From snow to sand: Sample Tanzania’s vast array of differing landscapes
Sandwiched between Kenya and Mozambique on Africa’s east coast, Tanzania must be one of the most varied countries on earth. From the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro to the beaches of the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania holidays allow you the chance to experience a beautiful landscape and unique culture.
One of the most popular things to do in Tanzania is go on safari. There are many places to go big five game watching, including the famous Serengeti National Park and Selous Game Reserve. Safaris can be tailored to guests, so make sure you know where you want to visit and how you want to stay. Safari accommodation can range from budget camping to luxury lodge stays, so there is something for everyone.
The scenery of Tanzania is stunning and well worth venturing into. The famous Great Lakes of Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyassa are all in Tanzania. The spectacular Kalambo waterfall is the second highest in Africa and near Lake Tanganyika. The freshwater lakes allow for fishing and nature watching, while the soda lakes like Lake Manyara and Lake Natron are surrounded by salt flats where large bird populations of storks, herons and flamingos have made their homes.
Whilst the truly adventurous travellers could climb Mount Kilimanjaro, there are still plenty of adventures to be had without doing something so strenuous. Mount Meru and the Crater Highlands are also popular trekking destinations. There are many experienced guides who will help you decide where to go and give you advice about climbing at high altitudes.
If you want a relaxing holiday, then head to the beaches of Zanzibar. The old spice island features a lot of history alongside fantastic beaches. Wander the streets of Stone Town to see the sultan’s palace, the Portuguese fort and the Turkish baths. A trip to the south coast offers the Menai Bay Conservation Area – a protected area for sea turtles, and you can pass through the Jozani Forest, home to the rare Red Colobus monkey.
The neighbouring island of Pemba is also a spice producer, and features the same beautiful beaches and coconut palms as Zanzibar. It is a popular destination for diving, along with Mafia Island, as the islands feature diverse marine life and secluded beaches.
The Indian Ocean coast offers many opportunities to go fishing. There are many large fish, like tuna, marlin and swordfish, and many companies in Dar es Salaam and Pangani can organise fishing trips. The coastline also offers great scenery for boating trips. Visit the Pemba Channel and the small islands around Zanzibar and Mafia. Boating and canoeing trips can also be organised inland on the lakes and rivers. In Selous Game Reserve, boating safaris are a popular option and give you a chance to see some species up close.
Tanzania’s towns and cities offer visitors a fulfilling experience, and are great places to pick up souvenirs. Dar es Salaam, Stone Town and Arusha are filled with small shops and markets where you can pick up Tanzanite jewellery, carved wooden items, Masai jewellery and clothes, and lots of small curios at bargain prices if you’re prepared to haggle.
For a unique holiday with wonderful landscapes, a great variety of wildlife and welcoming people, holidays to Tanzania are a great choice for an unforgettable trip.