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Tanzania National Parks & Sightseeing Places

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Tanzania is considered as one of the captivating, magnificent destinations around the African continent that has yet to be explored by many travel enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a scenic land of plentiful natural wonders standing out as an home to a wide diversity of fauna and flora on the African Continent. Amongst all Tanzania National Parks & Places, Kilimanjaro, the highest snow-capped free standing mountain  based in Africa, the extremely beautiful Islands of Zanzibar, the  adventure and fun packed game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Selous Game Reserve, the age old ancient Swahili civilization, like  Kilwa Ruins; which was earlier a city of the Arabian Nights and much more. Besides, Tanzania is blessed with amazing places for enjoyable activities like swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing along thousands of kilometers of Indian Ocean coastline and also around Africa’s Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa and the Marine Park of Mafia Island are only a few number of the live examples.

With spectacular natural beauty, topography and very courteous, extremely hospitable people, the delicious recipes, Tanzania makes one of the best places for holidays and assures you of the best possible wildlife photographic safaris over the continent. Tanzania indeed has it all, though the African country has 14 National Parks, one conservation area, seventeen game reserves, and several marine parks, an awe-inspiring coast as well as smoothly undulating highlands that are considered as the best paradise for hiking enthusiasts. In short and simple words, Tanzania  is a land of superlatives and contrast; which have something for everyone. This is why the country is well-known name amongst the world’s leaders in the cultural tourism sector.

The Fact Sheet About Tanzania: –

The United Republic of Tanzania is situated in Eastern Africa between longitude 29 degree and 41 degree East, latitude 1 degree and 12 degree south. Covering around 937,062 sq. kilometers, Tanzania lies 1 to 11 degrees south of the equator. The country is surrounded by three islands like Zanzibar, Pemba and mafia Island. Amongst, Zanzibar and Pemba Island occupy 2614 square kilometers along the Indian Ocean. The population of country is over 30 million and for the protection of wildlife the honorable Government has reserved 247,537 square kilometers (Which is approximately one quarter of its entire surface area).

Climate: –

Tanzania enjoys tropical climate on the coast, on the islands and also in Selous Game Reserve. But it’s quite temperate in other national parks. However, the month between October and mid March is considered as the hottest period as well as from June to September it is the coolest time. But the temperature is limited and it remains hot with a temperature range between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius on the coastal areas and between 22 and 27 degrees  Celsius along the north. Even, the country experiences a light rainfall in November and the rainy season falls between mid March and the end of the May. But the temperature of the ocean remains between 24 nad 28 degrees Celsius.

Visas: –

Visas are needed by all travelers, except the citizens of the commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland. Before your departure, you can get a visa from the Tanzanian Consulate in the country you belong from.

Health: – You should consult with your family physician or specialist regarding travel related medications.

Official Language: – Generally, both English and Kiswahili are spoken all over the country.

Local Time: – GMT + 3

Electricity: – 230 Volts AC, 50 Hz

Airports: There are three international airports in Tanzania like Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airport. However, handful international airlines connect Tanzania with the rest of the countries all over the world.

Currency Of Tanzania: –

The currency of Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling. But, it’s highly recommended you to carry American Dollars. However, money changers always accept the major convertible currencies including the yen. In fact, traveler’s cheques are exchangeable in some places around Tanzania. Even, major credit cards are acceptable in the most popular hotels; but it’s suggested to carry cash or traveler’s cheques.

Clothing: –

For enjoying safaris in the nothing, during the daytime light clothing must be good and using of sturdy shoes and canvas hats are recommended. During night, you can choose casual wear with a light cardigan or a pull over (For altitudes between 1500m in Arusha and 2400m in Ngorongoro Crater). If you need a perfect clothing for trekking Kilimanjaro, you can check with a mountain specialist before your departure. For places like Zanzibar and Moslem, women should wear acceptable clothes as much revealing clothes can cause offense.

Cuisine: You will find a variety of food recipes in Tanzania. However, you will get international cuisines in the restaurants, hotels and lodges. When you are on the coast, you will enjoy fish, lobsters with local dishes like biryanis, meat and fish curries.

Special Cuisines: –

  • Spicy Tea or Coffee
  • Halua
  • Sweet Desert with Almonds

Behavior: – The conservation of the nature is the concern of every individual. Hence, on your safari tour you should not buy bones, skins, horns, teeth, features and shells. And when you are on the coastal areas, you shouldn’t bring back corals, shells or starfish that plays a key role in a fragile ecosystem. Don’t ever litter where others are expected to visit. Besides, the protection of culture is everyone’s concern. The tour guides have a better knowledge of the local habits and customs. It’s highly advisable you to ask someone’s permission before taking his/her photograph.

Shopping: – Usually, locally produced products are available at fair prices. On the mainland, you will find batiks, objects in ebony (cutlery, bracelets, sculptures and furniture), basket ware (baskets, hats and rugs), beaded Maasai necklaces, precious jewels like gold, diamonds, tanzanite and other stones. However, you can find textiles (Wrap-around kikoi for men and khanga for women), carved chests, natural lotions, spices and perfumes. Apart from this, several tourist areas and hotels specialize in selling a wide array of jewellery and souvenirs.

Tipping: – Tipping is not mandatory; but it is recommend for exquisite services. Usually, US $10-15 will be appreciated for a driver or guide per a day. But an excessive tip can make it difficult for the next customers.

Security: – In general, Tanzania is a safe country; but it does not invite temptations. You should keep an eye on your luggage and essentials. You shouldn’t walk at night in the cities or towns, take a taxi; you shouldn’t walk with cameras, large amount of cash and you should be aware of pickpockets. You can make the use of hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard your valuables and get a receipt. Always keep your jewelry at home.

On Safari: – The distance in Tanzania you will visit is vast and you can travel by road in order to spend more time in national parks. No matter what, you will see more and won’t return home being exhausted. You can bring binoculars with you and keep the distance from animals as well as avoid distressing the wildlife. It’s always advised to follow the instructions of rangers, drivers or guides. You don’t leave your vehicle in the parks except in the designated places.

Travelling With Children: – Tanzanians love kids and are extremely helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies are not available outside the major towns in Tanzania.

Photography: – You can be able to buy or bring films with you and batteries for your camera. You can protect it from dust particles and keep the equipment as well as film cool. It will be suggested to ask permission before photographing the local people. If you are intended to take handful wildlife pictures, you should keep your device ready as you might get a surprise and take a quick action.

Insurance: – You should take your travel insurance with you in order to cover the loss of valuables or baggage, personal, accident and medical expenses.

Transport: – Self drive vehicles are available basically for local running or tarmac use. 4 X 4 safari vehicles have to be hired with a driver and a driver should be on the left side. If you love driving, then an international driving license is needed for enjoying self drive opportunities.

Best National Parks To Visit In Tanzania: –

Tanzania is home to the world famous national parks and game reserves. These are:

  • Arusha National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Lake Natron
  • Ol Donyo L’Engai
  • Lake Eyasi
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Loliondo
  • Grumeti Game Reserve
  • Lake Victoria
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Katavi National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Saadani National Park
  • Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Gombe Stream National Park

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Exclusive African Safaris offers specialized Tanzania safari packages to the national parks and game reserves to ensure optimal game viewing opportunities along with a great sense of fun, excitation and adventure. For a better insight of Tanzania National Parks and sightseeing places, feel free to contact us as soon as possible and speak to one of our customer care executives today!