6 Reasons to Visit Tanzania – The Ultimate Safari Destination

Tanzania is home to some of the most famous national parks like Serengeti which makes it the ultimate safari destination. It also hosts beautiful landscapes, an amazing set of wildlife, the world’s longest lake, white sand beaches, and islands. There are no distinct seasons such as summer, winter and autumn, instead, there are only dry and wet seasons. So you can opt for Safaris in Tanzania pretty much any time depending on what works for you!

1. The Serengeti national park
Zebras at Serengeti National Park
Zebras at Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti national park hosts an amazingly wide spectrum of wildlife. The Serengeti while mostly located in northern Tanzania also extends into south-western Kenya. Tanzania is home to close to 70 large mammals, this includes 7,700 to 8,700 spotted hyenas, over 3,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, and more. Click here to know about the great seasonal migration of wild beasts and when can you witness that spectacle in The Serengeti national park.

2. Kilimanjaro National Park
Close up of an approaching herd of elephants with (almost snowless) Kilimanjaro backdrop
Close up of an approaching herd of elephants with (almost snowless) Kilimanjaro backdrop

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. This cloudy mountain soaring into the sky takes its name from Swahili word “Kilima”, meaning mountain, and the “KiChagga” word Njaro, deciphered as “whiteness.” Early summer and fall are said to be the best time to climb this majestic beauty. Three dormant volcano cones Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira are combinedly called the Kilimanjaro.

3. Lake Tanganyika
A typical wooden boat or barkasse on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

This beautiful lake attracts tourists year around with the moderate equatorial climate. Lake Tanganyika is divided among four countries – Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, and Zambia. It is 673 km long which makes it the world’s longest freshwater later. Tanganyika hosts many refreshing activities including Fishing, snorkelling, deep lake swimming, motorboat trips and lake cruises.

4. Olpopongi – Maasai Cultural Village & Museum
Friendly natives from Maasai Village
Friendly natives from Maasai Village

Catch a glimpse of local culture at Olpopongi – Maasai Cultural Village & Museum located in the West-Kilimanjaro Maasailand.  You can learn some spear throwing techniques on a walking safari. The museum walking tours in the Maasai boma will be culturally enriching and you can also buy a handmade Maasai – jewellery.

5. Selous Game Reserve
A herd of African Elephants (Loxodonta) is approaching the shore of Lake Manze to drink water. Shot in wildlife at Lake Manze, Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania.
A herd of African Elephants (Loxodonta) is approaching the shore of Lake Manze to drink water. Shot in wildlife at Lake Manze, Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania.

Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa. It is a UNESCO heritage site with its amazingly wide spectrum of wildlife, attracting tourists with sublime safari experience. This unspoiled ecosystem hosts a great diversity of vegetation and numerous game viewing activities.

6. Nakupenda Beach
pink sunset on Tanzania beach
pink sunset on Tanzania beach

This blissful overlapping blanket of sparkly blue water is located in the stone town, Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a chain of islands off the coast of Tanzania. White sand beaches on the north, east and the south coast are the highlights of this island. Visit Jozani Forest for picturesque nature trails.

Cost for safaris in Tanzania depends on the accommodation you choose (luxury or budget camping) and safari cars.

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