If you have dreamed of going on a safari to see wild animals existing in their natural habitat, viewing beautiful and migrating birds in flight, or looking at the sunset from vast, breathtaking grasslands, then you are like the million other people in the world who dream of a luxurious vacation in the beautiful East African country, Tanzania. Tanzania happens to be one of the oldest inhabited places on earth and it is blessed with an eclectic mix of local people and their vibrant cultures, rare birds, beautiful wildlife, and a stunning shoreline. You are assured a culturally rich, luxurious vacation time in Tanzania if you follow this guide comprising of five absolutely luxurious experiences in this gorgeous country:
Go diving in the clear waters surrounding the Pemba Island
Pemba Island is located in the Indian Ocean and is one of the Spice Islands. It is also probably the most popular diving spot near Tanzania.The diving experience around Pemba Island near Zanzibar is absolutely awe-inspiring. Experience the purity of the ocean with the untouched coral reefs surrounding the entire island and the crisp, clear water of the Indian Ocean. The combination of these two factors makes Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world. Water temperature averages at about 26ºC and the visibility in the water is 30 to 40 meters almost every day. Another great thing about Pemba is that it tends to be less crowded than the neighboring Zanzibar, which is known for the thousands of tourists during peak times.
One excellent company that will greatly enhance your diving experience is Dive Pemba. This is a dive center that can be found on the northern tip of the Pemba Island. They have 9 locations and 24 dive sites (including the Swiss Reefs, Shimba Hills, Pole Pole Mountain and Scorpion Secret) on a regular basis, so they are an excellent group to go with when you want to get the absolute best experience diving in Tanzania. They also have a training facility including a great training pool with two levels and professional diving instructors to enhance your overall experience diving in the Pemba Island. This luxury activity is a definite must- do when you visit Tanzania.
Take a safari in the Serengeti
One of the top things that people want to do when they visit East Africa is to go on a Safari and where better than at Serengeti? The Serengeti is arguably Africa’s most famous park. Well known for its unbelievable concentrations of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest, you are assured a great time in the wild during this safari. Did you know that the endless grassy plains (Serengeti in Maasai) are the richest grazing grounds on the continent, and are also home to the largest herds and the highest concentrations of predators on the planet?
That’s right, a safari in the Serengeti National Park gives you the opportunity to be amidst all this beauty and so much more. Don’t forget that it is one of the best places on earth to view the most beautiful sunsets. You are allowed to take pictures of the wild animals in their natural habitat and not confined to square meter cages in a zoo. You will find a plethora of local tour operators that have designed safaris to cater to a wide variety of interests and outdoor skill abilities so don’t worry about guidance on a safari in Tanzania. And because there are surrounding mountains and beaches, you can combine this experience with some mountain climbing and some relaxation at the beach.
Watch Migratory Birds at Lake Manyara
If you are a fan of bird watching, you are sure to fall in love with Lake Manyara which is home to about 300 different species of migratory birds in Tanzania (some of them Eurasian migrant birds, acacia-associated birds, and raptors) as well as three endangered Tanzanian bird species: the Rufous-tailed weaver, the Ashy starlings and the Black-collared Lovebird. You can also view the thousands of flamingos that inhabit this area and take stunning photos of them as well. During the dry season, this lake morphs into a spotting place for other wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and hippos. There are obviously lots of rare birds to view at Lake Manyara and stunning sunsets as well. Do not think twice about visiting this beautiful place in Tanzania because you will love every second of it.
Zanzibar is one of the top tourist destinations in Tanzania, and for good reason too. With its vibrant local markets, plentiful spices, awe-inspiring historical areas, and beautiful beaches, Zanzibar is definitely a place that you have to visit when you go to Tanzania. Hop aboard a ferry to visit Zanzibar and spend a relaxing day exploring the magical local culture or snorkeling in the clear waters that house specie- rich coral reefs and a variety of local fish. Take a walk along the ancient winding streets of Stone Town and marvel at the beautiful bazaars and mosques along the way. Seek out the thousands of butterflies that can be found in the rural areas of Zanzibar and keep an eye out for the mythological Zanzibar leopard in the forests. Zanzibar is an absolutely fantastic location that you should not miss for a culturally intense stay in Tanzania.
Canoe the Coastal Waters
Boating safaris are becoming very popular in Tanzania because they are a very welcome break from the traditional safari that involves you sitting in a car and driving for hours. In a canoe, you have access to the land as well as the ocean and you are able to view the entire coastline of Tanzania while rocking gently on the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. You have to definitely try this whenever you find yourself in Tanzania. The absolute best way to explore the beautiful waters of is with the help of a local guide who can give you insight into the local culture and most explored routes on the way. Alternatively, you can squeeze in a workout when you paddle at your own pace on the calm waters surrounding the beautiful East African country that is Tanzania.