Officially the United Republic of Tanzania, Tanzania is a country in East Africa with a thriving travel industry renowned for seeing the 'real Lion King' on safari, trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa's tallest mountain) and Zanzibar.
To get there, the major entry points are through:
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Dar Es Salaam International Airport
Zanzibar International Airport and
Kenya, in the North.
When venturing off on a safari, you would typically begin in Arusha, a small city that is the upcoming central hub for tourism, connecting all the major Northern National Parks.
Here, you can grab a quick feed; nyama choma, chipsi mayai, pilau or ugali na samaki. Shop at soko kuu and when the sun sets, party at Via Via. Major retailers of Tanzanite can also be found here.
Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, an island off the coast in the Indian Ocean. It's historic centre, Stone Town, is recognised for it's history in the spice and slave trade. When you sit at the end of the island in Nungwi Beach, you can witness the sunrise and sunset from the same location.
Thanks to social media, it's easy to keep up with global trends and go about living a 'modern' life, but within each Tanzanian is their tribal root. These days, as opposed to your tribe being a way of life, it is more of a definition of your morals and values.
There are, however, two tribes that continue to preserve their customs and live a primitive life; the Maasai and Hadzabe. Coming, bearing simple gifts like honey, you can visit one of these tribes for a day and experience their lifestyle.
Unlike the common misconception, Tanzania is not a desert and doesn't experience extreme temperatures, it actually has quite mild weather.
While on safari, you can make do with a light jacket and pants. We recommend wearing neutral colours to repel Tsetse flies. The weather in the National Parks follow a wet and dry season, with a relatively constant temperature:
Dry season - June to October - 11°C/52°F to 21°C/70°F
Wet season - November to May - 13°C/55°F to 26°C/79°F
On the coast, temperatures are relatively higher reaching 31°C/88°F. In Zanzibar the majority of the population is Islamic, so we suggest that you dress modestly and cover up your shoulders and knees, while in Stone Town.
Wildlife and Conservation
Approximately 38% of Tanzanian land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation, supporting projects that work to preserve animals such as the Rhino and African Wild Dogs and eradicate illegal poaching activities. The 16 National Parks in Tanzania are significant in sustaining these projects and local communities. The following National Parks are connected and can be visited in one safari:
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - a living crater displaying an expanse of green and wildlife, you'll feel like you're in a fairytale in this natural zoo.
Serengeti National Park - an endless plain with the Great Wildebeast Migration, this is where you'll experience the real African safari.
Tarangire National Park - the home of the massive elephants and Baobao trees.
Lake Manyara National Park - the park that is below the Rift Valley wall, consisting of natural hot springs and tree climbing Lions, the African big cats.
Kilimanjaro National Park - simply Africa's tallest, freestanding mountain.