Why you should visit Tanzania
Why you should visit Tanzania
Tanzania is known as the “Land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and The Serengeti”, but offers a diversity of wonderful experiences to its visitors, with its vast wilderness landscapes, abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches and warm-hearted, hospitable locals.
For those seeking adventure, there is Mount Kilimanjaro to climb, the tallest single free-standing mountain in the world. Its highest point, Uhuru Peak, stands at 5895 metres. For nature and wildlife lovers, one of the main attractions is the Serengeti Migration, which is the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Migration and the Ngorongoro
Crater (the biggest inactive and intact unfilled volcanic caldera in the world), are three of the seven natural wonders of Africa. Tanzania also offers a magical Indian Ocean coastline, with tranquil islands, sleepy coastal villages, and of course, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar on which to relax and soak up the sun. Off the Pemba and Mafia islands, there is unsurpassed snorkelling and diving in crystal clear waters with coral gardens and multi-coloured fish and marine life.
For those interested in culture, it is worth getting to know the fascination tribal culture of the local Maasai. Also well worth a visit is Olduvai Gorge, dubbed as the cradle of mankind. It is here that some of the earliest known remains of human ancestry have been uncovered, dating back 1.75 million years.
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When is the best time to visit
It is important to remember that the Great Annual Migration is a year-round event. Millions of zebra and wildebeest move from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up through the Serengeti around June and hit Kenya’s Masai Mara around September, before journeying south again.
The most dramatic river crossings in the Serengeti usually happen from July to the end of September, but unfortunately they are not totally predictable. High season falls between June and September when the foliage is sparse and animal spotting is easier, particularly around the dwindling water sources. Many tourists enjoy visiting between February and March, when animals have their young and predators are at the highest numbers.
Game parks are more difficult to reach in the north during the wet season in April and May, and from November to May in the south and west. Wildlife viewing is scarcer as animals tend to spread out across the vast areas.
The cooler and dryer weather between June and September, and again between February and March, is the best time to visit Tanzania.
What to pack for your trip to Tanzania?
Lightweight cotton or linen clothing is ideal for daywear, but as the evenings can be chilly, long sleeved shirts, sweaters and trousers are recommended. These also help to prevent insect bites.
When you are on safari, neutral rather than bright coloured clothes should be worn. Pack comfortable walking shoes and socks. Sunscreen, sunhats and sunglasses are essentials. Even in cloudy and overcast weather, the sun is strong and can still easily burn exposed skin.
Basically, clothes are casual and informal and coastal areas require swimsuits. Ladies can pack light shirts and skirts, dresses and sandals to handle the invariably warm weather. It is important to note that over a third of the Tanzanian population is Muslim, and it is not considered good taste for ladies to expose legs and shoulders in public. The locals usually politely refrain from comment, but it causes offence to be underdressed, wearing shorts or miniskirts, vests or tank tops. A light cotton, easily foldable shawl can come in very handy on occasion.