Tanzania Safari and Holidays Guide

Tanzania Safari & Holidays

Tanzania Holidays & Safari Travel Guide, Travel Planning Tips and Travel Information

If you are wondering the best destination for you and your family, the Tanzania safari and beach holidays is definitely a way to go. Tanzania is one of the most fabulous destinations for all kinds of travelers. Whether you are adventuring with your companions or having a family vacation, Tanzania offers abundant tourism objects that you can treasure as a beautiful memory.

Not only the wildlife is the main attraction of the diverse East African nation, but also the safari, history, culture, local delicacies, accommodations, games, white sand beaches, Dar es Salaam City – one of the world’s fastest growing cities and more. The country is blessed with varied habitats including the seas, rivers, lakes (Lake Victoria: second largest freshwater lake in the world by area), forests, tropical islands and beaches, craters (Ngorongoro Crater: world`s biggest volcanic caldera), high mountains (Mout Kilimanjaro (5.895 m) – highest free-standing mountain in the world), plains, nature reserves (the largest concentration of wild animals per square kilometre in the world, etc.). It is undeniable that Tanzania offers beautiful, unique and genuine experiences to all visitors.

Tanzania Safari Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam City

Facts and Figures

Area: 947,303 km2 (365,756 sq mi)
Population: 60,798,971 (2019 est.)
Languages: Swahili, English

Religion: (2010 estimate) Christianity 61%, Islam 35%, Others / None 4%
Population density: 26/km2 (67.3/sq mi) 
Administrative Capital: Dodoma. 
Dodoma has about 2,083,588 (2010 est.) 
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Vehicle registration: TZ
International dialing code for Tanzania: ‎+255
Form of government: Unitary dominant-party presidential socialist constitutional republic
Largest city: Dar es Salaam, population about 6,368,272 (2019 est.) 
Public Holidays: New Year’s Day. 01 January 2019.
Zanzibar Revolution Day. 12 January 2019.
Good Friday. 19-April-2019.
Easter Monday. 22-April-2019.
Union Day. 26-April-2019.
Labour Day. 01 May 2019.
Saba Saba (Dar es salaam International Trade Fair Day) 07 July 2019.
Nane Nane (Farmers’ Day) 08 August 2019.

Emergency numbers: Police: 999, 112, Fire: 112, Ambulance: 112

Time zone: UTC+3 (EAT)
Entry requirements: Visa and valid passport
Power: Electrical plug D and G . 230V and 50Hz
Driving side: left

Tanzania Safari and Holiday Map

History and Culture fo Tanzania

Though people come to Tanzania safari and beach holidays for its beautiful animals and tropical beaches, some cities also leave the traces of the long history of the country. For instance, it has long Arabic history in Zanzibar. No wonder there are many Arabic-influenced wonders and sights in the city. Meanwhile, the tribes of Maasai and Bantu have been in the country for centuries.

Back in 1891, it was German East Africa. Since then, various reforms were happening under the one-party constitution. Tanzania became the multi-party democracy in 1990.

There are not many old buildings counted in Tanzania. However, Zanzibar’s Stone town hosts such significant historical aspects like Anglican Cathedral, big mansion, House of Wonders, as well as the Slave Market. The center of the historical records is available at the National Museum in Dar es Salaam.

Speaking of culture, you will want to see the Wanyambo Festival in Dar es Salaam and the Mwaka Kogwa Festival in Zanzibar. In these events, you will have opportunities to see the traditional dress and dance.

Swahili is the primary culture in the country with the influences of Arab-African mix. The towns and cities are full of Arabian, Indian, and African folks. Tribes are usually living in the rural areas.

Highlights of Tanzania

Here are the highlights that you won’t want to miss when visiting Tanzania:

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Tanzania also boasts the world heritage sites that you won’t want to miss as your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are different categories of the World Heritage sites that you could include in your Tanzania holidays.

