Tanzania

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

Cheetah as seen on a safari

Cheetah as seen on a safari

The first thing that comes to mind for most people thinking about Tanzania is “safari,” and this land of wide open savannahs is a magical setting for those wanting to view some of the most remarkable wildlife on land.

But that’s just the beginning.

Tanzania will thrill you to no end with a mindboggling variety of cultures to explore, an exotic nature you’ll have to experience to believe and more choices for exhilarating activities than you could ever hope to jam pack into one vacation.

Yes, the wildlife viewing is absolutely awesome. In fact, Tanzania boasts one of the most dense concentrations of exotic animals in all of Africa.

If you could do just one thing while here it would probably be a safari, but while you are here you should also check out the pristine beaches and the exotic Spice Islands, especially Zanzibar.

Once you’ve ended your Tanzania adventure you’ll understand why it’s one of those special destinations that never seems to disappoint.

Another nice feature here is that Tanzania seems to be more stable than other countries in East Africa. There seems to be less strife.

It’s not all a rosy, however. Like many developing nations, Tanzania does have problems with corruption and theft, so keep an eye on your wallet, and be wary of those who would solicit bribes.

The bottom line: If you’re thinking safari, and want to see some of the most amazing wildlife on earth, then Tanzania is definitely for you. But it doesn’t stop there, Tanzania has a lot to offer the most discerning adventure travelers regarding both hard and soft activities.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Imagine walking along an African savannah where you can see for miles in all directions. On one side a herd of wildebeest moves slowly across the plains in migration, out in front of you is a pride of lions lounging under the falling sun and elephants, zebras and giraffes mill about next to a watering hole not far from where you sit in your Land Rover.

Tanzania offers you a pure East Africa experience at its exotic best including the vast Serengeti, majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, an island known for its spices and mysterious allure.

The exotic nature of Tanzania continues with visits to Bagamoyo, Tabora or Ujiji, which were stops along the caravan routes into the heart of Africa in the 19th century.

If you don’t want to stray too far from civilization you can spend your time in the northern areas where you’ll find exciting safaris, or you can take your Tanzania adventure off the beaten path and explore the south and western areas to relive what it was like in centuries past.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

If you enjoy getting a taste of foreign cultures while on an adventure expedition, you’re going to have a great time in Tanzania.

The cultural variety is incredible with more than 100 ethnic groups and languages spoken throughout the country. From the Swahili Coast, known for being a part of ancient trading routes for spices and jewels, to the wide open savannahs rich with exotic wildlife, you’ll see interesting nuances in the culture that will amaze and enchant you.

The cuisine of Tanzania reflects the early influences of the Arabs who introduced various spices like curry, cinnamon and hot peppers, and you’ll find many dishes with starches like millet, beans and pilaf. One thing you won’t find much of in traditional dishes is meat, which is normally only brought out for special occasions.

No matter where you choose to explore the culture of Tanzania, do make a point to get to know the local people who are warm, polite, friendly and have a dignity and charm about them that will make you feel welcome and at home.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Tanzania offers much to do while exploring this adventure-rich destination. The safaris are spectacular and probably the main draw, but you can also trek Mount Kilimanjaro, take a wild white water rafting trip and find many excellent adventures along the coast and on the island of Zanzibar.

Tanzania also offers quite a few adrenaline-filled activities including bungee jumping, mountain biking, paragliding, sea kayaking and scuba diving.

For those who prefer the softer side of adventure travel, you can explore Tanzania through cultural tours, eco tours, birdwatching and nature trips.

Here’s a list with additional fun and exciting adventures for you while in Tanzania.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Camel riding
  • Canoeing
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Jungle exploring
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow skiing
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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