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Beach Holidays

Beach holidays in Tanzania offer travelers the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty. With its stunning coastline along the Indian Ocean, Tanzania boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Africa. Here's what you can expect from a beach holiday in Tanzania:

  1. Zanzibar: Zanzibar is perhaps the most famous beach destination in Tanzania, known for its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs. Popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, diving, and sunset dhow cruises. Stone Town, the historic capital of Zanzibar, offers a unique blend of Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian, and European influences, with its narrow streets, bustling markets, and ancient architecture.
  2. Mafia Island: Located off the coast of mainland Tanzania, Mafia Island is a hidden gem known for its unspoiled beaches, pristine marine ecosystems, and laid-back atmosphere. It's an ideal destination for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and whale shark watching (especially between October and February). Mafia Island Marine Park is home to an abundance of marine life, including colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, and rays.
  3. Pangani: Situated on Tanzania's northern coast, Pangani is a tranquil beach town with a rich history and stunning beaches. Visitors can explore the historic town center, visit ancient ruins and mosques, and relax on the pristine beaches. The nearby Pangani River offers opportunities for boat safaris, birdwatching, and cultural experiences.
  4. Bagamoyo: Just a short drive from Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo is a coastal town with a fascinating history and beautiful beaches. It was once a major trading port and slave market, and remnants of its colonial past can still be seen in its architecture and museums. Bagamoyo Beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying fresh seafood.
  5. Pemba Island: Less developed and more secluded than Zanzibar, Pemba Island offers a quieter and more off-the-beaten-path beach experience. Visitors can explore lush mangrove forests, swim in clear blue waters, and dive among pristine coral reefs. The island is also known for its spice plantations and traditional dhow sailing excursions.

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adventurous escape, Tanzania's beaches offer something for everyone. With their natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and abundance of activities, they provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable beach holiday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tanzania is in the GMT+3 time zone, which signifies that there's no time variance between their summers and winter seasons.

Situated in East Africa, Tanzania is surrounded by the Indian Ocean to its Eastern side, endowing us with the allure of Zanzibar.

To the North of Tanzania lie Kenya and Uganda, while Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi can be located to the west. To the South of Tanzania are Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

There are multiple methods of reaching Tanzania, but typically, you'll arrive by air at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam (640 kilometers, or a 2-hour flight from Arusha City), or at Kilimanjaro International Airport (a 45-minute drive from Arusha City).

The primary language of Tanzania is Swahili, spoken by the majority of our population. Additionally, we boast a diverse array of over 100 tribal languages! Thankfully, English is prevalent in major urban centers and areas frequented by tourists. At Shammah Wonders Safaris, our driver guides are proficient in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German. When making reservations with us, please indicate your preferred language for our guides.

Whether you aim to ascend Kilimanjaro or cross off an African Safari from your list of dreams, we're thrilled to assist you in planning.

Reach out to us today with your particular preferences, and our team of Tanzania experts will craft a customized itinerary that will exceed your expectations.

We eagerly anticipate your arrival!

Tanzania witnesses two periods of rainfall, known as the 'long rains' from late March to May and the 'short rains' from late October or early November to mid-December.

Certainly. Given its tropical climate, Tanzania naturally hosts mosquitoes. Prior to visiting, it's advisable for travelers to seek guidance from a healthcare professional well in advance, as antimalarial medication typically needs to be initiated before arrival. It's recommended to carry mosquito repellent and dress in neutral or khaki-colored clothing. Certain lodgings may offer mosquito-prevention measures like mosquito nets or spraying repellent in sleeping areas.

Typically, the Tanzanian dry period commences in early June and extends until late October. Subsequently, the 'short rains' arrive from late October or early November until mid to late December. Following this, there's a break from late December to mid-March, after which the 'long rains' set in from the end of March to May.

Naturally, climatic patterns may fluctuate annually, so it's essential to be ready for any eventuality.

We assure you'll find Tanzania very safe and welcoming. Like anywhere else globally, exercising common sense is key. Avoid displaying valuables and embrace the natural wonders, culture, and people of Tanzania without worry.

While many visitors come to Tanzania primarily for wildlife experiences, they often depart with a broader and deeper understanding. Why? A significant part of this is attributed to our amicable, hospitable, and diverse populace. Tanzanians encompass various ethnicities and religious beliefs, coexisting harmoniously, making Tanzania one of Africa's safest destinations.

Tanzania is categorized by the World Health Organization as a low-risk area due to the absence of isolated cases of the Yellow fever virus within the country. However, the presence of Yellow fever vectors and other favorable environmental factors presents a potential risk of Yellow fever if the virus is introduced. Additionally, being bordered by Yellow fever-endemic nations increases Tanzania's susceptibility to infection by the virus.

