Officially the United Republic of Tanzania, Tanzania is a country located in Eastern Africa situated within the African Great Lakes region. The country shares a land border with Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also shares a maritime border with the Indian Ocean to its east.
Most who travel to Tanzania do so to visit the beautiful white sand beaches of Zanzibar, which is an archipelago off the country’s coast. Zanzibar includes the famous Spice Island, which is one of the few places in the world where saffron is produced. Visitors to the island would enjoy popping in to one of the spice farms in the area where one can see how the different spices and exotic fruits are grown.
For adventure travellers, a visit to any of the numerous national parks in the country would be worthwhile. Tanzania’s most visited national park is the Serengeti National Park located in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is particularly popular for its annual migration of white bearded wildebeest and zebra.
When planning a holiday in Tanzania, there are many choices on which activities to do, where to go and which sights to see. Here are just a few of the more popular travel spots in Tanzania to add to the itinerary and should not be missed:
Mount Kilimanjaro – A dormant strato-volcano located in Northern Tanzania and situated near neighbouring country, Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, namely Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. It stands 5,895 metres tall above sea level making it the highest free-standing mountain in the world as well as the highest mountain in Africa. The best way to get to Mount Kilimanjaro would be by flying to the Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Located 180 kilometres from Arusha and situated in the Crater Highlands area of the country, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a volcanic crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest inactive, preserved and unfilled volcanic caldera in the world.
Mafia Island – Also known as “Chole Shamba”, Mafia Island is part of the Tanzanian Zanzibar Archipelago. It is a popular destinations for adventure travellers looking to scuba dive or participate in game fishing. Mafia Island also attracts many tourists looking to just relax along its 50 kilometre long coastline.
Old Fort of Zanzibar – Also known as the Arab Fort or simply Old Fort, it is a fortification located in the capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town. It is considered to be the oldest building in the city and a popular destinations for tourists. The fort has an open-air amphitheatre where live dances and music shows are regularly held at night.
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