Cultural Sites

  • Kondoa Rock-Art Sites (2006)
Kondoa mchoro mwambani 2012 Tamino.jpg
Photo: Courtesy Of D. Tamino Boehm, https://commons.wikimedia.org
  • Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara (1981)
  • Stone Town of Zanzibar (2000)

Natural Sites

  • Kilimanjaro National Park (1987)
  • Selous Game Reserve (1982)
  • Serengeti National Park (1981)
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (1979, 2010)

Tanzania Safari Tours

You will want to visit Tanzania because of its wildebeests and Tanzania safari holidays of the Big 5. It is a rare opportunity for most wildlife lovers. There are dozens of parks in Tanzania to visit. You can quickly encounter wild elephants and buffaloes when strolling around the city of Arusha. Other parks are indeed accessible.

 Tanzania Safari Holidays

Beach Holidays

If you are fond of secluded beaches, you can tag along with your friends to the mainland or Zanzibar Island. It offers tons of unspoiled beaches that you can explore.

Stone Age Sites

Tanzania is the living proof of the Stone Age that dominated 30,000 years ago. There are many sites you can visit. Make sure to bring your camera to document all of these exciting aspects.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest and most beautiful lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. It hosts different types of creatures which will stun you and your companions.

Lake Victoria

Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro

How do you feel about trekking the highest (5.895 m) mountain in Africa and tallest free-standing mountain on the planet? It is not the most challenging trek on earth, but you could get such wonderful experiences from this awesome Mount.

 Tanzania Safari Holidays Mt Kilimanjaro

Joining a cause

Tanzania is a developing country that opens to the world for volunteering and causes opportunities. There are many programs that you could join with, and you could end up with fruitful experience.

Ngorongoro Crater

The crater is the world’s largest (610 metres deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres) inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera and the home of massive game in Africa. From this place, you can easily spot The Big 5. If you are into Tanzania safari, you can’t go wrong by visiting this.

 Tanzania Safari Holidays Ngorongoro Crater

Scuba Diving in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is usually a high closure after exploring the Tanzania safari. This place offers you the best diving spot off the coast of East Africa.

Scuba Diving in Zanzibar

Tanzania Tourist Attractions / Sights

The Game Reserve

Tanzania is about safari experience. In the southern part of the country, you will see the opportunity to watch the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Selous Game Reserve. The reserve hosts magnificent creatures like elephant, giraffe, hippo, zebra, lion, leopard, buffalo, and so on. You can also spot endangered rhino.

 Selous Game Reserve

Herds Migration sightseeing

Watching the great migration is one of the most fantastic Tanzania safari experiences in Tanzania. There is nothing like the breath-taking almost two million wildebeest herds migration which happens in the Mara River. It usually occurs between July and October. So, make sure you come at the right time.

Herds Migration Tanzania

Mobile Safari

What is the best way to enjoy the sights of the safari holidays in Tanzania? The answer with the mobile safari. When you have the Tanzania Safari holidays, you will have the golden opportunities to get on the vehicle and spot the wildlife in the appropriate distance.

Tanzania Safari Holidays Serengeti National Park Safari
Photo: Courtesy Of niedblog.de

Zanzibar Beach Holidays

It is always a great idea to end your Tanzania holidays by beach going. Whether you are a big fan or sunrise, sunset, or both of them, the Zanzibar archipelago can make you and your group pampered with it 30 kilometers Tanzanian coast.

Tanzania Safari and Holidays - Zanzibar Kite Surfing

Tanzania Safari Holidays – National Parks

Serengeti National Park Safari – The World Famous Wildlife Sanctuary

Serengeti is one of the world’s most popular national parks which is also home to adorable wildlife in East Africa. Serengeti National Park is situated in Tanzania country at the edge of Kenyan Border. The national park offers natural wonders with the heritage of the area and becomes one of the seven wonders in Africa aside the big names of Sahara Desert, Egypt’s Nile River, Botswana‘s Okavango Delta, and so forth. Today, many tourists from all around the world take Serengeti National Park Safari as their adventure holiday destination for sure. Here the highlight of Serengeti National Park Safari for your next holiday arrangement.

