Tanzania remains one of my favourite countries. The people are friendly and laid-back and it feels adventurous to travel there (especially if you stray off the beaten track a bit). The country has gorgeous beaches, the best sunsets and endless wildlife. These are the best things to do in Tanzania if you are planning to visit!
#1 Go on a safari
Really….you MUST go on a safari if you are visiting Tanzania. It is an incredible experience that will make you fall in love with nature.
#2 Swim with whale sharks
Want a special and memorable experience? Look no further than Mafia Island. Every year between October and March you can swim with the giant and docile Whale Sharks. I really do love Mafia Island and it’s relaxed vibe and untouched corals.
#3 Explore the Usambara Mountains
If you enjoy hiking, the Usambara region is perfect. It is lush and tropical. Base yourself at Tumaini Hostel in Loshoto ([email protected], $15 per couple per night) where you can comfortably do day hikes. Alternatively, you can find a guide to take you on a multi-day trek going from village to village. The guides are easy to find in the town and don’t need to be booked in advance.
#4 Get lost in Stone Town
I loved exploring the uneven stone walkways of Zanzibar Island’s capital, Stone Town. This Muslim city feels like it belongs in the Middle East and not off the coast of Tanzania. It offers one of the best places to shop for crafts and souvenirs.
Check out my guide:
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#5 Make friends with a giant tortoise
Off Zanzibar is Prison Island, a place with a brutal history that is now home to the friendly giant tortoise. These creatures live up to 200 years old and love a good scratch under the chin. It can be easily visited as a day trip from Zanzibar.
#6 See the Hadza tribe hunting
The tribe culture in Tanzania is part of the reason why its people are so fascinating. Lots of visitors think of the Maasai, many of whom still live a traditional way of life. But you can also visit the lesser known Hadza tribe in Lake Eyasi who still hunt for their food. They will invite you to join them on a hunting session…if you can keep up.
#7 Eat in Addis in Dar
Addis in Dar is one of the most memorable restaurants I have ever eaten in. The food was phenomenal. Enjoy traditional Ethiopian cuisine served on huge sharing plates while sat in a beautiful candlelit roof terrace. The restaurant was opend by an Etheopian native who now lives in Tanzania.
#8 Attend a Sunday service
Attending a Sunday service is one of the top things to do in Tanzania. Many of the locals are religious and, in true Tanzanian style, like to express their faith through song and dance. Azania Front Lutheran Church in Dar has a wonderful choir and offers English Sunday morning services.
#9 Catch turtles hatching on secluded beaches
You don’t have to head to one of the Islands to find a nice beach. Pangani offers a beautiful stretch of palm tree-lined beaches. They are quiet, peaceful and come without the hassle of sellers. Check out SeaSense for information on when you can catch turtles laying and hatching.
#3 Climb Mt Meru
Lots of people have Killimanjaro on their bucket list. With the trail only getting busier though you might want to search for a quieter experience. Mt Meru is the second highest peak and offers the advantage of a more scenic hike (with chances to spot wildlife) and a sunrise view of Kilimanjaro at the summit.
#11 Spend time with the people of Tanzania
The Tanzanian people are relaxed, accepting and have a great sense of humour. One of the best things to do in Tanzania is simply to spend time with the locals. Find a remote village or tribe, head to the lesser explored South and find a host family. You won’t regret it!
The best way to find a host family is to use Airbnb – you can use this link to get £25 off your first booking!
Best things to do in Tanzania
Tanzania really does have it all! And I hope this list of the best things to do in Tanzania has shown that. If you have any questions let me know in the comments box below.