Capital City: Dodoma
Visa Required for US Citizen: Yes
Highlights: excellent game viewing, annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti Reserve, culture, interaction with the local Masai & beaches. Great destination for families, couples, small groups and honeymooners wanting great game viewing and cultural experiences.
From the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro to the vast expanses of the famous Serengeti National Park, a journey to the country of Tanzania is a destination not to be missed. The largest country in East Africa, Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, vast savannahs and hospitable people. Its wealth of breathtaking natural wonders include Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and Lake Victoria, Africa’s deepest lake and the source of the great Nile River. With internationally famous game parks like the Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Manyara, where wildlife roam in teeming numbers, a safari here is an unbelievable experience. The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra is a phenomenon that occurs annually and is perhaps one of the greatest spectacles of nature. This mass exodus of 1.5 million wildebeest together with half a million zebra follows a 500-mile route between Kenya and Tanzania, reaching its climax in the Southern Serengeti from December through to February. Truly an incredible experience for those lucky enough to see it! Safaris can be done in a variety of styles from scheduled lodge safari circuits to mobile camping and from custom itineraries that combine lodges & permanent tents to deluxe fly-in safaris, the choice is yours. Combine this with the added adventure of ascending up Mount Kilimanjaro or relaxing on a secluded beach in Zanzibar Island and you have a holiday experience never to be forgotten.
EASILY combinable extensions might be: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the Seychelles.
Tanzania has a generally comfortable, tropical climate year-round, although there are significant regional variations. Along the warmer and humid coast, the climate is determined in large part by the monsoon winds, which bring rains in two major periods. During the masika (long rains), from mid-March to May, it rains heavily almost every day, although seldom for the whole day, and the air can get unpleasantly sticky. The lighter mvuli (short rains) fall during November, December and sometimes into January. Inland, altitude is a major determinant of conditions. The central plateau is somewhat cooler and arid, while in the mountainous areas of the northeast and southwest, temperatures occasionally drop below 15°C at night during June and July, and it can rain at any time of year. The coolest months countrywide are from June to October and the warmest from December to March