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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

 
 
 
 
 

TANZANIA ISLAND

Tanzania is the combination of two lands; Tanganyika and Zanzibar islands, which formed Tanzania on April 26th. 1964. Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere, became president of the two countries. Mr. Nyerere was the leader of Tanganyika. Tanganyika had its independence from Great Britain on September 12th. 1961 peacefully without any bloodshed. Zanzibar on the other hand, was led by the late Mr. Karume who led Zanzibar as a constitutional monarchy under its Sultan. On 12 January 1964, the African majority revolted against the sultan and a new government was formed with the ASP leader, Abeid Karume, as President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council. In the first few days of what would came to be known as the Zanzibar Revolution, between 5,000 and 15,000 Arabs and Indians were murdered.

On 26 April 1964, Tanganyika united with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania on October 29th of that year. The name Tanzania is a blend of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and previously had no significance. Under the terms of this union, the Zanzibar government retains considerable local autonomy. Also, both countries speak the same language SWAHILI, despite having over 200 tribes and dialects. On this website we treat them separately for the simple reason that it is a semi-autonomous.

Tanzania is home to two renowned tourism destinations - Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and wildlife-rich national parks such as the Serengeti. However, due to the vast nature of the country there is a lot more the country has to offer besides its superb big game and safaris. Tanzania is blessed with the winning combination of both stunning tropical beaches and rich culture.

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. Thanda Island is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.

Thanda is situated in its own marine reserve where you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate and enjoy adventure sports, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights. If marine life isn't your thing, there's still plenty to do. Sea-kayaking is also a popular activity. Thanda also has its own tennis court, for those who prefer to see the sea from a safe distance. 

Thanda Island was voted the World's Leading Exclusive Private Island by the 2016 World Travel Awards and features on the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List 2017.’

It is located 16 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Travelers can access the island from neighboring Mafia Island, which is a 45-minute helicopter journey from Dar des Salaam on the mainland. The best way to reach Thanda is by helicopter. It takes between 15 and 45 minutes to fly from Mafia Island, dependent on weather conditions. The island's rate also includes free transfers from Mafia Island by boat. 

Once guests have checked in, they get exclusive use of the whole island, while private chefs and staff cater to their every need. The seafood is spectacular, too, with fresh lobster, grilled tiger prawns as big as langoustines, red-snapper ceviche and seared tuna on the menu. The chefs are happy to prepare a Swahili feast of samosas, prawn and coconut curry, and mini doughnuts drenched in a spicy syrup served with milky chai tea.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" in Arabic is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean. Pemba is located 5° South of the equator and 43° East of the prime meridian. It is 50 Nautical miles south of Mombassa and 25 miles off the Tanzanian Coast (Tanga). The Southern tip of Pemba is 22 miles from the northern most tip of Pemba.

In previous years, the island was seldom visited due to inaccessibility and a reputation for political violence, with the notable exception of those drawn by its reputation as a center for traditional medicine and witchcraft. There is a quite large Arab community on the island, who immigrated from Oman. The population is a mix of Arab and original Waswahili inhabitants of the island. A significant portion of the population also identifies as Shirazi people.

The most important towns in Pemba are Chake-Chake (the capital), Mkoani, and Wete, which is the largest city. The centrally located Chake-Chake is perched on a mound with a view to the west on a bay and the tiny Misali Island, where the tides determine when a dhow can enter the local harbor. Pemba is, with the exception of a strip of land along its eastern coast, a very fertile place: besides clove trees, the locals grow mainly ricecoconutbananascassava and red beans (called maharagwe in the Swahili language).

Pemba is home to several dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and very abundant marine life. Pemba is also famous for its rich fishing grounds. Between the island and the mainland there is the deep 50 kilometer wide Pemba Channel, which is one of the most profitable fishing grounds for game fishing on the Swahili Coast.

Mbudya island (Dar es Salaam)

Mbudya Island (or simply Mbudya) is an uninhabited island in Tanzania, north of the country's capital city, Dar es Salaam and is one of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve (DMRS).

The island lies close to the beach resort and fishing community of Kunduchi and is reachable by means of a 20-minute motorboat ride crossing from the mainland. It is therefore a popular day trip for both tourists and Tanzanian residents alike, serving as a location for a variety of leisure activities, including snorkeling, sunbathing and hiking. Mbudya marine reserve is open to tourists where one can hike, camp or just enjoy a picnic on the beach. Many tourists come here to see the coral reefs while snorkeling; we also offer a nature trail walk to see snakes and the rare coconut crabs which weigh about four kilos. Some camp here for weeks while doing research on particular animals like the coconut crab.

Bongoyo Island (Dar es Salaam)

Bongoyo Island (or simply Bongoyo) is an uninhabited island in Tanzania, situated 2.5km north of the country's largest city, Dar es Salaam. It is the most frequently visited of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve (DMRS) and a popular day trip for both tourists and Tanzanian residents alike for snorkeling and sunbathing.

The island lies close to the Msasani Peninsula (in the Kinondoni district of the city) and is reachable by means of a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland. The point of departure for most visitors to the island is 'The Slipways' hotel complex on the western side of the Msasani Peninsula.

The island has a very rocky shore and only two beaches. All visitors visit the beach at the northwestern tip of the island, where the boats moor and where there are some huts, drinks and food. The much longer but narrower beach along the northeastern side has no facilities and is mostly deserted. The entire island (apart from the beaches) is covered in dense forest and has a few walking trails, so only a few people venture there. The terrain is somewhat treacherous with sharp rocks. In the middle of the island one finds the remains of a German colonial building

Prison Island - Changuu Private Island (Stone Town)

Changuu Private Island Paradise (Prison Island) has been described as a Small Paradise on Earth, with its private white beach surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The islet lies 3 ½ miles to the northwest of Zanzibar Stone Town, and it is oblong in shape, about ½ a mile and 250 yards wide at the broadest part.

 

 Prison Island - Changuu Private Island has a long and intriguing history. Used in the late 19th century as a slave prison and then a quarantine zone for yellow fever, today the island caters to tourism with several recently developed guesthouses looking out over its pristine northwest beaches. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises--some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. Today, Changuu Private Island Paradise has restored these historical buildings to make them living structures, adapted to new uses while preserving their authenticity. The prison ruins have now been converted into a bright living structure, offering a host of entertainment facilities, such as a café, boutique and library. 

For the most romantic breakaway, the 15 exclusive cottages built in the northwest of the island offer an unrivalled, luxurious experience; and in the southwest side of the island, the former Quarantine Area built in 1931 has been converted into 12 elegant sea-facing rooms. 

Only the ancient Giant Tortoises that inhabit the island, brought from Seychelles almost one century ago, are witnesses of the most private and exclusive experience.

Misali island (Pemba Island)

Misali island is located in Pemba Island. Misali is considered one of the diving paradises of East Africa, if not the world. It was once thought of as a safe haven by the pirates of the olden days and it is still believed that the local treasure of the notorious Captain Kidd might be awaiting discovery somewhere around here. Beautiful and extensive coral reefs, containing myriad fish and other marine life, surround the island, which hosts a rich inter-tidalecosystem. 

Note that, on Misali, which has been gazetted as a Marine Conservation Area, landing fees are payable. These fees go towards the upkeep of the island.

Misali as a Marine Conservation Area is characterized by unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of remarkable species diversity. about 350 fish species and 40 genera of hard corals have been recorded. The 1 Km sq. of terrestrial area supports the endangered nesting turtles and the dense coastal thickets harbor populations of green monkeys, the endangered and endemic Pemba flying Fox, globally endangered coconut crabs and various species of birds. Economically Misali provides direct livelihood supports to 11,400 people through fishing at Misali.

Kilwa Kisiwani

The ruins of these two medieval city-sates, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara, are found on two adjacent islands off the coast of Tanzania, about 200 km south of Dar es Salaam.  At its height, in the 14th century, Kilwa Kisiwani was the single most important trading centre on the East African coast and its ruins include a number of mosques,  a well-preserved Omani fortress, graves, and the remnants of a Great Palace that was, in its day, the largest permanent building in sub-Saharan Africa.  Its great wealth was founded on its control of the gold trade with the Monomotapa kingdom with its capital at Great Zimbabwe.

