10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Tanzania : Tanzania has it all, from the lofty snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru to the palm-fringed Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Tanzania is home to several of Africa’s best and most well-liked tourist safari destinations, and the diversity and standard are unmatched.
The megafauna’s herds of Nyerere, Ruaha, and Katavi are among the possibilities, as are the habituated chimpanzees of Mahale and Gombe, the thunderous wildebeest migration of the Serengeti, the enormous tuskers of Tarangire, and the whale sharks swimming off Mafia Island.
- Serengeti National Park – Rated As the Best Park for an African Safari Adventure.
Serengeti National Park, one of the most well-known parks in all of Africa, comes in first. This famous wildlife habitat covers 14,763km2 (5,700mi2) and accounts for 50% of the larger Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. This is the most beautiful area in all of Africa, covered by vast savannah grasslands and dotted with characteristic flattop acacias and Balanites trees. With 1.5 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra, and 400,000 gazelles, you may enjoy an unrivalled animal show. A wide range of safari hotels and experiences are available in the Serengeti and its surrounding protected region, with prices to suit most budgets.
- Ngorongoro Crater – Africa’s lost world with dramatic scenery and tons of wildlife
The Tanzanian crater Ngorongoro.
The vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area borders the southeast of the Serengeti National Park. The extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater is bordered by high volcanic walls on all sides and is home to a variety of abundant and exceptionally well-adapted animals. While driving through it to explore it, it nearly seems like you’re travelling through a zoo; yet, the surrounding crater beauty is breathtaking. Most people only view the crater, but the more adventurous skip the safari crowds and explore the larger protected area, which is shared by Maasai pastoralists and wildlife. The sprawling Oldupai Gorge, also known as Olduvai, is a protected region that contains some of the most significant hominid fossils on the continent, making the Leakey family famous for discovering it. If you visit Ngorongoro Crater outside of the peak safari season (June–September), you will fall in love with its abundance of wild animals and breathtaking scenery.
- Climbing Kilimanjaro-Africa’s Highest Peak.
Kilimanjaro’s name is mysterious, however it is believed to signify “Mountain of Light” or “Mountain of Greatness.” Although no one can be certain for sure, Mount Kilimanjaro, which rises to a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet), is unquestionably the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. With its majestic seclusion from the plains below, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the continent. This volcano, which is practically on the equator and has a snow-capped peak that dwarfs the far-off rift valley, seems completely out of place. Coming to Tanzania and without taking the time to admire this majestic, ancient mountain that forms the roof of Africa would be wrong. The highest point on the African continent, Uhuru Peak, is accessible by climbing its fabled slopes, but you may also admire and capture its majestic beauty as it watches over the plains and parks below.
- Nyerere (Selous) National Park-Africa’s Largest Wildlife Reserve Crocodile in Selous National Park in Tanzania.
The 30,893km2/11,928mi2 Nyerere National Park (previously Selous), which is located in East Africa, is famous for its crocodile-infested Rufiji River and Stiegler’s Gorge. It continues to be a popular tourist safari destination in southern Tanzania despite persistent poaching and hydro-development issues. Although decades of illicit poaching decimated the vast elephant herds, Nyerere is still home to some 16,000 of these grey giants as well as a robust wild dog population. Planning your safari to Nyerere as soon as possible is advised because Tanzania’s government is moving on with the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam inside Stiegler’s Gorge, the centre of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage site.
- Ruaha National Park – Tanzania’s Famous Wilderness Area.
Ruaha National Park is one of East Africa’s largest national parks, covering 20,226 km2 (7,809 mi2), but it is hardly known outside of Tanzania. But given that it is home to an estimated 10% of the remaining wild lions in Africa, a tour to the region’s untamed south should undoubtedly include a stop here. Additional reasons to make sure Ruaha is on the itinerary of any intrepid safari enthusiast include stunning vistas dotted with enormous baobabs, elephants, numerous plains species, and one of the only places you will encounter greater kudu in Tanzania.
