Unique Places to Visit & Things to do in Tanzania
Tanzania is a major Africa tour destination popular for great wildlife viewing experiences with unique places to visit & things to do. The country covers an area of 945,087 square kilometers. It is the largest in East Africa with 16 national parks. These parks cover an area more than 42,000 square kilometers administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). When it comes to wildlife tours in Africa, names like the Serengeti National Park with its annual wildebeest migration and the Ngorongoro crater are usually apart of the top picks.
Protected areas in Tanzania are extremely varied ranging from sea habitats over grasslands to the top of Kilimanjaro the highest free standing mountain in Africa. The habitats have wildlife and flora that are very unique to see and offer several activities for tourists to undertake. Here are the unique places to visit & things to do in Tanzania;
- Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular and sought after tourist destination for tourists on Tanzania safaris. The Serengeti is home to a large variety of wildlife and fauna as well as the Great wildebeest migration that is part of the world’s ten natural wonders. Serengeti National Park is in the Serengeti ecosystem and covers an area of about 1,750 square kilometers (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest and woodlands. The park is situated in the northwestern Tanzania bordered by the Kenyan border where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. With its vastness, the park is usually described as divided into three regions and these are the Serengeti Plains, Western corridor and the Northern Serengeti.
There are over 2,500 lions and more than one million wildebeest that roam the Serengeti plains. Some of the other amazing predators in the park include the cheetah, leopards, hyena, jackals and a ton of lions. The big four of the popular big five African game can be seen here, these are lions, leopards, Buffaloes and Elephants.
Hundreds of the rock hyraxes can be seen along this wildlife path including the brightly colored agama lizards. A night game drive is some other safari experience tourists should consider in order to have extra ordinary experiences. The night game drive allows a unique opportunity to spot a number of nocturnal animals such as civets, bush babies, nightjars and aardvarks. This is done just within specific spots in the Serengeti National Park.
The Serengeti is also home to the wildebeest. Wildebeest migration is an annual event where about one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebra and numerous antelope species move in search for greener pastures.
- Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater offers a lifetime experience as there are few world destinations with such beauty and having high wildlife densities. Ngorongoro crater is popularly visited by many tourists on Tanzania safaris because of the uniqueness of the crater. The Ngorongoro crater is a breathtakingly scenic place perfect for tours to see the African Big Five wild game on a backdrop of about 600m/1,968ft high crater wall. Standing proudly within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the highly visited African attractions worth exploring.
Ngorongoro crater is one of the natural wonders of the world positioned in the Northern part of Arusha in Tanzania. The crater was voted a natural wonder of the world in 2013 because of the remark at the crater that create undoubtedly unique features. Ngorongoro crater then popularly became the eighth wonder of the world. Formed more than 3 million years ago after an extinct volcano collapsed upon itself (inwards), this is the world’s largest unfilled caldera.
Over 25,000 animals live within this basin-like crater which makes the 100 square kilometers a very busy spot compared to any other national park in Tanzania that have many animals but are very vast and don’t create the high concentration. The African Big Five are the Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos, Lions and Leopards that can all be possibly seen during a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. The animals per capita in the Ngorongoro crater is so high especially for predators. Over 70 lions are found on the crater floor with the fewer black rhinos also increasing in number. With an approximately small surface area holding very large numbers of wildlife, this makes game drives very rewarding with the possibility of seeing very many animals in a short time even during Tanzania short safaris.
Predators, the Big Five and thousands of other wildlife live in the Ngorongoro Crater as resident animals. However, the migratory animals like the popular wildebeest do visit the Craters northern sector around the Ndutu area. This is usually during the months of February to March as thousands of wildebeests take their journey on an annual wildebeest migration in search of pastures.
- Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is one of the top Tanzania safari destinations in the northern safari circuit. The park is situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley in the Arusha and Manyara regions. Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 325 square kilometers (125 sq mi) with 230 square kilometers of Lake Surface. Lake Manyara where the park borrows its name is a shallow alkaline lake at an altitude of 960m (3,150 ft) formed in a depression in the Rift Valley system. When full the lake is a maximum of 10 ft deep and covers two-thirds of the park.
There wildlife species that move through Lake Manyara National Park and these include the wildebeest, zebras, Thomson’s gazelle and Grant’s gazelle. The large herds of wildebeest and other animals from the Mto wa Mbu Game Controlled Area enter the park from the north for short periods. The Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, baboon, warthog and elephant can be spotted in the park. Predators like the lion, leopard, African wild cat, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, honey badger and mongoose. The cheetah and African golden cat are sighted occasionally. More than 350 bird species have been seen within the boundaries of the park
- Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain as well as the highest in Tanzania at an altitude of 5895 meters above sea level. This is the tallest free standing mountain in Africa. It is at times referred to as the roof top of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is park of Kilimanjaro National Park which is the top destination for hiking tours Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro is made up of three summits which are Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Kibo is the highest peak, a dormant volcano that could erupt again with its last eruption over 300,000 years ago. An ascent to Mount Kilimanjaro offers a trek through six different ecological systems and these are cultivated land, hearth, moorland, rain forest, alpine desert and an arctic peak.
Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking is challenging but millions of people have accepted to take the challenge of hiking to the summit. Frenchman Valtee Daniel is the oldest man to hike the mountain at a time when he made 87 years. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro takes about five to nine days depending on how many hours the trekker takes each day. For hikers who are disabled, there is a possibility of one being able to hike the mountain using a modified wheel chair.
- Zanzibar Island Tours
Zanzibar Island tours are perfect holidays for a weekend getaway, relaxation and honeymoon beach holidays. With several private tours, beach tours for couple, day trips and the beauty from the ocean backdrop, it is an ideal place to visit for a summer holiday.
Zanzibar Island offers great sights from the white tropical sand beaches, spices, history and culture patterns. The capital of the island is the stone town, a place with very fascinating history. The Stone Town is the oldest part of Zanzibar built on 95 acres peninsular with 2,500 buildings constructed from coral stones lime and clay, where it derived the name stone town.
Tanzania is truly a great safari destination with very many other destinations that tourists can visit for unique places to visit and things to do. Jewel safaris also offers great wildlife viewing experiences including Kenya safaris, Uganda wildlife safaris or Rwanda wildlife tours. For the great gorilla trekking experiences, tourists can undertake Uganda gorilla safaris or Rwanda gorilla tours and have a lifetime experience trekking the jungle.