From Kilimanjaro to the Great Lakes: 10 Great Reasons to Visit Tanzania

If you’re thinking about visiting Africa it can be difficult to decide just where you should go. We’re here to help. Take a look at these 10 great reasons why you really should visit Tanzania.

Reasons to Visit Tanzania

Did you know that Tanzania is becoming one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Africa?

It’s no mystery why people are flocking to spend vacations in Tanzania. There are so many amazing reasons to visit Tanzania.

It is officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania. The country is located in the African Great Lakes region and surrounds Mount Kilimanjaro.

These extraordinary landmarks of the country are incredible to experience. But the East African country has much more to offer visitors.

There are countless reasons to go to Tanzania. Keep reading to find out why you should spend your vacation in Tanzania.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Did you know that Mount Kilimanjaro is over 4,900 meters (16,100 feet) high?

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It’s so huge that people from neighboring Kenya can see it in the distance.

The first people who ever reached the top of the mountain were Ludwig Purscheller and Hans Meyer in 1889.

Nowadays, many people successfully reach the summit.

In fact, with modern technology and equipment, you don’t have to be an exceptional fit and experienced climber to have a go. As long as you’re physically healthy and fit, you stand a chance of making it to the top.

And you won’t be alone! Around 30,000 people climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year.

However, if you’re not prepared to handle the 5-day hike to the top, you can also walk the base walks to the beautiful Kinukamori Waterfall.

For the people who have settled around Kilimanjaro, the mountain is life force. It provides the Chagga people with rich soils for agriculture and an infinite supply of spring water to drink and wash.

2. The Great Migration

If the Great Migration isn’t already on your bucket list – it really should be!

The Great Migration is one of the most breathtaking and extraordinary natural wonders around.

It’s a must-see for any nature lover.

The Great Migration is the annual migration of over two million mammals. Most famously, they include wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras.

They migrate through the Serengeti and Masai Mara in search of grass. It’s a dangerous journey for many of the animals to make with predators around. But it’s a truly remarkable experience for tourists.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the babies if you’re there at the right time of year.

3. Zanzibar

What better way to relax on your visit to Tanzania than to spend time on the beaches of the island of Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is commonly called “Spice Island” by the locals. That’s because merchants from China to Persia to India came to these shores to trade spices and other goods.

After you’ve bathed in the sun on the sandy beaches, it’s time to explore Stone Town. Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The beautiful Arabic architecture and the winding streets make it a wonderful place to stroll around. Highlights include the House of Wonders, the Arab Fort and the Anglican Cathedral of Christ Church.

Stone Town is a place where cultures come together. This is probably no more so true than when it comes to the famous food market, which offers you tastes from around the world.

After you’ve explored Stone Town, it’s time cool off. If you prefer underwater safari to land safari, you can learn how to dive at one of the dive centers along the coast.

The waters are home to some of the most unique and diverse marine life in the world.

4. The Delicious Cuisine

In Tanzania, you don’t just get to enjoy the yummy traditional African cuisine of the region, you also get to experience Arabic and Indian food as well.

You can also discover the world-famous seafood of the region on the island of Zanzibar.

For foodies, check out the fresh produce and tasty snacks at the Stone Town night market. This is the place that tourists and locals come together amid the hustle and bustle.

But remember not to eat too much of the delicious cuisine. It’s important to stay fit while you’re on vacation.

5. The Maasai People

The Maasai people are semi-nomadic lifestyles and have age-old traditions that are tightly adhered to. The Maasai people have made northern Tanzania and the south of Kenya their home.

You’ll always recognize the Maasai people by the red cloth that they wear. These clothes are called Shuka.

But what is most remarkable for any visitor to Tanzania is the welcoming nature of the Maasai people. They people enjoy sharing their culture and traditions with visitors from around the world.

6. The Wildlife

Tanzania boasts one of the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent.

If you like bird watching, there are over a thousand different bird species in the country to discover.

Much of the wildlife can be explored in the many national parks and reserves across the country.

Most famously, the Selous Game Reserve is the largest in the world. Many people stick to the Northern safari parks, but the serious safari explorers often prefer the Southern parts of the country for discovering the wildlife.

Selous is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to over thousands of elephants, buffalos, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and many more wonderful creatures.

Do you want to experience a safari? You can find out more about Safari Itineraries here.

7. The Ngorongoro Crater

One of the most breathtaking places in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater is a great place to see the big five. It’s the largest volcanic caldera in the world.

If you want to make your friends and family back home jealous of your amazing Instagram, this is the place to get your snaps.

You can even stay over in the luxury hotels in the Conservation area. According to a government brochure about Ngorongoro Crater, tourists can experience the “the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries” in this region.

8. The Great Rift Valley

Another great place to experience the wildlife of Tanzania is the Great Rift Valley. The valley was formed over twenty million years ago when earthquakes and volcanic eruptions broke out and forced the valley to sink. The consequence of this has been the creation of a unique habitat for biodiversity.

The Great Rift Valley also features Lake Manyara. The American writer Ernest Hemingway described the lake as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa.”

Lake Tanganyika, which is also in Tanzania, is the longest freshwater lake in the world.

9. Explore the History

Did you know that the earliest humans were found in Tanzania?

In 1959, Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the remains of human beings that go back 1.75 million years.

They unearthed a skull that has become known as ‘Nutcracker Man’, or Zinjanthropus.

You can discover much more for yourself at the Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Site. It’s the most well-known archaeological site in East Africa with some of the most astonishing archaeological finds around.

You can discover more about Tanzania’s history at the National Museum of Tanzania. This includes a consortium of five museums that give you a fabulous insight into the past of this unique African nation.

10. Time for Coffee

Do you want to discover where your morning coffee comes from?

In the village of Karatu, you’ll find coffee plantations, beautiful shops selling local arts and crafts, and market stalls with fresh fruits and vegetables.

The highlight is definitely the coffee. The people of Tanzania have been growing coffee since the 16th century.

The high-quality coffee beans produced in this region makes coffee one of the most valuable exports of the country. The volcanic soil and high altitude provide the perfect conditions for growing our coffee.

You can find out more about the coffee-making process. You’ll even have the opportunity to taste some of this special coffee yourself.

You’ll never think about your morning cappuccino the same way once you’ve learned about how it is made.

Are You Ready to Visit Tanzania?

Now that you know all of the top reasons to visit Tanzania. It’s time to get those flights booked and start planning your trip.

Planning your Tanzania vacation takes a lot of preparation and planning. There are many benefits of having a travel expert to help you along the way. This way you ensure that you make the most out of your trip.

s an expat, Travel Experta is a great resource to help you plan the vacation of your dreams. To read and learn more travel tips, visit our blog post on 10 tips for planning an amazing trip to Africa.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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