Wildlife Safari – Nothing takes your breath away more than seeing some of the worlds most beautiful creatures roaming in their natural surrounds. There is an overwhelming feeling of serenity attached to the freedom of the wilderness that somehow ‘just becomes you’. With the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti being among many game park reserves to choose from, there’s no better place to ‘lose yourself in the wild’ than Tanzania.
Zanzibar – Sit back, relax and soak up the sun on the white sands of Zanzibar’s beaches, then cool off in the amazing turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Simply put, there is no better place to take time out and just ‘let it all go’ than stunning, stunning Zanzibar.
Mount Kilimanjaro – Looking for that piece of adventure you can really brag about? Be sure to pack some comfy hiking books if you’re planning to make it to the ‘roof of Africa’. Certainly not for the faint-hearted. Mount Kilimanjaro allows you to ‘rough it’ on many terrains while being swept away by nature at it’s finest. And….when you reach the peak, you’re sure to be mesmerized by the spectacular views. Magical!
More Tourist Attractions
- Take a few days out to visit Lake Chala, Moshi waterfalls and the Chemka Hot springs
- Browse the local Maasai markets and test out your bargaining skills
- Go hunting with the Hadzabe tribe, Tatoga blacksmiths or visit one of the many Maasai villages
- Visit the Tanzanite mines
- Stop in at the snake park
- Admire ancient rock paintings around Kolo village
- Explore small fishing villages and serene islands on the Lake Victoria shoreline
- For the coffee lovers, check out a coffee plantation and learn about African education challenges
- For the adrenaline junkies, Skydive over Kili (seasonal availability)
Off the tourist track
Visit local festivities, markets, weddings and tribal ceremonies, nearby towns and villages, get out and kick a ball around with the locals or go dancing at one of the local clubs. Read here more about African history and heritage.
Climate & Seasons
The climate of Tanzania is best described as tropical although this varies from region to region. Along the coast, the weather is quite humid whereas further inland it is notably cooler, especially during the evenings in the mountainous areas. The warmest time of the year to visit Tanzania is December through to March with the cooler months being June through October.
Tanzania has two rainy seasons. The lighter short rains (Mvuli) fall during November and December and occasionally into January and the heavier long rains (Masika) have their downpour March to May. Like in South Africa, tourism will help the nation’s educational needs as well.
Best time to go
Besides right now? The best time to visit Tanzania is somewhat dependant upon individual needs and preference (and more often than not, work or uni holidays). The following is a general guideline of what to expect, and when, in terms of climate and tourist trends:
- December, January, and February the temperatures are at their highest, though not unbearable. This time of year also brings with it peak hotel prices and most local eateries and marketplaces make the most of the high season by upping their prices a little too.
- March to May is the season for the long rains and during this time you can make the most of reduced accommodation, food, and local market costs not to mention avoiding the peak influx of tourists and the higher temperatures. Your natural surrounds will be lush and green during this time and dust at a minimum.
- June to September will provide you with cooler and drier weather. July and August are peak times for travel to Tanzania and park lodges and hotels are at their fullest during these two months, particularly in the North.
- October and November welcome the short rains and see the crowd masses dwindle. Hotel prices come down and the landscape ripens to a beautiful green once again.