16 Amazing Things to do in Tanzania – Dream Trip

While the Serengeti is the star attraction, there are many things to do in Tanzania besides viewing the wildlife. Although, you have to do that when you go!

16 of the very best ideas of what do in Tanzania

Here are some things that will entice you to make your next Adventure an African Adventure in Tanzania.

Things to do in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of our favourite countries in all of Africa. People welcome you with open arms yelling “Jambo” and everyone always seems to have a huge smile on their face. The landscape is lush and beautiful, the energy was vibrant and exciting and the wildlife is second to none.

1. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Our number one pick for adventure in Tanzania is to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

To climb to the roof of Africa and look out over the Furtwängler Glacier is an awe inspiring sight.

Climbing the Machame Route gives you an extra day to acclimate to the elevation and it is considered the most scenic route.

You will have an excellent chance of reaching the summit of one of the most famous climbs on earth.

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Reaching the Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro

At 5895 metres, it is a feat to be proud of when you reach the summit. Don't miss this trek of a lifetime.

Hot Tip: Book in Moshi with Kessey Brothers. We went with them, booked the day we landed in Kilimanjaro Airport and loved every minute of our tour. 

More on Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro, How Hard is it to Climb? 

2. Go on Safari in the Serengeti

The Serengeti is Africa's number 1 wildlife destination. And with good reason!

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Go on Safari to the Serengeti

Every year over a million wildebeest migrate over its great plains along side thousands of the other herbivores of Africa like the gazelle and zebra.

Don't limit yourself to migration season only though. Visiting the Serengeti offers amazing wildlife viewing year round as you spy lions, cheetahs, elephants and leopards living in their natural habitats on the vast African plains.

3. Snorkel or Scuba Dive in Zanzibar

No trip is complete without island time and Zanzibar is paradise on earth.

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This spice island is not only beautiful above its turquoise water with its sandy white beaches, it is beautiful below.

Considered to have the best diving on the entire east coast of Africa, snorkellers will also be satisfied with what they will see.

Make your way to the north of the island to Nungwoi and snorkel only 800 metres off the coast at the Kendwa Reef.

4. Gombe Stream National Park

Located on the north Shore of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe Stream is a protected area made famous by Jane Goodall.

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Hire a guide to take you to trek and see the famous chimpanzees of the area. You are almost guaranteed a sighting of our closest cousins.

More on Primates – Ian Redmond Talks about Gorillas

5. Marvel at the Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley spans from Lebanon all the way through Africa through Tanzania to where it ends in Mozambique.

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Kilimamojo Lodge in Tanzania

It is a beautiful vast site in Tanzania housing the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti.

Stay at the Kilimamoja Lodge for the very best view of this massive valley you'll have anywhere.

6. Visit the Iraqw Village

The Iraqw Village located near the town of Karatu, not far from the Ngorongoro crater  was a highlight for us when visiting Tanzania.

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The kids at the Iraqw Village are genuinely happy to see you

This tribe hails from Ethiopia and opens its doors to tourists where they teach you about their customs, language and way of life.

If you are going to visit one village in Tanzania, this is it!

7. Oldupai Gorge (Olduvai)

Oldepai Gorge is known as the cradle of civilization.

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The site where the Leakey's discovered Hominid evidence

In the 1970's Mary and Louise Leakey discovered the existence of the first human species dating back 3 million years. This significant find established the fact that humans evolved in Africa.

8. Stone Town – Birthplace of Freddie Mercury

Zanzibar is known for its beaches and turquoise water, but walking around Stone Town makes for an interesting day.

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Freddie Mercury of Queen was born in Zanzibar and it was a highlight for us to see the door to his house and to visit Mercury's bar for a drink. Okay, so maybe I am too much of a Queen fan there are a lot of other things to do in this UNESCO World Heritage town.