Tanzania Safari Holidays - Serengeti National Park Safari Lion
Photo: Courtesy Of Mike Holford

The Main Attraction: Natural Wonders

Serengeti features the oldest ecosystems yet the most significant one in the world. You can see through the flora and fauna go through the circle of life in reserved wildlife. These become wonderful scenery which you can’t find at any place in the world. Serengeti National Park Safari allows you to enjoy the natural wonders which have almost never changed throughout the civilization.

Serengeti National Park Safari Buffalo
Photo: Courtesy Of Ray Rui

Migration of Wildebeest in Serengeti Park

Have you ever seen millions of wildebeest migrating in a super long march through your TV screen? If you take Tanzania Safari in July- November, you’ll be able to witness this migration in front of your eyes for real. The great news is that wildebeest isn’t the only one as you can also easily see crocodiles, gazelle, eland, zebras, and the big chances of the big five (rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and lion). As expected, the predators take the advantages of migration to get their big preys.

Serengeti National Park Safari - Africa's Great Wildebeest Migration
Photo: Courtesy Of Rohan Reddy

Serengeti National Park Heritage

Despite being home to world’s most significant wildlife, the national park also conserves the Maasai people’s ancestral heritage land. The Serengeti National Park safari is also the best chance to observe the ancient cultures which are still practiced by the tribe. You can visit a Maasai Village which can be arranged as a part of your safari. It provides a refreshing experience where you can escape the rapid-busy world and enjoy the conserved time warp of ancient heritage. However, prepare some extra budget for tribe donations.

The Massai , Maasai Warrior

Night Scenes

Of course, there is no Serengeti National Park Safari in the night. However, you’re allowed to be close to the edge of the park. There is no obstacle to enjoy the stunning night scenes of Serengeti for sure. Since the night drives aren’t allowed, you can simply take the nearest lodges to stay. Most of these lodges are Serengeti-front or at least provide you with a view to Serengeti. It’s absolutely a wonderful experience to see how Serengeti transform from the daylight to be under the moonlight. Enjoying the nighttime view of the great game would be a rewarding experience which worth all of your efforts for Tanzania Safari holiday.

Serengeti_National_Park_Safari_Sundown

Entrance Fee to Serengeti National Park

There is an entrance fee to the national park but it’s very affordable. Different prices are applied to resident and non-resident visitors, adult, and children. As you’re a non-resident, US$ 60 is the standard rate for adult visitors while $20 is the maximum fee for children and students.

Serengeti_National_Park_Safari_Elephants

Best Time to Visit The Serengeti Park

The national park is eligible throughout the year but it’s better to avoid the rainy season especially April-May. In fact, you’re able to get different Serengeti National Park experiences in the different times of the year including the animal migration, landscapes, activities, and many more. July-November is the range if you want to witness wildebeest migration. It’s definitely not one-day visit so you need to arrange the accommodation to stay in Tanzania for several days.

Mobile Safari Giraffe

Serengeti Accommodation

Serengeti National Park has been designed as a tourist destination so it’s not difficult to find accommodation nearby. The major accommodations include bush lodges and campsite which are available in a wide range price and taste. Some Tanzania tour packages may include the accommodations as well.

Courtesy Of  Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Photo: Courtesy Of Richard Waite – Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest (5.895 m) mountain in Africa which features three peaks: Kibo, Shira, and Mawenzi. You could also see the unique vegetations from the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

Tanzania Safari Holidays Kilimanjaro National Park

Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park has another name as Kitulo Plateau and the Garden of God. The botanists slated this park as the Serengeti of Flowers. It hosts such breath-taking floral views that you won’t forget for the rest of your life.
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

The park hosts the moisture trees and ferns. The park’s main attraction is the attractive populations of Zanzibar red colobus monkey. But that’s not the only monkey species you’d enjoy. There are various monkey species, duikers, as well as dozens of birds species.

