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A journey to the famous northern circuit in Tanzania will leave any adventurer rapt with awe at the stunning vistas, vibrant tribes and outrageous wildlife encounters. Tanzania has a trio of fantastic national parks: Tarangire National Park, with its famous herds of elephants and massive baobab trees; the Ngorongoro Crater, with an unrivalled density of wildlife;and the mighty Serengeti, staging the Great Migration for the majority of the year. For return visitors, or perhaps those looking for something a bit more off the beaten track, peer over the northern horizon and you will find a glut of ideas to create the most remarkable of journeys. Look to the south and you will find Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, wild as wild can be, home to hard-core walking safaris, and with tourist numbers a mere fraction that you will find in the north. Gaze to the west and you can find Mahale National Park and Gombe National Park, famed for excellent trekking to see chimpanzees, or Katavi National Park for a totally unique safari experience that's seemingly all to yourself. Make a short hop to the coast and you can find safari and beach together at Saadani National Park: what an experience to share your private beach with a lion…from afar of course. At the end of all this, take a bit of time to rest and recover, letting it all sink in (no, you weren't dreaming). Kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the sapphire blue waters that surround Zanzibar or Pemba Island. Go on, you've earned it.
Tanzania Holidays and Safaris with A&K
Tanzania offers some extraordinary spectacles. Truly extraordinary. Vast skies over widescreen plains, teeming mass migrations and A&K's chefs baking fresh loaves each day in the middle of the bush. Trust us, the bread - served warm from traditional ground ovens dug on our mobile tented safaris - will be the tastiest of your life.
It's not our only gourmet flourish in the African wilderness. While other visitors to the Ngorongoro Crater ate packed lunches in a designated picnic area, our returning guests were delighted to report how they drove straight past and on into a shady glade. Waiting for them amongst the foliage was a white-clothed table, laid with cutlery, glassware and flowers, next to chefs cooking up a storm on a mobile stove.
Of course, take an Abercrombie & Kent safari to Tanzania and you'll find our guides - specially selected for families, birdwatchers, the first-time visitor and the avid safari traveller - possess an encyclopaedic knowledge of wildlife. Another guest told us how her group had mentioned they'd like to see black rhino. Towards dusk, their guide, Joel - a quarter of a century with A&K - drove away from other groups towards an apparently barren stretch of land. They parked, sipped a drink, and, ten minutes later, witnessed two black rhino munching their way to within 20 yards of the vehicle.
Joel is just one of many brilliant guides. There's also Elvis. He's so good that returning guests requested he be flown to Uganda to escort them on a gorilla tracking expedition. And Joel and Elvis are just part of a team that has spent fifty years providing luxury travel in East Africa, the starting point and heartland our of business. A one-stop shop, we offer seamless regional travel and experienced, highly trained staff, along with 24-hour emergency contact, a 200-strong fleet of the best vehicles, and luxury mobile safaris, pitched in the peachiest game-viewing locations with hot showers, flushing loos and tent butlers. Hemmingway would approve.
We'll show you a staggeringly diverse country, starting with snow-capped Kilimanjaro where our super-fit runners head up and down, providing you with premium campsites and fresh fruit and vegetables. We carry out twice-daily health checks to maximise your chances of summiting, and play a major role in improving the welfare and training of porters.
At lower, less challenging levels, there's the Serengeti, arguably Africa's finest park. You'll see prolific game, including the annual migration, and prolific night skies, courtesy of the manager at A&K favourite, Sanctuary Kusini, dissecting the heavens with a laser pen. Then there's the Ngorongoro's sheer-sided, flat-floored caldera, dubbed the Garden of Eden; and the incredible parks in the south and west: Katavi, Selous - a stage for superb walking safaris - and Ruaha, one of Tanzania's best-kept secrets.
And we haven't even mentioned the Mahale Mountains overlooking Lake Tanganyika, the spectacular haunt of chimpanzees, and, for a contrast, the translucent waters, white sand and spicy cuisine of Zanzibar. With A&K, it's all possible.
Save up to 35%
Stay at The Residence on Zanzibar between now and the 6th January 2018 and receive a 35% discount if you book before the 31st March 2017. Minimum 3 night stay. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 7 | from £5,995pp
Embark on an authentic Tanzanian safari adventure, with wildlife opportunities in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and stay in luxurious... Find out more
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Nights: 8 | from £3,725pp
Ascend soaring Mount Kilimanjaro with more days to acclimatize and an excellent summit rate thanks to your A&K team, viewing highland montane, volcanic... Find out more
Holiday type: Group departure
Adventure & Culture
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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
- Ngorongoro Crater Safari
- Tarangire Safari Holidays
- Serengeti Safari Holidays
- Lake Manyara Safari Holidays
- Grumeti Reserve Safari Holidays
- Selous Game Reserve Walking Safari Holidays, Tanzania
- Ruaha National Park Safari Holidays, Tanzania
- Dar es Salaam Holidays
- Zanzibar Beach & Tanzanian Coast Holidays
- Lake Natron
- Climb Kilimanjaro
- Katavi National Park Safari Holidays
- Mahale Mountains
- Lake Eyasi Safari Holidays
- Arusha Safari
- Saadani National Park
- Lake Victoria Safari Holidays
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Joanne Swinton dealt with us and our holiday with endless good humour and patience. Her suggestions were perfect and we all had a magical time. She really knew her "stuff". She even organised a car and driver for our first full day in Dar es Salaam which was a kindness beyond any duty. She arranged for our unaccompanied children to be chaperoned through all the airports, and for my husband and me to be taken care of too. There are not words enough to express her professionalism and forethought and our appreciation of them.
- BM, Inverness
Kilimanjaro (for Northern Tanzania), Dar es Salaam via Nairobi (for Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar)
11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator the climate is generally warm year round ranging between 25°C to 32°C, there are however regional variations. With two rain seasons, the long rains fall in April and May (into early June) and the short rains falls in October and November. The best times to travel are December, January, February or late June to early October.