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Top National Parks in Tanzania: Arusha National Park, Katavi National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mkomazi National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Conservancy, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ruaha National Park, Selous National Park, Saadani National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Gombe Stream National Park.


Full Country Name: United Republic of Tanzania
Area: 943,000 sq km
Population: 46.22 million (UN 2011)
Capital: Dodoma
Borders: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Religion: Mainland Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, Indigenous beliefs 35%, Zanzibar – more than 99% Muslim
Time Zone: Standard time is three hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time
Languages: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many other local languages
Country Dialling Code: +255

Tanzania is home to the great wildebeest and zebra herds and the pursuing predators that trek the Serengeti in an annual migration in search of fresh grazing and water sources. The annual migration of an estimated two million animals can happen anytime between May and July, depending on the rains, with the animals returning to the southern Serengeti from the Masai Mara around October.

This incredible wildlife spectacle is just one of Tanzania’s many attractions. Other attractions include the Ngorongoro Crater, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free standing mountain in the world, the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Tanzania combines very well as a safari destination with neighbouring Kenya and is easily accessible to Uganda and Rwanda to see the amazing gorillas.

Climate: Although Tanzania lies close to the Equator, the climate is healthy and generally agreeable due to altitude – it is the coastal zones, which have what can truly be described as a tropical climate. There is plenty of clear sunshine all year round. Much of the terrain is above 1,500 metres and here the climate, although warm by day is often chilly at night. The ‘long rains’ usually fall in the months of April and May.

The migration usually takes place after the long rains, when from August to October the wildebeest migrate from Tanzania into Kenya to find new grazing. During the months of October and November, there are occasional scattered rains, the ‘short rains’, which freshen the atmosphere and vegetation and lay the dust.

Currency & Banks: The Tanzanian currency is decimalised with 100 cents to the Shilling. At the time of writing, hotel bills and extras have to be paid for in foreign currency. It is possible to change Tanzanian Shillings into US Dollars on departure from the country, and bank receipts are required for this. Please note the import and export of Tanzanian Shillings is not permitted.

US Dollar notes printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted. Barclay’s Bank in Tanzania has implanted a new policy where they will no longer accept notes printed before 2000. Clients who carry US Dollar notes printed before 2000 will be compelled to accept a rate of exchange lower than normal.

Electricity: In Tanzania the general voltage is 230 and the frequency is 50 Hz. The British three rectangular blade plugs are common. Some lodges and camps only have power in the early mornings and evenings. Batteries may be recharged in camps during the day but it is wise to double check with the camp manager.

As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended. Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown. It is useful to carry a torch.

Health: Health requirements vary from country to country. We recommend you speak to your local Travel Doctor for up-to-date information and advice. The following information is to be used as a guide only.

Malaria: It is recommended that precautions against malaria are taken for travel to most regions in Africa. We suggest you contact your doctor for advice on which prophylactic is recommended.

Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required. All travellers must carry proof that the Yellow Fever vaccine has been administered at least 10 days prior to travel.

Road Travel: Tanzania like most countries in Africa is a third world country. Therefore please be aware that the infrastructure in certain areas is not up to the standard you would find at home. Specifically some of the roads are often very rough and short journeys can take much longer than expected. Some days will be very long, bumpy and dusty due to Tanzania’s road conditions. In saying this though the views and spectacular scenery encountered usually make the trip well worthwhile.

Visa Information: At the time of writing, a visa for Tanzania is required for Foreign Passport Holders. The visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport or at border posts.

Single Entry Visa: USD $50 per person on an Foreign Passport (subject to change).

We hope that you will find this country Information on Tanzania useful for reference when preparing for your holiday. All the information above was correct at the time of writing and is to be used as a guide only. Health, visa and other specific details should be double checked by your travel agent at the time of booking.

Serengeti National Park – an immense horizon of land and wildlife. Over 3,000 lions and wildebeests by the millions. This is where they are reared before beginning their epic trek of the Great Migration. Named one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa”, these endless plains and grasslands are home to all of Africa’s Big Five and one of the richest fields of wildlife in the region.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area – a self-contained world where all the Big Five roam.  Descending this blue/green volcanic caldera is like dropping into an adventure movie. One of the most extraordinary habitats on the planet, the Ngorongoro is home to over 25,000 animals.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park – It’s the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro’s snow-wrapped summit is known the world over and easily seen towering over northern Tanzania. Thousands of climbers test their skill and perseverance every year scaling its forests and moon-like surface in a quest to conquer Kilimanjaro’s 19,000 feet.

Arusha National Park – a small but incredibly versatile park boasting rainforests, alpine moorlands and the heights of Mt. Meru. You can even take a canoe safari over the park’s green algae lakes. Here you’ll find the world’s largest population of giraffes!

Tarangire National Park – Elephants rule here with numbers exceeding 3,000! And over 700 lions make for exciting safaris with great herds of wildebeests, zebras, and buffalo.

Lake Manyara National Park – Maybe the prettiest park in Tanzania, though much of it is underwater. But what lies above will dazzle in the form of fuchsia flamingoes herding at the alkaline lake adorning this park. Also, look for the very unique Manyara tree-climbing lions.

Zanzibar Island – What to do first at this historic center of the world’s spice trade? Throughout the ages, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg were grown on Zanzibar’s farms for export throughout the east. But don’t miss Stone Town, a historic part of Zanzibar City. Touch the architecture and culture formed by Arab, Persian, Indian and European traders passing through.

Pemba Island – Just north of Zanzibar, lush Pemba offers lagoons and perfect little beaches. Its offshore coral reefs attract world-class diving experiences.

Mafia Island – This green island off the coast of Dar es Salaam is known for its secluded beaches to the south and the Mafia Island Marine Park, home to coral reefs, white sharks, and sea turtles.