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Tanzania

Tanzania Holiday Packages & Tours at -40%

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Explore Tanzania’s diverse flora and fauna in this magical experience taking you to some of Africa’s top national parks renowned for their safari game viewing; ideal for you to catch a glimpse of the elusive Big 5!

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Our recommendation to visit Tanzania and neighboring countries

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Extraordinary Holiday Packages & Tours to Tanzania


Tanzania tour packages take you to a country renowned for its vast wildlife resources, with natural diversity on a grand scale. Its people are likewise widely regarded as some of the friendliest on the continent, welcoming and warm like the tropical climate.

Most come for a safari, but there’s also Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, the capital Mombasa, and Dar es Salaam. There’s an epic list of things to do for an extraordinary trip to Tanzania. Book with us and enjoy all-inclusive packages with flights, hotels, transfers, tours, and even some meals.

 

Trips to Tanzania from the UK

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Tanzania tour packages from the UK are your invitation to experience the natural beauty of the mother continent in its perennial form.

There are a thousand reasons to tour Tanzania, but chief among them is witnessing first-hand the Great Migration. Probably the most spectacular annual movement of life on the planet, the perilous crossing of the Mara River is particularly awe-inspiring.

Then there’s Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain/volcano on the continent, attracting 75,000 hikers to its upper reaches every year. It offers fantastic views over the savannah and well into Kenya, and the local Chagga people revere the slopes they call home.

Just offshore is the spice island Zanzibar and its archipelago. It boasts pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water teeming with life. There’s also an indigenous forest with endemic primates. The Stone Town port welcomes various vessels.

There’s still the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Tanganyika, the largest concentration of animals and over 1,000 species of birds. Enjoy delicious fusion food, fantastic accommodation options, and the welcoming and friendly Maasai people.

Top points of interest in Tanzania


The largest country in East Africa and twice the size of California, Tanzania offers several unique attractions. Check out the phenomenal highlights of our holiday packages below.

Serengeti National Park


Arguably the most famed of all African game reserves and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Serengeti derives from the local Maasai dialect. “Siringet” means “endless plains,” and it’s teeming with wildlife, offering the quintessential safari experience.

Movies like Out of Africa highlight the stunning landscape that’s home to over 2 million ungulates, 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, and many other animals. They roam through the protected savannah as they have for millions of years.

The park is the second biggest in the country. Stay overnight in luxury safari lodges and camps to create lifelong memories of Africa with an extraordinary safari trip to Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro


Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) and an iconic symbol of the mother continent. It’s also central to many of our Tanzania tour packages.

It’s a dormant volcano with three cones that you can hike up on a multi-day trek. Stride through muddy rainforests and breathe the fresh air of alpine meadows. The glacier-swept summit can offer mind-boggling views.

Ngorongoro


The largest unfilled, intact crater, it’s nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet) deep and covers 260 km² (100 miles²). It was once an enormous volcano that some claim was as tall as Kilimanjaro.

The crater has perhaps the highest ratio of lions to the area in the world. Thousands of wildebeest, zebra, eland, hundreds of elephants, and rare black rhinos make this an epic Tanzania safari trip. 

It’s also an ornithologist’s dream, with over 500 bird species either residents or merely passing through the uniquely restricted ecosystem.

Zanzibar


Located 15 km (10 miles) off the coast, the Zanzibar archipelago offers beach paradise retreats away from your mainland Tanzania trip. Tours include tropical temperatures, white sand beaches, and aquamarine waters teeming with dolphins and other wildlife. 

The capital Stone Town in the north of the main island Unguja has narrow cobbled laneways with mosques, minarets, and carved doorways and arches. Once a trading post, sights include a stone amphitheater in the old fort, the slave market, and Persian baths.

Take a prison island tour, or head inland to explore Jozani forest, the largest indigenous area on the island. There you should see the endemic red colobus monkeys in their natural habitat.

Tanzania: Off the beaten path


A Tanzania wildlife tour to the south or west offers incredible national parks without the traffic of their famous northern friends. The largest, Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Park), has huge populations and minimal human intervention.

