Updated: Oct 3
1. Rich & varied Climbing, Hiking & Trekking routes:
Trekking the tallest free range moutain in Afrika – Kilimanjaro:
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the Seven Summits. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a challenging but rewarding experience that requires physical fitness and mental toughness. There are several routes to choose from, each with its own unique scenery and difficulty level. The most popular route is the Machame Route, which takes 6-7 days to complete.
As you climb Kilimanjaro, you will pass through five different climate zones, from lush rainforest to barren alpine desert. The views from the summit are breathtaking, and you will feel a sense of accomplishment that is hard to match. However, it's important to note that altitude sickness is a real risk when climbing Kilimanjaro, so be sure to acclimatize properly and listen to your guide's advice.
If you are not up for the physical challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, you can still enjoy the mountain by taking a scenic flight over it. This will give you a unique perspective of the mountain and the surrounding landscape.
· Hiking Lake Natron:
Lake Natron is a salt lake located in northern Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. The lake is known for its bright red color, caused by the presence of microorganisms and high levels of salt and minerals.
You can hike to the top of the nearby Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano for a stunning view of the lake and the surrounding landscape. The hike is challenging, with steep slopes and loose scree, but the rewards are well worth it. You'll see incredible views of the Great Rift Valley and the Maasai Mara in the distance.
If you're feeling brave, you can also take a dip in the lake. The high salt content makes it impossible for most animals to survive, so you'll have the lake to yourself.
2. All the most famous & award-winning Safari Parks:
The Great Migration is one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena in the world. Every year, millions of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. This incredible spectacle is a must-see for any traveller to Tanzania. You can witness the migration from a hot air balloon, a 4x4 vehicle, or on foot. Furthermore, the Serengeti is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) and many other animals, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.
One of the best times to witness the Great Migration is from June to September, but the exact timing can vary depending on the rainfall. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly to ensure you don't miss this incredible event.
If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, consider staying at one of the luxury tented camps in the Serengeti. These camps offer all the amenities of a five-star hotel while being in the heart of the wilderness.
· Ngorongoro Crater:
The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most unique natural wonders in the world. The crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and is home to a vast array of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and giraffes. The crater also has a dense population of predators, making it an excellent place to see the Big Five.
You can visit the Ngorongoro Crater on a day trip from Arusha or as part of a larger safari. Be sure to bring your camera, as the views from the crater rim are breath taking.
While you're in the area, you can also visit the nearby Olduvai Gorge, where some of the earliest human remains have been found. The gorge is a fascinating glimpse into human evolution and history.
· Tarangire – The home of elephants:
Tarangire is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise. The park is home to a wide variety of animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and more. In fact, Tarangire has the highest concentration of elephants in Tanzania, making it a popular destination for elephant lovers.
Furthermore, Tarangire is home to over 550 bird species, making it a bird watcher's paradise. From tiny sunbirds to majestic eagles, there is something for every bird lover in Tarangire.
· Mikumi -
Ideal for a day trip with private jet from Zanzibar early Morning
Mikumi national park is the 4th largest protected area in Tanzania covering an area 3,230 square kilometers with landscape similar to Serengeti national park, the park is traversed by A7 highway running 50 kilometers through the park.
Mikumi national park together with Selous game reserve create a unique and great ecosystem in Tanzania, the park consists of a scenic landscape made up of hardwood trees, tamarinds, miombo woodlands, swamps, ravine forests, baobab trees iconic to African continent, rare palm trees, open grass plains and Malundwe mountains.
· Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania's best-kept secrets. Located in the southern part of the country, it's the largest national park in Tanzania and has a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and leopards.
The park is also home to the Great Ruaha River, which attracts a variety of bird species and hippos. You can take a boat safari on the river to see the animals from a different perspective.
Ruaha National Park is less crowded than some of the more popular parks in Tanzania, making it a great choice for travellers who want to get off the beaten path.
· Go on a Hot Air- Balloon experience while on Safari.
A hot air balloon safari is a unique and unforgettable way to see Tanzania's wildlife and landscapes. You will float over the Serengeti or Tarangire National Park, watching the sun rise over the horizon and the animals below come to life.
Hot air balloon safaris typically last around an hour and end with a champagne breakfast in the bush. It's a luxurious and romantic experience that is perfect for couples or anyone looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
3. Lake Diluti (Pink Salt Lake!) – Amazing pics alert!
The best time to visit Lake Diluti is in the summer months when the weather is pleasant. The lake is frozen during the winter months, and it is not accessible. However, if you are up for an adventure, you can trek to the lake during the winter months. The trek is challenging, but the reward is worth it. The frozen lake is a sight to behold, and the snow-covered mountains make it feel like a winter wonderland.
The Trek to Lake Diluti
The trek to Lake Diluti is not for the faint-hearted. It is a seven-kilometre trek from the nearest town, and the altitude can make it challenging. However, the trek is also one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. The trail is surrounded by lush greenery, and the air is fragrant with the scent of wildflowers. As you make your way up the mountain, the view of the valley below becomes more and more breath taking.
The trek is not easy, but it is doable for most people. You will need to be in reasonably good physical condition and carry enough water and snacks. The trek can take anywhere from three to six hours, depending on your pace. However, the sense of accomplishment you feel when you reach the lake is indescribable. It is a feeling of triumph mixed with awe at the beauty of the place.
