10 tourist attractions of Tanzania
10 tourist attractions of Tanzania : Tanzania is an exciting country which offers a variety of activities and the different attractions in Tanzania which are visited during safaris include the following;
Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park is a popular wildlife viewing destination which is located in the northern part of Tanzania.
The national park is famous for offering amazing wildlife viewing and also for its vast savannah plains which are dotted with acacia trees. Serengeti national park is also made up of rock outcrops which are referred to as kopjes and they include the Simba kopjes, Moru kopjes, Maasai kopjes among others.
The different wildlife species which can be spotted during a safari around Serengeti national park include giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, hippos, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos among others.
Among the activities which are carried out on safari in Serengeti national park include hot air balloon safaris over the Serengeti plains, game drives at different times of day, walking safaris and bird watching.
The wildebeest migration also takes place in Serengeti national park and is among the attractions which bring many tourists to the national park.
This migration takes place annually and over 1.5 million wildebeests can be seen in their herds as they move across the different parts of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem such as in the southern, western, northern and central parts of Serengeti national park.
Gazelles and zebras as well as predators such as lions and leopards can also be seen around the herds of wildebeests in Serengeti national park. The wildebeest migration takes place at different times of the year such as from December to June.
Mount Kilimanjaro is another tourist attraction in Tanzania which is a famous hiking destination visited by many tourists.
The mountain is the highest in Africa at an altitude of 5895 meters located in the northern part of Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro has about 6 hiking routes which include Marangu route, Machame route, Umbwe route, Rongai route, Lemosho route and Shira route.
The highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro is known as the Uhuru peak. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano which has 3 cones that are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. There are also 5 climatic zones on Mount Kilimanjaro and another unique feature on the mountain is that it is snowcapped.
Tanzania is famous for its amazing wildlife viewing and scenic wilderness where wildlife species such as the big 5 can be spotted. The big 5 include elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos.
The big 5 are considered the most difficult wildlife species to hunt on foot and many tourists on safari around Tanzania and can be seen in destinations such as Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro crater.
Other wildlife species which are seen around the wildlife viewing destinations of Tanzania include antelopes, wildebeests, waterbucks, kudu, dik dik, hartebeests, hippos, giraffes, gazelles, hyenas, cheetahs, warthogs and many others.
Zanzibar and the beautiful beaches of Tanzania
Zanzibar is an island along the Indian Ocean which is a popular destination for leisure and vacations on the tropical paradise.
White sand beaches of Zanzibar as well as other attractions like the blue waters, the coral reefs and rich culture of Zanzibar, the stone town are part of the experience on the island. Other islands of Tanzania include Pemba island, Mnemba island, Changuu island and Mafia island.
Some of the activities which tourists engage in during their visits to Zanzibar include snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, spice tours, visiting the stone town and many others. There are also many beautiful resorts and hotels with views of the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.
The Ngorongoro crater is another wildlife viewing destination of Tanzania which is also the world’s largest inactive caldera.
The crater was formed as a result of volcanic activity over 2 million years and is home to numerous wildlife species such as the big 5 as well as a variety of bird species such as flamingos which can be seen around the lake shores in Ngorongoro crater.
Ngorongoro crater also has amazing views and is made up of savannah plains and acacia woodlands. Activities which are carried out around the crater include game drives along the crater floor, guided nature walks and bird watching.
The Maasai people also graze their livestock such as cows and goats around the grassy plains of Ngorongoro and share the area with the different wildlife species of the Ngorongoro conservation area.
Tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara national park
The rare tree climbing lions are among the attractions which can be seen during a safari around Lake Manyara national park.
Lake Manyara national park is also known for amazing wildlife viewing and its diverse scenery. During safaris at the destination, the tourists also enjoy views of the Great Rift Valley where the national park is located.
A number of safari activities are also carried out around Lake Manyara national park and they include game drives in the morning, afternoon and night, nature walks, canoeing, bird watching and canopy walks.
Wildlife species which can be seen around Lake Manyara national park include elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, hippos, waterbucks, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and many other bird species.
The Maasai are famous for their unique culture and for their semi nomadic way of life around Tanzania.
Visiting the traditional homesteads of the Maasai is part of the experiences during safaris around Tanzania and other activities which are carried out during Maasai experiences include interacting with the Maasai people.
Maasai also have a unique way of dressing which are in different colors such as red, blue, black and also in checkered patterns.
Selous game reserve
Selous game reserve is the largest reserve in Africa which is located in the southern part of Tanzania.
Various wildlife species can be seen around Selous game reserve and they include elephants, zebras, buffalos, lions, giraffes, hippos, hartebeests, waterbucks, elands, bushbucks, elands, leopards, hyenas, antelopes and many more.
There are also over 400 bird species which can be seen around Selous game reserve.
Visit Tanzania and explore the different attractions and enjoy wildlife viewing at its best.