WHEN TO GO
As East Africa’s biggest country, Tanzania is marked by contrasting terrains. The long dry season starts from June to October while the main rain season lasts from March to May.
Fly-in safaris are a popular way of visiting the various national parks on the southern and western circuit while private guide and driver is recommended for the closely-located northern circuit.
LOCAL INSIDER TIP
We love The Blue Heron in Arusha for their lovely garden setting and wood-fired pizzas. Check out their on-site shop for African designed, locally hand-crafted souvenirs, home ware, clothes and accessories.
One of two places in the world to witness the spectacular wildebeest migration, Tanzania is the epitome of safari. The popular Northern circuit of Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park is a traveller favourite. The lesser-known Southern circuit consisting of Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park and Mikumi National Parks offers a remote wilderness experience with excellent wildlife viewing. For the extreme safari enthusiast, the difficult-to-access Western circuit of Katavi National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park presents an unparalleled experience, known only to a few.
Tens of thousands of mountaineers and hikers around the world pay homage to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa and the world’s highest free standing mountain every year. With a relatively easy ascent to the peak, there are seven routes available ranging from six to ten days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. For those short on time and stamina, a two-hour scenic plane ride takes you on a bird’s eye view tour of Mount Kili’s three snow-capped volcanic cones and climatic zones.
COASTAL LIFE AND BEACHES
Perched along the Indian Ocean, while your days away on Pemba Island or world-renowned Zanzibar for a perfect relaxing extension to your safari excursion. Snorkel in crystal clear waters, go barefoot on white powder-fine sand, relax with a massage in one of the resorts’ spa or experience the only underwater room in Africa.