Tanzania doesn’t stand still for a moment! As the months race by, the country witnesses some amazing annual events, from the subtle blossoming of African violets in the Usamara Mountains, to the legendary and utterly spectacular charge of migrating wildebeest across the Serengeti.

From the “Spice Islands” of Zanzibar with their idyllic palm-fringed beaches and old town charm, to bobbing along in a traditional Dhow boat along the aqua Swahili coastline. Add to this some of the world’s oldest rock paintings, a rich cultural heritage, an ascent up Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – or a close-up encounter with man’s closest relative – the chimpanzee – in Gombe Stream and Mahale National Parks. Tanzania is packed with action.

For a more remote experience, Selous and Ruaha offer excellent walking and wildlife encounters. Rift Valley Escarpment is known for its great beauty and wealth of wildlife – excellent for viewing elephant, lion, impressive herds of buffalo and exceptional birdlife.

The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti both offer pretty spectacular game viewing all year round. The onset of the long rains combined with the rich volcanic soils create an explosion of greenery and ideal conditions for one of the wildlife must-see events – the annual birthing of the wildebeest calves, and a myriad of birdlife. Tanzania’s genuinely friendly people will add a touch of brilliance to your journey and you will have a trip of a lifetime!

Be sure to add Tanzania on your list of African countries to visit and let XA African Safaris plan your perfect holiday.









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East Africa


Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh)


Valid passport required; Visa on arrival at all the main points of entry; Commonwealth countries exempt


Long rains: March to early May; Short rains: October & November


GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa)


230V @ 50Hz; plugs are mostly UK-style, square 3-pin


Yellow Fever innoculation is mandatory if coming from an infected area; malaria is present


  • The Serengeti National Park, core of the 30,000 km2 Serengeti-Ngorongoro-Mara ecosystem
  • A host of other rich and diverse parks offering an outstanding array of safari circuits and no fewer than 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • The birthing of the wildebeest from end January through to March
  • The annual migration of the wildebeest across the Serengeti
  • Great bush and beach combinations
  • Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain peak
  • Cultural visits in authentic and unique settings
  • Diverse activities to suit all tastes: safaris, hikes, guided walks, horse riding, hot air ballooning, snorkelling and diving
  • The Spice Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and the Mafia Archipelago
  • Intimate tented camps as well as large hotels – accommodation to suit all pockets
  • Excellent ground and air services

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