Tanzania is a beautiful country located in East Africa. The history of this country is very interesting for anyone who decides to visit. The wildlife, mountains, and beautiful beaches attract people from other countries to visit.
For years Tanzania has won the crown of being the leader of safari destinations in Africa. Many of its parks and attractions are listed as the UNESCO world heritage sites.
The annual migration of wildebeest in Serengeti National Park is one of the best things to see on your trip. Experience millions of wild animals migrating to Maasai Mara National park.
Visiting Tanzania never disappoints with the beautiful landscapes and mountains like Kilimanjaro 5,895m. Thinking about culture? Tanzania is home to more than 100 ethnic groups living in peace and harmony.
There are so many reasons to visit Tanzania. We invite you to go through our list of why you should visit this country.
The generosity of its people
Despite having more than 120 ethnic groups, Tanzanian live in peace and harmony. You will experience this from arrival to departure points of this country.
People are willing to help and socialize in every encounter. Many people are so charming and welcoming either to their businesses or at home. If you have a chance to stay with them you won’t dare to leave.
The generosity of Tanzanian’s well known around the globe. The nature of showing gratitude is the core of Tanzanian culture. You will hear people saying ‘Asante” meaning thank you all the time.
The country is home to about 20% of Africa’s large mammals. About 40% of its land dedicated to conservation. Millions of wild animals and birds are in every part of the country.
From the northern part of the country, the largest National parks include Serengeti. Have a higher number of wild animals than any other part of Africa.
The Ngorongoro crater remains home to the endangered Black Rhino and wild cats. A higher number of wildcats like lions, leopards, and cheetah are within the crater all the time.
The largest groups of Elephants on Earth found shelter in Tarangire National park. You will also experience thousands of bird species, from every angle of the parks.
While the north is proud of the wildebeest migration in Serengeti. The southern parks offer the Lion glades. If you visit Ruaha or Selous. The abundant life will leave you speechless.
Wildlife attracts millions of visitors to Tanzania whether for game drives or photography. All the Big five are easy to spot in Tanzania
Is the dream of every visitor to Tanzania to witness this natural wonder of the world. Millions of wildebeest and other animals migrates from Serengeti to Maasai Mara .
This natural event happens every year from July to September. It’s unpredictable though around these months are very likely to occur.
The river crossing moment is an unbelievable experience. Is the annual feast for crocodiles, wildcats, and birds. The lucky one always succeeds to make it to the other side of Mara-river to enter Maasai Mara in Kenya.
Wildebeest migration remains a mystery for wildlife scientists. Does this give you a million reasons to visit Serengeti? Yes, it does.
The very rare gemstone and limited only to Tanzania is one of the main reasons for other people to visit. Tanzanite is only mined here and nowhere else in the world.
These rare gemstones attract business travelers to visit mining areas or jewelry shops. The value has been increasing every year.
For colored AAA Tanzanite, 1ct is approximately worth $300-$425 per carat. 2ct sizes reach $450-$650 per carat. 3 carats and up will reach $650-$750 per carat.
Tanzanite is not only gemstone available, silver and gold are available for a fair price.
Many shops work with international carriers. Transfers to different countries through DHL, FedEx, and UPS are possible.
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
The free-standing mountain on Earth at 5,895 meters. Is a unique mountain compared with other mountains including Everest (8849 meters )
Mount Kilimanjaro is an iconic symbol of Africa. Is the tallest peak of Africa. This snow-capped mountain in tropical areas remains a mystery for natural scientists.
The glacial deposit at its peak remains throughout the year. The local Wachagga tribe refers to its peak as “Kippo” now named as “KIBO PEAK” to refer to a massif glacial.
Others refer this Mount Kilimanjaro as the mountain of light, caravan, or greatness. with its three peaks of Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Have been a call for all nature lovers to challenge this giant standing tall in the African sky.
Mount Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why.
You can climb this mountain in 5,6,7, 8, and 9, days depending on the route selected and the climbing program.
The well-known routes for climbing include Machame, Lemosho, Marangu, Umbwe, and Rongai. These are ascending routes only.
You can descend through Mweka and Marangu routes only. If you may wish to climb Kilimanjaro the dry season is the best time. From June to October and December to mid-February
Remember Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987.
Olduvai Gorge & Laitoli Foot Print
Apart from wildlife and mountains, Tanzania is the cradle of humankind. The archeological evidence discovered in these two areas set the world record.
Visiting these two areas will give you the highlight of the transition of early hominids. The great work done by Dr. Louis Leakey and Mary is mind-blowing and set the light for historians.
