Tanzania

Situated in Eastern Africa, Tanzania is a top destinations for wildlife watching, beach vacations and mountain climbing; it is blessed with outstanding wildlife national parks, world heritage sites, a phenomenal tropical climate, kilometers of white sandy beaches and home to Africa’s tallest mountain (Mount Kilimanjaro); Tanzania is without a doubt, up there with unlimited options for holiday makers.

Whether it’s the Big five safari holiday, family bonding vacation, wildebeest tracking tour , beach wedding and honeymoon, photography trips , mountain climbing adventure or birds watching - you are after; You can be sure to find it here in Tanzania.

Holiday in Tanzania

About Tanzania

Tanzania is a diverse holiday destination with so much to offer holiday makers; from the stunning national parks full of wildlife, to the highest mountain in Africa, friendly people with diverse cultures and the long stretches of white sandy beaches full of beach activities; it’s a beautiful country with plenty to explore.

Tanzania is within the East African region bordering Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and the Indian Ocean to the east. Tanzania has a mix population of about 44.9 million; in various religions, races and cultures. The country uses presidential government system with Dodoma as the capital city and Dar es Salaam as the largest and the leading commercial center with most government offices and port.

Tanzania is believed to be home to some of the earliest human remains in the world, at Olduvai Gorge (known as the 'Cradle of Mankind') Human habitation can be traced back 1.9 million years ago. Tanzania was first controlled by the Portuguese 1498 – 1506, when the Arabs took over, then the Germans in the 19 century and finally the British before Tanzania getting its independence in 1961.

Where to go and what to do

There are over twenty popular places of attraction in Tanzania; Serengeti National Reserve and Ngorongoro crater are arguably Tanzania 's top attraction; home to all the Big Five, the great annual wildebeest migration , hundreds of bird species and thousands of other wildlife. Other top attractions include Africa’s highest mountain (Mount Kilimanjaro), Lake Manyara home to the tree climbing lions, Usambara Mountains that are ideal for hiking trips, Tarangire National Park, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve which is one of the largest protected wildlife areas in the world, and finally the white sandy beaches at Zanzibar Island.

Tanzania is strategically located along the eastern – southern African tourist corridor making it an ideal destination for Overland Safari tour or combined country tour of Kenya–Tanzania, Kenya–Uganda, Kenya–Zanzibar. The combination can be ideal for adventure safaris, bird watching, photography and nature expedition.

Weather and Best time to visit Tanzania

Since Tanzania is along the equator, the weather is said be relatively stable with the days being sunny and the nights being cool. Long rains are usually in March-May and short rains in November-December. The best time to visit Tanzania is between December to March and June to October, on this period it is dry with plenty of wildlife to watch.

Airports and Getting Around

Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA)is the main airport in Tanzania, located about 12 Km from Dar es Salaam city center; the airport serves as the main flight hub for international and local flights. Other international airports include Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) that serve major tourist destination in northern Tanzania and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport formally the Zanzibar International Airport; located on Unguja Island, 5Km south of Zanzibar town center.

Other smaller airports and airstrips include Bukoba Airport located in north-western Tanzania serving Bukoba, Kagera and Lake Victoria Region. Lake Manyara Airport, it serves Lake Manyara National Park and the surrounding areas.Dodoma Airport, it serves the capital city of Tanzania. Arusha Airport, a small airport serving Arusha Town. Moshi Airport a small airport serving Moshi Town. Mwanza Airport is a major regional airport in Mwanza and Lake Victoria region among other smaller airports in Tanzania.

Road transfers from airports to hotels or to major destinations in Tanzania can be done in private mini buses, vans, taxis or hire private cars. For Safari games drives, due to the rough terrains; we recommend to use 4WD cars with large sliding windows and a pop-up roof for viewing wildlife and the beautiful landscapes.

For local flights, airport transfers, Safari road drives or further information on transport; Contact our transport department.

Hotels in Tanzania

There is an endless list of hotels, Lodges, villas, Hostels, tented camps and camping sites in Tanzania; the list ranges from luxury 5 star hotels and Lodges, private excluded beach front villas to lesser remote tented camps and hostels.Whether it’s a wildlife safari holiday, a city excursion, a business trip or a more relaxed beach holiday; there is always accommodation for you. Check out some of our recommended hotels below or contact our holiday experts to find you an accommodation that suits you.