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From its position on the Indian Ocean, whether you are watching the sunrise from either the coast of mainland Tanzania or from Zanzibar, it is always a treat! But, find out other justifiable reasons to visit Tanzania…

It is true that some of Africa’s most beautiful natural wonders exist in Tanzania. In fact, Tanzania has 7 properties inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list which include: Condo Rock-Art Sites, Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani / Ruins of Song Mnara, Stone Town of Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Moreover 3 of these best experiences Tanzania are actually even on “Africa’s Natural Wonder’s” list, namely:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro;
  • Spectacular Serengeti migration;
  • Ngorongoro Crater

But again, believe it or not, these are not the only reasons to visit Tanzania! Often when visitors are planning their “bucket-list” trip to Africa, they ask, “Why choose Tanzania?”

And common answers motivated for reasons to visit Tanzania include:

  • Tribal Tourism 
  • Summit Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Migration 
  • Diving Zanzibar

Tribal Tourism

Tanzania’s people are among the most welcoming and approachable on earth, with their diverse and unique ways ready to be shared with visitors. “And the evocative mix of people and cultures in Tanzania creates a tapestry of memories for the visitor,” says Tanzania Tourism. 

It is home to countless peoples of many different origins

Enduimet WMA people and their lifestyles’ certainly reflect the environment in which they live, from the Maasai tribe, to the Meru and Chagga.

And by this, did you know that the Hadzabe Bushmen are some of the last remaining hunter gatherers found on the African continent? So why not immerse yourself hunting and gathering with the Hadzabe tribe. Not to be confused with trophy hunting, because even today in Africa, tribes such as the Bushmen in southern Africa depend almost entirely on hunting and gathering to obtain their food. It is an otherworldly experience to mingle with local people and learn their culture.

The Masaai, who are perhaps the most well known of East Africa’s ethnic groups, are pastoralists whose livelihood and culture is based on the rearing of cattle, which are used to determine social status and wealth.

They dominate northern Tanzania but only occupy a fraction of their former grazing grounds in the north, much of which they now share with national parks and other protected areas. They are easily recognised by their single red or blue garments and their ochre covered bodies.

North of the Masaai steppe, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, live the Chagga, who farm the mountain side. Through cooperative farming they have achieved a fair standard of living.

The Gogo live near Dodoma and have developed slowly due to lack of water. The formerly warlike Hehe live in Iringa District’s highland grasses.

The Makonde are internationally famous for their intricate wood (ebony) carvings (sold over much of East Africa). They live along the coast on the Makonde plateau and their relative isolation has resulted in a high degree of ethnic self-isolation. 

Summit Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is an iconic feature of Tanzania, as is the Uhuru Torch one of the National Symbols of Tanzania. Symbolising freedom and light it was first lit on 9 Dec 1961 when Tanganyika gained independence. 

The mountain is a dormant strato-volcano which has 3 volcano cones of Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. The latter, Kibo is the mountain’s highest peak being 19 340 feet above sea level. Equally important the peak makes mount Kilimanjaro the highest Mountain in Africa. 

Mount Kilimanjaro is popular with thrill seekers from around the globe who want to climb to its summit. Kilimanjaro trekking is both a physical and psychological challenge adventure trip to book.

Find out the best time for you to summit Kilimanjaro or other mountain activities. 

Wildebeest Migration

Moving on to the Serengeti National Park, it is well-known for its migration. The wildebeest migration is a movement of ungulates which begin from Ndutu Ngorongoro, Serengeti to Masai mara and back. 

The second known Migration is the movement between Tarangire and Lake Manyara via Jangwani Wildlife Corridor. Elephants also migrate from Kilimanjaro National park to Amboseli game reserve in Kenya and they go via Kitendeni Elerai corridor. By and large this is becoming more and more of a favoured trekking destination to visitors.

The Serengeti migration involves thousands of wildebeest, accompanied by eland, zebra, gazelle, and impala following a fairly predictable pattern, as the wildebeest are constantly seeking water and fresh pasture. 

The migration can be found during any given month; you just need to know the best location to see the migration during a given time of the year. Therefor dependent on when you get leave, you can book the most suitable location to see the migration at that specific time.

The two most epic wildebeest migration event seasons Serengeti

Diving Zanzibar

What could be more special action-packed mainland adventure combined with the gorgeous beaches, water sports and laid-back atmosphere of Zanzibar?

An archipelago of more than 40 beautiful islands – has been an important Indian Ocean trading post for centuries. Chinese, Indonesian, Persian, Malay and Arab traders have all left their mark on the islands’ culture and cuisine, which makes them fascinating to explore.

Secluded eco-retreats with untouched beaches, luxury beach resorts or intimate boutique hotels in Zanzibar and can all be booked directly via zanzibar-islands.com. In addition, a broad selection of island accommodation is available to guests on all budgets. 

The beaches are unspoiled powdery white sand fringed by overhanging palm trees, and turquoise waters. Watersports, diving in the coral reefs, traditional Dhow cruises and deep-sea fishing are very popular.

Sightings of humpback whales and both bottlenose and spinner dolphins are possible in the Pemba Channel, while snorkelling on the coral reefs brings the chance of seeing turtles and tropical fish.

Top reasons Tanzania accommodation & contact:

Tanzania has a wide range of accommodation styles including luxury, standard, budget, backpackers and camping, and is a suitable destination for most travel types, adventure, honeymoon, family travel etc. 

For a fully immersive experience into Tanzania visit Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris Co.Ltd. or email [email protected]

Tanzania safari experience tour to Tarangire, SERENGETI NGORONGORO SAFARI 7 days, 6 night safari in Northern circuit is amazing.

SAFARI 7 DAYS TARANGIRE, SERENGETI, NGORONGORO CRATER, Manyara:

Day 01: Tarangire Game Park tour

The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places to view elephants up close, not only because there are thousands of animals but also because they are not disturbed by the presence of vehicles. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions, leopards.

DAY 02: Tarangire – Serengeti National Park 

Game drive en-route to National Park.

DAY 03 & 04: Serengeti National Park 

Drive to the Serengeti Plains for a full day game drive and picnic lunch in the park. Proceed with the game drive into evening. Track wildebeest migration to see wildlife interaction such as lions, leopards and other hunting prey.

DAY 05:  Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

Drive to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai George (option). Highlights include, the Crater, wildlife and Masaai Village trips. Ngorongoro Conservation area altitude is from 1500 to 3600m, hence when travelling consider warm clothes.

DAY 06:  Crater tour- Ngorongoro

Take your lunch boxes and descend to about 2,000ft into the Crater floor for the Crater Tour, picnic lunch in the park. Proceed with the Game drive till evening

Day 07: Drive back to Arusha via Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals.

Additional tour add-ons:

  1. Historical tour to Kondoa Irangi Kolo Rock Arts (add 2 days)
  2. Horse riding adventure in Arusha (Add 1 day)
  3. Camel Safari at Slopes of Mount Meru (add 1 Day)
  4. Cultural heritage site curio art crafts store and Tanzanite shopping. (add 1 day or few hours before transfer to Airport).
  • Tanzania proud winner of World Travel Awards – Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2017 for Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Won World Travel Awards 2017 – Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2017
  • Nominated Word Travel AwardsAfrica’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2017 for Ngorongoro Crater.
  • TripAdvisor Traveller’s choice awards 2018, number 2 Zanzibar and number 8, Arusha Tanzania.

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