Snow-capped mountains, emerald-green grasslands, acacia-dotted plains. All brought to life by the majestic tracks of regal-seeming wildlife and beautiful nomadic tribespeople. Where does one start? That’s what we’re here to tell you. Let us take you through Tanzania’s unrivalled wildlife, natural wonders and cultural treasure trove so that you can choose for yourself.
First of all, if you’re heading to Tanzania, it’s likely that Africa’s tallest mountain will feature pretty highly on the bucket-list. We are of course referring to the dizzying heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, a landmark that with its ‘highest free-standing mountain on earth’ status, is guaranteed to inspire some awe. And its neighbouring little brother, Mount Meru, isn’t to be forgotten either. Both of these ancient volcanoes-cum-mountains are spectacles worth a look at.
For more awe-inspiring natural scenery, don’t miss the Olduvai Gorge. This steep-sided ravine is responsible for providing us with valuable archaeological findings which have greatly aided our understanding of human evolution. Yep, wow indeed. But you don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the mind-boggling views of this citrine-sanded UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Or perhaps you’re desperate to spend time with East Africa’s most renowned nomadic people through a visit to the Maasai tribe in Tanzania. With their ancient rituals, pastoralist lives and vibrant clothing, it’s the Maasai that give this part of the world its distinct cultural flavour after all.
Oh, and you can’t forget a quick trip to Zanzibar, Tanzania’s ultimate island idyll. After a whole lot of wildlife viewing you’ll be longing for some beach time, but Stone Town, the island’s quirky Old Town, is most definitely worth a day (or two) of your time too. So drag yourself away from the sugar white sands for a hot second because Stone Town’s crumbling beauty and bustling bazaars are calling.
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A visit to one of the Maasai communities is a cultural insight into Kenyan heritage like no other. Traditional bomas – made from mud, sticks, grass and cow dung – are configured into circular villages which are then enclosed by a fence fashioned from thorned Acacia branches to protect their cattle from any roaming lions.Discover more
Established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the gorge is more than just a dramatic ravine, but rather one of the world’s most important treasure trove for fossils too. It’s here that the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors can be found.Discover more
Making up the most famed half of Zanzibar City, this labyrinth-like, historical quarter is a cultural melting pot, packed full to the brim of ancient trading-hub secrets. Forget all the cliches of powder white sands and turquoise waters that lure tourists to the archipelago's beaches, this is Zanzibar at its most authentic.Discover more
And, as if being the tallest mountain in the continent wasn’t enough, as it’s not part of a mountain range, Kilimanjaro also holds the title of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. So, don’t just catch a glimpse of it, get a photo in front of it too. This mountain is high on the list of earth’s most incredible sights, that’s for sure.Discover more
Having last erupted in 1910, Meru is actually considered an active volcano. It exploded into life over 500,000 years ago and has since dominated Arusha’s skyline with its distinctive horseshoe rim. Now protected by Arusha National Park, the area surrounding the mountain is rich with wildlife so a quick trip here and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.Discover more
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