10 Unusual Things to do in Tanzania

Tanzania is an adventurous and exciting vacation destination with lots of extraordinary activities and places to discover. It’s an ideal vacation destination for all types of vacationers!

If you’re heading over to Tanzania, don’t forget to do these ten unusual things:

  1. Swim with whale sharks

Head over to Mafia Island and have a thrilling experience while swimming with the largest fish in the world, the whale sharks.

Don’t worry, they’re friendly toward humans!


  1. Take a Spice Tour

Zanzibar is also known as the Spice Island owing to the numerous spices that are grown here. Go on a spice tour and see how numerous spices are grown. Don’t forget to take some samples of fresh spices back home!


  1. Stay in an underwater room at the Manta Resort

Manta Resort is located on Pemba Island. It has an underwater room where you can stay, with huge windows that let you take a glimpse of the underwater world!


  1. Dine in at the Rock Restaurant

The Rock Restaurant is located off the coast of Zanzibar, and it’s surrounded by the Indian Ocean. It’s so called because it’s literally built on a rock. You take a short boat ride to reach the island on high-tide days.


  1. Visit a Masai Village

Visiting a Masai Village lets you observe the life of the locals. Cook delicious local food with them and explore their amazing handicrafts.


  1. Observe tree-climbing lions

Tree-climbing lions can be seen at Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. They can often be seen resting on the branches of trees, often fighting with others over their favorite position on the branches.


  1. Take a hot air balloon safari

A hot air balloon safari gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire area. You get to see the wildlife from the serenity up there, while they’re possibly hunting their prey down below you. Hot air balloon safaris can be taken at Serengeti and Ngorongoro.


  1. Buy Tanzanite gem

Tanzanite is a rare gem that’s only found in Tanzania, hence the name. Buy jewelry or other accessories made from this gem as a gift for your loved ones or as a souvenir.


  1. Shop at a local market

There are many local markets in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and other major cities of Tanzania. Shopping at the local markets is always fun and lets you explore their handicrafts and other traditional items. Don’t forget to bargain for the item you like!


  1. Take a coffee plantation tour
    For all the coffee-lovers out there, you can explore a lot of coffee plantations near Arusha. In fact, Tanzania even exports coffee. Learn how your coffee is made from bean to brew!

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and enjoy these unusual yet exciting activities.

While you’re in East Africa, don’t forget to check out the Five Must Dos in Kenya.