What you witness in Tanzania certainly checks a ton of markers on a travel bucket list. Be it the gushing waterfalls and barren deserts, or exotic species and predators of the most lethal order; some get that feeling of danger lurking around the corner, while others bask in the serenity of white sand beaches with crystal clear water. This mind-blowing rollercoaster of experiences is what defines Tanzania as it takes you on a thrilling journey through the cradle of mankind.
AFRICA’S UNMATCHED WILDLIFE
Tanzania is a country known for its vast plains of wilderness, a mecca of big game with the big five (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo) sharing a lot of wilderness within the country. It is one of the most sought after destinations for viewing wildlife at its natural best, with the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro crater as well as a host of other national parks and conservation areas that engulf the wetlands and plains of Tanzania. It is one of the richest zones of big game like lions, elephants, hippopotamus, waterbuck, wildebeest, crocodiles, waterbirds like flamingoes and ducks and thousands of other animals.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area stretches for over 8,200 square kilometres, and is home to more than three hundred mammal species, a thousand bird species and over sixty thousand insect species. The Serengeti is also home to one of the most spectacular natural events on earth – the great migrations. Over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebra make the annual trip through the expansive plains chasing the rains, a race that goes on forever. January sees thousands of newborn wildebeest that begin chasing the rains in May (beginning of the dry season) while taking refuge from the sun in the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. The same is repeated seamlessly with every breeding season, leading to an endless cycle of migration and reproduction – something very raw, natural and humbling. The sheer vastness of the wild, with all its noises and eerie patches will make for an adventure like one you have never experienced before!
The world’s highest free-standing mountain, Africa’s highest peak and one of the seven summits of the world, climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging, thrilling and stunning all-in-one, add to that the feeling of accomplishing one of the most historic treks around the globe.
Walking through topography and climate that goes from rainforests to deserts, to subalpine tundra and glacial ice, this power-packed climb will truly make you feel like you’re standing on the roof of the world. As tufts of mushroom clouds soar beneath your feet, the sights from the Uhuru Peak as the sun roasts the vast Serengeti plains will lie with you forever. The entire climb approximately takes a week to complete, and does not require any professional level training in climbing. The confluence of natural beauty and the feeling of achievement when you scale one of the seven summits on Earth has an element of inexplicability to it. Make sure this makes it onto your list of things to do when in Tanzania!
Of course Tanzania’s spectacular wildlife and sweeping grasslands can sweep you off your feet and of course we’ve heard all about Mount Kilimanjaro being one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.The Tanzanian cuisine might be shy of such wide endorsement, but if you believe that the little delights count the most, hop on-board as we count out all the lip-smacking local delicacies that you shouldn’t miss, while traversing the Tanzanian magnetism.
Food that you shouldn’t miss while you are in Tanzania
Ugali is the staple food widely consumed in Tanzania. It is popularly served with nyama choma, but teams up well with any main course. It is usually offered with a sauce consisting of either fish, meat, cooked vegetables or beans. One tends to grow a strange liking towards Ugali on an East African trip.
Nyama Choma or grilled chicken is a dish to wish for. Meat in Tanzania is freshly slaughtered portions of carcass grilled to convenience. Slowly barbecued over a bed of hot charcoal, the chewy and smoky meat induces a delightful, rich outburst of flavor. Served with barbecued bananas or Ugali, it is sure to entice your taste buds.
Cities like Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar city are hotspots to satisfy your food cravings. You musn’t forget the cheerful stalls dotting the Tanzanian streets. They’re not only easy on your purse strings, but also offer the authentic flavors of the country. The country brimming with surprises is not all about grasslands and adventure. It is also a host tending to your plate and keeping the food enthusiast in you alive and craving.