On another island to the south the ruins of Songo Mnara include another palace complex from the same period, as well as houses, graves and a number of mosques surrounded by a defensive wall.  These ruins are of prime importance to our understanding of the development of the Swahili culture and the spread and influence of Islam along the East African coast for 1000 years from the 9th century.

The ruins are becoming overgrown and rather dominated by some impressive baobab trees.  The largest of the ruins featured here is the Husuni Kubwa (Great Palace), which occupies a raised position 2km to the east, overlooking the mangroves.

Saanane Island National Park (Mwanza)

Saanane, the rocky Island in Lake Victoria was named after its former owner Mzee Saanane Chawandi, who was a farmer and fisherman. The Island was established as the first zoo in Tanzania in 1964 whose objectives were to promote interest in wildlife conservation education and provide recreation to Mwanza people. Between 1964-1968, the Island was stocked with an array of wildlife species, many of which were released into Rubondo Island National Park.

In 1991, the Government declared the Saanane Island as a Game Reserve to promote and strengthen conservation. It was fully fledged as the 16th National Park in July 2013, covering an area of 2.18 Km2including aquatic environment, dry land. The Park is made up of other two smaller islets; “Chankende Kubwa” and “Chankende Ndogo”, which lie in the south. The Saanane Island is the smallest and first ever National Park located within Mwanza city Tanzania.

Stepping into the city of Mwanza (the rocky city) is much easier by air, road, train and water transport means. Saanane Island is easily accessed using a boat skip taking five minutes from a dock located a walking distance about 15 mins. from the city center. The park is open all year round is possible: birdlife is most varied and scenery greenest over November-March. June-August is the dry season and great for iconic, game viewing and rock hiking.

Fanjove Island

Fanjove Island is one of the six small islands in the Songo Songo Archipelago, just off the coast of Tanzania. The wonderful uncontaminated nature of Fanjove tropical island, 20 miles from the coast, is a tourist destination still unexplored. Once landed on SongoSongo Island, 40 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam, after a short boat trip, guests will live an unforgettable experience steeping in an exotic sensations, Robinson Crusoe’ style. Here you enter in a paradise dimension; time slows down detaching you  completely from every day life.
 
Surrounded by beautiful, powder-white, sand beaches and the crystal clear turquoise water, the light unrolling of the waves, the whistling of the wind that caresses the palms, the unique, shy and colored Coconut Crab specimens that come out at night, the multicolored species of birds that stop during the migrations will be only one of the several frames and colors. The island is also filled with enormous lagoon and 11 km of coral reef. 
There are six Eco Bandas, each with an ensuite bathroom open to the sky for hot showers under the stars. The individual Bandas are distributed along the main beach to guarantee privacy, each with a view of the ocean. All have been designed with the environment in mind, specifically to have the lowest impact on the island and are powered singularly by solar power.The Banda’s path will lead you to the dining where delicious meals of Fusion Cousine will be served reflecting the multicultural influence from the historical past of the area.

During the day it will be possible to amuse one self with various water activities, including diving in the crystalline water to discover a yet unexplored paradise.

Rubondo Island

Rubondo Island – in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria – is for those seeking the thrill of adventure in a truly wild area, all but untouched by man. The Island is some 28 km in length along the north-south axis and between 3 and 10 km wide. Lake Victoria covers 68,000 square kilometers and is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world – comparatively it is twice the size of The Netherlands.
 
Rubondo Island boasts a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Only here can the visitor be sure of seeing Sitatunga and have the chance of observing small gangs of chimpanzees. Other mammals frequently seen include hippos, otters, bushbucks and vervet monkeys. Rarer sightings are genet, colobus, marsh mongoose and suni antelope (dikdik).
 
Rubondo is a paradise for bird-lovers, with nearly 430 species documented on the island. The diversity of habitats, from open woodland to papyrus swamps and evergreen forest, together with its geographical location in the heart of Africa, attracts numerous resident and migrant species. The islan dhas an abundance of herons, storks,egrets, ibises, cormorants, kingfishers, flycatchers, bee-eaters, hornbills and birds of prey, including the highest density of fish eagles anywhere in the world.
 
The camp – the only lodgings on this verdant island – immerses you in this lush and unspoilt ecosystem. From its lakefront location to the Eco-friendly design of the eight fabulous cottages, the camp offers unrivaled access to this one-of-a-kind destination, where elephant roam wild, colorful birds and butterflies flit through the pristine indigenous rainforest and the waters teem with hippo, crocodile and the iconic Nile perch.
Rubondo Island National Park
The largest island national park in Africa. The wide variety of invertebrates and diversity of plants species makes Rubondo a fascinating place for naturalists. Fabulous butterflies create a kalei-doscope of color in the forest together with the spectacular seasonal displays of orchids, fireball lilies and red coral trees. Visitors have the freedom to explore the forest and lake shores by foot or boat allowing each person to discover his or her own magic of Rubondo and to leave with a uniquely personal experience of the island.

Arusha

The name Arusha was derived from Waarusha people who traditionally used to live in the park. Situated near the Kenyan border, the bustling town of Arusha stands in the foothills of Mount Meru at an altitude of about 1,500m. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation AreaLake Manyara National ParkOlduvai GorgeTarangire National ParkMount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.
Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts the East African Community. From 1994 to 2015, the city also hosted the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, but that entity has ceased operations. It is a multicultural city with a majority Tanzanian population of mixed backgrounds: indigenous African, Arab-Tanzanian and Indian-Tanzanian population, plus a small European and an American minority population.
 
DISCOVER ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
The park is close to Moshi and Arusha towns. It is an ideal destination for visitors who attend seminars, workshops and conduct business in Arusha and Moshi. Unlike other National Parks in Tanzania, here visitors can see a variety of wildlife in different habitats within a short time. Game drives are therefore one of the popular tourist activities in Arusha National Park. The parks highlights can easily be seen in a day. The two main game drives circuits are around Momella Lakes and Ngurdoto Crater.
Game is plentiful along these particularly scenic routes, but contact with other visitors is frequent. Signposts have been strategically designed and located at junctions to assist self-drive visitors arriving for the first time, to locate places and features of the park much more easily. 
 
The Park can be visited throughout the year, however the weather is best between June and February. Short rains are usually in November.

The history of the park goes back to 1876, when Count Teleki, a Hungarian, visited the Momella area. He commented on the vast number of hippos and rhinos he saw. The latter are now sadly no longer in the park. In 1907, the trappe family moved to Momella to farm, using large areas of the present park as a cattle ranch. Mrs. Trappe, the first woman to become a professional hunter in East Africa, voluntarily set aside a large part of the Momella estate for a game sanctuary. When the park was established in 1960, the fram was incorporated into it.

 

In 1960, then the Ngurdoto National Park was established in 1967, Mt, Meru area also became part of the park. The game of the park was then changed to Arusha National Park.

 

The name Arusha was derived from Waarusha people who traditionally used to live in the park.

 

How To Get There

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The Park can be accessed from Arusha town, which is about 32 km away. It is about 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The park can only be reached by road.

 

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Best Time To Visit

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The Park can be visited throughout the year, however the weather is best between June and February. Short rains are usually in November.

 

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Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam (from Arabic: دار السلام‎ Dār as-Salām, "the house of peace" formerly Mzizima) is the former capital as well as the largest city in Tanzania. It is the most populous city in the coastal region of East Africa and is a regionally important economic center.
 
Located on the Swahili coast, the city is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. 

Dar es Salaam has heavy traffic during the daytime, but after sunset the area is relatively quiet as much of the city's nightlife is located in more residential districts away from the city's mainly commercial center. The sprawling suburbs furthest from the city center are generally populated by Tanzanians of African descent, with the exception of Oyster Bay, where there is a large population of foreign expatriates.

Dar es Salaam has two of the five museums comprising the National Museum of Tanzania consortium, namely the National Museum proper and the Makumbusho Cultural Centre & Village Museum. The National Museum is dedicated to the history of Tanzania; most notably, it exhibits some of the bones of Paranthropus boisei that were among the findings of Louis Leakey at Olduvai. The Makumbusho Cultural Center & Village Museum, located in the outskirts of the city on the road to Bagamoyo, showcases traditional huts from 16 different Tanzanian ethnic groups. There are also examples of traditional cultivations, and traditional music and dance shows are held daily. In 2016, there was a breakthrough discovery in Northern Tanzania by a scientist, from the University of Dar es Salaam, of footprints thought to be of a hominid that predates Homo sapiens. Close to the National Museum are also the botanical gardens, with tropical plants and trees.

