After it was named the best safari country in Africa in 2014 and 2015, Tanzania became one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Africa. Endowed with some of Africa’s most fascinating natural, cultural, historical and archaeological sites, the country makes for a one of its kind African experience. Below are some highlights.
Witness a unique wildlife
Tanzania is home to more than 20 pc of the African continent’s large mammals and the ace country in Africa for game viewing experiences. It has 16 national parks, 31 game reserves, 44 game controlled areas, four ramsar sites and 33 wildlife management areas. Tourists can visit Serengeti National Park, which is known for its extensive migratory herds of wildebeests and zebra and for having a reputation of being a natural wonder. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, established in 1959, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is another wildlife hub. It is home to the Ngorongoro Crater-the largest intact caldera in the world.
Get to know the tribes
There are 120 tribes in Tanzania all of which are different from each other culturally. They even speak varied languages and are unified only by Swahili, a language made up of words from Bantu, Hindi, English, German, including other small languages, which is spoken in many African nations.
Enjoy the festivals
When Tanzania celebrates, it’s an amalgamation of traditional music, dance, art, crafts, food, sports, and people! Travel and trade fair, Haydom, Mwaka kongwa festival, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Kilimanjaro Marathon, Serengeti Cultural Festival are some events tourists can attend. There is also Urisi, a month long cultural festival that is celebrated by the 120 tribes of Tanzania.
Marvel at the mountains
Many may not think of this for an African nation but Tanzania is home to snow capped mountains. The Mt. Kilimanjaro stands out in the landscape with its white peaks, It is also the highest free standing mountain in the world. Other peaks, craters, and active volcanoes of the country are spread from east to west and are increasingly becoming popular for hiking trips and mountain climbing.
Soak under the sun at lakes
Tanzania has some of the largest and deepest lakes in Africa including Lake Tanganyika. The lake is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and the second deepest lake of any kind. Its shores have been home to human communities from the Stone Age, adding to its uniqueness.
Tanzania welcomes Indian tourists
With a vision to establish Tanzania as a favourite travel destination globally, Tanzania Tourist Board, hosted a road show in New Delhi to showcase the country’s cultural richness. The government board is committed to boost travel and tourism in the sovereign state of eastern Africa.
“Tourism is the number one foreign currency earner in Tanzania. The total contribution of travel and tourism to GDP is 17.2 pc and is forecasted to rise by 6.6 pc in 2025. In 2017, tourism contribution to direct and indirect employment measured over a hundred thousand jobs. This is expected to rise by 2.7 pc in 2025” said Devota Mdachi, managing director Tanzania Tourist Board.
“Tanzania offers a complete package of adventure, exploration and relaxation to the tourists. This has significantly increased the number of travellers each year. From seven hundred thousand travellers in 2007 it crossed over a million in 2017. We expect this number to reach over 2 million tourists by 2020” she said.
Tanzania is famous for its history, impressive ruins of 14th to 16th century tombs, mosques and palaces. The diverse cultures, traditions and customs can also be experienced through traditional dances, handcrafts, rock paintings and archaeological sites. The land is also home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites that include, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilwa Kisiwani Ruins, Kondoa Rock Art Sites, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is also home to the Olduvai Gorge, the site of discoveries of the remains of the earliest men. It is said to be the place where the first man on earth took steps.
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