10 Bucket List Experiences You Must Have In Tanzania

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1. Climb Kilimanjaro

Standing at 5895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and one of the most remarkable volcanic peaks in the world. Climbing this mountain is not impossible, but is a spectacular challenge that every tourist must experience. Trekking up the rocky mountain to reach the stunning peak is a great adventure for tourists to embark on, as they can enjoy the breathtaking aerial views, and the gorgeous flora and fauna of the region!

2. Explore Stone Town

Stone Town in Zanzibar is a must-see destination for travel lovers. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many monuments that showcase the rich history of the Zanzibar archipelago. Visitors can take a walk among the winding streets and see the old houses and elaborate graves. They can visit Old Fort which was built by Omani Arabs after they seized the island from the Portugese. A spectacular experience is to try the street food at Forodhani Night Market, which is famous for its delicious taste and blend of several cuisines such as Turkish, Indian, and Portugese.

3. Watch the Great Migration

The Great Migration of 2 million wildebeests and other migratory animals is a magnificent sight to behold. Tourists can watch the herds grazing, or witness them crossing the river at the Serengeti. An exciting time to visit is during the calving season, when one can spot the newborns, and predator attacks are more frequent, so game watching is excellent. This extraordinary sight is the largest terrestrial animal migration in the world!

4. Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Safari

Safaris and game drives are part of every trip in Tanzania, but to make it even more special, tourists should try a hot air balloon safari in the vast and beautiful Serengeti. They can enjoy the scenic views of the landscape and spot wildlife such as giraffes, elands, zebras, impalas, gazelles, cheetahs, lions, rhinos, hippos, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, and hyenas, all from up in the air! Watching the animals in their natural habitat is a memorable and unique experience, especially when one has a bird’s eye view!

5. Go on a Spice Tour

Food in Tanzania is famous for its spices. Tourists can visit a spice farm where they can see, taste, smell, and learn about spices and herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, vanilla, cardamom, lemongrass, turmeric, green, white, and black pepper, nutmeg, coriander, and chillies!

6. Meet a Maasai tribe

Meeting the local indigenous people in the Ngorongoro highlands can be a life changing experience for tourists. One should take a cultural tour to a Maasai tribe to learn about their lifestyle and history. It is important to be respectful and celebrate the differences the tourists have with the tribes, as this can be a learning experience that can enrich them. Visitors can eat local food, meet the chief, and sing and dance with the tribe!

7. Eat at the Rock Restaurant

Eating at the famous Rock Restaurant is a great bucket list experience for tourists. Located on the Michanwi Pingwe beach, this restaurant is built on a huge rock in the middle of the sea. Visitors can enjoy the scenic views of the ocean, and eat the delicious seafood and dishes such as fried prawns, gnocchi, lobster, shrimp, rice, calamari and cocktails!

8. Snorkel at Mnemba Atoll

The heavenly Mnemba Atoll is home to a stunning coral reef, and colorful marine creatures such as white moray eel, sea stars, and pufferfish. Here, tourists can enjoy diving, snorkelling among the colorful reefs, or swimming with dolphins. They can visit the marine park to find fish such as angelfish, lobsters, rays, snappers, octopuses, flounders, and dolphins!

9. Visit Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzees

Gombe National Park is the gorgeous destination where Jane Goodall once studied chimpanzees. This famous spot is a perfect bird watching spot as one can find migratory birds and exotic species such as pelicans, ospreys, palm nut vultures, storks, hornbills, guinea fowl, barbets, cuckoos, rollers, hawks, owls, and eagles! Chimpanzees can be seen at the lower slopes

10. Enjoy Street Food in Dar Es Salaam

The bustling city of Dar Es Salaam is an excellent spot for trying the tasty street food of Tanzania. The cuisine is influenced by Swahili, Portugese, Turkish, Arabic, and Indian tastes, and uses a delicious blend of spices to create a unique and unforgettable taste. Tourists can try pani puri (hollow chips filled with potatoes, chickpeas, and a sauce), Kuku Paka (spicy curry), Uji (porridge), biryani, pilao, samosa (fried filled triangles), sweet potatoes, kebabs, Muhogo (deep fried cassava), Mandazi (sweet doughnuts), meat skewers, and egg chops (an egg covered in mashed potatoes). They can also enjoy famous drinks such as sugarcane juice, ginger tea, or coffee!

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