A Few Helpful Tips for Tanzania Tours and Travel
Highlights As a country which encompasses swathes of lush wilderness, Tanzania has been a jewel in Africa’s crown since its discovery long ago. Since then, it has seen numerous adventurers take to the landscape, where they go on journeys deep into the country to discover all it has to offer. Although it isn’t the first place people think of when they are looking for their next trip, it has an irresistible pull for all who want to have an experience that can’t be matched anywhere else. Rugged mountains, enchanting wildlife, and paradisiacal islands are only a few of the reasons people keep coming back to Tanzania long after they’ve left.
When travelers step off their plane to Tanzania, they are often taken aback by the welcoming people they encounter. With untarnished tribes, and colorful histories to match the deep orange sun, everything about the people here lends itself to a truly authentic experience. The only way to top it is by taking advantage of the numerous safari tours, which will carry you into the heart of the African countryside. Here, you can become your very own wildlife photographer of one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth.
Start your journey at the top of the world, by testing yourself on the slopes of the iconic mountain ranges that populate the rocky terrain. The most famous of these is Mount Kilimanjaro, which calls to the adventurer in every traveler, and which has seen people from all walks of life attempt to bike, hike, and climb their way up to its peak. Kicking off your trip with such stunning panoramas will put you in good stead to explore the abundance of natural luxury in your surroundings. Eventually, you will find yourself wading into the impossibly blue sea surrounding the island haven of Zanzibar, where fresh fruits and white shores will add a truly tropical feel to your holiday.
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Why you’ll love TanzaniaTanzania’s winning charm is its unparalleled culture. With such diversity stretching across the country, it is a one-stop hub for all things cultural and historical. The true charm of Tanzania lies in its local people, who have a beautifully preserved network of tribes across the country. Such richness in culture is always something people take away from their time here.
The balmy climate is also a winner among travellers, who come to unfurl on hot sands and revel in the year-round sun. Smooth shorelines, straw huts, and snorkelling opportunities are bound to be an attraction for those who look for luxury in their holidays.
It isn’t possible to speak of Tanzania without thinking of the story-inspiring wildlife that make their homes in the wild. Many explorers are often drawn in by the promise of safari tours, which offer an unbeatable introduction to the country’s wonderfully varied animal kingdom
Where to travel in TanzaniaMake your first stop the wilderness of Serengeti, where you can catch sight of wildebeest migration, or see the Big Five at Tarangire National Park when you make the most of Tanzania tours. A trip to Tanzania would not be complete without attempting to climb part (or all!) of Mount Kilimanjaro, which you can practice hiking for in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The dazzling beaches of Zanzibar’s holiday paradise are often a popular port of call for people visiting Tanzania for the first time, where they can experience the epitome of a relaxing getaway. For a more opulent trip, you can always venture out to the serene shores of Pemba Island.
When to visit TanzaniaTanzania is lucky to boast a temperate climate throughout the year, although it is best not to travel during rainy season, which is during the months of April to May, and November to December. To enjoy the most sun, come at any time from June to October and January to March. At these peak times, you will catch the best weather for wildlife viewing, such as the famous Serengeti Migration.
It is important to note that visiting in shoulder season can be a better travel choice if you want to encounter smaller crowds, which takes up three key months: March, June and October.
When you are up in the mountains, and want the best conditions to climb in, you can make the most of two periods, which span between January to March, or July to October.
Where to stayEvery hotel selected to be a part of a Tanzania tour is handpicked to meet our luxury standards, by experts who have spent time living and researching each destination. From unique mobile tented-camps to luxury lodges, you can visit Tanzania knowing your every need will be met, and that any help is on hand 24/7.
What to pack Never before will you have had to pack such a varied suitcase of belongings, but there are some key pieces you must bring with you on your trip…
• Hiking gear. For your treks around the wilderness and hikes up the sides of Mount Kilimanjaro, having your best pair of hiking boots and padded coat with you is essential. If you are worried about the warmth your boots offer, or protection from mountain snow, invest in a waterproof shoe spray and bring some thick, thermal socks.
• A water-bottle. When you are in Tanzania, you will be spending much of your time exploring in hot weather, which means you will need to stay hydrated throughout your expeditions. As members of Travelers Against Plastic, we recommend that you bring your sturdiest reusable bottle so that you can do your bit to help the planet.
• A hat and sunglasses. Going on a safari will mean you are out in the sun for long hours, so along with a big bottle of water, bring a hat to protect your head, and your sunglasses to protect your eyes.
• Sunscreen. Whether you are hiking up a mountain or lazing across the sand, sun block will be your best friend on holiday, and will ensure you don’t spend your days uncomfortable from sun burn.
• A camera. There will be sights in Tanzania that you won’t see anywhere else, which you will want to immortalise in photo format. Having a high-resolution digital camera round your neck is the perfect travel essential for this trip.