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Tanzania is home to some of the most amazing tourist locations in the world. Travellers can explore vibrant cities, pristine beaches, lush green forests, spectacular hills, and historic sites. Here are some top rated popular cities in Tanzania where visitors can go for an amazing adventurous retreat.

  • Arusha

Also known as the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania, Arusha is one of its most beautiful cities. Here, tourists can go to Arusha National Park which is home to exotic wildlife, such as hyenas, monkeys, buffaloes, giraffes, and leopards. They can enjoy bird watching as they can spot species such as geese, hornbills, egrets, guinea fowl, eagles, flamingoes, pelicans, storks, and woodpeckers. They can enjoy a safari, game drive, or cycling tour through the park, or visit the Momella Lakes for canoeing and boating. One can also visit Mount Meru!

  • Kigoma

Surrounded by mountains and forests, Kigoma is one of the most scenic cities in Tanzania. Tourists can go to Mahale Mountains National Park for trekking, or enjoying a chimpanzee safaris, or visit Lake Tanganyika, the second largest lake of the region where they can enjoy fishing, scuba diving, game viewing, bird watching, and snorkelling. 

  • Stone Town

Stone Town is one of the best cities in Tanzania. Here, tourists can enjoy swimming, sailing, hiking, and many other adventures. They can explore the winding streets, or visit the Old Fort, a beautiful ancient monument in the town that was built by the Omani Arabs against the Portuguese. Visitors can enjoy delicious street food at Forodhani Night Food Market, with dishes such as Zanzibar pizza, Chipsi Mayai (chips and eggs), Nyama Choma (grilled meat), Urojo soup, Mandazi (sweet doughnuts), octopus curry, and Mshikaki (meat skewers). 

  • Dar Es Salaam

The vibrant and bustling city of Dar Es Salaam is one of the best cities of Tanzania. Visitors can shop and bargain at busy marketplaces, and explore the busy town squares. The national museum is a must-see location as it offers an insight into the culture and history of the country, as tourists can find ancient relics and coins, indigenous ebony masks, fossils, and old paintings of important historical figures. Guests can also take a trip to the historical Askari monument that stands as a tribute to the Askari soldiers who fought in World War One. One can also go to nearby beaches such as Mbezi Beach, Coco Beach, and Mbudya Island to enjoy swimming and sailing. 

  • Moshi

Moshi is another top location for an adventurous retreat, as this stunning city is located at the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro and provides a stunning view of the peaks. Here, travellers can enjoy horse riding, camping, and hiking. One can also take a trip to stunning tourist spots such as Lake Chale, Kikuletwa hot springs, and Materumi waterfalls. 

  • Iringa

Iringa is a stunning city in Southern Tanzania where tourists can enjoy the view of the Little Ruaha River. Visitors can go to the Commonwealth War Graves that date back to the first and second world wars, or plan a trip to the extraordinary Isimila Stone Age Site. At this archaeological site, they can find sandstone pillars that are up to 10m tall, and visit the museum which displays 60,000-100,000 year old stone age tools, and the fossils and bones of prehistoric animals!

  • Mwanza

Situated on the beautiful Lake Victoria, Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania. Tourists can enjoy scenic views of the lake and the surrounding hills. They can enjoy shopping at the Mwaloni market or Maasai market, or visit amazing tourist spots such as Robert Koch Hill. They can also go to Saa Nane National Park which is home to amazing animals such as hippos, mongooses, otters, waterbucks, shrews, and reedbucks!

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