 

There are beaches on the Msasani peninsula north of Dar es Salaam and in Kigamboni to the south. Trips to the nearby islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve are a popular daytrip from the city and a spot for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Bongoyo Island can be reached by boat from the Msasani Slipway.

Further leisure spots are Mlimani shopping mall.

Dar es Salaam boasts of luxury hotels and beaches, some of the major hotels include the Movenpick, Kempinski Kilimanjaro, Peacock, Whitesands and many more

Ras Kutani

Ras KutanI is a stretch of coastline around 50km south of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean Coast of TanzaniaConsidering its proximity from such a large city, this area still feels quite wild and remote, with broad sandy beaches being backed by a lightly inhabited hinterland of forests, cashew plantations and shamba farms. Ras Kutani is a barefoot hideaway at which to relax after your safari adventures. For those who prefer a more active stay there are facilities for sailing, wind-surfing, snorkeling and fishing. Adjacent to a fresh water lagoon, the resort is on a four kilometer crescent of white sand and gentle surf, cooled by tropical trade winds.

Accommodation is in nine beach cottages, four hillside suites and a family house constructed from local materials, with luxury interiors. Warm and friendly staff will ensure that your every need is catered for. Delicious Pan-African cuisine and ocean-fresh seafood is served in the beautiful spacious dining area or on the beach under a starlit African sky.

There's no doubt that Ras Kutani offers an idyllic escape and it is fast becoming known as 'the' place to go for the finest Tanzanian beach experience.

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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is a Magnificent Wildlife experience. Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.

The Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania's protected areas, which altogether make up some 14% of the country's land area, a conservation record that few other countries can match.

It was 1913 and great stretches of Africa were still unknown to the white man when Stewart Edward White, an American hunter, set out from Nairobi. Pushing south, he recorded: "We walked for miles over burnt out country... Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise."

He had found Serengeti. In the years since White's excursion under "the high noble arc of the cloudless African sky," Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to many of us. The Maasai, who had grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia had always thought so. To them it was Siringitu - "the place where the land moves on forever."

Safari

Safari, in Kiswahili, simply means "journey". But in English it has become a synonyme for a wildlife viewing adventure in the African bush. 'To go on safari' In Tanzania is, and always will remain a fascinating and exclusive experience.

Please see our Safari destination page for more!

Camps, lodges and hotels by the Serengeti:

Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Built around an enormous rock in the heart of the Serengeti, the Seronera Wildlife Lodge is ideally situated to watch the migration go by. Located a six hour drive or one hour flight from Arusha to Seronera's dirt strip "airport", it has 75 rooms with ensuite facilities and both the bar and the restaurant overlook the savanna.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Clusters of elegant thatched huts form a very upmarket "traditional" African village with views ot the migration in May/June on the plains below. The lodge has 66 ensuite rooms with a panoramic view from individual verandas and a swimming pool.

Migration Camp
A first class camp in the north eastern Lobo area with 13 en suite tents built at the base of a Kopje. It has a very comfortable bar, a reading library and a swimming pool. Activities include game drives.

Grumeti River Camp, Western Serengeti
One of Conservation Corporation's refurbished facilities in the Serengeti. Set in the Western Corridor with year-round game-viewing, it is a secluded, luxurious retreat with 10 private en-suite tents and communal dining on the banks of the Grumeti River where crocs and hippos are common. The visitor has the choice of flying or driving in and the driver guides have been highly trained to maximise the visit.

Kirawira Camp, Western Corridor
The Serengeti's most upmarket camp with Victorian and African craftmanship complementing each other. Set atop of a hill overlooking the endless savanna its 25 double tents with ensuite facilities are luxurious without being ostentatious. The dining room menus are unrivalled on the circuit. Activities include game drives in the Serengeti in open Landrovers. The lodge has a small but charming pool with a spectacular view. The jewel in the Serena group's crown.

Klein's Camp
This Conservation Corporation camp is just outside the northeastern Serengeti on a 12,500-hectare exclusive-use concession just south of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Set in the bush-covered Kuka Hills, Klein's has eight comfortable, tastefully appointed ensuite cottages with private verandas, built from local rock and thatch. Elephants can be seen on the plains below, day and night drives and walking safaris (both of which are not allowed within the Serengeti National Park) are provided. The lodge has a swimming pool.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Situated near the Nyaroboro Hills in the Moru area (45 min. drive from Seronera in the South West of the Serengeti National Park), this lodge offers comfortable accomodation in 102 ensuite rooms with a sliding "window wall" opening to a veranda with sweeping panoramic views of the Serengeti. The Lodge has a swimming pool, satellite TV and video. Lobo Wildlife Lodge - Openened 25 years ago the Lobo Wildlife Lodge is noted for its stunning architecture and the year-round elephants and buffalo. Sculpted into a rock kopje, it occupies the commanding heights in the northern section of the Serengeti through which the migration passes on its way north and south. Built entirely from wood and glass the lodge has 75 rooms and a natural rock swimming pool.

Ndutu Safari Lodge
Situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near the southern border of the Serengeti National Park, Ndutu offers simple yet charming accommodation in 30 ensuite cabins and several tents - a strategic base to watch the wildebeest migration in the early months of the year (May/June).

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation

The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers. It is one of the three divisions that comprise Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region.

NCA was established in 1959 by the NCA Ordinance No 413 of 1959 as a multiple land use area, designated to promote the conservation of natural resources, safeguard the interests of NCA indigenous residents and promote tourism. NCA is a unique protected area in the whole of Africa where conservation of natural resources in integrated with human development.

The main feature of the NCA include the Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti Plains that support about 2.0 millions migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara-ecosystem (TAWIRI, 2003) and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve (NHFR) known as 'Entim Olturot' in Maa language. Other important features found in the NCA are the archaeological and palaeontological site located at Oldupai Gorge and the early human foot-prints that were discovered at Alaitole in Ngarusi area. Because of these particular features and the harmonious co-existence between wildlife and people that has existed for many years, NCA was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site and listed as one of the International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme.

 

Flora and Fauna: Vegetation cover

Ngorongoro is home to lush green, rain-watered vegetation, as well as desert plants. The area has uncultivated lowland vegetation, arid and semi-arid plant communities, abundant short grass used for grazing, and highland forests.

Flora and Fauna: Wildlife

The area contains over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros. There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. The crater also has the densest known population of lions, numbering 62. Higher up, in the rainforests of the crater rim, are leopards, about 30 large elephants, mountain reedbuck and more than 4,000 buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, cheetahs, and other felines.

The legendary annual wildebeest and zebra migration also passes through Ngorongoro, when the 1.7 million ungulates move south into the area in December then move out heading north in June. The migrants passing through the plains of the reserve include 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra, and 470,000 gazelles. The Lake Ndutu area to the west has significant cheetah and lion populations. Over 500 species of bird have been recorded within the NCA. These include ostrich, white pelican, and greater and lesser flamingo on Lake Magadi within the crater, Lake Ndutu, and in the Empakaai Crater Lake, where a vast bird population can be observed.

Flamingos

Flamingos are very common at lakes in the NCA, all of which are saline. Flamingos are filter feeders and feed on plankton. Plankton is a collective name for microscopic plants and animals that occur in the mud and on the surface of shallow, saline lakes.

 

Bird Watching

The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, Lakes and marshes provide habitats for a wide range of bird life. The wet months see the arrival of the Eurasian migrants at the pools. White storks, yellow wagtails and swallows mingle with the local inhabitants: stilts, saddle-bill storks, ibis, ruff and various species of duck. Lesser flamingos fly in to feed from their breeding grounds at Lake Natron. Distinctive grassland birds - ostrich, kori bustards and crowned cranes-abound. The rest of the NCA also has areas which will reward the keen ornithologist.

Ngorongoro Crater Camps, lodges and hotels:

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
This luxury lodge, constructed from local ivy covered stone, has been built into the northern crater rim. From each of the 75 rooms the view into the crater is breathtaking. Activities include game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater where visitors can easily see all of the "Big Five."

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Perched on the rim of the crater, guests are accommodated in 30 private cottages separated into three camps, North, South and Tree camp. The African design is complimented with en suite facilities, each with a deck offering dazzling views of the crater floor 500 meters below, grand chandeliers, magnificent hand carved four poster beds and a fireplace. Conservation Corporation's most spectacular lodge in Tanzania.