Visiting the Laitoli footprint is the best thing to do while in the Ngorongoro crater. The mark left on the volcanic rock left also adds evidence of the early development of the human species.
Its value is being recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Visiting these areas will help you to reflect on our history and shed light on the future.
This area is between Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Is the best idea to combine with your wildlife safari on this circuit.
Culture is a gift for our life. Is the social token we love to exchange. Tanzania offers more than 126 ethics groups to visit.
Custom and tradition differ from one location to the other. If you visit the northern part you will meet with Maasai, Datoga, Wameru, Chagga, Kurya, Wapare, etc.
The Maasai people continue to be the best choice for many visitors to this country. Their nomadic lifestyle and their red regalia (Maasai shuka) are very symbolic.
Despite the level of civilization around the world, other cultures remain static. For example, Khoisan people’s like the famous actor in “gods must be crazy movie” staged in South Africa.
The Hadzabe and Datoga share the custom with click sound people of southern Africa. They still depend on hunting and gathering and do not have permanent settlements.
To the coastal areas like Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, and Bagamoyo. Swahili people are the residents of these areas. The Swahili language become the National language in Tanzania.
You can experience cultural programs in different regions. You can combine these tours with other trips or alone.
Oldoinyo Lengai (God’s Mountain)
Oldoinyo Lengai is the Maasai word meaning God’s mountain. It signifies the volcano of immense power.
Since 1883 volcanic activities have been occurring to create a peak of 2962 meters. Is the only mountain on Earth which emits carbonatite and deposits ash 100 km away up to the Kenya border.
The best thing about this mountain is you can climb to the top. It takes about six to seven hours to the summit crater.
Reaching the top will offer you a unique view of Lake Natron and the Ngorongoro plains.
Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai is the best experience limited to this part of Africa. You will get the best chance to do walking safaris while escorted by Maasai warriors.
The Maasai people from their ancestral age to this time use Oldonyo Lengai for their prayers to “NGAI” or their God. You can learn a lot of things by visiting this area in Tanzania.
You can combine Oldonyo Lengai with other trips in Tanzania. Whether visiting Lake Natron, Tarangire, or Ngorongoro crater.
In the northern part of Tanzania. More than 2.5 million Lesser Flamingos have found a home. Lake Natron is a soda lake found at the base of Oldonyo Lengai.
Lake Natron not only provides shelter to Flamingo but it’s only the breeding site on Earth.
Is very common around the world for settlements to develop around lakes and rivers. Though for Lake Natron the story is different.
The barren landscapes around this lake tell a story of this place where no one ever wanted to live.
It is possible to do walking trips in this area and visit nearby waterfalls and streams. Combining it with other trips creates the best adventure to remember in Tanzania.
This is the vibrant coastal area of Tanzania. With beautiful islands of Unguja and Pemba. The outstanding value of these historic cities is incomparable.
The hybrid culture of Arabic and Swahili people is a notable culture to experience. Beautiful smiles and hospitality attract people to visit this beautiful island.
The world’s classic hotels and lodges along beaches attract visitors around the globe. The international cuisine and hundred of local foods separate Zanzibar from the rest.
The history of the slave trade and Arabic settlement in Zanzibar leave a mark of history. The old building yet classic in design has been the iconic symbol for Stone town and Pemba.
Experience the spice tours, dolphins trips, snorkeling, and safari blue. Local agents or tour companies offer these tours at an affordable price.
It’s possible to extend your vacation by visiting national parks. You could visit Selous Game Reserve or even climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Serengeti Nationational Park
The wildlife galaxy, Serengeti will never die is a common phrase you can hear all over the world. The wild animals, birds, and endless plain separates this park from the rest in Africa.
With the famous feast of wild cats and crocodiles during the wildebeest migration. Attracts thousands of visitors to witness this natural wonder event in Serengeti.
Despite the wildebeest migration, Serengeti has the highest number of wildcats and mammals. Lions, Leopards m Cheetah, Hyena, and Jackals. Elephants and Buffalo, Antelopes, and Zebra dominate the land.
The big five are everywhere on Serengeti. The term big five though before used by hunters in classifying trophies. But Serengeti offers only photographic safaris.
The endless plain of Serengeti offers the amazing sunset you can not see in other parts of Tanzania. The evening breeze of wind blowing from lake victoria creates refreshing feelings.
The unique camps from luxurious to mid ranges are available all over the park. You can experience a five-star hotel or lodge in the mid of remote Africa which you can find in the major cities.
