The Muzungu’s top reasons to travel to Tanzania, the ‘soul of Africa’
It’s taken me a long time to finally visit Tanzania. There is so much that is familiarly East African, yet so many charming delights that are uniquely Tanzanian! Come explore with me…
Here are the muzungu’s top reasons for visiting Tanzania:
- 1. Tanzania has 14 National Parks, 370 mammal species and over 1000 birds.
- 2. Overdose on wildlife viewing at Ngorongoro Crater. Experience the Great Migration on the Serengeti, one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of Africa’ – watch it from a hot air balloon!
- 3. Tanzania is the base for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain
- 4. Relax on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast. Go diving!
- 5. Fly or take the ferry to the island archipelago of Zanzibar, famous for the islands’ white coral sand beaches
- 6. Tour the historical cobbled streets and Arab-influenced Stone Town, Zanzibar, celebrated for its film and music festivals. No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a spice tour!
- 7. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tanzania including the Serengeti, Selous National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Stone Town.
- 8. Enjoy unusual fresh juices – such as coconut ‘madafu’ and custard apple
- 9. Explore the Selous, Africa’s BIGGEST game reserve!
- 10. Explore Dar es Salaam, East Africa’s second biggest port and a melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian influences.
“Jambo” – is the Swahili greeting for “welcome” which you will hear everywhere in friendly Tanzania.
The Great Migration of one and a half million Wildebeest traverse the Mara River twice yearly between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Game-viewing includes huge buffalo herds, thousands of antelope, elephant and giraffe.
If you’re going to the Serengeti, treat yourself to a hot air balloon safari! It’s a huge adventure from start to finish. Get up at the crack of dawn to watch the balloon being inflated and jump in the basket, ready for the off. Watch the sun rise as your balloon moves silently across the savannah, following the wildlife below. It’s amazing what you can see up there! A champagne and breakfast in the bush are just one part of this fabulous experience.
One of Tanzania’s most popular attractions is the Ngorongoro Crater, known as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” home to 30,000 animals including the rare black rhino and black-maned male lions.
An aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro, on our Precision Air flight from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast to Entebbe in Uganda. I am one lucky girl!
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, requires plenty of physical training and is on many people’s travel bucket list.
The classic views of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak are taken from the Kenya side.
Less visited, yet worth the detour is the dazzling Lake Natron, that boasts some of Africa’s most amazing scenery: rift escarpments, volcanoes and the vast multi-coloured soda lake.
The unique (boutique?) island of Zanzibar, off Tanzania’s coast, has miles of white sandy beaches and tiny islands. It is an idyllic destination for snorkeling, coral reef diving, deep sea fishing (and the occasional wedding!)
The aroma of sensual spices, fresh seafood and Swahili fusion cuisine infuse Stone Town’s maze of courtyards. Music, film and dance are a major part of this town’s appeal.
The Selous is a wonderful wilderness of 48,000 square kilometres (approximately 20, 000 square miles). That is 5% of Tanzania, a country that is four times the size of the UK.
This jaw-dropping scenery is under the most serious of threats. Tanzania presses on with hydroelectric dam on vast game reserve. “Stiegler Gorge dam on the Selous park, a world heritage site listed as ‘in danger’, will cause irreversible damage, say conservationists.” Click her to read the WWF’s – World Wide Fund For Nature – report into the proposed dam at Stiegler’s Gorge. An (avoidable) environmental nightmare beckons…
Did you know…?
Swahili is the official language of Tanzania but English is widely spoken.
Watch my short video: my view from the cockpit! We flew between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam with Coastal Aviation.
We flew with Precision Air between Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast and Entebbe in Uganda. The inaugural flight was July 2017.
Keep reading Diary of a Muzungu for more travel tips and adventures from across Tanzania and East Africa.