Nogorongoro Sopa Lodge
Perched on the very edge of the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site, each rondavel-style suite has stunning views into the Crater as well as a luxury bathroom, a private lounge and an enclosed veranda. As in all Sopa lodges, each room is a suite with two Queen-sized beds. Main areas enjoy magnificent views through double story windows. There is open fire places in the bar, lounge, and dining room as well as a swimming pool and gift shop. Satellite TV and video is available.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
The lodge is perched on the rim of the crater at 2,286 metres above sea level, offering a breathtaking view of the crater. 75 ensuite bedrooms with central heating, a lounge with panoramic windows and an observation deck provide good quality comfort.

Gibb's Farm
A small and intimate hotel situated on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. It is a charming stopover between Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater surrounded by coffee plantations and lush gardens. The main facilities - lounge, dining room, shop - are all situated in the old farmhouse, while sleeping accommodation is in 15 double rooms.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located in the northern part of Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park is 126 kilometers west of Arusha Town. The park is sized 330 square kilometers of which 220 sq kilometers. Lake Manyara National Park well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake and its flamingos, and a breathtaking scenery. Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, small known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbingpranks. This used to be a special character of the park which is not the case today. Regarded as Africa’s largest, huge herds of baboons are expected by most of the travelers.

Lake Manyara National Park is one of Africa’s alkaline water lakes located in the northern side of Tanzania, approximately ninety minutes drive from Arusha town on a newly tarmac-surfaced road.

Flora and Fauna of the Park

Out of the 330 square kilometers, definitely two thirds of it is underwater. By African levels, Lake Manyara National Park is a small park. On the contrary however, it is very dazzling and contains enormous wildlife more so birds.

 

The Wildlife Animals in Manyara

The game in Lake Manyara includes plenty of elephants, wildebeest along with so many giraffes, and buffalo. The numbers are very famous in terms of the zebras, impala, warthog and waterbuck. On the slopes of the escarpment, you may need to search a little hard for the tinny and renowned shy kirk’s dik dik and klipspringer.

A good habitat for lions among Manyara’s healthy lion family that are popular for their tree climbing character is made perfect by the broken forests and escarpment. Often widely regarded as Africa’s largest, huge troops of baboons which often number as hundreds are immediately definite to most of the guests.

Birding in Lake Manyara

The life of the birds here is exceptionary differing as regards to the habitants.Often; you will be able to see flocks of pelicans and pink shading of distant flamingoes in the middle of the lake. Amongst the margins and floodplains, feeding so many egrets, stilts erons, spoonbills, stalks and other waders. The woodlands equally yield with the so much water around. But the more interesting species will be viewed in the evergreen forests; for example, crowned eagles, crested guinea fowl and the silvery cheeked hornbills.

 

Lake Manyara Camps, lodges and hotels

Kirurumu, Lake Manyara
A luxury tented lodge built on the Gregorian Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Set in this stunning location, it overlooks a spectacular panorama of seemingly untouched Africa. Kirurumu is built of local materials offering 20 well spaced tents, each raised on a base of natural stone. Bedrooms are comfortable with twin or double beds and modern en-suite bathrooms.

Maji Moto, Lake Manyara
This small luxury tented camp is the only tourist resort inside Lake Manyara National Park. Named after the nearby hot springs (Maji Moto means "hot water"), guests are accommodated in 10 spacious luxury tents with modern en suite facilities. The exclusive Conservation Corporation camp situated on the southern shore of the soda lake affords a panoramic view of millions of flamingos, pelicans, waders, and other bird species. Fine cuisine and personalized service are part of the 'Grand Safari' atmosphere.

 

Manyara Serena Lodge
The Lodge has a dramatic setting overlooking both the Great Rift Valley and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara as well as the Manyara National Park with its lavish supply of birdlife. Its facilities include 63 luxury rooms, a swimming pool and bar, and public areas and restaurants which all take advantage of the breath-taking view. The decor reflects the surroundings and local artistic traditions.

When To Visit Lake Manyara National Park

It is good to watch wildlife all year long in Lake Manyara National Park but the best time is during the dry season which runs from late June to September.

In the high season, the northern section of the park is very crowded especially in the mornings for most of the year that is to say in July to March. April and May describes the low season.

Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire National Park is located between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Among the rolling area where the park lies, it occupies an area of 2,600 square kilometers. The perennial Tarangire River takes over the northern part of Tarangire. Through the cut ditches, the River flows upwards up to when it leaves the corner of the park, in the North West flowing into Lake Burungi. There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.

The Tarangire River is a permanent feature that shares a name with the Tarangire Park. There are a number of large swamps .These are usually dry for most of the year .The Tarangire is usually very dry ,in fact drier than the Serengeti, however its vegetation is much more green especially with lots of elephant grass, vast areas with mixed acacia woodlands and some of  the wonderful ribbons of the aquatic forest.

The Wildlife

The wild animals in this park differ depending on the season. It is also linked to the fact that Tarangire is just a part of the bigger ecosystem. Many of the animals leave the park during the months of November to May. The zebras as well as large herds of wildebeests move into the north-western direction towards the Rift Valley floor amongst the large numbers of animals that spread across the large open areas of the Masaai Steppe. The game goes back to the Tarangire swamps during the dry season around the months of June to October most especially, the river system. This is noted as the best season hence enjoy the best of animal viewing during your safari visit to Tarangire around this time. You will obviously see big numbers of elephants gather here as well as the wildebeests and zebras.

The impalas also exist in large numbers as well, eland, buffalo and giraffes. Bohor reedbuck, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu and the Coke’s hartebeest. On really some rare occasions, the common usual gerenuk and fringe –eared Oryx are also seen. A few black rhinos are also thought to be still present in this park.

Among the other common animals in the Tarangire are the leopards, lions, hyenas, and cheetah that seem to be popular within the southern open areas. The wild dogs are only seen once in a while.

Birding

The birds within the Tarangire are also quite many, there are over 500 species that have been identified here. The lovebirds that are yellow collared, the shy starlings are in plenty and widespread in Tanzania.

Mainly, the dry open woods like e acacia thickets, as well as many of its significant baobab trees make up the vegetation of the Tarangire. The stunning acacia tortillis trees not forgetting the occasional palm tree. There are also huge flat swamps within the woodlands in the south that get very impassable during the rains. During the rest of the year; they will also uniformly dry in green.

 

Tarangire Camps, lodges and hotels 

 

Tarangire Safari Lodge
An exclusive but informal tented camp. Thatched roof canopy protects the 35 tents and bandas from the African sun while private verandas overlook the river valley - an extremely popular spot for resident animals.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Nestling amongst the Baobab trees in Tarangire National Park, this all suite property truly reflects Sopa Lodges' 5 star policy of providing 'luxury in the bush'. Marble floors, fountains and waterfalls, magnificent views through double-story windows are the stunning features of the main areas, while the suites have luxury bathrooms, private lounges with mini-bar and balconies overlooking unspoiled African landscapes. The swimming pool is intriguing with it's island and integral bar. Al fresco dining is offered on the raised barbecue terrace.

Oliver's Camp
An exclusive camp close to the Tarangire National Park. Each tent is furnished with wooden beds, coffee tables, camp-style wardrobes, wash basins and toilet-shower extentions. There is a well stocked library tent showing wildlife documentaries every night. Camp lighting is subtle; 12 volt inside the tents and hurricane lamps outside. Tarangire Treetops - This camp features 15 luxury en-suite tents, built atop tree-attached platforms, overlooking the Tarangire Sand River. The camp has been superbly blended into the environment with the sleeping platforms built into a variety of Baobab, Mopani and Wild Fig trees. The dining area is situated close to the swimming pool and elephant water hole.

The Best time to visit Tarangire National Park

The middle and the end of the dry season that runs from late June to October is the best time to view wild life in Tarangire National Park. Most of the animals move out of the park during the wet season and viewing animals is remarkably less good.

In June to October, the animals gather around the Tarangire River and this is the best time to go to Tarangire Park. There is little rainfall during June to October hence making it the time with the best weather.

