Luxury Tanzania Holidays: An Overview

Three times the size of France, Tanzania is blessed with a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife and ecosystems. Not to mention miles of pristine Indian Ocean coastline and idyllic islands.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The great wildebeest migration in the north of the country is spectacular - at any time of year
  • The south is comparatively quieter, and is often overlooked as a result - which means you'll often go for a day without seeing another safari vehicle
  • It's easy to combine bush and beach stays

Luxury Tailor-Made Beach and Safari Holidays in Tanzania: The Detail

Tanzania is every safari holiday seeker's dream destination, whether a honeymooner of travelling en famille, with a larger quantity and diversity of game than anywhere else in the world. On the vast stage of the Serengeti's short grass plains, the greatest animal migration on earth plays out each year, which unsurprisingly makes it a very popular destination for luxury safari holidays. On top of this, Tanzania has miles of white sandy beaches and superb coral reefs, as well as idyllic islands such as those of the Zanzibar archipelago, home to ancient Islamic ruins and endless beaches. Tanzania is essentially the perfect African holiday destination for a luxury safari followed by some R&R on the beach.

Did you know

  • Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania
  • The Mpingo tree is the world's most expensive hardwood tree, common in Tanzania
  • Tanzania is divided into 26 regions, 21 of which are on the mainland
  • Mt Kilimanjaro is 19,341 ft above sea level and is the highest mountain in Africa
  • Tanzania is home to the coconut crab; the world's largest crab (and apparently totally delicious)
  • In Tanzania work starts at 6am and this is therefore called the first hour of the day; so if someone says that church is at 10 they mean the 10th hour so actually 4pm

The Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire are the other great wildlife areas for safari holidays in the north. To the south are the less visited but equally fascinating tropical lowlands of the Selous, Africa's largest game reserve, and the mountains and plains of Ruaha. Over in the west, under the Mahale mountains, are the shores of Lake Tanganyika where the pure water is crystal clear for snorkelling and in the forested mountains themselves, rising steeply behind, chimpanzees proliferate and the largest herds of buffalo on the continent roam Katavi's wide plains.

For picture-perfect, endless white sandy beaches, look no further than the Zanzibar archipelago. There's also the romantic spice islands which offer superb diving and world-class deep sea fishing.

Finally, in the north and close to the Kenyan border, is Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. At 19,341 feet Kili is also the largest free standing mountain in the world and a fine challenge even if you are not a mountaineer, as it is a non-technical climb. A couple of our very own Original Travellers have completed the feat so it can't be that hard!

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Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve

Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

The private island escape of Thanda is located just 16 nautical miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. This luxurious eco-retreat can sleep up to 19 guests on an exclusive use basis within its luxurious villa.

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Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure

Trekking Holidays: The Kilimanjaro Climb Adventure

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Rising from the plains of northern Tanzania close to the Kenyan border, Mt Kilimanjaro dominates the surrounding landscape and on a clear day can be seen from almost one hundred miles away.

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Zuri Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Due to open in May 2018, Zuri Zanzibar is a luxurious resort in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The hotel is located on Kendwa beach, a fine stretch of white sand beach which is non-tidal (unlike most of the islands beaches), allowing guests to swim all day long.

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Western Tanzania

Tanzania

Visit chimpanzees at Lake Tanganyika, or head for the llittle-known wildlife hotspot Katavi National Park.

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The Highlands

The Highlands

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Hidden within greenery on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the eight guest Domes at The Highlands are within reach of the inimitable Ngorongoro Crater but the camp aims to offer an altogether different Ngorongoro experience.

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Adventure Holidays in Tanzania

Adventure Holidays in Tanzania

Tanzania

Whether you’re an adventure junkie or just like a little bit of a kick now and again, Tanzania has plenty of adventure options, from climbing Kilimanjaro to walking with Bushmen.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Tanzania

Look beyond the (admittedly mind blowing) Serengeti, and there's so much more to Northern Tanzania, from volcanoes to flamingoes and everything in between.

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Tanzanian Coast Fish

Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast

Tanzania

The coast of Tanzania, along with the spice islands offshore, make a great destination either in their own right, or in combination with a safari.

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Pool with ocean view at Fumba Beach Lodge, luxury hotel in Tanzania

Fumba Beach Lodge

Zanzibar

Located off the beaten track in Zanzibar’s most southern west corner, Fumba Beach Lodge is set in 40 acres of lush wilderness and is the understated luxury that we love.

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The Palms

Zanzibar

Situated along a pristine white beach on the enchanting Island of Zanzibar, The Palms is the ultimate private get-away retreat providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveller.

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Roaring Lion in the Endless Plains

The Endless Serengeti Plains

Tanzania

Tanzania's spectacular equivalent of the Masai Mara, packed with wildlife and often with tourists; but we know how to avoid them.

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Roho Ya Selous

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Translated from Swahili Roho Ya Selous means heart of Selous, and that’s exactly where this lodge is. Look out from your luxurious tent onto wetlands, open plains and an array of wildlife from prime position on top of the hill.

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Jabali Ridge

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

The wild and wonderful Ruaha National Park is the largest of Tanzania’s national parks, but one of the least visited. Up until this point the camps available in the Ruaha have been relatively modest - until the arrival of Jabali Ridge.

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Matemwe Lodge and Retreat

Zanzibar

Comprised of Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and the Matemwe Beach House, this property on Zanzibar’s northeast coast suits everyone from families to couples and honeymooners.

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Fly Camping in Tanzania

Fly Camping in Tanzania

The Endless Serengeti Plains

Enhance a safari with a night or two fly camping in the bush.

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The pool area at night at Beho Beho Camp, luxury hotel in Tanzania

Beho Beho Camp

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Beho Beho is a luxurious safari camp located in the northern part of the vast Selous Game Reserve.

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The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Tanzania

Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.

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Zanzibar

Tanzania

Pristine beaches, vibrant corals and idyllic hotels - Zanzibar is the definition of island paradise

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