Renowned as “the Pearl of East Africa”, Tanzania is packed with many things to do. The country boasts magnificent landscapes, abundant wildlife, gorgeous coastline and cultural attractions. However, the most difficult part of planning your holiday in the country is deciding things to try first. Here are the must try things in Tanzania:
The Great Migration is an extraordinary natural phenomenon, which takes place every year around late July/August. This dramatic event is the largest wildlife show in the world and it attracts many visitors for an opportunity to witness the animal parade. During the Great Migration, about 1.7million wildebeest together with many zebras move from the Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya to search for green and fresh pastures. You should time your travel to Tanzania so that it can coincide with the Great Migration. It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss during your holiday in the country.
If you want to see Tanzania’s most spectacular attraction, you should visit the Ngorongoro Crater. The volcano is popular for being the largest unbroken caldera in the world. At the centre of the lake, you will find Magadi salt lake dotted with flamingos and you will see the Ngoitokitok spring which is a popular sightseeing spot located near the wall of the caldera. The spring gutters into an outsized swamp, which is populated by lions, hippos, and elephants. The Ngorongoro National Park features a wide range of wildlife species including the Big Five, cheetah, serval cat, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s, flamingo, jackal as well as a variety of bird species. There are several things to do and see here such as visiting the Masai tribes, walking, game viewing, and tours to Olduvai Gorge – where Anthropologists, Louis and Mary Leakey discovered a hominid skeleton that 1.8 million-year-old.
Zanzibar Island is famous for its picturesque beaches, cultural attractions, and a variety of fun activities. With miles of stunning coastlines, the island is a mecca for water activities such as sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and fishing. Explore Stone Town, the main city of the island, the beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa, Mafia Island and Pemba Island. Zanzibar is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday – a place with scenic contrast and natural beauty. Discover its beautiful culture, vibrant markets, and innumerable attractions. There are several restaurants where you can wine and dine, while you enjoy your holiday in a laid-back atmosphere.
The tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is also the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 5,895 metres. The mountain is located in the far north of Tanzania and it has three submit – Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. The highest point of the mountain is on Kibo and it is known as Uhuru Peak. If you love hiking, climbing the mountain should be an adventure you shouldn’t miss. There are several routes you can take to get to the summit such as Rongai, Machame, Lemosho and Marangu routes. If you’re planning to climb the mountain during your visit to Tanzania, you should register with a reliable trekking company and ensure you have the appropriate hiking kit.
Tanzania may be popular for its cultural attractions and abundant wildlife, you shouldn’t leave without having a taste of its cuisine. Due to the cultural influence, you will find a wide range of cuisine options such as Indian, Arabian, Italian, African, British and the traditional Swahili cuisine. One of the most popular delicacies you must try is Nyama Choma, a barbecued meat. It’s usually a goat meat grilled over hot coals, bursting with flavor, chewy and gamey. You should also try the local wines and beers of Tanzania at any of the popular bars in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Arusha. If you hang out with the locals in the villages, you may be offered some traditional beers such as banana beer, honey beer, pombe – sugarcane juice and a local gin known as Gongo.
You can’t visit Tanzania without getting mementos of your travel to take home. The country has its fair share of amazing souvenirs for tourists and visitors. From Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and the National Parks, you’ll definitely find a place where you can choose from a variety of items such as handicrafts, beaded jewelries, keychains, wood carvings, kiondos, kanga, kitenge, and Soapstone carvings. You will find these souvenirs in Shanga Shangaa in Arusha, The Slipway in Dar, Moto Handicrafts in Stone Town, Moyo in Dar, Cultural Heritage in Arusha. Remember to bargain hard for anything you are buying. Avoid buying things made of horns, ivory, coral or tortoiseshell. These items are made from endangered species, which are illegal to export from Tanzania.