Why You Should Choose Tanzania As Your Next Holiday Destination

Megsy Travel Tips

A Food Fun Travel Guest Post 

Summer is here and planning a holiday is something that would be most certainly be on your to-do list.

Have you ever considered a trip to Tanzania?

Tanzania is the largest East African country having diverse mountains, open lands, rivers, lakes, and a vast amount of animals and plants. It also has an exceptional collection of national parks that many countries can’t boast about.

If you’re not too certain where Tanzania is, it’s located eastward off the Indian ocean. The Indian ocean has an incredible selection of sea turtles, fish and several other sea animals, particularly amphibians. Tanzania is also bordered by the Western Rift Valley, Lake Nyasa, and Lake Tanganyika to the west (this actually was the previous name of Tanzania).

Tanzania also has several national parks to choose from; these have made it a much-loved place for tourists to visit. It has about 16 national parks and 14 wildlife reserves, amongst which are the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha National Parks and the mighty Kilimanjaro National Park for trekkers. 

The major language spoken in Tanzania is English and Swahili. Swahili actually sounds beautiful. The local people are also very peaceful and provide a safe environment for everyone including the tourists that come to visit. 

You do need a visa for Tanzania but luckily acquiring different types of visas for Tanzania isn’t rocket science. Provided here are the different types of visas you may need:

  • Tourist/Ordinary Visa – This is for travellers or tourist who is visiting the country from different border lines.
  • Tanzania Business Visa – This is for prospective investors or business people who are in the country for feasibility studies, contracts, etc.
  • Tanzania Multiple Entry Visa – This is for those who would be making several visits in between months due to their businesses.
  • Tanzania Transit Visa – This is for those who would only pass through the country for another country, this visa last for a maximum of two weeks
  • Tanzania Referred Visa – It is usually referred and would need special clearance.

 

More amazing experiences in Tanzania:

Explore Tourism in Tanzania

Tanzania is a home of so much sightseeing, especially the Mountain Kilimanjaro that offers some of the best views. Mountain Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain, about 5896m tall and according to topographical reports, it is known to be the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It’s a popular place for tourists to explore the world of climbing year in and year out.

At the peak view, the view is extremely breath-taking, something not to be missed!

Looking for more of a beach vacation? In Tanzania, you will also find Zanzibar beach to offer the perfect seaside retreat.  Discover at the north of the island fresh white sand beaches, and stunning water, the perfect place for rest and relaxation.

Trust me, there is no better holiday location to explore if you love photography, or drinking a cocktail than Zanzibar.

 

Centre for Wildlife

Tanzania is a home for a vast collection of wildlife. Are you a lover of animals and a fan of safari documentaries? Tanzania is absolutely the place you want to visit. Tanzania has a diverse collection of animals like – giraffes, lions, leopards, elephants, antelopes, chimpanzees, and over four million other animals. This indeed is a sight. Here is where you can have a first-hand experience seeing these animals in the wild.

Exploring Food in Tanzania

Have you ever tried Tanzanian food? If not, trust me – They are heaven for your stomach.

My favorite was Nyama Choma. Nyama Choma is a slice of grilled meat. A barbecue of goat, chicken or fish with barbecued bananas or Ugali as a side dish. There’s also a cultural native dish called Ugali made from cornmeal, sorghum, cassava flour or millet. It is usually regarded as a stiff kind of dough and is usually served with sauce grilled with either meat or fish. Or you can have it with vegetables or beans.

Another common delicacy is Supu ya Ndizi also known as plantain soup. It is made from pounded plantain, then cooked in a chicken stock seasoned with pepper and salt when served. 

Aside from the food, Tanzania has interesting drinks. Tea is actually the most popular drink, however, some indigene prefers chai tea. Coffee is also a highly nourishing drink in Tanzania usually sold by street vendors. You can also find fruit juices from orange, sugar cane, pineapple, and tamarind as well give a satisfying taste on a hot day. 

Best Holiday Seasons

The best time to visit Tanzania is usually between July to August and December to February. This is because the weather is much drier at these times, unlike March to May and October to December when it rains often. However, it is important to know that the rain in Tanzania is mostly unstable and varies per area. 

Do you also want to bump into celebrities? Tanzania is the best location to spend your holidays, as several dignitaries like Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Biel are known to vacation here. But even though celebrities love Tanzania it’s is also very budget friendly. There are several hotels and places that suit every budget and taste. You wouldn’t need to worry about spending too much or too less, as you would find the exact fit for you and your vacation needs.

Key Cultural Festivals

The key events are the Zanzibar International Film festival in July, where several Indian Ocean cultures celebrate. Tanzania also holds many Christian and Muslim celebrations that are well worth checking out. 

Conclusion

The sight, the wildlife, the food, the culture, the wonders…Whatever kind of holiday you desire, Tanzania is indeed the best location to spend your holiday. Explore diversity and beauty this summer.