Tanzania

Tanzania Overview

“Mwenye pupa hadiriki kula tamu” an old Kiswahili proverb translating to “A hasty person misses the sweet things”. These words ring true as a bell when one thinks of Africa, and more specifically Tanzania.

Tanzania is an East African country and safari destination spanning 945,087 km² of vast wilderness, white sandy beaches, spice markets, millions of wildebeest and home to Africa’s highest mountain to name a few.

Prosperous wildlife, thirst-quenching landscapes and crisp blue waters of the Indian Ocean. These words can describe the experience you can expect from the magnificent country and a Tanzania safari. Are your feet itching yet?

Tanzania is home to many sights and visitors can look forward to an unlimited choice when it comes to the itinerary and safari parks. Tanzania also plays host to the Great Migration, regarded by most as one of the world’s most amazing natural events. This natural phenomenon is where over 1 million wildebeest, antelope, and zebra migrate clockwise around the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems year on year. This is also a fantastic opportunity to spot many of Africa’s top predators in action including lion, cheetah and the mighty elusive leopard.

Furthermore, Tanzania is also earmarked for Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Many climbers (around 35 000) attempt to climb this dormant volcano every year. However, towering in at 5,895m or 19,341 feet high, this is no stroll in the park.

Zanzibar is also a safari destination of Tanzania. With tourist numbers increasing each year and hopes of attracting 500 00 visitors by the year 2020, It is easy to see why this Indian Ocean archipelago is a competitive destination.

It can be concluded that Tanzania is a country which will satisfy even the strongest of wanderlusts. It only makes sense to summarise this epic country with these words; “go on, an adventure awaits – Tanzania awaits”.

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Places to visit in Tanzania

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    Serengeti National Park


    Home to one of the world’s most mesmerising natural events – the Great Migration. The Serengeti National Park was established in the 1950’s to preserve its wildlife. It is situated in the north of Tanzania and expands into Kenya. When visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one can expect to encounter buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant to name a few.

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    Zanzibar


    “The Spice Island” just off the coast of Tanzania mainland and north of Dar es Salaam. Scattered with palm-fringed beaches, spice markets and white-sailed dhows on turquoise waters makes any amount of time worthwhile. Additional to the “dull” and “repetitive” Zanzibar also boasts with a wide variety of accommodation styles ranging from boutique hotels and spa resorts to beachside cottages and family-friendly hotels.

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    Mount Kilimanjaro


    Easily recognised, Africa’s tallest mountain towers 5 895m above the African savannah. Around 35 000 climbers attempt to reach the summit each year, the success rate however is remains elusive. It is advised to take at least 6 days to climb to the summit to allow your body to acclimate to the conditions of the intense altitude.

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    Lake Manyara


    A slight detour to one of Tanzania’s smaller parks takes you to Lake Manyara National Park. What this 325 km2 park lacks in rawness, it makes up for in its vegetation, 11 different biomes to be exact. This park does however still boast with millions of flamingos and other birdlife.

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    Mafia Island


    A good alternative to Zanzibar is Mafia Island. Located just off the coast of the mainland and south of Zanzibar, this Indian Ocean archipelago is known to few and explored by less. This destination is rich in fauna and flora. When around Chole Bay, explore the 50+ genera of corals, over 460 species of fish and five different species of turtles in the turquoise waters.

Best time to visit

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  • The best time to visit Tanzania will vary depending on your reason for visiting. The best time to spot wildlife will be during the dry season, which is June to October. The best chances of spotting the Great Migration in the Serengeti will be June and July. To see the wildebeest calving will be best in January and February.
  • Accommodation and safaris will usually be busiest during the dry season. Costs are usually lower in the rainy season, November to May, the scenery is green and beautiful and less lodges are busy.

things to do

Wildlife safari

Polar

Hiking

Canoeing

Family

Things to Carry on Tanzania Tours

  • A good pair of binoculars are advantageous
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Strong flashlight
  • Walking shoes