East African countries pride in hosting millions of tourists annually due to the unbeatable scenic beauty found within their landscapes. And one of these countries is Tanzania – a Swahili republic – which boarders Kenya to the South and Uganda to the West.
Boasting of numerous traveler sights, this East African nation has become the talk of tourist visiting the African continent. Tanzania has a diversified plethora of attractions which leads to the reason why thousands of visitors flock in its destinations. And don’t be surprised to hear the Swahili word “Safari” meaning tour as it’s commonly used.
Below are some of the top destinations which should be in your visiting-list when you land in this peaceful country:
1) Serengeti National Park
This is a famous destination known due to the wildlife found in its coverage. Serengeti national park is proclaimed as the most Natural Wonder of Africa and is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. As they close the Mara River, hundreds of hungry crocodiles wait them for a feast. The lucky ones to close fall on the deadly mouths of the golden manned-lions, cheetahs, leopards and any other carnivore animal you know. It is Serengeti plains that only the strongest survive!
2) Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and a frequently visited destination. Tourists visit this mountain with the aim of at least viewing this snow capped majestic mountain or if possible climb to its alluring peaks. It’s from this mountain that you get grandeur breathtaking of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, The Great Rift Valley. Visit Kilimanjaro today and if you reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, you will have earned a climbing certificate. Best time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro is between December-February when it’s clear and warm, but also from July-September when it’s dry and colder.
3) Ngorongoro Crater
Located between Serengeti and Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater was one the world’s tallest volcano mountain before it exploded and collapsed. The crater is home to thousands of wildlife and one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife viewing areas. The game viewing is truly incredible, and the topography and views of the surrounding Crater Highlands further surpasses the beauty of this world;- no wonder its sometimes called the “Africa’s Eden”-. Within this crater you will also find the Olduvai Gorge an important archaeological site that has revealed the existence of the early man.
Zanzibar’s major tourist attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed coral rag houses. The stone town is an outstanding example of a Swahili trading town. The stone town is described as an exceptional material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonization.
Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. Watch the spectacular view in the east coast as waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore and low tide revealing small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.
5) Tarangire National Park
You want to spot hundreds of elephants grazing like cattle in the plains? Visit Tarangire National park and you will get lost counting them as its proclaimed the largest concentration of elephants in the world. The park is also the second highest concentration of wildlife after Serengeti. In this park hundreds of predators such as leopards, lions and cheetahs are sustained here by thousands of herbivores like zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, gazelles, giraffes etc. savannah plains, vast swamps, epic baobabs and abundance of sun-blistered termite mounds should also provoke you to give Tarangire National Park a visit.
6) Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is a scenic gem offering amazing game attractions, varied ecosystem, incredible bird life and breathtaking views. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, flamingos, breathtaking scenery and the soda-ash lake in the centre, Lake Manyara merits a day trip but not much longer. Majority of tourists enjoy an afternoon game drive as they head to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Many animals concentrate on the lake’s shores which take much of the park’s space.
7) Mafia Island
The mafia island attracts the attentions of many divers and snorkelers to explore the undersea world. It is considered a home to deep marine spics like marlin, tuna, and sailfish. Mafia Island there over 400 species of fish and countless birds seen in its vicinity. The Island is also a traditional breeding site for the green turtle, which are unfortunately close to extinction.
8) Gombe Stream National Park
Though it might be the smallest national park in Tanzania, Gombe stream park allures tourists due to the high number of chimpanzees it host. You will be guided to watch these amazing “man-looking” chimps in the wild. Other species of mammals and primates are also found in this park.
Other attractions found in Tanzania include, Pemba Island, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park among others. Take it as a challenge this season to visit Tanzania’s beautiful world and you have an African story to tell. And just like their Swahili word “Karibu tena” meaning welcome again, I say “Karibu Tena”!