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Top Trip Memories

  • Tours visiting Serengeti National Park, one of the best spots to see big game in Africa.
  • Checking out the volcano and array of game animals in Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Trekking famed Mount Kilimanjaro for incredible views.
  • Spotting wildlife in Selous Game Reserve, which may offer the best viewing in Tanzania.
  • Birdwatching in Tarangire National Park -- a memorable experience.
  • Visiting Lake Manyara in dry season to encounter thousands of colorful flamingos.
  • Wandering the narrow alleyways of Stone Town on the intriguing island of Zanzibar.
  • Glimpsing a cheetah sprint through Ruaha National Park.
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Tour Tips

  • Tanzania enjoys a mostly tropical climate, but pack extra-warm clothing if trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest point in Africa gets cold in any season.
  • Choose a Mount Kilimanjaro tour suitable to your conditioning.
  • There are seven main ways to the top of the peak -- Lemosho Route, Machame Route, Marangu Route, Mweka Route, Rongai Route, Shira Route and Umbwe Route -- and they vary significantly in length and difficulty.
  • Many tours of Mount Kilimanjaro offer add-on trips to view wildlife at Serengeti National Park. When choosing any Tanzania tour, look for one with the amount of cultural immersion that matches your comfort level – there’s something for everyone.
  • Want to spend some time at an Indian Ocean beach? Consider a tour offering the island of Zanzibar (the “Zan” in Tanzania), just off the coast of the mainland but a world apart from the rest of the country.
  • Interested in tours experiencing Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water on the planet? Many Tanzania tours also include this nearby natural wonder, situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Accommodations vary on Tanzania vacation packages, so find a tour that offers lodgings that meet your standards.
  • Like a bit of urban adventure? Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, was founded in 1862 and today offers a kaleidoscope of sites.
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Tanzania Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

310 Reviews

  • Excellent 236
  • Great 68
  • Average 4
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 2

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

Great care and service from Agama Tours and Safaris

The Big 5

5.0
November 2016
Agama Tours
Recommend: Yes
Great care and service from Agama Tours and Safaris. From first mail communication was fast and helpful. Kabalo and Lara helped customized our perfect private safari in Tanzania. 8 days including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The lodges, tent camps, and transportation were all excellent. We are still in disbelief to how amazing our guide was, Emanuel. A professional animal finder, knowledgable, passionate and above all, wonderful friend we have made. I would recommend to anyone traveling to Tanzania!
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Saw the sunrise and close to animals, wonderful trip

Kilimanjaro-Lemosho Trek + Safari Extension

5.0
October 2016
Agama Tours
Recommend: Yes
Successfully summiting at sunrise - seeing the sun come up from the rim of the crater and looking out at what we had accomplished was a very emotional moment. It was beautiful. Having the opportunity to be less than 2 meters from the elephant, the zebra, and the gnu (in the vehicle) - also wonderful.

Incredible!

Wilderness Camping

5.0
September 2016
Agama Tours
Recommend: Yes
Had an amazing trip in Serengeti and Ngorongoro with Agama Tours. Me and 3 other friends went for a 4 day, 3 night safari in the wilderness of Tanzania. Went with them after a recommendation from a friend. So happy we did. Although we tried different companies quotes, Agama's was the most attractive and professional.

Had an absolute wonderful time with our fabulous guide Felisi! Pick up on time at our hotel and off we went! Loved every minute of the trip. Felisis great humour, knowledge about all nature and wildlife and professionalism made us very comfortable. The tented Wild Camps in Serengeti and Ngorongoro were very nice and luxurious to be at! Great food and cool views.

Big thanks to Lara and Kabalo for organizing this wonderful trip for us
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1.0
August 2016
Agama Tours
Recommend: No
I recently returned from a G Adventures tours in eastern and southern Africa. When booking the trip, I was unable to find much information online at the time so I wrote this letter to my past self.

Dear Past Self,

You’re thinking about doing an overland tour of Africa? That sounds great. You’ll get to see plenty of animals, beautiful scenery, and maybe meet some locals. You could travel independently, choose a handful of places and fly between them, or you could do an overland tour. Both will probably end up being the same price. But the overland tour means you’ll get to travel with other people and see more of the scenery, even if it’s mostly through a bus window. Overlanding also means camping and very basic camp food (think tomato sauce pasta).

There are plenty of overlanding tour companies. Options include Intrepid, Africa Travel Company, Nomads and of course G. They are all quite similar, the itineraries are basically the same, and the buses follow each other. Though remember that G has only 2 guides when most others have 3, meaning your guide is often too busy to actually guide you.

You’re probably going to choose G, but here are some other things you probably would have liked to have known:

(1) Don’t expect your tour to reflect the G web site itinerary. Just because a place is listed doesn’t mean you’ll actually get to see it. Most of the time you’ll be camping on the edge of town with no transport to the town. Oh, and on average, double the number of hours of travel per day compared to what is provided in the itinerary (the drivers will even say that the times listed in the itinerary are misleading). Also: the itinerary for the ‘Zanzibar Upgrade’ (on Serengeti – Zanzibar or vice-versa) is exceptionally misleading: you only get an extra evening in Stone Town, not an extra full day, plus plenty of waiting around for the group to arrive the next morning (and, in reality, that bus driving day is not the longest travel day on that tour).

