Tanzania & Zanzibar

East Africa’s classic safari destination has the largest biodiversity on the planet and is home to abundant wildlife, legendary game reserves, Mount Kilimanjaro, the tropical spice island Zanzibar, white sand beaches, rich historical sites, and friendly people.

“The combination of everything is what I love about Tanzania: the expanse, wildlife, culture and history combined.  Zanzibar is also a favorite. I remember sitting on the rooftop of my beach villa and hearing the fishing dhows go by, the wind carrying the voices of the fisherman singing. It was pure magic.”

Highlights

See and do:

  • Experience the annual wildebeest and zebra migration
  • Visit Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania
  • Chimpanzee viewing in the Mahale Mountains

Pairs well with:

  • Kenya during migration season (July-Sept) for the best chance to view herds on both sides of the Mara river.
  • Rwanda and Uganda for the best gorilla safari

Tanzania truly has it all: the vast expanse of the Serengeti, world-class wildlife viewing, including the famous Great Migration and Africa’s Big Five, unique and beautiful culture, and stunning beaches just to name a few.

Tanzania is home to a wide range of accommodation, from classic tented safari camps to opulent safari lodges.  Mobile safari camps are also found in Tanzania as they are able to follow the migratory herds.

Travel Beyond consultant Jeanie Fundora recommends visiting Tarangire National Park to see elephant and baobab trees, the Serengeti National Park  for the classic East African plains experience with lion, hippo, elephant and a chance to witness the Great Migration, Selous in Southern Tanzania for an off the beaten path safari experience with waterways reminiscent of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the Mahale Mountains for the best chimpanzee viewing in Africa.

The island of Zanzibar is also an excellent post-safari stop for sun, sand and relaxation.  Zanzibar is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago off the coast of Tanzania that also includes the island of Pemba and fifty smaller, mostly uninhabited islands in the surrounding waters.  These exotic “Spice Islands” are unique coral islands rich in history, with a wonderful mix of Chinese, Indian, Arab, African and European cultures.

Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.  Zanzibar offers world class water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing on traditional local dhows.

 

Trip Inspirations

Safari + Chimp Trekking + Hiking

13 Days in Tanzania

Experience Nomad Tanzania's unique camps, which pop up seasonally and disappear just as quick, minimizing ecological impact and maximizing game viewing. Immerse yourself in Africa's natural beauty by safari vehicle and by foot – from the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater to the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains, where chimpanzees go about their daily lives.

View Full Trip Inspiration

Travel Blog

Travel Beyond Wins 2021 “World’s Best” Award!

We are excited to announce that Travel Beyond has been named a “Top 10 African Safari Tour” on Travel + Leisure’s list of World’s Best. As a three-time past recipient (2017, 2018, and 2019), we are honored to have our name back on this prestigious list. Winners of the magazine’s annual World’s Best are nominated Read more…

What it’s Like to Travel Now

Traveling at this moment in time is unlike anything one might have experienced previously. Restrictions and requirements demand additional logistics. New questions arise, many of which hinge on health and safety. Those with an intrepid spirit might feel eager to fly off to a new destination as soon as possible. Others may prefer to wait. Read more…

August 2020 Kenya & Tanzania Trip Report

I am writing this on August 22, 2020, and I just got back from Africa! On July 2, with no advanced warning, Kenya opened their borders to American tourists with an effective date of August 1. The next day, I began planning my first trip to Africa since November 2019. Since leaving the military in Read more…