Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro... if any country conjures up visions of Africa, it’s Tanzania. From the pristine coral reefs of the Swahili Coast, to the slopes of the continent’s highest mountain, it teems with wildlife – and promises to take your breath away.

"This is a country with both Africa’s highest and lowest points: Kilimanjaro and Lake Tanganyika. It has some of the continent’s most impressive game parks, and a coastline of pearly-white beaches perfect for sun-worshipping."

To top it all, Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable nations, making its many treasures all the more accessible. And those treasures don’t come any greater than the vast plains and savannahs of the Serengeti: top of the tree when it comes to wildlife-watching. Running in a very close second is the Ngorongoro Crater – ‘Africa’s Eden’ – a caldera packed with big game (apart from giraffes, who can’t climb the steep sides) and many luxury lodges.

Biggest of all though, is Selous Game Reserve in the south: it’s larger than Switzerland. But while these may be the most popular spots for game-viewing, the more adventurous head for Ruaha and Katavi: both untouched, off the beaten track and pulsating with energy; or Mahale, renowned for its chimpanzees.

And then there’s the coastline. Known as the Swahili Coast, its place on the ancient trading routes between India and the Middle East have given it a heady cocktail of cultural riches, while nature has bestowed immaculate coral reefs, throngs of coconut palms, and silky soft beaches.

Wherever you head for, though, take the opportunity to get to know the locals. Warm, friendly and unfailingly polite, their pride in telling you about their beautiful country may well turn out to be a high point of your trip... higher even than Kilimanjaro.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Dodoma

  • Time Difference

    GMT +3

  • Best Time to Visit

    July to October

  • Currency

    Tanzanian Shilling

Tanzania

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Explore the cream of Tanzania's finest lodges.

  • Singita Faru Faru Lodge Grumeti Serengeti

    This riverside lodge has eight open-style suites, all with thoughtful touches; great game-viewing year-round (not just during the Migration); and the style (we call it ‘Modern Maasai’) is a gorgeous mix of contemporary and traditional.

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  • &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Ngorongoro Crater

    This is pure fantasy. It’s been likened to a Dali painting and hobbit huts, but the unbelievable richness and flamboyance of the surroundings – with wonderful fireplaces and huge baths – is almost as breathtaking as the views across the crater.

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  • Beho Beho Selous Game Reserve

    Built in the Selous’ highlands to catch the breezes (important this close to the Equator), this is definitely for safari aficionados: a refuge of stone-built, palm-thatched cottages with unbelievable vistas.

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  • Singita Sabora Tented Camp Grumeti Serengeti

    With a 1920s feel from its huge desks, antique travel chests, Persian rugs and silk curtains, everything in these stunning tents is top-notch, with modern additions such as air-con.

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  • &Beyond Klein’s Camp Grumeti River

    With breathtaking valley views from the rustic thatch cottages, there’s no better spot for watching the Migration. And being in a private concession, rangers can go off-road to get you closer to the animals.

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  • &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp Grumeti River

    Being surrounded by canvas gives a real sense of adventure (albeit with every luxury you need), and you're perfectly placed to see the Migration cross the Grumeti River here, as well as watch the resident hippos who are particularly entertaining!​​

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  • Siwandu Selous Game Reserve

    In the heart of the reserve, on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, sits the camp which splits into North, with six spacious tents; and South, with seven. Each is luxuriously appointed, but it's the wildlife that's the big attraction.

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  • Singita Explore Grumeti Serengeti

    Now for something completely different. Capturing the very essence of safari in true ‘Out of Africa’ style, this exclusive mobile camp is an experience unlike any other, with access to 340,000 acres of private land in the Serengeti.

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  • The Manta Resort Pemba Island

    Spacious seafront villas with a spectacular ocean view. Superior garden rooms with unspoilt nature. Or an underwater room floating on the ocean – the choice is yours at The Manta Resort: Africa's finest island sanctuary, crafted along an idyllic island beach.

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