Best Places to visit in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best places to visit in Africa as well as it is also one of the best places to visit in the world. North neighboring of Tanzania are Kenya, Uganda and Lake Victoria, in  West there is Democratic Republic of the Congo,  in south Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique and Indian Ocean is in the east. Highest mountain of Africa Kilimanjaro and second deepest lake of the world Lake Tanganyika are in Tanzania. Ruvuma, the Wami ,  the Rufiji,  and the Pangani— are main rivers of Tanzania that drain into the Indian Ocean while The Kagera River flows into Lake Victoria and hydroelectricity potential is at its peak in Tanzania. There are great forests in highland areas. Game Parks of Tanzania are enriched with herds of buffalo, elands, dik-diks, gazelles, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, hyenas, wild dogs, big cats, lions, leopards, kudu and cheetahs. Rivers of Tanzania have crocodiles and hippopotamuses. 1,500 varieties of birds, numerous species of snakes and lizards have been reported. Great areas to visit in Tanzania are Selous Game Reserve, Kilimanjaro National Park, Serengeti National Park  and  the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Official languages in Tanzania are Swahili and English. Short rainy season in Tanzania ia from October to late-December and long rainy season is from March to May. In long rainy season the best attraction for tourist is Mafia Island Marine Park .Tanzanian beach Zanzibar is known as one of the best beach of the world and Mafia Island is considered an idyllic and imaginary island.

June to August is end of long rainy season and weather is at its finest but visitors are restricted to main road and main parks because of overflowing of water in Parks.
January to February is best season to visit Serengeti because herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo travel to well grazing areas.

Serengeti National Park

For wildlife lovers best destination to visit is Serengeti National Park because great migration of millions wildebeest and zebra starts from Serengeti National Park to the Masai Mara Reserve. Visitors can enjoy the lion kill views in their mobile campus. Best time to visit this park is from December to June when Migration is at its peak but this park is visited the whole year. This beautiful and the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world was established in 1952 which now is known as home of greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. this park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km). This park has three main sections.

  • First section is southern/central part called “serengit” which is full of wildlife
  • Second is western corridor which have dense Bushes and Grumeti River.
  • Third one is north area which is least visited and meets with  Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.


In Short rainy season of October and November over 1 million wildebeest and about 200,000 migrate from the Northern hills to Southern plains. During this migration they travel through verity of parks, reserve areas and through a verity of habitat. April May & June is long rainy season and migration reverts in these Months.
A large number of visitors from all over the world visit this park to enjoy the largest migration of the world these months.

Mount Kilimanjaro


Best place for hiking and best destination for adventure travel  is highest peak of Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Any fit and and healthy person can make it up without any extra expertise.
Kilimanjaro climb  mountain is not part of any mountain range and is highest free standing mountain in the world with height  of 5895 meters(19340 ft). Good decision of traveling date, climb route and trekking agency make this journey unforgettable.
Dry months Jan/Feb & Aug/Sep are considered best to visit this climb because of these left happy feelings to visitors of this mountain.  
Best way to visit this climb is Machame route. This is six day trekking route but seven days are recommended. 


There are large number of registered and registered trekking agencies which make this climbing possible in a good manner. Do not try to hire a cheap guided because it is his duty to provide you food, water and camping requirements if you are camping.
Nearest airport to this place is Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) which is situated between between Arusha and Moshi. Arusha is known as safari capital of Tanzania which also leads to Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Tarangire. Other main air ports are in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Nairobi.
Following things are recommended to make this journey best anti-malarial medicine,sleeping bags, insolation pad down jackets, , thermal under and upper layers of clothing,  warm hat, sunscreen, water bottles and high quality hiking boots

During this journey prepare yourself because you have to walk all the way which is not easy because this is hiking trek .


Kitulo National Park (Tenzania)

Kitulo National Park is a park of flower-clad meadows and secluded valleys which is famous for the additional 45 species of orchids that flooring its grassy areas, together with aloes,irises, geraniums and many more. Rainy season from December to April this park explodes in a profusion of colour and this is the best time to visit. From June to September during the dry season wildflowers spot the fields and glooms of blue and violet unlimited hills that roll into the horizon.The greatest way to see its beauty  is on foot with camping equipment,own food and supplies.
Tanzanian people call this park “Bustani ya Mungu” (The Garden of God).Some area of Bustani ya Mungu is located in Mbeya and mostly area is in Niombe region and is at elevation of 2600 meters netween the peaks of of the Kipengere and Poroto mountains. Late November to April is the rainy season and with 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid this park becomes the botanical wonder in this season.

