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Travel to Tanzania in style

Updated on June 26, 2017

Traditional fishing boat

fishing canoe
fishing canoe | Source

Location

Tanzania is located on the east coast of Africa, on the Indian Ocean just below the equator. Bordering eight countries which are Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya.

This makes Tanzania one of the most accessible countries on the continent of Africa. Also the famous Great Rift Valley, the longest valley in the world running from Mozambique to Egypt passes through Tanzania.

The Great Rift Valley is more apparent to the south and the east by the Indian Ocean, where on the north there are mountains that include the tallest mountain in Africa mount Kilimanjaro, to the west there are very famous lakes on the continent, lake Victoria (north west) the biggest in Africa and lake Tanganyika (west) the deepest in Africa.

The name Tanzania was derived from a fusion of two names of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. This came as a result of uniting the mainland and islands respectively.

Dar Es Salaam

A Villa in Dar Es Salaam
A Villa in Dar Es Salaam | Source

Capital

Dar Es Salaam meaning the 'house of peace' is the largest city in Tanzania a commercial capital and the home to more than four million inhabitants, this makes it one of the busiest cities on the continent notably with its automobile traffic. It's also one of the the main ports on the east coast of Africa connecting many in East Africa to the rest of the world.

There are all kinds of transportation to get around the city, Dala Dala (minibus), rail, ferry and so on. These only cost a few Tanzanian Shillings ( the local currency ) to get on and off.

It is the gateway to the rest of the country and most parts of East Africa via its transport infrastructure, like Tazara and other railway connections. The international airport welcomes tourists and all other travellers.

As for the climate the weather is very dry the temperature can go up to 35 degrees centigrade, so the best time to visit is between June and October. On the other hand the mountainous region around Kilimanjaro to the north of the country has a very moderate climate.

Dodoma city is the political capital of the county from 1996 as an initiative to distance the ruling powers from the past of Dar Es Salaam slavery connections.

Tarangire National Park

Elephant in Tarangire Park
Elephant in Tarangire Park | Source

Natural World

Natural reserves are a particular treasure in Tanzania, the best national parks to date are believed to be Lake Manyara National Park, Mafia Island Marine Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.

These parks are inhabited by tropical animals from great to small. Visitors get to see grazing animals like zebra, impala, antelope and others early in the morning, just before noon elephants also are seen on they way from having breakfast.

Around noon time predator animals like lions, hyenas, leopard, cheetah and others do appear sometimes basking in the midday sun after a heavy meal. Visitors can spend hours just marveling over these creatures.

The real spectacle starts in the afternoon when wildebeest, buffaloes and others make their usual long journeys in their droves to quench their thirst at local streams. When things have calmed down often the lesser powerful in strength like warthog ( powerful in their own right) are seen rolling about or lying in the mud trying to keep cool.

For the best view on the visit, open top vehicles are remarkable. Visiting as a family or a group of friends offers good value for money spent on these tours.

Big five

Every tourist to the country should make an effort to see the big five, namely leopard, elephant, lion, buffalo and rhino. The sighting of these animals makes a lifetime of effort worthwhile.

Land and Sea

Apart from natural reserves there are other places to visit like Zanzibar, an island in the Indian ocean which has a very rich history and is well know for its spices, the lake shores of Victoria the largest lake and Tanganyika the deepest lake on the continent are also tourist attractions. Kilimanjaro and the nearby city of Arusha offer a good opportunity for tourist to experience some of the vibrant African culture with locals like Masai people and others.

Tanzania Map

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      Lynx Webb 5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Thanks kaliskadavis !