Are you looking for a magical place in Africa to take a vacation? Travel to Tanzania, and you’ll have the time of your life.
Tanzania, a country in East Africa, has lots of wildlife, making it the perfect destination for an African safari.
It also boasts stunning beaches, the highest mountain in Africa, fantastic food, welcoming people, and so much more.
In this article, I’ll show you some of the best things to do should you visit Tanzania.
To travel to this country, you’ll need to apply for a visa, which you can apply for online.
For example, if you are traveling from Canada, you must meet Tanzania visa requirements for Canadian citizens.
The online application process will take you minutes, and your visa will be sent to you via email if approved.
So here are the must-do things when in Tanzania.
1. Visit the National Parks
Tanzania has several national parks where you can see the big five (lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos).
The most popular of its national parks is Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is where the wildebeest migration, one of the world's seven new wonders, takes place each year.
The wildebeest migration is a spectacular event where 2 million wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras move from Serengeti National Park into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, searching for greener pastures.
To do this, the animals must cross the crocodile-filled Mara River. Some of the animals don’t make it through the river. This event takes place from July to October.
Some other parks you can visit in Tanzania to see wild animals in their natural habitat include:
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Selous Game Reserve
- Gombe National Park
- Katavi National Park
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Tarangire National Park
Here you’ll find hyenas, wild dogs, hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, and over 1,100 species of birds.
2. Relax on the Beaches of Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a tropical island in Tanzania famous for its white sandy beaches and warm weather.
If you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation, then Zanzibar is one of the best places you can go to chill out, soak up the sun, swim, do some snorkeling, and scuba dive.
Zanzibar also has Stone Town, an ancient city declared a UNESCO cultural heritage site in 2000.
Called Mji Mkongwe by the locals, Swahili for Old Town, the area is rich in the history and culture of Arab, Persian, Indian, and European elements. Touring this town will be a delight.
While the weather in Zanzibar is good year-round, the best time to visit is June to October and December to February when it's cool and dry.
3. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt Kilimanjaro is often referred to as the roof of Africa. This is because it has the highest peak at 5,895 meters.
If you’re physically fit, you can go up this mountain in 5-7 days.
If mountaineering is not your thing, you can still view the highest free-standing mountain in the world from a distance.
More Things to Do in Tanzania
There are many more places to see that will be worth your time. Here are a few more to consider.
Kilimanjaro may get the lion's share of attention. However, there's another notable mountain you can see in Tanzania — Mt. Meru. It's Africa’s fifth highest mountain.
Eating Swahili Cuisine
Sample Swahili cuisine in local markets. I recommend you try Nyama Choma and Ugali, roasted cow or goat meat, and an accompaniment.
Forodhani Gardens Food Market
In Zanzibar, visit a food market called Forodhani Gardens to sample some Swahili seafood meals.
Visit a Maasai village to meet and interact with Maasai warriors known to battle it out with lions and win.
Their simple lifestyle, which involves limited use of technology and electricity, will also be interesting to learn about.
You can also join them in their iconic Maasai dance, which has become world-renowned.
See what is said to be the first home of humans at Olduvai Gorge.
This is the place archaeologists Mary and Louise Leakey discovered the first human species dating back 3 million years.
Tanzania has many fun activities you can do, so go ahead and book your trip there. I guarantee you won’t regret taking a trip to this magical place.
This story was brought to you in partnership with TanzaniaOnlineVisa.com.
Planning a trip? Go Backpacking recommends:
- G Adventures for small group tours.
- World Nomads for travel insurance.
- Hostelworld for booking hostels.
- Rail Europe for train passes.
Tuesday 10th of September 2019
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