Best Tanzania travel tips : To ensure that your safari is successful and unforgettable, preparation is essential. In light of this, we have put up a list of helpful travel suggestions for you, along with some extra Tanzanian resources you may find useful.
Tanzania has a plethora of additional attractions outside the great migration, like amazing wildlife, mountain climbing, cross-cultural exchanges, breathtaking scenery, gorgeous beaches, and much more. If you want to combine two or more of these attractions for the ultimate safari experience, Tanzania is the ideal destination.
Tanzania’s national parks and reserves offer superb year-round game viewing. These are some of Tanzania’s most popular safari destinations, featuring an abundance of animal and bird species. The national parks of the southern circuit, including as Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, and Selous Game Reserve, are less well-known and frequented but just as beautiful.
If you want to entirely avoid crowds, visit hidden jewels like Grumeti Concession, Mahale Mountains National Park, Saadani National Park, and Rubondo Island, to mention a few. Some of the most well-known wildlife locations have busier seasons.
Visit the islands that line Tanzania’s coastline to cross off another dream safari destination from your bucket list. Because of its rich marine life and historical value, Zanzibar is still a popular tourist safari destination. After hectic safari days in Tanzania’s national parks and game reserves, the beaches will provide a soothing post-safari respite. Enjoy some downtime on gorgeous beaches, go boating and snorkeling in the clear waters, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life, search for colobus monkeys in the forests, and tour the well-known spice farms that give Zanzibar the nickname “The Spice Islands.”
One of the biggest religious celebrations in Zanzibar takes place in April and lasts for a month: Ramadan. It is among the greatest times of year to travel to Zanzibar. You must respect these traditions by adhering to certain basic Ramadan etiquette. Expect loud parties and commotion in the vicinity at night. People gather, feast, play games, and announce the time for a midnight snack with loud drum beats and melodies emanating from the streets after a full day of fasting.
Stone Town is a must-see with its amazing buzzing marketplaces and exquisite eateries. Think about staying in Stone Town and exploring the Swahili culture further by scheduling into one of the converted Swahili houses.
Zanzibar gets a fair amount of visitors so, if you want to avoid crowds of people, you can plan a trip to serene Pemba Island, north of Zanzibar. Pemba is ideal for thrill seekers with safari activities such as snorkeling and diving. If you want to include both Pemba and Zanzibar on your holiday schedule, there are daily flights from Zanzibar. Two more islands that are well-known for having magnificent sandy beaches are Mnemba and Mafia.
Because Tanzanians are deeply religious, there are some customs that must be observed in Tanzania as well as Zanzibar. First and foremost, guests must dress modestly, so bring long sleeve shirts and long trousers. Wearing these can also help prevent insect bites.
While it is appropriate to dress modestly in the main towns to honour the customs of the locals, you should also bring beachwear and swimming suits for any safari lodges or camps that have pools.
Wearing camouflage apparel that resembles army gear is not advised. In Tanzania, wearing them is prohibited.
Bring comfortable walking shoes a must for every safari. Include some sandals or flip-flops for the beach.
Bring no large laptops with you. Always have a small tablet or smartphone with you.
Travel Safety Advice.
Tanzania is careful to protect everyone, even if there haven’t been any Yellow Fever outbreaks in recent years. If leaving or travelling through a nation where yellow fever is present, you must have received the immunization.
Consult your neighborhood doctor regarding additional immunizations and malaria preventives. Although most lodges and camps have taken precautions against malaria and probably have mosquito nets and sprays, you should always bring a bottle or two of your own insect/mosquito repellent just in case.
When traversing densely populated locations, exercise caution and ensure that your personal belongings are securely stored.
When to visit.
Viewing Wildlife: Although game viewing is available all year round, June through September is the best time to visit the majority of Tanzania’s national parks. Visitors passionate about spotting the wildebeest migration should plan a trip between June and October when the wildebeest are in the Serengeti. You could also plan a trip from January to March, the wildebeest calving season, when the predators are active, sitting in wait for an opportunity on the vulnerable mother and calf.
Bird Watching: Many migratory bird species visit Tanzania’s natural areas during the wet season. Tanzania begins to bloom when the rain falls on the parched vegetation, turning the bush into a breathtaking sight. This makes bird watching excellent from November through March.
Zanzibar Beaches: The dry season, June to September, is the best time to visit the Zanzibar beaches. Dolphin viewing is wonderful during these months together with January and February, the second dry season.
For additional information and ideas on when to travel, see our comprehensive guide, which highlights the benefits of visiting Tanzania throughout the summer, monsoon, and winter seasons.