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Tips for Travelling in Tanzania

Tanzania is a very popular East African destination – the locals are friendly and except for the occasional petty theft, it is safe to visit. You will come across many poor people who will be pedaling their wares. Just remember that they are trying to feed their families, so if you are not interested, be polite and turn away. Follow these basic safety tips when travelling in Africa.

Climate

Tanzania has a tropical climate, except in the high mountainous areas, like Mount Kilimanjaro, where it can drop to below freezing. However, the coast is often hot and humid, perfect for lazing around in the sun. From May to June there are very heavy rains where the roads are often washed away and the animals also scatter because water is available to them over a large area. There are two rainy seasons, the first is from mid-March to May which are the heaviest rains, and then from November to mid-January, where a shorter period of rain can be expected.

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Popular places to visit include:

•    Katavi
•    Selous
•    Ruaha
•    Tarangire
•    Ngorongoro
•    The Serengeti – The Great Wildebeest migration
•    Mount Kilimanjaro

Visas

If you are a citizen of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and other countries in the EU, you will need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. The visas are valid for 6 months, but take note that they are valid from the date of issue, so don’t plan too far ahead.

It is suggested that you have the following vaccinations before you travel:

•    Yellow Fever
•    Typhoid
•    Hepatitis A
•    Diptheria
•    Polio and tetanus vaccinations
•    Rabies shots
•    Anti-malarial medication (specific to Tanzania)

Northern Tanzania

Here you will find the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire which are teeming with wildlife and the colourful Masai tribe. This is where you want to go on safari!

Source: Africanoverlandtours

 

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