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Tanzania & Zanzibar

Destination Guide: Tanzania & Zanzibar

Tanzania, the land where nature’s rhythms still dictate the passage of time, offers an unparalleled safari experience, while Zanzibar, its island counterpart, promises a tranquil retreat with its pristine beaches and vibrant kite-surfing scene. Together, they form a perfect symphony of adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal destination for families, couples, and solo travelers alike.

Highlights & Must-See Attractions

In Tanzania:

  • Serengeti National Park: Witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration, a spectacle of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles traversing the plains. A hotspot for seeing the Big Five in their natural habitat.
  • Ngorongoro Crater: A natural wonder, this extinct volcanic caldera houses a diverse ecosystem, offering a unique opportunity to see a high concentration of wildlife throughout the year.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro: For the adventurous at heart, climbing Africa’s highest peak presents a challenging yet rewarding experience, with breathtaking views and diverse ecosystems.
  • Tarangire National Park: Known for its elephant herds, ancient baobab trees, and river that draws wildlife during the dry season.

In Zanzibar:

  • Stone Town: A cultural gem, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a melting pot of Arabic, African, Indian, and European influences, evident in its architecture and bustling markets.
  • Paje Beach: A kite-surfer’s paradise, offering world-class conditions, turquoise waters, and soft, white sands.
  • Nungwi and Kendwa Beaches: Famous for their crystal-clear waters, ideal for snorkeling, and their vibrant nightlife.

Our Lesser-Known Favourites

In Tanzania:

  • Selous Game Reserve: One of the largest faunal reserves in the world, offering boat safaris and walking tours for a more intimate wildlife experience.
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in Gombe Stream National Park: A unique opportunity to observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.

In Zanzibar:

  • Mnemba Island: For a secluded getaway, this private island offers incredible snorkeling and diving experiences in its surrounding atoll.
  • Jozani Forest: Home to the rare red colobus monkeys and a lush forest backdrop, perfect for nature lovers.

Did You Know?

  • Tanzania is home to the oldest human skull found, making it a key site in understanding human evolution.
  • Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island” for its significant role in the spice trade, with cloves being a major export.

Food and Cuisine

  • In Tanzania, don’t miss out on trying Nyama Choma (grilled meat) and Ugali (a maize porridge), staples of the local cuisine.
  • Zanzibar offers a rich culinary experience with its seafood and spices. The Zanzibar pizza, a local delight, is a must-try.

Practical Information

Best Season to Visit:

  • Tanzania: For wildlife, June to October is dry season. For climbing Kilimanjaro, January-March and June-October are the best times. However, with the latest evolutions and climate change, you can have clouds and even rain during dry season and wonderful days during the rain season. And sometimes the lower frequentation off-season makes your trip even better and more affordable.
  • Zanzibar: June to October and December to February offer the best beach weather.

Temperature:

  • Varies from cool in the highlands of Tanzania to tropical on the coast and in Zanzibar.

Visa Requirements:

  • Most visitors can apply for a visa online or obtain one upon arrival. Check and apply here: https://visa.immigration.go.tz/
  • Access from Dubai and Abu Dhabi: There are direct flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, with connections to domestic flights to the safari start points.

Getting Ready for Departure

  • Local Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) for mainland, but USD is widely accepted in Zanzibar.
  • Culture & Dress Code: Respectful, modest clothing is advised, especially when visiting villages or religious sites.
  • Language: Swahili is the national language, with English widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
  • Electronics: Tanzania and Zanzibar use the British-style plug (Type G). An adapter is essential for most travelers.
  • Local emergency numbers: Police: 112; Ambulance: 114.

As you prepare for your journey, consider our Ultimate Packing List (download here: https://bit.ly/ultimatepackinglistbySCN) to ensure you’ve got everything you need for this adventure.

And when it comes to souvenirs, think of Tanzanian coffee, Zanzibari spices, or traditional Maasai crafts to bring a piece of your journey back to you family, friends and co-workers!