Tanzania Travel Guide
Tanzania, an East African country that is known for its idyllic beaches, big game, rich culture and Africa’s highest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro. It is one of the most visited safari destinations attracting millions of visitors and travelers from across the globe. The annual wildebeest migration crosses the Serengeti in the north, and in the south is the vast wilderness of Selous. Our Tanzania safaris visit the best game viewing areas in the country including the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. A Tanzanian safari can be combined with beach stays in Mombasa, Zanzibar, Mauritius or Seychelles. Whether you are looking for a luxury safari, budget safari, customized BUDGET SAFARIS or an adventurous experience of the Africa’s tallest mountain Kilimanjaro, Beacon Safaris will make your dreams come true.
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Tarangire National Park
- Arusha National Park
- Selous Game Reserve
- Mount Kilimanjaro
- Ruaha National Park
The vast plains of Serengeti National Park host the well-known annual wildlife migration. True African adventure safaris, the savannahs permanent watering holes draw the greatest concentrations of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles on earth, followed by their predators. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world, incomparable for its natural beauty and scenic value. The Serengeti gives you the sense of seeing the ends of the earth with the sun burnt savannah shimmering on the horizon. The rains give way to an endless green blanket of new growth and wildflowers. Rivers are lined with splendid figs, ebony & acacia trees and endless termite mounds dot the landscape. The Grumeti River on the western corridor of the park is one of the prime areas to view the annual migration between June and July. The area has an amazing concentration of spotted hyena, crocodile, cheetah, lions, buffalo, Thompson gazelle, zebras and monkeys.
The volcanic Ngorongoro crater situated between Lake Manayara and Serengeti offers you a real African safari experience. Spectacular views of the beautiful grandeur, Ngorongoro crater is one of the best places in Tanzania where you can view the endangered black rhino, elephants, impala, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, wildebeest, hyena, warthogs, lions, leopards and a wide range of birds around the lake on the floor of the crater.
Tarangire National Park has a predominantly dense wildlife population between June - October. During the migration from the Maasai Mara, many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Large herds of eland, lesser kudu, Kongoni, impala, Zebra, gazelles, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, elephant and rhino flock until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Home to thousands of elephants the park is symbolized by acacia woodland and baobab trees. The park is also an ornithologist paradise home to hundreds of different bird species.
Situated near the Arusha, this park is a perfect place to start your Tanzanian safari experience. Apart from its abundant flora and fauna, key stunning features are Meru Crater, Momella lakes and Ngurdoto Crater. Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro can both be clearly seen from this park when the sky is clear.
Selous Game reserve is the largest in Africa, approximately four times the size of Serengeti. It has a diverse landscape ranging from sporadic lakes, hot volcanic springs to the grat Rufiji and Rhaha rivers. The reserve is famous for its rhino, hippo, elephants zebras, waterbuck, bushbuck, reedbuck, sable antelope, eland, giraffe, wildebeest, grater kudu, spotted hyena, leopard and pride of lions. It is also an ontholigist paradise with more than 350 species of bird.
Mount Kilimanjaro, at the north/eastern tip of Tanzania is only for the physically fit and adventurous traveler. If that's you, a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro is a must! With a very broad range of climates the trek will take you through the mists of equatorial forest to reach the snow capped peaks and magnificent views from the summit. The upward track winds through forests that vary continuously with the altitude and finally opens out into sweeping moorland below rocky, snow covered Kibo plateau. It has 3 volcanic centers; Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi adding to the splendor and diversity of this true African adventure safari! You can climb the mountain any time of the year, though a lot of people feel the best months to climb are January, February, September and October as they are the warmest months with clear skies for spectacular views.
Ruaha is one of Tanzania's least accessible parks, with the Great Ruaha River meandering through its borders a remote bastion of magnificent wilderness, undisturbed wildlife, and breathtaking scenery that appears totally untouched. It remains one of the most exciting game reserves with an authentic African safari feel.Ruaha is interesting as it represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African species of fauna and flora overlap Elephant, buffalo, hippos, striped hyena, crocodiles, lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog and lots of antelope greater & lesser Kudu, roan and sable are not found together in any other park in Tanzania. Ruaha is another birdwatcher's paradise with more than 400 species of bird recorded some not found in northern Tanzania. The park is open from May thru November, with the best being July to November.
Best Time to Visit Tanzania
There is no “right” time—warmer months mean picnics and parks, but also crowds. During colder months skies are grey, but there are fewer tourists. There are events year-round, from outdoor summer concerts to holiday extravaganzas in the winter.
January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 41°F (5°C). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 68°F (20°C).
The ever-expanding metro and RER train systems transport Tanzaniaians just about anywhere they want to go. It’s cheap and efficient; a single ticket costs $2 and day passes start at $14. Taxis and buses are also easily accessible, but locals will walk or grab a Vélib bicycle if they don’t have far to go.
Know Before Visiting
Tanzania is a diverse, evolving city, so leave many of the Hollywood stereotypes at home. Try to speak French a bit and dress a little nicer than usual, but in the end, relax. Even Tanzaniaians wear sneakers—albeit fashionable ones.
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