Tanzania Travel Recommendations

Tanzania Travel Recommendations

Written By: Sofia

After a particularly stressful period in my life, I did what any rational person would do -- I booked a month long trip to Tanzania after coming across a travel documentary on some channel I don’t even remember anymore. I didn’t have any particular reason for visiting Tanzania except that it looked beautiful and it seemed to be as far away from my daily stresses as I could find. Since I spent a month in this African country, I thought I would share some of my experiences and insights for anyone who might interested in visiting the country.

One of my first tips is to know that no matter how little or how much time you spend in Tanzania, it’s never enough. Even though I traveled around for one month I knew that there was still so much more to see and do in the country. Depending on where you are visiting from, I would recommend staying no less than two weeks -- when I travel to far destinations, the last thing I want to do is spend only a few days before coming back. In a vast country like Tanzania, many of your days will be soaked up from just traveling from one point of the country to another, so you want to definitely account for the transportation part of your trip. A good rule of thumb that I learned is to figure out what destinations you want to visit and then dedicate at least four to five days for each.

VENTURE BEYOND THE SERENGETI

Many people visit African countries purely for the Safari and wildlife experiences and Tanzania is no different. While many tourists typically had straight for the Serengeti National Park, my recommendation is to avoid that area if you can and travel to more secluded areas for safaris and wildlife tours. For example, Mikumi is an amazing place to see exotic animals and elephants, while Ruaha is better for seeing the bigger cats. Finally, Saadani is exceptional when you want to be close to the Indian Ocean. If visiting the Serengeti National Park is on your bucket list, by all means definitely check it out; however, if you really want an authentic experience with nature and the locals, always go off the beaten path first and foremost.

If you’re going to Tanzania for the first time and don’t feel comfortable driving in a vehicle by yourself or with friends, take advantage of the railway -- these trains often connect many of the national parks by rail, which makes it affordable and convenient to travel across the vast amount of land. Another reason to choose the railway over a vehicle is that if you want to just sit back and enjoy the scenery as you go through, you definitely have more of the option to do so when you’re not responsible for driving -- especially in a foreign land.

CITY ADVENTURES IN DAR ES SALAAM

As vital and popular as safaris and wildlife tours are in Tanzania, there are also things for you to do if you’re more of a city dweller. Dar es Salaam features a unique mix of modern commercial buildings with the typical street markets and traffic that you would find in an African country. Many popular sites and tours are available around the city, one in particular that I enjoyed was visiting Stone Town, which is 200 years old and features a fascinating blend of African, Arab and Indian cultures.

If you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the city, which I have no doubt that you will, there are many Swahili dishes to try in addition to rice and beans. One of my favorites is called mishkaki, which are basically meat kebabs, as well as ugali, a porridge made of maize. These are two of the most popular traditional dishes and you can find them virtually anywhere throughout Tanzania, especially in the more populated areas. Be sure to keep your eye out for the hot doughnuts that are located throughout street vendors and cafés, and during a stay in Tanzania, you’ll likely end up enjoying some form of curry and seafood.

While the city is nice to visit, most people visit Tanzania to enjoy the outdoors and adventure. There are many hikes to give you an up close view of some of the most beautiful landscape in the world, one place I highly recommend you visiting if you’re able to hike is to go from the Ngorongoro Crater to Ol Doinyo Lengai -- two of the country’s most unique features.

Tanzania is the perfect escape if you need something different in your life -- I highly recommend that everyone makes at least one trip to this unique country in order to experience something breathtaking and one-of-a-kind!

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Countries: Tanzania
Cities: Dar es Salaam
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