There are many reasons why you should visit the most beautiful tourist destination country of Tanzania in East Africa, only a few attractions will be explored in this article just to help you make a decision for your next African adventure. It really doesn’t take much to be convinced of the experience-value this destination offers tourists.
We’re also heading into the best time of year to visit Tanzania. From January to April, the wildlife is known to disperse and hideaway from the summer rain. But from May to October you hit the dry winter season where all the animals are out and about for you to admire and photograph. The cooler it is, the better your chances of animal spotting. When it comes to birding, any time of the year is the best time to come and visit.
Start arranging your leave days and checking flight details to get yourself to Tanzania in the next month or so for a holiday you’ll never forget or regret. Some of the sights and experiences you can look forward to include the following.
Serengeti National Park
It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
Ngorongoro Crater in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.
Tarangire National Park (Elephants’ paradise)
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.
Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for people travelling through the northern safari circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers an unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
While exploring Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti or Zanzibar, you can go a little off the beaten track to meet some of the friendliest people in the world. Over a hundred Tanzanian villages welcome visitors to experience their unique cultures. Among the many ethnic groups are the Maasai, Chagga, Nilotes, Cushites, Hadzabe, Sukuma and Bantu. They will give you an authentic and unforgettable experience — plus you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped support local communities generate income and build sustainable livelihoods.
A stay with the Tanzanian people is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have while on holiday in Tanzania.
With over 120 ethnic groups, Tanzania is endowed with a diverse and rich cultural heritage. Visitors encounter authentic culture and experience the real daily lives of Tanzanians.
Also called the Roof of Africa or the Crown of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is both Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest free standing peak. Standing at 5,875 metres above sea level, Kilimanjaro is also unique as it is located just 330km from the equator.
Mount Kilimanjaro consists of three volcanic summits. Shira (3,962 m) the oldest of the three summits is already extinct. Mawenzi (5,149 m) and the youngest Kibo (5,895 m) are dormant and could erupt again.
The best month for climbing are January, February, and September – when the weather is warmer, the skies clearer, and the threat of rain less. June, July, and August are also fine weather-wise, although they tend to be colder as this is ‘winter’ in Tanzania.
Make Tanzania one of your stops in Africa this year. Celebrate everything they have to offer from culture to wildlife and the unbelievably gorgeous Isles. It’s the best place to watch the African sunset and wonder at the amazing nature of African wildlife. Nothing is stopping you from visiting this amazing destination, so what are you waiting for?