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Tanzania

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With such a perfect  location perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian  Ocean, Tanzania’s  weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days are  followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti  plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always  welcoming and gentle. Consult

But sun-filled and beautiful days are not all that Tanzania  has to offer. On the contrary, the country’s borders hold a vast number of people  and tribes whose varied cultures and traditions make up the rich tapestry that  is Tanzanian culture. A visit will enable you to learn more about the Masaai  culture and the customs of the Swahili   Coast.

Although Tanzania  is a country rich in culture and traditions, it’s history is also one of  treasured heritage and pride. From the early days of mankind’s history, man has  called the land   of Tanzania home – its  verdant mountains, its scrubland plains. Today there is a peaceful political  climate.

The People

Tanzania has a population of around 33 million, with around 2 million  people in the largest city Dar es    Salaam and 200,000 in the legislative capital. Average  life expectancy was 47.9 years in the late 1990’s. There are around 120 tribal  groupings and a small but economically signifant Asian a Arabic population as  will as a small European community.

Language

The official languages are Swahili and  English. Swahili has played a key role in unifying the nation and is widely  spoken, as is English especially in the major towns and centres. Reflecting the  diversity there are numerous other African languages spoken.

Climate

Between June to October, temperatures  range from around 10°C in the northern highlands to about 23°C on the coast. On  the plains and the lower-altitude game reserves, the temperatures from June to  October are warm and mild. On the coast, these months are some of the most  pleasant to visit, with balmy, sunny weather much of the day and cooling ocean  breezes at night.100_4403

From December to  March, the days are hot and sunny with often not a cloud in the sky.  Temperatures range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties throughout the  country . In the game parks and central plains, the beautiful  weather provides perfect opportunities for unhampered game viewing, and clear  night skies offer perfect opportunities for star-gazing and romantic evenings  in the bush.

Tanzania’s equatorial climate  brings two seasons of rain each year: the masika, or long rains that fall from  mid-March to the end of May, and the mvuli, or short rains, that come  intermittently throughout November and parts of December, and sometimes stretch  into early January. During the long rains, heavy showers fall in the early  mornings but usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather often remaining  clear and sunny until late afternoon. By evening, impressive cloud formations  build, breaking sometime after dark and the rain often continues throughout the  night. During the short rains, light showers in the mornings and late  afternoons are punctuated by stretches of clear weather and beautiful rays of  sunlight. The beginning of both rainy seasons is marked by a change in the  winds which historically, marked the time for trading boats to set off on  expeditions across the Indian Ocean or return  to their native lands.

In summary, however, Tanzania can  really be visited at any time!

Time

When it is noon in New   York it is 8pm in Tanzania.

Parks and Reserves100_3339

The Parks of Tanzania range between the  readily accessible and the remote.

Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit has some of the worlds most famous sites, the Serengeti  (and where if you are traveling from December to April, you may see the annual  wildebeest migration ) and the Ngorongoro Crater being the obvious ones. Nearer  to Arusha are Arusha, Tarangire and Lake   Manyara National    Parks. For hikers, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or the crater of Mt. Meru is an adventurous break from game  viewing.

Sourthern Circuit

Requiring more time because of the distances there are some vast areas where Selous Game   Reserve Ruaha   National Park can be  found         Nearer to Dar es Salaam Saadanis is  a feature of the so call Eastern Circuit of Parks.         The Parks in the West  are remoter and are less developed but include Parks such as Katavi, Mahale Mountains  and Gombe Stream where chimpanzees are a major attraction.

International Airports

The major international airports are Dar es Salaam International, Kilimanjaro  International Airport  (midway between Arusha and Moshi) and Zanzibar Airport.  There is a departure tax payable.

 

Travel Tips

Currency

The currency is the Tanzanian  Shilling…currently worth around 1,050 to the US$. It is fairly easy to exchange  money at Banks.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards are not  widely accepted but can be used in many mid and top range establishments….it is  a good idea to carry travelers checks too.         Voltage         Plugs and outlets vary but are often of the 3 pin British variety.

Visas

Most visitors to Tanzania require a visa to enter  the country. Three month single-entry tourist visas are available at Tanzanian  embassies in your country, price subject to nationality.

Although you can  purchase a visa at the airport and at border crossings, it is advisable to  obtain one prior to arrival. If you leave the country to travel to Kenya or Uganda during the three month  period, you do not have to buy another visa.

 

Health

Malaria is prevelent in the hot and humid low altitude  areas around the coast, Lake Victoria and the  savannah. Prevention consists of protection against bites and taking  anti-malaria medication. Professional advice should be sought before commencing  your travel. Visitors arriving from yellow fever  invested regions must have valid vaccination certificates.

Being on the equator the sun is strong whatever the actual temperature  so caution is advised.  As always sun and alcoholic beverages when at  altitude and combined with sun is advised.

 

What to bring when coming for safari:

  • a pair of binoculars
  • camera
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • a set of warm cloths (temperatures drop during the  night)
  • cool bush clothes
  • toiletries
  • sun  cream
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