With Africa’s highest peak, earth’s highest free standing mountain, and a World Heritage site, Mount Kilimanjaro national park should be on top of every travellers Tanzania bucket list. The rainforests on the lower levels of the mountain are home to animals such as buffaloes, elephants, monkeys and leopards while on the upper alpine level of the mountain, tourists can enjoy observing the plethora of exotic birds that call it their home. At about 5,895m, the stunning mountain can be climbed anytime, although the optimal months would be the dry season from late June to October. The majestic mountain is actually a dormant volcano with three volcanic cones namely Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi. Uhuru peak, on Kibo, is honored as one of the Seven Summits of the world. This picturesque location is known for its enchanting sunsets, vivid greenery, and beautiful wildlife!
Serengeti National Park
With the highest population of large mammals in the world, Serengeti National Park houses 2500 lions and 518 identified bird species on its vast plains. The 1.5 million hectare savannah is the perfect place to witness the Great Wildebeest migration. With amazing animals such as hippopotamus, rhinoceros, wild dogs, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, lions, and buffaloes, the park is perfect for observing wildlife and game viewing! The best months to visit this sanctuary of biodiversity are December to June. This stunning location can be explored in several ways, such as walking safaris, hot air balloon rides, game drives, and safaris.
The perfect addition to the wildlife adventures in Tanzania is a romantic getaway on the Zanzibar beaches. With swaying palm trees, crystalline water, and soft white sands, a stroll down any of Zanzibar’s beaches is a heavenly experience. Visitors can enjoy local food and seafood delicacies, with an array of options like octopus, calamari, lobster, prawns or squid. Nungwi beach offers exciting activities such as kitesurfing and diving. At Mnemba Atoll, tourists can snorkel amongst the colorful coral reef. At Kendwa, visitors can relax on the beach and swim in the crystal clear water. Kizimkazi is known for its humpback and bottlenose dolphins who swim with tourists. Similarly, tourists could go to Paje Beach to enjoy amazing activities such as kayaking and scuba diving! A trip to Tanzania is incomplete without a visit to these beaches.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Covering 8292 square kilometers, this national park is one of the largest in Tanzania and is home to the Ngorongoro crater, one of the most famous sites which is home to a huge population of wildlife, including animals such as elephants, wildebeests, gazelles, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, hyenas, impalas, oryx, monkeys, elands, and zebras. The crater is occasionally referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. This spectacular location offers scenic views of grassy plains, cloudy skies, and dark hills. As this iconic spot offers both beauty and adventure, it is one of the top rated attractions in Tanzania!
Mafia island and its beautiful rich waters are a sight that every traveller must see! The breathtaking island attracts whale sharks frequently from September to March and its gorgeous reefs at Chole Bay are some of the best coral gardens of East Africa. 160km away from Zanzibar, this mesmerising location offers memorable adventures such as scuba diving, swimming, boat tours, snorkelling, and whale watching! Tourists can also spot 460 species of fish and 5 species of turtles. After a day full of fun filled activities, guests can relax on the beach and enjoy peace and quiet away from the crowds! With fun, beauty, and adventure, Mafia is another top rated tourist attraction in Tanzania!