Tanzania – A Destination that Has It All

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, Tanzania is well-established as one of the best wildlife-viewing destinations in the world. Safaris follow the trail of giant herds of antelope or wildebeest across the Serengeti, while lions lounge in the shade waiting for their next meal to trot by. On the horizon looms the conical silhouette of Kilimanjaro, beckoning the strong of lung and leg, and just off the coast the beaches and Arabian-infused culture of Zanzibar offer travelers a very different Africa.

Tanzania is a wonderful home to outstanding parks and beaches of world class. This green destination is with Mountain Kilimanjaro shining above Serengeti National Park is another perfect Africa destination for taking a break under the sun and sand.

Zanzibar beaches are open and welcome every one year round .No traveler can end in either Arusha or Dar es Salaam without heading out on safari to several game viewing parks and beaches.Surely the entire Tanzania is attractive covered with islands, natural wonders with scuba diving as the region unique adventure which attract even snorkelers across the world to experience the coral gardens, colorful fish in crystal clear waters. Among its attractions, Mount Kilimanjaro is the most visited being Africa’s highest peak.

Tourists get rewarding experiences after climbing the mountain to the summit which is most done from late June to October during the dry times. Serengeti National park with millions of animals and the largest national park in Tanzania is one you should consider visiting if your trip falls between December – June.

Within this period you will get a chance to witness the annual migration of millions of zebras and wildebeest which always takes place in May or Early June.Serengeti National Park is a vast tree less plain with thousands and millions of animals searching for fresh grasslands. As the largest national park in Tanzania, Serengeti attracts thousands of tourists each year in the best months for wildlife viewing that’s December-June. Low arrivals come in during the wet season of March- May with the coldest period from June to October.

Plan well and catch up with the annual migration of Zebra and wildebeest that take place in May or early June. Surely it’s one of the impressive annual events in Tanzania.You can as well visit Ngorongoro conservation area, Lake Manyara National park, Olduvai Gorge,Mafia island, stone town, Tarangire National park, Pemba Island, Selous game reserve and many others.

About Tanzania

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa in the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south.

List of national parks of Tanzania

  • Arusha National Park
  • Gombe Stream National Park
  • Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
  • Katavi National Park
  • Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Mafia Island Marine Park
  • Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Maziwi Island Marine Reserve
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Mnazi Bay-Ruvumba Estuary Marine Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Rubondo Island National Park
  • Saadani National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Tanzania Safari Circuits

The county’s so called tourist circuits were established largely due to the size of Tanzania, which encompasses a variety of distances, travel costs and times. To cover two or three circuits on one safari is not only possible but also frequently done. Flying is the easiest way to move from one circuit to another. There are many air operators who offer a network of scheduled flights between the circuits. These same operators also offer charter flights.

The northern circuit

The northern circuit is the most frequented by tourists for two reasons: most of the destinations are fairly close to each other and many of Tanzania’s most famous sights, such as Ngorongoro crater, the Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro are all part of this circuit. Due to the fact that all the parks, towns and attractions are with in easy reach of one another, one can tour this entire circuit by vehicle with only a couple of hours in-between destinations.

The southern circuit

The national parks and game reserves of the southern circuit are, arguably, the hidden treasures of Tanzania’s authentic Africa. These parks are enormous, with some of the highest concentration of animals any where in Africa and a spectacular diversity of wild life including roan antelope, sable antelope, cape hunting dogs and multitude of colorful birdlife. The lodges and camps of the south are small and intimate, with no more than 30 rooms or tents at the very most. This means that there is a far fewer tourists in the compared to the north, and allows the area to hold true to the tenets of eco- tourism. The travel times between parks in the south are long as the parks are far apart. The parks of the south can be visited independently or as a circuit combining various parks into one package. Packages can be arranged using scheduled air services or as road safaris using 4×4 vehicles.

The western circuit lying in the great riftvalley is the inland lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. All the three national parks in this circuit offer the only safe opportunities to see chimpanzees in the wild today. The habitants of these areas are a merger between western Africa and east Africa therefore the cultures, rainfall and flora are unique to this small area. The western circuit is seldom experienced on its own but is more often an addition to either the southern or northern circuits, or both. The western circuit is so remote that travel by both aircraft and boat is necessary in order to experience this lovely side of Tanzania.

The coastal circuit

One of the great attractions of Tanzania is its fantastic 800km coastline with palm fringed beaches of white sand and historic towns of Dar Es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Lindi, Mikindani and Mtwara, along with the exotic islands of Zanzibar, pemba and Mafia.

Swahili language and culture trace their roots to the Indian Ocean coastline. Many explores and slave traders encountered Africa for the first time along this history steeped coastline and contributed to the events that were to define modern Tanzania. The islands of Zanzibar Archipelago became principle stepping stones for the culture that was to mould Tanzania’s people and their language.