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Top six exciting destinations to visit in Tanzania

Africa’s highest mountain peak Kilimanjaro was formed by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley, its highest peak is Uhuru Peak on Kibo, which is among the Seven Summits of the world.

Tanzania is known for its vast wilderness areas, packed with popular attractions for tourists, who come from all over the world to experience the country's spectacular scenery and culture. Most visitors pass through Dar es Salaam, and head out on a Tanzania safari and various wildlife viewing adventures such as, Mt.Kilimanjaro.

Mt.Kilimanjaro
Africa's highest mountain peak Kilimanjaro was formed by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley, its highest peak is Uhuru Peak on Kibo, which is among the Seven Summits of the world. Get a chance to stand in awe of this majestic snow-capped mountain and climb to the summit or enjoy a long hike or scenic drive to the summit.

The slopes of the rainforest are homes to a variety of wildlife such as the buffaloes, leopards, monkeys, elephants and eland and a variety of birds where bird watchers will find an abundance of birds of prey.

There are lots of luxurious and accommodating lodges near Mt. Kilimanjaro; Mt. Kilimanjaro view lodge, Aishi Machame Hotel (16.2 miles from the mountain), Ameg Lodge Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel and many more. You are guaranteed a cozy resting after a long day hiking and touring the wonder mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National park is treeless plains, open woodlands with thousands of animals, searching for fresh grasslands, is where safari-goers come to truly an experience. Serengeti National Park safari activities include safari game drives, walking safaris, balloon rides, and local Maasai tribe village tours; it is the ultimate safari in Tanzania destination in the world.

Serengeti is believed to have the largest number of lions in Africa because of the abundance of prey species. Leopards are also commonly seen in the Seronera region, cheetah, and hyena; bat-eared fox, hunting dog, jackal, Bush Elephants, Rhinos and so much more.

It is famous for the wildebeest migration, the most impressive natural events and the primary draw for many tourists.  The annual migration of millions White-bearded zebras and wildebeest takes place in May or early June in search of fresh grass in the grasslands of the Maasai-Mara in Kenya.

Another exciting activity is visiting Maasai Mara people, a tribe with a rich history and culture; take a day trip to learn more about these people who have called the area home for centuries.

Ngorongoro conservation
Located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Ngoro Ngoro Crater has spectacular viewing, of the wildlife free roaming, variety of birds such as flocks of flamingoes which leads to greater biodiversity.

The Ngorongoro volcano was among the world's tallest mountains, after the eruption, famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater was formed. During the wet season, many herds of buffalo, zebra, hartebeest and various other animals are seen in the open plains which make the viewing effortless, more of the reason why the Serengeti Plains is such a popular area for tourism. Ngorongoro has a permanent supply of water from its huge volcanic crater which draws all kinds of animals who stay in this area rather than migrating.

Nearby hotels include Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro wild camp and many others. A comfortable, luxurious hotel is what you would need to get the needed rest.

Some of the best safari lodges in Serengeti are; Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge among others.

Zanzibar Island
For a more urban experience, travel to Zanzibar for the island of Zanzibar, also called Unguja for the best beaches in the world with varying surf depending on what side of the island you are on, the beach that surrounds this area is truly stunning. In Zanzibar, you explore the old Stone Town and stunning beaches, mosques and winding lanes in Zanzibar city.

Many tourists come to Zanzibar for its pristine white sand, calm waters and dazzling sunsets in the northern beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa. You can dine dining in local restaurants for a fresh, seafood barbecue.

Frequented by islanders and the soundtrack is local African beats, the locals are cheerful, they will enthusiastically invite you to the dance-floor and not take no for an answer.

Lake Manyara National Park
Activities at Lake Manyara include the wildlife drives; canoeing, mountain bike tours, and bird watching are the most popular activities in Lake Manyara National Park.

Located in the northern part of Tanzania, Lake Manyara Park has the largest population of elephants, hippos and tree-climbing lions because of the swamps, woodlands, grasslands, and forest. Lake Manyara national park also has the biggest concentration of baboons in the whole world.

The park has a variety of bird species such as flamingoes, spoonbills, egrets, herons, stalks crowned eagles, crested guinea fowl, the noisy silvery-cheeked hornbills, and flocks of pelicans.

Lake Manyara Park also known as the soda ash lake is famous for its flamingos and breathtaking scenery.

It is approximately a 9-minute drive from Arusha town, easy to make their way from or to the Crater usually in half a day.

For a night, you can choose to reside either inside the park at a permanent camp, in Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Isoitok Camp Manyara or you can opt for a mobile tent. Alternatively, you can book in the nearby hotels such as; Lake Manyara Plantation Lodge, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Lake Manyara park Serena Hotel, to mention but a few.

Mafia Island
This Island found in the Indian Ocean is the home of great wildlife such as the whales, shark and a lot of sea turtles. Mafia Island is admired for its excellent coral gardens

Mafia Island is also known for the deep-fishing activities because it has a variety of fish such as the tuna, marlin, and sailfish.

Other activities that take place on this Island include; watching the birds and animals, cultural visits, interacting with friendly villagers for cultural dances, watching craftsmen at work and so much more.

Kinasi Lodge and Lua Cheia camp are some of the lodges found in Mafia Island for solitude, nature, complete relaxation.

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