From the sublime beaches of Zanzibar to the expansive plains of the Serengeti and the shadowing peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the richness of this East African country has something extraordinary for everyone. Home to richly diverse and ancient cultures, more than a third Tanzania’s landmass is protected conservation land.
Named for its unification of two separate entities Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania was formed in 1964. Located in East Africa, Tanzania is bordered by 885 miles of Indian Ocean coastline to the east within which is the Archipelago of Zanzibar. The densely forested northeastern part of the country is home to the continent’s tallest peak and world’s highest free-standing volcano, Mt. Kilimanjaro. This mountainous region gives way to an expansive plateau in the center of the nation, home to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro National Park, and the wild landscapes of the savanna.
Experience this expansive wilderness for yourself by summiting Kilimanjaro or taking a wildlife safari on one of Wildland Trekking’s premium multi-day trips.
When to Go
The climate in Tanzania is moderate to hot, depending on the region and time of year. Higher altitude areas have temperatures ranging from 50-68°F, while the remainder of the country rarely sees temperatures fall below 68°F. Rainfall is most persistent from October through April, amplified from October through December and March through May – during the seasonal migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. Limited climatic variation occurs on the coastline, aside from the rainy season, with temperatures averaging 86°F. You can expect long days of sunshine and sea breezes mitigating the daytime humidity. We schedule our Wildland Trekking Tanzania tours to take advantage of the less rainy times of the year.
June, July, August, and September are the winter months in Tanzania, marked by cooler and drier conditions. The climate lends itself to sparse foliage and diminishing water sources, drawing the wildlife to congregate around remaining flowing rivers and oases, making them easier to view. Drier conditions also contribute to fewer mosquitoes, which can make your stay in Tanzania much more comfortable! While accommodations are fully operational at this time of year, the hotels in popular areas get booked up quickly. To take advantage of these ideal weather conditions, Wildland Trekking offers both the Kilimanjaro Trek and the Wildlife Safari during the high season.
October through February marks the shoulder season in Tanzania, with very high summer temperatures from December through February. However, Tanzania’s coastline experiences its high season from November to February as a popular destination for visitors from the Northern Hemisphere. There is some relief from the heat in late October with the short rains of the mvuli and the seasonal trade winds (kusi) blowing. The shoulder season is marked by incredible wildlife activities, with many birds migrating to East Africa from Europe between October and April, and calving (with associated predation) happening from January through March.
March, April, and May bring heavy rains, which create muddy roads and limit accessibility in some areas. The landscape becomes lush with the much-needed water. Accommodations during this time can be limited due to low visitation, and some venues may offer discounted rates.
Rising 19,340 feet above the surrounding valleys, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits of the world. Our trek to the summit travels along both the Rongai Route and the Marangu Route. These paths offer an off-the-beaten-path experience for greater tranquility and unparalleled views. We’ve created a 10-day itinerary to aid in our guests’ acclimatization to altitude and elevation. Therefore, our trips have a high success rate in reaching the summit!
We offer the option to extend your time in Tanzania by adding-on the Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour. This additional tour will visit the Maasai and Hadzabe tribes, and observe savanna wildlife.
Immerse yourself in the colorful cultures of Africa! You’ll learn about traditional ways of life by camping with the Massai tribe on the Simanjiro Plain and visiting the hunter-gatherer Hadzabe tribe and the Datoga people on Lake Eyasi. Driving from there to the savanna, we will view exotic wildlife roaming the plains before finishing the 6-day tour with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera and a World Heritage Site.
Need to Know
Wildland Trekking is pleased to handle all logistics during your trip. All your pre- and post-trip plans are up to you, however. With that in mind, let’s cover essential travel information for Tanzania
Primary Departure City For Tanzania Adventures
Both of our Tanzania trips begin and end at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania. A Wildland Trekking representative will be waiting at the airport to take you to your first night’s accommodation. If you’re planning on arriving early to explore Tanzania before your trip, please plan to arrive at the airport on Day 1 before 3 pm for the Kilimanjaro Trek or the day prior to Day 1 by 3 pm for the Wildlife Safari. Otherwise, coordinate your rendezvous with your guide and see our travel resources page for more information.
Because we only run a few trips to Tanzania per year, be sure to get your spot by booking early. We also advise that you book your trip with us before reserving your flight. Doing so will ensure that your booking is confirmed prior to making other travel arrangements.
General Travel Advice for Tanzania
Tanzania is rich with attractions and opportunities for adventurous visitors. However, limited or inconsistent tourism infrastructure makes completely independent travel a less viable option for travelers. Therefore, let’s cover a few things you should know before you arrive to make sure that you get the most out of your adventure.
Transportation and Lodging
We organize all the transportation for you during the trip. However, if you are continuing by yourself afterward, you will be faced with the options of either a self-driven exploration, local transport (dalla-dalla or taxi), hiring a driver, or light aircraft. If time is a concern, going with the latter option will be most efficient and link major highlights with daily flights. Remember that distances are long, and typically rough, between destinations. Consequently, be sure that your itinerary allows plenty of time to arrive and enjoy your destination.
Lesser used modes of transportation include bicycle touring on secondary roads, boat transport between islands of the archipelago, train travel, and either express or ordinary bus; there are limited options for luxury buses. Note that road accidents are likely the biggest safety risk while traveling in Tanzania, so use caution in choosing your method of transportation.
Visa Information for Tanzania
If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a tourist visa to visit Tanzania. This visa is available for $100. You can apply for a visa online before travel, including payment, and print the approved grant notice to show authorities upon arrival. Alternatively, travelers may obtain a visa upon arrival. However, be prepared with cash in case electronic payments are currently unavailable. See the U.S. Department of State’s Tanzania page for the most recent visa and travel information
Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453). We’re here 7 days a week from 9:00 to 4:30 Mountain Time to make sure your trip planning goes as smoothly as possible.
For more information about all your options, check out our Tanzania page on the website with the button below! Individual trip pages have detailed itineraries, trip specifics, travel information, and more.