Are you looking for a place to unwind, have good food, be surrounded by nature, release all the work stress, and absorb positive vibes? These 10 weekend getaway destinations are the perfect spots for you!
They’re easily accessible via the three major cities of Tanzania, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time here!
1. Tarangire National Park
Home to the Big Five, this park is a terrific place to spot zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and a wide variety of other iconic African wildlife. This is the 6th largest Tanzanian park and is famous for its vast elephant population and mini-wildlife migration and that it hosts during the dry season. The river Tarangire adds a photographic touch to the vast plains of the park. Tarangire also allows night drives for those living inside the park. So, make sure to check with the lodges before you book if a night safari is on your hit list!
Elephants at Tarangire National Park, Image Source: SplendoursofafricaTours.Com
2. Chemka Hot Springs
Just a two-hour drive away from the Arusha hotel, the hot springs of Chemka await you. This paradisiac oasis exists amidst the Tanzanian savannah offering captivating views of crystal-clear water and dense vegetation around. Relax in the warm waters after a trip from the safaris or a Kilimanjaro hike. Spend a few hours soaking in the pleasant waters, swinging on the rope, and feasting on the local food.
3. Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The most prominent feature of this park is the Ngorongoro Crater – the world's largest unbroken caldera. Extending over the Rift valley, it has a variety of habitats and landscapes. Experience the ultimate wildlife safari as this park is home to some fiercest predators, fastest prey, endangered species, and vibrantly colored migratory birds. Don't miss this spot if you want to reconnect with nature by looking at the mighty lions or the silvery-cheeked hornbills.
Ngorongoro Conservation, Image Source: Pinterest.Com
4. Amboni Caves
If you are up for adventure and love to explore exciting new stuff, then this place in Tanga is a must-visit. The limestones caves of Amboni are the most extensive subterranean systems in East Africa. Now home to a thousand bats, it was formerly believed to house various spirits and continues to be a place of worship and rituals. Walking through narrow tunnels and chambers while getting views of incredible formations makes the visit well worth it.
5. Usambara Mountains
The high degree of endemism in the flora and fauna of these mountains makes its biodiversity a hotspot. Choose this place to break from the safari's heat and dust and disconnect from the worldly routine. Enjoy the lush green surroundings and champagne air. These mountains are ideal for hiking, biking, bird watching, and, most of all, just relaxing!
Usambara Mountains, Image Source: BestNorthernSafaris.Com
6. Tongoni Ruins
Witness the picturesque crumbling remains of a mosque, overgrown Shirazi pillar-style tombs on a low rise, overlooking stands of mangroves and the sea. This place is perfect for a laid-back day when you don't want to do much.
7. Mbudya Island
Away from the city's hustle and bustle, a 15 mins ride from Dar es Salam will take you to the pristine island of Mbudya. Enjoy snorkeling adventures, get tanned under the warm rays of the sun, or head out for a swim in the turquoise waters. If you are a water nymph, then this place is definitely for you!
Mbudya Island, Image Source: Wikipedia.Org
8. Bagamoyo City
Take a trip to the mid-19th century while strolling through the narrow, unpaved streets of Bagamoyo. Holding substantial historical importance, this place adds culture and character to the city of Dar es Salam. Learn about the rich African history of slavery in this ancient city and have a chill day just strolling and observing the area.
9. Mafia Island Beach
If you're lucky enough to be in Dar es Salam and you are the adventurous type, swimming with the white whale sharks would make for a very memorable holiday. It is secluded and away from the crowd, ideal for you to spend some quality time with your spouse on this pristine beach.
Mafia Island Beach, Image Source: NgorongoroExpedition.Com
10. Bongoyo Island
Located a 30-minutes’ ferry ride away from Dar, Bongoyo Island makes for a serene getaway from your daily hectic routine. You can swim, snorkel, scuba dive and play all you want at this beautiful island. It’s best to rent a hut over there so you can chill at the beach under the shade. Don’t forget to try their calamari!
So, what are you waiting for? Make your weekend fun and interesting by visiting these easily accessible getaway spots in Tanzania!
Don’t forget to check out the East Africa Flying Guide to make your Tanzanian trip a lot easier!