June to October still marks the high season with so many tourists filling the park. While the low season comes in April to May.  The peak of the wet season sets in during March and April, hence the worst weather then.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park, established in 1973. In 1910 the area was declared as a game reserve and a forest reserve in 1921 before being gazetted as a national park in 1973. It was not until 1977 when Kilimanjaro was opened for public access. The park was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1987 and voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in 2013. Kilimanjaro is located in Northern Tanzania 48 km from Moshi town and covers an area of 1,668 square km. At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park.

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. With its snow-capped peak and glaciers, it is the highest mountain in Africa. The mountain has five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point:  Lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species.  For this combination of features but mostly its height, its physical form and snow cap and its isolation above the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered an outstanding example of a superlative natural phenomenon.

Best time to visit

Mountain climbing can be done throughout the year. However, the best time is mid June-October and December-mid March.

 

Tourism activities

Mountain climbing –Climbing Kilimanjaro is not just a climb but a journey from the tropics to the Arctic.The higher you climb,the colder       it gets with change in vegetation zones.

Three peaks:

Kibo, the highest peak (5,895m), is covered by snow throughout the year despite being close to the equator. Conquering this peak is an adventure of a lifetime.

Mawenzi, the rugged peak (5,149m), can only be attempted by technical climb. Only people with specialized knowledge, skills and equipment are allowed.

Shira, (3962) is the oldest peak that collapsed some 750 years ago while before collapsing was the highest of the three.

 Shira Plateau

After collapsing, the Shira peak formed a plateau of outstanding scenic beauty on the mountain. This plateau has an open grassland, heath and moorland with a large concentration of endemic plants including Senecio and lobelias. While on the plateau, one can visit the Shira central cone, the Cathedral and the Needle. Several kinds of migratory mammals such as buffaloes, elephants and elands use this plateau for feeding or salt licking.

Montane Forest

It’s in this area, one finds the largest known population of Abbot’s duiker and various plant species, including endemic plants like Impatiens kilimanjari. Walking through this belt takes ones breath away.

Kilimanjaro National Park Camps, lodges and hotels

Marangu route: The “A” shaped huts in Mandara, Horombo and Kibo (these need reservation well in advance) provides a unique life time adventure during the hike. Apart from the huts there are 29 public camping sites in the wilderness zones which increase visitors experience in exploring the hidden beauty of the mountain. In these campsites, visitors carry their own tents as there is only provision of toilets in these camps. Also there is a hostel facility at park head quarters (Marangu) which can be booked in advance.

 

Before or after the climb, visitors can be accommodated in several hotels at Marangu area, Kibosho, Moshi, Machame area and Arusha town.

Gombe National Park

Gombe, designated as a game reserve in 1943, was upgraded into a national park status in 1968. The park is located 16 km north of Kigoma town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. It covers an area of 56 square kilometers and is a fragile habitat for chimpanzee. Gombe gained its popularity after the research of Dr Jane Goodall which is believed to be the longest running study of primates in the world.

Gombe Stream’s main attraction is obviously the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Guided walks are available that take visitors deep into the forest to observe and sit with the extraordinary primates for an entire morning — an incredible experience and one that is the highlight of many visitors’ trips to Africa. Besides chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests. Vervet and colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs and small antelopes inhabit the dense forest, in addition to a wide variety of tropical birdlife.

he terrain is distinguished by steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to alpine bamboo to tropical rainforest. Accessible only by boat, the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioural research conducted on the chimpanzee populations. The Kasakela chimpanzee community, featured in several books and documentaries, lives in Gombe Stream National Park.

Gombe Stream’s high levels of diversity make it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Besides chimpanzees, primates inhabiting Gombe Stream include beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys have also been known to hybridize in the area. The park is also home to over 200 bird species and bush pigs.  There are also 11 species of snakes, and occasional hippopotami and leopards. Visitors to the park can trek into the forest to view the chimpanzees, as well as swim and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika with almost 100 kinds of colourful cichlid fish.

 

chimpanzee Tracking

This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 hrs. Additional fees apart from the conservation fee. Gombe is the smallest of all the Tanzania’s national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees – habituated to human visitors – were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall. The matriarch Fifi, the last surviving member of the original community – that was only three-years old when Goodall first set foot in Gombe – is still regularly seen by visitors.

Birding 

Over 200 birds species fly around, varying from the African crowned eagle that hunts monkeys, to the iconic fish eagle, three kinds of kingfisher and the bright Peters twins pots. Another remarkable character is the palm-nut vulture; a near-vegetarian common to Lake Tanganyika that prefers fruits over carcasses.

 

Hiking Jane Peak

This view point offers a spectacular view of the park and Lake Tanganyika. While at the view point one can hear chimpanzee calling and screaming. The hike takes about two hours from kasekela. No Additional fees apart from the conservation fees.

 

Walking Safaris

Short walks along the shores of Lake Tanganyika or to. Additional fees apart from conservation fees.

 

Kakombe and Mkenke waterfall

Lake Tanganyika

The longest and deepest lake in Africa which harbors about 350 species of fish, most of them endemic. The lake shore offers sun bathing and sunset viewing opportunities.

Filming

Hugo van Lawick in 1988 filmed people of the forest – the chimps of Gombe. Filming fee: US $ 180 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities.

Gombe National Park Camps, lodges and hotels

Inside the park: Rest house and one luxury tented camp. Outside the park: In Kigoma town.

Katavi National Park

Formerly a game reserve, the park was established in 1974. The park is located 40km south of Mpanda town, being Tanzania’s third largest national park it covers an area of 4,471 square km after Ruaha and Serengeti. Home to the largest herds of buffalo on the planet, Katavi National Park is a relatively untouched wilderness paradise, situated in the western area of Tanzania. The park boasts a wonderful array of habitats, which range from flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways that teem with hippo and crocodile to woodlands, open grasslands, forests and pristine seasonal lakes. Visitors to the area can seek out the legendary tamarind tree, which is said to house the spirit of a great huntsman named Katabi. Here, they can place an offering at the base of the tree in memory of this exceptional hunter.

Birding

The park is rich with various bird species. There is no additional fee for this activity.

Game drives 

This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are  recommended.

 

Walking safari 

Short walking safari.

Filming

Filming fee: US $250 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities. Remember to obtain filming permits from the Ministry of information, sports and culture and then from the office of the Director General -TANAPA HQ.

Picnicking

They are best places for taking packed meals while on game drive. No additional fee required.

Lake Chada

Katuma River

 

Katavi National Park Camps, lodges and hotels

Inside the park: Rest house, bandas and campsites (booking through the park). Several privately owned luxury tented lodges. Outside the park: Several lodges and hotels at the village of Sitalike and Mpanda town.

Best time to visit

May to October and mid December.

Mahale National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of the Africa last remaining wild chimpanzees and estimated to have roughly more than 800 residing in this area. Some of them are habituated to human.

This area was traditionally inhabited by the Batongwe and Holoholo people. Tongwe is a small ethnic group of Bantu, therefore this park is situated at the center of Tongwe Land that includes south of the Kigoma Region and north of the Katavi Region. The people had been highly attuned to the natural environment, living with visually no impact on the ecology. The park was officially declared a National Park in 1985.

Set deep in the heart of African interior, a road free park located about 128 km south of where Stanley uttered that immortal greeting '' Dr Livingstone, I presume''. It is a scene reminiscent of an Indian Ocean Island beach idyll. Silky white coves hem in the sapphire waters of Lake Tanganyika, overshadowed by a chain of wild, jungle draped peaks towering almost 2 km above the shore; the remote, pristine and mysterious Mahale Mountains.

Chimpanzee Tracking

These are species of Ape which is the most humanity’s closest living relatives. Research of wild chimpanzees teaches us ''man's place in nature'' and provides us with key information that is relevant to re-constructing the social life of early man. Long term field studies on chimpanzees revealed many important facts about them such as hunting, tool-using, medicinal use of plants, social intelligence and existence of culture. Mahale National Park has the highest remaining wild chimpanzee's population in Africa.

Nkungwe Peak

This is the highest point in Mahale mountains range which bisects the park from NNW to SSE running about 50 km long. This area was held sacred by local Tongwe people. Hiking Nkungwe peak increases visitor’s satisfaction as the slopes supports diverse flora and fauna troops of red Colobus, red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colubus monkey and colorful birds as well.

