Tanzania is pure Africa, with wildlife treasures to match. Add to your trip the exotic Spice Island of Zanzibar, and it becomes an even tastier adventure...

This is a country with both Africa's highest and lowest points: Kilimanjaro and Lake Tanganyika. It has some of the continent's most impressive game parks, and a coastline of pearly-white beaches perfect for sun-worshipping. And to top it all, its one of Africa's most stable nations, making its many treasures all the more accessible. Those treasures don't come any greater than the vast plains and savannahs of the Serengeti, top of the tree when it comes to wildlife watching.

Running a very close second is the Ngorongoro Crater - aka 'Africa's Eden' - a caldera packed with big game (apart from giraffes, which can't climb the steep sides!) and many luxury lodges. Biggest of all though, is the Selous Game Reserve in the south: its larger than Switzerland.

But while these may be the most popular spots for game viewing, the most adventurous head for Ruaha and Katavi Parks: both untouched, off the beaten track and pulsating with energy; or Mahale, renowned for its Chimpanzees. And then there's the coastline. Known as the Swahili Coast, its place on the ancient trading routes between India and the Middle East have given it a heady cocktail of cultural riches, while nature has bestowed immaculate coral reefs, throngs of coconut palms, and silky-soft beaches.

Wherever you head for, though, take the opportunity to get to know the locals. Warm, friendly and unfailingly polite, their pride in telling you about their beautiful country may well turn out to be a high point of your trip...higher even than Kilimanjaro. 



Go ape: We're all familiar with Chimpanzees - after all, genetically they are 98 percent the same as us. But nothing matches seeing them in the wild. Observe just how human they are in the Mahale Mountains, the worlds largest known-chimp population.


Make it to the Migration: the sight of upwards of one and a half million animals making their way across the Serengeti (and neighbouring Kenya's Maasi Mara)in search of fresh grazing has been called 'the greatest wildlife show in earth'.



Sample Itinerary

11 nights from the Serengeti to Mnemba Island




​Day 1/



​Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Grumeti Airstrip, via Nairobi

Day 2/​​Arrive in the Serengeti National Park, stay 3 nights at &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
​Day 3/​Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater, stay 3 nights at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
​Day 8/​Ngorongoro Crater to Mnemba Island, stay 5 nights at &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, situated just off Zanzibar
​Day 13/​Mnemba Island to London Heathrow, via Dar Es Salaam

Is this the perfect African itinerary? For many, Tanzania's incredible game parks provide one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth (the Migration); and a trip that's full of romance and wonder – made all the better by the Tanzanians' welcome; warm, friendly and unfailingly polite, so getting to know the locals will be a real highlight.

It all begins in the heart of the Serengeti, at the &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. Here you'll experience the authentic spirit of safari under canvas – albeit in fabulous luxury – surrounded by the excitement and colour of Africa at its most vibrant. The twice-daily game drives will make sure you see the best of the wildlife, but perhaps most memorable are the sunrise and sunset stops, when you really get a chance to take in this awe-inspiring land.

For jaw-dropping surroundings though, your next stop takes some beating. The ancient Ngorongoro Crater offers some of the best game viewing anywhere, especially from the lodges on the crater's edge… which is exactly where you'll be, at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. And if the view's spectacular, just wait 'til you see your room…

Tanzania's wildlife will take your breath away – so how better to finish your journey than by relaxing on one of Zanzibar's gorgeous beaches? The island feels like the crossroads of the world, a melting pot of far-flung cultures, ancient traditions and colourful nature. &Beyond's Mnemba Island Lodge is a relaxed and romantic private island paradise (a sunset dhow cruise is breathtaking) with all the watersports you could wish for and even more stunning wildlife; green turtles nest here, while Humpback Whales, dolphins and Whale Sharks roam offshore. Make sure you explore the labyrinthine alleys and bazaars of Stone Town too… the scent alone will tell you why this is called The Spice Island!






With four evocative places to stay – the Edwardian-style Sasakwa Lodge; Bedouin-style canvas cocoons at Sabora; and the more cutting-edge Faru Faru Lodge, plus an exclusive mobile camp, Singita Grumeti is dramatically set in a 340,000-acre private concession on the edge of the gargantuan wilderness of the Serengeti National Park, Africa's number one World Heritage Site.




Crater Lodge has been likened to Middle Earth, a Dali painting and The Lost World… but then it's hard to imagine just how fantastic it is. Right on the edge of the Crater, the opulence and elegance of the rooms and the richness and flamboyance of the décor are almost unbelievable; as are the views across a landscape that's teeming with even more exotic wildlife.



Situated on a dizzyingly-beautiful private island surrounded by inviting coral reefs, this intimate escape has just 10 beachside coconut palm and timber bandas, each hand-woven in traditional Zanzibari style. They’re amazingly comfortable with your own butler and terrace overlooking pristine sand and sea. Diving the reef is highly recommended. Paradise is too small a word.




Being surrounded by canvas gives a real sense of adventure… although these flamboyant stilted tents are as luxurious as any lodge! The colourful African fabrics and locally-sculpted furnishings give the camp an air of fantasy too. As you overlook the peaceful bywater of the Grumeti River, watch out for the resident hippos; they put on quite a floor show!



The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. The rainy season lasts from March to June. The central plateau is dry and arid. The North-Western highlands are cool and temperate and the rainy season here lasts from November to December and February to May.




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