Dar es Salaam, the gateway to the southern safari circuit and the former capital of Tanzania, is a bustling city that’s close to many beautiful islands and national parks.
If you’re in Dar es Salaam, you should embark on these top Dar es Salaam nature tours:
Catch a ferry from Dar es Salaam’s Slipway Center and head over to the pristine Bongoyo Island. It’s located only thirty minutes away. The island contains a small restaurant along with many sunbeds where you can sit back and relax. Make sure you try the Red Snapper fish here!
You can also go snorkeling here – the water is clear for most of the part and coral reefs are abundant.
Located only a 15-minute boat ride away from Dar, Mbudya is a paradise island. It’s a beautiful island where you can have a picnic, snorkel, swim or even just sit back and sunbathe on the beach. The water here is crystal clear and you can even see many fish jumping out from a distance. There’s a small kiosk where you can get local seafood as well.
Mafia is a pristine island where you can enjoy many interesting activities whilst taking in the scenic views. Here are some of the most adventurous things to do on Mafia Island:
Go kayaking, scuba diving or snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. Discover colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life.
Swim with the whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.
Watch turtles hatch at the Turtle Conservation Program
Have a great time exploring the island. There are many beach bars and restaurants here as well where you can party and have the time of your life!
Nyerere National Park
Nyerere National Park is a hidden gem in Tanzania. It’s largely untouched and unaltered by man. Moreover, it’s also much less populated than its northern counterparts, making it one of the best places to go to if you’re looking for a retreat in nature. Get up close and personal with the wildlife here by going off the beaten track and discovering hidden corners of the park for yourself. You can also go on overnight treks here!
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park is home to buffaloes, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, lions, elephants, crocodiles, leopards and many other animals. It offers excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the best time to visit the park is during the dry months from June to October.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Hike on the Sanje Waterfalls trail and discover this amazing waterfall. You can even swim beneath the waterfall – an adventurous experience that’s bound to make you feel liberated. The endangered Red Colobus monkeys can also be spotted here.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to these fantastic destinations and spend some time with nature. They’re all pretty close to Dar es Salaam. You might also want to check out the Tanzania Travel Guide for more details about traveling in Tanzania.