Tanzania is an amazing part of Africa, with so much to see and do that if it is not already on your travel bucket list, it will be by the time you’ve finished reading this! Whether you are an adrenaline adventurer, or want to relax on white sands, there is something for everyone. If you are considering a trip to Tanzania, here’s what to do and where to go.
You can’t go to Tanzania without going on a safari and searching for big game! Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s largest game reserves and parks, from the Serengeti National Park to the Selous Game Reserve. There are many ways to customise your trip, by deciding which animals you want to focus on (we recommend the Big Five — lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and Cape buffalo!) and how you’d like to travel. Perhaps a classic jeep safari is your style, or how about something more unique like a hot air balloon? Choose a safari that is focussed on photography to get the best pictures, or go with a host who knows everything there is to know about conservation.
Sure, it’s not quite as big as Everest, but Kibo, the tallest point of Mount Kilimanjaro, is the highest point in the whole of Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Conquering it isn’t for the faint of heart, or the ill prepared, but if you are an experienced climber with the right equipment, the view from the top is incredible and you’ll be so glad you did it!
Visit the Night Market
After sunset, the Seawalk in Stone Town comes alive as a culinary playground for all. A feast for all your senses, chefs are a flurry of activity as they create amazing dishes and flaunt their wares for tourists and locals alike. You will notice an incredible blend of cultures at the Night Market, from Zanzibari pizzas and gigantic samosas, to crepes and sugar cane juice. It’s an absolute must-visit!
Tanga is the perfect antidote for all those busy, adrenaline-filled days of seeing wild animals and climbing mountains. The sleepy port is well worth a walk around, especially the Amboni Caves (where you can leave an offering at the pagan shrine) or the European Cemetery. Hire a bike for a lovely ride through the Central Market and head to a mostly deserted beach to relax.
As you may already know, we love to explore the world via the sea thorough scuba-diving, and the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of Zanzibar are the perfect place to do this.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a seasoned diver to enjoy this part of the water. It’s a great place for novices to explore as the visibility is around 10-30 metres plus all year round, and the temperatures range from a very comfortable 25-30ºC, so it’s pretty perfect!
Elsewhere, Mafia Island is another fantastic option as the coral gardens are breathtaking and there are over 400 species of fish and sealife to be spotted — including the almost-extinct green turtle.
There is so much more to Tanzania than meets the eye, with a rich culture, friendly locals, beautiful scenery and delicious food. There is so much to see and do that you can’t limit yourself to just one area or activity! Let us know in the comments if there is something we have missed; what would you recommend to do in Tanzania?