The tropical island in the Indian Ocean is known for its idyllic beaches, breath-taking diving spots, stunning nature and rich spice culture. Relaxation, that's the main reason for a holiday on the island. The name “Zanzibar” in itself awakens dreams of a tropical paradise.
I am always keen to try out different ways of exploring Tanzania, especially when you can experience it in a totally new perspective. Recently, I went on a day-trip to Lake Eyasi driving quad bikes!
Before visiting Mwanza, I always assumed it would be a laid back relaxed city with not much to do. I finally went to check it out recently – and was surprised. Our chosen accommodation was the Malaika Beach Resort, which is located some ten minutes from the airport.
The city of Mwanza is located on the southern shores of the second largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Victoria. With a population of more than 700,000, Mwanza is also considered the second largest city in Tanzania and thanks to its location it is a major port city.
Arusha is the biggest city in northern Tanzania and located at the foot of Mount Meru. Arusha is often regarded simply as the starting point for safaris or trekking tours, but the city offers much more than that. If you plan on staying in Arusha for a few days before or after your trekking tour or safari adventure, we have some tips for what to do in Arusha.
For most people, snakes are on the list of animals “I do not want to meet”. Which I understand in some respect. Most visitors going on safari in Tanzania usually spend only a couple of days in the bush. Over the years, I have come to realise that most of them never get to see snakes in the wild.
Lake Natron and its surrounding area is a place rich in cultural and natural diversity. The area is off the beaten track and only a handful of people go there. The climate can at times be unbearable as the African sun blazes down upon the land. Temperatures can soar up to 50 degrees Celsius in the summer months from January to March. This should not keep you from visiting though, as it is totally worth it.
If you have watched the “Lion King”, you have seen Pride Rock. A huge kopje that sticks out majestically from the surrounding flat grassland. If you want to see these spectacular kopjes not only on TV, then the Serengeti National Park is your best bet.
If you want to go back in time and experience life along the Swahili Coast at its most authentic, then Stone Town is a must. Amidst a maze of old houses, bazaars and shops, you feel as if you travelled back in time.
Most visitors travelling to Tanzania to experience a safari head to the Northern Circuit, where highlights like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater await them. I agree, these parks have an unmatched reputation, but there even more amazing places you can visit. The south of Tanzania is home to the Ruaha National Park one of Tanzania’s best-kept secrets.