There is nothing as exhilarating as to enjoy nature in its natural form. Whether it is a holiday, a business trip or a vacation, Tanzania will inevitably be the best African destination as it offers a lot in wildlife, landscape, hospitality and African tradition. Well, whatever your reasons, these are some of the most important things you need to know about Tanzania.
Game parks and reserves to aim for a safari or tour in Tanzania.
The snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro stands high in Tanzania. It is the world’s tallest standalone volcano and Africa’s highest peak. The forested and graceful flanks are the home of the Chagga people, several wildlife and birds. Climbing atop the peak gives you a magnificent view of the ice fields below, a spectacular view of sunrise illumination of the fields and the thrill of standing tall at the top of the continent.
You will be awed by any of the three safari circuits, the northern circuit being the best. At the Ngorongoro Crater, you will easily spot the black rhino. Tanzania offers nearly all African animals such as the cheetah, lion, leopard, buffalo and herds of elephants. Other notable safari highlights include scenes of the African wild dog and chimpanzee trekking.
In Tanzania, you will find so many bird species making this destination one of the best birding destination in the whole of Africa. While there, you can discover over 1,100 bird species.
The notable bird in Tanzania are, Ashy starling, Black crake, Fischer's lovebird, Hartlaub's turaco, and the Red-and-yellow barbet.
Location and Weather
The equatorial climate that Tanzania experiences makes it a favorable destination for wildernesses enthusiasts. Save for the central region, Tanzania is very hot. The coastal region is humid and as a general rule, the land is cooler as you get to high altitude areas.
The dry season runs from June to October and has temperatures averaging at 25°C while the wet season begins in November and ends in May. Even during dry seasons, the vegetation does not wither off completely.
Watching wildlife across Tanzania is at its best during the dry season. It is also at this time of the year that you will definitely enjoy the seventh wonder of the world, wildebeests and zebras migrating in their millions. There is no rainfall at this time hence downpours will not stop your safaris. Mosquitoes are a big menace in East Africa but this less rainfall means less breeding.
That said, it is impossible to rule out the chances of visiting Tanzania during wet season. While the thick bushes and the on and off rains might impede your safaris, it is during this time when calving of wildebeests attract predators. Again, safaris during wet seasons are less crowded and cheaper.
Tanzania is a vast country with lots of reserves, parks, lakes and mountains. Honestly, it is impossible to visit all these places if you are visiting the country for just a couple of weeks or months and you do not have a good travel plan. During my 7-week visit, I managed to visit just 12 attraction sites and failed to visit dozens of others.
The main means of transportation in the vast East African country is road or air. Buses or minivans(daladalas) are less faster but considerably cheaper and give you an incredible opportunity to enjoy amazing sightseeing that includes the Great Rift Valley, mountains, lakes, vast tea plantations, and a range of wildlife naturally roaming the roadsides.
Flying to your destinations around Tanzania is faster but comparatively more expensive. Scheduled flights to major towns and cities such as Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Dodoma just to mention a few are available.
Culture and The People
‘Karibu' is a Swahili word for welcome, and that’s how you will feel on arrival to Tanzania.
Visiting Tanzania is a great opportunity to interact with the people of Tanzania and their cultures. Tanzania, just like Kenya, is also home to the Maasai people, one of Africa’s most celebrated ethnic groups. A travel across Tanzania presents you with a golden opportunity to meet and interact with the Maasai. It will be memorable to have yourself cloaked like the real Maasai warriors. Apart from the Maasai, the semi-nomadic Barabaig will treat you to endless chats, traditional tunes and dances. Well, that’s just before you experience the tranquillity of the Swahili culture down the Indian Ocean coastline.
A visit to Tanzania is a sure way to enjoy extraordinary warm hospitality. You can choose to go local or stay international but one sure thing is that the aroma and taste of well prepared and healthy dishes will lace your visit.