The East African country of Tanzania is well-known for its expansive, unfettered wildlife area, yet there is more to this destination than meets the eye. I first fell in love with this area from afar as I watched vlogs from The Bucket List Family – a group of family travel journalists – venture to Tanzania and document their adventures along the way. So, why might Tanzania be the right choice for your next adventure? In one word, Tanzania is extraordinary, especially if you’re craving something different. From mountain tops to beaches to plains, the landscape of Tanzania is rich and diverse. Read on to discover more about some of the best things to do while in Tanzania.
You simply cannot visit Tanzania without experiencing one of the guided safari tours. You will get to enjoy close sightings of the big five: buffalo, elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards. Tanzana is home to the largest and most famous national park in Africa – the Serengeti. With over 5000 square miles of preserved land, this is one of the great spots on earth to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
For those who enjoy a bit of history, Kilwa Kisiwana is a must-see. This small island is located just off the coast of the mainland. From the 13th to the 16th centuries, Kilwa Kisiwana served as one of the major trading hubs for gold, ivory, and other precious goods. Today, the ruins on this island, some of which are still unexcavated, are protected by UNESCO. Visitors are able to tour the intriguing fortresses, mosques, and gravesites.
If you’re seeking a personal challenge, you may want to consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. This is an extremely popular area for hikers, as it is the highest mountain in the whole of Africa, with three peaks – Mawenzi, Kibo and Shira. The climb itself is more of a hike; however, Kilimanjaro has peaks at almost 20,000 feet, With that being said, it’s still important to consider the elevation as it can be a challenge, even for experienced hikers.
Whether you are a keen angler or a novice, you are assured to appreciate the fishing waters off the coast of Tanzania. These areas are exceptional for big-game fishing, and there are many different species that you can try your hand at hooking, including the likes of snapper, marlin, barracuda and shark.
Zanzibar is home to the Stone Town, which is filled with intriguing historical sites. This is a Swahili coastal trading town with a fascinating history, and there is so much to see and explore in the area, including coral stone buildings with exceptional architecture as well as cultural influences from the sea traders and explorers that are part of the history in the area. Stone Town is also a great opportunity to visit the Spice Market, also known as the Darajani Bazaar, where you’ll find fresh, local fruits, vegetables, crafts and other goods.
Perhaps there is no better place to snorkel and scuba-diving than the coral islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. As part of the Tanzanian archipelago, these islands offer dozens of unique areas to experience the sea. Not only is the marine life diverse, but visibility is clear in the Indian Ocean, which will enhance your overall experience. One of the most well-known spots is Mnemba Atoll, which is dubbed by many as a “must see” in Zanzibar. There you will be able to witness a whole host of brightly colored fish and coral as well as sharks, turtles, manta rays and dolphins.
Once you have had a hard day climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you may want to relax, and there is nowhere better than the beaches of Zanzibar to do this. The stunning white sandy beaches are lined with small coves and coconut palms – it’s a slice of paradise. There are dozens of beaches to choose from but one you will swoon over is Nakupenda Beach, which translates to “I love you” in Swahili.
It is not hard to see why Tanzania tours are proving to be extremely popular, as there is so much to see and do in the area. The seven activities mentioned demonstrate how there is something for everyone to enjoy, and so whether you are a thrill-seeker or someone who enjoys historical sites, you are bound to have a holiday to remember.