Tanzania is a destination which is famous for wildlife viewing which is carried out in different parts of the country such as in the north, south, western and central parts of Tanzania where game reserves and national parks are found.
After or before completing a trip to Tanzania’s different national parks, tourists opt for a holiday on Zanzibar island. There is a lot to do during these holidays on Zanzibar island including relaxing at the white sand beaches along the East African coast.
Traveling from Tanzania to Zanzibar can be done by flight and also by ferry from Dar es Salaam. Different airlines offer the flights to Zanzibar island from Tanzania and also from some of the national parks to Zanzibar.
The airport in Zanzibar which is used for flights from Tanzania is Abeid Amani international airport. Domestic airlines around Tanzania offer flights to Zanzibar island and they include Coastal aviation, Flight link among others.
For the option of getting to Zanzibar island by using a ferry, the ferry ride takes about 1 and a half hours to 2 hours and the ferry crosses daily. When on the island, there are public and private means of transport that can be used to access different places on the island and boats are also used.
During a safari in Tanzania, the different national parks which are visited include Serengeti national park which is famous for wildlife viewing and also for the wildebeest migration and it is found in the northern part of Tanzania. Other parks around the northern part of Tanzania include the Ngorongoro conservation area, Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and also Arusha national park and Kilimanjaro national park where the highest mountain in Africa can be seen during tours and hikes can also be carried out at the destination.
Other parks which can be visited during safaris in Tanzania include Katavi national park, Mahale national park, Gombe national park, Saadani national park, Kitulo national park, Ruaha national park, Nyerere national park, Mkomazi national park among others.
Some of the activities which are carried out around Tanzania during Tanzania safaris include cultural tours, game drives in the afternoon, morning and at night, nature walks, bird watching, hiking, canoeing, boat rides, hot air balloon safaris, horseback riding among others. City tours can also be carried out around the major towns around Tanzania during safaris.
Wildlife viewing is among the sort after activities during a safari to Tanzania and this activity can be carried out at any time of the year around the various destinations found in different parts of the country. The best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season around June to October when wildlife species can be seen around water sources in the national parks and wildlife viewing destinations. Wildlife species which can be seen during tours around Tanzania include wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, hippos, kudu, waterbucks, giraffes, lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, dik dik, hyenas, warthogs, impalas, gazelles and many others and also various bird species.
When in Zanzibar, activities which can be carried out during a holiday include swimming, snorkeling, diving, tours around Stone town, visiting the Prison island or Changuu island, spice tours to the famous spice farms of Zanzibar where spices like pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves among others are grown among others.
During the planning of a safari to Tanzania and Zanzibar some of the factors to consider include the price of the safari, duration of the safari, when to do the safari, the type of safari (group safari or private safari), where to stay during the safari, transport to use during the safari, currency to use during the safari, activities to engage in during the safari and also safety during the safari.
For entry into Tanzania and Zanzibar, you will need a valid passport and visa which can be used to go to both the destinations in mainland Tanzania and also access Tanzania during a safari around the coastal area.
When to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar during safaris
Safaris to Tanzania and Zanzibar can be done at any month of the year and this includes both the rainy season and the dry season.
The dry season is a popular time for holidays to Zanzibar island and the weather is favorable to engage in different activities around the island like diving, snorkeling among others. Rains are received around April and May and also in March and in December and November. During the dry season, many tourists visit different destinations around Tanzania and Zanzibar and prices for tours are high and safari destinations are usually crowded.
The rainy season or green season around April and May is also the low season and it is a time when the cost of safaris is favorable and lodges and other accommodations around Tanzania offer discounted rates. The rainy or low season is also a time when photography is at its best and wildlife viewing can also be done.
For those travelers who prefer to interact with fewer crowds during safaris in Tanzania and Zanzibar, the low season is recommended while the high season is a good time for those who don’t mind the crowds as they explore Tanzania.
Visit Tanzania and enjoy a wildlife viewing experience and a relaxing holiday on Zanzibar island during a safari.