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Tanzania makes for a wonderful vacation destination with endless national parks, beautiful islands, infinite wildlife, and beautiful landscapes! Head over to Tanzania on your next vacation for an adventurous vacation.

Here are 10 of Tanzania’s most amazing places to visit:

  1. Rubondo Island

Rubondo Island is a beautiful, green island located in Lake Victoria. You can access Rubondo Island via a plane ride from mainland Tanzania. This also lets you enjoy wonderful views of Lake Victoria from up above!

The island is teeming with wildlife – you’ll spot sitatunga antelopes, chimpanzees, giraffes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, bushbucks and over 300 species of birds, making it an excellent spot for birdwatching.

Highlights:

  • Chimpanzees and Sitatunga antelopes
  • Over 300 bird species
  • You can go fishing for Nile perch
  • Beautiful bandas for accommodation
  • Serves as a sanctuary for relocated, rescued animals

 

  1. Usambara Mountains

Head over to the Usambara Mountains for an adventurous and fun-filled 3-day hike! On your way, you’ll encounter villages rich in culture and endless fertile slopes with lots of greenery.

Hike through idyllic trails, visit historic sites on your way and witness stunning views! The scenery at the Mambo Viewpoint in particular is breath-taking.

You’ll also spot black and white colobus monkeys and lots of chameleons on your way!

  1. Pugu Hills Forest Reserve

If you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing escape from the busy city life of Dar es Salaam, head over to the Pugu Hills Forest Reserve for a day hike. The view from the top is picturesque! You’ll also get to observe beautiful butterflies and birds on your way.

There are many different hiking trails with multiple viewpoints! It’s a great place for a romantic, yet adventurous getaway.

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro Foothills

Although climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a rewarding and spectacular experience, exploring the foothills of this beautiful Mountain is just as fun! Plus, you don’t even get altitude sickness!

Discover a hidden gem of Tanzania by walking the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll hike on routes used by the locals and you’ll explore Chagga villages, farms, waterfalls, streams and an extensive rainforest that encircles the foothills of the Mountain! You get an adventurous and cultural experience – one that only a few tourists get! You can also go mountain biking here!

The surrounding Kilimanjaro National Park is also stunning and lets you witness blue monkeys, red colobus monkeys, giraffes, elands and many bird species!

  1. Tanga

Tanga is a port city in Tanzania and is known for its architecturally beautiful buildings. It also holds immense historical significance. Here are some of the best things to do in Tanga:

  • Explore the Amboni Caves – these caves are home to ancient paintings, sculptures and writings! Make sure you bring a headlight along though because it can get pretty dark (and spooky) here.
  • Discover beautiful architectural buildings in the city on a bike tour!
    Check out the Art Deco mansions, Bamboo Hospital and the numerous Arab buildings inside the town!
  • Explore Tanga Beach – have a great time chilling and unwinding at Tanga Beach.
  • Check out the Urithi Tanga Museum – learn more about the interesting history of Tanga here. It’s a great place to start your tour of the city!
  1. Mafia Island

Mafia Island is a beautiful and pristine island located just off the coast of Tanzania and forms part of the Mafia Archipelago. It’s home to the Mafia Island Marine Park, one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving hotspots in Tanzania. Here are some of the best things to do in Mafia Island:

  • Go scuba diving or snorkeling – the island is home to abundant and diverse corals including giant table corals, whip corals, blue-tipped staghorn corals and delicate sea fans. Moreover, there are over 400 species of fish here! You can also spot whale sharks.
  • Watch turtle hatching
  • Go on a village tour
  • Enjoy birdwatching
  • Chill at Mafia’s beautiful beaches
  • Go fishing – you can catch marlins, barracudas, giant trevallies, kingfish, red snapper, and many others!
  1. Kilwa Kisiwani Island

Kilwa Kisiwani Island is located just off the southern Tanzanian coast. It’s a historically significant island that was once a trading hotspot, so much so that it had its own currency for 3 centuries!

The ruins of Kilwa are listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Check out the Great Mosque of Kilwa, the Portuguese Fort, the Makutani Palace and the Husuni Ndogo (little fort).

  1. Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Check out the Sanje Waterfalls, hike under the canopy of the rainforest, visit the local village and explore the park’s biodiversity!

The Park is home to over 400 species of birds and 12 primate species! Of these, the Iringa Red Colobus and Sanje Mangabey aren’t found anywhere else in the world!

It’s a beautiful National Park with lots to explore.

  1. Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park, also called the “Garden of God” and the “Serengeti of Flowers”, is a beautiful national park known for its diverse flora.

The Kitulo Plateau is home to endemic species of butterflies, birds, chameleons, and frogs!

Make sure you go during the rainy season from November to April to get the most stunning views. It’s also a great place for birdwatching!

 

  1. Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is an underrated gem in Tanzania! It’s a stunning National Park with beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife. You can spot elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, wildebeests, zebras, lions, elands, and sable antelopes.

It’s also a great place for birdwatching with over 400 species of birds!

So, what are you waiting for? Add these places to your travel bucket list and Explore Tanzania with Flightlink!

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