What to do in Tanzania
It is possible to organize various excursions: those in the National Parks, in the Game Reserves, and
those in the most important cities and in the villages that tell
about the true Tanzania.
In the National Parks and in the Game Reserves it is possible to admire a very rich vegetation: from the acacias to the baobabs, from the palm trees to the evergreen forests, from the savannah to the tropical and rain forests, from the lakes to the sea, from the mountains to the volcanoes.
It is always nice to have the possibility to visit the local towns and villages because you can get in touch with the culture and habits of the different tribes living in Tanzania.
For example, meeting and knowing the Masaai is one of the most beautiful experiences when you visit this country.
Speaking with the tribes it is possible to learn about the myth of the Pangolin, an animal considered lucky by them.
You will be able to see the rock engravings and the Olduvai Gorge, also called "the cradle of humanity", where it is said that the history of man began.
There are many ruins dating back to the 8th century, you will be able to visit the cities of colonial Tanzania (it was a German and British colony) and the traces left by the slave trade. by the slave trade.
Taking part to a safari is one of the experiences that you can't
miss when you visit Tanzania!
You will have the opportunity to meet at the same time the "Big Five", which are the five animals that cannot be missed during a safari: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard.
You can see a wide variety of animals: cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, zebras, antelopes, hyenas, chimpanzees, monkeys, flamingos, birds and many others.
You will have the opportunity to spend a night in lodges or tented camps, sleeping immersed in the nature, or where animals live their lives and having the feeling of being their guests.
Do not miss the spectacle of sunrise and sunset, moments in which you can admire the sun that with its colors in various shades of red, illuminates the African landscape!
There are not only "traditional safaris" in Tanzania!
You can try a Balloon Safari: generally, it starts around 6 a.m. and lasts about 1-2 hours.
Balloon safaris are held regularly only in the Serengeti starting from some designated sites in the Seronera area; this area was chosen because the annoyance for the animals is minimized.
We advise you to try a Night Safari if you are in the north of the country: you can travel in enchanted places kissed by the light of the moon and see nocturnal animals and how the others live after sunset.
You can also choose to get married in Tanzania, in a National Park. Imagine how it would be to arrive to the altar on horseback, pronouncing the fateful "yes" with the Kilimanjaro on the background and the Maasai as wedding witnesses.
Tanzania is one of the countries with the largest number of bird
species in the world.
Birdwatching is one of the main activities when you visit the various national parks and wildlife reserves.
You can meet hundreds and hundreds of different species in their natural habitat or during the migration period!
Surely you will not fail to visit and explore Lake Natron, famous for its pink flamingos deliciously told in the Disney movie "The mystery of the Pink Flamingos".
There are some fabulous areas for paragliding.
If you choose to carry out this activity you must have permission from the local authorities and villages.
It is important to know that flying over the National Parks is illegal.
At the moment the areas where paragliding is possible are: the Usambaras, the Rift Valley and numerous hills around Mount Meru.
The many National Parks offer many climbing options for tourists.
Each mountain differs from the others, which is why it is very important to well prepare and inform yourself before starting climbing.
The most chosen destinations are Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
You can also choose the challenging climb to the Ol Donyo Lengai crater, which passes through some fantastic landscapes from which you can admire the Rift Valley.
The climb up to the top of Mount Lengai is very steep and is a real challenge that is accepted only by experienced hikers with a good level of fitness.
Mountain biking in Tanzania offers a wide range of different
grounds for cyclists.
You can go to the National Parks, going on a sort of real safari, having the opportunity to see the Big Five, the Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro crater, the mountains of Usambara and Uluguru and the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.
With over 120 different tribes resident in the country, there is
plenty of local history and colors that can be found in all areas
Cultural tours can be made as half-day or longer hikes, living a couple of days among the local populations in their villages and towns.
Do not miss the opportunity to paddle through the mangroves and sail with the fishermen on the uncontaminated sandy islands of the Indian Ocean, Lake Nyasa and Lake Victoria.
Meet the "Hadza" hunters: join the remaining communities in the Lake Eyasi and Yaeda valleys or spend part of your holiday with the inhabitants of the "Switzerland" of Tanzania while you are hiking through the mountains of Usambara.
Admire the ancient irrigation systems or current crafts, listen to the diagnostic methods of a traditional healer and you can get prescriptions for you too.
Diving and Snorkeling
The seabed and marine life of Tanzania are incomparable!
The waters of the Indian Ocean are always warm, given the proximity to the equator.
You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in immaculate seabeds where many species of fish live, from whale shark to swordfish to marlin, you will also encounter tuna, barracudas, Pacific amberjacks, jacks, which are a variety of groupers, and huge moray eels.
The diving can be carried out throughout the year, however during the period of the great rainy season the visibility can be limited.
Boating and Canoeing
The river navigation allows you to pass beside sleeping
crocodiles and hippos, assembled in semi-submerged herds.
You can go on boat safari only in the Selous Nature Reserve, where the Rufiji River, the Great Ruaha River and numerous lakes offer visitors a great choice.
On the great lakes, boats are a popular vehicle and offer
visitors the chance to see life in and around the waters.
On the coast of the Indian Ocean, a boat ride takes visitors to explore the waters full of fish of the Pemba Channel, or to visit the hundreds of islands scattered throughout the Zanzibar Archipelago and the Mafia Island.
Canoe trips in Tanzania are an active option for visitors who
spend a few days exploring the northern lakes.
The excursions on the shores of Lake Manyara allow you to row passing close to over thousands of pink flamingos in the shallow waters.
In the Arusha National Park the Momela Lakes are an exceptional and spectacular location for canoe trips.
There are various options to enjoy fishing in Tanzania, mostly it
is sea fishing along the East African coast which is incredibly
The deep waters of the Indian Ocean are rich of large fishes: from marlin to tuna, from swordfish to barracuda.
In addition to the largest species of fish in the Tanzanian waters, you can also find: groupers, snappers and other local species in coastal waters.
Deep-sea fishing in Tanzania is organized by private companies, usually the most popular places in which they are organized are: Pangani and Dar es Salaam, in the continental part, and in the Zanzibar Archipelago, where resorts and lodges offer fishing charter flights that ventures offshore.
Freshwater lakes of Tanzania also offer various fishing
opportunities for visitors who wish to venture off the beaten
tracks, as happens on Lake Victoria.
It is possible to organize fishing trips from the surrounding villages and from the larger ports of Mwanza and Musoma.
Visits to the Rubondo Island National Park also offer the fishermen a base from which they can set off on excursions around Lake Victoria and its tributaries.
Places under UNESCO heritage in Tanzania
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - UNESCO
heritage since 1979.
Kondoa petroglyphs - UNESCO heritage since 2006.
Mount Meru - Active Volcano in northern-eastern Tanzania about 70 km far from Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro National Park - UNESCO heritage since 1987.
Serengeti National Park- UNESCO heritage since 1981.
Selous Game Reserve - UNESCO heritage since 1982.
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara - UNESCO heritage since 1981.
Stone Town - Zanzibar Historical Centre, UNESCO heritage since 2000.