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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The Swahili House started life as a 19th Century Indian merchant House, and then became a Sultan’s palace before being renovated to make it the hotel that it is today. The history speaks for itself.

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Located on the east coast of Zanzibar, White Sands Luxury Villas & Spa is a luxury beach resort on the Paje beachfront and currently the only resort in Tanzania to be hailed as a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family.

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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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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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Matemwe Lodge and Retreat

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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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Mnemba Island Lodge

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The Highlands

The Highlands

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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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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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The beach at The Residence Zanzibar, luxury hotel in Tanzania

The Residence Zanzibar

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The sister property to one of our favourite hotels in Mauritius, The Residence in Zanzibar opened in April 2011 and brings a new lease of life to the Tanzanian coastline and its main man Zanzibar.

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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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Zawadi Hotel

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Zawadi Hotel sits atop a cliff in South East Zanzibar in a truly coveted location. Its tropical gardens are filled with coconut palms and lush vegetation, both of which create a relaxing environment to unwind in.

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The Palms hotel, luxury hotel in Tanzania, Africa

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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Jabali Ridge

Jabali Ridge

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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 - but the upcoming Jabali Ridge is set to change that.

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Ngorongoro Crater

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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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Fumba Beach Lodge

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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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Zanzibar

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

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We loved every minute. We love diving and are already looking at your book and thinking about next year.

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