Tanzania’s Best Holiday and Vacation Travel Guide to Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and National Parks.
Tanzania is located in eastern Africa on the inland and coastal land, with its own Zanzibar island. Not only is the weather and climate very pleasurable, but the beauty, culture, and history is awesome. There is so much to see and do here because of the safari parks, game reserves, beaches and islands, historical sites, and the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro.
National Parks in Tanzania
Arusha National Park is located in the northern part of Tazania which is known as northern circuit and is overlooked by safari goers. The Momela Lake, Mount Meru, and Ngurdoto Crater are home to this national park. Wildlife in Arusha National Park includes; blue monkeys, white colobus monkeys, buffalo, warthogs, flamingos, water bucks, giraffes, zebras, leopards, and hyenas.
Katavi National Park is isolated in the true wilderness of Africa and is the third largest national park in Tanzania. This national park offers walking, driving, and camping safaris inside of the park.
Mahale Mountains National Park is located in the heart of Africa and is home to the last of the wild chimpanzees, and brimming with colorful jungle birds. Camping safaris are available at this national park.
Mkomazi National Park offers walking safaris and campsites near the parks headquarters. Endangered black rhino and wild dogs have found refuge here. The Umba River attracts all kinds of mammals such as; lions, cheetahs, leopards, silver backed jackals, giraffes, buffalo, elephants, and zebras.
Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, and was recently proclaimed a seventh world wide wonder. This park is known for the best game- viewing in Africa. Predators versus prey dominate this park with an abundance of wildlife. The Serengeti National Park offers hot air balloon safaris and walking safaris with camp sites and lodges on the premises.
Tarangire National Park offers guided walking safaris and has several camp sites around the park. The Tarangire River offers a chance to see many different wild animals in their natural habitat.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park is known for its beautiful waterfalls, enchanted forests, and its abundance of interesting wildlife and plants. This national park offers camping safaris.
Game Reserves in Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park offers game drives, and night game drives. This national park offers scenic views and wild animals such as; tree climbing lions, elephants, blue monkeys, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, and more than 400 species of birds.
Mikumi National Park offers game drives all year round, and an abundance of wildlife viewing including the powerful eland (the world’s largest antelope), the greater kudu, and over 400 species of birds.
Saadani National Park is where beach meets the bush, literally. This national park is located in East Africa on the beachfront of the Indian Ocean. Its beautiful tropical coastline makes for a popular vacation and game viewing spot.
Mkomazi National Park offers game drives and camping within the park. You can see black rhinos in the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary which allows limitless viewing. The Serengeti National Park also has game drives that make this national park a hot spot for safaris.
Mount Kilimanjaro is home to the highest mountain peak in Africa and the tallest free- standing mountain in the world. Since Kilimanjaro is the world’s most accessible to the summit, it is a hot spot for visitors around the world. This national park offers six usual trek routes to the top and more advanced mountain climbing treks, day and night hikes on nature trails, trout fishing, and other activities.
Tanzania Islands and Beaches
The beaches and islands of Tanzania has unspoiled, natural beaches with pristine water and a lot of marine life. Zanzibar and Pemba are known as the Spice Islands because they grow and cultivate spices such as; cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, and other spices. Dar es Salaam has the largest and busiest port in East Africa and is the gateway to Zanzibar for safaris and other destinations.
Zanzibar’s exotic Portuguese influence is apparent all over the island and some of the world’s best beaches. Visitors can walk old Stone Town and see the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchant’s houses, and the Turkish baths as they were.
The best diving in the Indian Ocean can be done in the Pemba Channel because of the steep drop off near the coast of Pemba. While Mafia Island offers visitors a chance to relax on the secluded beaches and dive in unspoiled, natural spots.
Historical Sites in Tanzania
Tanzania’s rich history goes back before the ninth and tenth century, and 1000 BC. Zanzibar’s old Stone Town is proof of an ancient civilization that has survived all through history. In northern Tanzania the ancient archeological site on the Olduvai Gorge that forms the Great Rift Valley has proof that life was present three million years ago.
Bagamoyo and Tanga were once a slave and ivory trading center. Bagamoyo has a house that still stands where slaves were sold and transported to far away lands, and the tree the slaves were sold under also stands.