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Tanzania is known for its world-famous parks, endless opportunities to observe wildlife and iconic sights such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the breathtaking scenery of the Serengeti National Park, visitors will certainly take back lifelong memories.

Places to Visit in Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park: Lake Manyara is easily seen from the road that climbs up the Rift Valley, where all safari vehicles on their way to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater stop for a gawk at the pink flamingos. Once inside the park there are tracks through the permanent oasis of lush greenery with the algea- streaked lake on one side and impressive baobab-strewn cliffs on the other. It’s famous for its tree climbing lions, and elephant are easily spotted among the giant acacia and fig trees.

 Bull Fighting: The island of Pemba is famed for its traditional sport of bull fighting. Unlike its Spanish counterparts, this sport does not involve killing of the bulls, but is a hangover from the days of Portuguese rule in the 16th and 17th centuries.

 Fishing: The waters of Tanzania’s coast are ripe for big-game fishing, best done from the island of Mafia. Big catches are made in the waters here, including shark, barracuda, marlin and snapper, with power boats and tackle available for hire from lodges on the island.

 Game Drive at Tarangire National Park: The Tarangire National Park, only 130km (80 miles) from Arusha and 8km (5miles) off the Great Cape to Cairo road, is easily accessible but often overlooked in favor of the other northern circuit parks. However, a game drive here rewards with unusual scenery of giant silver-trunked baobab trees and the Tarangire river is a favorite haunt for wildebeest, zebra, eland and elephants.

Hot Air Balloning: The endless plains of Serengeti come to life in the early hours of the dawn, and seeing the park wake from a hot air balloon is of the world’s great natural spectacles. The annual migration of some two million wildebeest followed by their predators, from November to May, is the best time to hitch a ride. Visit www.serengeti.org for more information.

 Mount Meru: The lower slopes of Mount Meru (4566m/14980ft0 in Arusha National Park are one of the most easily accessible places to spot buffaloes, giraffes, black and white colobus monkeys and warthogs- and this is one of the few parks where walking is permitted. The 3 day trek to the summit of the mountain, although far less popular, is an equally challenging and cheaper option than climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mwenge Carves Market: Located 8km (5 miles) north of Dar es Salaam on the way to the northern beaches, this fascinating market has vendors selling their beautiful handmade wares. Many of the items are carved from dark shiny ebony, and this is the place to come to buy famous Makonde wood carvings- the Makonde people come from southern Tanzania and are considered to be some of the finest wood carvers in East Africa.

National Museum & House Culture: Located next to the Botanical Gardens in Dar es Salaam, the National Museum reveals the fascinating history and culture of this ancient region and features the 1.7 million year old skull of the Nutcracker Man. Peacocks stroll the garden, where there is a striking sculpture in memory of victims of the 1989 Dar es Salaam US Embassy bombings. Visit www.houseofculture.or.tz for more information.

 Ngorongoro Crater Safari: At 610m (2,000 ft) deep, 20km (12.5 miles) wide and covering 311 sq km (122 sq miles), the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. Another of Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the crater is densely packed with almost every species of African plains mammals (including the lion population in Africa. Safaris to the crater are often made in conjunction with visits to the Serengeti National Park.

 Ruaha River Gorge: The Ruaha river Gorge in the Ruaha National Park boosts unparalleled scenery along its length. Tanzania’s second-largest and wildest park, it is famous for its exceptionally large herds of elephants, buffalo and over 400 species of birds. Visit www.tanzaniaparks.com for more information.

 Safari in the Serengeti: The most famous national park in all of Africa found in Tanzania, and a safari through the Serengeti is a must-do on any visit to Tanzania- especially during the famed wildebeest migration. Close sightings of the ‘big five’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) are almost guaranteed. Safaris can be arranged all over Tanzania, particularly in nearby Arusha, which is the springboard town for safaris to all parks in Tanzania’s northern circuit. Visit www.serengeti.org for more information.

Scuba Diving: The Technicolor marine life surrounding the coral islands of Zanzibar and Pemba makes for an ideal place to try scuba-diving and snorkeling. There are countless dive sites around the islands that are protected as marine national parks and reserves. The warm Indian Ocean has clear visibility to see all kinds of coral, brightly colored fish, dolphins, manta rays, turtles and sharks.

