An Introduction to Tanzania

A land of big game and Indian Ocean islands

The home of some of East Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas, Tanzania has a huge range of National Parks and accommodation options to suit all Safari-goers.  Add to that some of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean and you’ve got yourself the perfect destination for the perfect Honeymoon or Bucket List trip.

In the North of the country you have the famous landscapes of the Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater, whilst in the South, you’ll find the lesser-known, and lesser-visited, wildernesses of the Selous and Ruaha Game Reserves, where you’re more likely to encounter the Big 5 than other visitors……..


The Serengeti: The seasonal home to the famous Wildebeest migration the Serengeti is the endless Savannana of our collective Safari imaginings, dotted with Acacia trees under which you’ll find fat prides of lions sleeping off their last meal.

The Ngorogoro Crater: Arguably one of the most famous of East Africa’s landscapes, the vast Ngorogoro Crater was formed when a huge volcano exploded and collapsed 3 million years ago.  Today it’s home to a dazzling array of wildlife, and some superb lodges from which to take in the breathtaking views.

The Selous: In the Southern half of Tanzania the Selous Game Reserve is wild, unspoiled and larger than Switzerland!  It’s home to just a few small safari camps, ensuring a truly exclusive experience.

Ruaha: Tanzania’s largest National Park receives relatively few visitors.  The Great Ruaha River is at its heart, and the banks are a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, hyena and the rare and endangered African wild dog, who prey on the waterbuck, impala, and gazelle that come to the river to drink.

Zanzibar and The Coast: What can we say?  White coral sand, azure waters perfect for diving and snorkelling or just a lazy swim!  We offer a few, select lodges on the Tanzanian coast, and on the islands of the Zanzibar archipelago which are a perfect end to your African adventure.

Reasons to Visit

Wildlife: Tanzania is justifiably famous for its wildlife, you’ll have every chance of seeing all of the Big 5.

Environments: The size of Tanzania means that the natural environment of the parks varies from the North to the South, so it’s possible to experience a wild variety of ecosystems in one visit.

Safety: Tanzania is a stable country and safe to visit.

Choice: Tanzania’s well-established tourism industry and infrastructure mean that a wide variety of accommodation & itineraries are available to suit most budgets.

Hotels in Tanzania

When to Visit

Each area of the country, and to a certain extent each park, all have their own ‘best time visit’. As a general rule, the best time is the dry season, from June to October, and again from December to March.

“I was fly-camping deep in the Selous Game Reserve in 1996 when I realised I was desperately in love, and it was the Tanzanian wilderness that had me hooked. 

It was my first visit to Africa and the start of a lifelong love affair.  Tanzania really does have it all, the game viewing across all the parks is fantastic, and the option to extend your adventure on one of the many fantastic beaches of the coast or the Zanzibar archipelago really is the icing on the cake.”

Lucie Thaxter, Savile Row Travel Africa Specialist

Tanzania Travel Advice

Visa & Passport Requirements

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, find Tanzania specific travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth office here. For more information please visit the  Tanzanian immigration website

Health & Vaccination Information

We advise that you seek advice on recommended vaccinations and precautions from a health professional – either a GP, a practice nurse, a pharmacist or a travel health clinic – ideally at least eight weeks before departure. Visit NHS Fit for Travel for Tanzania specific guidance.

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Map and travel information

Flight information

To Tanzania: fly directly from the UK to Nairobi in approximately 8 hours 30 minutes

To Mnemba Island: fly via Zanzibar – please enquire for details


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