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Tanzania Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists

Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Tanzania, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.


Capital Dodoma
Language Swahili
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Voltage 230V

Discover Tanzania’s truly breath-taking scenery, unique cultures, striking coastline and, of course, spectacular wildlife, on a luxury African escape with Elegant Resorts. Wake up as the sun begins to rise and begin an unforgettable day amid the famed Serengeti National Park - spotting lions, giraffes, elephants, rhino, hippos and much, much more!

Marvel at the rich eco-systems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro Crater, before meeting the charming people of the country’s native tribes, experiencing a true taste of traditional Tanzania. Perhaps the greatest attraction of all, the world’s largest volcano, the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, stands tall on Tanzania’s northern plains. Tackle the climb for an inimitable view across the ice fields, or appreciate this marvellous feat of nature from the ground, as it is illuminated by a spectacular African sunset.


Tanzanian people are known for their delightful cultures, their distinctive warmth and good manners, making every visit truly memorable. If you get the chance, meet the Chagga tribe of Kilimanjaro and the charming, semi-nomadic Maasai warriors, adorned with colourful, beaded jewellery and vibrant red cloaks. Enjoy their hospitality, tour local villages and watch the wonderful rhythms of tribal dance. Meeting local people promises a fascinating insight into this magnificent land.

Mount Kilimanjaro

The planet’s tallest, freestanding volcano and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro arises from Tanzania’s northern plains and dominates the landscape for miles around. Climbers flock here to test their stamina on its rocky trails and muddy slopes, keen to reach its stunning, snow-capped summit and soak up the jaw-dropping views across Kilimanjaro’s ice fields. If you happen to catch sunrise, expect to be blown away by the magical show of nature from this legendary African landmark.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is home to one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectaculars; the great migration. In pursuit of fresh shoots following the rains, over two-million wildebeest and vast herds of zebra, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle graze the vast open plains of the Serengeti, forming the longest overland migration in the world. The Serengeti is one of the best places to see cheetahs on the chase and large prides of lion.

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Dominated by one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a wealth of wildlife. It’s a great introduction for a Tanzanian safari, with black rhino, elephant, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah roaming the crater floor. The bird life is prolific too, with 500 species recorded in the area. Luxury camps and lodges perch on the top of the forested crater walls, offering panoramic views of the dramatic landscape.


The sublime coastline and tropical islands of Zanzibar; exotic, luxurious and the perfect complement to a safari, as part of your luxury holiday with Elegant Resorts. Zanzibar’s abundance of secluded beaches and pristine coral reefs are filled with an amazing variety of sea life, offering some of the best swimming, snorkelling and diving experiences in the world, and making it one of the best-kept secrets in the Indian Ocean.

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Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can offer advice, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your luxury holiday to Tanzania. This includes everything from privare safari vehicles and spa reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured lodgess, that you may not yet know about.

Local Life
A visit to the Discovery Centre at Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti offers a fascinating look at African culture and history. Meet the Maasai people and learn about programmes designed to help local schools and wildlife.

Guided Safari Walks
A guided walking safari is one of the best ways to understand the flora and fauna of Tanzania’s eco-systems. Led by an expert guide and tracker, follow in the tracks of wild animals and learn about traditional bush medicines.

Learn Swahili
Learn some Swahili with a lesson from a local Mwalimu (teacher) under the shade of the palm trees at Baraza on the island of Zanzibar.


The huge size of Tanzania results in a varied climate across the country. Coastal areas are generally hot and humid, while the northwestern highlands often feel much cooler. Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons; the long rains from March to June, and the short rains from October to December. The central plateau however, home to the desert, is dry and arid year-round.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Tanzania.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

Flight Information
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Via Amsterdam with KLM to Kilimanjaro from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Humberside, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam: 12 hours, 45 minutes.

From London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro: 11 hours, 30 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Visas are required prior to arrival and can be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission at for approximately USD$50 per person. NB: Five passport photos are required for the application.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

Please be advised that a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be required for travel (in any direction) between South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include:

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