Tanzania and Zanzibar

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What better safari and beach combination can there be than Tanzania and Zanzibar?

Tanzania offers the chance to enjoy a classic African safari – Big 5 game viewing, epic landscapes, spectacular National Parks, lakes, mountains, plains, and everything in between. It’s a truly incredible destination for a once-in-a-lifetime safari.

Zanzibar is home to some of the finest beaches in Africa, with pristine white sand, crystal clear sea, vibrant coral reefs, and luxury surroundings. The Spice Island has a fascinating history that includes Sultans, seafarers, and explorers, all adding up to a place rich in culture and tradition.

Combine Tanzania and Zanzibar for the Ultimate Safari&Beach Trip

Zanzibar is close enough to be the perfect beach addition to any safari in Tanzania. Start your experience exploring all of the natural sights Tanzania has to offer – from roaming wildebeest to tree-climbing lions and majestic elephants.

Then, a short flight takes you from safari to blissful beach. Relax after your time in the game reserves and spend a few days (or even a week) soaking up the atmosphere of the palm-lined island. There’s more to Zanzibar than meets the eye – the main island is just one of a string of jewels in the archipelago, so if you want something even more exclusive to add to your safari, talk to us about Pemba or Mafia.

 

Serengeti Serengeti

The Serengeti is, in our opinion, the finest game reserve in Africa. A vast and stunningly beautiful wilderness with its open and grassy plains occasionally broken up by isolated granite koopjes and areas of acacia woodland.

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Zanzibar Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a truly wonderful island that offers some of the finest tropical beaches within Africa. The name itself has captivated travellers imagination over the years and certainly lives up to expectations. Alongside the idyllic, crystal clear s...

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Ngorongoro Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, covers an extensive 8300 sq km, with the celebrated natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater, at its centre. The Crater is one of Tanzania’s most visited destinations offering a dramatic landscape and Africa...

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Bespoke Safari and Beach itineraries

We can create your perfect safari and beach holiday. You choose the experiences that are important to you and we put together an itinerary that meets your needs. If you want to see elephant and giraffe, or you’d like to spend time seeking out white rhino, we know the best parks and the best places to find them.

Whether you want to spend a week on safari and a few days on the beach, or a week for both, we put together a bespoke, tailored trip that’s exactly what you want. We’ll find the perfect accommodation for you, no matter where you want to stay. If you’re looking for luxury, we know the most sumptuous lodges. If you want a closer-to-the-earth experience, we have tented camps that get you right into the safari vibe. Why not try a mixture? We can put together a trip of a lifetime that ticks all of your boxes.

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Where to stay in Zanzibar

Zanzibar has managed to find a fantastic balance between being relatively unspoiled and having enough popularity to justify a range of accommodation options. Depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll find small guest houses, luxury lodges, boutique properties, hotels on the beach, and even a couple of resort-style hotels to choose from.

If you’re travelling with a family, you might be more interested in some of the more mainstream hotels. If you’re on a honeymoon or retreat, we’ve got some exclusive hideaways that will appeal.

We can help you choose between beach resorts or Stone Town hotels, depending on what you want to do while you’re here.

Where to go in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country with diverse and spectacular sights. The Northern Circuit offers the spectacular Serengeti and the natural wonder of Ngorongoro Crater. The southern parks include the Selous Game Reserve – one of the greatest reserves in the world – and Ruaha. You can find mountains, lakes, flood plains, and incredible landscapes no matter where you stay.

Big 5 game spotting is practically a given in Tanzania, but you can also find chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains, hyena in Ngorongoro, and if you’re very lucky, wild dogs in Ruaha.

Things to do in Zanzibar

If you thought Zanzibar was just a beach destination, it’s time to think again. It does have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches – so if you want to relax after your safari, you’ll be in paradise – but it has a lot more on offer, too.

Kite Surfing – steady shore winds make Zanzibar a haven for kite surfers. If you’ve always wanted to try, now’s your chance.

Diving – clear turquoise seas offer magnificent diving opportunities, with manta rays, green turtles and hawksbills all in attendance.

Forests – take a walk through Jozani forest, the last indigenous forest on Zanzibar, and see if you can spot the rare Red Colobus Monkeys.

Walking tours – explore Stone Town and take in the Sultan’s Palace, House of Wonders, and the food markets.

Prison Island – sail out to this historic and nature-filled island, see the ruins of the prison and take a picture with the giant tortoises – if they’re in the mood.

Quick Tanzania and Zanzibar Facts

Flight time from Tanzania to Zanzibar: 30 minutes from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island

Distance from Tanzania to Zanzibar: 23 miles from the mainland to the archipelago

Ferry from Tanzania to Zanzibar: 2 hours, departing four times a day

Tanzania time zone: East Africa time (GMT+3)

Flag: The flags of Tanzania and Zanzibar include the same colours (blue, green, yellow and black) but use different styles.

National Parks: 25% of Tanzania is designated national parkland and wildlife sanctuaries.

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