Experience Tanzania when you embark on a luxury safari and witness the Great Migration thundering across the Serengeti plains.
A Tanzania holiday offers an impressive mix, from superb game viewing across a dramatic setting of snowy peaks, volcanic craters, and the Masai steppe of endless plains, to the Great Migration of the Serengeti and discovering some of the most remote parks. The country is famous for its abundance of wildlife. Every year, hordes of wildebeest, zebra, and Thompson’s gazelle migrate across the grasslands, with dramatic river crossings along the way.
Tanzania’s natural beauty and cultural diversity are unparalleled. If you’re feeling energetic or adventurous, try a multi-day walking safari in the Serengeti or Ruaha National Park, or climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. There’s so much to see and do in Tanzania, making it the perfect African destination for any discerning traveller.
Wildlife of Tanzania
Tanzania has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The Big Five and many other sought-after safari animals can be found in abundance. With the exception of the Ngorongoro Crater, the black rhino is extremely rare throughout the country. For something truly spectacular, the wildebeest migration is one of Africa’s most impressive wildlife displays. The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is home to at least two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. The calving season for wildebeest is also a very special time to visit. The large concentrations of wildebeest and their calves attract a plethora of opportunistic predators, and this is an excellent time to witness some action.
The Serengeti is famous for its abundance of big cats, and the critically endangered African Wild Dog can be found in Nyerere and Ruaha, where their numbers are quite high. Gombe Stream is Africa’s best chimpanzee reserve.
Best Time to Experience Tanzania
The dry season, between June and October, is typically the best time to experience Tanzania for a safari. During this time, the Great Migration arrives at the Grumeti River. Game viewing is generally excellent throughout the year, with the calving season occurring between December and February, just after the summer rains. If you want to go on a beach trip or go diving off the coasts of Zanzibar, the clearer waters between February and March or July and August are best.
Climate and Weather of Tanzania
Although Tanzania has a pleasant tropical climate, there are significant regional climatic variations caused by a variety of factors, including altitude. The shoreline is where the country is hottest and driest. Although less humid, some low-lying places like the western and southern parks are similarly warm. The interior’s other areas are substantially milder, and they get significantly cooler at night. There are distinct dry and wet seasons in Tanzania.
Culture and Religion of Tanzania
Islam and Christianity are the two main religions in Tanzania, with 35–40% of the population practising Islam and 40–45% following Christianity. The rest of the population has managed to retain their ancestor worship and animism-based naturalistic ideas.
Tanzanians’ religious practices reflect the country’s history, with Islam arriving via the Arabs during the height of the east coast trade while Christianity was introduced by missionaries and colonialists. Generally speaking, the interior is more Christian than the coast, which is dominated by Muslims.
Visa and Passport Requirements
When you want to experience Tanzania, you should contact your local embassy to obtain information about your passport and visa. With all travel, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months prior to departure. Depending on your nationality, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival in Tanzania or you may need to apply for one in your home country.
In Tanzania’s major cities, Wi-Fi is widespread, but connections there can be slower and less secure than you might be used to. Since visitors are urged to disconnect and spend time in nature, Wi-Fi is hardly ever available in national parks. You can access the internet at some more upscale lodges’ common areas for a nominal price or for free, depending on the location.
Travelling with Children
Selected departures of safaris in Africa are designated as Family-friendly. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 are welcome on Family-friendly when they are accompanying their parents. Please be aware that kids will be sitting in an overland truck seat, thus they must pay the full fare.
|International Driving Permit||An International Driving Permit allows foreigners to drive in Tanzania and must at all times be carried with the visitor’s national driver's license. Driving is on the left side of the road.|
|Time Zone||GMT+3 EAT|
|Visa requirements||See visa requirements for individual origin countries.|
|Languages spoken||Swahili and English|
|Currency used||Tanzanian Shilling|