Tanzania

Tanzania can be described as a dream safari come true. Feast your eyes upon stunning landscapes with some of the most beautiful national parks on the continent, along with unrivalled quantities of game – hippo in Ngorongoro, the world-famous wildebeest migration of the Serengeti, chimpanzees deep in the forests along Lake Tanganyika. Feed your soul with meaningful connections with the communities around these wild areas. Find your adventure by climbing the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, or find your zen lazing in the azure waters off Zanzibar and Pemba.

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What to Expect

Tanzania offers an array of enticing options for safari-goers.  The renowned northern circuit is packed full of national parks and conservation areas teeming with wildlife of every shape and size.

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Tarangire shelters her majestic elephants and baobab trees. Follow a serpentine road down to the Ngorongoro Crater floor in search of the elusive black rhino. Stay in a mobile camp perfectly positioned on the vast Serengeti plains near the migratory herds. A safari through the South is a venture into wildlife havens like the Selous, Ruaha and Katavi; where the remoteness is the appeal and the rewards are great. Our team is ready and waiting to help you decide what would suit you best! 

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The Essence of Tanzania — The draw of the massive herds in the Serengeti is undeniable…it is the stuff of documentary (and traveler) dreams.  Get yourself there to stand in awe of a million animals on the move.

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And even if you are not into the migration—the Serengeti is home to an abundance of resident game which is equally impressive.

Intrepid Explorations—Safari-goers seek connections with nature, with wildlife, with cultures that are nostalgic of what we once were. Delve deeper into all of those things with a visit to Mahale Mountains National Park in Western Tanzania on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Commune with families of chimpanzees as they forage, frolic, and care for each other—much like our own families. Marvel at their dense forested home and make yours for a few days on a white sandy beach.  A visit here is transformative.

The Culture of Connecting—120 tribes call Tanzania home. The Maasai and the Hadzabe are the most prominent, even though they represent a fraction of the population. Learn about their ancient ways and how they survive in this modern world. Be inquisitive with your guides, hotel staff, and camp crews about their cultural background as well—a lot will be revealed about everyday life in Tanzania.

Get wet!—Tanzania has two incredible options where you can cool off after your safari—the coast or the lake.  Everyone has heard of Zanzibar, with its sandy beaches and historic Stone Town. For those seeking a more remote island vibe, check out Pemba and our favorite small resort. Snorkeling and diving among the marine life is amazing. For the intrepid traveler, head inland to the retreats on Lake Tanganyika and crystal-clear fresh water for snorkeling, kayaking, and lake culture.

Hidden gem—Does having a gorgeous wilderness to yourself sound enticing? We thought so. Then Ruaha National Park definitely be on your radar. You won’t lack for big game viewing with resident lion, cheetah and wild dog in a constant struggle to survive alongside waterbuck, sable, impala and giraffe. Stride across the plains on walking safaris, enjoy the rare opportunity for night driving in a national park, and stay in mind-blowing accommodations nestled up against giant boulders.

Need to know

Flights are easily arranged into Kilimanjaro, from European gateways like Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, and Zurich or via Nairobi, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha or Addis Ababa.

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  • We recommend 9-14 days in Tanzania; it is a perfect complement to a safari in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, or the Indian Ocean islands.
  • First-time safari goers and safari veterans alike will enjoy Tanzania; there are many romantic adventures for honeymooners and diverse options for families. Culturally, Tanzania offers opportunity to learn about and interact with local communities.
  • Visas are required for most visitors, but inoculations may be recommended. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.
  • Overland safaris are the norm in Northern Tanzania and road conditions are fair. Fly-in safaris are possible as well and routes are efficient in both the Northern and Southern circuits.
  • English is widely spoken throughout the country, especially in the hospitality industry.
  • Tanzania has some outstanding guides with high quality training.
  • Throughout a safari, you will find varied international and local cuisine with fresh ingredients.

When to go

Tanzania has a consistent climate which just varies with altitude during their two dry seasons and two wet seasons.

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Based on your dates of travel, we will design the best safari itinerary for you with weather in mind. Know that wildlife viewing is good year-round in most areas.

July – October: This is the long dry season when wildlife viewing is at its best. Wildlife congregate around water sources and grass is short. Guests can expect cool mornings and evenings. This is peak travel season for visitors.

Mid-December – mid-March: The short dry season and a good time to travel with the warmest temperatures being February. Lots of babies around after the rains, especially in Ndutu for the migration!

November to mid-December, April – May: These are the two rainy seasons, when landscapes are lush and skies dramatic. Wildlife is a bit more dispersed but still plentiful. Expect showers in the morning with clearing in the afternoon before clouds roll in again for heavier rains in the evening. Many properties close during April-May and roads can be muddy and impassable, especially in the South.

Accommodation

Tanzania has a range of properties to suit any safari style. In the Serengeti, there are wonderful permanent camps which complement the mobile camps found along the migration routes.

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Intimate properties connected to local communities and boutique-style lodges resonate most with our discerning travelers. Families will find incredible options throughout the country including small houses and family suites with child-focused activities. Every property booked on a Rothschild Safari is vetted by staff and offer the highest standards in each category.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.