With travel restrictions around the world easing, now is the ideal time to start planning your next once-in-a-lifetime journey. One of the places on my mind is Tanzania.
There is so much on offer in this country, and it’s a place I’d really like to see more of. So when a Tanzania expert offered to compile this list of bucket list activities in the country, I jumped at the chance!
With attractions like Mount Kilimanjaro (the tallest peak in Africa), the sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar and a plethora of unique species that can be spotted while on a safari, Tanzania is a stunning East African destination that is calling to you!
So here are all the bucket list activities you shouldn’t miss out on to help you plan your trip to Tanzania.
We’re sure you’re already set to pack your bag but hold on! What about the visa?
Don’t worry – like many other tourist-friendly nations, Tanzania has embraced the e-Visa process.
e-Visas can be acquired online. They are typically easier to process. Therefore, they save you time and money, as well as trips to the embassy.
You can apply for an e-Visa to Tanzania here: tanzanianvisa.com
Please note that this e-Visa is only applicable to those over 18.
The Tanzania e-Visa is a single entry tourist visa that stays valid for up to 30 days with no extensions allowed.
There is, however, one exception for tourists from the USA – they need to apply for a multiple-entry online visa, which is valid for one year.
Citizens of eligible countries can apply for Tanzanian e-Visa and get their travel authorization document in as little as seven days.
Now that you’ve sorted your visa, here are some things to add to your Tanzania bucket list!
Tanzania Bucket List
Experience the Serengeti National Park Wonders
Every year, approximately 200,000 zebras and over a million wildebeests migrate across the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
With cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles also roaming around, this is every animal-lover’s paradise.
It’s no wonder that the Serengeti National Park is regarded as the perfect safari location, with a strong chance of seeing the “big five” and various other wild African species in their native habitat.
You can also experience a stampede of millions of wildebeest and zebras and the renowned wildebeest migration if you plan your trip in the right season!
Hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, standing at 5,895 meters above sea level. It is located in northern Tanzania.
On clear days, the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro can be seen from many other Tanzania destinations. And you can get on top of it – it’s possible to hike to the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain and watch the dawn from the crater rim.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is dubbed “every man’s Everest” because there are around six hiking routes, and each one has varying durations and levels of difficulty.
Moreover, none of them requires a particularly high degree of fitness. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is another must-do bucket list experience!
Relax On a Tropical Paradise Island
Tanzania is well-known for its famous national parks, but this East African nation has much more to offer than excellent safari possibilities.
Tanzania’s east coast boasts a beautiful coastline. Zanzibar is the most popular beach resort in the country.
The island, known locally as Unguja, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, about 30 kilometres off Tanzania’s mainland.
Beautiful beach hotels and resorts dot the northern and eastern beaches, each providing rustic luxury and breathtaking ocean views.
Watersports like diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and kite surfing are readily available here. Stone Town is the island’s UNESCO capita and is also well worth a visit.
Experience the magic of Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara is the place to go if you’re looking for a popular bird-watching spot. This alkaline lake is known for its abundance of pink flamingos. Aside from the hundreds of migratory flamingos, you may also see kingfishers, storks and eagles.
Another thing not to miss is the captivating baboon colony travelling to the forest and the statue-like giraffes reflecting in the water. Even if you’re not all that into birds, Lake Manyara has so much to offer!
Lake Manyara is located about an hour and a half from Arusha town and less than an hour from Tarangire National Park. There are two park gates – the north and the southern gate.
The northern entrance is the most used, while the southern gate is not always open. So it’s best to head to the northern entrance!
Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Trip Over the Serengeti Grasslands
As the sun rises over the vast plains of the Serengeti, take to the sky to watch animals from above. Finish with a glass of champagne, and you’ve got yourself a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
So, what are you waiting for? Apply for your Tanzanian e-Visa now and get ready to check off these bucket-list things that you must do in Tanzania!