Tanzania is a classic travel
destination, with its vast size and sense of remoteness adding to
the excitement of a Tanzania safari.
Not only are the safaris rewarding, but a Tanzania holiday may also
include the exotic Zanzibar islands and active tours such as climbing
the highest mountain in Africa, the Kilimanjaro.
We can also tailor your Tanzania travel to suit your needs or your
Travel Information in Tanzania: Tanzania is part of East
Africa, the largest of the three (3) countries. It' s amazing scenery
is most evident in its national parks and game reserves. Below are
some of Tanzania's major parks.
Full country name: United Republic
Area: 945,090 sq km (364,879 sq mi)
Capital city: Dodoma
People: 99% native African (over 100 tribes),
1% Asian, European and Arabic
Languages: Swahili, English, indigenous.
Religion: 40% Christian, 33% Muslim, 20% indigenous
Government: Republic (multi-party state)
President: Benjamin William Mkapa
GDP per head: US$220
Major industries: Tobacco, sugar, sisal, diamond
and gold mining, oil refining, cement, tourism
Major trading partners: India, Germany, Japan,
Malaysia, Rwanda, the Netherlands, South Africa, Kenya, U.K.,
Saudi Arabia, China
Facts for the Traveller
Visas: All visitors require a visa except citizens
of some Commonwealth countries (Canada and the UK excempted),
Scandinavian countries, the Republic of Ireland, Rwanda and Sudan.
For these nationalities, a free visitor's pass, valid for one
to three months, can be picked up at the point of entry (you'll
be asked how long you plan to stay - three months is no problem).
You will need proof of yellow fever vaccination if travelling
Health: Yellow fever, malaria, bilharzia, tsetse fly, cholera,
hepatitis, meningitis, and typhoid. HIV/AIDS is a serious risk,
though not as prevalent as in Uganda. Tampons are imported and
available only in the bigger towns and cities. Locally made sanitary
napkins are generally plentiful.
Time: GMT/UTC plus three hours
Weights & measures: Metric
When to Go
The standard tourist season is in January and February, when the
hot, dry weather at this time of year is generally considered
to be the most pleasant. But to catch the Serengeti at its best
you want to avoid the dry season when virtually all the animals
go on holiday to Kenya. Be prepared if you're heading into the
big wet, as many roads - particularly on the south coast - can
become too squishy to drive on.
The biggest annual event in Tanzania begins at the Serengeti
National Park near the Kenyan border, when huge herds of wildebeests
head for greener pastures in Kenya. Starting in April each year,
more than 2 million of these animals migrate across the Serengeti's
southern plains accompanied by zebras, antelopes, gazelles, lions
and tourists. Tanzanian Independence Day (December 9) somehow
pales in significance.
Step out into the vast open plains that dominate
much of Tanzania and you suddenly feel very, very small. And so
you should. You've just joined one of the largest, wildest animal
populations in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion,
cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, flamingo - you name them, Tanzania's
had great White plunderers shoot them. But these days they use
cameras rather than guns. An economically poor country troubled
by rowdy neighbours and opportunistic colonial powers, Tanzania
offers some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities on the
continent. Famous parks such as the Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro,
or the wonderful crater of Ngorongoro, make many drab towns here
well worth the stopover. Then there's the country's very sexy
appendage - Zanzibar. One of several islands off Tanzania's coast,
this former spice centre simply oozes exotica and scented Persian