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Nothing in life beats the magic of a safari; sunrise game drives in Serengeti, walking with the wild things in Ruaha National Park and canoeing in Selous Game Reserve are just some of the thrills that spring to mind (and we could go on…). If you’re yet to be convinced, or need a little more inspiration, take a dip into our Safaris and let your imagination run wild. We’ve got ideas for active safaris, guides to climb mount Kilimanjaro and a plethora of stories that confirm why a safari should be top of your travel list.

We had a hard time writing the articles in this section. We had too much our way through Northern Tanzania’s top safari camps to whittle down our selection, and spend a day in the Arusha and Moshi, sipping bubbles and sniffing rose. But someone had to do it, and we’ve packaged our findings into a handy selection of ‘Out and About’ articles, for everything you should be doing in Africa when you’re not spotting wildlife or chilling out at the beach.

We’ll admit, a beach holiday probably isn’t the first thing you think of when someone says ‘Africa’, but don’t forget that peachy Indian Ocean coastline on the eastern side of the continent. If a beach flop is on the cards, our collection of seaside-themed articles will take you from Zanzibar’s glorious island idylls, to the glitz and glamour of the Mafia Island and Pemba

If you’ve been dreaming about a bucket-list trip to Africa, but aren’t sure where to start, grab a cup of tea and sit down to read our ultimate planning guides. We’ve covered the basics in our series of ‘Where to go’ articles, revealed how to save your pennies in Southern Tanzania, and answered the golden question of the best time to visit some our favourite destinations. And as we always say, planning your trip should be just as much fun as taking it!

Family safari and beach holidays in Tanzania – Expert advice on child-friendly beach lodges and safari camps in Tanzania including great photos and travelers’ reviews. Call for unbeatable quotes & efficient reservations!

Tanzania is often known as one of Africa’s friendliest countries and, with regards to family safaris, this is certainly the case. Tanzania is one of the few countries in Africa that can easily combine a beach holiday in Zanzibar with a safari.

The majesty of the Serengeti and the splendor of the Ngorongoro Crater would be tremendous without the extraordinary concentration of animals. That’s makes Tanzania one of the greatest wildlife destinations on earth.

Take the guesswork out of planning your Tanzania safari: enjoy our trusted advice, selected accommodation, tested itineraries & tailor-made solutions.

Family travelling always involves lists; a shortlist of countries, what to pack, what the neighbours should feed the dog – even that list goes on! Well, now we’ve got in on the action and come up with a variety of Top 10 Lists to inspire every step of your travel planning.

Youngsters will love the fresh air, closeness to nature & exciting adventures that Tanzania delivers

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With over 38% of its territory declared national park, game reserve, or conservation area land, Tanzania is home to some of the best game-viewing parks in Africa, from the legendary Ngorongoro Crater and it’s 30,000 hooved mammals, and the Serengeti’s amazing migration of around 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle, to the lesser known, nearby parks of picturesque Tarangire National Park with its annual elephant migration in the dry season, and Lake Manyara National Park with it’s birdlife, tree-climbing lions and elephants.
In the south, the giant Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park are a short flight from Dar-es-Salaam, Mikumi National Park is just a four-hour drive from Dar. In the west Katavi National Park is almost never visited despite plentiful lions and huge buffalo and hippo herds, and Mahale Mountains NP offers what it probably the best primate encounter going.

You will require a passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry. If you are arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), you will require an immunization certificate or health card. Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU, need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites. As with all visa matters — contact your local Tanzanian Embassy for the latest information.

Tanzania is a safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people and are eager to help and assist visitors. As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as locking valuables in the hotel safe, do not carry a lot of camera equipment especially in the major cities, do not wear too much jewellery, do not carry large amounts of cash on your person etc.

It is best to drink bottled water when travelling through Tanzania – numerous brands are widely available and served in all restaurants and lodges. Steer clear of ice, raw vegetables, and salads when eating at street restaurants. High-end lodges and restaurants will clean their produce in antiseptic solution, but to be on the safe side, fruit and vegetables should always be washed and peeled. Try to avoid eating in empty restaurants – the food may have been sitting out for some time – and order your meat well done. On the coast, seafood and fish are usually fresh, but make sure everything is well-cooked.

The food served in the safari camps/lodges varies, but is tasty and delicious. Gourmet cooks bake fresh breads, and produce soups, salads, and entrees that could easily grace tables at the top restaurants around the world. Meals are international in flavour with soups, salads, cold meats, pasta dishes, meat and fish dishes, and breads. Your day normally starts with tea and biscuits before your morning activity. Returning to your lodge or camp late morning, brunch is enjoyed – cereals, fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, and toast. Buffet lunches are typical with a warm dish such as stew served with salads, quiches and cold meats. Dinner consists of an appetizer followed by meat, fish and pasta dishes served with assorted vegetables and sauces. Dinner is followed by coffee/ tea, cheeses, and stunning desserts. In Tanzania’s towns and villages, the food is usually simpler. Plain grilled meat, nyama choma, is very popular, and often served with sauce, rice, chips, or ugali (cornmeal). Indian cuisine is also wide spread. The locally brewed beer is good, including Serengeti, Safari, Kilimanjaro, mbege (homebrew from the Chagga people) and banana beer.
Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). Tanzania does not operate daylight saving time, hence there’s no time difference between their summer and winter months.
The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by the applicable area codes (e.g. 22 for Dar es Salaam, or 27 for Arusha). Calling out from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).

You will need very little spending money on most safaris as the majority of meals and activities are included in your package cost. Most people carry between $50 and $100 per person per day for all expenses. Bills may be settled by US cash, by travellers check, or by credit card (accepted at most lodges, camps, hotels).

Credit cards may be used in large towns at restaurants and shops with MasterCard and Visa being most accepted. However, use may be restricted in small towns and country areas and non-existent in small retail shops. We recommend bringing US dollars cash. Change USD$ at the airport or bank on your arrival into Tanzania. USD$ cash is acceptable in most tourist areas and can be used for tips.

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