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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 […]


We are very excited to announce the latest news from Tanzania: Mount Kilimanjaro now has high-speed internet access! A massive move to improve safety and connectivity throughout some of the country’s wildest destinations, read the latest Tanzania Specialist press release below to learn more about this fantastic development. MOUNT KILIMANJARO NOW HAS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET IN […]

Complete Guide To Planning Your Trip To Tanzania

Tanzania is the place to be for those who love travel and adventure. This beautiful East African country, which borders the Indian Ocean, has something for everyone. Large cities and untouched landscapes means you don’t need to leave this sunny oasis to fulfill your vacation desires. To help you plan the perfect trip, we have […]

The Birds of Tanzania

Among the birds of Tanzania you find some of the most beautiful, diverse and unique birds in the world. Although the majority of people come to Tanzania for their dream to see the Big Five or the Great Wildebeest Migration, one look at pictures of all the incredible birds of Tanzania will surely make them […]

What to expect when visiting a Maasai Village in Tanzania

Visiting a Maasai village is one of the cultural highlights of our traveller’s dream activities in Tanzania. A rare chance to experience a taste of local life and learn about the traditional cultures of Africa, it’s certainly not hard to see why visiting a Maasai village is at the top of the Tanzania must-see list! […]

Corona Tanzania: Can we still travel?

After a challenging couple of years of Corona, Tanzania and the rest of the world is finally opening up to adventure again. For many, it’s a childhood dream to head out on a safari in Tanzania – and our job is to help make that dream come true. Navigating the COVID-19 travel restrictions for travel […]

All our guides are vaccinated!

We are proud to announce that the entire Tanzania Specialist team is fully vaccinated! From our Tanzania Specialist Guides on the ground in Tanzania to our team located in our Arusha office, we are very happy to be able to share this fantastic news. We all know that the travel industry as a whole has […]

How to choose: Serengeti lodges and tented camps

Staying in luxury Serengeti lodges and unique tented camps is one of the many highlights of travelling in Tanzania. There truly is something to suit every traveller. From permanent structures in the middle of the Serengeti to tented luxury safari camps for an unforgettable experience in the wild. But how do you know what’s best […]

How to say hello in Swahili: Our top 25 useful words

Do you know how to say hello in Swahili? This is one of the first questions our expert travel guides at Tanzania Specialist get asked by our clients upon arrival to Tanzania. Being able to greet local people during a trip to Tanzania is one of the simplest ways to gain a more authentic travel […]

Tanzania Travel News: The New and Improved Zanzibar Airport!

Tanzania travel just got easier with the new Zanzibar Airport! Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, previously known as Kisauni Airport or Zanzibar International Airport, is Zanzibar’s main airport. The airport is located about 5km south of Zanzibar City – the vibrant capital of Tanzania’s beach paradise. The majority of international flights from East Africa, Europe […]

5 Top Tips: Preparing for Kilimanjaro Trekking

For many, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the – wait for it – the peak of their hiking aspirations. At a breathtaking 5,895 metres above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. So, it goes without saying that the process of summiting this mighty mountain comes […]

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 accept bank transfers

Tanzania Specialist has the goal to deliver the best safari experience for the best prices. To make sure that we can keep doing this, we have to be very strict on what we do and what we don’t do. So we do this also with the payment methods. Bank transfers are possible for everybody: Everybody […]

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 […]