Tanzania Holidays

Venture across stunning African plains, dramatic mountains and the idyllic beaches of the Indian Ocean on holiday in Tanzania. With epic safari adventures, stunning sunsets and starry nights that will take your breath away, Tanzania is the perfect place to create magical memories, offering something for everyone.

Holidays in Tanzania offer a chance to explore wonderful Africa at its finest. Gaze at the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro or dive to see the unique flora and fauna of Lake Tanganyika. The endless plains of Serengeti National Park play host to the spectacular annual wildebeest migration which is a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast. The diversity of Tanzania is awe-inspiring, from the ‘cradle of mankind’ at Olduvai Gorge to the unique Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as 'Africa's garden of Eden’. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Here, wildlife coexists with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists who continue in the footsteps of their elders with the practice of traditional livestock grazing.

Unforgettable adventures

Stay in a luxurious safari lodge that offers excellent dining inspired by local cuisine. For a more exclusive experience, take the family to Thanda, an award-winning private island in the Tanzanian archipelago where you’ll have your own personal chef. Start your safari in Kenya and explore the bush for rare wildlife, before spending time unwinding from your adventures in a restful beach resort in Tanzania. Pemba Island is the perfect place for discovering diverse marine life, including sharks and spectacular reefs.

Choose our South Africa and Zanzibar multi-centre and enjoy vivid city life in ‘the best place to visit in the world’ before staying in Zanzibar, the ‘spice island’, for rich history and culture. At Hayes & Jarvis, we want to help you find the perfect break away. Give our destination specialists a call today to discuss the perfect Tanzania holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Time your trip to coincide with the ‘great annual wildebeest migration’ and explore the Serengeti in search of the ‘Big 5’.
  • Stay in a luxury safari lodge that looks out across the dusty savannah and indulge in locally inspired dining.
  • Relax by the Indian Ocean and enjoy the powdery white sands and stunning sunsets of Zanzibar’s beaches.
  • See the tree climbing lions in Manyara or explore the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important archaeological sites on earth.

Our favourite hotels

From luxury resorts to quaint boutique getaways, authentic tents, safari lodges, and self-catering apartments, Tanzania has it all. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

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The Residence Zanzibar
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The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

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The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

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Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland.

Currency

TZS - Tanzanian shilling

Visa Information

Irish citizens will be required to purchase a visa for travel to Tanzania on arrival.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Tanzania. Speak to your GP for the most up to date medical advice.

Things to do in Tanzania

Tanzania has 17 national parks, including the magnificent Serengeti, which is home to over 400 species of animals set in an ancient landscape. For more wildlife, the Ngorongoro crater forms a natural enclosure for the rare black rhino and the unusual crater lions. Mount Kilimanjaro can also be found in one of the national parks. For something a little different, the islands of the archipelago are steeped in fascinating history and diverse culture.

  • Serengeti National Park

    Vast expansive plains with endless horizons stretch in every direction of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s most fantastic game reserve.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro

    Standing at 5,895 metres tall, and taking around five days to climb to the summit, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa with views that are out of this world.

  • Lion at Ngorongoro crater

    Ngorongoro Crater

    Formed by a volcano two to three million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater is 610 metres deep and covers 100 square miles of forest, grassland, salt lake, springs and swamp.

  • Zanzibar, Pemba and Thanda Island

    These beautiful islands, just a short flight of the coast of the mainland, are beautiful and relaxing destinations ideal for visiting after a safari or as a stand alone holiday.

  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    Venture across the Manyara Treetop Walkway, a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara. Walk among the treetops and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective. This 370m airwalk starts with a short board-walk that gradually rises from ground level up through the canopy of the forest.

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    Consider a Serengeti hot air balloon ride for a bird’s eye-view game viewing experience in Tanzania. A great spot for a balloon experience is in the Central Serengeti, where wildlife gathers year-round in the Seronera River Valley to drink from an everlasting water hole.

  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “For a true wilderness experience head to the Selous Game Reserve. About the size of Wales, you can safari here without seeing another vehicle all day.”

Tanzania offers a wide variety of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.

  • Maasai market

    Catch a glimpse of traditional Tanzanian life at Arusha’s Maasai Market. Offering a total assault on the senses, the lively atmosphere of this market offers plenty to see and do. Spend the day meandering past a variety of stalls offering exotic fruit, coffee, nuts, spices and traditional African handicrafts.

Tanzania has no shortage of incredible food, with its diverse lands offering plenty of fresh and locally sourced produce. Bush kitchen breakfasts, game-drive picnics and sundowners can be a real highlight to any Tanzanian safari. Offering a melting pot of flavours and influences from around the world, as well as staple Tanzanian classics, there is no doubt the food in Tanzania will be a major highlight of your holiday in Tanzania.

  • Ugali

    A starchy, polenta-like side dish made with fine white maize meal flour and cooked to a thick consistency similar to play-dough. Ugali is typically unsalted or unflavoured in any way.

  • Mchicha

    Also known as amaranth, Mchicha is a green leaf vegetable, very similar to spinach. Mchicha is generally cooked with garlic, onion and tomatoes, or with peanuts in a coconut curry sauce.

  • Makande

    A popular dish in many regions of Africa which consists of a combination of maize and beans. Both are soaked overnight and then cooked until soft. The spices can be simple or more complex. Some versions have very simple seasonings, others, more complex. Some versions add potatoes or other vegetables.

  • Kuku paka

    This simple dish, sometimes called kuku na nazi, is a fabulous chicken coconut curry from the East African coast. It is a perfect illustration of how African, Arab and Indian influences meld in the coastal region.

Our Tanzania destinations

Zebra

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Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park
Hippo in Chobe National Park

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Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve
Beach

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

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Pemba Island

Pemba Island

Types of Tanzania holidays

Tanzania is the fantastic for a safari and beach holiday. Choose from a fly-in or vehicle safari to some of the best safari parks before flying to Zanzibar for a relaxing beach stay.
The Beach at The Residence Zanzibar

Tanzania Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Tanzania Safaris

Tanzania Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Tanzania take approximately 11 hours, excluding stop-over time. There are currently indirect flight options from London Heathrow to Dar es Salaam International Airport via Doha and Nairobi. Also, other international airports and further indirect options to Kilimanjaro International Airport via Addis Ababa and other connecting cities.

The Serengeti National Park covers approximately 5,700 square miles of African savannah. It is approximately 130 miles long from north to south and is surrounded by various private game reserves and concession areas that make up the larger Serengeti ecosystem.

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