The best things to do in Tanzania
Without a doubt, Tanzania is most famous as one of Africa’s best safari destinations. The iconic and most famous national park, The Serengeti and And Ngorongoro Crater will prove to you when you pay a visit. All of these play host to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. However, there’s more to this East African country than its safari parks. Tanzania also boasts an incredible collection of beaches like Zanzibar, Mafia and the Indian coast of the Tanzania mainland.
Interested to know the best things to do in Tanzania when you visit? Keep reading this article until the end, or contact us for more details.
Experience Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti
Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters and our winner is…..
That is the voice heard from the SafariBookings Empire as this vast land defeated all other safari parks of Africa and came to the top after voters (both, industry experts and visitors) said through their votes that Tanzania’s Serengeti is the ‘Best Safari Park of Africa’.
Well, travellers from all over the world, industry experts, at least crowned Serengeti this accolade. We are in no way telling you not to include Serengeti in your bucket list of the 10 Best Things to in Tanzania.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has consistently welcomed at least 350,000 visitors per year. It is also among the oldest parks of Africa. Serengeti which has its name in the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa is one of the few places in the world with the largest concentration of wild animals. Lions, Cheetahs, Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos, Leopards, Wildebeests, Giraffes, Zebras, Hyenas, Hippos, Dik-diks, Nile Crocodiles, Monkeys, Gazelles, Impalas, Hartebeests, Topis, Waterbucks and Hyraxes, for example, are among the common animals in this endless plain.
A Visit to Ngorongoro Crater
If one was to describe Ngorongoro in just 5 words, then it would be ‘world’s largest, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera’.
This Caldera came as a result of the fallen and sunk volcanic mountain about 2-3 million years ago.
Ngorongoro Crater also termed as a veritable ‘Garden of Eden’, is such a unique safari destination. With a large concentration of animals and short grasslands, game viewing in the crater or more appropriately caldera, is excellent as animals are everywhere! This caldera is also reputed to contain the highest density of carnivores in the world. It is also one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhinos.
Topped up with amazing sunrise and sunset, Ngorongoro should really be among your 10 Top Things to Do in this magnificent Tanzania destination.
Go for Cultural Tourism.
A world without culture would be a very boring place to live!
Tanzania has among the most diverse and unique cultures you can ever imagine and this is what makes cultural tourism as one of the ’10 Best Things to do in Tanzania’.
However, interestingly, Tanzania Tanzania has more than 100 different tribes and all these tribes have managed to live together in harmony.
If you have time, the following places worth a visit for cultural tourism: House of Wine and Stone Town in Zanzibar, Cultural Heritage in Arusha, The Old Fort, famously known as ‘Ngome Kongwe) in Zanzibar, Old Slave market in Zanzibar, Tanzanite Experience Arusha and Old Boma Road in Bagamoyo to mention a few.
Visit the Largest National Park, The Nyerere
No one would like to miss the largest and the oldest game reserve of the continent in their top 10 things to do in Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve Or currently raised to become Nyerere National Park.
Named after the legendary hunter, Sir Frederick Selous, who spent more than 40 years exploring the African bush. This is another perfect protected area in Tanzania for game viewing.
It is shame Fredrick Selous had to die after being shot by a Germany sniper in 1910s but at least, his grave remains at this legendary Game Reserve.
There is really a few parks with so many wild animals like Selous in the while world. Lions, for example, are estimated to be more than 3,000 while it has among the biggest elephant concentrations on the planet, not to mention uncountable Buffaloes, Wildebeests, Zebras, Impalas, Hippos and Crocodiles just to name a few.
Selous should truly top your list in the 10 Best Things to Do in Tanzania!
Experience 10% of the world’s lion population in Ruaha
Well, forget about the lions for a second!
Ruaha has the third-largest population of wild dogs in the world. It is arguably the largest national park in East Africa, hosting the Great Ruaha River.
The fact that Ruaha is less-visited due to the park being far from the famous northern tourist circuit of Tanzania is the reason we call this park the must-visit among the 10 Best Things to Do in Tanzania. Being not regularly visited has made this national park as natural as virgin land.
A visit to this park is an experience that you will forever live with.
Apart from a very good number of Lions, Ruaha National Park will give you a stunning experience of viewing Cheetahs, Leopards, Wild dogs, Hyenas, Hippos, Buffaloes, Giraffes and Antelopes.
Ruaha is again known to have a large elephant population in African, which makes it even the best place to visit in Tanzania.
Discover Tarangire’s Elephant
If you need a park in Tanzania to give you a good flavour of Tanzania wildlife within a limited time, Tarangire is the one. It can be done as a day trip. If you’re in Arusha or landing near Arusha (Kilimanjaro International Airport), Tarangire should be your top choice as it is just 120kms away, roughly 2 hours’ drive.
Apart from its large concentrations of Elephants, Tarangire has a good variety of wildlife. There are chances of spotting Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Kudus, Oryxes to mention a few.
In terms of birdlife, there are about 500 different species of birds. The large Baobab trees and Elephants make this park to be called the ‘Park of the Giants’.
We can’t stress this enough, but Tarangire should be in your top 10 Best Things to Do in Tanzania.
Go and relax in Zanzibar Beaches while enjoying the History of Stone Town
Well, it is not only it’s cool and clean beaches that should take you to Zanzibar. Zanzibar is also known as an Island of Spices.
When you are blessed with a climate that ensures a profusion of exquisite produce, as Zanzibar, it is only natural that our local cuisine showcases abundance in its freshest, simplest and most flavorful form.
Zanzibar Pizza, Mchuzi wa Pweza, Ugali, Zanzibar Biryani, a mixture of Chips and Eggs, Mishkaki, Octopus and Cassava, Urojo, Coconut Bean Soup, Durian and Mandazi, to mention a few, are a joy for the eyes and the palate.
With so many clean beaches to choose from in Zanzibar, a visit to the old Stone Town and Ngome Kongwe (The old Fort) will surely make your Tanzania safari awe-inspiring.
To make Zanzibar holiday even more beautiful, consider visiting the following in your:
- Matemwe Beach
- Stone Town
- Chumbe Island Coral Park
- Jozani Forest
- Mangapwani Slave Chambers
- Dhow Boat Experience
- Prison Island or Changuu Island
- Hamamni Persian Baths
- Spice Farm
- Ngome Kongwe or The Old Fort
With all the above in Zanzibar, it’s no wonder that this unique Island usually tops most visitors’ 10 Best Things to Do in Tanzania.
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
If we tell you Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the planet, it won’t be a lie. Well, this is the highest free-standing mountain to ever be on the planet. Everest might be the tallest mountain, but it doesn’t stand on its own. Kilimanjaro is a loner, and proudly so.
Whether it is a day trip to this roof of Africa or several days or a hike to the top of the mountain, or even a perfect view from Arusha Town, Kilimanjaro should, without doubt, be in your best things to do in Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro has been an attraction to over 52,000 visitors each year. Some of them try to reach the top of this iconic mountain. If you are adventurous, hiking on Kilimanjaro should be among your priorities in the things to do in Tanzania.
Our list of 10 Best Things to Do in Tanzania could go on and on, but the above destinations, activities, archaeological sites, cultural spots and other attractions should be some of your favorite things to do and see in Tanzania.
There are so many reasons to love Tanzania and one of them is that it is probably the best place in Africa to get a mixture of wildlife, culture and beaches.
If you haven’t visited yet, you should definitely give Tanzania a top priority in your bucket list for your holiday destinations.