Tanzania
The sould of Africa
Tanzania
The sould of Africa
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Tanzania

Why Visit this destination?

Tanzania & Zanzibar found in the Eastern part of Africa, it is home to some of Africa’s most famous National Parks and natural attractions, including majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest point in the country is in Mount Kilimanjaro highest mountain in Africa. It is mountainous and densely forested in the north east, where Mount Kilimanjaro is located. 3 of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria Africa’s largest Lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continents deepest lake known for its unique species fish. To the south lies Lake Malawi. Tanzania is highly bio diverse and contains a wide variety of animal habitats. On Tanzania Serengeti plain, white bearded wildebeest, other bovid and zebra participate in a large scale annual migration. The country is home to about 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species, many of them strictly endemic. Tanzania has the largest Lion population in the world.

 

The Eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar archipelago just offshore. The climate varies greatly within Tanzania, in the highlands, temperatures range between 10 – 20 degrees during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20 degrees Celsius. The hottest period extends between November and February 25 -31 degrees Celsius while the coldest period occurs between May and August 15 – 20 degrees Celsius. Annual temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. The climate is cool in high mountainous regions.

Weather & Climate

Tanzania has a generally comfortable climate year-round, although there are significant regional variations. The tropical coast stays quite hot and humid with heavy and reliable rainfall, especially during the rainy season. The central plateau is cooler and arid. There are two rainy seasons—the heaviest rains (called masika) usually fall from mid-March to May, and a shorter period of rain (called vuli) occurs from November to mid-January. The dry season, with cooler temperatures, lasts from May to October. The areas where we will be traveling are typically warm and dry, although it is surprisingly cold at higher altitudes. Summer usually lasts from November to March, and during this time there is always a chance of afternoon showers. With altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level, average daytime temperatures are very comfortable and vary from 70° to 90°F, with a moderate 50° to 60°F at night.

Best time to Visit

Here is a broad guide to the climate of Tanzania – although remember that this comes from records and experience, not from a crystal ball. Weather patterns across Africa are becoming increasingly unpredictable, probably due to global warming; we’re seeing downpours in the middle of deserts and damaging droughts when rains should be falling. Just south of the equator, Tanzania is huge and its sheer size means that the climate varies considerably within it. However, generally the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, lasts during about March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which are heavier and more predictable beside the coast and on the islands. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s. The long dry season lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October is when rainfall is unusual, even on the islands. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it’s usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it’s a great time to visit Tanzania. During November and December there’s another rainy season: the ‘short rains’. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable. If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months, January and February, which is Tanzania’s ‘short dry season’, before starting to rain again in earnest in March.

Travel Advice

What vaccinations do I need for Tanzania?
You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before travelling to Tanzania and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Tetanus is strongly recommended. Meningitis and Rabies are also recommended.

A Yellow Fever International Certificate of Vaccination is required if arriving from countries infected with yellow fever or if you were in transit through infected areas (unless you remained on board or at the airport). This is particularly relevant if travelling from neighbouring African countries. If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania, a yellow fever certificate must be produced to gain entry.

 

Do I need anti-malaria tablets for Tanzania?
There is a risk of malaria in Tanzania so it is very important to check with your doctor before you go, to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. Generally, it is good practice to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeved, light coloured clothes and wearing a mosquito repellent that contains at least 50% DEET. For more information on the malaria risk in Tanzania visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler’s Health page.

 

What is the plastic bag ban?
From June 1st 2019, the Tanzanian authorities banned plastic bags in an effort to curb single-use plastic use and to protect the country’s rich environmental resources. All travellers arriving at a Tanzanian airport could face heavy fines for using plastic bags in any way, shape or form. These include shopping bags, garbage bags and “zip-lock” plastic bags used for transporting liquids and cosmetics.

We recommend that you avoid packing any plastic bags in your suitcase or carry-on luggage before travelling to Tanzania. If you do purchase any items at your departure airport, be sure to take them out of their plastic bags. Double-check your hand luggage before disembarking and leave any plastic bags on the plane.

 

Is it safe to drink tap water in Tanzania?
The tap water in Tanzania is not considered safe to drink. You should drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants. Make sure you purchase this from reputable outlets and that the seal on the bottle is not broken.

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The Top Highlights

Top places you must visit in Tanzania include the following;

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro elevated at 5895m and Tanzania’s most iconic image, the park is not visited for the wildlife but for a chance to stand in awe of this beautiful snowcapped mountain. The best period of climbing is from late June to October during the dry season. This is a world heritage site formed over 1million years ago by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley 3 volcanic cones Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi came to be about 750,000 years ago the highest point is Uhuru peak on Kibo which is one of the 7 summits of the world.
  2. Serengeti National Park most famous for the annual wildebeest migration but you can also see the Big 5 here and nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded on the Serengeti. South of this migration route covers the Ngorongoro conservation area where around half a million wildebeests are born between January and March
  3. Ngorongoro Conservation area located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara, the area is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and is one of Tanzanias crater has a permanent supply of water which draws thousands of animals who stay in this area rather than migrating. The Ngorongoro Crater s the largest intact ancient caldera in the world, nearly three million years old. The Ngorongoro volcano was one of the world’s tallest mountains before it exploded and collapsed
  4. Lake Manyara National Park is host to thousnads of flamingoes, at certain times of year, as well as other diverse bird life. The highlight of Lake Manyara Park is the large population of elephants, tree climbing lions and hippos which can be observed at a much closer range than in other parks. Ths park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world
  5. Zanzibar Beaches the capital is Zanzibar city located on the island of Unguja. Its historic Centre is stone town a world heritage site. This is a major holiday destination in Tanzania and known for its beautiful beaches in the world. The surf varies depending on what side of the island you are on, but visitors will find soft white sand and clear shallow water along with traditional boats lining the shore. The historic city of stone town, known for Old Arabian town houses, narrow alleyways and a busy port is located in the heart of Zanzibar