Things to do in Tanzania

Our most recommended things to do in Tanzania

Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

1. Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Start your safari and camping adventure with hotel pickup from Arusha in the morning. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Discover Serengeti National Park, known for its abundance of animals and the great wildebeest migration. It's a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife and is home to lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, eland, wild dogs, gazelles, crocodiles, and many birds, including Eurasia migrant birds. Have dinner and stay overnight in a tent at the Serengeti Wild Camp. Day 2: Full Day at Serengeti After breakfast, you will go on wide-ranging morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Your guide will locate the flocks of migrant birds and the herds. Spot carnivores like big cats and hyenas. See the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra in action. Learn about the park as you drive and see why the Maasai gave the park the name Serengeti, which means “endless plains”. Break for lunch and dinner at the campsite and spend one more night at Serengeti Seronera Campsite. Day 3: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Enjoy breakfast and check out of your accommodations before taking a game drive as you make your way toward the Ngorongoro Crater. Eat lunch and view game en route to the largest unbroken caldera in the world, which serves as a protected habitat for thousands of birds and mammals. Spend a full day on the crater floor spotting lions, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, black rhinoceros and many species of small antelopes. Use this unique setting at one of the few places in Africa to stand a good chance of seeing the Big Five in the course of a game drive. Your guide will explain the formation of the crater and the immense eruption that caused it. You may also see Maasai cattle and buffalo grazing together with lions mere meters away. Have dinner and spend the night at Ngorongoro Simba “A” Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Floor – Arusha Have an early breakfast and head to Ngorongoro Crater, where you will descend to the crater floor for game drives. See flamingos on Soda Lake and geese, storks, and vultures in the surrounding area. Then, break for lunch at the scenic Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. After lunch, enjoy some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

2. Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

Embark on a three-day, private or group tour with a maximum of six guests. Ride in a custom safari jeep with pop-up roof accompanied by a driver-guide and a chef. Discover the most popular wildlife destinations in the world in a short timeframe. These destinations are home to a wide variety of animals including wild cats; it’s no wonder the famous “Lion King” was based on Serengeti National Park. Take the chance to see thousands of wildebeest during their migration time and discover the beauty of Ngorongoro Crater. • Day one: Arusha - Serengeti  After breakfast, drive eight hours from Arusha to Serengeti through the Ngorongoro Conservation. Enjoy a 20-minute stop at Ngorongoro Crater for a breathtaking view. Then, choose to make another 20 to 45-minute stop at Maasai Village and discover the culture of the Maasai tribe, known for chasing and hunting lions to gain status as a warrior, and then drinking the animal blood.  Arrive to Serengeti National Park in the late afternoon and set off on a game drive in Seronera (the center of the park) until the late evening. Experience the sunset over Serengeti while getting a close-up view of the wild animals. If you’re lucky, you may witness a predator hunting or on a kill. Later, head to Seronera campsite for an overnight. Note that in the campsite you’ll still be able to see animals, mostly hyenas, but that the site is actively protected by rangers throughout the night. Meals included: lunch, dinner • Day two: Serengeti  After an early breakfast, set off on a sunrise game drive through the park. In the afternoon, head back to the campsite for lunch and to pack up. Enjoy another game drive as you exit Serengeti for a two-hour drive to Simba campsite, near the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Note that animals may be spotted on the campsites here as well. Overnight at Simba campsite.  Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner  • Day three: Ngorongoro Crater Wake early for breakfast and descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhino, the most difficult to spot in the beautiful crater. Spend a maximum of six hours in the crater. After lunch, enjoy another game drive as you ascend the crater back to camp. Pack up your things and head back to Arusha for hotel drop-off. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Zanzibar: Quad Bike Tour and Visit to Local Village