It was once the king of the spice trade and sadly the slave trade. Walk through the narrow alleyways and marvel at the famous Zanzibar doors, (Freddie Mercurie's old house has a door saying Mercurie's house) smell the spices and visit the old fort and night markets.

Hot tip: Stone towns stone maze streets get very hot. Choose accommodation on the waterfront to keep cool. 

9. Take a Balloon Safari

If you are up for a splurge, there is nothing better than taking a hot air balloon over the Serengeti Plains.

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See wildlife from above and have a great adventure flying over Africa.

Balloon flights end with champagne and breakfast starting your day off right!

Be prepared balloon safaris on the Serengeti go as high as $600 but if it's your once in a lifetime trip, it's worth every penny. 

10. Tarangire National park

It may not be the largest or most famous national park of Tanzania, but it packs a punch.

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Safari in the Serengeti

It was in Tarangire that we had some of our most unique animal encounters in Tanzania. From an ostrich mating to lions in a tree, Tarangire is an excellent spot to see African animals.

By staying inside the park at the Sopa Lodge, we had the opportunity to look out over the plains and marvel at wildlife coming in at sunrise and sunset.

We went on Safari to Tanzania with Go Ahead Tours, check out their website for Tanzania safari adventures.

11. Nogorngoro Crater

It's the largest unbroken caldera in the world that is not submerged in water and it houses 45,000 animals living in harmony.

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Zebras in the Ngorngoro Crater

Visiting the Ngorongoro crater is a beautiful experience watching wildlife within the volcano.

Massive herds of wildebeest, zebras and elephants roam the landscape and you will come across a lion or two and if you are lucky, a rhino may cross your path.

12. Visit a Masai Village

You cannot visit East Africa without visiting a Masai Tribe.

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The Masai Warriors jump for joy

The original nomads and Masai warriors will welcome you into their villages showing you how they make fire while putting on performances and jumping high in the air.

Their majestic voices will win you over and you won't be able to leave without digging deep into your wallets to buy a souvenir.

Be prepared: The Masai have been running tours for decades and know the art of the deal. They'll quote high prices but you can barter. 

Read about the lesser known Hadza Tribe of Tanzania

13. Lake Manyara

For birds and beauty, Lake Manyara is the place to be.

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The famous flamingoes of Lake Manyara

This alkaline lake is famous for its pink flamingo population. But aside from the thousands of migrating flamingoes, you also see storks, kingfishers and eagles.

It's not just for the birds though, we were mesmerized by the baboon colony walking en masse like Planet of the Apes to the forest and the statue-like giraffes reflections in the water.

14. Arusha Cultural Centre

Located in Arusha the cultural centre is a new attraction housing African art and paintings.

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Strolling through the art gallery in Arusha

It's a fascinating walk through African culture all in a tranquil setting. Sip cappuccinos on the terrace or browse the gift shops.

15. Shanga Village

Also located in Arush, the Shanga Village is a project that helps disabled people hone their skills selling arts and crafts.

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Blind artisan at work

The workshop lets you walk through to enjoy artisans at work and learn how they make glass ornaments, tapestries and clothing.

You can buy jewelry or other crafts to support the project that runs on a sustainable model of recycling materials.

16. Cycle the CountryCycle Tanzania Things to Do

If you want an epic adventure. Take a ride from Arusha in the north to Mbeya in the south.

See everything that Tanzania has to offer from the seat of a bicycle.  Ride through coffee plantations and lush countryside.

This is the Africa you have always dreamed of. Epic climbs through tropical forests, switching between paved roads and bumpy trails will challenge and excite you.

Make your way to the Capital of the country Dodoma. See a Tanzania that other travellers never will and get to know the people of Tanzania up close and personal as you stop for a coke on the side of a highway.

More on Cycling Africa – Our adventure Page dedicated to cycling the continent


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Mount Kilimanjaro – How Hard is it to Climb?

On Safari in Tanzania – The Ultimate Wildlife Experience

We Cycled the Continent of Africa

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