Tanzania was another one of my FAVOURITE destinations to visit in Africa.

The vast size of the country, the great abundance of wildlife, its stunning landscapes and diverse cultural influences make Tanzania a fascinating place to explore.

It is also safe (on the most part) for solo travellers as long as you respect the culture, use common sense and plan ahead.

Located in East Africa, Tanzania is most known for its incedible and vast wilderness areas. However, it does also boast many activities and attractions that tourists can enjoy.

For example, you can climb Mt Kilimanjaro, see the Big 5 on Safari in the Serengeti and even scuba dive on the island of Zanzibar.

If you’re wanting an all-round experience in Africa, then Tanzania is the place to go.

The great thing about Tanzania is the the living costs are reasonable too, usually around 55-70% cheaper than in Australia.

Top Things to See & Do in Tanzania:

  • Safari in the Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Relax on one of the many beaches of Zanzibar Island
  • See the red colobus monkey in Jozani Forest on Zanzibar Island
  • Explore the history of Stone Town, Zanzibar Island
  • Visit the house where Freddie Mercury was born (Zanzibar Island)
  • Visit the Spice Plantations
  • Hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Lake Manyara, Tarangire & Arusha National Parks
  • Mafia Island Marine Park
  • Visit Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa
  • and much more!

Weather Overview

Hottest months:   Nov & Dec

Average temp: 24-25°C

 

Coldest months:  June & July
Average temp:  20°C

The best time to visit Tanzania really depends on what activities you’re planning to do.

Do you want to lounge on the beaches of Zanzibar? Hike to he top of Mt. Kilimanjaro? Or go on safari?

The dry season is generally favoured by tourists (June-October) for spotting wildlife and seeing the Great Migration. It’s also a good time of the year for lounging on the beach as it tends to be less humid.

Although some variance throughout the year, you can usually see the migration all year round.

It just depends where you visit and at what time of the year.

  • June-July is often the best time to see the migration in the Serengeti
  • July- September is often the best time to see the huge herds of wildbeest and zebra cross the Mara River.
  • Jan-Feb is perferable if you want to see the wildebeests calving
  • Nov – March is the green season. The weather during this time mightn’t be as good but there’s usually less crowds and it’s a good time for bird watching.

Tanzania can also get VERY humid during certain times of the year, especially in April. Tourists often avoid travelling through Tanzania during the rainy season (from March – May) due to the added humidity and heavy rains.

NOTE: Tanzania is within the “moderate” risk zone for Malaria, so ensure to pack anti-malaria tablets and take as prescribed.

Although Tanzania is becoming a lot more popular with tourists, the infrastructure is poorly developed and its size can mean long travel time between key destinations.
Self-driving can be a very stressful experience for tourists given the poor quality roads, chaotic road rules (if any) and the corruption / bribes that still occurs in some parts of the country. And, local public transport is not that much better.
Recommended transport options:
  • Join a group tour / day trip and let them do the driving
  • Local flights between the main cities
  • Bicycle (mountain bike) through the local villages
  • Ferry across to Zanzibar Island
  • Bus / Coach / Train (but do your research before to ensure it is safe)
The Best Adventure Activities in Tanzania are:

  • Enjoy spotting the big 5 whilst on Safari in the Serengeti National Park
  • Hot-air balloon over the Serengeti National Park
  • Camp overnight in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Go scuba diving, snorkelling, wind-surfing and other water sports on Zanzibar Island
  • Do a day tour of Stone Town (Zanzibar) to learn about the rich history of the island
  • Mountain trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Visit the “Rock Restaurant” which is located offshore at Paje Beach
  • Horse riding
  • Ride through the local townships on bicycle
  • Quad biking
  • Low Cost of Living 70% 70%
  • Safe for Travellers 80% 80%
  • Landscapes & Scenery 95% 95%
  • Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 90% 90%
  • Adventure Rating 85% 85%

Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.

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Rainleaf Microfibre Towel

Given that Zanzibar Island is one of the top tourist destinations of Tanzania, you’re going to be around a lot of water and beaches.

Rainleadf Micro-fibre towels are fantastic because they take up minimal space in your backpack, dry quickly and are very absorbant.

They are perfect for travellers or campers, and give you the freedom to take part in the lake water activities without carrying around a heavy, damp or smelly bathtowel the entire time.

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Travel Gear for Tanzania

Warm Sleeping Bag

If you’re planning to camp overnight in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you’ll want to pack yourself a warm, but light, sleeping bag.

In Africa, temperatures tend to cool down over night – therefore you want to pack some warmth, especially if camping in an open plain.

You can check out some of our recommended sleeping bags here.

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Closed-toed Hiking Shoes

You can explore many places on foot in Tanzania.

Therefore, you want to ensure that you’re equipped with a durable pair of hiking shoes.

Whether you’re planning to trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro or go on Safari throughout the country, closed toed shoes are often important.

If you’d like to read up on some hiking shoes that I recommend, you can click the link below.

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