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Tanzania: Beyond Safari – Top 10 Tanzania Tourist Attractions You Need to Visit Right Now

Tanzania, most infamously known for its safaris is a haven for people looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and head back to nature and encompass the “pole pole” lifestyle. Here are some of the top 10 Tanzania tourist attractions you need to visit right now that don’t include a safari. 

Tanzania, located in East Africa has some of the most beautiful landscapes, most arguably, in the world. With its infamous Mount Kilimanjaro and wildlife that breeds on the beautiful landscape. Its people, rich history and natural beauty make it a desired destination. 

The desired destination indeed which almost reached over 2 million people pre-pandemic. 

1. Nakupenda Sandbank Beach and Prisoners Island (Zanzibar)

Meaning “I love you” in Swahili, Nakupenda Sandbank Beach is a great location to see a melting pot of different cultures by first going on a historical tour of the 19th and 20th-century town. Then, relax on the beach to go to prisoners island where you can enjoy snorkeling, seeing Giant Tortoises and the overall landscape of fish and coral reefs. 

Nakupenda Sandbank Beach
Nakupenda Sandbank Beach

2. Take a Hike – Literally to Mt. Kilimanjaro 

Mt. Kilimanjaro is an absolute must if you want to unleash the adventurer in you. The route, which we offer takes about 5 to 6 days, known as the shortest summit called the Coca-Cola route. This is a great introduction to summiting if you still want the comfort of sleeping in beds along the way as every stop includes a camp and bedroom with specially equipped amenities. You will also get introduced slowly to get acclimated to the elevation.

Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro

3. Enjoy the Spice of Life 

Zanzibar is known as the spice island. A once heavily reliant trade economy, spices were traded along Zanzibar. Today, spice farms still exist where you can experience the uniqueness of the island with its rare tropical fruits and spices. With old cooking methodologies still in place, local Zanzibar women still cook some delicious spicy food as it was once done in the past. Be sure to soak in all the plants indigenous to Zanzibar that you will see as well. 

The pamunda island, Zanzibar
Beach in Zanzibar

4. Take a long walk on the beach and a sunset cruise

Sunset cruises aren’t exactly a new or unique concept, but in Zanzibar, a sunset cruise just might be one of the best ways to experience one of the best sunsets of your life and it might just be a bonus if you’re taking one with the love of your life. 

Matemwe coastline, Zanzibar

5. Speaking of Sunsets and Oceans – Go for a Blue Safari

The alternative to land safaris, the Blue Safari is unique in the sense that it takes on you a traditional wooden dhow and if you’re lucky, you might be able to see some dolphins along the way. Moreover, you have the chance to snorkel over the reefs of the Menai Bay conservation area.

Part of this experience also features a feast on a Swahili-influenced seafood buffet. Coconut rice here you come. 

Blue Safari
Boat – Blue Safari

6. See an Extinct Volcano 

The Ngorongoro Crater is something that has been explained by many travelers and even locals as unexplainable. It is without a doubt one of the best Tanzania tourist attractions because of its history and highlights into a land before. With a view that is outstanding from the lush greens to the steam evaporating from the lake, you can see part of the conservation of the Ngorongoro that is still being governed by the Maasai tribe today. 

dramatic landscape in Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro Crater

7. Speaking of the Maasai Tribe – Visit Maasai World 

The Maasai Village in Zanzibar is a great place to learn and soak in all the culture of the Maasai Tribe. By visiting the Maasai world, you have the chance to see traditional weaponry, try on different tribal clothing and have your hand at shooting a bow and arrow. This experience mixes the fun with the culture, which makes it a great family-friendly activity as well. 

Maasi Tribe
Men from Maasi Tribe

8. Hike the Udzungwa Mountains 

For the explorer who has explored and is looking for an unbeaten path, the Udzungwa Mountains hold some rare species of birds, primates and some even special plant species. While it is not known as a main Tanzania Tourist attraction, it certainly should be on your list. With a waterfall, lush greenery and the chance to see how Africa holds different biogeographical zones, it is truly an unbeaten path that you should see yourself. 

udzungwa mountains
Udzungwa Mountains

9. With All the Adventures – You’ll Need Ugali

Ugali was once given to people who were working some labor-intensive jobs as it was told to have amazing energy-preserving properties. In many places in Tanzania, Ugali is highly treasured and can be found in almost everyone, since it’s the national dish. Mixed with flour and water, it creates a stiff consistency that is commonly made from cassava, sorghum, or even millet. Sometimes even one or more to increase its nutritional value. 


10. Do All These Activities and More with Global Tribes

Global Tribes, your online traveling platform for unique destinations and cultural experiences, include many opportunities for you to try your hand at all these activities and food with well-planned and designed itineraries. Don’t miss out on making the best of your vacation in Tanzania with us and remember, when you come to Tanzania, living the “pole pole” lifestyle is non-negotiable. 

Whether it is going on an excursion to summit a peak or simply laying back on the beach or even mixing a few of these activities together, Tanzania highlights so many attractions for you to experience, all under one umbrella. Here are the 10 Tanzania Tourist Attractions You Need to Visit Now! The only question is…how do I book now?. And that, our friends, is an easy one to answer.

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