Like most East African countries, Tanzania is quite big. The Indian Ocean makes up its eastern boundary while its neighbors include Kenya, Uganda, the DRC, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Destinations such as Zanzibar with its beautiful Arabic-influenced old buildings are evidence of a glorious past and the development opportunities that tourism brings are hinting at a bright future ahead.
For many visitors the main reason to go on a Tanzanian holiday is the chance to go on safari. This is the perfect way to see the wild animals of Africa in their natural habitat. You also get to experience the stunning African landscape and the famed sunsets. Some safaris are aimed specifically at amateur photographers who want to capture this scenery while others are aimed at hunters. You may even find packages that include a bit of culture with visits to local villages.
The Tanzanian people have realized that their wildlife is one of their greatest treasures and they've created a range of parks where the many different species are protected. Popular destinations with tourists include the area around Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge and the Udzungwa Mountains. However, the Serengeti is the one everyone wants to experience, especially in January and February when the wildebeest migrate. Other animals that call the different parks their home include zebras, warthogs, giraffes, monkeys, elephants and predators such as lions, leopards and crocodiles. The many bird species add some extra color.
It's perfectly possible to rough it with a budget package. However, there's no reason why you can't enjoy the bush in style. Luxury lodges and tented camps make it possible to experience the outdoors in the ultimate comfort. You'll also enjoy mouthwatering meals cooked for you with the greatest care and you haven't really seen a sunset until you've seen one on the African plains while sipping on a cocktail. Most importantly, you'll be able to go on game drives with guides who know exactly where to look for those animals.
The best time to visit is during the dry season, which normally falls within the first few months of the year. Even though it is almost unbearably hot, the lack of rain means that animals tend to congregate near watering holes where they're easy to spot. The vegetation is less dense too, so it's more difficult for the wildlife to hide among the trees. Bear in mind that malaria is a risk, although this illness is more prevalent during the rainy season.
Getting to the country is very easy. You can fly directly from several airports in Europe, Asia and other African countries. The main international airports are located in Dar es Salaam and near Kilimanjaro but there are domestic flights to places throughout the country, so you can easily visit lodges in different areas.
Visiting is easy if you opt for a safari package. Many of these are all inclusive and you can book online or with the help of a travel agent. However, remember to book your holiday in advance.
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