About Specialist Tanzania
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Dedicated Specialists - Our Service Promises
|Prompt response to booking enquiries, confirmation and administration of bookings.|
|English-speaking local Tanzanian safari and wildlife guides accompany each private safari.|
|We offer a wide choice of guaranteed weekly and often daily departures on most of our safaris and holidays.|
|As long-established operators, our safari itineraries are tried and tested and have been operating for many years.|
|We create high quality Tanzania safaris and Zanzibar holidays, with all bookings made directly via the web.|
|As our operations team are based in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar we know the country extremely well.|
|All bookings administered in UK with 100% financial protection through our membership of TTA.|
Expertise & Specialisation
With over 15 years experience of operating exclusive safaris, beach holidays, walks and treks to Tanzania, our team at Specialist Tanzania meticulously plan and create fully-bonded Tanzania safaris including only the best Tanzania safari lodges, beach hotels and tented camps. All our safaris and holidays are available on either a land only or flight-inclusive basis.
Licences & Associations
With our Sales and Marketing office based in Surrey, England, and our Operations office based locally in Tanzania, Specialist Tanzania is a fully licensed Tanzania tour operator offering expert advice and booking support in the UK, and a dedicated and experienced support team in Tanzania. Specialist Tanzania is a trading name of Specialist Africa Ltd, which offers 100% financial protection to all customers through its membership of the Travel Trust Association.
Specialist Africa also holds an Air Travel Organiser's License (ATOL) issued by the CAA, and is a fully vetted and accredited member of addictedtotravel.com and the Federation of Small Businesses. Being part of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) increases the resources available to us and ensures that we have a voice in the big corporate world. Addictedtotravel.com is a member of ATTA - Advancing Tourism To Africa, a highly respected association which represents travel operators on the African continent.
Included Meal Plans
On mainland Tanzania and its smaller islands, due to the remoteness of wildlife lodges, tented camps and island retreats, the majority of our Tanzania safari holidays are based on full board, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunches may often be picnic-style (or packed lunches), depending on the day-to-day itinerary and planned game viewing circuits. Dinners are usually 3-course, often with a soup or salad for starter, a main plate and dessert. A buffet selection may be offered in some of the larger lodges.
Our approach to the inclusion of meals on our Zanzibar holidays varies from one itinerary to the next. Breakfast is always included. Lunch is rarely included as most hotels offer light lunch options. Dinners are often included in the more isolated beach hotels. In popular Zanzibar places such as Nungwi or Stone Town, we normally just include bed and breakfast to allow freedom to dine out at a growing range of excellent local restaurants.
You may find that at some of the lodges we include in our safaris, soft drinks, beers, wine and spirits are included in the price - providing more of an all-inclusive safari experience.
On our Tanzania safaris we include a hand-picked range of exclusive Tanzania wildlife lodges, wilderness retreats and luxury tented camps. On Zanzibar, Mafia, Pemba and along the Swahili Coast we incorporate breathtaking island lodges and stylish beach hotels into our holidays - each chosen for its ambience, style, uniqueness, location, facilities and service.
On more adventurous and pioneering road safaris, which tend to get off-the-beaten-track in places such as the Usambara mountains, we stay in the best available small character/colonial-style hotels. On Kilimanjaro, depending on the trek route chosen, we either camp (sleeping in quality tents suitable for mountain conditions) or stay in dorm-style mountain huts.
On our Zanzibar holidays we supply either luxurious people-carrier style vehicles, spacious saloon cars or minibuses. All vehicles come equipped with all necessary safety features including seat-belts, fire extinguisher and a medical kit.
For Tanzania road safaris we use specially modified 4x4 safari vehicles which are well-suited to Tanzania'a variable road conditions, particularly dirt/sand tracks, forest trails and along rough minor mountain roads. Specialist Tanzania only operates with robust 4x4 vehicles such as Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. Although 4x4 vehicles typically seat 6-7 passengers in Tanzania (plus driver), we base all our safaris on a maximum of 4 guests, to ensure greater comfort and a guaranteed window seat.
All drivers carry mobile phones (network coverage is increasing in Tanzania). Major mountain ranges and a growing percentage of Tanzania’s most accessible National Parks have some coverage. Each safari vehicle is supplied with an ice-box and fitted with a pop-up roof hatch for optimum game viewing, sliding windows and radio contact. Air-conditioning is available for travel during the hotter summer months. Luggage is usually packed behind the rear seats.
Each of our Tanzania road-based safaris includes an English-speaking local Tanzanian safari guide/driver. Many of our local safari guides have been working with us for several years. Our driver/guides have a deep appreciation for and understanding of Tanzania's amazing wildlife and wilderness, whilst also displaying a love for their country and its people.
Since the day we started we have focused time and effort on the training and development of local Tanzanian safari guides. We have concentrated on this aspect because we realise that one of the most important contributing factors to a successful Tanzania wildlife safari is the ability, personality and knowledge of the professional local safari guide. As a result of this, on a safari with us, our guests are enriched with local knowledge and gain a wonderful insight into Tanzania's natural world.
On our Zanzibar holidays, a Specialist Tanzania representative is available throughout each holiday for support and advice on local activities. On our Kilimanjaro climbs we include an experienced local mountain guide who is supported by assistant guides and porters.
Tanzania is an exciting safari destination for families with older children. Zanzibar offers families with children of all ages a stimulating and exotic alternative tropical beach holiday destination. Each holiday we offer details whether the trip is suitable for children or not, due to differing child policies of lodges and tented camps, driving distances and terrain encountered. Look out for our specially designed holidays for families -Tanzania family adventure holidays.
We do not have an upper age limit on our holidays although a reasonable degree of health and fitness is required.
What to Bring
A detailed recommended packing, clothing and equipment list will be forwarded after confirmation of booking. What to bring very much depends on the time of year of visit, type of trip and local destinations.