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Tanzania Tropical Vacation Guide

Tanzania is a beautiful country with a tropical coast and many exotic islands. If you’re looking for a tropical vacation, Tanzania is your place to be. The weather is suitable for a vacation year-round.

Keep reading to find out more about a tropical vacation in Tanzania!

Places to Visit and Activities to Do

Here are some of the best places to visit on your tropical vacation in Tanzania:

  • Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar island has some of the most stunning and pristine white sandy beaches. You can go kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking at many of the beaches in Zanzibar, which include Paje, Jambiani and Nungwi.

You should also explore Stone Town, the island’s cultural and historical focus. There are many buildings in Stone Town that are worth a visit, including the Palace Museum and the House of Wonders. 


  • Pemba Island

Pemba is a beautiful island with stunning beaches and lot of fun activities. Here are some of the most fun and interesting things to do on Pemba Island:

  • Explore the Kidike Flying Fox Sanctuary – a sanctuary designed for a specific species of giant bats. 
  • Check out the Ngezi Forest Reserve. The Reserve offers two fantastic trails that you should explore, the Joshi trail and the Tauufiki trail. 
  • Head over to Mkame Ndume Ruins, a historically significant site. 


  • Mafia Island

Mafia offers interesting activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and windsurfing. You can also swim with whale sharks here, which are considered the largest species of fish – don’t worry, though, they’re harmless to humans!

These are some of the beautiful tropical islands that you should visit on your trip to Tanzania. 


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Tanzania would be during the dry season, from June to October. During this time, you can easily spot the wildlife and you won’t face any heavy rainfall that could disturb your plans. 


Tropical Vacation Safety Tips

Although a tropical vacation is all fun and games, you need to take a few safety steps as well to make sure your vacation doesn’t turn into a regretful decision. 

  • Always make sure you have mosquito repellant on all the exposed areas of your body when you’re in a tropical area. Mosquito bites can transmit malaria and dengue, among other diseases. You should also use mosquito nets at night while sleeping. 
  • Make sure you’re vaccinated against typhoid and other diseases that are usually present in tropical areas. 
  • Always wear SPF 50+ sunscreen when traveling to a tropical area. You get more direct sun exposure in those areas which could result in sunburns. 
  • Keep a raincoat with you.
  • Make sure you dress modestly while you’re in Tanzania. It’s a Muslim country so you should keep yourself covered at all times. Don’t wear bikinis or miniskirts. Moreover, try wearing full length dresses that aren’t sleeveless. 

These are just a few tropical vacation safety tips that will help you have a fun and safe vacation. 

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