To comply with the International Health Regulations (2005) and ensure public health safety in Tanzania, travelers arriving from Yellow fever-endemic countries are required to have received the Yellow fever vaccination. This requirement also extends to travelers transiting through Yellow fever-endemic countries for twelve hours or more.

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tshs). However, it's important to note that Tanzanian Shilling cannot be imported or exported. Nonetheless, it can be easily converted to US Dollars, Euros, and other currencies within the country.

Should you need to exchange currency while in Tanzania, numerous banks across the country provide currency exchange services. It's advisable to always obtain a receipt for currency transactions.

The majority of lodgings will readily take credit cards. However, if you prefer cash transactions, it's advisable to utilize US Dollars. Please be aware that US Dollar banknotes dated before 2009 are not accepted. For credit card payments, either MASTERCARD or VISA are recommended.

Numerous airlines operate direct routes to Tanzania, with frequencies ranging from daily to thrice weekly. Carriers offering nonstop flights include KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Condor Charter Flight, and RwandAir, which serve Kilimanjaro International Airport. Additionally, airlines such as Emirates, South African Airways, Etihad Airways, and EgyptAir offer daily flights to Dar es Salaam International Airport.

For currency needs, we recommend bringing US Dollars from your home country, as they are widely accepted.

However, if you find yourself in need of cash while in Tanzania, there are numerous ATM machines available in Arusha City where you can withdraw additional funds before embarking on your safari or trek. It's important to note that US Dollars cannot be withdrawn from ATMs, and there is a maximum withdrawal limit of 400,000 Tanzanian Shillings, which is equivalent to less than 200 USD. Therefore, it's essential to consider this limit when withdrawing cash.

Furthermore, it's worth mentioning that many small towns or beachside hotels may lack ATM facilities, so it's advisable to ensure you have sufficient cash before traveling to remote areas or the beach.

While we understand the inclination to show kindness and establish connections with community members, it's not advisable to distribute gifts randomly. If you wish to make a donation or present gifts, please inform us, and we can arrange this for you. Additionally, we can offer guidance on suitable gifts or donations.

Accommodation options vary depending on the nature of your trip. For instance, Kilimanjaro treks offer limited choices compared to lavish retreats in Zanzibar.

Nevertheless, Tanzania caters to all budgets, offering options from budget-friendly to luxurious accommodations.

At Shammah Wonders Safaris, our safaris feature four accommodation styles tailored to your preferences and budget: Basic, Comfort, Comfort Plus, and Luxury.

We exclusively collaborate with top-tier accommodations within each category. Basic accommodations are situated on public campsites with shared restroom facilities. In the other three categories, accommodations boast private bathrooms. These rooms are spacious, equipped with either twin or king-size beds, a vanity, and a wardrobe for luggage storage. Lodges and tented camps within the National Parks utilize generators for power. It's worth noting that while some accommodations provide 24-hour access to hot showers, others offer hot showers only during specified times in the morning and evening.

The domestically brewed beer is of high quality, with options such as Serengeti, Safari, and Kilimanjaro. For a unique experience, you can also sample mbege (a homebrew from the Chagga community) or banana beer. Imported beers are also exceptional, with the Tusker Kenyan variant being particularly popular among our favorites.

Tanzania is undeniably an exceptional destination for bird enthusiasts, with an abundance of extraordinary avian species awaiting your discovery!

We frequently receive inquiries regarding family safaris, and the majority of children thoroughly enjoy their safari experience, provided they are old enough to fully appreciate this extraordinary holiday opportunity.

There's nothing quite like being in close proximity to our magnificent wildlife, far surpassing the experience of watching it on television or simply reading about it in books.

At Shammah Wonders Safaris, we can offer guidance on child-friendly accommodations and ensure that your family is provided with suitable lodging. However, it's important to be realistic. Safaris entail extensive driving across rugged terrain, and we do not recommend safari trips for children under the age of 3.

Private safaris in Tanzania are a great way to explore the country’s wildlife and landscapes with an exclusive and dedicated guide, without having to share time-tabled tours of game viewing activities, amenities, and transport with strangers whose preferences and languages do not match yours. Private Tanzania safaris are available for groups of any size, with SHAMMAH WONDERS offering tailor-made options for honeymoon couples, families, or small VIP groups. Shammah Wonders Tour Operator offers a 12-day Private Tanzania safari that takes you from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire to the Serengeti, with the journey’s end on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar. Tanzania Private safaris are all about traveling with the people you choose, and they are designed to be experienced at your leisure in ultimate African luxury
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