Tanzania has dedicated almost a quarter of its land to game reserve and national parks and hence, tourism is its largest draw, attracting nearly 800,000 visitors each year. Keeping this in mind, both private entrepreneurs and government agencies have pulled out all stops to make Tanzania a dream place for visitors from the African continent as well as international visitors.
To make your holiday best, it is vital to keep some things in mind before and during your trip:
Whether you are in a luxury lodge or tented campsite, remember that unless you have picked to live close a to huge city, your place is basically miles away from urban facilities like your cell-phone, internet may not work and there is no Television. Electricity in most lodges and camps is through generators, and light-out is pretty early. Bathroom facilities may not be what you are used to and water storage is practiced in most lodges and camps.
This is the yearly event that most visitors flock to watch in Tanzania. Hence, ensure you book early if that is what you want. November-March and June-July are the important periods when more than 2 million zebras, wildebeest, and 1000s of predators move across Serengeti. Anyway, you can also watch the great elephant herds move to Tarangire River. So, book your cheap bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha these months and save money.
ATM machines would definitely be hard to find on safari, but visitors check and big credit cards are accepted. It is risky to replace money on the street or via unauthorized people. Apart from maintaining safety measures while on safari, like not steeping out of your vehicle, or going off-road, it is also vital not to indulge in displays of excessive wealth, or leave your valuables unattended. Health-wise, forever drink bottled water, ensure you have carried all your prescription drugs with you and check about malaria prophylactics before you travel.
Tanzania enjoys temperature climate in the northern place and it gets warmer towards the south and the coast. Year-long sunshine is assured but there are 2 key rainy seasons: April-May and November-December. Ensure you plan your holiday based on this and carry the right clothing. You can plan your Tanzania tour packages and Zanzibar beach holidays on these time-lines.
Usually, being polite of the country’s tradition means that you do not denigrate the local customs, ensure you dress rightly, especially if you are traveling to Zanzibar, check with your tour operators about give tips and gifts and never photograph people without their permission.