Friday Feature: Tanzania

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Tanzania

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This East African country includes everything from the beautiful plains of the Serengeti National Park to the hiking Mecca of Mount Kilimanjaron to the relaxing beaches of Zanzibar! Whether you are looking to spot the big five or looking for some much needed R&R, Tanzania offers something for everyone! How do you get to this beautiful country? There are direct and one-stop flights from overseas to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro (near Arusha) and Zanzibar Island. Arusha town is the starting point for Tanzania's most popular Northern Safari Circuit.

Best Times to Visit: June and July are the best months for seeing the migration, and February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. The dry months offer good wildlife viewing throughout Tanzania which runs from June to October!

Things to do:

Go on a wildlife safari in Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is Africa’s most popular wildlife destination - and rightfully so! Every year over a million wildebeest migrate over its great plains along side thousands of the other animals like the gazelle and zebra. Even outside of migration season, visiting the Serengeti offers amazing wildlife viewing year round where you can see lions, cheetahs, elephants and leopards living in their natural habitats on the vast African plains.

Soak up the Zanzibar sunshine. The beaches of Zanzibar are truly as unique as they are beautiful. However, this spice island is not only beautiful above it’s turquoise water with its sandy white beaches, but it is also as beautiful below. It is considered to have the best diving on the entire east coast of Africa!

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This is truly a trek of a lifetime and a perfect must do for any adventure seeker traveling to Tanzania! To climb to the roof of Africa and look out over the Furtwängler Glacier is an awe inspiring sight. You can also climb the Machame Route which gives you an extra day to acclimate to the elevation and it is considered the most scenic route.

See the chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park. This national park was made famous by Jane Goodall. This protected area is located on the north shore of Lake Tanganyika. Hire a guide to take you to trek and see the famous chimpanzees of the area. You are almost guaranteed a sighting!

Visit the Iraqw Village. If you travel to Africa, it is hard to leave without immersing yourself in their beautiful culture and native customs. The Iraqw Village is located near the town of Karatu, not far from the Ngorongoro crater, and a perfect pit stop as they are very welcoming to tourists!

Feature Hotel: Four Seasons Serengeti, Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort, Zuri Zanzibar

Things to know before you go…

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  • The people are great! The country has over 100 ethnic groups and plenty of culture and traditional foods to partake in.

  • The roads are very bumpy. If you’re prone to getting car sick on long rides, this is where you might want to take a motion sickness pill. If you’re renting a car, make sure to get it insured!

  • Travel can be affordable. The TAZARA train takes travelers 1,160 miles from Dar es Salaam to central Zambia. Just be prepared to book in advance as it’s often full for weeks at a time.

  • Beware of their time system. The day starts at 0 hours (6 a.m./sunrise) and ends at 12 (6.p.m./sunset). If you are on a safari resort, you may not run into this but if you travel to other cities it gets very confusing.

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