Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famous national parks and natural attractions, including majestic Mount Kilimanjaro also known as “The Roof of Africa”. Consequently, the most popular things to do in Tanzania and the reason many people visit the country, are the safaris & wildlife related adventures, and the beaches of Zanzibar.
The Masaai in Tanzania are sometimes considered rigid because they have managed to preserve their traditional way of life and they continue to practice their ancient customs and ceremonies, which has enabled coexistence with wildlife and environment.
The wildlife in Tanzania is so diverse that it is almost impossible to give a fair account on this wonderful heritage. A variety of animals can be encountered in different parts of the country, especially in National Parks and Game Reserves, due to different types of habitat.
Tanzania is striving to preserve and conserve this precious heritage in its natural habitat for all mankind to marvel at. Honestly, wildlife is the highlight of most Tanzania safaris. To be precise, the country is the richest in wildlife in the world and boast of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.
Packing for an African safari is somewhat different to most other trips you’ll take. Navigating rural roads in an open-top jeep means that you’ll get covered in dust, so you’ll need clothes that hide dirt well. Because temperatures can change dramatically throughout the day, layers are essential (after all, pre-dawn game drives are often chilly even in the height of summer).
If your itinerary includes flights in a bush plane between different parks or camps, you’ll need to pack extra light to comply with charter flight baggage restrictions. In this article, we provide a comprehensive packing list that should cover most 7-10 day safaris (while still leaving room in your suitcase for a few curios).
The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra is a truly remarkable wildlife show and worth planning for. The best time to witness the migration is probably February – March when the wildebeest and zebra have their young. Not only can you enjoy seeing baby animals, but the predators are at the highest number too. Because the herds also concentrate in the south of the Serengeti, it’s easy to plan your wildlife viewing in that area and find a safari company that offers lodging there.
Tanzania is still worth visiting during the shoulder season; you’ll be able to witness some wonderful wildlife, undisturbed by other tourists. The low-season is May – June when the heavy rains make many roads simply impassable. Rain also means that water is plentiful and the animals are able to scatter over a wider area — making it more difficult for you to spot them. More on Tanzania’s climate and more about — Best time to visit Tanzania.