If you’re trying to trace the history of Tanzania, don’t be surprised if you reach the pre-historic time period as Tanzania is considered as one of the oldest known continuously inhabited locations on Earth. Isimila Stone Age Site & Kondoa Rock-Art Sites are two amazing stone age sites that have ever been found by archaeologists.
But let’s face it, this fascinating piece of information is not what you’re hoping to find out on our travel website. You are probably wondering why we are not talking about Serengeti already? So let’s dig right in.
Like most other African countries, wildlife is a major attraction in Tanzania as well and Serengeti National Park is no doubt the cherry on the cake. The annual wildebeest migration, when thousands of wildebeest migrate in herds, is an alluring sight to behold. Serengeti is best explored on a safari, where you’re most likely to spot the ‘big five’. Birdwatching is quite popular as well. The adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area also offers you plenty of wildlife watching. Sharing borders with Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. Hiking to the top of it reveals great scenery to capture.
In the western side of Tanzania lies Mahale Mountains National Park. Famous for its chimpanzee sanctuary and the white-sand beaches of Lake Tanganyika. Ruaha National Park is another notable addition to the huge collection of national parks in Tanzania’s portfolio. In fact, it is not only the biggest national park but also holds the record of having the largest elephant population in the country. Speaking of large things, Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest wildlife reserve. Watching its rich wildlife on a boat safari is a must-do here. If you’re looking for an inexpensive yet ** way to experience the wilderness in Tanzania, Katavi National Park is the right choice. Especially for the backpackers, this is an *isolated* paradise waiting to be explored.
Lake Victoria, Africa’s biggest lake runs through three countries – Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The Tanzanian side of the lake is remote and less explore – a perfect location for those you hunt for off-the-beaten tracks. The nearby city Mwanza is where you should make your pit stop before heading to Serengeti.
Missing out Zanzibar on your visit to Tanzania would be a huge mistake. The Zanzibar archipelago is made up of four main islands where three of them (Zanzibar, Mafia & Pemba) are inhabited by humans. Zanzibar town is the most famous location in the whole archipelago. The town is divided into two parts- old town, known as Stone Town and the new town, known as Ng’ambo. Stone town is the top attraction here. Full of old buildings and medieval heritages, it is rightfully declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. The newer part of the city flourishes with modern buildings and architecture. The island is also known for its pristine white-sand beaches. Another island in the archipelago, Mafia Island, on the other hand, reflects a strong vibe of traditional culture. A perfect hideout for those who are seeking some relaxed time away from the crowd. The island is great for adventurous water sports such as scuba diving and has some decent beaches. *If you get fascinated by old ruins, Kilwa Kisiwani, a UNESCO world heritage site is a perfect location to visit.*
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s main commercial hub. Blend into the cultural mixture of the city and you will be mesmerized by its low-key yet adorable lifestyle. The city has some great places to eat. Shopping souvenirs from Dar es Salaam’s excellent craft markets is a delight.
From exploring the vast wilderness to pristine beaches, from discovering fascinating cultures to delicious foods, Tanzania is surely the great African experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.