Situated in East Africa and its largest country, Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda. Tanzania has vast areas of wilderness and includes some of the world’s largest games reserves including the plains of the Serengeti National Park. Tanzania is really popular for safaris as there are great chances for seeing the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) – it is the ultimate beach and safari destination for a romantic and unforgettable honeymoon. The country covers 945,087 km ² and is very diverse with Mt Kilamanjaro (its highest mountain and volcano) which travellers climb by the thousands to get a sensational view from the snow capped summit – a perfect backdrop to capture your first moments of married life together! There is also the Ngorongoro Crater – which many cite as the world’s 8th natural wonder – and is home to thousands of beautiful flamingoes. There are all types of safaris to seek out all the fascinating animals and birds and these include jeep, walking and boat safaris.
If you’re wondering when to visit this country for your honeymoon, Tanzania’s climate is tropical and the coast is beautiful with many gorgeous beaches fringed by palm trees and baobabs that are perfect for relaxing after your unforgettable safari. For active honeymooners, there are trips to enjoy on old wooden dhows and a wide variety of sports including water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing, on land you can both explore the mountains with an adventurous clime or bike tour. The culture is fascinating as there are 120 different tribes including the red cloaked Masai warriors. There are colourful markets to explore and beautiful bowls carved from teak wood, authentic African drums and jewellery to buy as souvenirs for your home together.
The food is very regional, but there are a number of national dishes that can be enjoyed across the country. Wali(rice) is a staple food as is Ugali which is like a thick maize porridge. Chapeti is a popular type of bread and nyama choma is grilled meat whilst samaki is fish. Biriyani is a particularly tasty vegetable pilaf.
When is the best time to visit Tanzania?
If you are keen to see plenty of wildlife during your Tanzania honeymoon, it is best to plan a holiday for June-October (the dry season) although the animals can be seen all year round. The wildebeest migration is spectacular and takes place in April-July when they travel to the Serengeti in the thousands. If you visit Tanzania in January/February you will have the bonus of seeing the wildebeest calves.
What is the currency in Tanzania?
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling
How long does it take to fly to Tanzania?
Flights from London to Dar Es Salaam is just over 11 hours.
What is the time difference in Tanzania?
Tanzania is 3 hours ahead of the UK
What language is spoken in Tanzania?
The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but as the country is a former British colony, English is widespread.
Do I need a visa to visit Tanzania?
Yes, holders of British passports do need a Visa and this should be applied for in good time. For the latest information please contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.