Things to do in Tanzania

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With its vast and varied landscapes, diverse activities, and numerous places to explore, Tanzania is often described as a microcosm of Africa – and we couldn’t agree more. It’s an ideal destination for an iconic safari experience, featuring game drives, the Great Migration, and evenings with Boko Explorers around the campfire. But Tanzania also offers plenty of unique adventures for those seeking something a bit different. So, without further ado, here are our top things to do in Tanzania – how many will you add to your itinerary?

Watch the Great Migration in the Serengeti

Imagine a column of wildebeest 40 km (24 miles) long patiently in move across the plain for hours. Now multiply that until you have about 1.5 million wildebeests, throw in some 500,000 zebras, another 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and about 30,000 grant’s gazelles, all on the move in the search for fresh new grass.

Imagine it taking over two weeks for the column of animals to pass a single spot and visualize them all bunching together into protective herds in the evenings or scrambling across each other’s backs in their panic to cross the river and stay clear of the snapping jaws of the crocodiles. Imagine the hyenas and lion’s roaring and crackling as they sprawl the outskirts of the herds looking for weakened animals. Now you may just begin to have an idea of the awesome spectacle that is the Serengeti migration.

The Serengeti migration is actually a year-round phenomenon, a broad slow clockwise route march that covers 6000 km (3,740 miles). The cycle begins in May when the grass on the Southern plains is exhausted and the herds begin to move slowly Northwards through the Western corridor. The mass reaches the Maasai Mara by late June, remaining there until September when they return South through the Lobo area following the scent in the air of the short rains. They reach the Southern plains by late November, remaining there to feed on the nutrients-rich grass during the breeding season.

Try a walking safari (Experience the wild on foot)

Walk through the Ngorongoro Highlands

A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater should certainly be on any list of things to do in Tanzania, but one of our favorite experiences in the area is to lace up your walking boots and explore on two feet. The Crater Highlands that surround the iconic, animal-filled crater are a magical melee of jungled woodland, tumbling waterfalls and small, Maasai villages and a walk or hike through the forest will reward you with plenty of sightings and some rather lovely views too. Or, take things one step further and hike from Ngorongoro all the way to the shores of centuries-old Lake Natron. The three-day expedition begins at Empakaai, the forgotten crater, and will take you through hauntingly beautiful landscapes, down dusty gorges and up rugged mountains, bringing a whole new meaning to ‘off the beaten track.’

Head to the coast

When it comes to things to do in Tanzania, the beach might not immediately spring to mind – but venture to the ocean you should, for the coastline is the stuff dreams are made of. On the mainland, you’ve got Ras Kutani, a slice of paradise on the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean where hammock-lounging is probably the most challenging activity you’ll encounter. Then there are the famous islands; try Zanzibar for a heady blend of culture and luxe beach resorts (and a blissful dhow cruise at sunset), Mafia Island for diving and snorkelling and Pemba if you just want to get away from it all. The gateway to the coast is Dar es Salaam, the capital city that’s a mere hop, skip and a jump from the safari parks of the northern circuit and even better connected with the parks of the south.

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