5 Best Places to Visit in Tanzania

5 Best Places to Visit in Tanzania

Tanzania is an amazing country, full of wildlife, beaches, mountains and some of the friendliest people, these are 5 places you must visit when travelling to Tanzania. 


1. Dar Es Salaam

The cosmopolitan and economical capital of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam is one of the biggest cities on the east coast of Africa. Dar Es Salaam is a down to earth city which is full of people and has beautiful architecture from a mixture of influences. There is plenty to do around here, such as visit the national museum or take a hike up Udzungwa mountain national park. Towards the northern end of the harbour lies lively fish and crafts markets, which are worth a visit. 


2. Zanzibar


This picturesque island is just a short ferry or plane ride away from Dar Es Salaam. Full of stunning beaches, this island has a Caribbean vibe, which makes Zanzibar a perfect place to relax. In the south of the island there are opportunities to snorkel with turtles amongst other marine life, and shipwrecks all around the island. Stonetown is Zanzibar's main port, with a rich history, there is a lot to learn about this place, especially it's influence in the spice market. 


3. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Standing tall as Africa's biggest mountain, in the north of Tanzania, it's hard to miss this iconic landmark. Many people trek this mountain each year, there are different timed treks depending on how difficult the hike is, it can take at least a week to climb. Before individuals reach the base camp, there are opportunities to spot elephants, leopards, buffalo and other primates. 


4. Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Game Reserve

Serengeti Game Reserve

One of Africa's more famous and biggest game reserves is the Serengeti, with an area of nearly 15,000 km² travellers are bound to spot their favourite animals. This area is also home to the ngorongoro crater. The crater was formed 2-3 million years ago when a large volcano collapsed on itself, it now provides a large water source for the animals in this game reserve. Travellers can get tours which encompass both the ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti game reserve. 


5. Mahae Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park

Located in Western Tanzania, this park is home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa, rough figures estimate chimpanzees to be around 900 in this area. Travellers hike to see the chimpanzees and this can vary between 20 minutes to a harder walk of 3 hours, sights of the chimpanzees are common at all times of the year. Bordering Lake Tanganyika which is the world's longest freshwater lake, which holds around 1000 different fish species.


By Natalia Andersson-Laing


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