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is the third largest national park in the country and popular because of its signature views, bushes, and abundant wildlife. It hosts a significant population of hippo, antelope species, and elephants.

Katavi National Park

Arusha National Park

The small national park hosts the lake, summit, slopes, and Mount Meru. However, what makes it accessible is the laid-back experience that you can enjoy in Momella Lakes.

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream is an excellent place of lush forests and unobstructed lake views. It hosts the habitat of chimpanzee families which reside in the park’s boundaries. Hiking and swimming are favorite leisure activities here.

Saadani National Park

It is a great place to visit. Imagine that you are accompanied with the palm trees while enjoying the soothing oceanic breeze. Every aspect of the tropical coastline and islands are enjoyable here. Be prepared to get intervened by the beauty of elephants strolling around the location.

Saanane Island National Park

The small park has three islets and aquatic ecosystem. However, don’t underestimate its size since it hosts fantastic mammals like Rock Hyrax, Impala, Wild Cats, and Velvet Monkeys. Then you must be ready to see the reptiles as well. Tilapia and Nile Perch are the aquatic species which dominate the environment.

Tarangire National Park

Your Tanzania safari adventure might not be complete without visiting Tarangire National Park. This park offers the irreplaceable sight of elephant migration, bird life, as well as rich Tanzania safari ambiances.

Photo: Courtesy Of Tarangire Safari Lodge

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

The park is popular because of its unique biodiversity. It has grasslands, woodlands, rainforests, mountain forests, as well as steppe. The park is blessed with plants and mammals species. The traits of the environment make it great as a hiking destination.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most popular destinations because of its incredible views of ecosystems. You could also observe incredible bird life there. The thrilling and exciting tree-climbing lions are also the main attraction of the park.

Tanzania Safari Holidays  -Lake Manyara National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountain national park is a sanctuary of chimp Tanzania safari. It I one of the best parks in Africa. It offers many natural wonders like the mountains, tropical vegetation, lively forest, and many more. The site hosts the ample population of primates. Of course, you will quickly encounter chimpanzees as well.

Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi National Park has a lot of patents that nature lovers must see. The semi-arid savannah hosts magical creatures like giraffe, zebra, elephant, eland, hartebeest, and buffalo. It is also an excellent spot for bird watching since there are around 450 avian species confirmed by the experts.

Ruaha National Park

If you are fond of landscape, this park can make the right choice in your next destination. There are a lot of plants to observe. But the main attraction of wildlife is the Greater Kudu.

Ruaha National Park

Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island National Park offers magnificent views of birdlife and butterflies. All the visitors can enjoy it from the lake shore. Fishing is also everyday activities which you can easily arrange nearby the lodges.

Mikumi National Park Safari

Mikumi National Park is a hotspot for tourists traveling in Tanzania. And it’s no surprise – this beautiful park is easily accessible, full of wildlife, and features miles of stunning, natural lands. Proximity to Dar es Salaam makes this a popular destination for those who can only spend a few hours, or a day, within the park. Without too much time wasted on travel, you can spend your day exploring the park through a Mikumi National Park Safari.

Tanzania Safari Holidays  - Mikumi National Park Safari Crocodile

A Tanzania Safari in Mikumi National Park

Taking a Mikumi National Park Safari is the best option for visitors and tourists. The park houses zebras, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, lions – and about 500 more species. You’re almost guaranteed to spot a hippo slipping into the mud, or a giraffe sheltering itself under a tree. The wildlife is abundant and free in nearly 1,300 square miles of land, making Mikumi National Park the fourth largest park in Tanzania.

More than 60 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 1,200 plant types call this park home, making it the perfect place to sightsee and immerse yourself in a true Tanzanian wildlife experience. Prepare to see both predator and prey as you travel through the park, remembering to stay within the boundaries or rules that your safari guide sets.