3. Zanzibar: Quad Bike Tour and Visit to Local Village

Meet your guide at the meeting point, then you drive along the main road going to Pwani Majangani, for about 4 km. The tour usually stops for a few minutes at a local shop where you can buy some food to offer as a present to the village (flour, rice, and biscuits for the kids). Clients are encouraged to support the local community. After this small pit stop, you leave the tarmac road to ride the quad off-road through the rice fields, where your guide stops for about 15 minutes to explain the economy, culture, and habits of the villages in the middle part of the island. After this explanation, the excursion goes ahead through the environment of the island to arrive at the local village, where you'll stop for about 1 hour. Travelers will have the opportunity to stay with the children, play with them, and be in contact with the community of the village. After this first contact, your guide will offer guests local fresh fruits (Madafu, seasonal fresh fruit). Next, head to the House of Mad, a typical home in the rural village, as your guide discusses the life and culture of the Zanzibarian people. Before getting back on the quad, visit plantations of cinnamon, cloves, lemon grass, and other varieties, which are cultivated by the people of the village. You finally leave the village riding to Pwani Majangani to reach the fishermen's village. At the village, you will stop for a few minutes to explain the difference between the rural village and the community based on the coast of the Island. Following the sand road, passing through the fishermen's houses, you arrive at Waikiki Resort, where you will stop for about 15 minutes. At Waikiki, you can enjoy Focaccia (typical Italian white pizza). You will be able to rest at the beach, relax, and swim in the ocean, before hopping back on the quad and ending the excursion by coming back to the main quarter. You will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

4. Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

Day 1: Your day will begin as you are picked up early in the morning from your Arusha-based hotel. Following a brief introduction, your guide will direct you to your awaiting jeep in which you will begin your memorable African safari. You will drive for 4 hours, passing through the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Park and getting a glimpse of its famous crater. You will then proceed to Serengeti National Park, enjoying your packed lunch in the park itself. Following lunch, you shall proceed with more game drives until late the afternoon, at which point you will check-in for dinner before your overnight stay at either Sopa Lodge or Wildlife Lodge Serengeti, depending on availability Day 2: Your second day will begin with an early-morning breakfast before you depart with a packed lunch for some early game drives. You will enjoy game drives until noon, at which point you will depart Serengeti for Arusha City via the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area. You will enjoy your packed lunch on the way, before you eventually arrive back in Arusha at around 7:00PM.

Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

5. Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring Materuni Village and its incredible waterfalls in an air-conditioned minivan.    Enjoy your journey to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro with a professional guide who will lead you through the streets of the cultural Materuni Village. Make sure to look up to see the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro in all its splendor. Then, head to the nearby famous Materuni Waterfalls and jump in to cool off. Known locally as the Mnambe Falls, it is the first waterfall that comes down from Mount Kilimanjaro's slopes. Next, visit locally-owned, small coffee farms to learn about traditional methods for growing, harvesting, and preparing coffee, and enjoy a cup of local coffee at the end of your tour. Hear stories and information about the heritage of the Chagga people, the region's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each viewpoint or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

6. Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

This private guided half day tour can begin any time from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Meet your well-trained guide and boatman as your board your steam-engine wooden boat. Head to the prestigious island and enjoy the 30-minute journey.  Listen to the history of the island and discover the past centuries through the historical buildings, which have served many purposes over the years including a prison, chapel, and hiding place for slaves after the abolition.  Enjoy a swim or snorkel around the colorful coral rocks and turquoise waters. Play with giant tortoises and you may take photographs with these old precious creatures. If you do not have much experience or confidence in the water, you will be provided with a life jacket. 

Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

7. Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Enjoy breakfast that is served at the hotel of your choice and meet your driver-guide for an introduction and a short briefing. Collect your packed lunch and drive to Mikumi National Park for an afternoon game drive.  Mikumi National Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains, and the Rift Valley escarpment to the southwest as part of the Selous ecosystem. This area offers the highest game density of the entire conservation area that lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107 km from the nearest town named Morogoro located on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230 km².  Marvel at the big diversity of animals and observe lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and many more with different bird species. Have some lunch en route to the Park and enjoy afternoon game drives in the park till sunset. Savor dinner and have your overnight sleep at Camp Bastian.  Day 2: Mikumi National Park – Dar es Salaam Wake up and have some breakfast at the Camp, followed by early morning game drive in the Park. Discover animals on their morning moments searching their breakfast After a hot lunch served at the camp, you will drive back to Dar es Salaam and be dropped off at the hotel of your choice or the airport for your onward flight.

Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

8. Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

After a greeting and short briefing, you will be heading to the old fort which is also known as the Arab fort, the house of wonders, and then to Forodhani Gardens, a darajani fruits and spice market, and the Zanzibar ferry terminal. The tour also includes visits to the Freddie Mercury house, Zanzibar Curio Shop, Jaws Corner coffee shop, and more. Visit the Anglican cathedral, also known as the former slave market which was used for centuries as a hub for the East African slave market, whereby slaves were hunted and abducted from Malawi, Congo, Zambia and other parts of east Africa. With your guide you will have enough time for some leisure time to explore the narrow streets alongside the curio shops. The tour will end after 3 hours.

Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

9. Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

The tour begins with a private boat trip to Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island or Turtle Island. The island earned its name after it was purchased in 1893 by the British First Minister of Zanzibar who constructed a prison complex here. Although no prisoners were ever housed on the island, it was eventually used as a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers, and later became home to more than 50 tortoises who still live there today. On the island, enjoy some free time to explore the beauty of this wild paradise, and get up close to the tortoises that roam freely. Some of the tortoises here are more than 100 years old, and you can even get close enough to feed them and take photos. You can also find peacocks and antelope on the island, then cool off in the crystal clear waters during a snorkel session in search of marine life, colorful fish, and coral reef. After your visit to Changuu Island, head towards one of the most historically prominent and artistic destinations in East Africa, Stone Town. Upon arrival, admire the fascinating architecture of the town, which dates back to the 19th century, and reflects the diverse influences of Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian and European cultures. Learn about how the town earned its UNESCO World Heritage status, and then visit the Old Slave Market and the City Market. Here you can shop for almost anything whilst soaking up the authentic East African atmosphere and meeting the locals. Once you’ve wandered through the market it’s time to visit the Palace Museum, the local House of Wonder, and of course Freddie Mercury’s former home. There’s also time for a trip to the Peace Memorial and the Natural History Museum before ending the tour with a delicious local lunch at a traditional restaurant.

Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

10. Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers. On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too. Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search for colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral reef. After you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, relax on the sandbank with a delicious lunch including a seafood BBQ, Swahili cuisine, cheese, tropical fruit, and more.

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What people are saying about Tanzania

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We had a lovely time at the village with the cooking classes and getting to know about the village . Mustafa and our guide Juma were fun people with good humour, made our trip quite entertaining.Rock cafe and the beach was extremely beautiful but we assumed we would have lunch there and did not know that it had to be booked prior . So if you do want to have food in that cafe do book and keep in advance . The caves part was really wonderful... quite an experience and then after grooving to the reggae beats was quite fun too.We had a really good time with our guide being our paparazzi recommending things we need to look out for when in certain locations . Overall good time and good guide and good service

This was our first day in Zanzibar!! A must do if you really want to see the culture and history at stone town . Lots to see and shop . They are a bit pricey though. The boat ride to Changu island was really refreshing and so was seeing the prison island and giant tortoises ! Although we got late and missed the chance to go snorkeling though it was included in the package out guide showed quite a bit and was so so friendly and considerate when we got tired .

Excellent experience with the turtles , really one of a kind .Also people are so sweet the person there took such amazing pics for us and so did our guide .

Very much enjoyed the tour and the guide Juma is excellent. He is very kind, informative and knowledgeable.

Very nice activity. Great guide, her name is Aziza and driver Jumy.