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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 […]

World Record on Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro… with Tanzania Specialist

Sunday, 6 August 2023. A day, Ognjen, Zoran, Musa and Wilson will never forget. Why? Because on this day they reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain: the world-famous Kilimanjaro. Okay, this doesn’t sound like such an outstanding feat. After all, many hikers from all around the world do this every day. This time, things are […]

Top 10 Tanzania Safari Lodges For Your Luxury Escape

If you want to get away from the daily grind of life and want to go on a vacation that takes your mind off it, we hear you, and there are plenty of ways you can make your safari escape something exciting and meaningful to you. So, when you return, you feel revitalized and full […]

Top Zanzibar Scuba Diving Sites

Do you want to go scuba diving in Zanzibar?  This tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean that can be found just off the coast of both Kenya and Tanzania -features some of the most gorgeous and idyllic beaches and scuba diving sites in the world.  The beauty can be found both above and below the […]

20 Best Tourist Attractions In Tanzania – Planning Your Luxury Vacation

If you are looking for a beautiful African country to visit for a luxury vacation, then look no further than Tanzania. Read further about the best tourist attractions in Tanzania. Tanzania is packed with natural beauty and the opportunity to experience wildlife in a way that you can nowhere else in the world. Tanzania really […]

Beautiful Flowers Of Tanzania To Look Out For On Your Trip

Tanzania is one of the largest countries in the world, residing in the great lakes region of Africa. Because of its size and diversity, it is one of the most incredible beds of wildlife in the world. But don’t forget to keep an eye out for all the beautiful flowers of Tanzania too! If you’re […]

What To Pack For A Tanzania Safari [Safari Packing List]

Whether you are experienced when it comes to safari tours or it is your first time, it is important to know exactly what you need to bring with you in order to not only get the most out of your safari in Tanzania but also to make sure that you- and any other guests that […]

Antelopes Of The Serengeti – Tanzania Safari Guide

Many of the Serengeti antelopes will be familiar to visitors from books, television or movies. But there are a great number of antelope that perhaps are not so famous or familiar although just as important to the ecology of the landscape. We take a look at the antelopes of the Serengeti as part of a […]

Top 10 Zanzibar Food Dishes To Try For Your Luxury Visit

Zanzibar is probably most famous for its beautiful white beaches, and sparkling clear blue oceans. But have you ever tasted Zanzibar food? Beautiful beaches and incredible food The areas of natural beauty are more than enough to attract you to Zanzibar, and have you eager to pursue a luxury visit to this area. However, something […]

What To Wear On A Tanzania Safari [The Ultimate Guide]

It’s not difficult to prepare for your forthcoming safari in Tanzania, including what to wear and what things to pack. Most likely, you already have everything you need in your closet! On a Tanzanian safari, our clothing recommendations are applicable year-round, but they alter depending on whether you’re climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or making your way […]

Honeymoon In Tanzania – 5 Romantic Locations (A Honeymooner’s Guide)

Let’s face it, you could go on your honeymoon to a variety of places that can offer that secluded and intimate experience that you and your partner can revel in, but if you’re looking for something adventurous, you might be pressed to find somewhere unique. What about a honeymoon in Tanzania? There are many countries […]

East African Cheetah

The cheetah is an incredible species of big cat and is known as the fastest land mammal on Earth. In Tanzania, there is a subspecies of cheetah named the East African cheetah that lives in the country’s grasslands and savannahs. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the East African […]

How Fast Can A Wildebeest Run?

