Quick Travel Guide to Tanzania  – What to do in Tanzania

Tanzania is the Ultimate Destination for Wildlife Safaris, Kilimanjaro Trekking and Exotic Beach Holidays

Tanzania has it all. It would not be an  exaggeration to say, Tanzania is perfect destination!

If you want to experience true African safari and see real Africa, then Tanzania is the right choice! If you want to climb the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is waiting for you. Home to 123 different tribes, Tanzania is the place to experience cultural encounters and diversity. With Zanzibar and surrounding Pemba and Mafia islands, is the ultimate destination for beach holidays by the Indian Ocean. 

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Safari in Tarangire during rainy season, Tanzania copyright Safari Junkie

 

  • Kitesurfing and Diving on Islands
  • Big game fishing
  • Volunteering

 

  • Island hopping on Victoria Lake (avid travellers)
  • Sailing with traditional dhow
  • Feed giant turtles on Prison Island

 

  • Walk through tropical Jozani Forest
  • Visit Albino center in Ukerewe Island
  • Run Kilimanjaro Marathon

 

 

  • Walks to waterfalls  and crater lakes
  • Visit coffee plantation run by locals
  • Trekking in Usambara mountains

 

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Gombe stream
  • Hot air balloon ride in Serengeti or Tarangire
  • Visit Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Mahale

 

When is The Best Time To Visit Tanzania

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Tarangire safari during dry season in Tanzania, copyright Safari Junkie

Although there is rainy and dry season, there is never wrong time to visit Tanzania. The heaviest rains are only during March and April, while other months are full of sunny weather, sometimes with brief showers. Along with seasons landscape changes its appearance.

Visit in summer months  and you will be stunned by burnt grasslands while during the rainy, or rather green season, nature bursts with green colors. During European summer, there is winter in Tanzania, temperatures are lower than usual, similar to European late spring. Visit Tanzania in winter months, you will experience true summer sunny weather.

Great Months to Visit Tanzania for:

  • Beach Holidays on Zanzibar: from June to February and after April again , March is the rainiest month on average..
  • Sauti Za Busara Festival  in Stone Town is the biggest  music festival in East Africa. It takes place in February and lasts three days.
  • Zanzibar Film Festival
  • Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru climb: The best time to trek is January – March and September – October. If you want less people on the mountain, go in November or December – its off season, but climbs are possible.

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Best Time to Go on Safari to Tanzania

The Best Time to go on safari is whenever you can get time. There’s No good time There’s just different time!

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Classic Safaris and Wildebeest Migration Safaris

All other safaris will not disappoint you, even if you visit out of wildebeest migration cycle. Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater are always abundant with wildlife. We have been to safari in both seasons and personally, green, rainy season is much more stunning!

When exactly is the best time for viewing great migration  you will find here: All you have to know about Wildebeest Safari in Tanzania

Best Time to go on Safari in Southern Circuit

Oftentimes overlooked because there is no migration, are Southern Circuit parks like Ruaha, Selous and Mikumi. For best safari experience in Southern parks book safari between June and November. Another great advantage is that there are no crowds an visitors have remote areas just for them self.

Best Time to go Chimpanzee Trekking in Western Tanzania

Western Tanzania is little more rough  and harder to access, therefore for this reason less polluted with tourists. Chimpanzee trekking in Tanzania is possible in Gombe stream National Park and in Mahale Sanctuary.  Trekking Chimpanzees is easier in wet season as they dont move to far across the park, while in dry season the nature is more photogenic.

 

 

 

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Good to Pack for Tanzania

 

There are some essentials that are always useful to  have  in your bag when travelling in Tanzania.

  • head lamp will save you every time there will be electricity cut, and believe us, it will be!
  • solar charger for gadgets and cameras is perfect saviour when hiking in remote areas and of course, again every time there is power cut.
  • Deet mosquito repellant

 

  • hand sanitizers or disinfection spray
  • Sun  cream with high protection factor
  • UV protective cap
  • all copies of your travel documents, including  travel insurance policy, passport, visa,

Eat Like A Local  – Must Try Foods and Drinks

Mandazi, home brewed banana beer, banana wine, makande, ugali, pilau, njama choma, home made sugarcane wine, baobab juice, strong liquer similar to schnapps – konyagi.

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