fly-in Safari

3 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

This is an ideal first-time safari and is the perfect add-on to a holiday in Zanzibar. The Selous is Africa’s biggest game reserve and is home to an abundance of wildlife.

US$2,000 - US$2,360 per person

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Black Pepper Beach Holiday

7 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Beautiful sunsets, excellent diving opportunities and utter relaxation await you at Pemba Island’s Fundu Lagoon. Enjoy a remote beach experience with varied activities on a quiet stretch of tropical island.

US$2,010 - US$4,750 per person

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Caraway Beach Holiday

5 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

The epitome of a peaceful beach retreat, Caraway holiday offers relaxation on flawless beaches and the opportunity to explore beautiful waters. Stay in the island’s only lodge and enjoy complete exclusivity.

US$3,440 - US$3,440 per person

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Chimpanzee Fly-in Safari

8 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Combining two of the remotest parks in Tanzania, this safari can deliver extraordinary wildlife viewing in Katavi, and East Africa's best chimp treks, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

US$8,450 - US$11,770 per person

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Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari

6 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore Tanzania’s renowned northern circuit with a private guide during this 4WD safari. Stay in three well-located yet economical lodges that provide easy access to fantastic wildlife viewing and cultural visits to local communities.

US$3,960 - US$5,220 per person

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Dik Dik Safari

12 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Combine safari with peace and relaxation on Zanzibar’s white-sand shores during this exploration of Tanzania. Stay in three high-quality sister camps within Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park before concluding with a stay on Michamvi Peninsula.

US$7,310 - US$9,390 per person

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Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari

6 days • 2 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Stay in two eco-friendly, rustic bush camps in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Remote wilderness, a diversity of habitats and a good range of activities are available in these two wildlife havens.

US$4,100 - US$4,550 per person

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Firefinch Drive-Fly Safari

9 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Enjoy a combination of privately guided and shared game drives during this good-value exploration of Northern Tanzania. Explore game-dense regions from three comfortable bases where there are a variety of activities on offer.

US$7,790 - US$10,280 per person

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Flufftail Guided Safari

10 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three unique camps as you safari across the Ngorongoro Crater and the iconic Serengeti Plains with your private guide and 4WD vehicle: a trip of comfort and autonomy, with excellent wildlife.

US$11,190 - US$14,720 per person

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Fringe-eared Oryx Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three superbly positioned camps during this exploration of Tanzania’s famous Northern circuit. Excellent views over the surrounding area, remoter locations and game-rich habitat make for an exciting and varied safari experience.

US$6,520 - US$10,870 per person

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Gorillas and Migration Safari

9 days • 3 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxury safari combines two iconic wildlife experiences: trekking to see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, then flying to the northern Serengeti in search of the wildebeest migration and spectacular river crossings.

US$14,770 - US$19,300 per person

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Ms T. from Costa Mesa, CA

Arrived 11 Sep 2021, 11 nights

"My Sep 2021 trip"

"Truly a trip of a lifetime.. I don’t think we could have had a better experience …" Read Ms T.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr A from Washington DC

Arrived 19 Jul 2021, 24 nights

"July/August 2021: Zimbabwe and Tanzania"

"a wonderful sequence of adventures across beautiful Zimbabwe and Tanzania …" Read Mr A’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr J. from Atlantic Beach

Arrived 1 Jul 2021, 28 nights

"My Jul 2021 trip"

"Jessica did an amazing job working with us and we are so appreciative. …" Read Mr J.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

E & C from San Diego

Arrived 25 Jul 2021, 11 nights

"Our Jul/Aug 2021 Serengeti/Katavi/Ruaha trip"

"Olivia's responses.. were invariably prompt, cheerful and thoroughly helpful. …" Read E & C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr W. from Brussels

Arrived 5 Aug 2021, 21 nights

"My Aug 2021 trip"

"Expert Africa are extraordinary in the depth of their knowledge …" Read Mr W.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

pal from geneve

Arrived 7 Aug 2021, 3 nights

"Lake Manze 2021"

"Unforgettable... This is the place were you meet animals in the wild, up close …" Read pal’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs L from Utah

Arrived 15 Jul 2021, 25 nights

"My Jul 2021 trip"

"a trip during the Covid-19 age.. it was worth it.. we can't wait to do it again. …" Read Mr & Mrs L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr. N from Germany

Arrived 5 Mar 2021, 18 nights

"My Mar 2021 trip"

"An incomparable vacation....Nothing can top it …" Read Mr. N’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr A. from Trento

Arrived 3 Jun 2021, 6 nights

"My Jun 2021 trip"

"We had the rare privilege of visiting with very little tourism - wonderful …" Read Mr A.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

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Arrived 30 Apr 2021, 14 nights

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Overall rating: Excellent

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Tanzania

This is their success in sighting key species on our safaris in Tanzania. Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

79% SUCCESS

1,431 sightings from 1,802 observations

Where to see lion in Tanzania

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

45% SUCCESS

919 sightings from 2,043 observations

Where to see leopard in Tanzania

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

29% SUCCESS

462 sightings from 1,579 observations

Where to see cheetah in Tanzania

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

31% SUCCESS

413 sightings from 1,325 observations

Where to see wild dog in Tanzania

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

51% SUCCESS

1,000 sightings from 1,963 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Tanzania

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

64% SUCCESS

1,157 sightings from 1,817 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Tanzania

Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

1,222 sightings from 1,467 observations

Where to see buffalo in Tanzania

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Pan troglodytes

The chimpanzee is our closest living relative. This highly intelligent great ape is a forest animal with a sophisticated social life. Any encounter in the wild is a memorable experience.

100% SUCCESS

18 sightings from 18 observations

Where to see chimpanzee in Tanzania

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

45% SUCCESS

669 sightings from 1,483 observations

Where to see eland in Tanzania

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

90% SUCCESS

1,735 sightings from 1,921 observations

Where to see elephant in Tanzania

Oryx

Oryx

Oryx sp.

Oryx are impressive antelopes, with a powerful physique and elegant markings set off by rapier-like horns. They cut a distinctive dash in some of Africa’s harshest landscapes.

70% SUCCESS

699 sightings from 1,003 observations

Where to see oryx in Tanzania

Gerenuk

Gerenuk

Litocranius walleri

With its slender frame and extraordinarily long neck, this unmistakable East African antelope resembles an attenuated impala and often stands on its back legs browse high shrubs.

76% SUCCESS

41 sightings from 54 observations

Where to see gerenuk in Tanzania

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

83% SUCCESS

1,655 sightings from 1,989 observations

Where to see giraffe in Tanzania

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

1,272 sightings from 1,428 observations

Where to see hippo in Tanzania

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

24% SUCCESS

253 sightings from 1,046 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Tanzania

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

21% SUCCESS

218 sightings from 1,033 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Tanzania

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

20% SUCCESS

27 sightings from 134 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Tanzania

Striped Hyena

Striped Hyena

Hyaena hyaena

The striped hyena is the most widespread of the world’s hyenas, but absent from southern Africa. A rarely-seen nocturnal scavenger, it is shyer and more solitary than its spotted cousin.

16% SUCCESS

61 sightings from 388 observations

Where to see striped hyena in Tanzania

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

83% SUCCESS

1,868 sightings from 2,244 observations

Where to see zebra in Tanzania

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

3% SUCCESS

48 sightings from 1,705 observations

Where to see aardvark in Tanzania

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

31 sightings from 1,621 observations

Where to see pangolin in Tanzania

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

29% SUCCESS

284 sightings from 980 observations

Where to see black rhino in Tanzania

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