You might have heard of the names of the big tourist destinations in Tanzania: the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the fabulous Zanzibar, the historical Stone Town, and the famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You might have already visited it, and are thinking ‘what’s left to discover in Tanzania?’
A lot more, that’s for sure. In fact, according to Pure Tanzania, the East African nation boasts more land for national parks and game reserves than any other place in the world. Below are five lesser-known destinations that still reflect the unique beauty of the country.
Mikumi National Park
The fourth largest park in Tanzania, it is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the ‘big five’ (elephant, rhino, cheetah, lion, and buffalo). Tourists can watch hippos from pools and birds along the waterways. The park is also an established area for yellow baboon research.
Amani Nature Reserve
Known for its peaceful environment, the Amani Nature Reserve protects the forests of the East Usambara Mountains, which are known for their biodiversity. The reserve is home to about a thousand species of plants and is a preferred choice for guided nature walks.
Arusha Natural Park
The park covers Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, and the Ngurdoto Crater, and it is home to the rare colobus monkey. The lower slopes of Mt. Meru have rivers and waterfalls where tourists can relax. The more adventurous tourists can climb Mt. Meru, which is said to be a more challenging alternative to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Rubondo National Park
The Rubondo National Park is perfect for those who prefer quiet, lakeside trips. Several species of animals call it home, including the Sitatunga, Africa’s only amphibious antelope. Additionally, Lake Victoria, which is located in the park, is an ideal fishing trip destination.
Saadani National Park
The Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania by the sea. The Wami River, which flows through the park, is home to hippos, crocodiles, flamingos, and several large bird species. Tourists will be able to see humpback whales and dolphins in the Indian Ocean from their vantage point.
Any safari in Tanzania will give you your fill of views of wildlife and landscape. These lesser known parks can give you a more challenging trek, a seaside safari trip, guided nature walks, a chance to see rare animals and contribute to conservation efforts.
So, if you’re planning your next African adventure, consider these lesser-known, but equally fascinating Tanzanian tourist spots. You’ll be in for a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime holiday.