(2) Your trip experience will depend on your group and tour guide. Obviously you have no control over the group: though with G on YOLO expect younger people since there is an age limit. (Nomads is older.) The tour guide will make or break the trip. Most of the G guides in Africa will do things their own way. Some won’t provide meals which are meant to be provided, or will just provide a few dollars for you to buy snacks instead of meals. (On the Serengeti, expect 2 meals per day.) Other guides are improperly trained around group dynamics or health issues. Many will say they will do things, but won’t, and few will take feedback on board. Good luck with that.

(3) The G bus called the Lando is very comfortable. But don’t expect all the bells and whistles advertised. For most of the current tours, the USB charging points, wi-fi, cooler boxes and a/c will not work. You won’t meet a group that has a fully working Lando. Even with that in mind, you’ll find that it is the most comfortable tour bus on the road in Africa.

(4) Budget a lot of extra money for optional activities. A walk or village tour is around US$50. An extra game drive is around $150. If you don’t do optional activities, you’ll be sitting around in the camp site for a few days, often on your own. With all that time on the bus and at isolated camp sites, the trip feels very sedentary. Much less is included in the tour price than you might think (for example, at Victoria Falls entry to see the Falls is not included: you’ll have to pay yourself!)

(5) Don’t expect to be personally accommodated for by your guides. If you’re vegetarian or gluten-free, your guide won’t take you seriously, and it’s likely you’ll be fed animal products or gluten mixed into dishes. Vegetarians will get lots of vegetables and not much else. If you want to book anything in advance, like a hard-to-get-on-to optional tour such as shark diving, your tour guide won’t make that extra effort. You’ll find the G guides do the absolute minimum in Africa.

(6) Finally, G won’t genuinely respond to your feedback. Mentioning things to your guide only goes so far: expect a response like ‘This is Africa’ (TIA), the common excuse from international tour companies when their products on the ground don’t reflect what is promised online. After the tour, from G itself, you’ll get a pro-forma reply (think ‘XXX’ in place of your name). G doesn’t take feedback on board to improve its Africa trips.

Taking an overland tour in Africa is expensive and once you’re on tour it is difficult to leave (though you may hear stories of people leaving G tours early). So how you do your Africa trip is a difficult decision to make. Whichever tour company you choose, you’ll find that Africa is an incredible continent, well worth visiting. However, you’re probably better off trying another company because G Africa is quite lousy.

Regards Future Self
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TANZANIA CYCLE SAFARI

Tanzania Cycle Safari

5.0
August 2016
Agama Tours
Recommend: Yes
A unique experience travelling Tanzania in bicycle in contact with wild animals and Masai people.
Cycling in rough roads with changing landscape and in touch with the daily primitive life of the Great Masai.

Professional, knowledgable, helpfull and always a smile for everyone.

Depending to the time of the year, it might be cold in some camps due to the altitude, so be prepared for that.

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Tanzania Trips & Tour Advice

A popular Tanzanian saying suggests that “a patient person eats ripe fruit.” Well, stop being patient -- it’s time to taste the plum by embarking on the Tanzania vacation package of your dreams. This nation’s idyllic location, fronting the placid waters of the Indian Ocean, combines all the best of East Africa. Are you game to visit some of the top wildlife reserves on the entire continent, lounge on white-sand beaches ripe for catching rays, or explore that mountain of lore, Kilimanjaro -- its trio of snow-capped volcanic cones etching the sky as the highest point in Africa? You’ve undoubtedly heard of Serengeti, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro; now it’s time to see these magical places on the best Tanzania tours imaginable.

Landscapes and Wildlife

Tanzania’s borders harbor a diverse landscape and abundant wildlife. Consider Lake Manyara, where in the wet season more than 300 species of migratory birds hang out, and in-the-pink flamingos number in the thousands. In the dry season, mud flats offer ideal opportunities to view elephants, hippos, wildebeest and giraffes. Many Tanzania package tours feature stays in Lake Manyara wildlife lodges. And be sure to look up: among the main local attractions are tree-climbing lions.

The island of Zanzibar, once an integral part of the British Empire, is now a veritable melting pot of African, Arabian and Indian influences. This semi-autonomous region of Tanzania sports beach resorts perfect for a romantic Africa getaway, while its charming Stone Town -- a maze of cobblestone alleyways and vibrant bazaars -- offers an authentic taste of the Swahili Coast.

A Volcano and a Crater

Mount Kilimanjaro may now be an inactive volcano, but activities abound for trekkers taking to its slopes. Its snow-capped peak gracefully sets the backdrop for the savannah and its spectacular wildlife far below. In his story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” Ernest Hemingway wrote: “There, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.” That could be you!

Tough to pronounce, but worth the effort to visit, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is another volcanic wonder. Think of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as a reverse Kilimanjaro: Ngorongoro’s volcano blew up, collapsed and formed an immense crater. This region is now home to abundant wildlife – and you may even see local Maasai, dressed in their signature orange robes, grazing their cattle at the crater.

The Serengeti

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, is renowned for the annual migration of wildebeest and zebras amid its grassland plains and savannah, offering up countless National Geographic moments. Cameras are mandatory here – keep them primed for that perfect photo op.

These are just some of the highlights of a Tanzania tour, which will show you sights and offer you experiences you could have only imagined. Isn’t it time to book one now?

Related Categories

Continent:

Africa

Local Attractions:      

Serengeti National ParkMt. KilimanjaroNgorongoro Crater, Rift Valley, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Mount Meru & many more.

Top Activities:

SafariHikingWildlige Viewing, Game Drive & Photography.

Similar Destinations:  

KenyaBotswanaNamibiaZimbabweZambia , Uganda & South Africa.

 

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