The crown jewel of the north-eastern Tanzania and inspiration for Hemingway’s short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, which was later immortalized by the movie of the same name, this inactive volcano is truly a sight to behold. Whether you are going to enjoy its snow-capped slopes from the base, or you are going to climb it is up to you, just be sure to experience Kilimanjaro, one way or another.
Once upon a time a participant in the shortest war in history, and today a semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago, Zanzibar is a major tourist destination made famous by its lavish beaches. The water is soft, shallow, and clear, but if you ever grow tired of swimming and sunbathing (which is highly unlikely), make sure you visit the beautiful Stone Town with its whitewashed coral-rag houses, located on the Zanzibar Island (Unguja).
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This park in north-western Tanzania contains an old collapsed volcano, whose steep sides today serve as a natural enclosure for wide variety of wild animals. The main star amongst them is certainly the endangered Black Rhino who found one of its last resorts right here in Ngorongoro. Bird watching experience is also superb. Still, it would be shame not to point out the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest intact ancient caldera, and deserves to be seen on its own.
Lake Manyara National Park
At the entrance to this animal refuge, you will see the sign saying “Remove nothing from this Park except: Nourishment for the soul, Consolation for the heart, Inspiration for the mind”. Enter it and you will see just how true this sentence is. Nature is beautiful, animal sightings (elephants, giraffes, flamingos) are numerous, but the terrain can sometimes be rough. Check out Kupatana to see if you can find some cheap vehicle before you embark on a journey.
Do not let this island’s intimidating name scare you; there is no organized crime here. The name is derived from the Swahili name for “a healthy dwelling place” (mahali pa afya), which Mafia Island most definitely is. The real Paradise for fishermen, scuba divers, and just about everyone who likes relaxing on a beach, this is the island which should not be “prohibited” from your travel list.
Finally, we have to mention the beautiful Lake Victoria (the largest freshwater lake in Africa) which is located on Tanzania’s border with Kenya. The source of the White Nile has most of its attractions located on its shores (most of them are related to cities Bukoba, Musoma and Mwanza), but you should not underestimate its numerous islands which today serve as lush wildlife sanctuaries.
Africa has served as a favorite destination for adventurers and explorers for centuries now. There is no good reason not to follow this tradition today. Pack your bags, and Africa will show you its opened hands.
Site updated on 22. April 2017