A wildebeest is a type of antelope, and its population currently stands at 1.5 million as of 2020. These horned mammals are known for being surprisingly active and energetic, and they are actually incredibly fast. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the wildebeest and how fast they can really run. […]

Why Lions Do Not Attack Tourists While On Jeep

Lions are natural predators. In the wild, they must hunt for their food, and this is why they are usually at the top of the food chain. While it can be difficult to think of these beautiful creatures as hunters, this is part of nature, and ultimately part of the great circle of life. If […]

The Serengeti Safari Marathon 2022: latest news

The luxury travel experts at Tanzania Specialist are proud to report a successful 5th edition of the Serengeti Safari Marathon. One of the wildest marathons on the planet, the 2022 race took place around the Serengeti National Park on 12th November. More than 1000 participants were reportedly involved in this year’s event, including nine of […]

Serengeti Safari Marathon: Photo Gallery

November 12th saw the 5th edition of the wildest race on earth: the Serengeti Safari Marathon. With over 1000 participants, including several of the Tanzania Specialist team members, the 2022 edition of the unique safari marathon was the most successful yet. Dive into our photo gallery taken by the Tanzania Specialist professional photographers from the […]

Are Tanzanians Friendly? (A Tourist Guide)

You only need to take a look at a single photograph of Tanzania to see why so many people choose to take a vacation to this country. Tanzania is packed with natural beauty, and it is filled with wildlife too. This is a big part of why many people go on safari in Tanzania, however […]

5 Luxury Zanzibar restaurants

One of those delightfully exotic names that conjures up intrigue, spices, and tropical heat is Zanzibar. All of these and more are true! Enjoy everything this magical island has to offer, and don’t forget to visit one of luxury Zanzibar restaurants. Beach destination with amazing restaurants If you have gone on safari in Tanzania‘s main […]

Guide to trees in Tanzania

As well as being home to lots of beautiful wildlife, Tanzania is home to lots of outstanding nature too. We have listed the most well-known and common Tanzania trees you will see during your safari. If you love wildlife and nature, it is definitely worth to travel to Tanzania! You might not have thought about […]

5 questions with safari guide Laizer: exploring albino animals

As we reported last week, recently there is been an increase in sightings of albino animals in Tanzania. Joseph Abel Laizer works as a Tanzania Specialist safari guide in Arusha and tells how several albino animals were spotted in the past few weeks last month.  “A few days ago a colleague saw an albino giraffe […]

Press Release: Increased sightings of rare albino animals

We are excited to report an increase in sightings of rare albino animals in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania in recent months and weeks. Among the albino animals spotted are a giraffe, a zebra and a wildebeest in the Serengeti, as well as a baboon and a buffalo in other parts of the country. […]

How To Plan Your First Safari Vacation

Going on an African/ Tanzanian safari vacation is a dream of many, but it is also one of those vacations that requires a huge amount of planning. Sure, you could fly to Tanzania, rent a car, and just take off into the countryside, but it would be ill-advised to do so, as most roads are […]

The Main Airports in Tanzania – (With Tanzania Travel Tips)

Tanzania is a country that many people dream of visiting during their lifetime. If you are thinking of traveling to Tanzania, there is likely one thing that you want to know more information about, and that is the airports in Tanzania. Like many of the African countries, Tanzania is filled with natural beauty and a […]

15 Best Things To Do In Tanzania

Some of Africa’s most well-known national parks and natural landmarks, like the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, may be found in the incredible country that is Tanzania. Read our tips for the best things to do in Tanzania! Safaris and other wildlife-related activities are the most well-liked activities in Tanzania and the main reasons people travel there, […]


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 […]

10 Amazing Facts About Tanzania (Truly Amazing)

Tanzania may be the country in Africa that people know the most about. It is the nation whose name has come to be associated with Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Serengeti. Travelers from all over the world swarm to Tanzania to go on safari in some of the world’s top national parks. The nation is […]

Wildebeest Calving / Wildebeest Calving Season

It can be interesting to see where young wildebeest calves are born and see the long journey the wildebeest have to travel. These are some of the rare sights you can find during the great migration in Tanzania and into Kenya.   So, where do the 1.5 million wildebeest come from, and how many calves are […]

Are Giraffes Friendly?

There are some animals that are truly fascinating. One animal that is pretty high up this list is the giraffe. From a young age, we are taught that giraffes are magnificent creatures. But are giraffes friendly?  Their long necks make them totally unique, and their magnificent size leaves tons of people wanting to see these […]

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! […]

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 & credit cards

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 […]