Tanzania Tourist Places to Visit in Tanzania, Dodoma East Africa, Africa
Tanzania is an African country, geographically positioned in the eastern part of the continent, sharing borders with Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi to the west and Uganda and Kenya to the north, while Tanzania’s entire eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean. Dodoma is the capital, while Dar es Salaam is the largest city of Tanzania.
Tanzania is home to the highest mountain of Africa, Kilimanjaro. The country of Tanzania is formed by the mainland Tanganyika and Zanzibar islands in the Indian Ocean. Located at 6.307° S 34.854° E, Tanzania covers a total area of 945,203 sq. km.
History of Tanzania:
It is believed that, the Hadza and Sandawe hunter-gatherers were the original settlers of Tanzania. The European colonization began in Tanzania in the early 16th century by the Portuguese. The German conquered Tanzania in the late 19th century, ruled until the post–World War I, when Tanzania fell under the British rule and became independent on 9 December 1961.
Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro are the two important airports of Tanzania. Tanzania can be reached by flight from Mumbai, Amsterdam, London, Zurich, Dubai, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Cairo.
The major cities of Tanzania are Kigoma, Mwanza, Dodoma, Tabora, and Dar es Salaam, are well connected each other by train and bus services. Buses are widely used for local travel in Tanzania and other options include taxis and rental cars.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Tanzania:
Kiswahili is a widely spoken language in Tanzania. Muslims (35%) and Christians (30%) cover the larger proportion of the country’s population. A corn based Ugali is the most common traditional dish in Tanzania.
The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency used in Tanzania. Tinga Tinga painting, introduced by the painter with same name, is a well known shopping item among visitors.
Must see in Tanzania:
The Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the identities of Tanzania being the highest mountain in Africa. It also holds the dignity of the highest freestanding peak in the world located at a height of 5,895 metres. It can be climbed with the aid of a guided tour.
Serengeti National Park:
Covering a total of 14,763 km² areas of the Mara and Simiyu regions, the Serengeti National Park was established in 1951 and is one of the excellent safari destinations in Africa. Around 250,000 zebras and 1.5 million white bearded wildebeests migrate to park annually.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sprawling over an area of 8,288 km². The area is highlighted by a large volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, which houses around 25,000 large animals, including black rhinoceros.
Tanzania National Museum:
The Tanzania National Museum is situated in the largest city of the country, Dar es Salaam, where visitors can get the complete information on the history and natural environment of Tanzania. It was founded in 1934.
Pemba Island is one of the islands forming Zanzibar Archipelago in Tanzania, situated around 50 kilometers from the Tanzanian mainland. There is an airport in Pemba and the island is famous among visitors as a great diving spot.
Other must see places in Tanzania include:
- Makumbusho Village Museum
- Zoological Gardens in Dar es Salaam
- Askari Monument
- Azania Front Lutheran Church
- Karimjee Hall
- Tarangire National Park
- Mafia Island
- Ruaha National Park
- Selous Game Reserve
- Lake Victoria
- House of Wonders
- Old Fort of Zanzibar
- Hamamni Persian Baths
- Lake Natron
- Olduvai Gorge Museum
When to visit Tanzania?
Tanzania experiences a tropical climate with only dry and wet seasons. The best time to visit Tanzania is from June to August and January to February.
Where to stay in Tanzania?
Being home to a thriving tourism industry, Tanzania owns a grand hospitality industry with a wide range of accommodation centres like hotels, vacation rentals, BB and inns. Most tourist favor hotels are located on the Zanzibar Island. Some top end hotels in Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) are as follows:
- Southern Sun Dar es Salaam
- Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam
- Sea Cliff Hotel
- Tanzanite Executive Suites
- Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach Hotel
- Jangwani Seabreeze Resort
- DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Salaam
- Mediterraneo Hotel & Restaurant
- Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort
- Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel
- New Africa Hotel
- Hotel Nikko Tower
- Protea Hotel Courtyard
- The Oyster Bay Hotel