Travelling to Tanzania means discovering an East African country bordering Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Zambia and Malawi to the west and Mozambique to the south, while in the east the country is only bordered by the Indian Ocean where the archipelago of Zanzibar is located.
Its commercial capital city is Dar es Salaam. There are about 120 different tribes that make up the 49 million inhabitants of the country. The best known are the Maasai but the most numerous are the Bantu (98% of the population). Hundreds of ethnic groups live together in harmony throughout the country.
The climate is pleasant throughout the year and the rainy season extends, in the north of the country, from March to April depending on the year.
The country contains the highest peak in Africa: the famous Mount Kilimanjaro (5892m), near the city of Arusha, which attracts an incredible number of tourists from all over the world to climb this mythic summit.
Wildlife Diversity and Breath-taking Landscapes
Tanzania is particularly known for being one of the African states which has decided to protect the flora and fauna of the country as efficiently as possible, which has led to the creation of parks entirely dedicated to animals. The largest and best known is Serengeti National Park, located to the north and close to the border with Kenya. It offers the largest concentration of plains wildlife in the world. To the north west of Serengeti National Park is Lake Victoria, a magical place with a unique palette of birds and fishermen perpetuating ancestral traditions. A little further south is the Ngorongoro crater, the largest caldera on the planet, considered the 8th wonder of the world. Finally, the island of Zanzibar offers sandy beaches bathed by the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania is a rich and diverse country that seduces every traveller by the beauty of its landscapes and the choice of activities it offers: climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking in unique landscapes, discovering the local population and of course safaris in the most beautiful animal parks on the planet. This is what travel in Tanzania is all about.
What to do in Tanzania?
There are a multitude of possibilities to discover this country. Tanzania does indeed offer a wide range of destinations fitting the desires of each visitor:
The National Parks:
Obviously, it is the discovery of the wild animals through the safaris that makes the reputation of the region. In the north of the country are the large national parks of Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, the Ngorongoro crater and the famous Serengeti National Park, which allow travellers to observe the most majestic African fauna: giraffes, elephants, buffalos, gazelles, hyenas, etc. not to forget the wild beasts that are lions, leopards and cheetahs. So many unforgettable memories during your travel in Tanzania.
The most beautiful parks in Tanzania, in the north of the country, include:
Lake Natron :
During a stay in northern Tanzania, it is also possible to visit Lake Natron, located to the east of the Serengeti National Park, a place renowned for the highest concentration of pink flamingos in East Africa and an exceptional diversity of waterfowl. The lake containing specific bacteria, it delivers colours like no others offering literally extraordinary landscapes.
Nearby is an exceptional waterfall (Ngare Sero) where you can bathe in a breath-taking scenery.
Visiting these sites can be done with small treks starting from your accommodation. They do not require any particular physical condition and make it possible to discover nature in another way.
It is the largest lake in Africa and one of the five largest lakes in the world. Its area is spread over three countries, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. It is located to the northwest of the Serengeti National Park which allows easy access to its shores after or before a safari in the park. What a wonder to discover this immense expanse of fresh water where innumerable species of birds meet and what happiness to taste fish as fishermen return from fishing, welcomed by the songs of the women.
A boat ride on the lake, a visit to the market and meeting healers may complete an excursion in a must-see place for those who want to discover another face of Tanzania.
Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru:
The highest peak in Africa with its 5892m!
It is obviously the object of all the lusts of mountaineers, but its ascent is reserved to those having the experience of this kind of exercise. Climbing the summit of Kilimanjaro can only be done with perfect physical condition and total control of walking in very high altitude. Few people reach its peak because at almost 6000m the human organism is subjected to strain for whom is not accustomed to this kind of exercise. That said, going to the mythical monument with guides and porters through various adaptation camps before finally setting foot on the roof of Africa remains a unique experience. It is also completely possible to make daily treks which do not require any particular physical condition as well as it is also possible to carry out different routes on Mount Meru (4565m), little brother of Kilimanjaro, located in the vicinity, in the park of Arusha. The latter offers several itineraries of treks taking place in one day, which allow to discover exceptional landscapes. One can climbs its summit in three days which offers a unique panorama over the Arusha region and a breath-taking view of Kilimanjaro.
The ascent of these summits can easily be combined with a safari in the parks in the north of the country to constitute an unforgettable and unusual tour.
Tanzania offers countless opportunities for treks.
These include the Ngorongoro Conservatory and down the Rift Valley to the shores of Lake Natron with donkeys and a guide who will help you discover all the wonders of the region. Sleep in bivouac in the middle of the wilderness in tents planted in the middle of nowhere. Walk to discover the nature of East Africa, the cradle of humanity and meet the local people. Climb or walk Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru to experience unique sensations, or just walk a few hours to discover the shores of Lake Natron or the Ngare Sero Falls. Go to unusual places, away from the beaten path, that your guide will suggest. Tanzania is an inexhaustible source of possibilities for those who want to discover a part by foot. Being immersed closer to nature provides an unforgettable sensation, far, far away from city life. A true return to human values, where one appreciates as a gift to look at nature in all its splendour.
Obviously, it is possible to devote the whole of a stay to treks in bivouacs, but it is also quite possible to continue with a safari to discover the fauna of the country by associating treks to discovering nature.
The possibilities of travel in Tanzania are many, so tailor-made tour remains the best solution to fully experience this kind of adventure.
It is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean which, along with the mainland, forms Tanzania. 98% of its population is Muslim, unlike the rest of the country. This place is full of beaches with white sand, lagoons with crystal clear waters with lush vegetation composed of palm trees and coconut trees in large numbers. As for the continent, there are two distinct seasons: the dry season from June to October and the season of heavy rains from March to May. It is in February that the periods of high heat are generally recorded while the month of August turns out to be the coldest period. However, the climate is pleasant throughout the year because the temperature variations obey the temperate equatorial climate of the region.
Discovering the old town of Stone Town, strolling through verdant forests, spotting dolphins and recharging your batteries on the paradisiacal beaches of the island will bring you unforgettable memories.
This destination is often the ideal complement after a safari on the continent to relax in all quietness.