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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

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1,365 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,030
  • Great 322
  • Average 9
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 4

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  • Guide
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  • Activities
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  • Lodging
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  • Transportation
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  • Meals
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Tour Reviews

This was my third trip to Africa (second with G Adventures), and it pretty much topped the list

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

5.0
April 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
This was my third trip to Africa (second with G Adventures), and it pretty much topped the list. I went to see animals, and boy did I ever see animals!!! Kenya and Tanzania outdo South Africa by a long shot as far as wildlife goes. The Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater were teeming with practically every African animal you can think of .... and were they ever active! And the hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti was a once-in-a-lifetime experience --- worth every penny!! Congratulations to G for not only coming up with a fascinating itinerary, excellent accommodations, and knowledgeable CEOs and drivers, but for their support of local projects in most of the countries they work in. Lead with Service, Embrace the Bizarre (can you say 'ostrich courtship'--), and Do the Right Thing .... that's my memory of Kenya and Tanzania.
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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho route

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
An outstanding trek. Organisation was superb in every detail. Special mention to the African Walking Company for their guides, porters, cooks and everyone involved.
The Crater Rim summit in clear sunshine, and earlier in the week The Baranco Wall and Lava Tower

JT was really outstanding - in leadership, organisation and motivation

Whatever your age, it is essential to get as fit as possible ahead of the trek - whatever anyone else says. Particularly practice uphill severe walks with a backpack (eg in UK hill country).

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Do you like pina coladas and walks in the rain?

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

4.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Very challenging but ultimately rewarding trip. Camping is a pain in the neck after a while. Prepare to be dirty, cold and generally uncomfortable for the whole trip, I think this got to me more than the walking. I believe Kili is quite scenic but it was misty for us most of the time and I could have been at home in Scotland out a damp hillwalk.
Getting to Uhuru peak after a 7.5 hour slog up the scree with hilariously low oxygen saturations. Going a bit mental on the top and having fabulous 'runner's high' type thing going on on the way back to Stella. Wish I could have bottled that. Hypoxia can be fun! Relaxing on Zanzibar afterwards wasn't too shabby.

Abraham was a great guy and ably assisted by his team of guides. Mama Lucy helped me the most but Stratton, Hans, Angela, Innocent and Tosha were all brilliant too as were the cook and porters. I left some old equipment with them.
I was lucky to be part of a great group who really made the trip.

Take it very slowly indeed, the speed seems ridiculous at first but quickly becomes a necessity. Leave your type A personality and desire to win at the door, on this trip the tortoises will get there in the best shape. There is no rush, what are you going to do with extra time in camp? We had lots of card games, hypoxia induced silliness and new sport called toss the rock.
Camping just annoyed me after a while. I had my own tent and it was well worth it just to have my own space. They are big enough but I'm not convinced that sharing with a random and 2 people's equipment is a good idea when the experience is stressful enough as it is. Snoring gets worse at altitude. Bring ear plugs. Bring LOTS of snacks. Minstrels travels especially well. Ladies, check out a She-wee and Pee-bols for night time.
Try to look after each other. Everyone will have a bad day at some point (Lava Tower for me, it can happily be erased from my memory for ever!). If you are lucky enough to be feeling well, try to divert some of your energy into helping those who are not with some daft games or a supporting arm or hug. It is much more satisfying to help others to succeed as well as yourself and to get there as a team.
A couple of folk had music on their phones, this was a great boost during hard bits although it was hard to sing along to Africa by Toto on summit night!
Try to learn some Swahili from the guides, you've got nothing better to do!

I had a fabulously relaxing 6 night stay at Fumba lodge tagged on at the end. It took a few days to recover from Kili and I can't imagine what state I'd have been in if I'd have returned to work immediately. The staff are total gems, good food and cocktails and really chilled surroundings. Moivaro coffee plantation was also lovely and I enjoyed a lovely scrub and massage when we got back. I did come out in a rash the next day so maybe avoid if you have sensitive skin! I think my skin just wasn't used to being clean anymore.

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Fantastic trip and crew!

Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
The four crew members, Erellah, Albert, Boniface and Amos were fantastic. Erellah is an excellent tourguide - very patient, funny, helpful: a delight and any group can consider themselves lucky to be in his care. Albert is a brilliant cook and made delicious vegan food for me: not easy to do in East Africa. He was fun and creative and all mealtimes were a pleasure. Boniface is by far the very best driver I've ever encountered: very patient, extremely skilled and was able to take us safely along very poor roads, while also taking care of the truck itself. Amos is very friendly and helpful and worked very hard to support the crew. I'm sure he will be a fantastic tourguide soon. All of the crew were fun to talk to and made us feel very welcome.
The trip itself was spectacular - we were very lucky and managed to see many beautiful animals, including elephants, black rhino, white rhino, lions, cheetah and a leopard. I was lucky enough to spot a serval from the truck, but it slipped away into the grass before anyone else could see it. The pace of the trip was good - we covered a huge distance, but spent enough time in each place to get good wildlife spotting. The last few days on Zanzibar were a welcome treat too and really rounded everything off nicely. I will always have fond memories of the group and the trip. The group members were all great: friendly, interesting people I enjoyed meeting and hope to keep in touch with.
Seeing a leopard in a tree.

Erellah is a star! He's very bright, knowledgeable, extremely helpful and fun to talk to. He really made the trip.

Beware of the African sun - it is vicious. This time of year was very good, because it's low season, fairly dry and all the animals have had their babies, which is lovely to see.

It would be great if it could be possible to request a specific crew for trips in the same area. I would love to assemble this crew again for other trips to Africa, such as the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

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Rongai - Feb 2017

Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route

4.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
I consider myself to be fit but do not underestimate the final ascent/descent...... it is extremely hard work. We completed in 9.25 - hindsight tells me we should have gone slower as I had a pounding headache and was exhausted at the end. It doesn't help that you then have another walk in the afternoon to cope with ! The walking prior to the ascent was a breeze if that helps ! The organisation was excellent but be prepared for very early nights and then being wide awake early on ... food was first class and plenty of it. We were lucky with the weather (Feb) I would not want to walk Kilimanjaro in the rain and wind. Good luck
It should have been reaching the summit but I was too exhausted to be inspired by it - the views at sunrise however are absolutely incredible and the clear skies filled with stars at night

He was very motivating

When you begin the ascent, half the pace you are comfortable with .... I didn't take diamox and think my headache was caused by the hood of my jacket rather than altitude- make sure your clothing is comfortable before you start as you will be too cold to adjust it

Have a beach holiday in Zanzibar afterwards !

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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?

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

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SafariHikingWildlige Viewing, Game Drive & Photography.

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