Tanzania’s varied and plentiful National Parks, award-winning luxury lodges and tropical Indian Ocean islands make it one of our favourite destinations for an all encompassing safari holiday or luxury honeymoon.
With Africa’s highest mountain, largest lake, and the world’s biggest concentration of wild animals during the spectacular wildebeest migration, it certainly has plenty of superlatives to boast about. In northern Tanzania, vast and varied landscapes provide plenty of big-five spotting opportunities. The Serengeti is famous for the annual wildebeest migration, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater’s steep forest-covered sides give way to vast, wildlife-filled plains below.
To escape the crowds, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in the south of the country, and Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Park in the west, provide an opportunity for alternative safari trips off-the-beaten path. Finish with a stint on the beach in the Zanzibar archipelago and bask in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean before heading to explore the UNESCO protected site of Stone Town.
Fitting the right accommodation with the right person in Tanzania is key – our hand-picked lodges and camps in Tanzania and Zanzibar are as varied as the landscapes our guests travel through.
In northern Tanzania start your trip at Ngorongoro Crater with a stay at Plantation Lodge for homegrown food in an authentic owner-run farmhouse, or for ‘wow’ factor views, stay at the iconic and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge perched on the Crater Rim. For an authentic bushcamp experience, Serengeti Safari Camp is a mobile camp which moves seasonally to be close to the wildebeest migration, far away from the larger and busy permanent lodges.
If the thought of sleeping under canvas does not appeal, then Lamai Serengeti is a permanent lodge perched on a kopje in the northern Serengeti with stunning views stretching over the Mara River. To mix an epic safari experience with luxury like no other, look no further than Singita Grumeti Reserves where privacy, pristine wilderness and impeccable service come in abundance.
Located on the banks of the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Sand Rivers is an intimate lodge with just 8 spacious stone and thatch cottages, open-fronted to incredible vistas across the river and the cacophony of sound from hippos honking at night. The Selous is one of the best reserves for an all-round safari with 4×4 drives, guided walks, boat trips, fishing and fly-camping under the stars all on offer. For a more rustic tented camp experience head to Kigelia Camp in Ruaha National Park, famous for its huge elephant population, lions and giant baobabs.
The Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the least visited and most beautiful parks on the African continent and home to our favourite alternative beach hideaway, Greystoke Mahale. Spend days trekking through dense rainforest to see the world’s largest population of habituated chimpanzees, or unwind with a swim, snorkel or dhow cruise on Lake Tanganyika. Combine Greystoke Mahale with a safari at Chada Katavi, a bush camp in the heart of the remote and seldom-visited Katavi National Park.
For the ultimate honeymoon experience in the Zanzibar archipelago, indulge in the laid-back, stylish charm of Fundu Lagoon’s thatched bandas on the lesser-known Pemba Island. On the main island we love the intimate owner-run Unguja Lodge tucked down in a quieter corner of the island, perfect for post-safari chill-out. Finish with a night at Kisiwa House in Stonetown, the atmospheric island capital and UNESCO heritage site, steeped in history and culture.