Tanzania is not your typical holiday destination. Of course, it has white sandy beaches and plenty to see and do, but this East African country, with its vast wilderness areas, is more of a thrill-seeker’s paradise. It’s a mecca for safaris and first-hand wildlife encounters and is usually a popular destination for those with love for wildlife. In saying that, Tanzania, with the go-getter President John Magufuli in charge, has a lot to offer the average person. As close to 56 million people call it home, it’s fair to say it has a particular lure.
Tanzania’s main exports include tourism, fish, horticultural products, minerals, crops, and manufactured goods, while it enjoys a major trading partnership with China, Japan, India, European Union, Germany, the UK, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Kenya.
To get a better taste of what this country is about, we’ve included four fun things to do in Tanzania if you’ve chosen it as your next holiday destination.
If you’re an adventure junkie, you’re sure to have heard of Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only is it the highest mountain in Africa, standing at 16,100 feet, but it also features three dormant volcanic cones. If you’re planning on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you can go right ahead. This mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is known as a popular climbing destination around the world.
However, this beautiful mountain is not only well known for its action-offering features. It has also been the subject of many studies due to the shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.
Mtoni Palace Ruins
It’s hard to believe Mtoni Palace was once home to Arabian royalty. Now, as it stands in ruins as a tourist destination, it’s nothing more than a window into history. The name Beit el Mtoni means The Palace by the stream, which refers to its location on the western shores of Zanzibar. During the reign of Sultan Sayyid Said, it was the largest palace on the island, but now it merely holds the title as one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar.
Looking at it now, you wouldn’t believe it was once a substantial, glorious palace. However, it was home to over 1,000 people in the 19th century, before being abandoned in the 1880s.
Serengeti National Park
In northwestern Tanzania, bordered by both the Kenyan border and the Maasai Mara National Reserve, sits the world-famous Serengeti National Park. People travel thousands of miles to visit this park, where the annual migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, a quarter of a million Zebra, crocodiles and honey badgers takes place. Of course, this is no ordinary national park. Instead, it covers close to 6,000 square miles of woodlands, forest, savanna and grassland plains, catering to the many animals that call it home. Due to the size, the park is divided into three regions: Western corridor, Northern Serengeti, and Serengeti Plains.
The Serengeti National Park, alongside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, Ikorongo, Grumeti Game Reserves and Loliondo Game Control Area, form the Serengeti Ecosystem.
If you’re ready to take a break from the wildlife, a trip to Nakupenda Beach could be in order. It offers bright, blue waters, picture-perfect white sands, and is an idyllic spot to take a dip or go snorkeling. If you wake up early enough, you can even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, or go swimming with them! If you’re feeling peckish, wave down one of the many beach chefs who can cook your seafood fresh for you.
While this beach is a must-see hot spot, we also recommend avoiding it at night, and never visit it alone.