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Fly to Tanzania

 

So many things to do, so many experiences to treasure, so many stories to tell! Tanzania is one place that has many different ways to be enjoyed.

  • if you want to be on top of the world, you can find it here

  • if you want to be star struck by the Big 5 and many other African animals, you can find it here

  • if you want to toast drinks at awe-inspiring sunsets, you can find it here

  • if you want to float a hot air balloon over incredible landscapes, you can find it here

  • if you want to swing to a Swahili beat, you can find it here

  • if you want to be enchanted by mystical spice islands, you can find it here

  • if you want to switch off on your own private paradise beach, you can find it here

Tanzania is full of exciting, fascinating and awe-inspiring experiences. The wildlife is unbelievable, from Big Five safaris to spot the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo and the annual migration of millions of wildebeest in the Serengeti, to the ginormous whale sharks, enigmatic African painted dogs and man’s closest relatives, the agile chimpanzees. On a smaller scale, there are fabulously funky chameleons and literally hundreds of species of beautiful birds, fantastic fish and brilliant butterflies to be seen.

There are plenty of opportunities to get active too, whether it is scaling the highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro or the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai and swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving the pristine Indian Ocean. You can canoe, mountain bike, rock climb and abseil in some of the national parks, take a hot air balloon ride and there are plenty of spots that offer bush walks and night safaris to get an even closer animal encounter!

The islands of Tanzania offer the traveller the ability to soak up the sun, chill out to the extreme and escape to paradise. Whether it is the spicy scents of Zanzibar or the private island of Fanjove, there are world-class beaches where you can read a book, sip a cocktail, get a massage, de-stress, and detach from everyday worries.

History comes alive at the prehistoric sites of Isimila and Olduvai Gorge, a fascinating insight into our Stone Age cousin’s lifestyles. More recent historical places can be found in Kilwa at the former gold and ivory trade city, in Kigoma where European explorers mapped the ‘unknown’ and in Zanzibar where you can learn about the cruelty of the slave trade. Modern day culture can be found with visits to settlements of the Maasai people and other Tanzanian tribes.

Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Tanzania.

Book your cheap flight to Tanzania with Tripindigo today and begin ticking off the items on your bucket list!

 

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Popular National Parks, Islands and Beaches



Popular destinations in Tanzania

There are a lot of famous destinations in Tanzania, they include places like:

  • Serengeti National Park

  • Ngorongoro Crater

  • Kilimanjaro NP – the highest mountain in Africa, one of the 7 summits

  • Zanzibar

  • Lake Manyara NP

  • Tarangire NP

  • Pemba Island

  • Mafia Island

  • Ruaha NP

  • Selous Game Reserve

  • Fanjove Island

  • Kilwa

  • Lake Natron

  • Lushoto

  • Mikumi NP

  • Saadani NP

And with Tripindigo it is easy to book your once-in-a-lifetime-safari as we offer flights to the following airports:

  • Dar es Salaam

  • Kilimanjaro

  • Arusha

  • Mwanza

  • Kigoma

  • Iringa

  • Mbeya

  • Dodoma

But flights can also be taken directly to your accommodation in a lot of cases. Tripindigo has a huge selection of domestic flights to get as close as possible to your destination, often only a short game drive away.

Short history of Tanzania

Tanzania is known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ due to the fact that many species of early man and prehistoric sites have been discovered in various locations across the country. From approximately ten thousand years ago, Tanzanian communities were hunter-gatherers until around six to three thousand years ago, when agriculture and livestock farming were introduced.

When the Bantu tribes arrived from Western Africa they brought with them ironworking skills and social and political organisation. Traders and merchants also sailed back and forth to Tanzania from the Persian Gulf and Western India, setting up important markets places and bustling settlements along the coast. Portuguese explorers, including Vasco de Gama, arrived in 1498 and took over Zanzibar until the Arabs from Oman seized control in the early 18th Century. This began the era of slave trade, with caravan routes being established across Tanzania through to Lake Tanganyika and Central Africa.

During the 19th century, European explorers ‘discovered’ various parts of Tanzania, most famously during the search for the source of the River Nile involving Burton, Speke, and Dr. Livingstone. In the later part of the century, the Germans began to take control. In 1886 East Africa was partitioned between Germany and the British, with the land east of Lake Tanganyika falling under German rule. However, the German regime destroyed local traditions and beliefs and resulted in a bloody uprising where over 120,000 locals died.

Following WWI the Germans handed over their overseas territories and German East Africa became Tanganyika, under British rule. After WW2, Julius Nyerere demonstrated that self-governance was due and on the 9th of December 1961 independence was granted.

Nyerere became the President in 1962 and in April 1964 Tanganyika united with Zanzibar to become the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, later renamed United Republic of Tanzania (a blend of Tan from Tanganyika and Zan from Zanzibar). Nyerere introduced socialism and unified the population by making Swahili the national language.

Since independence, Tanzania has experienced relative political stability, with the current ruling party CCM having been in power since independence. The majority of the population currently survive as subsistence farmers. With the assistance of foreign aid and the investment from abroad, Tanzania is now developing fast. And although infrastructure is poor, Tanzania’s mineral wealth and tourist industry are supporting a growth spurt.

 

Information for visitors

Useful Information

Tanzania has three international airports:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport at Dar es Salaam (DAR)

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha in the north of Tanzania (JRO)

  • Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)

Most major cities have small airports and there are many landing strips that serve the islands and national parks.

  • Time zone: UTC / GMT +3

  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TSh, often written as =/)

  • Driving: left-hand side of the road

  • Power Outlets: 220V-240V 50Hz. Plug types are ‘Type D & G (British)’

Country Tips

  • Respect local culture and customs

  • Tanzania does not accept old US dollar notes, make sure you have series 2009 or newer

  • Do not exchange with street sellers; banks usually offer the best rates of exchange

  • Use internet cafes but exercise caution - don't transmit sensitive data

  • It is advisable to hire a driver when hiring a car. Drivers are not expensive.