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Here are the Best Places to See in Tanzania

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There is so much more to Tanzania than what meets the eye. It is beyond the picturesque landscapes and holds a mysterious past that intertwines with stories of pirates, trading routes, and clandestine activities. Tanzania, an idyllic paradise offers many places to visit such as Serengeti. It is a popular national park filled with wild animals. It is also home to Africa’s Big Five, the must-see list of iconic megafauna which includes Lions, African buffalo, leopards, elephants, and rhinoceroses. It is an amazing place to have a bewildering experience as you for a thrilling jungle safari in Africa. Here you will get a chance to see lumbering elephants, sunbathing hippos,  migrating wildebeest, or packs of lions chasing their prize.

Another part of Tanzania is a long stretch of wonderful coastline, with ivory-white beaches. If you are looking for the best places to visit in Tanzania you must visit its beaches with white sands lapped by turquoise waters. Some of the top options you have are Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach and Paje Beach in Zanzibar Islands. Other notable beaches located on Pemba Island are Misali Island Beach and Utende Beach on Mafia Island.

Best Places to Visit in Tanzania

If you wish to explore the truest beauty of Africa you can book Tanzania packages from India and visit the places mentioned below:

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro
  2. Zanzibar
  3.  Serengeti National Park
  4.  Mafia Island Marine Park
  5. Pemba Island

Mount Kilimanjaro

You might have heard of the name Kilimanjaro in the Lion King series. Yes, you guessed it right! This is the same Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa. It is one of the best tourist destinations in Tanzania situated in the East African Rift Valley and lies just north of the Equator. Even though it is situated in a hot region, it is a world of snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. Locals there often say climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the Equator to the North Pole. This change is felt gradually because of the change from a tropical base to an icy summit. Mount Kilimanjaro has five concentric climate and ecological bands.

Not everyone knows it but Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and has three volcanic cones. Its cones are known as Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira which were made due to the volcanic movement along the Rift Valley. It is Africa's highest peak and is considered to be the easiest of the seven summits. Making it one of the must-visit places in Tanzania for experienced hikers and adventurers. To plan your trip you can simply search for Africa tours to find suitable tour packages for your trip.

Zanzibar Islands

Are you looking for an exotic beach holiday? Then Zanzibar is the perfect place to visit in Tanzania, as this travel destination has everything including stunning beaches, untouched nature, and incredible history. It is not an island, it consists of a group of islands including Pemba and Unguja.

Zanzibar is a famous tourist spot in Tanzania where many tourists love to explore the Stone Town which is a historic town in Zanzibar City. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its labyrinth of narrow streets, historic buildings and ancient spice markets. Zanzibar is also called the Spice Islands, as its main economic activity is spice exports. Some of the many spices exported are nutmeg, Cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. Zanzibar is also home to rare Red Colobus Monkeys found in Jozani Forest and it used to be the home for the possibly extinct beautiful wild cat  Zanzibar Leopard.

Serengeti National Park

Tanzania has selected the tallest land animal as their national symbol. Can you guess from the below

The Serengeti is one of the famous places in Tanzania as it is a World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Some of the attractions that one can encounter in the Serengeti National Park include the great migration, the Big Five, unique bird collections, endangered species, the highest concentration of carnivores and herbivores, and scenic and magnificent landscapes. It is home to the world’s largest populations of Wildebeest, Cheetah, Cape Eland, Zebra, Lion, Hyena and Gazelles.

You can visit this place to encounter the phenomena of great migration which will give you an unforgettable experience for a lifetime. Here you can see the great wildebeest migration of over 1.3 million along with a huge number of zebra, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, eland and impala annually coming here to seek fresh grazing and water. This makes it one of the best places to go in Tanzania.

Mafia Island Marine Park

Mafia Island Marine Park is an ideal tourist attraction in Tanzania for divers and snorkelers from around the world. It is a hidden gem that captivates travellers with its spectacular beauty and rich historical significance. By planning your trip to Mafia Island you can imagine soaking in the natural beauty of the pristine island, with its crystal-clear turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, and amazing coral reefs. This marine nature reserve in the Indian Ocean is home to a diverse array of tropic marine habitats, including coral reefs, Manta Rays, dolphins, mangroves, seagrass beds, intertidal flats, 400 fish species and whale sharks.

Mafia Island allows you to immerse yourself in the Swahili culture, rich marine life, and amazing beaches of Mafia Island. It is truly a paradise that offers a unique and unforgettable experience and gives you a chance to indulge in dhow sailing adventures and birdwatching. Make sure to add it to the top list of places to see in Tanzania especially if you are a nature lover and adventure seeker.

Pemba Island

It is one of the best places to see in Tanzania, located on the northernmost island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Many desert islands can be seen around Pemba. Also, it is an ideal place for scuba diving in the Indian Ocean due to the presence of magnificent coral gardens, colourful sponges and sea fans found underwater. If you wish to visit this place for scuba diving you can directly go to Chake Chake which is a popular base for scuba divers.

Pemba is one of the less visited tourist places in Tanzania as a result, of which it has a more laidback atmosphere. Here you can enjoy the sight of hills with deep valleys which is an ideal place for a ride for mountain bikers. It is also home to Misali Island Beach known for its rich ecosystem. It boasts 42 types of corals, a rare subspecies of vervet monkeys, over 300 species of fish, rarely seen coconut crabs, and nesting sites for green and hawksbill turtles. You can also indulge in the experience of snorkelling on Misali Island. It is one of the perfect tourist places to visit in Tanzania for an authentic experience of Africa.

When is the Best Time to Take a Safari in Tanzania?

If you want to visit Tanzania for a jungle safari and wish to see places such as Tarangire National Park, Katavi National Park and the Selous Game Reserve, you can come here in July. Anytime between August to October, will also be ideal. But if you want to go to Serengeti National Park you can visit from June through September, even though a high concentration of animals can be seen here all year round.

Whatever time to choose, make sure you plan your visit to Tanzania, to have a bona fide experience of this culturally rich country.

May 22, 2024


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