Whenever someone mentions traveling to the African continent, the country of Tanzania isn’t really one of the first places that come to mind. But then again, not many people are aware that a visit to this country should be a priority because it has a lot to offer than meets the eye. So, if you’re someone who wants to at least try something new this year, a visit to Tanzania should be on your shortlist, especially if you like the prospect of joining a safari, island recreation, or simply seeing nature at its best. And yes, those things are just some of the few of what the country has to offer.
But just like when you’re visiting a place for the very first time, there are certain things you need to know first so that your journey won’t end up being a disappointment.
1 – Bring your most comfortable and reliable walking shoes.
Traditionally, going on a holiday or vacation means bringing the lightest footwear like sandals and flip-flops. But that old practice will not work if you’re visiting Tanzania. Because you expect to be doing a lot of walking in rough, uneven, steep, and even muddy terrain, it means you must be bringing maybe a pair of trainers or reliable and durable walking shoes.
2 – Although travel is affordable in this part of the world, you still nee d to book in advance.
Traveling to Tanzania is really affordable, but you do have to book in advance, regardless of the type of transportation because the lack of options could mean that all options could easily get fully booked for several weeks.
3 – If there is one particular thing that Tanzania is very proud of, it’s the fact that the people are great.
It may be true that there are so many other places in the world that can easily defeat Tanzania in terms of interesting sights and destinations, but one advantage you get in this country is the hospitality of its people. Although the country is ethnically diverse, most ethnic groups will welcome you with open arms and are even very willing to showcase their cultures to you.
4 – Be sure you bring with you your Visa.
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for a holiday/vacation or to do business; when you visit Tanzania as a foreign national, you need to visa to enter the country. But it is also worthy of mention that some Asian and African nationals actually can enter the country with a visa, but the visit is limited for three months.
5 – You have to be ready to adapt to a new environment.
Finally, considering the fact that you’re entering a tropical environment, it means you might have to prepare yourself, more specifically by taking some health precautions. For example, you have to bring some medicine to protect you against mosquitoes, while it should be wise to just drink bottled water.