Destinations That are Known as the Tourist Hub of Tanzania

  • By Great Migration Safaris
  • November, 2019
Tanzania Safari Destinations

Being one of the reliable Tanzania tour companies we receive hundreds of enquires which include a lot of questions too. Few of the common questions we receive from almost all those who are planning for a Tanzania Safari in their vacations. People tend to ask us – “what can we expect in Tanzania?” & the other one is “what are the best places to visit?"

Well, for the first question we truly get confused about what to answer, as the country has an endless list of attractions. The country’s land offers never-ending plains, dramatic mountain range, dreamy beaches, and almost everything you can expect on a holiday.

While facing the 2nd question, we thought to enlist some of the most spectacular attractions of the country. So here is the best of Tanzania Destinations list that receives many visitors across the globe; 

Serengeti National Park: Heart of Tanzania’s wildlife

serengeti National park

Serengeti is the heart of Tanzania and the catchiest Tanzania Destination amongst all other places. The national park was formerly known as the Maasai land that was occupied by the Maasai tribe, one of the oldest tribal groups of Africa. The area was first discovered by a European explorer, Austrian Oscar Baumann in 1892. Stewart Edward White was the first English man who visited Serengeti in 1913. The land of fierce warriors of Maasai and lions territory finally recognized as a national park in 1951. 

Covering 14,750 square kilometers, the national park is one of the largest national parks in the country. The Serengeti national park got its name from the Maasai word, “siringit”; which means the land that runs forever. It got its name so due to its long rolling savannah land. The national park welcomes more than 90,000 visitors each year. You can spot 3,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 7,700 to 8,700 spotted hyenas and cheetahs. Apart from these big predators spotted hyenas, African wild dogs, bat-eared foxand many more can be spotted in the Serengeti ecosystem.

Apart from this the prime attraction of the national park is the Great Wildebeest Migration that happens every year. This spectacular mammal movement includes 1.5 wildebeest and other antelopes like 260,000 zebra, 470,000 gazelles. They move together towards the Masai Mara region in Kenya in search of food and water. This is the largest land mammal movement on earth.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Best place to see African big 5

Ngorongoro National Park

Ngorongoro Conservation Area has one of the iconic national parks of Tanzania. There are 60% of the visitors come to Ngorongoro during their Tanzania Safari Trip. It holds the record of the 8th wonder of the world as well as voted as one of the 7th natural wonders of Africa. The conservation area is a UNESCO protected world heritage site due to its diverse biological ecosystem. The conservation area is located approximately 180 km west to Arusha.

The Ngorongoro Conservation area has the largest natural caldera in the world. The caldera was formed after a large volcano exploded and collapsed. The caldera is considered to be formed before 2 to 3 million years ago. The caldera is the largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera of the world. The Ngorongoro conservation area got its name from the Ngorongoro Caldera which is 610 meters deep and covers 260 square kilometers of land. Being one of the iconic destinations the conservation area has received some of the big names of the world as visitors. The list includes the queen of Denmark, ex-president Mr. Barak Obama, and Prince Charles and more. 

The conservation area is one of the few national parks that offer a great opportunity to spot the African big five. It also includes the endangered black rhinos. Apart from the big five of Africa travelers can explore more than 25,000 large mammals. It includes both grazers and predators.  

Arusha National Park: showcasing the 2nd highest peak of Tanzania

arusha National Park

One of the small yet magical Tanzania destinations is the Arusha National Park. The national park covers only 137 km2 however, it offers a great concentration of fauna with a beautiful mountain backdrop. It covers the foothills of Mt. Meru, the 2nd highest peak of the country. Arusha national park’s location makes it more accessible. It lies just 25 km east of Arusha city and 58 km from Moshi and 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. 

The national park is considered as the gem of Tanzania. It offers a great opportunity to spot some of the untamed game concentrations of the country. The diversified fauna life includes Cape buffalo, leopard, and elephant from the big five. In other animals, it offers to spot giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, elephant, dik-dik, bushbuck, and much more.

While thinking about a Tanzania Safari, don’t miss the Arusha as it offers a great variety of activities too. You can explore;

  • Forest walks
  • Picnicking
  • Canoe safaris
  • Mountain climbing and hiking
  • Bird watching

Mount Kilimanjaro: Roof of Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro which is well known as the roof of Africa due to its majestic height acquires a unique place in hiker’s heart. The mountain offers a great height of 5,895m standing proudly at the heart of Tanzania. With 3 volcanic peaks of the mountain is one of the prime summits of the world. It is also the highest freestanding mountain in the world. This inactive volcanic peak attracts around 30,000 trekkers from all corners of the world. No matter you have any mountaineering skills or not, climbing Kilimanjaro is possible for all with a little preparation. 

Kilimanjaro offers 5 prime routes to reach its highest peak Uhuru. The routes are as follows; 

Machame Route- it is one of the popular and most preferred routes of Kilimanjaro. Out of 30,000 climbers, 50% tends to climb Kilimanjaro via Machame. The route offers an 85% success rate.

