20 must do things on your trip to Tanzania. Do you think you have enough time on your hands? African Holidays!
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I know that many people, like me, have a bucket list of things to accomplish in their lifetime. Going places to see the wonders of nature is a priority. Well, there is nothing better than African landscape, wildlife, and culture. From a visitor’s viewpoint you are always looking for that next wow factor in your trips around the world. Africa’s holidays already give visitors that wow factor.
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When you get to Tanzania, these top 7 things are a must do first on your list:
1. You really have to go on safari or a few safaris.[i]
Tanzania is home to two of the incredible iconic safari destinations in Africa – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The Serengeti’s vast savanna plains are home to the Great Migration, an annual event that sees massive herds of ungulate follow the rains to greener and tastier pastures.
The Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive and unfilled volcanic caldera, is home to a huge variety of wildlife.
Whatever kind of African holidays you’re after you’ll find in Tanzania. You can easily be spoiled by choice in Tanzania. If you don’t believe me take a trip to the south of Tanzania. While most safari-goers flock to Tanzania’s northern parks, south has something of it’s own. It’s home to one of the largest reserves in the world: Selous Game Reserve, nearly four times the size of Serengeti National Park and this park is even wilder.
Then there’s the newly minted Wami-Mbiki Wildlife Management Area, a great place to get a bit too close to elephants, giraffes, hartebeest and zebra. See why you are spoiled with choice on your Tanzania Holiday? Where else in the world can you easily spot the top ‘Big five’ in one national part? Remember they are wild and free to move around, hunt their own food and absolute interact naturely.
Undeniably one of Tanzania’s most popular attractions, the Big Five, consist of lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino. Almost all of these are easy to spot in any one of the country’s amazing wildlife parks and reserves in Africa.
Did you know Hippos in Tanzania have their own pool? Let me introduce you to Serengeti Hippo Pool. If you are willing to put up with the smell, then the Hippo Pool in the Serengeti National Park affords excellent hippo sightings, where hundreds of these large creatures vie for space in a relatively small, muddy pools while river carp jump around in the water.
2. Witness the Great Migration:
Why do they call it ‘great’? There are some two million ungulates. Over a million wildebeest plus zebra, gazelle and eland rumble across the sweeping savannah of Tanzania’s Serengeti.
It’s one of nature’s greatest wonders and a highlight of any visit to Tanzania. If you ever experience this great migration you have a memory for life.
Depending on where you are at any given time, you might see massed herds in the south, the action-packed river crossings, or the rumbling exodus to the north.
Head to the southern parts to see the huge herds gathering from April to May, to the Grumeti River from May to July for the crossing, or to the northern zones July-September to see the herds spread across the plains or over into Kenya.
3. Please plan your time wisely and discover magical Zanzibar:
Zanzibar is stunning. There is something for everyone in that magnificent island. Languishing just off mainland Tanzania in the turquoise-blue Indian Ocean, the island of Zanzibar conjures images of perfect, palm-swayed beaches, white sand, billowing sailing boats and down to earth friendly happy locals.
Even the narrow streets of Stone Town, twisting and turning through ancient Arabic buildings, look like an exotic film set. Whether you want to laze on a sugar white beach or becoming actively involved in island life. Zanzibar is your alternate paradise.
Are you a diver savvy type?
The Swahili Coast has some exceptional dive sites, and both scuba novices and hard-core enthusiasts will find plenty of entertainment. Visibility is usually good (ten to 30-plus metres) year-round, and water temperatures of 25-30ºC ensure longer dives are perfectly comfortable.
Also, while you are there, can you stop by the old fort. The Old Fort is the oldest building in Zanzibar and one of Stone Town’s most popular attractions. The edifice, with its pale orange ramparts, was built by Omani Arabs when they seized the island from the Portuguese in 1698.
Over the years it has been used to house everything from a prison to a tennis club. Is this a quote? What’s the reference??
4. Go for a challenge.
Do you think you can face the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro is the fourth most topographically prominent (highest) peak on Earth. But the climb up Kibo – the snow-topped crater that is the highest point of Kilimanjaro – is steep and bitterly cold. It’s worth it.