Lake Tanganyika

Set about 770 meters above sea level, provides swimming opportunity in impossibly clear waters of the world's longest (720km), second deepest (1435m) and least polluted fresh water lake providing aquatic habitat to estimated more than 1000 species.

Walking safari

Short and long walking safari are normally conducted along the existing trails depending on tourist preference such as enjoying physical features, bathing in pools and waterfalls as well as hiking safari.

Kayaking

This is the activity that offers a visitor an experience to move across water by using kayak. The equipment is offered by tented camps for visitors interested to do kayaking and is always done during the day when the lake is calm.

Scuber Diving

This is a mode of underwater diving in which a scuber diver uses a self- contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) to breath underwater, and this activity is  conducted in lake show to give opportunity for visitors to view colored   fish under the rock crevices.

Spot fishing

This is a form of recreational activity where the primary goal is the challenge of finding and catching a remarkable size of fish for prestige. The best time to do sport fishing is at mid day and evening before sunset and when the lake is calm.

Hiking

The hiking towards different peaks within Mahale Mountains National Park is a bit challenging but provides unique and opportunity to experience a diverse forest fauna and flora.

 

Camping

 Mpira public Campsite: Located north of Kasiha Tourism Center and approximately 7.5 km from the park headquarter. It can accommodate up to fifteen (15) people at time.

 Sisindiko public Campsite: Located south of Kasiha Tourism Center approximately 3.5km from mango house bandas. It can accommodate 20 people at a time.

 Ng’anja public Campsite: Located south of Lubulungu River approx. 5.5km from Kasiha Tourism Center. It can accommodate up to 20 visitors at one time.

Mahale National Park Camps, lodges and hotels

Accommodation in the park includes five self- contained bandas (twin beds), luxury tented camps and camping sites both public and special campsites. Park bandas offers kitchen cooking facilities which requires visitors to come along foods

Rubondo National Park

Rubondo National Park, covering an area of 457square km,became a game reserve in 1965 to provide a sanctuary for animals. Located in on the south – western corner of Lake Victoria, it was gazetted as a National park in 1977. 

 
Rubondo Island is for those seeking the thrill of adventure in a truly wild area, all but untouched by man. The camp – the only lodgings on this verdant island – immerses you in this lush and unspoilt ecosystem.

From its lakefront location to the ecofriendly design of the eight fabulous cottages, the camp offers unrivaled access to this one-of-a-kind destination, where elephant roam wild, colorful birds and butterflies flit through the pristine indigenous rainforest and the waters teem with hippo, crocodile and the iconic Nile perch.

High population density of birds

The Park is famous for hosting a variety of migratory birds from different parts of the world.   Apart from other water birds, the park has a remarkable high density of fish eagles.

Lake Victoria

 The second largest lake and the source of the longest river in the world (River Nile), this lake forms a spectacular sight for visitors with its deepest point (Irumo) in the Park.

Variety of Large Mammals and Reptiles

 Animal species including Sitatunga, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Bushbucks, Pythons, Crocodiles, Chimpanzees (semi habituated), bush pigs and Suni.

Game drives 

This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are available in the park for hire.

Walking safari

Both long and short walking safaris which are conducted in the natural forest along the beach. Walking trails include: Airstrip - Pongo view ( 3.5km), Maji Matakatifu – Mchangani(1.5km), Airstip - Mamba point( 1.8km), Mamba point - Mlaga Kageye road(2.7km) , Bandas - Pongo camp(1.5km)

Birding

More than 200 bird species, including both resident and migratory, has been recorded. The  common resident birds include fish eagles, herons, storks, ibises, egrets, cormorants, kingfishers   and other birds of prey.

Sports Fishing

This is one of the most exciting recreational activities done in designated areas of the park.

Boat excursion

This enables visitors to view a spectacular sand shore of the Island, waterfowls and the evergreen tropical forest.

Filming

Filming fee: US $250 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities.

Camping Two types

  • Public campsites: A number of public campsites exist in the park. Available facilities include bathroom, toilet, kitchen and dining.

  • At the moment the park has no special campsite.

  • Public campsites: There is 1 Public campsite which has 1 toilet, 1bath & 1 kitchen facilities located at Mlaga area about 8 kms from Kageye park head quarters. The campsite is in good condition. Water is ferried by tractor and direct pump from the lake.

Saanane National Park

Saanane, the rocky Island in Lake Victoria was named after its former owner Mzee Saanane Chawandi, who was a farmer and fisherman. The Island was established as the first zoo in Tanzania in 1964 whose objectives were to promote interest in wildlife conservation education and provide recreation to Mwanza people. Between 1964-1968, the Island was stocked with an array of wildlife species, many of which were released into Rubondo Island National Park.

In 1991, the Government declared the Saanane Island as a Game Reserve to promote and strengthen conservation. It was fully fledged as the 16th National Park in July 2013, covering an area of 2.18 Km2including aquatic environment, dry land. The Park is made up of other two smaller islets; “Chankende Kubwa” and “Chankende Ndogo”, which lie in the south. The Saanane Island is the smallest and first ever National Park located within Mwanza city Tanzania.

The island is home to mammals like the Impala, Rock Hyrax, Velvet Monkeys, Wild Cats, Clawless Otters and De-brazzas Monkeys. The aquatic part of the park offers all types of fish, crocodiles, water snakes and Monitor lizards, other reptiles including tortoises, grass snakes, pythons and agama lizards. Other attractions at Saa Nane Island include trademark landmarks of Mwanza: the huge naturally designed rocky hills and landscapes, the lake view and natural vegetation decorated by a variety of bird species, insects and flowers. Lake Victoria can be viewed nicely from the island’s protruding stone beacons including the famous and mystic “Bombay Cove.”

 

Lake Victoria

Boat excursions in the Lake Victoria are conducted, prior arrangement has to be made at the Saanane Island National Park office.

Hiking

Hiking that is natural gymnastic experience is an exclusive activity to do while in the National Park, besides game viewing

Camping

One public camp site named Mamba with a toilet and kitchen facilities.

Bujora

Visits to cultural centers like Bujora for sukuma cultural dances and artifacts

Accommodation and other services

  • Mwanza city is awash with a number of hotels and guest houses to suit all client tastes and budgets

  • There is one public campsite in the Park

  • A shop selling refreshment has been opened in the Island National Park

 

Best time to visit

All year round is possible: birdlife is most varied and scenery greenest over November-March. June-August is the dry season and great for iconic, game viewing and rock hiking.

 

Kitulo National Park

The temporary park headquarters at Matamba are situated approximately 100km (60 miles) from Mbeya town. Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden of God – while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to ‘one of the great floral spectacles of the world’. And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.

Flora and Fauna

One of the most important watersheds for the Great Ruaha River, Kitulo is well known for its floral significance – not only a multitude of orchids, but also the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker and a variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, lilies and aster daisies, of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania.

Hiking

Kitulo – a botanist and hiker’s paradise.

 

Birding

Kitulo National Park is also highly alluring to birdwatchers. Tanzania’s only population of the rare Denham’s bustard is resident, alongside a breeding colonyrua of the endangered blue swallow and such range-restricted species as mountain marsh widow, Njombe cisticola and Kipengere seedeater. Endemic species of butterfly, chameleon, lizard and frog further enhance the biological wealth of God’s Garden.

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is lying just to the North of the famous Selous Game Reserve. Gazetted in 1964 covering an area of 1070 km2, it was later extended in 1975 to cover the current area of 3,230 km2. The park is the fifth largest National Park in Tanzania, it Shares the name ‘Mikumi’ with the village just beyond its Western border of the Dar es Salaam – Iringa highway, which traverse the park for 50km. The small town in turn takes the name from the palm tree     (Borassus spp.) which once grew there in profusion but no stem is visible in the village.

Game drives 

This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are recommended. The spectacular concentration of variety of animals in Mkata flood plain including four of the big five, elephant, buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Other games including the worlds’ largest Antelope – Eland, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelopes, Defassa waterbuck and African hunting dogs.

 

Walking safari (Short walking safari)

  • There are 3 walking trails: Kikoboga, Vuma and Lodge.

  • The total distance for all trails is 14 kms where by Kikoboga 4 km, Vuma 6 km and Lodge 4 km

  • The walking duration for the trails is 1.30 HRS for Kikoboga, 3 hrs for Vuma and 1.30 HRS for Lodge

  • The best time to conduct walking is from 0630 to 0900 and 1600 to 1830HRS

  • Booking must be done in 12 to 24 HRS

Birding

More than 400 bird species has been recorded. The colorful common residents are lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated long claw, eagles and a host of European migrants. 

