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Best Destinations to Visit in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the most beautiful and naturally diverse destinations in the world, as it offers visitors a range of activities to enjoy, such as exploring nature, trekking, spice tours, gaining an insight into culture and heritage, meeting with locals, enjoying delicious foods, and swimming. In this breathtaking country, these are the best destinations that every tourist must visit.


Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and is home to some interesting tourist spots such as the serene botanical gardens, the historical Askari monument, and the national museum which has artefacts from British and German colonial rule, a car that belonged to King George V,  and ethnographic collections on cultures in Tanzania.


This picturesque location is home to the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhinos and buffaloes), as well as zebras, giraffes, warthogs, monkeys, geese, woodpeckers, and flamingoes. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Meru, lush greenery, and the vast landscapes. Arusha National Park is considered one of the best in the country due to its diverse flora and fauna!



Serengeti National Park is a glorious location, home to 3500 lions, 518 identified bird species, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, crocodiles, gazelles, buffaloes, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros. The beautiful park offers a range of activities such as game drives, hot air balloon rides, and walking drives. The 1.5 million hectare savannah is a popular destination for travellers who wish to witness the Great Migration of two million wildebeests!


Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, and is a famous destination for both local and international visitors. On the lower levels of the mountain are the rainforests which are home to buffaloes, elephants, monkeys, and exotic birds. The majestic mountain is actually a dormant volcano with three volcanic cones namely Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi. The lush vegetation, vivid greenery, and enchanting sunsets make the views breathtaking. Visitors can enjoy a great climbing and trekking experience, ideally during the dry season from July to October.


Mafia Island

This is one of the most beautiful islands in Tanzania, with its swaying palm trees, crystalline blue waters, and white sands. This top rated tourist destination is home to 460 species of fish, 5 species of turtles, and whale sharks. At Chole Bay, the gorgeous reefs are the best coral garden in Tanzania. Guests can enjoy peaceful walks, relax on the beach, take boat tours, enjoy whale watching, or enjoy memorable adventures such as snorkelling, swimming, and scuba diving!



Covering 8292 square kilometers, Ngorongoro is one of the largest national parks in Tanzania and is home to the Ngorongoro crater, one of the most famous sites which is home to elephants, wildebeests, gazelles, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, hyenas, impalas, oryx, monkeys, elands, and zebras. The crater is occasionally called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. This spectacular location offers scenic views of grassy plains, cloudy skies, and dark hills.


Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara is home to many species of fish such as tilapia and catfish, over 400 bird species such as pelicans, eagles, hornbills, egrets, storks, and guinea fowl, and animals such as snakes, lizards, and rodents. Tourists can enjoy mountain bike tours, camping, trekking, or walking.



Zanzibar is the most spectacular location in Tanzania. Stone Town is popular for its culture, friendly locals, and mouth watering street food such as Zanzibar pizza, ginger tea, biryani, pilao, date nut bread, octopus curry, calamari, lobster, prawns, and coconut bean soup. At beaches such as Kendwa, Paje, Pongwe, Matemwe, Dongwe, and Nungwi, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kitesurfing, kayaking, and scuba diving. The colorful coral reef at Mnemba Atoll is a wonderful sight. At Kizimkazi, tourists can swim with humpback and bottlenose dolphins. At Prison Island, tourists can explore the ruins, and see the giant sea turtles. The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is home to a number of stunning butterfly species. At Kindichi, Kizimbani, and Tangawizi, travellers can enjoy a spice tour where they can see, smell, and taste spices such as lemongrass, cumin, turmeric, vanilla, ginge, cloves, and cardamom.