Tanzania is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world, and must be on every traveller’s wish list. Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to travel. However, we can hope for the crisis to end, and travel to resume soon. Till then, let’s enjoy reading about the top 10 tourist attractions in Tanzania!
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
One of the best tourist spots in Tanzania is Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Home to the Ngorongoro Crater, this national park is one of the largest in Tanzania as it covers over 8000 square kilometers. This famous destination is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, with exotic plants, and animals such as zebras, monkeys, elephants, wildebeests, leopards, cheetahs, warthogs, antelopes, hyenas, oryx, buffaloes, lions, impalas, elands, gazelles, and wildebeests. Tourists can also see rare, endangered animals like the black rhino and black maned male lions. Known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater was formed by a volcanic eruption about 2 million years ago. The views of grassy plains and dark hills make this spot breathtaking.
Perhaps the most famous spot of Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is a spectacular location with 518 bird species and 2500 lions in its vast 1.5 million hectare plains. The savannah offers many different experiences, such as enriching interaction with locals, game drives, walking safaris, hot air balloon rides, and witnessing the Great Migration of 2 million wildebeests. Visitors can spot animals such as lions, cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeests, buffaloes, rhinoceros, antelopes, gazelles, and crocodiles, as well as many stunning species of exotic birds.
In the gorgeous Zanzibar archipelago, Stone Town is a beautiful town with Swahili architecture, friendly locals, and winding streets. The best feature about this region is the local street food, with treats such as octopus curry, date nut bread, zanzibar pizza, ginger tea, sugarcane juice, Uji (porridge), pilao, chapati, and biryani. Tourists can see historical locations such as Sultan’s Palace, Old Fort, Persian Baths, and the Anglican Cathedral. At Forodhani Gardens, they can take a spice tour to see, smell, and taste spices such as cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, turmeric, and cardamom.
Tarangire National Park
Located in Northern Tanzania, Tarangire is a beautiful national park, perfect for safaris, game viewing, bird watching, and witnessing the elephant migration. Compared to other locations, this spot is less crowded so visitors can enjoy peace and quiet, and have a relaxing and serene trip. Lodges and camps at Tarangire offer luxury and comfort, and provide opportunities such as night drives. Other than elephants, the park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, badgers, waterbucks, giraffes, elands, impalas, gazelles, monkeys, mongooses, baboons, and wild dogs.
Arusha is a gorgeous location and it is famous for being a gateway to many other spectacular spots. This beautiful and picturesque city offers scenic views of lush grassland, vivid greenery, and Mount Meru. Visitors can spot animals such as warthogs, rhinoceros, elephants, bushbucks, monkeys, buffaloes, lions, leopards, zebras, and giraffes, and exotic birds such as geese, crowned eagles, woodpeckers, flamingoes, hornbills, egrets, guinea fowl, pelicans, and storks.
This mountain is another famous spot in Tanzania. Tourists from all over the world come to see Africa’s highest peak, a World Heritage Site standing at about 5895m. The rainforests on the lower levels are home to exotic birds, buffaloes, monkeys, leopards, and elephants. Climbing and trekking in this pristine area is a fun experience. Travellers love watching the lush greenery, wild animals, and enchanting sunsets, as well as the Kibo, Shira, and Mawenzi volcanic cones.
One of the most gorgeous locations in Tanzania, this peaceful and remote island is home to 460 species of fish, 5 species of turtles, and colorful coral reefs. The mesmerising location offers experiences such as swimming, scuba diving, boat tours, snorkelling, and whale watching. Tourists can walk or relax on the sandy beaches and look at the crystalline blue waters.
Considered the ‘crown jewel’ in Tanzania’s lake system, this saline lake is home to many species of fish such as tilapia and catfish, animals such as rodents, lizards, and colorful snakes, and 400 species of exotic birds, including pelicans, egrets, hornbills, storks, and guinea fowl. The region offers scenic views of blue volcanic peaks, waterfalls, and lush vegetation such as fig, mahogany, acacia, and giant baobab trees. Visitors can enjoy activities such as mountain bike tours, bird watching, camping, trekking, photography, walking tours, and meeting the friendly locals!
Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam used to be the capital of Tanzania. This is the largest city in East Africa, and offers a great experience of bustling city life. With lively town squares and big shopping malls, this city allows visitors to get an urban experience. They can shop for clothing, books, accessories, decor, and souvenirs in local and international shops in malls such as Mkuki House, Mlimani City Mall, Slipaway, and Mayfair Plaza. Those who want to learn about history can plan a trip to landmarks and spots such as the Askari Monument, National Museum, or the old Cathedral.
The Zanzibar archipelago is a spectacular location, home to friendly locals, amazing cuisine such as mouth watering street food and fresh seafood, amazing spots such as Zanzibar Butterfly Sanctuary, Stone Town, Jozani Forest, and Zanzibar Gallery. The pristine beaches such as Pongwe, Nungwi, Paje, and Kiwengwa, offer experiences such as swimming, scuba diving, and kayaking, and are home to wildlife such as manta rays, whale sharks, and deep sea turtles!