Mikumi offers an outstanding diversity of bird life. From the striking turkey-sized group hornbill to the tiny sunbirds. Eagles are often seen soaring in the intense blue skies, and the Lilac-breasted rollers add brilliance to their background.

Camping

  • Special campsites: There is one special campsite located at Vuma area and it is normally known as campsite no 4. Pre booking 

  • Public campsites:There are 3 public campsite located at Mkata plain and Vuma hills, they are also known as campsite no 1 at Mkata plain, Campsites no 3 and 5 at Vuma hills. All required facilities such as Bath rooms, Toilets and water are available.

Filming

Filming fee: US $250 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities.

Night Game Drive

This activity is conducted at Mkata plain and Kisungura circuit. Animals frequently seen during the night are nocturnal animals.

Picnicking

The Park has 2 picnic sites namely Mbuyu or Millennium and Kisungura, they are located in Mkata Plain. They are best places for taking packed meals while on game drive. No additional fee required.

Accommodation

 Inside the park: There are park’s Tourist bandas, rest house and three

 Private tented camps and campsites (both public and special). Public

 Campsites have basic facilities namely toilet, kitchen, water and bathroom. Special campsites are

 just natural sites where water and bathrooms facilities are not provided.

Ruaha National Park

Established in 1910 as a Game Reserve, Ruaha was gazetted a National Park in 1964. The park, covering an area of 20,226 square km, is the  largest in Tanzania and second largest in Africa. Ruaha is located 125 km west of Iringa town.

Game drive

This activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no additional fee for this activity apart from conservation fee. Four wheel (4X4)  drive vehicles are recommended.

Night Game Drive

This is conducted at Mdonya, Mwangusi and Jongomero areas.Frequently seen animals are leopard, lion, genet, hippos and other nocturnal animals.

          

Walking safari

Short walking safari: Designated routes are: Msembe to Ibuguziwa(4.8 km) 3hrs, Nyamakuyu to Ibuguziwa (3.6 km) 2.30 hrs, Kiganga kopjes to Mwagusi (5.4 km) 3.30hrs, R14 to Kimilamatonge peak (2.8 km) 2hrs and Mwagusi to near Sokwe (9.1 km) 4hrs.

           

Long walking safari

Designated route is Kichaka to Kidabaga (33.5 km) 6 to 8 days.

Birding

The park is inhabited by more than 550 bird species such as Ashy starling, Yellow- collard Lovebird, Crested barbet, Violet-crested Turaco, Plovers, Kingfisher, African hawk and Bateleur eagle. It is also visited by Eurasian migrants including rare Eleanora’s Falcon and Sooty Falcon.

Picnicking

Eight picnic sites; Mbuni, Breakfast point, Ibuguziwa, Confluence, Mdonya kati, Mbuyu wa ngazi, Mbuyu wa tobo and Lulenga juu.

Filming

Filming fee: US $250 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities.

Accommodation

Inside the park: Bandas, Luxury Tented Camps,   and several special and public. Outside the park: Several hotels, guest houses and camps in the nearby village of Tungamalenga. campsites. 

Best time to visit

May- October (dry season) and November-April (wet season)

Udzungwa National Park

Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiversity of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, this archipelago of isolated massifs has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet. has a total area of 2,000km². It contains the greatest altitudinal range of forests in East Africa – the eastern escarpment is the only place in East Africa with unbroken forest cover from lowland forest communities at below 250m above sea level, through intermediate types, to mountain communities at over 2,800m. Because of such a wide range in altitude and habitat types, Udzungwa National Park has one of the highest numbers of species endemism worldwide. Udzungwa National Park is located 65 km south of Mikumi National Park.

Udzungwa alone among the ancient ranges of the Eastern Arc has been accorded national park status. It is also unique within Tanzania in that its closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 meters (820 feet) to above 2,000 meters (6,560 ft) without interruption. Not a conventional game viewing destination, Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 meters (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below. The more challenging two-night Mwanihana Trail leads to the high plateau, with its panoramic views over surrounding sugar plantations, before ascending to Mwanihana peak, the second-highest point in the range.

Wildlife

Udzungwa Mountain National Park supports diverse wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, African wild dog and eland. 6 species of primate are found here and two are endemic, the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje crested mangabey monkey. 

Birding

Udzungwa has the richest forest bird habitat in Tanzania. Several endemics has just been discovered recently (including a new species of francolin and the Rufus-winged sun bird).

Hiking

With no roads entering Udzungwa National Park it is a paradise for hikers and backpackers alike. Numerous breath-taking day-hikes can be organized along with multiple day excursions into the dense rain forest or onto the high plateau. One beautiful trek is up to the Sanje River Waterfall, which plunges for 170 metres through the forest to the valley below. The view from the top is magnificent.

Best time to visit

The dry season occurs from June to October, when it is best to visit. During the rainy season from March to May visits are not recommended.

Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park, "Where the Bush meets the Beach" Saadani is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the Indian Ocean. Gazetted in 2005, it encompasses a well-preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River as well as the Zaraninge Forest. Sadaani National Park is on the north coast roughly 100kms northwest of Dar-es- salaam and a similar distance Southwest of the port of Tanga.

 

Many villages are dotted around the boundaries of the park. Saadani village itself once was an important harbor-town and slave-trading centre in East Africa. Nowadays it is a small Swahili village of about 800 inhabitants whose livelihood is mostly fishing.

The coastal vegetation zones range from seashore full of palm trees, through the tidal mangrove forest that form a buffer between ocean and land, to the Wami River shore where the huge sycamore fig is found. Its semi open woodlands closely resembles the Selous game reserve, while the vast grassy area close to the tourism office is named ‘Serengeti Ndogo’ (Small Serengeti) and lives up to the expectations.niNational

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Saadani is a one of a kind paradise where beach life meets wilderness. This gives you not only the opportunity to plunge into the Indian Ocean straight after your safari, but also to be submerged in a unique display of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a naturally fascinating setting.

Game drives 

Saadani started as a Game Reserve in 1962, it became the 13th national park of Tanzania in 2005. Saadani is where crabs meets elephant and the roar of a lion might interrupt your tanning. This is one of the few breeding sites for green turtles.To the southern part experience salt harvesting processes (salt pans) in the hands of the locals. All the usual suspects, such as zebra, buffalo, elephant, warthog, giraffe, wildebeest and waterbuck are present. But you also stand a high chance of capturing different types of hartebeest, the big-eyed Rondo Galago and the elusive sable antelope on camera during your game drive or wilderness walks. Lion, leopard and spotted hyena might be harder to find, but this makes a sighting an even greater joy.

 

Boat trips to wami river

The vast grassy area is named ‘Serengeti Ndogo’ (Small Serengeti) and lives up to the expectations. Taking a boat on the Wami River will definitely add to the fun; here you are as close as one likes to get to hippo, crocodile and flamingo. Bird watchers will also be treated to not-often-seen migratory birds that love the shore, such as different kinds of sandpiper, Eurasian oystercatcher and the common greenshank.

Guided walking

 

Bird watching

Bird watchers will be treated to not-often-seen migratory birds that love the shore.

 

Sun bathing on the Saadani beach

On the beach you get to enjoy even more special sightings: breeding green turtles – Saadani’s beaches are one of Tanzania’s best breeding sites – with dolphins and humpback whales putting on their show in the Indian Ocean beyond.

 

Visiting the Saadani fishing village

Used to be a buzzing trading center.

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OVER THE MOON HONEYMOON & WEDDING

Mauritius is ranked among the best honeymoon destinations in the world, part of the reason why it is called the heaven island in the world.

DAR ES SALAAM SERENA HOTEL

Experience urban living at its most cosmopolitan at Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, located at the heart of the city center business district, just moments from sandy Indian Ocean beaches, a bustling fish market and eclectic crafts markets, boutiques and restaurants. A garden oasis of tranquility and charm, our five-star Dar es Salaam hotel promises the warmest of welcomes, vibrant experiences and vivid memories of your stay.

