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Dar es Salaam is the largest city and the economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a...

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views....

More than 1 200 years have passed since the silhouettes of three-cornered Arab dhows were first spotted on the Indian Ocean waters washing Africa’s eastern shores. These traders came...

The dramatic crater of Mt. Meru is often neglected in favour of nearby to the east, but a visit to this spectacular mountain, located within Arusha National Park, is an unforgettable...

The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ a visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite...

Traditionally part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Pemba is fast becoming a unique destination in its own right. For centuries, Pemba’s clove plantations and spice fields provided the Omani...

Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometers of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park. Its far-...

Singita Grumeti Reserves offers an unparalleled eco-safari teeming with magnificent wildlife encounters on the western corridor of the Serengeti. This vast private concession comprises...

Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful...

Portuguese invasion and control of the Swahili Coast in the late 16th century ended the golden age of the archipelago, although the Omani Arabs returned to power less than a century...

The United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean.

The United Republic of Tanzania is a state composed of 26 regions, including those of the autonomous region of Zanzibar. Since 1996, the official capital of Tanzania has been Dodoma, where Parliament and some government offices are located. Between independence and 1996, the main coastal city of Dar es Salaam served as the country's political capital. Today, Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and the de-facto seat of most government institutions. It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbours.

The name Tanzania derives from the names of the two states Tanganyika and Zanzibar that united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which later the same year was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. The country covers an area of 945 087 km², of which over 100 000 km² are devoted to reserves and national parks. It is a country of wild open spaces and magnificent wildlife, of palm-fringed islands set in turquoise seas, and of warm and hospitable people. Physically, the country is made up of a vast central plateau, which slopes down towards the Indian Ocean, the three great lakes (Victoria to the north, Tanganyika to the west and Nyasa to the south), the Great Rift Valley with its large volcanoes in the north, and a series of coral islands in the Indian Ocean. The highland plateau, crowned by the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, is the habitat of many wildlife species. Huge populations of elephant, hippopotamus, buffalo, giraffe, gazelle and impala roam the wildlife sanctuaries in the area. Predators are plentiful, especially cheetah, leopard, and large prides of lion. More than one million wildebeest migrate to the northern grassy plains of the Serengeti at the start of the rainy season in December. After birthing in January and February, they scatter over the plains. By May the grass is depleted and the animals begin their trek to the permanent waters of the Serengeti's northern woodlands. Reaching their destinations by July, they remain there until October, at which time they begin their migration southward.

2000 years ago, African people coming from the Nile, Southern Africa and the West were the first to build villages and to farm the land. Later sailors, merchants and explorers from Persia, India, China and Portugal landed on the coast, bringing a diverse mix of cultures to Tanzania. A centuries-old Arab presence along the east coast and offshore islands provides these areas with a distinctive culture. A land of centuries of migration and more than 120 ethnic groups, Tanzania is a peaceful country with a proud history. Colonised by the Portuguese, Germans and the British, Tanzanians finally took control of their destiny with independence in 1961.

The climate is tropical on the coast, on the islands and in Selous. It is temperate in the other national parks. October to mid-March is the hottest period, while June to September is the coolest. However, the range of temperatures is fairly limited and it is always hot (between 25° and 30°C on the coast and between 22° and 27°C in the north). The rainy season is from mid-March to the end of May, and there is light rainfall in November. The central plateau is dry and arid and has hot days and cool nights. The north-eastern and southern highlands are normally cool and temperate, and the rainy season in these regions is during November, and from February to May.

Capital: 
Dodoma
Population: 
42,000,000
Area: 
945 087 km²
Language: 
Kiswahili, English, Arabic
Currency: 
Tanzanian Shilling
Major Airports: 
Arusha, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar
Other: 
Left-hand Driving, WAT (UTC+3)
Starting from US$ 795.00 p/p sharing | FI
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is thought of by most people as the place where the famous tree-climbing lions at Lake Manyara have developed their climbing habit to get away...

Starting from US$ 842.00 per unit | FI
Baraza Resort & Spa

Baraza Resort & Spa is located along the beach that was named as one of the top 30 island beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine; Baraza is Zanzibar’s...

Starting from US$ 630.00 p/p sharing | US$ 705.00 single | FB
Lemala Ndutu

Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and April, perched on the edge of a permanent marsh. 9 luxury tents of a very...

Starting from US$ 840.00 p/p sharing | FI
Kleins Camp

Kleins Camp offers unbroken views over a gorgeous game-filled valley and the hills beyond, which play host to one of the greatest wildlife migrations on earth. Klein’s...

Starting from US$ 535.00 p/p sharing | US$ 610.00 single | FB
Lemala Mara

Lemala Mara is the ultimate seasonal camp in Serengeti, within touching distance of the Mara River and set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing...

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Sanctuary Swala Lodge

Sanctuary Swala Lodge is located in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park, arguably northern Tanzania's most interesting park, famous for the large herds of...

Starting from US$ 110.00 p/p sharing | US$ 185.00 single | BB
Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel located right in the heart of Stone Town (an Unesco World Heritage site). It is independently owned and managed by a Dutch...