Mikumi National Park Safari Elephant

Overnight stays

Feeling adventurous and want to stay overnight in the park? Several Mikumi National Park Safaris offer overnight stays in villas or camps in the park. This is ideal for travelers who want to have a more immersive experience and spend an extended amount of time camping or backpacking in the park. Your itinerary might include traveling throughout the park during the day, exploring the waterfalls, trails, forests and lakes, and spend nights at campsites or luxury verandas under the stars. It’s a romantic getaway, combined with a little bit of adventure.

Mikumi National Park Sundown

Plan Your Trip / Tanzania Best Time for Safari

Just a short drive from Dar es Salaam, Mikumi National Park is easily accessible by car. If you’re planning on trekking through the park for several days on your safari, plan ahead for the season you’re visiting by bringing hats or rain gear in order to prepare for all types of weather. The best months to embark on a safari through the park are between June and October during the dry months, when rain is rare. Weather is typically sunny and dry during these months, making it the perfect time to travel here.

Mikumi National Park Safari Zebras

Biggest Cities In Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is on track to become an African Megacity.

Dar es Salaam is a major city which grew from a fishing village. Nowadays, it is popular because of its commercial port. It is also the core of the history exhibits in Tanzania. Tanzania also has unique offers from arts, media, fashion, film, music, and television. Most of the locals are Swahili-spoken people.

Dar es Salaam city night skyline
Photo: Courtesy Of ODILRAK91 / https://commons.wikimedia.org
Tanzania Safari Pensula

The city is also the spot for the arrival and departure for most tourists who visit Tanzania for its national parks, reserves, and Tanzania safari tours. During the day time, it often has traffic congestion. But it does not mean that you can’t enjoy your time there. There are a lot of places that you can visit in the daylight. Meanwhile, the sunset also offers you such nightlife. Your exceptional dining experience can be dynamic from the Zanzibari cuisine to traditional Indian. Even, you can taste the foods which come from many places around the world, including Italian, Turkish, Thai, Chinese, as well as Japanese cuisine.

Photo: Courtesy Of Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is a vibrant city which is prevalent for its fish market. Besides, it also offers careful craft markets restaurants. Its architecture is breath-taking. Most of them are the acculturation of Arab, Indian, African, and German. The city upgrade is almost done. If you come in the right time, you will see the big difference and changes of major city roads. The Dart system, high-rise building and Kigamboni Bridge are the most prevalent change that has changed the city’s appeals.

Tanzania Safari Holidays Dar es Salaam Business District Skyline

Arusha

Your journey could start from Arusha since it is the gateway to the northern part of the national park’s selection.

Mount Meru in the background of the city of Arusha during the day time.
Photo: Courtesy Of Phase9 / https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Phase9

Dodoma

It is custom-built capital, which is an excellent destination for strolling around. Food stalls, souvenirs stalls, and local experiences are pretty abundant.

Gaddafi Mosque.jpg
Photo: Courtesy Of Von Job de Graaf / https://commons.wikimedia.org

Kigoma

Kigoma is the end of the line for the Central Line train. Lake Tanganyika is one of the interesting points. It is also the starting point of Gombe National Park.

Kigoma Railway Station
Photo: Courtesy Of D. Tamino Boehm / https://commons.wikimedia.org

Mbeya

Back then, it was the center for the gold rush at Lupa. It is the central city which hosts as transit junction between Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi.

The mountains surrounding Mbeya.
Photo: Courtesy Of Andrew Coe / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Andrewcoe22 / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:S%C3%A9mhur

Morogoro

It is the home of the famous Sokoine University, Tanzania’s national agricultural institute. It hosts spot for a prevalent, educational tour, cultural tours, and hikes.

