Bordering the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a country in East Africa. It is well-known as the home of Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the Seven Summits and popular tourist destination for world travelers. Its wildlife is also diverse and popular, featuring lions, giraffes, chimpanzees, and an assortment of native African species popular across the globe. Nearly 38 percent of its area is reserved for conservation areas. The east African culture found from its interior all the way to Zanzibar, an island off the coast, is fascinating, adding an extra layer of wonder to any adventures to this spectacular country.
The rainy season extends from roughly October through April or May, with a respite for some regions in January and February. The temperature is hot, though the highlands can see temperatures dip down to around 10 degrees (Celsius).
Tanzania has some major cities that make it relatively easy to start off on an adventure. Dar es Salaam is its largest city, along the east coast. Arushna is close to Kilimanjaro and contributes to many expeditions to this iconic mountain. Dodoma, the country capital, is centrally located and a good starting-off point for other interior excursions. Visas may be necessary both to enter and participate in certain programs, so check your country’s requirements for entering Tanzania.
To avoid the rainy season, it is best to visit during the late spring and summer, though travelers can expect high temperatures. This will also fall during peak season, so bookending a trip around June, July, and August and avoiding summer traffic can give you a reliably enjoyable spring or fall trip.
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