Why should you travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar with us?

A place where wildebeest stampede across plains, clouds part before Mount Kilimajaro and barefoot luxury off the coast.

Lying on the east coast of Africa, Tanzania and the Zanzibar Archipelago are the perfect combination for a luxury vacation in Africa. With local guides like Prosper and George by your side, expect adrenaline-pumping game drives through the Serengeti, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro on tourist-free tracks and scuba diving adventures through fish-infested waters. A wildlife haven; we always do our best to ensure you see the Big Five, as we whisk you off to renowned National Parks and lesser-known hideaways. Spot leopards taking shade under acacia trees, rhinos running wild on dirt tracks, elephants stomping past camped suites, lions roaring on open plains and buffalo hunting prey by the river. We haven’t even touched on The Great Migration yet.

Key facts

  • Population Population 50,757,459
  • Capital Capital Dodoma
  • Language Language Swahili, English, Arabic
  • Currency Currency Tanzanian Shilling
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT+3 | ET+8
  • Best time Best time Jan - Mar / Jun - Oct

Example Itineraries

These are simply suggestions for the kind of vacation you might have. Yours will be tailored, altered, and refined until it matches you completely.

Ultimate Tanzania: Migrations, Masai Tribes & Beach Perfection

Experience East Africa's charm, incredible landscapes and startling wildlife on our all-encompassing 12 night safari holiday to Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar. We're pushing the boat on this one and taking you closer to...

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Kilimanjaro trek

Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar: An Adventure from Summit to Sea

Challenge meets reward on this exhilarating private trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Experience 12 nights across two unique destinations as you hike Africa’s tallest mountain, then jet off to a tropical island ...

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Rwanda & Zanzibar: From Gorillas to Private Islands

If you're looking for a honeymoon with added panache, or maybe a getaway with something extra, we've got the combination for you. Packing in fascinating culture, endangered wildlife and a postcard-perfect island getaway,...

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Serengeti, Tarangire & Zanzibar: A Luxurious Tanzanian Honeymoon

For us, Tanzania represents a land of contrast; a veritable melting pot of tribal culture and traditional colonial style. After a number of research trips out to this equatorial East African ex-colony, we have designed a...

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Escape the crowds in the Selous and Zanzibar

Vast and fascinating landscape? Tick. A generous helping of the Big Five? Tick. Private guide and driver? Tick. A noticeable lack of all those other people, who might disturb your viewing (or worse, block your view)? Def...

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Luxury holidays in Zanzibar

Tanzania & Oman: Beaches, Safari & Arabian Treasures

For your next big getaway, tuck into a hearty slice of wildlife, throw in with a pinch of Middle Eastern spice, and wash it down with some cooling island relaxation. Our travel experts have curated a sensational eleven-n...

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Arusha, Katavi & Tanganyika: Tanzania with a Twist

Fancy a safari holiday with a bit of a twist and all the perks? Whilst offering all the phenomenal experiences of a classic safari, this trip also offers an excursion to our secret aquamarine lake complete with cascading...

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What to see & do in Tanzania & Zanzibar

As ever, if you can’t see it here then we can still plan it for you.

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The great hulks of container ships that tread the waters off the coast of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania’s capital, and vi...

The great hulks of container ships that tread the waters off the coast of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania’s capital, and vibrant, Indian-influenced port city – give way, eventually, to the wild, sumptuous hinterlands of the Serengeti. This is a mountainous place, studded with coffee plantations and great, lazy rivers. People come to Tanzania to see where the world of humans is overtaken by the animal kingdom – by the stately hippopotamus and agile lion. Others, on their luxury vacations to Tanzania, chose the white, sun-drenched sands of Zanzibar; one of the world’s ultimate luxury honeymoon hotspots.

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Zanzibar holiday


Some 50 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania, the island cluster of the Zanzibar archipelago arouses in the mind images...

Some 50 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania, the island cluster of the Zanzibar archipelago arouses in the mind images of spice, coral reefs, and white sand beaches. Their beauty belies the island’s storied past – once a land grab of Portuguese and British colonialism. Today, while turtles and lionfish paddle over the reefs, locals still talk of the spirits that slip between the shadows of the trees. It is a beautiful, breath-slowing location, but it has a history – and a sense of place – that reaches far back in time. Luckily, a popular local cocktail is the dawas – ‘magic potion.’ Put another way, there’s something restorative, something healing, during any luxury honeymoon spent in beautiful Zanzibar.

