Visit the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Witness the sight of one and a half million migrating wildebeest in the iconic Serengeti National Park. Relax on the soft white sands and crystal-clear waters of Zanzibar. You’ll be left gasping for air after experiencing this extraordinary country.
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If you love hiking, head to this world-famous landform that attracts adventurers from around the world, who seek to conquer the tallest mountain in Africa. Hikers of little experience are welcome on a journey towards an otherworldly peak top. Several trails will rise you above Tanzanian lands that Hemingway once said made him “hungry for more.” The sight of three volcanic cones piercing a clouded skyline will leave you bewitched by this natural wonderland.
The Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous gaming reserves and national parks. Translating to “endless plains” in Swahili, the word Serengeti aptly describes dreamy vistas that provide a home for droves of unique wildlife, including the Big Five—tree climbing lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. There’s also an annual wildebeest migration for you to marvel over, taking place on the short-grass plains once November rains begin. Witness wild births, crocodiles, honey badgers, cheeky cheetahs from your safari lodge.
A twenty-minute flight from the capital city Dar Es Salaam is dreamy Zanzibar—an island of pristine white beaches that front this divine coastline. Scuba dive in the Indian Ocean and discover the tropical ecosystems below the surface. Try swimming with dolphins in the waters of Menai Bay. A visit to Stone Town is a must if you’re hoping to get a sense of Zanzibar’s cosmopolitan trade history. Experience the fresh and delectable cuisine by checking out bustling markets and vibrant food stalls.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Center is a fascinating mix of wild animals, geology, and archaeology. Located in northern Tanzania, its centerpiece is the world’s largest caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater. This protected area has a depth of 2,000 feet, covers 115 square miles, and is home to 25,000 animals—including the black rhinoceros and Tanzania’s densest population of lions. For the archaeologist in you, Olduvai Gorge is a site where fossilized bones and stone tool discoveries date back to some of the earliest in humankind’s history.
If you’re interested in birds, then head to Lake Manyara National Park. Sprawling across 130 square miles, this national park boasts pink flamingos feeding from the soda lake’s algae waters in the wet season. Look up in admiration at more than 400 bird species, or listen to the playful sounds of baboon troops. A short drive north is the town of Mto Wa Mbu, where all 120 of Tanzania’s tribes are represented. Stay in a rustic tent and take camp for the night and experience tribal culture.
75 miles southwest of Arusha, Tarangire National Park is a wildlife marvel full of thick-trunked Baobab trees that adorn the landscape. Often overlooked in favor of Serengeti—but not to be overshadowed—the Tarangire is worth a visit during the dry season (June through October), and rewards you with views of rolling hills, sun-blistered mounds of termites, and awe-inspiring animal encounters by the banks of the Tarangire River. Less
Your desired destinations and preferred activities are important factors to consider when planning your trip to Tanzania. The dry season is between June and October, and the wet seasons are between November and December, and March and May. At wildlife parks, June through October (dry season) is typically best for animal viewings, as they are more likely to roam around the park in search of water. The famous wildebeest migration in the Serengeti takes place once the November rains begin.
On the coast, heat and humidity are more common. The northwestern highlands are consistently cooler, with the central plateau dry and arid year-round. Prices for safaris will be influenced by the season, and the weather will be influenced by land elevation. Due to a variety of hikes, Mount Kilimanjaro has no real off-season. The best Kilimanjaro trekking seasons are January to March and June to October.
With world-famous national parks like the Serengeti and Tarangire, Tanzania is rightly considered to be one of the top safari destinations in the world. If you wish to experience safari in other African countries, consider an East African safari tour. Other nearby countries such as Kenya also offer excellent safaris, and these can be combined into a multi-stop tour. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information.
It is important to pack based on what you plan on doing while in Tanzania. If you want to hike Kilimanjaro, sturdy hiking boots and suitable hiking clothing is essential, as well as warm clothing for the night. This equipment is available for rental within Tanzania, and makes packing lighter easier.
If you plan on doing a safari in Tanzania, a mix of light and warmer clothing is recommended, as the early morning game drives are often cold, while afternoon drives are much warmer. If you plan on visiting Zanzibar, suitable beach attire is recommended. The weather there is hot and humid, so light fabrics are ideal.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, so climbing it is quite an achievement for any hiker. It takes between five and nine days to complete the hike. Apart from some scrambling towards the summit, the rest of the climb up Kilimanjaro involves only trekking. You need to be in good physical health in order to reach the Kilimanjaro summit. If in doubt, speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for an expert opinion.
The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS).
Tanzania has two official languages: English and Swahili.
Tanzania is located in East Africa Time (UTC+3).
No—there are no direct flights from Tanzania to the USA. One-stop flights are available via hub airports.
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