Remote western parks like Katavi and Mahale are exclusive and expensive but provide something different. The Mahale Mountains National Park borders Lake Tanganyika and offers chimpanzee treks to see our closest relatives in their natural environment.

While the capital, Dodoma city, is about 482 km (300 miles) inland, the financial and cultural hub is the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Locals call it “Dar,” the most prominent city in East Africa, with six million residents and buzzing art, fashion, music, finance, and media industries.

 

Book your trip to Tanzania with Exoticca

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Exoticca empowers you to journey outside of your comfort zone with confidence. We guide you to some of the world’s most coveted and exciting locations, ensuring safe and secure travel at affordable rates.

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers


Our all-inclusive Tanzania holiday packages cover flights, accommodations, tours, transfers, and even some meals. We negotiate directly with hotel groups and airlines for the most affordable rates.

Partially or fully guided tours to Tanzania


Exoticca offers Tanzania tour packages for groups in the form of guided, escorted, semi-escorted, or independent tours. Many prefer guided tours because they’re pre-organized, leaving you free to enjoy the ride. We still include time for independent venturing.

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Our travel experts have decades of experience traversing the globe. They use their knowledge to craft extraordinary and fulfilling Tanzania holiday packages. Our local guides and partners impart these excursions.

Frequent Asked Questions

When is the best month to visit Tanzania?

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Any time of the year can make for an excellent Tanzania trip. Most tourists choose a safari trip during the dry season (late June to November). The famous Mara River crossing is in late July-August, but the migration continues, perpetually following the rains.

How many days are enough for Tanzania?

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You need two weeks minimum to make the most of your Tanzania trip from the US. That’s enough time for dedicated safari trips, hikes up Kilimanjaro, and trips to Lake Tanganyika or the beaches of Zanzibar.

Is Kenya or Tanzania safari better?

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The best options for wildlife tours, you can’t go wrong either way. Tanzania tours may have an edge in diversity with the enormous Serengeti, iconic Mt Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Tanganyika.

Is Tanzania tourist friendly?

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Tanzanians have a reputation for national pride and love to help. It’s one of the safest countries on the continent for locals and foreigners. Reply in kind to Swahili calls of “Jambo,” the local greeting, or “hello.” 

Tanzania Travel advice

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More information about Tanzania

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and one of the world’s top safari destinations, owing to its unbeatable national parks and its diverse and exotic wildlife. As well as amazing safari opportunities, Tanzania is also well-known for its idyllic beaches, such as those on the island of Zanzibar, and its ancient heritage as one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas on earth.

The de jure capital is Dodoma, but the largest city is Dar es Salaam, located on the Swahili coast. Most travellers who choose a safari in Tanzania will, instead, arrive into Kilimanjaro airport, in the shadow of the mountain of the same name, the highest in Africa and a favourite of adventurous climbers who aim to reach its lofty summit. Tanzania plays host to the wondrous Great Migration between December and March every year in the Serengeti, only adding to its appeal as a wildlife-spotting destination. Travel to Tanzania will almost certainly be focused on its game parks and wildlife destinations, such as Ngorongoro or Tarangire National Park, but Tanzanian culture is a magical bonus to any holiday to Tanzania.

Tanzanian’s are well-known for their diverse culture and the warm welcome they extend to visitors, so be sure to make time to get in touch with the locals, such as paying a visit to the bustling Maasai Market in Arusha or attending the lively Wayambo Cultural Festival, held every January in Dar es Salaam. 

 

History of Tanzania

The history of Tanzania can be traced back to more than 2 million years ago. Humanoid fossils have been discovered in Tanzania and link the area to some of the earliest human civilisations on earth. On a tour of Tanzania today, you can visit Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, which has helped to reveal countless secrets about the evolution of early humans.

Ancient Tanzanian history is characterised by the movement of a number of different tribal communities into the region, including Southern-Cushitic speakers from the north and Bantu-speaking communities from West Africa. More recent migrants to the territory of Tanzania include Maasai, the best-known ethnic group owing to their distinctive clothing and residences near the nation’s game reserves. Around the 8th and 9th-centuries, travellers and merchants from Persia and India spread the teachings of Islam to Tanzania’s Swahili Coast and the Omani ruler, Said bin Sultan, established the capital of his Sultanate in Zanzibar in 1840.

