Top 15 Places in Tanzania

Top 15 most beautiful places in Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain-volcano on the African continent, the majestic Kilimanjaro stands on the Maasai Plateau, reaching a height of 5895 meters. Translated from the local Swahili dialect, the name means "shining mountain." Among numerous tourists, summit climbs, the "conquest of Kilimanjaro," or simply organized (or independent) trekking in the picturesque surroundings are popular activities.

Serengeti National Park

A large and well-known global reserve covering an area of 14,763 km². The Serengeti occupies the natural territory of the Great African Rift Valley. The reserve was established in 1929, and since then, its territory has constantly expanded. In 1981, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and came under the protection of this organization. The nature and ecosystem of the Serengeti are considered one of the oldest on the planet.

The Ngorongoro Crater

This crater formed approximately 2.5 million years ago as a result of the collapse of a massive volcano. Its edges rise about 3 km above sea level, while the crater floor is about 2 km deep. The area covers about 20,000 hectares, and the diameter of the crater is around 19 km. Currently, the terrain is a fenced savannah plain where almost 25,000 species of animals inhabit. The majority of them are predators.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is distinguished by its wild nature, as diverse as its landscape. The park can also boast being home to the largest population of African elephants in Tanzania. A synonym for Africa is the noble Baobab. In Tarangire Park, the largest Baobabs in Tanzania can be found, capable of living up to 600 years. Also known as the "Tree of Life," the Baobab acquires its distinctive shape because it can store between 300 to 1000 liters of water in its swollen trunk.

Lake Manyara

A body of water that has become home to a vast number of magnificent pink flamingos. The population of these birds is so large that from a distance, a dense pink spot is visible above the water's surface. Additionally, the waters of Lake Manyara are inhabited by more than 400 species of other birds, most of which are not found in other places. Here, you can encounter the hornbill, marabou stork, egret, pelican, ibis, crane, and cormorant.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous is the second largest reserve in Africa, covering an area of 5000 square kilometers. It's noteworthy that it is even four times larger than the Serengeti. River Rufiji boat safaris are highly popular. Boat safaris allow for observing a large number of birds, reptiles, hippos, and crocodiles in the Selous Game Reserve. The park is also known for its large population of elephants and buffaloes. Species encountered include the wildebeest, nyasaland wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, hartebeest antelope, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, reedbucks, wart hogs, spotted hyenas, lions, leopards, and hunting dogs.

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania. It is an ideal destination for those with limited time for safari and is one of Tanzania's most popular parks. Most visitors come to Mikumi National Park hoping to see the "Big Five" (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros), and they are not disappointed. The expansive horizons and rich wildlife of the Mkata Plains, the popular central part of Mikumi, are often compared to the more famous Serengeti plains. Here, you can witness herds of zebras, wildebeests, large kudus, black impalas, impalas, giraffes, hyenas, and over 400 species of birds. It is the most reliable place in Tanzania for observing the Mighty Kudu - the largest antelope in the world.

Stone town

Stone Town - once the wealthiest city in East Africa, prospering through the slave trade, ivory, spice, and precious stone sales. The historical center of Zanzibar encompasses the architecture of different cultures, but Arab influence is most prominent. The city's streets are narrow and picturesque, navigating through such a labyrinth of intertwining is easy. You can comfortably stroll through the city even in the intense heat, as the houses standing close to each other create dense shade, and the breeze from the coast provides a bit of refreshment.

Ruaha National Park

Руаха является вторым по размеру национальным парком Танзании. Благодаря изолированности, в местности сохранилась девственная природа почти в неизменном виде. Пейзажи Руахи не похожи на другие заповедники, поэтому заповедник стал привлекательным для туристов. Парк был создан в 1964 году. Он занимает первое место по размеру популяции слонов – здесь обитает около 8000 тысяч особей этого громадного животного.

Озеро Виктория

Виктория входит в список семи Великих африканских озер. Оно занимает площадь 68,8 тыс. км². В прибрежной полосе водоема проживает более 30 млн. человек и построено несколько густонаселенных городов-миллионников. Через территорию озера проходит граница экватора. Здесь развито промышленное судоходство, паромное сообщение между странами, энергия воды активно используется для обеспечения городов и поселений.

Turtle Island

Giant turtles over 100 years old can only be seen in a few places in the world. One of them is Turtle Island or Changu Island. It is located about 30-40 minutes by boat from the port of Stone Town. In 1919, turtles were sent as a gift from the Seychelles to Zanzibar. The turtles roam freely on the island, and tourists can feed them with leaves.

The Rock Restaurant

The most famous landmark of Zanzibar is undoubtedly The Rock restaurant. The Rock is an iconic place. It is a restaurant on a small piece of rock on the east coast of Zanzibar.

Вулкан Меру

Второй по размерам (после Килиманджаро) вулкан на территории Танзании. Последнее извержение произошло в 1877 году, после этого Меру больше не подавал признаков активности. Гора имеет два пика: Большой Меру высотой более 4,5 тыс. метров и Малый Меру – более 3,8 тыс. метров. Вулкан располагается на территории национального парка Аруша, туда разрешен вход только по специальным разрешениям.

Jozani Forest

The only national biosphere reserve on Zanzibar, the Jozani Forest, is located near the Chwaka Bay in the central part of Unguja Island. It covers an area of about 44 square kilometers, with the majority being occupied by mangroves. The park is a preserved area of pristine forest that showcases various ecosystems of Zanzibar, including salt marshes, mangrove thickets, and coastal grasslands, as well as tropical and coral forests and forests with groundwater.

Slave Trading Square

In Stone Town, there is a monument on Slave Trading Square dedicated to the tragic events. The island had a major slave market that emerged in the early 19th century. The ban on the slave trade was enacted in 1873, before which more than 600,000 people were sold on the island. The market in Stone Town was notorious as the most brutal.