While it is near on impossible to think of holidays to Tanzania without comprehending the truly outstanding Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain on the African continent – for the benefit of travellers who have either scaled the mountain before, or simply aren’t actively inclined, the east African nation possesses so many more strings to her bow.
Tanzania holidays are of course synonymous with the whopping 5,895 m high summit located in the country’s north west that attracts over 25,000 tourists a year but with many tours of the mountain taking as long as an entire week, this schedule potentially masks an exposure to other fruitful pursuits around the country.
Many tours of the dormant volcanic mountain operate out of Arusha – popularly regarded as a thriving tourism hub and the gateway town to the Kilimanjaro National Park. So much more than simply residing as a passageway, we recommend this town as the first retreat in our list of our alternative pursuits to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Arusha Village Experience
While Arusha is seemingly growing all the time, and currently boasting a population of over 530,000, visitors to the town can get up close and personal with traditional rural African life via a trip to the Arusha Village Experience.
The guided experience is actually located in Tengeru – a small outpost just out of Arusha – and travellers can partake in activities such as roasting and grinding coffee while interacting with locals and being invited into family homes for lunch.
Spot chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains
What can beat the thrill of witnessing wild animals in their natural habitat? Few things can match the excitement and magic of viewing some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains National Park.
The park resides parallel to Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania’s south west and unreachable by road, this rural experience yields feelings of true escapism and isolation. The rustling of wildlife and breeze amidst the trees will really invoke the senses.
Day trip to Mbudya Island
Mbudya Island is an unoccupied isle located a 20-minute boat ride away off the coast of Tanzania’s capital city Dar es Salaam.
Forging part of four islands in total that make up the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve, Mbudya Island is surrounded by lush turquoise waters and contemporarily harnesses her natural beauty alongside the presence of a bar and eatery located yards from the beach.