TRAVEL TANZANIA

Tanzania itinerary

Safari, Masailand, and stunning beaches

Tanzania

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Duration: at least 3 weeks

Best time to travel: May – October

Budget: $65 per day

Tanzania is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world. You can explore bustling cities, go on safari to see some of the most incredible wildlife on earth, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or relax on some of the best beaches in Africa. We know it can be tough to find a place that offers an authentic cultural experience and stunning natural beauty, but Tanzania has it all. Plus, with its rich history spanning centuries, there are always new stories to be discovered here. Explore this amazing country for yourself!

  • Culture 90% 90%
  • Food 85% 85%
  • Wildlife 110% 110%
  • Activities 100% 100%

Neither of us had ever been to Africa and did not know what to expect. Tanzania is a country full of surprises. From the moment we arrived in Dar es Salaam, we were mesmerized by the sights and sounds of this vibrant country. The hustle and bustle of the city was a far cry from the tranquil landscapes, but both places had their unique charm. We spent our days on safari, marveling at the abundance of wildlife, and our nights under the stars, listening to the sound of lions roaring in the distance.

Why visit Tanzania

Safari in Tanzania

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable safari experience, Tanzania is the place to go. With its vast open savannahs teeming with wildlife and some of the most famous national parks in the world, Tanzania has something to offer everyone. Whether you explore one of the area’s legendary hot spots like the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, or venture off-the-beaten-path to areas like Ruaha and Selous, you can be sure that your trip will be filled with incredible moments that you won’t soon forget. Additionally, because Tanzania is less famous than other safari destinations like Kenya or South Africa, you can get better value for your money without sacrificing quality. So if you’re ready for an adventure of a lifetime, why not head to Tanzania and indulge in one of the most fantastic safari experiences on earth? You won’t regret it!

Go on Safari in Tanzania

 

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Beaches in Tanzania

Tanzania is best known for its wildlife reserves, but its coastline is equally as stunning. Whether you’re looking for a backpacker beach with a vibrant party scene or a private island with deserted stretches of sand, there’s something for everyone. Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with countless paradises, from world-famous Zanzibar to the more obscure Mafia Island.

So if you’re looking for a truly unique beach experience, travel to Tanzania! The water is crystal clear and the sand is white as snow. 

 

Best beaches in Tanzania

Maasai culture 

Tanzania’s rich cultural heritage spans back centuries. Hence, it provides countless stories to be heard. With its variety of tribes, ethnic groups, and religions, Tanzania will capture your imagination and your heart.

Maasai People in Tanzania

We were fortunate enough to spend time with the Maasai people during a trip to Tanzania. The Maasai are nomadic people who live in the Savannah grasslands of East Africa. They are one of the most famous African tribes and are often depicted in popular culture. They are also well-known for their unique style of dress and jewelry. However, the Maasai are not just fascinating people but also have a rich culture worth preserving.

Best places to learn about Maasai culture:

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Mount Klimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is not only one of the tallest and most impressive mountains in the world, but it is also a popular climbing destination. With its soaring summit reaching over 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro stands as a beacon to climbers from all over the globe. What’s more, Mount Kilimanjaro has a storied history, having been first summited in 1889 by German geologist Hans Meyer, Austrian climber Ludwig Purtscheller, and local guide Yohani Kinyala Lauwo. Today, an estimated 30,000 people make the arduous journey up Mount Kilimanjaro every year.

Despite its domestic popularity and accessibility, Mount Kilimanjaro is not always easy to conquer. It is often reported that as many as 50% of climbers fail when attempting to reach Uhuru Point, the mountain’s summit. Mount Kilimanjaro may not be as challenging as other mountain peaks worldwide. However, those who can successfully reach the peak are rewarded with an incredible sense of accomplishment and stunning views of Tanzania’s landscape from high above. So if you’re looking for a challenge that will take you to dizzying new heights, Mount Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly the place for you.