Game drives, bird watching, and walking safari are possible throughout the year. Though for the best wildlife experience the dry season is the best.
Serengeti National park offers a balloon safaris experience. You should know that Serengeti was the first park in Tanzania to introduce balloons. Until now remain the leader in this experience.
Visiting Tanzania for vacation without visiting Serengeti won’t pay back the bills. Serengeti is home to real African adventure.
This is the best gem of Tanzania wildlife. Ngorongoro crater is the stream of life for thousands of wild animals and birds.
Ngorongoro come into life as the result of a large volcano that exploded and collapse. About two to three million years ago.
The aggressive volcano created the crater 610 meters deep and 260 km square on its floor. Then life began with streams of water with the crater attracted wildlife.
Ngorongoro crater is so unique from any other park in Tanzania. When it comes to conservation because of the cohabitation of wild animals and Maasai.
You can also witness the moving sand and talk walk to other crafter features like Olmoti and Empakai. Ngorongoro crater is the wonder of Africa and one of the prime destinations to visit in Tanzania
Ngorongoro offers the best chance to see the rare Black Rhino. But also visiting Maasai Boma and other National parks in Tanzania.
Art and Crafts
Tanzania boosted as the arts and crafts hotspot in East Africa. The popular Makonde carving products of the Ebony tree (mpingo) and Tinga Tinga arts.
Art and crafts are the way of life, and many people accross the world use art to express their way of life. Walking in supermarkets or the street the design awakens the creative genius in you.
People from different parts of the world visit Tanzania for art collections. A few exhibitions including Bagamoyo Festival for Art and Culture. The exhibition held every year in September
Many accessories include Kikoi, bags, purses, shawls, neck, and beachwear available everywhere.
Visiting Tanzania to explore art supports the economy of artists and encourages creativity. Combining culture and other tours like a game drive to Mikumi national parks is an ideal plan.
Cultural Festival & International Events
These are either music and culture or business events. The popular one are Sauti za Busara, Saba saba and ZIFF
These events attract international visitors and artists from different parts of Africa. Sauti za Busara ( Sound of Wisdom ) is the largest East African music exhibition in Zanzibar
Sauti za Busara is the celebration of Africa Music and Arts. Different musicians from different parts of the world attend this show for performance.
Zanzibar International Films Festival (ZIFF) is one of the biggest cultural events. Showcasing of African films and artists. It is very popular since 1997. Visiting these events creates a big connection either for business or investments.
Saba saba ( seven seven). This is an international business expo in Tanzania. This event is in July every year from 1’st to 14th.
This event brings industries, consumers, specialists, NGOs, SMEs, Investors, and government entities together. This exhibition’s sole purpose is to promote business and investment in Tanzania
There are other events like the East Africa business Expo and other events like Karibu Fair. Kilimanjaro Marathon is in February each year.
There is no guarantee for these events to happen. In case want to visit communicate in advance for updates.
Selous Game Reserve
This is the top-notch travel destination to visit in Tanzania. This is the gem of the south. Is one of the largest game reserves in the world.
With an area of 54,600 km square is twice the area of Serengeti and three times of Kruger in South Africa
With more than 4000 lions, 250,000 impala and 35,000 giraffes make Selous stands out of the rest in Tanzania
Selous offers different options for visitors including game drives and walking safaris. Cultural programs can be also organized.
You can combine Selous with other parks including Mikumi and Ruaha. But if you’re in Zanzibar there are plenty of chartered flights from Zanzibar to Selous.
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The Lion Glade
Presented by the great Ruaha National Park, this is the only place on Earth where you could see more than 1,000 Lions.
Ruaha National parks received international attention on where to see or film Lions. Larger groups with intense energy in hunting all the time once you visit Ruaha.
Lions glade’s name comes after the Natgeo documentary of Lion Kingdom. Hundreds of Lions if not thousands recorded in this park.
Visiting during the rain season Ruaha changes into a bird paradise. When thousands of migratory birds from Asia, Europa, and Australia migrate here.
If you’re not interested in crowded destinations, Ruaha is heaven to visit. With few tourists visiting this park, this offers you the best chance to explore wildlife. Enjoy the silence of the park and travel in luxury.
Ruaha is the king of Africa Safari. The luxurious camps and hotels within and outside the park are amazing.
We hope this topic sheds light on your knowledge about why you should visit Tanzania. We hope you might need to visit and need some help in the arrangement of your trip.
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