Major Tourist Attractions: Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Ngoromgoro Conservation Area, Lake Natron, Lake Victoria
You know that quintessential image of Africa, the one where you see countless wild elephants, giraffes, and lions in the savannah, the leopards atop a tree looking for their prey, the spices and white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, and the Maasai natives performing their traditional rites? Well, that’s Tanzania!
Tanzania is the proud home to a selection of national parks, including the famous Serengeti National Park, which is considered the top park in Africa to see wild animals roam free across the plains. Not too far from Serengeti is the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro – also known as the Roof of Africa, which sees thousands of climbers every month looking to reach its peak, Uhuru. But Tanzania is not just about wild landscapes and animals; it has an incredible mix of cultures and traditions that include the colorful Maasai tribes, the Arabs, the Swahili, and others.
The beauty of traveling in Tanzania is that any type of traveler can do it according to their budget, from luxury tents in the savannah to budget hostels in Zanzibar. Speaking of Zanzibar, why not try a few exotic spices here? This enchanting island feels like a throwback in time with its Arabic town of Stone Town, the vast empty pristine beaches all along the island, and the spice farms that still display part of the history of the ancient slave work involved in the spice trades.
Still want to know more about Tanzania? Here’s what you should not miss:
- Go on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater – the largest intact caldera in the world.
- Hike to the highest peak in Africa, 5,895m high, at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Go to Ruaha River Gorge, located in Ruaha National Park - the second largest and wildest national park in the country.
- Go on a “must-do” safari in the Serengeti National Park, the most famous national park in Africa.
- Go snorkeling and scuba diving in Zanzibar or Pemba.
- Have a remote wildlife adventure in the Selous Game Reserve.
- Track chimpanzees on Lake Tanganyika.
- Tour the spice plantations in Zanzibar to learn about the historical spice trade.
- Be charmed by Stone Town and let lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets, bazaars, and colonial buildings, among others.
- Visit Maasai Tribes to learn about their rustic culture and traditions.
- Relax in the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
- Do a day trip to Bagamoyo, a former slave port for the trade caravans, mostly developed in the 18th and 19th century.
Address: U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam,
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani,
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
Phone: 255 22 229-4000