Top 10 hot spots in Tanzania

When travelling to new destinations, it is always helpful to highlight some of the top advised activities. Tanzania is one of the most densely animal-populated countries in the world. The country holds a deep history uncovering tracks of some of the first humans on earth. Made up of over 120 distinct ethnic groups, delve into the country’s cultures and look at the worth-visiting areas spread across its unique terrain.

“Wherever your journey may lead, enjoy and take in your surroundings.

Haraka haraka, haina Baraka. To hurry and to hurry will bring no blessing.”  – An old Swahili proverb

 

Selous Game Reserve

Named after British explorer Frederick Courtney Selous, it is one of largest faunal reserves in the world. In the Selous you can go on a boat safari to explore the river systems or go on cultural visits in the village to see how the inhabitants sustain themselves.  Safari walks can also lead you to Maji Moto -The Hot Springs. There you will find many pools formed by the hot sulphurous water that flows from the rocks.



Serengeti National Park

Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in Africa hosting the largest migration on earth marking it as one of the top ten travel wonders of the world. The word Serengeti derives from the Maasai language translating into endless plains. The national park is renowned for its extensive lion population, holding over 500 different bird species, and 70 large mammals as well as a range of different habitats including woodlands, swamps, grasslands and forests. The great migration takes place every year where over 2 million animals make their move towards the north, a captivating sight! There is also the option of visiting Maasai villages.



Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA)

Located nearby the Serengeti is the NCA. The main feature of the area is the crater formed 2-3 million years ago when it was a volcano and collapsed on itself forming the biggest volcanic caldera in the world. The area features almost every animal species present in East Africa. Another highlight is the Olduvai Gorge, a historical site occupied by some of the first human species 1.9 million years ago. Here you can have tours of the sites and visit museums which hold critical information on human origins.



Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones is a dormant volcano, the highest mountain in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world with a height of 5895 meters. There are a range of choices when it comes to visiting the mountain. With the help of an agency, you can reach for the highest peak, Uhuru Peak for a summit trip. There is also the option of village walks as Kilimanjaro is based in the Chagga lands, a tribe known for their remarkable banana beer-brewing and plantain fields. The Mountain itself can be climbed in various ways, 6 routes which each hold their own key features. The wildlife found on the mountain is mostly made up of a range of unique birds, monkeys and buffalos.




Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo is a town that dates to the 18th century, serving as the headquarters of German East Africa. Located at the coast it was the ideal spot to trade goods and became the center of trade by the late 19th Century for goods such as fish, salt and gum. It was often the starting point for renowned European explorers who would move into the mainland. When you are exploring the historical town of Bagamoyo it is advised to walk through and experience the disintegrating German-era colonial buildings. Visit the Kaole ruins which still remain, like the 13th century mosques and tombs. Due to the many visitors in the past, Bagamoyo is made up of a range of cultures with diverse food and is also a place known to inspire artists through its own incredible mix of art.



Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is the country’s fourth largest park. The park is split into two sections by a main road, each section encompassing lovely scenery. In the north, the reserve has lovely scenery made up of savannah plains. According to the local tour guides, Mikumi is one of the few places to exist which exhibit tree-climbing Lions.



Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park surrounds Mt. Meru, a dormant volcano with the height of 4566 meters, the second highest peak after Kilimanjaro. The park is small yet has spectacular sights like the Momella alkaline lakes holding an overwhelming amount of pink flamingos. The wildlife is less complex compared to other larger parks, however, many activities are possible such as canoeing, guided walks and climbs to the mountain. in the park are several lodges such as the Hatari Lodge which used to be the private home of actor Hardy Krüger, the setting of the legendary movie Hatari!. Up to 400 species of birds can be found in the area making it the ideal tranquil bird-watching destination.



Tarangire

Tarangire National Park is often said to be one of the most underrated national parks.

Not only is the landscape breathtaking, the park holds the largest Elephant population in Tanzania. Apart from the endangered black rhinoceros, Tarangire hosts most of Tanzania’s iconic animals. Visiting the park has its perks in both wet and dry season, the landscape transforms and is excellent for viewing wildlife. Four of The Big Five reside in the parks and animals range from lions, wildebeests to the secretary bird. Additionally, there you can do game drives, guided walks and village tours to see how the people of Tarangire live. The tree of life, namely, the Baobab tree can be found across the landscape, standing tall with its nutritious seeds and hard barks perfected for Elephants to use when sharpening their tusks.



Saadani

The best of both worlds- where bush meets the beach. This means you can have a combination of lying at the beach as well as exceptional game drives where you can encounter the wildlife in a unique surrounding. There are also historical ruins which hold history recorded far back as sixth century AD. It is situated opposite Zanzibar, merely a 15-minute flight.



Zanzibar

Zanzibar, an island opposite the coast of Tanzania is known for its fusion of cultures, spices and its rich history. The historical center is Stone Town, a world heritage site and is also well known as Freddie Mercury’s hometown. In Stone Town, you can explore its many small curving allies and old Arab-style buildings, the famous Zanzibari doors each holding their own story. You can visit historical buildings such as the Palace Museum or the House of Wonders displaying relics of Sultan history and information on Zanzibari and Swahili culture. For wildlife, you can visit the Jozani forest, the last remaining indigenous forest with a unique swamp-like habitat. Zanzibar is the perfect relaxation spot, especially after a vigorous safari, it is the ultimate place to unwind on its many, many white beaches.



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