Uluguru Mountain.JPG
Photo: Courtesy Of Prof Chen Hualin – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Harveychl

Mwanza

Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania and features the artificial lake which accompanied by the fills strewn with abundant boulders. Indian influences are noticeable in this city. The moment you stroll around, you will see the busy port and industrial center. It is where you will reach Rubondo Island, National Park.

Tanzania Safari Mwanza Victoria Sea

Mtwara

It was a typical fishing village. As time goes by, it is the major southeastern town in the country. Mtwara is the new face of Tanzania. Its excellent infrastructure is prevalent for tourists.

Tanga

It is the second-largest seaport in Tanzania. For a peaceful Tanzania holidays, it hosts the full streets for cycling. It boasts beautiful architecture with the charm that you might never find in other destination.

Ship in the Tanga Bay.jpg
Photo: Courtesy Of Mikhail Goldovski / https://commons.wikimedia.org

Iringa

Iringa is district capital. It is the agricultural center in Tanzania and the gateway of Ruaha National Park. It has a pleasant climate since of the highland features.

Tabora

It was the trading center which spread the influences on the Lake Tanganyika with Bagamoyo and the sea. It is now holding the historical sites and rail fans.

Zanzibar City

Zanzibar is the melting points and acculturation center which involves Africa, Arabia, and India.
The city is the Swahili coastal trading spot in East Africa. It presents the face of urban fabric and townscape that reflect the culture of the Zanzibar locals. It is also called as Stone Town of Zanzibar. It is a perfect representation of the trading town. The Stone Town of Zanzibar brings together the different cultures from Arab, Africa, India, as well as European countries.

Tanzania Safari Holidays  - Stone Town

It is easy to spot significant buildings which are centuries old. Dated back from the 18th and 19th centuries, the monuments include the Old Fort, church, house of wonder, Catholic cathedral, and many more.

The authenticity of the centuries-old building demonstrates the traditional urban fabric and landscape. You can see this clearly in their buildings, streets, and dwellings. The local artists have held an essential role in maintaining and acculturation these influences and interchanges.

Old Dispensary Zanzibar
Old Dispensary, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Musoma

Musoma is the capital of the Mara region. Its appeal is the sunrise and sunset views over the water. To make it a more memorable experience, consider having bed and breakfast with someone special.

Bukoba

The small town boasts the mesmerizing waterside ambiance with a peaceful place to sit back and relax.

Moshi

The city with the mixture influence of Asian and African cultures. It sits at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and often becomes the staycation of the hikers and fellow visitors.

A Moshi panorama with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
Photo: Courtesy Of Muhammad Mahdi Karim / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Muhammad_Mahdi_Karim

Tanzania Nature & Wildlife Areas

Both flora and fauna of Tanzania are diverse. It has abundant parks and reserves which are open to the nature lovers. Tanzania National Parks Authority has done such great work in encouraging the conservation of nature. The wildlife features four million wild animals in different parks. There are 430 different species and subspecies in total. For the beginners, it is recommended to visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Flamingos

Things to Do in Tanzania / Leisure Activities

Tanzania offers you a lot of leisure activities to spend quality time with your significant ones.

Here are the activities that might suit you best:

Markets

Some cities in Tanzania have tons of markets that offer a fantastic item from fresh veggies and fruits, crafts, souvenirs, fishes, apparels, and many other things.

Markets

History

Learn about the culture and history of Tanzania in its historical sites.

House of Wonders, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Nature

The diverse nature of Tanzania is absolution! There are many ways to enjoy the Tanzania safari experience with your family or friends.

Swahili Culture

Another heritage experience you may get in your Tanzania holidays is the exploration of Swahili culture. It offers a wider experience despite sight-seeing as you can also enjoy authentic Swahili local cuisines. All of these heritage experiences can be arranged for your Tanzania tour in advance or ask the lodge to arrange it for you.