The view from the top is spectacular and the sense of achievement you’ll feel is unparalleled.
But make no mistake, you are testing yourself against all that nature can throw at you. What is a life really without challenges? So you are right to throw that climb wish ticket in your bucket list.
While there are plenty of hardships to endure, and even some danger to avoid, there’s also an enormous amount of pleasure to derive from climbing Africa’s highest mountain. Concentrating on the positives will not only make the trek more enjoyable, it will also help to spur you on to the summit.
5. Whatever you do in Tanzania, don’t forget to buy a Kanga:
Find a local person and ask about a Tanzanian kanga. You see, it is not everything that is understood through a naked eye.
Talk to a local historian or a cultural expert. Beyond the beauty of the kanga, there is romance, culture attachment, elegance and classy.
I guarantee you that when you return home, your kanga will tell the story.
Kangas are a rectangular piece of cloth that are the must-have item in every Tanzanian wardrobe. Depending on the way you wear them or the patterns they display, they can reveal your status in life, your plans for the day or even your mood.
With their bright colors and striking geometric patterns, they also make the perfect souvenir of your East African adventure. The texture and writings mean things that you wouldn’t easily understand.
For example: They are often used to spread messages about social and political issues so don’t be surprised if yours features a picture of a local politician or even a famous foreign one like Obama.
It may even bear a message in Swahili extolling the virtues of washing one’s hands.
6. Go to Tanga:
The sleepy northern port of Tanga was the first administrative capital of German East Africa and, for a time, a hub for the export of sisal. Those days have long past, leaving the town to slip into a gentle torpor.
For travellers worn out from the excitement of climbing Kilimanjaro or watching the Great Migration, come and relax here. The limestone caverns of the Amboni Caves are well worth exploring – remember to leave a small offering at the pagan shrine at the entrance. The European cemetery is a reminder of it’s more illustrious / Colonial? past.
But the best thing to do is hire a bike from Mikey at the Central Market and amble past the crumbling Art Deco mansions to a sandy beach you’re guaranteed to have to yourself.
7. Eat the local food.
You’ll be amazed how everything here in Tanzania is so yummy: While Tanzania is famous for its wildlife, art and music, its cuisine has gone largely unnoticed.
It’s true that in most places you’ll be offered grilled meat, maybe with a curry sauce. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find fabulous dishes that reveal a considerable Indian influence but zinging with the freshness of local mangoes and coconuts.
Drinking in Tanzania is quite the adventure too. Hang out in a village in Africa for long enough and you are bound to be offered some of the local hooch. There’s honey beer, banana beer and fermented sugar can juice called pombe. Gongo is another favourite, known locally – and euphemistically as gin.
When in doubt, simply order a Safari – preferably served ice cold, straight from the chest freezer in the Africa House Hotel in Zanzibar.
Coming from challenges and Wildlife actions, UmojaAA would like to introduce you to other unmissable attractions. If you are planning a trip to any country in Africa, give yourself at least a month and plus.
After the above top 7, you would think that is all Tanzania has to offer. Sorry to disappoint you but you’re very wrong. UmojaAA thought you would love these other experiences here in Tanzania.
Here are other 13 things to do while you are in Tanzania on safari.
1. Lake Manyara:
Come here and enjoy a very interesting, relaxed and thoughtful lifestyle. Home to thousands of flamingos and other diverse wildlife, the serene and picturesque lake is ideal for bird watching and canoe safaris.
2. Matema Beach:
Matema Beach on Lake Malawi is slightly off the usual tourist track and offers peaceful tranquillity in a beautiful setting. Situated at the foothills of the Livingstone Mountains, this heavenly spot is great for swimming, and the more active can hike to the nearby waterfall.
This place is a perfect hide out from your exhausting office work and city traffic congestion. More here
3. Prison Island:
Once a holding for convicted prisoners, today Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, is most visited for its resident colony of Giant Aldabra tortoise, an endangered species that arrived in Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.
Some are over 100 years old and amble peacefully among other wildlife that includes colourful peacocks and butterflies, as well as shy buck.
