10 Best Places to Visit in Tanzania

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Mount Meru

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National park is a haven for birdwatchers. It is famous for its waterbirds, especially shoebill and black-bellied pelican, as well as for hippopotami, crocodiles, and land mammals.

The birding is wonderful year-round, but the season is long. During the wet season (mid-March…mid-August) there is low-lying mist and many waterbirds are found in small marshes and swamps.

During the drier months, especially July and August, many species are found at the lake shore and in the surrounding swamps. The park is also home to lions, hyenas, and leopards.

Zanzibar, the next island over, is a great destination for Birding in Tanzania as well as snorkeling and scuba diving.

Lake Natron

Arusha National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

(tanzania)

You can find Lake Manyara National Park in north Tanzania. Located in the Arkis region, the Park’s landscape is also characterized by the presence of many water bodies known as "Inselbrände" or islands.

With an area of 5,550 square kilometres (2,185 sq mi),the Lake Manyara National Park covers part of the Manyara nature reserve which was initially a research reserve set up by the German East Africa Company in 1892.

The Lake Manyara National Park is bordered in the east end by the Barafu and the Ndutu Massifs which it stretches through. The Park is divided into two distinct parts: the Manyara grasslands and the wooded portions of the park.

The National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including four of the Big Five game animals…giraffe, elephant, lion and leopard. The park is also home to threatened species like the black rhinoceros.

The park is home to elephant, buffalo, warthog, hyenas, zebra, waterbuck, topi, giraffe, leopard, lion, and many other interesting and rare birds and animals.

Ruaha National Park

For visitors with a little extra time on their hands, Ruaha National Park is the perfect destination for wildlife spotting. You can explore the rainforest canopy and see elusive leopards and rhinos from an elevated lookout.

Aside from the majestic animals, the park’s numerous waterhole attract wild and exotic birds, and the pristine lakes invite swimmers.

Stone Town

Zanzibar.

The old city, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can expect to see snake charmers, fudge vendors, street musicians, and lots of architecture from Swahili and Portuguese eras.

Riding a camel, strolling through a maze of alleys, and checking out the old Zamani mosque serve as the perfect way to get a taste of Swahili culture and tradition.

This is an exciting city, with so much to see, do, and eat. Take in a feast at the oldest royal zamani Sultan Palace restaurant, jump aboard and see the town from the top of Stone Town’s white-washed stone walls, and explore the longest artificial swimming hole on the African continent.

Mount Kilimanjaro

The 8,848 meter (29,340 feet) high Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as Kili, is the highest African mountain above sea level. It is a dormant volcano in Northern Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro has a strong cultural identity in Tanzania and other parts of Africa. A nearby region is named “City of Kilimanjaro”.

Despite its high altitude, the mountain is still part of a continent. Mount Kilimanjaro is named after an African chief who had no clue that the mountain was there.

The descent on the East side of the mountain is under the jurisdiction of Tanzania and the ascent on the West side is under the jurisdiction of Kenya.

The mountain dropped 300 meters over the past 3,500 years. We are presently in the Holocene period, when the mountain and its glaciers make up a very active volcano.

The snow melts and flows south down the mountain to the equator. The weight of falling water is a major cause of erosion of Kilimanjaro.

One report said that the rate of erosion is similar to 5 football fields per second. Another reported that the current erosion rate is 6,000 tons per second.

The highest part of the mountain is named Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park which is located in Tanzania is home to some of the best game viewing in Africa.

This is a vast wilderness area offering the world-famous Great Migration. Even though the park is home to the most spectacular wildlife in the region, Serengeti is one of the most under-visited parks in the world.

The wildlife in the park is attracted by the exceptional natural resources available in the area and are attracted to the rich grasses and sparse trees which grow all over the area.

There are over 100,000 plains zebra, as well as over half a million Thomson�s gazelle which are easily spotted around the park. The herbivores on the plains come out at night to graze as the dry scrub bush which is found under the tall acacia trees does not provide the nutrition they need.

The plains zebra have magnificent spiral horns, which are the longest in the world. They can measure up to 1.5m in length and can often weigh up to 10KG. One famous morning after hunt has a zebra removed from the herd of over 1600 animals has a horn measuring over 2.1m.