Tanzania: A land of snowy peaks and gold sandy beaches

Holidays to Tanzania have it all, from Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to beautiful, untouched beaches, such as those found in Zanzibar, and sprawling national parks, like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Tanzania is also one of the oldest-known continuously inhabited areas on Earth; two-million-year-old fossils containing both human and hominids remains have been found in the country. With so much history and natural beauty on offer, how can you not plan your next holiday to Tanzania?

Tanzania has a tropical climate: the country’s weather varies from hot and humid during the day to cool at night and it does not have four distinct seasons. In addition to a dry season there are two major rainy periods in Tanzania. The short rains are uni-modal, from December to April, and the long rains are bi-modal, from October–December and then March–May. The former is experienced in southern, central and western parts of the country, and the latter is found to the north and northern coast.

Many claim the best time to plan your holidays in Tanzania is from June to August, which is right at the end of the long rainy season meaning the weather is at its best: reasonably hot during the day but then cool in the evening.

The northeast region of Tanzania, where Mount Kilimanjaro is situated, is extremely mountainous. In the north-west, you will find Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and Lake Tanganyika, the continent’s deepest lake, also known for its unique species of fish.

The central region of Tanzania consists of a large plateau, with many open plains and land perfectly suited for growing crops. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the island of Zanzibar just offshore.

There are several important wildlife parks within Tanzania, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park in the north, and Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the south. Jane Goodall’s infamous study of chimpanzees was conducted in Gombe National Park, in the western region of Tanzania.

The Serengeti National Park is easily Tanzania’s most famous and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected wildlife. Because of its picturesque nature and abundance of wildlife, some consider it to be the quintessential image of true Africa. With countless prides of lions, families of elephants roaming around in packs, giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, and hundreds of other species of African wildlife, you can’t get much better than this!

January and February are said to be the best times to visit the Serengeti because it is around time when enormous herds of wildebeest migrate through the parks to better grazing areas. At this time, you could observe some of the 1.5 million wildebeest that inhabit the Serengeti undertake their migratory journey.

The coast of Tanzania is perhaps most famous for the Zanzibar Archipelago. Zanzibar has beautiful beaches and a historical Stone Town. Along the entire coast, diving, swimming, and snorkelling are at their best, with the unmatched views of incredible, native marine life and coral reefs.

Tanzania also features stunning landscapes at a higher altitude. Mt Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free-standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain. The mountain supports the local people, who have made their lives around the resources that come from the mountain:  an endless source of pure spring waters and rich volcanic soils make for unmatched agricultural conditions.

Although Mt. Kilimanjaro tops the list as Africa’s most famous mountain, Tanzania is home to several other large mountain ranges. Mountain climbing and hiking excursions are becoming an increasingly popular option for visitors who are not content to sit back and observe Tanzania’s beauty from inside a vehicle. For you adventurous types, taking advantage of the many trails and peaks Tanzania has to offer is a must!