Ngorongoro Conservation area

The Ngorongoro Conservation area is densest population of wildlife on the earth and it's a really wonderful place for photographers. It is ideal place for all species of wildlife especially for rare black rhino.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area was established in 1959. There is huge anount of wildlife inhabiting some of them are threatened species in this globally important area. A live view of annual migration of zebra, gazelles, wildebeest, and other animals into the northern plains have life time experience in this great area.
From the country's capital, Dar es Salaam Ngorongoro Conservation Area is 370 miles to the north west. Arusha air port is closet airport from Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is around 90 miles.
There are also luxury hotels in Ngorongoro Conservation Area which provide modern conveniences combined with beautiful rooms. Thest facilities are also available near to sights like Lake Magadi and Ndutu Lake. In five star hotel per night stay starts from 572 USD.

Zanzibar

One of the top destinations of Tanzania is Zanzibar on Indian Ocean and is natural trade center. Zanzibar is consisting of beautiful beaches and ideal islands one of them is Mnemba island which is ideal and idyllic place for romantic vacation.
Island of Zanzibar is 23 mile from mainland of Tanzania. It is officially part of Tanzania but mostly people of Zanzibar consider then Zanzibari and their territory has its own leader and governing bodies. Tanzania is mixture of Christian, Muslim, and indigenous groups but Mostly Zanzibarians are Muslims. From Dar Es Salaam Ferries  and high speed boats provide pleasant experience. Ferries are cheapest but their experience is pleasant. High speed boats are modern safe and comfortable.

From March to May is long rainy season and from November to December is short rainy season. During long holiday a beach trip is not a good idea.

Selous


Selous is world heritage site and largest reserve of Africa. There are great scenes of, cheetahs, crocodiles, African hunting dogs, black rhinos, elephants, and plenty of hippos. Visitors can enjoy their safari by boats in rivers and wetlands. Hiking and night drive are also considered best activities in selous.
Selous Game Reserve  have Large numbers of cheetahs,  elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, black rhinoceroses  and crocodiles in this area. It is largested protected area in Africa which covers round 50,000 square kilometers . For ecological and biological research it is a great laboratory due to its Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps.

Kilwa Masoko and Kilwa Kisiwani  (Tenzania)

Kilwa Masoko is a sluggish seaside town settled among dense littoral vegetation and numerous satisfactory stretches of coast about middle between Mtwara and  Dar es Salaam.It is the gateway for go to see the remnants of the 15th-century Arab settlements at Kilwa Kisiwani,Songo Mnara and other historical coastals.Kilwa Kisiwani is enriched with historical buildings of 12th century and 15th century one of them is great beautiful mosque which still has intact columns and graceful curved roofing

Mafia Archipelago  (Tenzania)

You can reach Mafia by a 20-minute flight from Kilwa  or Dar es Salaam. The central island has a small but well collection of high-class small houses in the town of Utende. It is an ideal place for relaxing and getting familiar with the Swahili coast. Unspoiled and untouched beauty of Africa is Mafia Island with its deep-sea fish, dive, and snorkel. Turtles, whale sharks and other species of wildlife can see in this island

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is hidden beauty of Africa and is one of the most isolated and beautiful parks of Africa which can be accessed boat or air.  It has the largest chimpanzee populations of the world and is considered best study center of chimpanzee. Mahale Mountains National Park has it laws which every tourist have to obey to deal with chimpanzee. Great activity of Mahale is chimpanzees trekking. Best season to enjoy chimp tracking is dry season from June to October  when chimps frequently come down to feed.

It is located in the Western Tanzania. World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake Tanganyika-the is at the border of Mahale which is enriched with round 1000 fish species. There are number of tourist attractions in Mahale
Sun set on the Lake horizon
Beach along Lake Tanganyika
Snorkeling
The Chimpanzees
Chimp tracking (allow two days)
Forest fauna and flora
Chain of Mountains (Mahale range)

Scheduled flights arrive and leave Mahale from October to March to when tourist season at its peak. Tourists can arrange charter flights whole year. Different charter flights companies such as Air Excel, Northern Air and Regional Air are serve the tourists 12 months of the year. Flight from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma takes 3 hours.
Road from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma is rough and and rainy season it is impossible to travel on it. From Arusha to Kigoma it is 2 to 3 days travelling by car.
Train from Dar es salaam t Kigoma takes 3 days and two nights and leave two times a week.
From Kigoma to Mahale
Timber boats takes 15 hours
Speed boat takes 4 to 5 hours
Air croft takes 45 minuts
By road this distance is variable in different seasons (dry season, rainy season) some time boat is used some points

