While the Olduvai Gorge that sits within this area will be mentioned later on, the entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area is more than worth a visit. One of the few places in the world where you can see elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, and buffalo all in one place, the conservation area offers one of a kind hotel and tour experiences. Most people opt to spend at least two days inside the lush crater, taking in the beauty of the area and hoping to see all of the most prominent species.
Due to the status of the area as a conservation area, human interaction with the area is limited, but animals thrive in the surrounding area. Knowledgeable guides are able to take groups to areas where animal activity is more likely to occur, ensuring that visits are memorable and enjoyable.
While you may not think of snow when you think of Africa and Tanzania, the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro is almost constantly covered in ice, housing some of the only glaciers within the country. Known as one of the highest peaks in the world, summiting this mountain might be a bit more than most seasoned climbers can handle. However, there are a number of groups that go up each year, and those who find themselves unable to reach the top often find that they enjoy the park surrounding the mountain as much as the climb itself.
If you do decide to attempt this climb, be sure to train hard before departing. This is generally considered one of the safer mountains for climbers, but it is still important to take your training very seriously. Once you book your trip, you might also want to check and see if you can meet up with other climbing groups as well, making this monumental trek with new friends.
Many people decide to try for higher peaks after climbing Kilimanjaro, so this might just be the start of your climbing career!
Nothing is more exciting than finding out where humans came from and understanding how we have evolved over time. The best place to do this is actually in Olduvai Gorge, one of the oldest known sites for paleoanthropology in the entire world. Home to a lovely museum, as well as nicely preserved land that was home to some of the first hominids. Throughout the park, plaque mark places where important discoveries were made, offering information in English to anyone wishing to learn more about the region.
The museum was recently revamped, making room for more exhibits, most of which focus on the tools and raw materials that were used and harvested within the valley. During the summer it is possible to see archeologists and various different scientists working within the gorge as well.
If you are interested in seeing as many animals as possible, a safari in this park is the way to go. Home to millions of animals, this large and mostly flat area of land offers a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most famous animals in Africa. With multiple safari lodges, access to the Nile river, camping spots near wildebeest herds, and multiple lodges situated within the park, it might be the best place to see wild animals in all of Africa. Particularly of note are the beautiful sunsets that are often pictured on postcards and are one of the most iconic features of the region.
If a safari isn’t to your liking, trips down the Nile, organized hiking groups, and even resort stays are all available within the boundaries of the park. Most people find speaking with the game wardens and exploring the various different stations to be an enjoyable experience as well.
While the mainland of Tanzania is more traditionally African, the islands of Zanzibar have a much heavier Arabic influence to them. Still known for trade in spices, plants, and various fabrics, the islands are also extremely welcoming to tourists. The temperate coastal region has made them a perfect place for resorts and beaches. Many people enjoy swimming in the waters surrounding the islands, and a number of different aquatic experiences, such as scuba diving, reef viewing, and even swimming with sharks are available.
Zanzibar is also known for historical landmarks like the “House of Wonders” the palace of a former Ottoman Empire sultan. Traditional villages, and even whole streets of former Arabic mansions are also on the islands. Look a little deeper and you will find 18th century Portuguese forts, thriving art galleries, and crystal clear waters everywhere you look. Live music and dancing are also common on the islands, making them a perfect place to get away from it all.