Once you reach the lake, you can set up camp or stay in one of the nearby guesthouses. There are no restaurants or shops near the lake, so you will need to carry your own food. However, the experience of cooking your own food in the wilderness only adds to the adventure.
4. The entire stone city of Mwanza
The Stone City of Mwanza is a testament to the rich history of the region. The city dates back to the 19th century when it was a major hub for trade between East Africa and the Indian Ocean. The city was built by the local Sukuma tribe and was later inhabited by the Arab traders who came to the region to trade in ivory and other goods.
One of the most impressive buildings in the Stone City of Mwanza is the Bismarck Rock. This towering rock formation overlooks the city and offers stunning views of Lake Victoria. Legend has it that the rock was once used as a lookout point by the local tribes who would use it to spot approaching enemies.
The Stone City of Mwanza is a hidden gem that is waiting to be discovered. It offers a unique glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region and is a must-visit destination for any traveller who is interested in exploring the ancient past of Tanzania. Whether you are a history buff, a foodie, or just looking for a unique travel experience, the Stone City of Mwanza has something for everyone.
5. Kilwa Kisiwani (ancient old empire from medieval times)
Kilwa Kisiwani is an island, national historic site, and hamlet community located in the township of Kilwa Masoko, the district seat of Kilwa District in the Tanzanian region of Lindi Region in southern Tanzania.
Located on two islands close to each other just off the Tanzanian coast about 300km south of Dar es Salaam are the remains of two port cites, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. The larger, Kilwa Kisiwani, was occupied from the 9th to the 19th century and reached its peak of prosperity in the13th and 14th centuries. In 1331-1332, the great traveler, Ibn Battouta made a stop here and described Kilwa as one of the most beautiful cities of the world.
Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara were Swahili trading cities and their prosperity was based on control of Indian Ocean trade with Arabia, India and China, particularly between the 13th and 16th centuries, when gold and ivory from the hinterland was traded for silver, carnelians, perfumes, Persian faience and Chinese porcelain. Kilwa Kisiwani minted its own currency in the 11th to 14th centuries. In the 16th century, the Portuguese established a fort on Kilwa Kisiwani and the decline of the two islands began.
6. The “Bali” of Afrika, aka Magoroto Forest
Magoroto with its tropical rain forest is the perfect spot for a getaway and outdoor camping.The estate is located on an altitude of 850m above sea level where temperatures are pleasant all year long. The estate offers stunning views from the Muheza Valley to the Indian ocean. Enjoy the lush rain forest with rare plants and bird species, explore the dense tropical forest with organic spices or have a picnic or swim in our beautiful lake!
7. Chasing Waterfalls, Tanzania Hidden’s Gems:
· Materuni Waterfalls & Visiting the Coffee Farm In Materuni Village
· Kilkuletwa / Chemka Hot Water Spring
· Kisasa Waterfalls
· Chizua Waterfalls, Morogoro Forest
· Hululu Waterfalls, Mgeta, Morogoro
· Napuru Waterfalls, Arumeru, Arusha
· Choma Waterfalls
Please refer to this blog post to find out the best Waterfalls to hike to in Tanzania: https://www.melanintravelsmagic.com/post/top-10-waterfalls-to-hike-to-when-visiting-tanzania-in-2023
8. Go on a Chimpanzee Trek in Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. It's best known for its chimpanzees, which were studied by Jane Goodall in the 1960s and 70s.
You can go on a guided trek to see the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. The trek can be challenging, as the chimpanzees live in the steep hills and valleys of the park, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is well worth the effort.
In addition to chimpanzees, Gombe Stream National Park is home to a variety of other primates, as well as a diverse range of bird and plant species.
9. Explore Zanzibar's Beaches and Culture
Zanzibar is a tropical paradise located off the coast of Tanzania. It's known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and rich history. Zanzibar was once a hub for the spice trade, and its capital city, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stone Town is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, lined with colorful buildings and bustling markets.
When you're not exploring Stone Town, you can relax on one of Zanzibar's many stunning beaches. The beaches on the east coast are particularly beautiful, with crystal-clear water and soft white sand. You can also take a snorkeling or diving trip to see the colorful coral reefs and marine life.
Please also refer to this blog to find out the best Zanzibar beaches: https://www.melanintravelsmagic.com/post/discover-the-top-10-best-beaches-in-zanzibar-in-2023
10. Experience Masai Culture
The Maasai are a semi-nomadic ethnic group that has lived in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. They are known for their distinctive clothing, jewelry, and traditions. Visiting a Maasai village is a great way to learn about their culture and way of life.
You can participate in a variety of activities, such as learning to make Maasai jewelry, watching a traditional dance performance, and visiting a local school. You can also stay in a Maasai-owned lodge, which supports the local community and provides an authentic cultural experience.
It's important to note that the Maasai have faced many challenges in recent years, including loss of grazing land and cultural erosion. When visiting a Maasai village, be sure to respect their culture and way of life and support sustainable tourism initiatives that benefit the Maasai community.
Tanzania is a destination that should be on every traveler's bucket list. Whether you're interested in wildlife, culture, or adventure, Tanzania has something to offer for everyone. From witnessing the Great Migration in the Serengeti to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, exploring Zanzibar's beaches and culture, and attending the Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania is a destination that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Sources : Kilwa Kisiwani , Unesco site: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/144/
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