12 Most Popular Holiday Destinations in Tanzania

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Tanzania is renowned for many things; namely, beautiful cities and laid-back coastal towns, spectacular attractions, stunning beaches and extraordinary landscapes. If you’re looking for adventure, art, and culture, nature and wildlife, beach and water activities, you’ll find anything you need in this East African country.

With a wide array of holiday destinations in Tanzania, it can be difficult to know where to start. The country’s beautiful destinations offer exclusively Tanzanian experiences in magnificent landscapes. Let’s take a look at the most popular holiday destinations you can visit in the country:

1. Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is a thriving metropolis with the best of both worlds – urban life and nature. The city features colourful characters, vibrant nightlife, outdoor activities and a wide variety of stunning attractions. The pristine beaches, sensational shopping malls, local markets, creative restaurants, arts and culture scene – Dar es Salaam has it all. No wonder it’s one of the most visited destinations in the country.

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam

2. Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is famous and well known for its safari beauty. Little wonder it is on every traveller’s itinerary. Its annual wildlife migration of herds of wildebeest, zebras, and hooved fauna has earned this country’s oldest national park a world heritage site and 7th world wonder status. A complete vacation in Tanzania is witnessing this breath-taking spectacle and natural wonder over a hot air balloon tour.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

3. Zanzibar

Tanzania is known for its white sandy beaches and idyllic islands, mostly unspoiled, forming an archipelago off the country’s coast lining the Indian Ocean. A gorgeous beauty and ultimate escape from the stress of modern life, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar with its clear turquoise waters and colourful history is a perfect location for a barefoot African beach holiday or honeymoon.



4. Kilimanjaro

Standing at a height of 19,336ft, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest climbable peak in the world capable of teaching you endurance and dedication among others whilst testing your emotional and physical capabilities. This dormant volcano has been known to have been conquered by climbers of different ages; most inspiring are the extremely young and elderly ones. Along with the summit, travels are many diverse levels of flora and fauna on the mountain. The higher you go, the cooler it becomes as you trek past its glaciers to the highest peak.



5. Mafia Island

An undiscovered Tanzanian gem, Mafia Island receives no less than a thousand visitors per year. With a rich history and a strong Swahili culture, the Island is unspoiled by tourism, whale sharks, turtles and other interesting species of wildlife. Although a good part of the Mafia Island has been designated as a marine park, it is one of the best places deep seas fishing, diving and snorkelling in Africa.

Mafia island

Mafia Island

6. Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island, a tiny heart-shaped island beautiful and romantic, lies off the East coast of Zanzibar. With surrounding waters rich in marine life having regular sightings of turtles, dolphins and large schools of fish, Mnemba Island is a feast for the senses. Dine on the succulent fruits of the sea, snorkel or dive at the coral atoll or lay barefoot at the rustic boutique Mnemba lodge; this is the perfect destination for a honeymoon.

Menemba Island

Mnemba Island

7. Ruaha National Park

An unspoiled remote wilderness, Ruaha National Park is home to thousands of elephants and bovines, and packs of endangered African wild dogs among other diverse predators roaming its pristine wilderness. The park is the country’s largest national park. Located in the middle of Tanzania, accessibility to Ruaha is quite a thing and only a few make the trip to see the beautiful scenery and wildlife in it.

 Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

8. Lake Manyara

Straddling between the Arusha region and Manyara region of Tanzania is Lake Manyara, a personal favourite of Ernest Hemingway. An excellent destination to spot wildlife, particularly flamingos, Lake Manyara alternates its show of wildlife with respect to weather. In the wet season, around 300 different species of migratory birds grace the lake waters while the dry seasons showcases the elephants, hippos, and giraffe.

Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara

9. Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife haven that shelters over 30,000 mammals which include the Big Five including a small population of the rare black rhino, buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of hippopotamus, varied ungulates, elephants, giraffes and more. See the spectacular sights of the largest unbroken unflooded volcanic caldera in the world as you explore the crater.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

10. The Mahale Mountains

The Mahale Mountains on the Lake Tanganyikan shore is the ideal place for up-close encounter with chimpanzees and other primates in the world. Behold the sights of the green forested mountains cascading down to the lake shore, clear-cut waters lapping against white sand coves and the mist covered peak of Mount Nkungwe in the background.

Mahale Mountains

The Mahale Mountains

11. Selous Game Reserve

Go off-the-beaten-track to Selous Game Reserve, the largest reserve in Africa, with over 3000 lions, or the seclusion of a river camp in Selous by the miombo woodlands. Experience a walking safari with armed guides in the Selous wilderness.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

12. Arusha

Arusha is a sprawling town nestled at the foot of Mt. Meru, featuring a wide range of cultural attractions and sensational adventures. The fascinating town is the starting and the finishing point for impressive safari adventures in the country. Known as the gateway to the northern circuit, which features a wide range of popular national parks, Arusha is an ideal destination for an adventurous and unforgettable holiday in Tanzania.



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