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5 Places You Must Visit in Tanzania


Published 27th September 2012
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Travel Planning & Tips, Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Great Migration, Serengeti

Welcome to a country with the most polite and hospitable people in Africa, where the locals will not shy away from apologizing or making all their requests in the most courteous of manner. Being the largest of the East African countries, Tanzania has a large share of attractions ranging from lakes, mountains, islands and numerous game parks and reserves. For this reason, we have narrowed the attractions to those five that you cannot afford to miss on your Tanzanian visit. These are the five places that will make your travel worthwhile.

 

 

5. Mafia Island 

Mafia Island Tanzania

 

When you are looking to get away from the hustle and stress of this hectic lifestyle, then Mafia Island is just what the doctor ordered. As if stuck in a time warp, this unexplored gem takes you back into time with the lack of tarmac roads, few hotels and lack of ATM machines. But despite that, the island will blow you away with the white sandy beaches that go on for miles and miles, the clear shimmering aquamarine waters and the peace and quiet.

 

Boasting an incredible barrier reef teeming with marine life, you have a chance to scuba dive and snorkel in what is probably one of the best scuba diving spots in the world. You could even catch a glimpse of a whale shark or a humpback whale which are found around the island waters. The island is also rich in history with 15th Century ruins at Ras Kisimani. You would not want to miss the spectacular and romantic sunrise and sunset over the island. This island offers the perfect 'Cast-away' experience.

 

 

4. Ngorongoro Crater 

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in Tanzania

 

A candidate for the new seven wonders of the world, this massive crater holds it own in that category. Being the world's largest unbroken caldera, Ngorongoro is home to over 25,000 animals. It is considered one of the best game viewing spots in the world with a chance to see the big five, zebras and wildebeests. The crater holds almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa including the extremely rare and critically endangered Black Rhino.

 

 

3. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania

 

This magnificent wonder of creation which has been nicknamed 'The Roof of Africa', really is a sight to behold. Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa, it is also the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Rising from the cultivated lands at the bottom through forests and alpine vegetation to a snow capped tip, this mountain is alluring to the adventure seeking ones.

 

While on the trek or the descent, you get a chance to enjoy the varied and unique vegetation and wildlife including the elephants and buffaloes. So whether its a spiritual journey or an adventure, this hulk of a mountain is exactly what you are looking for. The ultimate climbing experience.

 

 

2. Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Tanzania

 

Commonly known as the 'Spice Island', Zanzibar is an island associated with mystery and romance.The fragrant scents of cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla hung in the warm tropical air. A walk through 'Stone Town' is similar to going back in time with narrow winding streets, bazaars, mosques, fortresses and a Persian style public bathhouse. The ruins of palaces and ancient mosques attest to the rich history of the Island.

 

Those looking for romance are in for a treat with the presence of long, white, unspoilt sandy beaches flanked by lush coastal vegetation. There are numerous honeymoon and romantic packages in the many hotels and resorts that ensure that each day is happier than the last. Scuba diving spots abound and the Pemba Channel is reputed to have some of the best game fishing anywhere in the world.

 

From getting views of spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset, to dipping your feet into the warm ocean waters wrapped in the arms of the one you love, Zanzibar Island really feels like it is cupid's playground.

 

  

1. The Serengeti National Park

Lion Serengeti Tanzania

 

This park is the ultimate safari experience and is celebrated the world over. Not only is it one of the largest parks in the world, it also hosts the greatest animal migratory spectacle in the planet! This is where over 90,000 visitors flock to catch a glimpse of the millions of ungulates as they make their way through plains, dry land and even crocodile infested rivers. Covering 1.5 million hectares, the park is teeming with all kinds of wildlife, from the big five to cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, wild dogs.... the list is inexhaustible.

 

Not to be left behind are the over 500 species of birdlife...very much a birdwatcher's paradise. Enjoy panoramic views of the vast serengeti by taking a ride in the hot air balloons. Indulge yourself in the 5 star amenities and services in the lodges and resorts that have been set up in the park. Do not miss a chance to visit this mother of all national parks. 


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