04 February 2019
Tanzania, one of the largest countries in East Africa, is a jewel that is too often overlooked by visitors to Africa. Home to the continent’s highest peak (Mount Kilimanjaro), its lowest depression (the bed of Lake Tanganyika), its most famous national park (the Serengeti), and part of its largest lake by area (Lake Victoria), Tanzania’s natural wonders are perfectly complemented by its excellent range of tourist attractions and activities.
Best time to visit
Tanzania’s climate is characterised by distinct wet and dry seasons. Tanzania has two rainy seasons; the ‘Mango rains’ which last from November to mid-January, and the chief monsoon season that runs from mid-March to May. The best time to visit Tanzania is between June and August, when daytime temperatures are bearable, and nights are cool rather than sultry. For visitors to the Serengeti, the famous migration starts in late February - but be warned that this is an extremely hot time of the year, with the mercury rising as high as 90°F (32°C).
Recommended length of stay: Combine a three to five night safari with a seven night beach break
Currency: Tanzanian shillings (TZS)
Top three experiences
Experience the famous Serengeti wildebeest migration
Being in the great Serengeti amongst thousands of migrating wildebeest with predators never far behind is a safari which is hard to beat. Sitting on the balcony of your Bush Rover suite elevated several metres high before the great Mara river in view of a wildebeest crossing point but away from the crowds takes the migration experience to a whole new level.
Explore Selous Game Reserve and Saadani National Park
Tanzania has some remote parks which are full of amazing wildlife for guests who prefer to be off the usual tourist trail. Enjoy a stay at Sable Mountain Lodge in Selous Game Reserve and Simply Saadani Camp or Babs’ Camp in Saadani National Park which is the only coastal wildlife park in East Africa providing a one stop shop of Indian Ocean, beach and wildlife park in one destination.
Discover the stunning beaches, world-class diving and famous spices of Zanzibar
Exotic Zanzibar has always evoked wonderful images of bazaars, culture with an Indian Arabic influence, spices, stunning white sand beaches, azure blue Indian Ocean waters and world-class diving. Few places on earth are as romantic, and a Zanzibar beach getaway is the perfect end to your safari.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.