4. Mount Meru:
Located in the Arusha National Park, this mountain is the fifth-highest on the African continent and the second-highest in Tanzania. It’s fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savannas and are covered in lush and beautiful forests where birds and monkeys thrive.
Although leopards are also known to frequent the area, they are notoriously difficult to spot. They have a perfect hideout, so you have to be cautious when navigating through.
5. House of Wonders:
Also, sometimes referred to as the Palace of Wonders, this remarkable structure overlooks the waterfront of Stone Town and features enormous, carved doors that are said to be the largest in East Africa.
Inside the rise of striking tiers of both pillars and balconies, one will find the National Museum of History and Culture, showcasing Swahili culture and the people of the Indian Ocean.
Every place is different because of its history. Locals will be happy to introduce you to their world.
6. Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre:
Housing a great selection of modern and antique art, the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre is a place where Tanzania’s past mingles with its present. Explore the history of more than 100 tribes that inhabit the country and pick up carvings, books, gemstones and clothing to take home as souvenirs.
You would forgive if I have mentioned more than couple times ‘wonders of nature’. I cannot help it, Tanzania is blessed and everyone is welcome to see it.
7. Jozani forest:
This amazingly beautiful forest holds significance as one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world for the red colobus monkey. It covers approximately 2000 hectares (4942 acres) of whole ground-water forest, coral rag forest, and a salt marsh area, and also incorporates a large mangrove swamp.
Other animals that call this forest home include sykes monkeys, bushbabies (also known as galagos) and Aders’ duiker.
8. Mafia Island:
Mafia Island is surrounded by a protected marine park and attracts the interest of scuba divers and snorkelers from around the world.
The clear waters showcase an excellent coral garden that attracts scores of tropical fish and the island is also a traditional breeding ground for the green turtle, a species that is close to extinction.
So visit the island enjoy all that is to see, but an advice please don’t trow plastics in nature so that we protect more of these rare species that come to reproduce here.
9. There is something cool about Mto wa Mbu:
the population here is a mixture that represent the about 120 tribes’ groups of Tanzania. I guess ‘Umoja’ meaning ‘unity’ was born here. Mto Wa Mbu, meaning ‘River of Mosquitoes’, is a bright and vibrant village in the Arusha region of Tanzania.
It is a favourite pit-stop for travellers and offers everything from petrol to souvenir stalls selling trinkets, crafts and blankets.
The village is also a good place to pick up fresh fruit.
10. Take your wife, girlfriend or husband out to a romantic dinner.
I already mentioned already buying a ‘Kanga’. Have that special someone wear one and kick off your romance experience in Forodhani Gardens.
These pretty gardens are located near the shoreline of historic Stone Town and serve as a meeting point and melting pot of cultures and cuisine—especially when the sun goes down.
Sunset sees the appearance of a highly popular food market, located in the main square, that serves up Swahili and Zanzibar delicacies, such as grilled seafood, samosas, cassava and sweet potatoes.
I think that you should treat this place as a retreat occasion in the schedule of your Africa holidays in Tanzania.
11. Pemba Island:
This gorgeous island is adorned with lush, green hills and clove plantations, and presents visitors with picture-perfect sights. The Pemba Channel, with its coral reefs and abundant marine life, separates the island from mainland Tanzania and is a highly popular diving site.
The main town of Chake-Chake keeps visitors busy with a ruined 18th-century fort and museum. Sometimes holidays are supposed to be about discovering new things but anyone who loves learning something from other cultures would agree that here we often end up discovering ourselves instead.
I don’t mind discovering something new in me, do you?
12. Kitulo Plateau:
The Kitulo Plateau is located within the southern highlands of Tanzania and referred to by locals as The Garden of God.
The protected area of montane grassland holds much unique flora, such as orchids, and, in 2005, field scientists discovered a new species of primate on and around Mount Rungwe and in the Livingstone Forest area of the plateau.
13. Isimila Stone Age site:
The Isimila archaeological site is one of the most significant Stone Age finds ever identified, scattered amid a dramatic landscape of eroded sandstone pillars.
Tools found on the site include hammerstones, axeheads, flints and scrapers that are estimated to be between 60,000 and 100,000 years old. There is also a small museum on site.
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