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12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Tanzania

Tanzania is home to a vast assortment of tourist attractions, including national parks, marine parks, spectacular beaches and islands, museums, and a rich, diverse history evidenced in its architecture and food.

The country is a land of geographical excesses with natural and cultural diversity. It features breathtaking scenery, unimaginable landscapes and wonderful diversity of wildlife for an exciting safari adventure. With so many amazing landmarks to see in the country during your trip, it can be difficult to know where to start. Let’s take a look at the top-rated tourist attractions in Tanzania to add to your bucket lists:

Mount Kilimanjaro

At 5895m above sea level, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It’s hardly out of eye-shot and it is located in northern Tanzania. Outdoorsy types looking for what to do in Tanzania need no further than Mount Kilimanjaro. If you’re up for the challenge, you can climb the mountain to one of its peaks while you enjoy the spectacular views of its surrounding area. The mountain features spectacular sights and scenery that take adventures to a new level. Don’t forget to visit and explore the Mount Kilimanjaro National park, which features a wide range of stunning landscapes, wildlife, and fun activities.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is a spectacular wildlife reserve, where you can see and experience the largest concentration of game in Africa. The park features a huge selection of animals and a variety of diverse eco-systems. It’s one of the most amazing tourist destinations in Tanzania that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Serengeti is well-known for its annual migration of more than 1.5million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and several other animals seeking green pastures. The park also offers plenty of exciting activities in Tanzania including game drives, balloon safaris, camping, and sightseeing. Serengeti National Park has an outstanding reputation and it stands out from other National Parks in Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a large volcanic caldera located about 180km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area in Tanzania. This unusual volcanic landscape is fertile and rich with stunning lakes and enormous craters including Ngorongoro Crater – the largest inactive volcanic caldera formed several million years ago. The conservation area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It features vast areas of highland plains, forests, and an array of wildlife species including zebras, gazelles, and wildebeest. NCA offers exceptional wildlife viewing and a wide range of activities such as hiking Empakaai Crater and Olmoti Climb.

Zanzibar Beaches

Zanzibar is an island paradise featuring stretches of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and impressive scenery. The island is an ideal place for anyone who loves the sea, sand, and sun. The beaches are truly out of this world and offer a wide range of fun activities such as snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing and boat sailing. Every day is dazzling when you’re at the beach in Zanzibar – make sure you pack your sunglasses.

Stone Town

The main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Stone Town blends cultural heritage and history with a laid-back lifestyle. The town is also known as the ‘Old Town’ and it has a unique cultural heritage due to its mix of diverse cultures. With a wide variety of cultural attractions, the Stone Town has put Tanzania in the spotlight of tourism. Explore the addictively peaceful town, take a walk around its narrow streets and discover its history and culture at its museums. The Old Town has plenty of things to do and see and amazing places to stay. You may find yourself sticking around longer than you have planned.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located within a branch of the East African Rift in the North Eastern Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most stunning national parks in the country. The park features a shallow alkaline lake, lush forests and an array of spectacular wildlife such as elephants, tree climbing lions, rock-climbing klipspringer and little dik-dik. Lake Manyara Park contains a wide range of bird species including flamingos which are hosted by the lake. In fact, the park is one of the largest breeding grounds in the world for flamingos.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is renowned as the largest wildlife reserve in Africa with a variety of diverse ecosystems. The game reserve features a wide range of wildlife species including the “Big Five” animals, wild dogs and rare black rhinos. There are several lakes in the Selous Game reserves which attract a variety of birdlife including Fish Eagle, hippos and crocodiles. There are several activities to enjoy in Selous such as boat safari, game drives, and walking safaris.

Mdubya Island

The uninhabited island of Mdubya features one of the most spectacular beaches in Tanzania. The island beach is located about 20-minute boat ride from White Sands Beach Resort or Msasani Slipway in Dar es Salaam. The island offers solitude and seclusion while you relax on the beach and enjoy a bottle of soda or beer with tasty grilled seafood caught from the ocean. The island also features a wide range of fun water activities such as snorkeling, sunbathing and scuba diving.

Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai means the “Mountain of God” in Masaai language and is a fascinating and unique volcano located south of Lake Natron and rises above the East African Rift Valley in Northern Tanzania. Ol Doinyo Lengai showcases spectacular scenery, which is unlike any other volcano in the world. The volcano has no competition; it is the only place in the world that is presently erupting carbonatite lava while other volcanoes produce silicate lavas. According to Wired, the carbonatite lava contains abundant rare earth elements which are the important components of modern electronics. There are several fascinating attractions and sites to explore such as Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngare Sero Gorge & Waterfalls, East African Rift Escarpment and Maasai villages.

Bongoyo Island

The Bongoyo Island is a marine conservation area featuring stunning beaches and a variety of water activities such as swimming and snorkeling. The island is easily accessible from Dar es Salaam; it’s just a boat ride from Slipway Shopping Centre. The island features little huts on the beach (also known as bandas) where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular sea views.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is an untouched, quiet park located in Northern Tanzania. It’s well-known for exciting safari adventures and elephant migration. The underrated national park features a diversity of wildlife and several activities. The Tarangire River is located within the park and serves as a source of fresh water for the animals.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is home to an array of wildlife species such as zebra, giraffe, waterbucks, elephants, Cape buffalo, blue monkeys, and a variety of birds. The park is located close to Arusha town, the safari capital of Tanzania. It features stunning scenery and it is dominated by Mount Meru, a volcanic cone with a spectacular crater. The biggest highlight in the park is the towering Mount Meru volcano. The park also offers a wide range of activities such as canoe safari and walking safari.

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