From the incredible views atop Mount Kilimanjaro to the pristine white beaches flanking Zanzibar, Tanzania is tailored for travellers seeking unreal adventures, scenery, and experiences. This East African country is the ultimate destination for couples, families, and solo globetrotters, thanks to its endless list of activities.
Admire the Big Five on safaris, go snorkelling, hiking, biking, swimming, and discover fascinating cities, towns, and villages.
When you’re planning your trip to Tanzania, you’ll want to check off the following attractions.
- Mount Kilimanjaro
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is a popular bucket list activity. Most trekkers take around five to 10 days to wind their way to Kilimanjaro’s pinnacle! But some travellers may not be interested in spending their vacation on a trekking adventure. Thankfully, you can still bask in Mount Kilimanjaro’s imposing presence without hiking up.
If you still want to admire the snow-capped Kilimanjaro without the time commitment and months of physical training, head to Chemka Hot Springs! The journey here is an adventure on its own. You’ll have to find a tuk-tuk driver from Moshi to take you on the bumpy dirt road to Chemka Hot Springs. En route, you can catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro if it’s a clear day. Plus, you get to swim in the bright blue, crystal clear hot springs (which are more warm than hot) at the end of your drive.
But if you still want an active adventure around Kilimanjaro without hiking, this unforgettable six-day Kilimanjaro bike tour is made for you! Expect to wind to an array of scenic and rural villages and to get the chance to interact with locals, all while cycling in Kilimanjaro’s intimidating shadow.
East Africa is famed for its memorable safaris! It’s almost impossible to go to Tanzania without hopping in a jeep and looking out for the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and black rhino). The most popular safari destinations in Tanzania are Serengeti National Park or Ngorongoro Crater.
Prepare for intoxicating sunsets and sunrises and luxurious camping (this is the most popular accommodation on safaris). Just make sure you charge your camera or phone before you go. Oh, and don’t forget binoculars!
Revel in the fresh sea-salted air swirling off the transparent, postcard-painted waters in Zanzibar. This island is truly a scenic masterpiece! You can easily spend a couple of weeks here without falling into boredom. Spend time walking around Stone Town, where a lively atmosphere and stunning architecture meet to form one remarkable exploration!
Another great activity is to rent a scooter or motorbike and go beach hopping around the island. It’s easy enough to get a permit for the day.
You can also go snorkelling. Several visitors like to flock to the bleach-white beach bar that’s a short boat ride away from the main island. There’s no shade here, so bring a lot of sunscreen. There’s also the 100-year-old giant turtles on Changuu Island, which is another boat ride away.
It can be a lot of work to plan a trip. If you aren’t in the mood or too busy to stitch together the ideal holiday, you may want to look into already-planned adventure tours in Tanzania. Sift through the options and choose one that’s ideal for you, your family, or your partner. And pack your bags, and off you go!