The beautiful country of Tanzania is an excellent vacation spot as it offers tourists everything that they need for their holiday. One can see the most stunning views, learn about the rich history, partake in exciting activities, interact with friendly locals, spot spectacular wildlife, and eat the mouthwatering food! Here are some tips that travellers must remember for their perfect tropical vacation in Tanzania.
Tanzania is home to some of the most breathtaking and pristine beaches in East Africa. One can go to the tranquil Mafia Island where visitors can explore the untouched coral reefs and sandbars. This mesmerising island is home to over 460 species of fish, and 5 species of turtles, and is excellent for those who wish to escape the crowds. Mafia Island Marine Park is a great spot for snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, whale watching, boat tours, or witnessing the incredible birth of turtles. The stunning Pemba Island is a magical location, where one can spot a number of beautiful birds such as the Pemba white-eye, green pigeon, malachite kingfisher, African goshawk, palm nut vulture, crowned hornbill, Pemba flying fox (a unique fruit bat), owls, and violet breasted sunbirds! Wildlife viewing is ideal, as the island is home to manta rays, deep sea turtles, miniature antelopes, Pemba Vervet Monkeys, and Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys. At Chumbe Island, guests can swim in the cool waters, snorkel among the colorful corals, enjoy a dhow ride, or visit historical monuments such as a lighthouse from 1904. Another great location is Bongoyo Island near Dar Es Salaam where tourists can eat fresh seafood, or swim in the crystalline water!
In order to walk on the beach, visitors must keep flip flops or slippers. Carrying a scarf, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is a good idea as beaches are often sunny. The weather is mostly pleasant, although nights tend to get cooler, which is why wearing an extra layer such as a fleece or jacket is recommended. In March, April, and May, beaches are likely to experience rain, so visitors should dress accordingly. While light clothes are preferred, one should ensure that they carry a layer to cover up in more religious public places, such as the primarily Muslim Stone Town, to respect local customs and moral values.
The beach locations in Tanzania are mostly secure, but there are some precautions that everyone must take. One should avoid travelling at night, or going into unfamiliar areas alone. Keeping a map of the area, and learning a few words of the local language is a good idea that can help in unexpected situations. One should try to mingle with the crowd and avoid attracting too much unwanted attention. Notifying a trusted contact about the day’s itinerary can also prove to be helpful. Tourists should also keep extra batteries and power banks so they can contact important numbers, which they should memorize or note, if the need ever arises. To protect themselves from the coronavirus, visitors should wear masks and gloves, avoid touching surfaces and their faces, and sanitize or wash hands frequently.
The cuisine of Tanzania has Indian, Turkish, Portugese, Arabic, and Swahili influences, and includes delicious foods such as Kuku Paka (spicy curry), Ugali and Nyama Choma (bread with grilled meat), spiced potatoes, kebabs, and biryani. At the gorgeous beaches, visitors can enjoy delicious fresh seafood which includes prawns, lobster, shrimp, octopus curry, tuna, fried calamari, grilled salmon, shellfish, snapper, clams, squid, and fish fillets. It is a good idea to inquire about dish ingredients beforehand, to avoid getting allergies.
Most beach locations are excellent for exciting activities such as swimming, snorkelling, dhow rides, paddleboarding, whale watching, scuba diving, kiteboarding, parasailing, boat rides, jet ski rides, and kayaking. Guests can have meaningful and enriching interactions with the friendly and helpful locals, and some might let them join, or witness the fishing activities. Cultural tours to nearby areas can be unforgettable experiences.
A tropical vacation to Tanzania is a great idea, and can be memorable and life changing.