ATTRACTIONS IN TANZANIA
Tanzania has some of the most common national parks like Serengeti national park and the Ngorongoro conservation are among others and the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. For those who want to take a break and spend some time soaking up the sun, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar are a place to be. Some of the things that attract large numbers of tourists to Tanzania include;
At 5895m above sea level, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It’s hardly out of eye-shot and it is located in northern Tanzania. Outdoorsy types looking for what to do in Tanzania need no further than Mount Kilimanjaro. If you’re up for the challenge, you can climb the mountain to one of its peaks while you enjoy the spectacular views of its surrounding area. The mountain features spectacular sights and scenery that take adventures to a new level. Don’t forget to visit and explore the Mount Kilimanjaro National park, which features a wide range of stunning landscapes, wildlife, and fun activities.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is a spectacular wildlife reserve, where you can see and experience the largest concentration of game in Africa. The park features a huge selection of animals and a variety of diverse eco-systems. It’s one of the most amazing tourist destinations in Tanzania that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Serengeti is well-known for its annual migration of more than 1.5million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and several other animals seeking green pastures. The park also offers plenty of exciting activities in Tanzania including game drives, balloon safaris, camping, and sightseeing. Serengeti National Park has an outstanding reputation and it stands out from other National Parks in Tanzania.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a large volcanic caldera located about 180km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area in Tanzania. This unusual volcanic landscape is fertile and rich with stunning lakes and enormous craters including Ngorongoro Crater – the largest inactive volcanic caldera formed several million years ago. The conservation area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It features vast areas of highland plains, forests, and an array of wildlife species including zebras, gazelles, and wildebeest. NCA offers exceptional wildlife viewing and a wide range of activities such as hiking Empakaai Crater and Olmoti Climb.
The Great Migration
Africa is full of amazing wildlife experiences but one of the most spectacular to witness is the Great Migration. A once in a lifetime experience and on the bucket list of many a traveller to Africa, none can surpass this incredible spectacle: a million wildebeest crossing the plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass while braving predators and perilous river crossings.
Wildlife and Birdlife
Tanzania has the largest concentration and diversity of animals in Africa and there are over 1000 bird species to spot in the country. Tanzania is home to some of the world’s most treasured national parks and game reserves including the Selous Game Reserve, which is the world’s largest game reserve and home to large numbers of elephants, buffalos and rhinos. Selous is also home to large concentrations of hippos, crocodiles and wild dogs.
Zanzibar is an island paradise featuring stretches of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and impressive scenery. The island is an ideal place for anyone who loves the sea, sand, and sun. The beaches are truly out of this world and offer a wide range of fun activities such as snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing and boat sailing. Every day is dazzling when you’re at the beach in Zanzibar – make sure you pack your sunglasses.
The main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Stone Town blends cultural heritage and history with a laid-back lifestyle. The town is also known as the ‘Old Town’ and it has a unique cultural heritage due to its mix of diverse cultures. With a wide variety of cultural attractions, the Stone Town has put Tanzania in the spotlight of tourism. Explore the addictively peaceful town, take a walk around its narrow streets and discover its history and culture at its museums. The Old Town has plenty of things to do and see and amazing places to stay. You may find yourself sticking around longer than you have planned.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most stunning national parks in the country. The park features a shallow alkaline lake, lush forests and an array of spectacular wildlife such as elephants, tree climbing lions, rock-climbing klipspringer and little dik-dik. Lake Manyara Park contains a wide range of bird species including flamingos which are hosted by the lake. In fact, the park is one of the largest breeding grounds in the world for flamingos.
Selous Game Reserve
This is known as the largest wildlife reserve in Africa with a variety of diverse ecosystems. The game reserve features a wide range of wildlife species including the “Big Five” animals, wild dogs and rare black rhinos. There are several lakes in the Selous Game reserves which attract a variety of birdlife including Fish Eagle, hippos and crocodiles. There are several activities to enjoy in Selous such as boat safari, game drives, and walking safaris.
Tanzanian cuisine is a mix of traditional African food, with a strong Arabic/Indian influence, especially along the coast and in Zanzibar. Surrounded by the ocean, Zanzibar is renowned for its seafood with most hotels in the area offering a fantastic variety of fresh seafood menus. For the ultimate foodie experience, visit the Stone Town night food market. Offering a variety of delicious eats, this lively market is a must-see to experience the local people and culture.
The uninhabited island of Mdubya features one of the most spectacular beaches in Tanzania. The island beach is located about 20-minute boat ride from White Sands Beach Resort or Msasani Slipway in Dar es Salaam. The island offers solitude and seclusion while you relax on the beach and enjoy a bottle of soda or beer with tasty grilled seafood caught from the ocean. The island also features a wide range of fun water activities such as snorkeling, sunbathing and scuba diving.
The Maasai People
The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. They’re well known for the special red cloth they wear which is called a Shuka and their highly energetic customs. They openly welcome visitors to the area to experience their culture and lifestyle.
Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai means the “Mountain of God” in Masaai language and is a fascinating and unique volcano located south of Lake Natron and rises above the East African Rift Valley in Northern Tanzania. Ol Doinyo Lengai showcases spectacular scenery, which is unlike any other volcano in the world. The volcano has no competition; it is the only place in the world that is presently erupting carbonatite lava while other volcanoes produce silicate lavas. According to Wired, the carbonatite lava contains abundant rare earth elements which are the important components of modern electronics. There are several fascinating attractions and sites to explore such as Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngare Sero Gorge & Waterfalls, East African Rift Escarpment and Maasai villages.
Chimpanzees in Mahale National Park
The small and remote Mahale Mountains National Park is found in the very West of Tanzania and on the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika. Chimpanzee treks are the main draw card here and seeing them in their natural habitat is a truly magical experience. When you are with the chimps you will be able to observe their very human-like behavior as the younger ones play in the trees and the adults observe and squabble amongst themselves.
Tarangire National Park
This Park is an untouched, quiet park located in Northern Tanzania. It’s well-known for exciting safari adventures and elephant migration. The underrated national park features a diversity of wildlife and several activities. The Tarangire River is located within the park and serves as a source of fresh water for the animals.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is home to an array of wildlife species such as zebra, giraffe, waterbucks, elephants, Cape buffalo, blue monkeys, and a variety of birds. The park is located close to Arusha town, the safari capital of Tanzania. It features stunning scenery and it is dominated by Mount Meru, a volcanic cone with a spectacular crater. The biggest highlight in the park is the towering Mount Meru volcano. The park also offers a wide range of activities such as canoe safari and walking safari.