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Choosing your destination

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THIS IS THE SOUTH


The southern part of Tanzania is probably one of the best safari
gems in Africa. Not marketed in the same way as the famous north, it experiences less tourists which will give you a more authentic and non-touristy safari. The different parks in the southern areas are extremely varied which is optimal for a diverse roundtrip with new and different experiences each day.

 

Special features /experiences
Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve, is an ideal location for boat safari. The sunsets over the Mkata Plains and savannahs of Mikumi are stunning, and the tropical rainforest of Udzungwa
Mountains off ers a spectacular hike to the tallest freestanding waterfall in Tanzania, Sanje Falls. The true hidden safari gem is Ruaha National Park, particularly if you want to see predators. Close to 10 % of all lions in Africa can be found here, and here is your best shot to see the very shy leopard.


Suitable for
This area suits everyone and is probably the best option for family and generation trips with small/ younger children. For those who only have a few days available for safari or want a true African safari road trip without sharing the nature with thousands of other tourists -we always recommend the south!


When to go
June-October is great for game watching, but November-February can also be very nice, especially if you like the green scenery. In late March to May, Mikumi National Park is the
most accessible park in the south, due to heavy rains.

- Best value
- Topographical variety
- Untouched and unspoilt
- Authentic
- Few tourists
- River safari

 
THIS IS THE NORTH


The northern parts of Tanzania is where the whole safari industry
kick-started, and this is still the most famous safari area in the
world. It is not without reason Arusha, the starting point for safaris in this area, is called the “The Safari Capital of the World”. If you have a safari bucket list, we bet this area is on it with all its fame. The north will definitively not let you down!


Special features /experiences
The legendary Serengeti National Park with endless savannahs, the famous wildebeest migration and the mystical Ngorongoro Crater are must-sees when you are here. There are also less famous safari destinations in this area like Tarangire that inhabits large concentrations of elephants and Lake Manyara with a chance to see treeclimbing lions. And of course, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro and its 5895 masl is a hike on many people’s wish-list.


Suitable for
Those who want to visit the most famous safari destinations and the wildebeest migration, and don´t mind sharing it with a lot of tourists. Also for those who like the physical challenge of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro.


When to go
The north is good all year around. However, if you do want to avoid the tourist hordes, you should stay away from the peak seasons (July & December). The north is the area least exposed to the heavy rain season, so late May and early June can be amazing with fewer tourists and great deals!

- Most famous destinations
- High density of animals

- High density if tourists
- The Great Migration
- Better road standards
- Least secluded

 
THIS IS THE WEST


Hands down, the most secluded and wild safari destinations in Tanzania and probably all of Africa. Few travel here and since many things have not changed for centuries out in the bush,
coming here can feel like time traveling. The west off ers a unique combination of true wilderness and chimpanzee trekking.

 

Special features /experiences
The remote Katavi National Park with enormous concentration of hippos, has the least number of visitors of any game-drive destination. Gombe Stream and especially Mahale National Park
off er spectacular chimpanzee trekking, combined with beach-time and snorkeling in Lake Tanganyika. The lake is said to be the second oldest and second deepest in the world. Kigoma is
the closest city, and the ancient village of Ujiji is where Stanley found “the lost” Dr. Livingstone.


Suitable for
True explorers who seek the most wild and remote experiences, and anyone who has ever dreamt of visiting our close cousins, the chimpanzees, in the wild. If you want to be alone with few or
no other tourists around, this is where you come. Due to the remoteness of the destination, expect a higher cost for your adventures here.

 

When to go
Katavi can only be visited during the dry season from June to October. August - October being the best months. The same goes for Mahale National Park, since the chimpanzees are closer to Lake Tanganyika this time of year and easier to locate.

- Most luxurious
- Most expensive in total
- Fly in/fly out
- Chimpanzees trekking
- Lake Tanganyika

- Most secluded

 
THIS IS THE EAST


Except from the coastal beach areas of the east, this regions is home to many amazing places, not that know - and for that reason not visited by many tourists. If you want a hint of wildlife and game, but it´s not your main priority, and would prefer trekking in non-touristy destinations- this might be your preferred destination. And if you thoroughly enjoy a good roadtrip with the combination of wildlife and beach in one location; look no futher!

Special features/experiences
In the north east, you will find Mkomazi National Park, which is part of the Tsavo ecosystem in Kenya, that it boaders. A park with very few tourists. Although the wildlife is skittish, it could provide an amazing drive if you like scenery, most likely all by yourself. The Usambara Mountains is a truly hidden hiking gem, unknow to most. And in the very south of this mountainchain you will find Amani Forest. If you love reptiles, and especially chameleons -this is your mekka! Further south you will find Saadani National Park. The only destination in Tanzania where you can combine safari and beach in one location by the Indian Ocean. Best part of the safari experience here, you will find on the Wami River which can provide an amazing experience with river safari.


Suitable for
Those who like trekking, amazing roadtrip areas, or just want one location for beach & safari and not move around!
 

When to go
Avoid April and May in this area completely. The mountains can´t even be accessed. March and November can vary.

- Small National Parks
- Beach + safari combination
- Trekking in
- Rich cultural history
- Wami River safari

- Amani Forest trekking

Mkomazi National Park
Amani Forest N.Reserve
Usambara Mountains
Pare Mountains
Saadani National Park
 
BEACH & ISLANDS


Tanzania is blessed with a beautiful coastline and exotic islands in the Indian Ocean. Although some people travel to Tanzania just for visiting the famous Zanzibar (which real name is Unguja), there are other great islands less know, which offer a completely different experience. And there are so many hidden pearl a long the vast coastaline on the mainland as well, for those who are not into island-hopping. 
 

Special features/experiences
The well known island of Zanzibar offers amazing beaches as well as many cultural excursions and activities. Fewer people know about Pemba Island and Mafia Island which are ideal locations for a relaxing beach holiday with excellent snorkeling and diving. For those who stay in Dar es Salaam, there are two small fantastic islands right outside the city, ideal for days trips -Bongoyo and Mbudja. North of Dar es Salaam you will find a fantastic lagoon close to the ancient village of Bagamoyo and pearls all across the coast up to the city of Tanga. A few hours south of Dar es Salaam you will find the coastal historical area of Kilwa. Amazing beaches, rich history and almost no tourists.


Suitable for
Anyone who would like sand between their toes and enjoy the
exotic islands of the Indian Ocean, or any beach area along the coastal areas of Tanzania

 

When to go
The islands can be visited all year around. However, if you want to be guaranteed a sunny vacation with very little or no rain, you should avoid April and May. March and November can vary.

- Island hopping
- Beach + safari combination
- Amazing beaches
- Culture in Stone Town
- Whale shark diving on Mafia

- History of Kilwa Kisiwani

Pemba Island
Mafia Island
Zanzibar Archipelago
Coastal Tanzania
Kilwa Kisiwani