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Why choose Tanzania Specialist for your safari?

There are so many tour operators to choose from. Why choose us? Although other tour operators also bring you to the national parks, the safari experience can be totally different. We give you all the reasons why you should choose Tanzania Specialist for your safari.   Local tour operator based in Arusha (Tanzania) One of […]

Five Simple Tips to Improve Your Safari Photographs

Going on safari in Africa is an experience that you certainly won’t ever forget, and epic safari photography makes sure that you are able to share the incredible experience with family and friends. In fact, the photos that you take while on safari are one of the best ways to share this experience with the […]

5 Questions with Tanzania Specialist Director Epimark Bernard

As one of the leading Tanzania travel experts in the country, Director and Co-Founder of Tanzania Specialist Epimark Bernard has led an extraordinary life. Growing up in the Usambara Mountains in northeastern Tanzania, Epimark paved a way for himself in the burgeoning Tanzania travel industry early on. Over the past 20 years, he has worked […]

Exploring Tanzania’s Tingatinga Art 

Tingatinga art is a unique and vibrant painting style. Developed in the second half of the 20th century in Tanzania, the bold art form soon developed across other destinations in East Africa. The Tanzanian art of Tingatinga was borne from a simple idea. Use recycled, low-cost materials like masonite squares, ceramic fragments and bicycle paint […]

5 Questions with… Tanzania Specialist Founder Robbin Meulemans

When Robbin Meulemans stepped foot in Tanzania for the first time, it was love at first sight. “At the time, I was running a successful company in the European flower business,” the Dutch entrepreneur explains. “My wife and I went on a one-week safari and had the time of our life. From that first trip, […]

Tanzania visa: Information and advice

If you book a safari in Tanzania or if you travel to Zanzibar, then you will need a Tanzania visa. But how to obtain this visa? This article is a mine of information… Enjoy the read!   Important: we are not a visa purchasing service! The purpose of this article is solely to inform our clients. To begin […]

Mourning the world-renown Scarface

Everybody had heard of of Scarface the lion. The scar around his eye made him an icon, but now the king of the savannah has died, at the age of 14. We have sad news from the animal kingdom. Scarface, the world-famous lion, has left us. In 2012, the then 4-year-old lion was struck with […]

Big five destination; Tanzania

The Big Five are one of the main reason for people to travel to Tanzania. This is because Tanzania has been named the best place in Africa to see these animals. Tanzania is special because you can find the Big Five here in their natural habitat. We will explain why Tanzania has also been voted […]

Tanzania: Facts and Useful Tips

Tanzania – the land of a savannah full of lions, zebras and giraffes. But also endless white beaches on the coast and on the islands. A developing country, which means that not everything is working the way we are used to. Below are some facts and tips that help you to be well prepared for […]

Beach and safari holiday? Tanzania has it all

Whether you love it for the amazing safaris or for the incredibly beautiful beaches, Tanzania has a lot to offer. Can you believe that in Tanzania, you can go on an authentic safari, climb the Mount Kilimanjaro, meet the friendly local populations, see the Big 5 animals, enjoy the sun (and maybe the snow if […]

Best time to visit Tanzania

Tanzania Safari : Best time of the year ? The decision is made : you are going to spend your holiday in Tanzania ! Congratulations, you have made a really good choice. You are now wondering when is the best time to go on a Tanzania safari. Our answer is… it depends ! It depends […]

Why we only offer private safaris

For most travelers a safari to Tanzania is a once in a lifetime experience, so they want to get the most out of it. The Tanzania Specialist wants to give you an experience of a lifetime and we think the best way to achieve this is on a private safari. Benefits of private safaris We […]

Safari cost Tanzania – How much does safari cost in Tanzania?

Tanzania is chosen as the world’s best safari country, but it is also an expensive country. Unfortunately we cannot change that. What we can do is give you a breakdown of the costs of a safari, so you get a better understanding. How much does safari cost? Safari cost Tanzania The factors that make up […]

Serengeti – when and where to go

The Serengeti is renowned for the Great Wildebeest Migration, the largest mammal migration in the world. It is also one of the few places in Africa where game viewing is spectacular year round. Predator numbers are high and the Big Five is present as well. The Serengeti is a massive park that spans around 30,000 […]

Tipping Tanzania: how much to tip on safari

Tipping for services is not obligated, but very common in Tanzania. Your tip is highly appreciated and can make a big difference to your guide and lodge staff. Of course you should only give a tip if you are satisfied with the quality of the service. So what is the norm for tipping on safaris […]

Jambiani – Why Jambiani is the place to be is in Zanzibar?

Zanzibar’s cultural diversity, beautiful nature and friendly people make this tropical island the perfect get away. Our favorite place to stay in Zanzibar is Jambiani. If you love beautiful beaches, exciting activities, nice restaurants with delicious food and authenticity, Jambiani is the place to be. Fishing village Jambiani is an old fishing village on the […]

Tanzania best safari country 2020

For 5 times in a row now, Tanzania is the winner of Best Safari Country in Africa. Over 2,500 safari travelers and experts participated in this large survey conducted by SafariBookings.com. The panel also included 22 renowned guidebook authors from e.g. Rough Guides and Lonely Planet. Tanzania came out as the clear winner. Also Zanzibar, […]

Money tips for travelers to Tanzania

Currency Tanzania The Tanzanian Shilling is the official currency of Tanzania. You can use the Tanzanian Shilling for smaller expenses like shopping at local markets, restaurants and super markets. The US dollar is in all places used too, especially at tourist areas they prefer dollars over local currency. So make sure you have shillings as […]

Is Tanzania safe? Safety tips when you visit Tanzania

Tanzania is known as one of Africa’s safest and friendliest countries, especially when you go on an organised safari. About a million tourists visit Tanzania every year and most of them do not face any incidents. But as with many tourist destinations, there are some things to be aware of before you go. Use safe […]

Zanzibar excursions: what to do?

The tropical island of Zanzibar is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and coral reefs. But Zanzibar does not only offer laid-back beach life and watersport activities but also a colorful culture and history. The old Stone Town is amazing mix of cultures. Food lovers and culture enthusiasts can visit interesting cultural places like […]

Preparing for Climbing Kilimanjaro: Top-4 Tips

You want to know how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro? There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. Our enthusiastic and experienced climbing guides, Nico and Paul, have safely guided hundreds of climbers to the top of the Kilimanjaro. […]