Tanzania and Zanzibar Tourist Attractions
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and Natural Wonder of Africa, the Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration.
The Serengeti offers some of the best game-viewing in Africa: herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Predators like lions, leopards, jackals and hyenas can also be seen here, as well as over 500 species of birds.
Find out more: www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti
In the heart of the Ngorongoro Conservation area is a large volcanic crater that is home to a large variety of wildlife species, including zebra, wildebeest and rhino’s. Being a protected area, only indigenous tribes such as the Masaai are allowed to live within its borders. Lake Ndutu and Masek are home to rich game populations, as well as a series of peaks and volcanoes that make the Conservation Area a unique and stunning landscape.
Find out more: www.ngorongorocrater.org
Zanzibar is a fusion of cultures and influences, representing the various nations that have settled here over the centuries.
Coastline and Water Activities
Zanzibar’s main attraction is its unspoilt coastline and beautiful beaches. Most resorts have their own stretch of beach for tourists to lounge on. Beach activities vary from volleyball and kitesurfing, to diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Dhow cruising is also a popular water activity. Cruises on these traditional wooden sailing boats make for a memorable experience.
Zanzibar is the spice capital of the Indian Ocean. Fragrant and aromatic species, such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, cinnamon and seaweed are all grown on the island – including a variety of fruits such as oranges, limes, coconuts and bananas. There are many tour operators who will take you to these plantations, or you can stock up on these spices from a variety of stalls around the island.
The capital of Zanzibar and a World Heritage Site. Stone Town is a labyrinth of stalls and stores, cafes and courtyards. Within Stone Town there are a variety of monuments and museums, as well as other important cultural and heritage sites, including the Palace Museum, The Old Fort, the Anglican Cathedral and the Hamamni Persian Baths.
Find out more about Zanzibar here: www.zanzibartourism.net
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising to an altitude of 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).
It is one of the world's most accessible high summits - most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.
The national park, in which the mountain lies, is home elephant, leopard, buffalo, Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.
The best time to climb the summit is from December to February, when it is warm and clear. July to September is also a good time to go, during the dry season, but it will be colder.
Things to do at Mount Kilimanjaro:
- Trekking routes to the summit (allow a minimum of 5 nights to reach the summit)
- Nature trails and overnight hikes
- Trout Fishing
- Visit to Chala crater lake
Find out more: www.tanzaniaparks.com/kili