Hiking

Tanzania has some great hiking spots. If Kilimanjaro (5.895 m) is too challenging, you could also consider conducting at Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It will reward you with the soothing waterfall views.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Water Parks: Fun City/Kunduchi Wet “N” Wild

It is the names of amusement parks. It’s a great way to spend your leisure time.

Water Parks in Dar es Salaam
Photo: Courtesy Of Kunduchi Wet “N” Wild, Dar es Salaam

Best Pasta and Pizza in Dar es Salaam

Zuane offers the best pasta and pizza in Tanzania. If you crave for comfort food, it is the best place to visit.

Beach Holidays to Tanzania / Zanzibar

Zanzibar has such fantastic beaches. Here are the beaches you have to visit in Zanzibar.

Tanzania Safari Holidays - Beach Holidays Zanzibar
  • Ras Nungwi

Ras Nungwi is a perfect place for you and your family. It provides an excellent spot for swimming and walking out to the sea. Enjoying the ocean with your family can be a great idea to kill your leisure time in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Beaches Nungwi Beach
Photo: Courtesy Of hobbs_luton / flickr.com
  • Kendwa

Kendwa provides laid-back opportunities for its visitors. Its soothing and pure appearance makes it an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy their leisure time. The sand of the beach is very supportive for conducting certain activities like volleyball or football.

Kendwa Beach - Zanzibar
Photo: Courtesy Of TravelingOtter / flickr.com
  • Paje Beach

If you are visiting the Southeastern part of Zanzibar, you must not miss visiting Paje. It is also an excellent place for swimming with your companions. Nearby the beach, you can easily find bungalows, beach bars, and small restaurants.

Zanzibar Beaches Paje Beach
Photo: Courtesy Of Konstantin Zamkov / flickr.com
  • Bwejuu

It is a unique destination because of its seaweed fishing village. Besides the local warm, it also boasts natural beauty. It is a secluded beach town with less crowded at peak time. If laid-back experience is what you’re looking for, Bwejuu beach is a go.

high tide, Bwejuu, Zanzibar
Photo: Courtesy Of Kent MacElwee / flickr.com
  • Kiwengwa

Kiwengwa most interesting point is the simple stretches of sand on its beach. It is also a great spot to swim with your companions. It also boasts natural beauty, which is different from other shores.

The Biggest (USD $1.6 Billion) Luxury Resort in Africa Will Open in 2020

Zanzibar Blue Amber Resort will have an underwater restaurant and nightclub, 1,914 luxury villas and 3,440 luxury and penthouse apartments, five leading luxury hotels (including the Ritz Carlton and Anantara), a deep water marina, aqua park, medical facilities, duty-free retail district, equestrian centre and polo ground, private international school, signature golf course and a private airport. The seven-phase Zanzibar resort development spans 411 hectare along 4km of Indian Ocean coastline.

Zanzibar Amber Resort
Zanzibar Amber Resort
Photos: Courtesy Of Zanzibar Blue Amber Resort

City Break and Beach Holiday in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is big. Sometimes, it is a bit tricky to pick places to visit. But two things are best from Dar es Salaam: beach holidays and city breaks.

National Museum and House of Culture
Photo: Courtesy Of David Stanley / flickr.com

Dar es Salaam is a popular destination for beach lovers because of its tropical beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Photo: Courtesy Of The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar

About an hour from the airport, you can reach the Cocoa beach. If you have enough time, you could explore all the beaches from Cocoa Beach, Kigamboni, Kunduchi, Bongoyo Island,

Bongoyo Island
Bongoyo Island – Photo: Courtesy Of NIMU ISABEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Mbudya Island, and so on. All of the beaches are visitable all seasons. Each has different perks from marine life, stretched sands, the trees, and many more.

Kunduchi Beach in Dar Es Salaam
Kunduchi Beach in Dar Es Salaam

20 Unmissable Attractions in Tanzania

Many travel experts slate Tanzania as world-class wildlife and beach holidays destination. You and your companions can enjoy it from the Tanzania safari and beach holidays, marine reserves to the historical sites. Tanzania offers perfect spots for tourists to enjoy their holiday. If you are looking to add the activities in your itinerary, here are the attractions that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Tanzania.

