Africa as the images
A trip to Tanzania gives unique emotions. The Africa of our imagination, all the smells, the colors, the animals, the wild nature that inhabit our imagination and which here appears before our eyes in Tanzania, offering an unforgettable stay in a place that is much more than a holiday .
The reserves of Tanzania are among the richest and most numerous in the world. The lakes are among the most beautiful and evocative of Africa: the Tanganyika, Victoria Nyanza and Nyasa. Other natural beauties that leave you breathless is the crater of Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. But there is one ingredient that makes this place even more special: the white beaches, emerald sea and the lush vegetation of the many islands of the coast, as the natural paradise of the legendary Mafia and Pemba and Zanzibar, also part of the Tanzania.
Why go to Tanzania
- To see the Ngorongoro crater of the volcano, which is home to thousands of large wild animals
- To see the Serengeti where, between late May and early June, nearly two million herbivores migrate to the green lands of Kenya, followed by fearsome predators
- To see the panorama from Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain (5,895 meters) from the top perpetually snowy. The company is far from impossible!
- To see close hippos, crocodiles, fish eagles, lions and cheetahs who are on the banks of the Rufiji River in Selous Reserve
- To know Zanzibar. A legendary name evoking memories from the Arabian Nights, for an island that does not disappoint even the most jaded travelers. The historic town was classified by UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Tanzanians are friendly people, to foreigners and amongst themselves. Politeness, respect and modesty are highly valued.
Note that the right hand is usually used for eating, while the left is traditionally used for toilet duties. Immodest attire, public affection and open anger are disrespectful to the Tanzanian people
Tanzania boasts over 1 000 bird species, with Lake Manyara alone being home to more than 400. It is a year round birding destination, but at the height of the northern winter, some 160 species of migrating birds make their way south. Botanically, Tanzania is a treasure-trove, with habitats ranging from Afro-Alpine to semi-desert.
The months immediately after the two rainy seasons provide the best floral displays.
Tanzania offers excellent game viewing throughout the year as not all animals migrate and are year-round residents.
- SUMMER: December – March
- WINTER: March – May
Best time to visit Tanzania
- Tanzania is warm year-round, but it can be cold in early morning and at night on safari
- The short rains are from November-December and the long rains from April-May
- January is hot and dry, June to October is warm and dry with cooler evenings, and the hottest months are October to February
- The annual wildebeest migration can typically be seen in different areas of the Serengeti from November-July
- Zanzibar is hot and humid with an average daytime temperature of 30ºC, and from June to September the sea breeze makes the climate very pleasant.
The official language is Swahili (Kiswahili), which is generally spoken, and various local languages abound. Kiswahili is the language the primary schools teach in. English is the second official language and the country's commercial language as well as the main teaching language for all the scientific subjects in secondary schools and higher education institutions. Arabic is widely spoken in the coastal areas, particularly in Zanzibar.
USEFUL KISWAHILI GREETINGS
- Greeting (to locals): habari gani
- Greeting (to foreigner): jambo, shikamuu
- Thank you (correct reply to greeting):marahaba
- Thank you: asante
- Goodbye / We'll see you: kwaheri / tutaonana
- You are welcome, come in: karibu
WHAT TO PACK
Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year.
The most practical items to pack are:
- Khaki, brown, white and beige colours
- Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer
- Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes
- Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (and at Ngorongoro Crater)
- Swimwear is a must for the beach and at Kleins and Grumeti which have a pool
- A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Comfortable walking shoes
- For climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, warm jacket, good socks and sturdy boots
When visiting Zanzibar, it is important for women to dress modestly out of respect for Muslim cultural beliefs, men should not wear shorts on the main island and women should wear dresses that cover their shoulders and knees. This does not apply on Mnemba Island and Fanjove Island.
Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania and carries a hefty jail sentence. Generally, being gay is still largely a taboo subject, lesbianism doubly so, and many locals take the attitude that it's a foreign, un-African practice. Nevertheless, because of this, most locals in the tourism industry do accept that non-African visitors may be gay, so you'll receive no discrimination. However, complete discretion is advised -- even public displays of affection between a heterosexual couple are frowned upon on the Muslim coast and Zanzibar. Although in saying that, platonic affection between African males, such as holding hands or, by Muslims, kissing on the cheek, is common and a sign of friendship and respect. Behind the Mask (www.mask.org.za) is an organization that reports on gay and lesbian issues throughout Africa.
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