Trekking to Tanzania

2014-07-20 15:01

So you’re heading off to Zanzibar? This is what you need to know:

WEATHER

The coolest months in Tanzania are during the southern hemisphere winter, but the weather remains pleasant and comfortable all year round.

From December to March, the days are hot and sunny.

Tanzania’s equatorial climate brings two seasons of rain each year: the masika, or long rains that fall from mid-March to the end of May; and the mvuli, or short rains that come intermittently throughout November and parts of December and sometimes stretch into early January.

STUFF TO DO

Tanzania is home to a variety of attractions, both coastal and mountainous.

Its biggest star is Africa’s highest mountain peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in the north of the country.

Mount Meru is another mountain climber and adventurers’ dream.

Tanzania hosts many game park and conservation reserves.

The Serengeti National Park is one of the best-known big game destinations in Africa.

It is famous for its annual wildlife migration of wildebeest and zebra.

There is also Pemba Island, which offers great scuba diving and fewer crowds than its neighbour Zanzibar, which remains a very popular destination.

In addition to the various islands, there are also lakes Natron and Victoria.

MALARIA

Malaria is endemic throughout most of Tanzania and is a major health scourge (except at altitudes higher than 2?000m, where the risk of transmission is low).

Infection rates are higher during the rainy season, but the risk exists all year round and it is extremely important to take preventive measures, even if you will be in the country for just a short time.

RELIGIONS

One third of Tanzanians are Christian, another third are Muslim. The remaining third pursue one of the numerous indigenous religions

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