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7 Tanzania destinations with that X-factor


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Oh, Tanzania, how we love thee. Let us count the ways. If you’ve ever suffered from the illusion that there is no such thing as a picture-perfect African safari destination, we’ve got news for you. From wildebeest-studded plains to tranquil islands, sleepy coastal villages, majestic mountains and bustling Barabaig markets, it's a veritable microcosm of everything that makes Africa great.

Here are a few of our favourite Tanzania destinations to inspire your next African safari:

Serengeti National Park


Two words. Wildebeest migration. The Serengeti National Park is one of the most photographed safari destinations in the world, and you’ll see why when you get there. It’s stunningly beautiful in a point-and-click-in-any-direction way. The park offers an excellent selection of accommodation options that include luxury lodges and tented camps in interesting locations, as well as unusual excursions (think hot air ballooning and horseback riding!), so it’s tailor-made for truly discerning travellers.

Serengeti Lion

The Serengeti National Park is one of the most photographed safari destinations in the world, and you’ll see why when you get there.

Arusha National Park


Arusha National Park is located in north eastern Tanzania. It is relatively small when compared to the country's other prominent parks, but it has the distinction of being home to the striking Mount Meru - a prominent volcano with a 4566 m elevation that qualifies as the country's second highest peak after Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is also renowned for its primate population, which includes blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, as well as elusive albino baboons.

As Tanzania's largest export crop, coffee production in Tanzania is a significant aspect of its economy.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Tarangire National Park


Located in Manyara region, Tarangire National Park is named for the river that traverses its territory. It's slightly off the main Tanzanian safari route, which is great if you prefer a less crowded park and more tranquil wildlife experience. Besides being home to four out of the famed Big Five, Tarangire is also the stomping ground of the country's largest African elephant population. The best time to visit is during the dry season, when the region's animals congregate around the river.

Tarangire Game Drive

Tarangire National Park is slightly off the main Tanzanian safari route, which is great if you prefer a less crowded park and more tranquil wildlife experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro


It sometimes happens that a destination is so iconic that it actually becomes a bit of a cliché. This is what happened to Mount Kilimanjaro. Don’t let the fact that even the most geographically-uninformed members of your inner circle know its name put you off – there’s a reason this mountain has become synonymous with all things majestically African. It’s because its appeal is absolutely universal. Whether you choose to climb it or simply gaze up in wonderment from its foothills, the sight of this stately mountain is bound to leave you absolutely awe-struck.

There is a reason this mountain has become synonymous with all things majestically African...

Kilimanjaro

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area


Situated in in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the home to the world's largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera. The crater was formed around 3 million years ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed, leaving plenty of rich volcanic soil behind. This soil now feeds the grasslands that sustain the huge herds of wildebeest and zebra that make their way through here on their annual migration.

Ngorongoro Rhinos

The crater was formed around 3 million years ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed, leaving plenty of rich volcanic soil behind.

Zanzibar


The Tanzanian coastline offers plenty to see and do. While maritime destinations may not be top of mind when you book a Tanzanian safari, it actually should be. If possible, try to fit in a visit to the Zanzibar islands during your visit. The main island Unguja is home to Stone Town - a historic trade centre where Islamic and Swahili influences live side by side in a flurry of carved doorways, winding lanes and slender minarets. Visit iconic landmarks like the House of Wonders or make your way to the wide hotel-lined beaches along the shoreline of Nungwi and Kendwa if the notion of a lingering cocktail hour floats your boat.

If possible, try to fit in a visit to the Zanzibar islands during your visit.

Zanzibar Stone Town

Dar Es Salaam


While Dar Es Salaam might not be a destination that calls for a lengthy visit, it is pretty much the ideal stopover on a long flight from abroad. This major city and commercial port grew from a fishing village on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast to become the country's largest and most influential city, boasting a vibey East African flavour punctuated with loads of character. Go bargain hunting at the busy Kariakoo Market, visit the National Museum to learn more about the country's history and culture, or wander down Temple Road where you’ll find a selection of religious temples. Alternatively, you can simply hit Coco Beach to catch a tan and mingle with the locals.

Dar Es Salaam City

This major city and commercial port grew from a fishing village on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast to become the country's largest and most influential city.

Anna Bet2
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Anna-Bet Stemmet

Anna-Bet is a travel, food & wine writer based in the Swartland of the Western Cape of South Africa. She has a chronic case of wanderlust and an insatiable yen to amble down the road less travelled.


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