Selous Game Reserve: For a truly remote wildlife adventure, head to an isolated lodge in the Selous Game Reserve. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers an area larger than Switzerland (about one-sixth of Tanzania’s land surface), making it one of the biggest reserves in the world. It is home to a full complement of African animals, and is renowned for its exceptionally large elephant’s herds.

Spice Plantation Tours: As the epicenter of the historical spice trade, Zanzibar is the place for an aromatic tour of spice and fruit plantations. Organized tours are available all over the ‘Spice Island’ (as Zanzibar is also known), with tastings and specimens available for sale along the way.

Stone Town: Zanzibar’s stone town was the hub of ancient spice trade, and once served as the maritime metropolis of East Africa, previously rueld by Shirazi Persians, the Portuguese, the Omani Arabs and British colonials. Today, it is known as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site remains a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with exotic shops, bazaars, colonial mansions, mosques and squares.

Sukuma Museum: The Sukuma Museum, 15km (9 miles) east from Mwanza on Lake Victoria, is unique for its weekly staged performances of traditional dances of Wasukuma tribe, including the Bugobobobo (Sukuma Snake dance).

Tracking chimpanzees on Lake Tanganyika: Troops of wild chimpanzees thrive in the Gombe stream and Mahale national parks on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Both parks have spectacular scenery with mountains of forested valleys plunging into the lake and are one of the few places in Africa to see chimps in their natural habitat. Treks can be arranged to follow the troops with sightings almost guaranteed.

Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro: As the highest peak on the African continent at 5,895m (19,341 ft), Mt. Kilimanjaro has taunted explorers with its snow-capped peak for decades. It’s a hard slog to the top, but anyone of reasonable fitness can do it and five or six day well organized climbs include guides, porters, food and equipment. Watching the sunrise over this splendid summit is an indescribable spectacle.

Visit Bagamoyo: The ancient town of Bagamoyo, 72km (45 miles) north of Dar es Salaam, was a one-time slave port and terminus for the trade caravans. The town mosque and Arab tombs date from the 18th century, while there are a number of churches and mission buildings dating from the 19th century and later buildings from when the Germans occupied the town during the colonial period. Pick up a guide for a walk around town, and it is an easy day excursion from Dar es Salaam.

Zanzibar’s Beaches: Zanzibar’s magnificent swathes of palm-backed white sands make for a wonderful beach holiday. The many resorts (from simple beach cottages to 5-star luxury hotels) offer a range of activities, such as watersports, diving and snorkeling, sunset cruises on white sailed dhows- not to mention delicious dining in the fine seafood restaurant.

TANZANIA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

2013 2014
New Year’s Day

1st January 2013
New Year’s Day

1st January 2014

Zanzibar Revolution Day

12th January 2013
Zanzibar Revolution Day

12th January 2014

Milad un NAbi (Birth of Prophet Mohammed)

24th January 2013
Milad un NAbi (Birth of Prophet Mohammed)

13th January 2014

Good Friday

29th March 2013
Good Friday

18th April 2014

Easter Monday

1st April 2013
Easter Monday

21st April 2014

Union Day

26th April 2013
Union Day

26th April 2014

Labour Day

1st May 2013
Labour Day

1st May 2014

Saba Saba (Dar es Salaam International Trade Fail Day)

7th July 2013
Saba Saba (Dar es Salaam International Trade Fail Day)

7th July 2014

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadhan)

8th August 2013
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadhan)

28th July 2014

Nane Nane (Farmers Day)

8th August 2013
Nane Nane (Farmers Day)

8th August 2014

Nyerere Day

14th October 2013
Nyerere Day

14th October 2014

Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

15th October 2013
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

4th October 2014

Independence Day and Republic Day

9th December 2013
Independence Day and Republic Day

9th December 2014

Christmas Day

25th December 2013
Christmas Day

25th December 2014

Boxing Day

26th December 2013
Boxing Day

26th December 2014



TANZANIA EVENTS