Tanzania and Zanzibar Holidays

Experience the magnificent combination of Tanzania's mainland and the country's pretty spice isle, Zanzibar. The boundless savannahs of classic Africa find dramatic contrast with Zanzibar's soft white shores as exploration of this diverse country delivers intense excitement, countless activities and magnificent scenery that never fails to impress.

Sunset over the Rufiji River, Selous Cheetah and wildebeest in the Serengeti - Photo by Sanctuary Retreats Pongwe Beach Hotel beach

Depending on whether you wish to enjoy a Northern or Southern circuit safari your trip would begin with a flight into Kilimanjaro or Dar es Salaam respectively. If you opt for a Southern circuit the untamed wildernesses of Ruaha National Park and the seemingly infinite Selous Game Reserve are open to you. The Northern circuit meanwhile holds just as much charm, with the Serengeti plains embodying archetypal African scenery and providing a stage for the Great Migration. There is also the fascinating Ngorongoro Crater to explore and beautiful Lake Manyara, which is extremely popular with flamingo. Luxury camps and lodges provide the perfect bases from which to set off on game drives and walking safaris into the wilderness in search of fantastic big game sightings.

After the thrills of your safari, retreat to Zanzibar's Indian Ocean waters for relaxation and plenty more to see and do. Pacing Stone Town's maze of alleyways and absorbing its rich culture and history are a must, while the island's bright coral reefs are waiting to be discovered with exciting diving and snorkelling. There's also the chance to head inland and uncover Jozani Forest's many secrets, including Ader's duiker and red colobus monkey. A comprehensive offering, showcasing Tanzania's many nuances, combining Zanzibar with the mainland is an excellent choice.

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