Things To Do In Tanzania
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, ‘a Safari Mecca” populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs. Apart from that, you'll be closely associated with the native, knowing more about their lives and lifestyle, learning their language and savouring authentic taste of their cuisine.
It's time to discover Tanzania!
1. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
The highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is every trekker's dream. To climb to the roof of Africa and look out over the Furtwängler Glacier is an awe-inspiring sight.
The Machame Route Trek, popularly known as the "Whiskey Route", most of the trekkers choose this one, as it gives you an extra day to acclimate to the elevation and it is considered the most scenic route due to the picturesque landscape and gorgeous views. You will have an excellent chance of reaching the summit of one of the most famous climbs on earth. It’s a once in a kind of lifetime experience.
The Marangu Route Trek, also known as the "Coca-Cola Route" due to its popularity, passes through forests, moorlands, and alpine deserts, on its way to Kibo Hut. This is the quickest route to the peak and it'll be an incredible journey, listening to the stories of the local guides and porters.
2. Go on Safari in the Serengeti
The Serengeti is Africa's number 1 wildlife destination. Every year over a million wildebeest migrate over its great plains alongside thousands of the other herbivores of Africa like the gazelle and zebra. Don't limit yourself to migration season only though. Visiting the Serengeti offers amazing wildlife viewing year round as you spy lions, cheetahs, elephants and leopards living in their natural habitats on the vast African plains.
3. Snorkel or Scuba Dive in Zanzibar
No trip is complete without island time and Zanzibar is a paradise on earth. This spice island is not only beautiful above its turquoise water with its sandy white beaches, but it is also beautiful below. Considered to have the best diving on the entire east coast of Africa, snorkelers will also be satisfied with what they will see.
4. Visit a Masai Village
Complete your East Africa trip with visiting a Masai Tribe. The original nomads and Masai warriors will welcome you into their villages showing you how they make fire while putting on performances and jumping high in the air. Their majestic voices will win you over and you won't be able to leave without digging deep into your wallets to buy a souvenir.
5. Lake Manyara National Park
For birds and beauty, Lake Manyara is the place to be. This alkaline lake is famous for its pink flamingo population. But aside from the thousands of migrating flamingos, you also see storks, kingfishers and eagles. It's not just for the birds though, we were mesmerized by the baboon colony walking en masse like Planet of the Apes to the forest and the statue-like giraffe's reflections in the water.
6. Ngorongoro Conservation Area
It's the largest unbroken caldera in the world that is not submerged in water and it houses 45,000 animals living in harmony. Visiting the Ngorongoro crater is a beautiful experience watching wildlife within the volcano. Massive herds of wildebeest, zebras and elephants roam the landscape and you will come across a lion or two and if you are lucky, a rhino may cross your path.
7. Take a Balloon Safari
If you are up for a splurge, there is nothing better than taking a hot air balloon over the Serengeti Plains.
See wildlife from above and have a great adventure flying over Africa. Balloon flights end with champagne and breakfast starting your day off right!
8. Stone Town – Birthplace of Freddie Mercury
Zanzibar is known for its beaches and turquoise water, but walking around Stone Town makes for an interesting day. Freddie Mercury of Queen was born in Zanzibar and it was a highlight for us to see the door to his house and to visit Mercury's bar for a drink. It was once the king of the spice trade and sadly the slave trade. Walk through the narrow alleyways and marvel at the famous Zanzibar doors, (Freddie Mercury's old house has a door saying Mercury's house) smell the spices and visit the old fort and night markets.
So, now that you know what treasure this country holds and also about the opportunities that are available for you - why procrastinate any longer? Start planning your gap year, and drop us a mail at [email protected] for guidance from our experts!
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