Safari, dream beaches and exciting cities

map of our tanzania round trip
Dar es Salaam
Stone Town
Duration: at least 3 weeks
Best time to visit: October – June
Budget: 65 dollars per day

Tanzania is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world. You can explore vibrant cities, go on safari to see some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or relax on some of Africa’s best beaches.

We know it can be difficult to find a place that offers an authentic cultural experience and a stunning natural spectacle, but Tanzania has it all.

For us, Tanzania was the perfect beginner’s country to try out backpacking in Africa.

  • Experience culture 90% 90%
  • Beaches 95% 95%
  • Nightlife & atmosphere 110% 110%
  • Activities 100% 100%

Neither of us had ever been to Africa before and didn’t 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. Although Tanzania is very well developed for tourism, it is still a wonderful place to get away from the crowds.

Why travel to Tanzania?

Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania has a total of 16 national parks, which are home to a variety of landscapes and animal species.

The best known include the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Ruaha National Park.

Each national park has its own unique characteristics and offers visitors the opportunity to experience the rich wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

Tanzania was our first safari destination and we were absolutely thrilled!

Whether you explore one of the legendary hot spots such as the Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti National Park, or venture off the beaten track into areas such as Ruaha and Selous, you can be sure that your trip will be filled with unforgettable moments that you won’t soon forget.

And because Tanzania is less well-known than other safari destinations such as Kenya or South Africa, you get better value for money without having to compromise on quality.

us on safari in Tanzania
safari in Tanzania
We or in Nungwi, Tanzania

Beaches in Tanzania

Tanzania is best known for its nature reserves, but its coastline is just as breathtaking. Whether you’re looking for a backpacker beach with a vibrant party scene or a private island with secluded sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone.

There are countless paradisiacal places on the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, from the world-famous Zanzibar to the lesser-known island of Mafia. We also really enjoyed the atr#nds around Dar es Salaam!

Learn more about the Maasai

Although the jumping Maasai have become the symbol of Tanzania and Kenya for travelers, this population group has long been discriminated against. The approximately 140,000 Maasai living in Tanzania are mainly concentrated in the regions around Arusha, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

With their typical clothing and jewelry, the Maasai are among the best-known African tribes.

Traditionally, the Maasai are a nomadic people who live according to the rainy and dry seasons. Nowadays, the people are in a state of upheaval. While increasing attention is being paid to the preservation of culture, natural, environmental and social factors pose an enormous challenge for the people.

We were lucky enough to spend time with the Maasai people during a trip to Tanzania. For us, it was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip.

Not only were we deeply impressed by the landscapes and wildlife in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and around Lake Natron. After a few nights spent under cow hides in the open air and listening to stories about the life of the Masai, we were deeply grounded and overwhelmed.

Masai in Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is not only one of the highest and most impressive mountains in the world, but also a popular climbing destination.

With its towering peak, which is over 5,895 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro is a destination for climbers from all over the world.

It was first climbed in 1889 by the German geologist Hans Meyer, the Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller and the local guide Yohani Kinyala Lauwo.

Today, an estimated 30,000 people make the arduous journey up Kilimanjaro every year.

Despite its popularity within the country and its easy accessibility, Kilimanjaro is not always easy to conquer.

It is reported that up to 50% of climbers fail in their attempt to reach Uhuru Point, the summit of the mountain.

However, those who reach the summit are rewarded with an incredible sense of achievement and a breathtaking view of the Tanzanian landscape from the top.

Festivals and events

Sauti za Busara Music Festival

This festival takes place annually in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and celebrates African music and culture with live performances by local and international artists.

Zanzibar International Film Festival

One of the biggest events is the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), which takes place annually in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The ZIFF celebrates African cinema with film screenings, workshops and cultural performances and attracts filmmakers and interested parties from all over the world.

Kilimanjaro Marathon

The Kilimanjaro Marathon attracts runners from all over the world to compete against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Nane Nane Agricultural Fair

The annual Arusha Agricultural Fair, held on August 8, is an important event in Tanzania, celebrating the country’s agriculture with exhibitions, demonstrations and competitions.

Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha

These religious festivals mark the end of Ramadan or the annual Hajj pilgrimage and are celebrated throughout the country with feasts, prayers and feasting, especially in Muslim-majority regions such as Zanzibar.

Street food in Fes, Morocco

Tanzania’s food culture

Tanzanian food culture is a tasty mixture of local traditions and influences from Arabic, Indian and European cuisine. Basic ingredients such as corn, rice and beans form the basis of many dishes, such as ugali, a thick corn porridge that is often served with meat or vegetables. In the coastal regions, coconut milk is a common ingredient that enriches dishes such as pilau rice and coconut fish curry. Street food is very popular, with vendors selling snacks such as mandazi (fried dough) and mishkaki (grilled meat skewers). Swahili cuisine, which is widespread on the coast, offers dishes such as biryani, a fragrant rice dish with spices and meat or seafood. Fish and seafood are plentiful, with freshly caught dishes such as grilled octopus and fried tilapia being very popular.

Highly recommended for gourmets:

Highly recommended for gourmets:

  • The weekly food market in the Foodhari Gardens in Stone Town
  • Street food in Dar es Salaam

Practical travel tips for Tanzania

What language is spoken in Tanzania?

Several languages are spoken in Tanzania, as the country is home to a large number of ethnic groups.

The official language is Swahili, while English is widely spoken as a second official language and is used in schools and government affairs.

In addition, various Bantu languages such as Chagga, Sukuma and Haya as well as languages of the Nilosahara and Khoisan language families are spoken, depending on regional ethnicity.

What is the best time to travel to Tanzania?

The best time to travel to Tanzania depends on individual preferences and the activities planned.

In general, the dry season from June to October is ideal for safaris as the weather is pleasantly cool and game viewing is easier due to the lower foliage. This period also coincides with the great animal migration in the Serengeti, a spectacular natural spectacle.

The dry season from June to October is also suitable for beach vacations and diving activities, as the temperatures are warm and the weather is usually sunny.

The short rainy season from November to December can also be a good time to visit, as the landscape is green and lush and there are fewer tourists.

However, it is important to note that some remote safari lodges may be more difficult to reach during the rainy season.

Is Tanzania safe?

Tanzania is a safe country to travel to, including Dar es Salaam. However, we have heard that you should watch out for pickpockets. We were warned not to visit the Kariakoo market, but we cannot confirm the warnings. However, you shouldn't wander around too long after dark and take a cab.

What is the currency in Tanzania?

The national currency in Tanzania is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS).

Public transportation in Tanzania

Local public transport in Tanzania is mainly operated by daladalas - private minibuses.

These minibuses are often very full, but they are also the most efficient way to get around. They may take some getting used to, but you'll get to know a lot of people!

There are also micro-transits, but the Daladals are the best option for getting around Tanzania. Plus, transportation is the best way to save money for your next safari! Other routes are undertaken with older coaches.

Internet and sim cards in Tanzania

The largest provider in Tanzania is Vodacom, which has the best coverage in the country.

However, it is also the most expensive provider. The easiest way to buy a SIM card in Tanzania is directly in front of the international terminal at Dar es Salaam airport.

When you leave the arrivals area, you'll be standing right in front of a Vodacom store, and it only takes five minutes to get a SIM card.

Can I drink the tap water in Tanzania?

No! Make sure you take a water filter or a self-cleaning UV water bottle with you!

What should I look out for on my trip?

Waste: As everywhere in Latin America, most street food is served in plastic or disposable containers. Be sure to take your foldable food container with you. Don't forget to take your Lifestraw with you.

Sun protection: Protect the coast of El Salvador by using reef-compatible sunscreen.

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Packing list Central America

Central America is very diverse and offers plenty of things to do.

On our packing list you will find everything you need to be well prepared for your El Salvador trip, from clothes to eco-friendly care products and practical travel gadgets!

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Safari | A once in a lifetime wildlife experience

Safari | A once in a lifetime wildlife experience

Are you planning a safari in Tanzania? 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.