A trip to Tanzania is an extraordinary experience that can change your life. The stunning country offers a range of experiences, from exciting activities, to enriching learning opportunities, to meaningful interactions, to spectacular sights. Here are 15 things that you can do in Tanzania that are absolutely amazing, and can make your vacation unique, enjoyable, and unforgettable.
Climb the Kilimanjaro
A paradise for a trekking lover, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain as it rises up to 5869m. One can climb up the mountain, even if he/she is not an expert at hiking. Adventure seekers are rewarded with breathtakingly beautiful views of the jagged peaks and green vegetation. The high altitude creates a unique habitat which is home to many rare life forms such as Kilimanjaro tree, and the elephant flower.
Witness the Great Migration
At different regions across East Africa, you can witness the Great Migration, when two million wildebeests and other migratory animals such as zebras move across the region. You can spot newborn wildebeests during the calving season, watch the herd cross the Grumeti river, or enjoy game viewing when predators are most active.
Ride a hot air balloon at the Serengeti
An interesting way to explore the gorgeous Serengeti is to take a hot air balloon ride, where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the landscape, and spot wildlife from the skies. You can see zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, gazelles, hyenas, lions, hippos, antelopes, jackals, and foxes, all while being up in the air!
Canoe at the Momella Lakes in Arusha
At Arusha, one can enjoy the mesmerising views of Mount Meru, the lush vegetation, and the cascading waterfalls. Tourists can canoe at the Momella Lakes, where they can spot exotic and migratory birds such as flamingos, geese, hornbills, and herons!
Boating at Lake Manyara
At Lake Manyara National Park, you can find leopards, giraffes, zebras, elephants, wildebeests, lions, blue monkeys, and over 400 bird species including pelicans, flamingos, hornbills, crowned eagles, guinea fowl, egrets, and storks. The park has a jungle-like groundwater forest, grassy plains, blue volcanic peaks, and the beautiful Lake, where you can spot flamingos and enjoy a serene and tranquil boat ride.
Eat at the Rock Restaurant
Eating at the famous Rock Restaurant should be on your wish list for your visit to Tanzania. Located on the Michanwi Pingwe beach, this restaurant is built on a huge rock in the middle of the sea. You can eat the delicious seafood while enjoying the scenic and breathtaking view of the crystalline water. Famous dishes include fried prawns, gnocchi, lobster, shrimp, rice, calamari and cocktails.
Quad Bike Tour at Kiwengwa
At Kiwengwa, you can enjoy a quad bike tour. You can ride through lush forests, plantations, local villages, sandy beaches, and on off-road trails, seeing the beauty of Zanzibar on the way! Quad biking is fun, and a once in a lifetime experience!
Snorkel at Mnemba Atoll
The heavenly Mnemba Atoll is home to a stunning coral reef, and colorful marine creatures such as white moray eel, sea stars, and pufferfish. You can enjoy diving or snorkelling among the reefs, which is a breathtaking and magical experience.
Sea excursion with Safari Blue
The Safari Blue Tour is the perfect tour for exploring Zanzibar, It offers an amazing sea adventure experience, with activities such as dhow trips, yacht rides, and trips to remote, tranquil beaches. These exclusive experiences allow guests to explore the region and experience its beauty with more ease, comfort, and luxury.
See elephants at Saadani
Located right at the Indian Ocean, Saadani National Park is unique as it doubles as a beach destination. At the beach, you can find giraffes, elephants, warthogs, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, baboons, elands, vervet monkeys, and wildebeests! Watching herds of magnificent elephants at a beach destination is an extraordinary experience.
Cycling tours at Arusha
At Arusha, you can spot the Big Five i.e. leopards, lions, elephants, rhinoceros, and buffaloes, as well as zebras, giraffes, and exotic birds. Other than a regular safari, you can opt for a cycling tour which allows you to explore the foothills and grassland in a unique way, and pass through small valleys and Maasai homesteads!
Kitesurfing at Nungwi Beach
You can travel to the scenic Nungwi beach, where the soft sand, clear blue sea, and breathtaking sunset makes the experience unforgettable. You can spend your day enjoying activities such as kitesurfing, swimming, and diving! The beach is small, and private, and you see the fish swimming in the sea, as the water is crystal clear!
Street Foods at Stone Town
The Darajani Market and Forodhani Night Food Market are excellent locations to try delicious street food. You can try dishes such as Zanzibar pizza, date nut bread, coconut bean soup, octopus curry, Kuku Paka (a spicy curry), rice, biryani, pilao, kebabs, Mtori (plantain soup), Ugali and Nyama Choma (grilled meat), Urojo soup, Uji (porridge), sugarcane juice, ginger tea, prawns, shellfish, and Chipsi Mayai (eggs and potato). These foods include spices such as ginger, garlic, cardamom, cinnamon, lemongrass, turmeric, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, and cumin!
River Safari in the Selous
At the sandy banks of the Rufiji and Great Ruaha Rivers, you can enjoy an exciting safari experience. Many camps and lodges can allow you to stay next to the river and dense forest. Selous Game Reserve is home to lions, over 350 bird species, waterbucks, hyenas, giraffes, antelopes, African bush elephants, zebras, black rhinos, elands, warthogs, leopards, kudus, hippos, wild dogs, buffaloes, and Nile crocodiles!
Visit the National Museum in Dar Es Salaam
Exploring the lively and bustling city of Dar Es Salaam can allow you to experience the urban life of Tanzania. Visit the National Museum of Tanzania to find a sacred fig tree, ancient Chinese pottery, fossil discoveries, archeological artefacts, prehistoric rock art, old wood carvings, ancient relics and coins, paintings of important figures such as Julius Nyerere, indigenous ebony masks, and ethnographic collections on indigenous Tanzanian cultures. You can buy souvenirs from the gift shop!