Whatever you do, don’t leave Tanzania without a tanzanite
The lure of the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro – otherwise known as the Roof of Africa as the highest peak on the continent – will, without a doubt, instil boatloads of excitement as you plan your trip to hike the peaks and visit with the Big Five.
Then there’s the beaches, the friendly people, fascinating culture of Dar es Salaam and the Zanzibar Archipelago. Tanzania has all this and more wrapped up in one adventurous and enticing package. Furthermore, if you plan to visit Kenya and Uganda on the same trip, visa re-entry fees will be waived if you’re travelling between the three countries as long as your single-entry visa remains valid for each destination.
Spend a few days in Dar es Salaam when you arrive. It’s the country’s largest city, although not it’s capital. The cultural sites, museums and zoos are worth exploring, and the seafood is certainly worth sticking around for. Plan to come between July and October, the driest time of the year. It also happens to be when millions of wildebeest and zebras thunder across the Serengeti during the annual Great Migration.
About a 23 mile hop from the shore is Zanzibar by ferry, the semi-autonomous archipelago otherwise known as the Spice Islands. Life here is different in all aspects of life. Ruled by the Sultanate of Oman for centuries, it was a base for traders from the African Lakes region, India and the Arabian peninsula. Today, it’s a fascinating destination, and the ancient city of Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site well worth discovering.