An oasis of luxury at the very heart of Dar es Salaam, the elegant and cosmopolitan Dar es Salaam Serena enjoys an exceptionally high-profile clientele and regularly plays host to both regional and international events. Encircled by tropical gardens and just minutes from the broad sweep of Indian Ocean beaches that characterize this vibrant city, the 230-room Dar es Salaam Serena offers a unique mix of pan-African style and world-class professionalism. Stylish yet relaxed, the hotel is one of the capital city’s most popular rendezvous and makes the ideal venue for both corporate and social events. am International Airport and within walking distance of the city Centre.

Getting there At the heart of the business district, with immediate access to nightlife, dining, business, shopping and cultural diversions, the hotel is just ten minute’s drive from Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel provides well-travelled business guests with an inviting space to experience the gracious service for which Serena is world-renowned. Find sanctuary in 230 stylishly designed, beautifully appointed rooms and suites meticulously crafted to offer a rich sense of comfort and warmth.

Enjoy a classic décor featuring patterned carpeting, sophisticated artwork, state-of-the-art technology and oversized windows with impressive views of the Indian Ocean or the glittering Dar es Salaam cityscape. There are five types of accommodation for your convenience, ranging from the Standard Room to the magnificent Presidential Suite. Guests staying on the seventh level Executive Floor have access to personal butler service, an Executive Boardroom accommodating up to eight and a private Internet café.

WEDDING & HONEYMOONS

 

Sophisticated weddings and honeymoons are a specialty at Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel. Allow our event coordinators to design your dream ceremony, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception and honeymoon with elegant venues, gourmet cuisine and five-star accommodation and amenities. From intimate family gatherings to grand celebrations for up to 550 people, host your guests in beautiful spaces with expansive skyline views and private gardens for al fresco cocktails under the stars.

Whether you have envisioned your special day exactly as you prefer it to be or you’re looking for experienced advice, we will help you bring the perfect, tailor-made wedding to life. Our catering specialists will surprise and delight your guests with inspired menus, creative wine pairings and more. Rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, groom’s parties and wedding brunches will be designed to perfectly complement the style of your reception. If your guests are staying at the hotel, our concierge can arrange everything from transportation and discounted accommodation to an itinerary of local tours, such as a day trip to Mbudya or Bongoyo Island or a boat trip to Zanzibar.

EXPERIENCES

As the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam offers a diverse culture of art, music and sport that can easily be explored from our convenient location. With a view of the Indian Ocean, and a prime urban address, guests have an unmatched experience when it comes to taking part in all that the city has to offer. Dive into the historic depth of what was once Tanzania’s capital with an afternoon trip to the National, or Village Museums. If sports are what interests you, stay active with an array of sporting options available at the Gymkhana Club. Or, peruse and purchase handcrafted goods at the Mwenge Handcraft Center.

Immerse yourself in the unique attractions that are available in Dar es Salaam, with suggested sights to see and activities to enjoy. Whether here for leisure or business, the greatest cultural experiences are at your fingertips.

Protea Hotel Oysterbay Dar Es Salaam

Oyster Bay is a luxurious eight room boutique hotel and is the place to stay in Dar es Salaam. The hotel is stylishly designed, with beautiful artwork and artifacts. There is also a shady garden with a swimming pool to relax in. Oyster Bay is located a 45-minute drive from Dar es Salaam Airport and is a haven of peace in the city, a serene spot next to the sea in which to gather your senses before or after your safari in Tanzania or en-route to the Quirimbas Archipelago in northern Mozambique.

ACCOMMODATION

The Oyster Bay has eight spacious ocean facing suites with balconies situated on three floors. The suites are furnished with either king sized or twin beds and have lounge furnishing as well as writing desks and plasma screen televisions. The en-suite bathrooms are open plan and contain a free-standing bath, walk through shower and enclosed toilet facility.

The Oyster Bay

The Oyster Bay is like staying with friends, a beautiful large home and garden with eight luxurious ocean facing guest suites, spacious in the extreme (70 sqm) with luxurious bathrooms, air-conditioned, fabulously furnished in contemporary African style, the suites reflect modern day Africa in a timeless setting – balmy, equatorial, coastal, Dar es Salaam. You will feel that you are staying somewhere special and that your ‘enforced’ stay in Dar es Salaam becomes yet another highlight of your holiday. Extensive lounges and terraces overlooking mature gardens,  swimming pool and within secure walking distance of the Oyster Bay shopping center.

Peacock Hotel

With a commitment to recognizing our guests and anticipating their needs, we pride ourselves on making your stay feel like a home away from home. Each of our 93 luxurious guest rooms including 45 exquisitely furnished executive double rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed, designed with your total comfort in mind.All the rooms are en-suite with international telephone service. Each room has individually controlled air conditioning, which you must have for your sleeping comfort during our hot and humid summers. In the rooms you will have a writing desk with chair. 
The lamps on the bedside table and the writing desk will provide sufficient lighting for those who want to write or read in their rooms. Some rooms include a mini bar. All guests rooms have satellite TV to make sure that you remain connected to events happening around the globe while taking residence at the Peacock Hotel.

Golden Tulip

The Golden Tulip Hotel - Dar es Salaam, a pearl on the Indian Ocean is located on the Msasani Peninsula, one of the Dar es Salaam’s most tranquil and elegant neighborhoods, the hotel is 4 kilometers from the city Center, main business area, international organizations and embassies, while the airport is just 18 kilometers away. The hotel has fantastic views overlooking the Indian Ocean and offers exclusive services to its guests. With an interior inspired and influenced by a blend of Arabic and Swahili cultures the hotel provides a unique and comfortable experience, starting from the lobby through to the elegantly decorated rooms. To add to the pleasure and unique experience to our guests, the hotel recently underwent renovations in all major sections of the hotel.

Double Tree by Hilton

The Doubletree by Hilton Dar es Salaam Oysterbay hotel is a beautiful ocean front property, located only 4.3 miles from the city center and 15.5 miles from Julius Nyerere Int. Airport, in a quiet suburban area where many embassies and international companies are located. All of the spacious Guest Rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Dar Es Salaam–Oysterbay hotel feature modern conveniences and contemporary decor with touches of traditional African arts and crafts. The hotel also features sparkling pools, lush tropical gardens and delicious menus at the hotel restaurants.Amenities at the Doubletree by Hilton Dar Es Salaam-Oysterbay hotel include:- Spacious Guest rooms, all featuring wireless internet access; some with balconies, 2 Executive floors with upgraded rooms and suites and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, Conference floor with fantastic views, separate reception and business center, banqueting hall and 5 meeting rooms, Great selection of restaurants and bars, all with wireless internet access. The Doubletree by Hilton Dar Es Salaam–Oysterbay hotel is close to shops, restaurants and boat trips for a day on the beach, snorkeling, fishing and diving as well as Dar es Salaam Yacht Club and only 3.7 miles from Gymkhana golf course. It is 3.5 hours by car to Mikumi Wildlife Reserve and it is a 20 minutes flight from the International Airport to Zanzibar

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RESTAURANTS

A world of distinctive culinary diversity bursting with exotic flavours and aromas.

Chef’s Pride, Dar es Salaam

Chef's Pride is a popular local eatery in Dar Es Salaam. It is located in Dar Es salaam's Indian quarter on Chagga Street within easy walking distance of the Kisutu budget hotels, offering a slice of local life. The large menu features standard fare, plus pizza, Indian and vegetarian dishes, and even some Chinese cuisine.

Serengeti Restaurant, Dar es Salaam

With culinary offerings ranging from fresh caught seafood to Indian and African specialties, Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel is renowned for its rich fusion of flavours. Dine on gourmet cuisine bursting with creativity in the hotel’s distinctive restaurants – Serengeti and Jahazi. Guests also enjoy more casual settings to meet any taste and occasion, including Kibo Bar, the Pool Bar and the charming Bakers Basket Patisserie and Coffee Shop.

Khan’s Barbecue, Arusha

A laid-back, busy barbecue restaurant by night. And it really is serve-yourself, back-yard barbecue style, with plates piled high with grilled and skewered meats, salads, and more. The menu changes nightly.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it's hot and dry. 

There are two best times to scuba dive off the coast of Zanzibar, in July and August and in February and March. Diving off the north coast is particularly good from June to October and off the south coast between November and March.

We don’t recommend visiting Zanzibar during the two rainy seasons, from mid-March to late May and again in November.

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Tanzania Travel FAQs

Here are a list of frequently asked questions to help you travel.