Maasai Woman
Maasai Woman
  • National Parks (Serengeti National Park, Mikumi National Park, Selous Game Reserve, etc)
  • Matema Beach
  • The Big Five safari experience
  • Prison Island
  • Mount Meru
  • House of Wonders
  • Serengeti Hippo Pool
  • Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre
  • The annual wildebeest migration
  • Old Fort
  • Mount Kilimanjaro (5.895 m)
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Forodhani Gardens
  • Pemba Island/Pemba Channel
  • Kitulo Plateau
  • Isimila Stone Age site
  • The Rock Restaurant
  • Things to Do in Dar es Salaam
  • Things to Do in Stone Town
  • Zanzibar Holidays

Food & Drink in Tanzania

Tanzania has unique delicacies which made of rice, grains, spices, and fruits. Special occasions are identical with meats, chicken, and fish. Consider checking on traditional dishes such as Ugali, Pilau, Chapati, Vitumbua, Nyama, and duckling Dar es Salaam.
Chai tea is the most popular drink in Tanzania. You will find this on almost every stall in the cities.

Akemi is Tanzania’s first revolving restaurant

Best Times to Visit Tanzania

Winter is the coldest time in Tanzania. It happens from June to September. Busy time is from July to August. The rainy season occurs from March to May.

Tanzania Safari Balloon Ride-35077

Travelling to Tanzania

International Airports:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is 12km south-west of Dar es Salaam.
  • Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ).
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is 40km east of Arusha.
Tanzania Safari Holidays Flights

Dar es Salaam International Airport: the new terminal is going to start operating from June 2019 at Julius Nyerere International (JNIA). There will be addition to the 24 crafts operating in the airport. That means the number of flights will increase and you will have more flexible times in using the airlines service.

Photo: Courtesy Of BAM International – The New Dar es Salaam Terminal 3
Julius Nyerere International Airport Terminal 3
Photo: Courtesy Of HollevasAirtech – The New Dar es Salaam Terminal 3

New terminal under construction at the Zanzibar International Airport.

 photo znz.gif
Photo: Courtesy Of tanzan_2010 / Photobucket

Travelling in Tanzania

Bus, train, flights, ferry (Zanzibar and Lake Victoria):

Boat & Ferry

It is an excellent way to travel between Zanzibar Island and Dar es Salaam.

Not to mention that SENER/GAS Entec will provide the 1,200 passengers ferry for the country. Basing at Mwanza, this ferry links ports in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. SENER/GAS Entec will deliver the ship to Tanzania in 2020.

Photo: Courtesy Of SENER / GAS Entec

Bus

Purchase the ticket a day prior for ensuring your seats.

The Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit System

BRT has become the best solution to traffic congestion. These operate on the dedicated bus lanes so that you can reach the destination on time. You can’t find the bus at night, though.

Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit System
Photo: Courtesy Of Mr Annael / commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Mr_Annael

Taxi

Is available in all major towns. More flexible to get you to the places, not on the bus routes.

Dalla-Dalla

It is a cheap minibus solution to travel within the cities.

Train Tanzania

Train often comes with the delays. But it is beautiful to experience to enjoy Tanzania from a different perspective. Book in advance since it is in high demand.

For those who are not up to the slow traffic of conventional train, you can opt to Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) which is much faster than old trains in Tanzania. However, this electric train transport is still in development. The government will launch the electric train transport from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro by this December 2019.

Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
A electric train similar to those in Tanzania

Tanzania Holidays Entry Requirements

There are about 66 countries that can enter Tanzania with a visa. Check if your country is on the list. Some countries can grant permission upon arrival. Make sure to contact your travel agent with the exact information.

Tanzania Safari Holidays - Prison Island