- Katavi National Park – Relatively Untouched Wildlife Paradise.
One of the nation’s most untamed and wild bush settings, Katavi National Park is wild and secluded and is home to a diverse range of wildlife. Due to its challenging accessibility, the 4,471km2 (1,726mi2) park can be pricey to visit. Few individuals make the effort to travel here as a result. In contrast to the popular Serengeti, which may receive 125,000 tourists each year, the isolated Katavi only receives a handful of courageous explorers. If you have the time and resources, this is untamed Africa at its very best, and it’s a park that is unquestionably well seeing. On a game drive safari in Tanzania’s third-largest national park, you frequently see more lion prides than people because there are only a few tiny, basic safari sites there.
- Mahale Mountains – Spectacular Scenery and Habituated Chimpanzees Chimp trekking in Mahale Mountains, Tanzania.
The captivating Mahale Mountains National Park, which is tucked along the shore of Lake Tanganyika with its forested mountains rising up from the seashore, offers breathtaking scenery and up-close encounters with habituated chimpanzees. Back dropped by Mount Nkungwe’s mist-covered top, white sand beaches are lapped by Lake Tanganyika’s crystal-clear waters. Mahale, which covers 1,613 km2 (623 mi2) and has no road access, is considered Tanzania’s most remote but also one of its most captivating parks. The 60-person Mimikere or “M” group of chimpanzees, which has been researched by Japanese scientists for more than 40 years, is the holy grail for most tourists. Even though the M group is accustomed to us, it can be difficult to locate our nearest kin. The end safari destination is well worth the struggles and hardships it takes to get there, but be prepared for some sweaty, arduous climbs through deep foliage.
- Zanzibar – a Beautiful Island Bursting with culture and history.
A once-exotic island kingdom of former slave traders and fishermen, Zanzibar has transformed into a popular safari destination. Stone Town is dripping with culture and history, which seems at odds with its picture-perfect landscape of white-sand beaches and coconut palms swinging leisurely in the sea air. But it is just this variety that makes Zanzibar such an appealing and interesting island to explore on land and underwater, as well as a fantasy location for unwinding and recharging.
Nothing compares to the private satellite island of Mnemba off the northern coast of Zanzibar for those with deep resources and a good budget. Mnemba is the very epitome of tropical island beach-chic luxury, boasting one private &beyond property. For the rest of us common folk, the main island offers a bewildering selection of some 800 hotels, beach resorts, guesthouses, and other lodging alternatives. This is not a site you should visit if you don’t want to see other visitors, which should almost go without saying.
- Pemba – the ‘Green Island’ of East Africa.
A visit to the nearby Pemba is the way to go if the idea of hundreds of hotels and thousands of people doesn’t appeal to you. Big Brother Island of Zanzibar has remained a successful fishing community with a surprising lack of visitor growth. There are only a few tourist hotels available, many of which are in the island’s extreme north. The Manta Resort’s underwater honeymoon suite might be the most unusual place you could choose to stay the night. However, travelers prefer the modest Emerald Bay Resort in the south of the island. An unparalleled combination of mouthwatering seafood dishes served on an outdoor rooftop patio and daily boat trips to idyllic sandbanks in the midst of the ocean. It’s simple to get carried away and spend a week or two resting on this reasonably priced island paradise.
- Mafia Island – a Beach Paradise with Superb Diving.
The beautiful island of Mafia is located further south. This is an amazing island covered in coconuts to explore, a little more upscale and exclusive than Zanzibar without the Mnemba price tag. The beaches are superb, and the Marine Park and mangroves ensure that there is an abundance of marine life and that the underwater safari experience is significantly superior to that of Pemba or Zanzibar. Mafia is the safari destination of choice for intrepid travelers and diving experts because it is more remote and difficult to get to. The whale sharks that frequently visit the island waters from October to March each year are the main underwater attraction.