Tanzania is one of the most enchanting safari destinations in the world, and is one of the best tourist locations situated in East Africa. It offers a wealth of natural and cultural experiences to be treasured for a lifetime, and provides the traveller the opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences which offer fun, adventure, serenity, tranquility, relaxation, beauty, and knowledge. Here are 10 reasons why Tanzania should be your next holiday destination!
- Safari Experiences
At Serengeti National Park, the land of the endless plains teeming with wildlife, families can enjoy safaris of many types, and hot air balloon rides, which fascinate children and adults alike! A trip to Ngorongoro Crater, a caldera with a 20 mile perimeter, and 700 meters below the rim filled with thousands of wild animals, is awe inspiring. While other national parks in Africa also offer a great range of wildlife viewing, the much romanticised safari experience is at its best in Tanzania. Whether you jump in a 4WD Safari vehicle with your driver guide and hit the road to explore the national parks, or take a light aircraft and fly into the parks it’s a very special feeling to embark on a safari which is an adventure all of its own.
- The Great Migration
Africa is full of amazing wildlife experiences but one of the most spectacular to witness is the Great Migration. This incredible spectacle is must see! Up to 2 million wildebeest and other wild animals cross the plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass while braving predators and perilous river crossings. Visitors might be able to witness the calving season, when wildebeests, zebras and other migratory animals give birth to their offspring. Tourists might be able to spot a wildebeest birth, which is a rare and unique sight! Around 8000 baby wildebeests are born each day, as well as thousands of zebras and gazelles.
- Mountain Climbing
Tanzania gives great opportunities for mountain climbing. Adventure seekers and explorers can enjoy trekking, and feel accomplished after a very challenging climb! The breathtakingly beautiful views, delicious cuisine, and exciting adventure opportunities make a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro very enjoyable and memorable! Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It rises to 5,895 metres above sea level, and is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park. Climbing Mount Meru is a shorter, less daunting hike.
Zanzibar offers beautiful white sand beaches, delicious cuisine, and a rich culture and history. Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site where tourists can explore the winding streets. Known as the “Spice Island”, Zanzibar has brought visitors from other lands- Persians, Chinese, Arabs, Indians- whose influences are still found in the cuisine and architecture.
- More Game Viewing
Areas such as Gombe National Park, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater offer wonderful wildlife viewing and safari opportunities. Guests can spot the Big 5 i.e. lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinoceros, as well as rare species of animals such as mongooses and meerkats. At Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve, tourists can spot gazelles, cheetahs, zebras, antelopes, exotic birds, meerkats, mongooses, and hippopotamus!
- Visiting Beaches
At locations such as Peponi, Kendwa, Pemba, Paje, Nungwi, and Jambiani, families can relax, play at the heavenly beaches, enjoy breathtaking views of the crystal clear sea water, blue skies, and magnificent mangroves, walk on the beach, explore the tidal flats, enjoy local seafood, and partake in exciting activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, or taking a dhow trip.
- Interacting world famous locals
The most well known local, indigenous population, are called the Maasai, and meeting them can be an enriching experience for travellers. Learning about another culture, and its highly energetic customs is a must-have experience! They are very friendly, and welcome visitors to the area to experience their culture and lifestyle.
- Visiting Lakes
To make their holiday experience richer and more pleasant, travellers could choose to visit the magnificent lakes of Tanzania. Lakes Victoria, Manyara, Eyasi, Rukwa, Jipe, Natron, Tanganyika, and Nyasa etc. are spectacular locations for water activities such as snorkelling, observing exotic fish, and sightseeing.
- Tasting Local Cuisine
The local cuisine is a mix of traditional African food, with strong Arabic and Indian influences. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is renowned for its seafood, and other delicacies, such as ugali (maize porridge), and types of rice such as walli, pilau and biryani.
- Exploring The Local Markets
Tanzania’s cities are bustling with colourful markets waiting to be explored. Tourists should walk around the local streets and see tons of fresh local produce and fragrant spices. This will give them the chance to buy souvenirs to take home, and hence, support local small scale businesses.