Tarangire National Park


August to October is best time to visit and enjoy the Tarangire.It is best destination for birding but wild life like giraffe, zebra, impala, elephants and wildebeest is at its peak. Luxurious and lodges both type accommodations are available here.
This beautiful park is situated between the Masai to the south east and the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Round about area of 2600 square kilometers is occupied by this park. Tarangire River takes covers  the northern area of Tarangire National Park. In rainy season there are large number of swamps around the river which remain dry in dry season. Wild animal activities depends upon season in this Park. From November to May Mostly animals leave this park. Herds of Zebras and wildebeest Move to word the Rift Valley flour and spread in open area of  Masaai Steppe. During the dry season of June to October game turn back back to the Tarangire swamps and this is the best time to visit this park and a tourist observe the large number of elephants, zebras, wildebeest and many other animals gathered in this park. hyenas, lions, leopards, eland, buffalo, giraffes, gazelle and cheetah are also seen to perform their activities in this area during this time. There are 500 bird species among them famous lovebirds travel in this area which makes the environment lovely and pleasant.

Katavi

Katavi is one of the top wildlife destinations of Africa. Only few visitors visit Katavi so it is unspoiled and untouched beauty of Africa best season to visit Katavi is dry season from june to November.
It is unspoiled, untouched and least visiting because it is pretty costly and tricky to reach in  Katavi . Only a few hundard visitors visit this park every year. Chada and Katasunga are grassy planes surrounded by varied woodlands in this park. Dry season is the best to visit this beautiful area because herds of zebra, impala, Hartebeest, giraffe, Defassa waterbuck, elephants and buffalo are moving in this area, hundreds of hippo congregate in the smallest waterhole and huge crocodiles sit out the heat in river-bank mud-holes. Various bird species makes the environment to much beautiful. It takes 5 hours to reach in Katavi from Dar or Arusha.

Ruaha National Park


Ruaha is full of wildlife and is especially known as elephant home in Africa but this park is also enriched with other wildlife animal like leopards,cheetah,lion and lot od kuru. Ruaha River provides water to Ruaha during dry season from May to December. At least 4 nights stay provides life time experience to its visitors. It is accessible through light aircraft.
Ruaha  is the biggest national park in Tanzania  but there are lack of facilities to reach and stay here. Because it is difficult to reach here there for its beauty is unspoiled and untouched. Wild life is untouched and is in natural form in this area.A tourist can see more lions, elephants and other wild animal than any other area of Africa.

How to reach In Tanzania


Island of Zanzibar and port city of  Dar es Salaam are used to reach in Tanzania for Ocean freighters, passenger liners, ferries and steamers. The MS Sepideh offer services from Tanzania and Mombasa. Regular ship services available on Lake Tanganyika, connecting Bujumbura, Kigoma, and Mpulungu.
By Air
These three airports are used to travel in Tanzania from abroad

1.         Kilimanjaro International Airport between Arusha & Moshi
2.         Julius Nyerere InternationalAirport in Dar es Salaam
     3.         Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar

For Domestic travelling within the Tanzania through air this list of airports of Wikipedia  is best guide which carries directly to different national parks. Airlines such a Coastal Aviation, Auric Air, Flight Link and Air Excel fly  are famous domestic air lines which provide required travelling facilities between different parts of Tanzania.

By Train

In Tanzania there are two main train lines first is Tazara train line which connect to Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi which connects to Zambia. Services of these Trains are not very well and delays are common which may be of 24 hours so a traveler must mentally ready for it. So travelling through train is not easier but is adventure and fun in Tanzania.

By Car


A traveller must use a 4x4 to travel within Tanzania because main roads are in good condition but mostly rural roads and ways to national parks are not good and have holes. You must avoid driving at night in rural areas because there are no street lights and animals on road may be harmful for travelers . You must have a guide with you when you are using your car.
Best Car services providers in Tanzania are 

Taxy

Taxies are expensive but always quick and when you are in a group it is the best option to travel in Tanzania and don’t forget to negotiate before hiring a taxy.

By Ferry

Best Option to Zanzibar  is Ferry which is economical and quick and AZAM Marine Ferry is best services provider other ferries are MV Liemba on Lake Tanganika, MV Iringa and MV Songea on Lake Nyasa (aka Lake Malawi) and MV Victoria on Lake Victoria

By Dhow

Dhow is common  in the East African coast and it is traditional name for Arabian style boats. Because ferries are best only in ideal weather so mostly people like to travel in Dhow which is costly than Ferry.

By Bus

Bus is the most economical option in Tanzania. Coach is the best option from different type buses like Mini Bus, Shuttle Bus, and Hakuna Matatu.



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