Famous Landmarks in Tanzania
The beautiful Tanzania is a perfect tourist spot for travel lovers. The gorgeous country offers exciting adventures, unique experiences, and spectacular sights. One can meet the friendly locals and learn from their culture, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine! Here are some of the most famous landmarks that Tanzania is home to, that should be on every tourist’s itinerary!
Standing at 5895m, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Travellers can have an amazing trekking or hiking experience, taking the pristine Machame route, or the enchanting Mangaru route to climb up to Uhuru Peak. The views are breathtaking and sunsets at the Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira volcanic cones are magical. Visitors can also spot exotic birds, buffaloes, monkeys, leopards, and elephants in the rainforests!
The Askari is a historical landmark in Dar Es Salaam. The bronze statue of a soldier pointing a rifle towards the harbour stands as a memorial for the Askari soldiers who fought in the first world war with the British army. The monument has plaques with inscriptions written in Arabic and Swahili.
At Iringa, one can visit an archaeological site which is home to sandstone pillars that are up to 10m tall. The museum displays stone age tools which are 60,000 to 100,000 years old, and the fossils and bones of prehistoric animals!
Stone Town in Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a top destination for tourists to visit in East Africa. Tourists can explore the winding streets and visit historical locations to learn about the region’s rich culture and heritage. The town is home to the Portuguese Old fort, the Sultan Palace, and the birthplace of Freddie Mercury. One can try local street food such as Ugali, Nyama Choma (grilled meat), and the famous Zanzibar pizza!
Another great landmark is Pugu Hills Forest Reserve, one of the oldest forests in the world, which is home to cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, elephants, jackals, hyenas, warthogs, mongooses, and baboons! Tourists can trek up to the local cattle market, a cave that is sacred to the Zaramo people, and the great bat caves which are home to the Tanzanian woolly bat, Hildegarde’s tom bat, and horseshoe bat. Pugu Hills is one of the best preserved East African coastal forests, and is a must see for tourists.
Another great landmark is Olduvai Gorge, which was home to early humans, such as the homo habilis, 1.9 million years ago! The gorge has been the discovery site for ancient hunting tools and human fossils from over two million years ago. Tourists can go to Laetoli, where ancient footprints are preserved in ash!
Olduvai Gorge (from ActiveSteve at Flickr)
At Dodoma, Kondoa Irangi paintings are a major landmark. The art is said to be over 50000 years old. One can see between 150 to 450 decorated rocks that one can see, which show elongated people, animals, and ancient hunting techniques and rituals!
Another great landmark is Kilwa Kisiwani, the ruins of a 9th century medieval trade city which acted as a trading port in the 15th century. The region is home to the Great Mosque which is the largest coral stone mosque in the city! The mosque was built in the 11th-13th century and was abandoned in the 1840s!