Marangu Route is the oldest route of Kilimanjaro and well-known as the Coca-cola route. It is considered a cheap route with a 5-day itinerary, however, it has a poor success rate due to lack of acclimatization.

Lemosho Route is one of the 'classic' Kilimanjaro routes with picturesque scenery. It is one of the popular routes which usually done over 7 days.

If you are looking for a less crowded route then the Rongai route is the best choice for you. This adventurous route takes 6 to 7 days to reach the summit. 

While all the routes begin at the north side only the Umbwe route takes the south trail. 

Explore this iconic mountain during your Tanzania Safari or you can plan a special Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing trip with us.

Zanzibar: A Perfect Destination for a relaxing beach holiday

Zanzibar beach

Just imagine after climbing a few days in the rainforest and heavy snows of Kilimanjaro if you can spend some sunny days beside tranquil beaches. The beaches of Zanzibar on the shoreline of pristine Indian Ocean are the dreamiest Tanzania Destination you will ever meet. Not only the safari or Kilimanjaro trekkers but this place is a heaven for the honeymooners. 

Strolling on the sandy beaches as well as discovering the oldest architecture in Stone town can be truly a mesmerizing experience. Put your feet in the sand; get some tan on your skin, and test some of the fresh and delicious seafood. A Zanzibar beach holiday offers many reasons for the tourists to fall in love with-

  • Exploring water sports
  • Exploring the world’s largest turtles in Nungwi beach
  • Stroll through the stone town discovering some of the oldest architectural building 
  • Explore forodhani garden; the food hub of Zanzibar where you can test all types of food what you wish for
  • Chumbe Island Coral Park 
  • Taking an aromatic spice tour 

Tarangire: Wildlife Gem of Northern Tanzania

Tarangire National Park

Located in the remote area of the Manyara region, Tarangire National Park is one of the prime safari attractions. The national park lies very near to Lake Manyara and is a world heritage site protected by UNESCO. Covering nearly 2,850 square kilometers with a diversified landscape the national park is one of the best that Tanzania Safari has to offer. The landscape of Tarangire showcases river valley, green vegetation of acacia woodland and swamps.  

Considered as the gem of Northern National Parks, Tarangire is a great destination to watch African Elephants. Known as the elephant’s playground, the national par hosts the largest elephant population of the country. Mostly the trip to Lake Manyara National park and Tarangire get combined due to its proximity. Tarangire is surprisingly big, and a perfect place to explore remoteness and untouched beauty. 

The national park hosts a great number of untamed wildlife. Both the predators and grazing animals can be spotted inside the national park. You can explore Zebra, Wildebeest, Cape buffalo, Waterbuck, Giraffe, dik-dik, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Caracal, Honeybadger. Apart from this, the national park offers a great array of birdlife. Explore more than 550 bird species inside the national park. 

Lake Manyara: lost in a Beautiful setting of nature 

Lake Manyara

Located in the Manyara region of Tanzania, Lake Manyara is sandwiched between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. Located to the southwest of Arusha, Lake Manyara national park can be traveled in just an hour by road. The prime attraction of the national park is the alkaline Lake Manyara. The lake is 1oft deep and covers two-thirds of the national park. There are few small swamps created by minor rivers of the Great Rift Valley and extensive swamps created by Simba River. Due to these swamps and alkaline lake the national park is a great place to spot some iconic birds of the African continent.

The lake Manyara is famous worldwide for its iconic pink flamingo flocks giving a pink water illusion on the lake. The national park hosts more than 400 bird species. Even you are visiting the national park for the first time you are likely to meet at least 100 species of bird. The few most spotted birds you will surely meet inside the national park during your Tanzania Safari Tours; Pink-backed pelicans, herons and storks, sacred and glossy ibis, and black egret.

Selous Game Reserve: biggest National Park of Africa

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Tanzania. Covering up 50,000 square kilometers the game reserve is a UNESCO protected world heritage site due to its diverse wildlife. German Governor of Tanganyika Hermann von Wissmann in 1896 declared the game reserve as a protected area. The game reserve was named after a famous game hunter Frederick Selous. 

 With its dense vegetation, this large game reserve area offers a decent wildlife view. The Rufiji River flowing through the national park is the prime water source for the national park’s animal. It also showcases a 50% population of the wild dogs available in Africa. Spotting hippos and crocodiles inside the national park are possible. Apart from that Selous is another great place after Tarangire to spot elephants. Also, explore more than 400 bird species inside the Selous game reserve. 

A trip to Tanzania is not just a holiday but its journey of learning. You will explore things during your Tanzania Safari that will leave you speechless. We have enlisted the top Tanzania Destinations that receives the most visitors and admired a lot between travelers. Explore more about this magical country’s national parks, beaches, and volcanic peaks @ https://greatmigrationsafaris.co.tz/.

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