Tanzania’s food culture

Tanzania is a food lover’s paradise. The country’s diverse landscape means that you can find fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables year-round. And, of course, there are the iconic Tanzanian recipes to enjoy.

Tanzanian recipes are very unique and vary depending on the region you are in. One of the best things about food culture Tanzania is that you can try new things all the time: from street food staples like samosas and kachumbari to more sophisticated dishes like ugali and pilau

 

Best places to taste Tanzania’s cuisine

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Get ready to travel Tanzania

Language: Swahili and English
Currency: Tanzanian Schilling

Health

Malaria is a severe mosquito-borne disease that is prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, including Tanzania. Mainland Tanzania is considered at risk for malaria, although transmission varies significantly among and within regions. Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Malaria can be fatal if not treated promptly. There is no vaccine for malaria, but it can be prevented by taking measures to avoid mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net. Malaria can also be treated with antimalarial medication. It is essential to take steps to protect yourself from Mosquito bites. Don’t be paranoid: malaria moquitos are active at dusk and dawn so you can protect yourself. Secondly, malaria treatment is avaialable everywhere.

Public Transport in Tanzania

Public transport in Tanzania is mainly provided by daladalas – private-sector minibusses. These mini buses are often very full, but they are also the most effective way to get around. They might take some getting used to, but on the other hand, you’ll get to meet lots of people! Micro-transit is also available, but daladals are the best option for getting around Tanzania. Also, transport is the best way to save some money for your upcoming safari!

Weather in Tanzania

Tanzania has a tropical climate, which means that it is warm year-round.

The best time to travel to Tanzania also depends on what kind of safari experience you’re looking for. If you want to see the animals in their natural habitat, it’s best to go during the dry season (July-October). However, if you don’t mind getting wet, the rainy season (November-June) can also be a great time to visit, as the animals congregate around the waterholes.

Safety

Tanzania is a safe travel destination, and so is Dar es Salaam. However, we heard you should watch out for pickpockets. We have been warned to visit the Kariakoo market but can not confirm the warnings. However, don’t stroll out too long after dark and use a taxi.

Internet & Phone

Internet in Tanzania has come a long way in recent years. Internet speeds are nowhere near as fast as in developed countries, but they’re slowly getting there. The largest operator in Tanzania is Vodacom, which has the best coverage throughout the country. However, they’re also the most expensive operator. The easiest way to purchase a SIM card in Tanzania is immediately outside the international terminal at Dar es Salaam airport. Upon exiting the arrivals area, you’ll find yourself face to face with a Vodacom store, and it’ll take just five minutes to get set up with a SIM card.

Tap water in Tanzania

To make sure you can fully enjoy your Tanzanian vacation while avoiding plastic pollution, bring your Lifestraw Go!

Biggest challenges for the responsible traveler

Trash: Often, you’ll find food vendors selling typical Nicaraguan dishes on the go. It’s not just delicious but cheap. To avoid plastic wrapping, choose to buy your food at the bus stations and have them put it in your collapsible container. Bring your Lifestraw Pro to avoid having to buy bottled water. 

Sunscreen: Protect Marine life and wear reef-friendly sunscreen!

Sunscreen: Protect Jamaica’s voast by using reef-friendly sunscreen.

Generally speaking, responsible tourism practices are not (yet) prevalent in Jamaica. Therefore, wear eco-friendly sunscreen when visiting waterfalls and the beach. 

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Packing List Tanzania

Packing for a trip to Tanzania can be a daunting task, as the country is home to a wide range of landscapes and climates. In addition to your usual travel essentials, you’ll need to pack items for both safari and city life.

Check out our packing list to come prepared !

Safari Lodge

Eco-friendly stays in Tanzania

Discover some of the most beautiful eco-lodges you have ever seen!

Tanzania is home to many incredible eco-lodges that aim to preserve Tanzania and offer a superb travel experience!

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Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is a great place to start. This region offers several stunning national parks, including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the famous Serengeti. Tour operators provide many possibilities, ranging from budget camping safaris to luxury lodging safaris.

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