It was not long before Zanzibar became a centre of the Arab slave trade. By the end of the century, German colonists conquered much of Tanzania, incorporating it into German East Africa. If you travel to Tanzania today, you can still see the influence of this period in the colonial architecture of Dar es Salaam. Following Germany’s defeat in World War I, Tanzania came under British control and eventually gained independence in 1961. During the same period, Zanzibar had a revolution, resulting in their independence and the merging of what was then known as Tanganyika and Zanzibar, to form Tanzania in 1964.

 

Nature in Tanzania

The ‘Big Five’ are one of the most enticing attractions for travellers who take a trip to Tanzania. Almost 40% of Tanzania’s land area is protected for conservation purposes and the country has a total of 16 national parks, as well as a number of game reserves. A highly biodiverse country, a holiday to Tanzania is sure to be an unforgettable adventure for all wildlife lovers. There’s nothing quite as awe-inspiring as a safari through the African savannah, and Tanzania is the best place to experience this.

One of Tanzania’s most unique landscapes is the Ngorongoro Conservation Arena, the highlight of which is a huge volcanic crater, home to a wealth of wildlife. Safaris here guarantee fantastic wildlife spotting as the walled crater naturally protects and encourages the flourishing of the native wildlife, consisting of at least 25,000 large animals. Tarangire National Park is known for its lion population, in fact, more than 700 can be found prowling this extraordinary reserve. You can also find large herds of elephants here and a diverse mix of landscapes randing from swamps to grassy plains and clusters of giant baobab trees.

safari holiday to Tanzania is incomplete without contemplating the eternal plains of the Serengeti, the country’s most popular and well-known national parks. Seemingly never-ending savannahs play host to the largest land mammal migration in the world, whilst watching the sunset over the Serengeti is sure to have life-affirming qualities. For a more relaxing slice of Tanzania’s natural beauty, head to idyllic Zanzibar, where white-sand beaches are lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. 

 

Culture in Tanzania

Tanzania’s rich cultural tapestry is a result of the amazing diversity of its population, composed of approximately 125 ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Sukuma, Haya, Chagga and Nyamwezi. The most widely-understood language is Swahili, Bantu language with Arabic influences, although Tanzania is a multilingual country and hundreds of regional languages are spoken throughout the country.

Visitors on a trip to Tanzania will be pleased to know that English is widely spoken in larger cities and tourist destinations. Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions, although indigenous beliefs are practised in some rural communities. From the red-cloaked Maasai people to the hunter-gather communities of Hadza people, meeting local ethnic groups is an integral element of any trip to Tanzania if you want to understand the nature of Tanzanian culture. Tanzanians are known for their politeness and hospitality, so you’ll receive a warm welcome if you travel to Tanzania.

The nation’s colourful and diverse culture is exemplified in its artistic traditions, for example, its Tingatinga paintings, a traditional artistic method involving brightly colourful enamel paintings depicting animals and landscapes, as well as in its delicious national culture, which celebrates the variety of Tanzanian produce and has a number of regional specialities. 

A long-standing safari destinationTanzania is hard to beat when it comes to its concentration of wild animals, captivating landscapes and exciting cultural experiences. Whether you’re a veteran safari aficionado or a first-timer, a safari in Tanzania will open your eyes to an amazing world of wildlife in the African savannah. 

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and a return ticket.

  • Visa

    A visa is required. Issued on arrival in the country. Price approximately $50. Maximum 3 months stay. Visas are paid in cash only, with USD banknotes issued after 2006.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 3.

  • Currency

    Tanzanian Shilling.

  • Language

    Swahili and English.

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  • Electricity

    230 V. Adapter not required.

  • Other useful information

    Tanzanians drive on the left-hand side of the road. If you plan on spending US dollars in Tanzania, please ensure your banknotes are no more than five years old. Large banknotes may be difficult to change, so please bring small banknotes with you.

  • Health

    Vaccination against Yellow Fever is mandatory and a vaccination certificate is required. Travellers over 60 years should consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

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