Largest city: Dar Es Salaam
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Languages: Swahili, English
Africa is probably one of the most-underrated continents for travelers to visit compared to Europe and Asia. If a safari trip to Africa is on your bucket-list, then Tanzania should be one of the first countries to visit! Tanzania is perfect for anyone who wants to experience natural landscapes and wildlife.
The East-African nation is most famous for the Serengeti National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent of Africa. On the east-coast, Tanzania’s three spice islands include: Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia, which have the most beautiful secluded beaches that aren’t exploited by mass amounts of tourists.
Top Things to do in Tanzania
1) Serengeti National Park
As one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world, the Serengeti National Park is definitely the main tourist hub because it provides a unique opportunity people to see animals in a free and natural habitat. On a side note, it’s the perfect opportunity for amateur and professional photographers to capture shots of the wildlife.
Some of Tanzania’s mammalian species consist of wildebeests, lions, zebras, chimpanzees, hyenas, etc. There is an annual mass migration of over 1.5 million wildebeests and 250,000 zebras in late November and early December. In the wetlands, one can see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, waterbucks, flamingos, and more.
Don’t forget to go on a hot air balloon ride over the magnificent scenery and wildlife with a champagne breakfast!
2) Mt. Kilimanjaro
Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain Africa, making it one of the most popular mountains to climb for people around the world. The dormant volcano has three volcanic cones – Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi. There are various climbing tours and packages that cater to anyone’s physical needs.
The Zanzibar Archipelago is located 24 km away from Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. With clear turquoise water, Zanzibar contains many beaches, deserted islands, and fishing villages, which also serves as an ideal location for scuba diving.
Stone Town is a World Heritage site that’s worth visiting. The site is a east-coast Swahili trading port-town that combines African, European, Indian, and Arabic culture. The Old Fort in Stone Town that was built in the 18th century is now a venue that hosts local performances, a cafe, and an art gallery.
4) Ngorongoro Crater
The Ngorongoro Crater is World Heritage Site that’s located west of Arusha, which is home to over 25,000 animals. The annual wildebeest and zebra migration also passes through the crater, when they move south into the area in December then move north in June.
5) Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and East Africa by population. As the main economic and cultural hub, the diverse city is home to Tanzanian, Arabic, and South Asian communities. The city has a unique combination of shopping, beaches, food, culture, and entertainment. Key notes of interest include: Temple Road, the Fish Market, Kariakoo Market, Jangwani & Mbuja Island, Bongoyo Island, South Beach, Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Village.
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