Revel in the magic
With over 16 national parks spread throughout the country, it’s no wonder that travellers flock to Tanzania to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the region. Visit the Serengeti National Park to witness the massive migrations of wildebeests and zebras across the plains. In addition to being home to a large variety of wildlife, Ruaha National Park also has a breath-taking view of the world’s second deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika. Tarangire National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise with almost 600 different species of birds populating the area. Just south of the capital city, Dar es Salaam, lies the Selous Game Reserve, a must-see during your holiday.
The wonders of Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the north-eastern part of the country. As the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, this inactive volcano towers 5,892 metres above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the province of Arusha, which is also the home of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This gigantic crater is now a natural haven for wildlife and the perfect destination to spot the endangered Black Rhino. Take a hike up to the Mount Meru Waterfalls for spectacular views of the mountains and the surrounding rural towns or visit Lake Manyara to see thousands of flamingos.
Islands in the sun
After spending some time in the savannah, head to the islands off the shore of Tanzania for a holiday unlike any other. The most popular and well-known island is Zanzibar, known for its luxurious, beachside adventures. Be sure to visit the Stone Town to see coral houses, fortified walls, historical monuments and museums. If you’re looking for a more secluded paradise, head to either Pemba Island or Mafia Island. Spend your time enjoying the clear blue waters and exquisite island cuisine while visiting Pemba or take up the preferred past-time of scuba diving on Mafia.
When to go
Tanzania’s dry season lasts from late June until October, making these months an ideal time for safaris. With less vegetation and fewer watering holes, it is easier to find the majestic animals. June and July are the best months to witness the great migration of wildebeest and zebras moving north to find water.
March to May is the wet season. Traveling during the wet season is not recommended as monsoons are common and conditions are poor for safaris. However, prices on Tanzania flights drop drastically during this time; plan a holiday toward the end of May to take advantage of cheaper flights and the improving weather conditions.
High season lasts from July until March. Flight prices and temperatures sky rocket. During January and February, you may get the opportunity to see baby animals, particularly zebras and wildebeest as they are calving during this time. If you want to visit during this time, be sure to purchase flights to Tanzania well in advance to avoid the higher prices.
Airports and airlines
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There are no direct Tanzania flights from the United Kingdom (UK) at this time. It is cheapest to fly from London to Dar es Salaam, which is perfect for a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro and Arusha. Carriers with flights to Tanzania include Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Qatar, Emirates and Lufthansa.