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It would be heretical to hit up Tanzania and not to go in search of animal life. The country boasts some of the world’...

It would be heretical to hit up Tanzania and not to go in search of animal life. The country boasts some of the world’s best safaris … driving safaris can lead you into multiple encounters with these fractious beasts, whereas walking tours put you at their eye level. Buffaloes that glance, quickly, suddenly, from the tall grass; distant crocodiles that flop into lazy waters; or the strange nests of the hamerkop bird, decorated with old bones. Most importantly for any luxury safari vacation to Tanzania, the country is part of the route covered by the Great Migration – that once yearly, mass movement of zebra, buffalo, and gazelle. Heart-thumping, jaw-dropping. You don’t want to miss out.

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Ngorongo Crater, Tanzania


Luxury vacations to Tanzania and Zanzibar are – yes – all about the animal life. But the country’s natural scenery...

Luxury vacations to Tanzania and Zanzibar are – yes – all about the animal life. But the country’s natural scenery cannot go unmentioned. The Ngorongoro conservation area, a World Heritage Site in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania, features the massive, wild, and animal-filled caldera of Ngorongoro. The name stems from the sound made by the cowbell (ngoro ngoro) used by Maasai pastoralists. The crater widens the eyes – in great, sloping waves of sharp green and blue-tinged mountains that rear in the expansive distance. A little to the north, on the Kenyan border, is the stately massif of Mount Kilimanjaro – snow-slaked, and holding up the vast East African sky.

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Far from a sleepy city, Tanzania’s capital – Dar es Salaam – has grown from a small Zaramo fishing village into a ...

Far from a sleepy city, Tanzania’s capital – Dar es Salaam – has grown from a small Zaramo fishing village into a sprawling, thriving subwaypolis. Facing out onto the Indian Ocean it represents, understandably, a confluence of cultures and remains one of East Africa’s biggest, and busiest, ports. Despite the hustle and bustle (there is a lot of that), the city is an unmissable part of the Tanzanian experience – with a low-key, down to earth atmosphere. Take a deep breath and swallow up some of Tanzania’s tantalizing city culture, before heading out through the gateway to begin your luxury safari in Tanzania’s hinterland.

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Top Locations in Tanzania & Zanzibar

If we were asked to choose our top three places in Tanzania, we’d go for these.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

Feel the vibration of thundering hooves during The Great Migration.

Whilst staying at some of the most luxurious lodges in the Serengeti, you’ll be perfectly positioned to take in the sweeping views and wildlife-rich plains of the National Park. Get up close with leopards in Mwiba, enjoy bush breakfasts and magical starlit dinners and follow one of the world’s greatest spectacles: The Great Migration. With our expert, Masai guides by your sides, watch on as millions of zebra, gazelles and wildebeest thunder across the savanna in a bid to reach fresh grazing grounds beyond. Whilst this natural wonder can be appreciated from a jeep from a distance, we’ll bag you exclusive access to witness the phenomenon via hot air balloon.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

Take on Africa’s tallest mountain in style.

Rising 19,341 feet out of the ground, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is a bucket list experience for many. But with us—and your guide Georgo—, we’ll take you on a new, pioneering route, using the Shira Plateau that steers you well off the tourist track. Winding along the north side of the mountain, the Shira Plateau delivers a different, but breathtaking viewpoint over Kenya. After crossing diverse terrains by day and sleeping under the stars by night, we’ll take you on a post-hike detour to Zanzibar.

Mnemba Island, Tanzania

Mnemba Island

A private island hideaway in the Indian Ocean.

A short boat transfer from Zanzibar and you’ll wind up at the exclusive Mnemba Island. Say goodbye to The Big Five and boma-style dinners and hello to giant turtles and al fresco dining. Head out on guided scuba dives to swim among the fish, sail onboard traditional dhows to discover the Spice Islands and perform yoga on the shores at sunrise. It’s the perfect end to an African getaway – and after one visit you’ll understand our burning desire to return.

Best Hotels in Tanzania & Zanzibar

Nothing but the best. Browse the hotels that can feature in your bespoke Tanzania itinerary.
Sand Rivers
Zuri Zanzibar
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
Singita Mara River Tented Camp
Chem Chem Lodge
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