The Technicolor marine life surrounding the coral islands of Zanzibar & Pemba makes for an ideal place to try scuba diving and snorkelling. Snorkellers will be satisfied with what they will see.
2: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and one of the highest freestanding mountains in the world. Many people travel to Tanzania just to climb this mountain. Number one pick for adventure in Tanzania. To climb to the roof of Africa & look out over the Furtwangler Glacier is an awe inspiring sight. Climbing the Machame Route gives you the most scenic route.
3: Ushongo Beach (Tanga)
This beautiful, sandy, palm-fringed beach is untouched by development. The beach is virtually desserted with no 'beach boys'. The water is really warm it is possible to swim all day in the middle of the bay.
4: Game Drive
The Tarangire National Park, only 130km from Arusha & 8km off the Great Cape to Cairo road is easily accessible & rarely visited. A game drive through this park makes a great alternative to a Serengeti visit.
Tanzania is home to some of the most incredible tribal diversity in Africa. Home to approximately 120 tribal groups, most of these comprise small communities that are gradually being assimilated into the larger population due to changes in land use and the economic draw of city life. Tribal diversity is prized and far from being a source of division, Tanzanians place a high value on their country's multicultural heritage. Over the past few years, cultural tourism has become an increasing attraction for visitors from around the world and visits to tribal villages are often a highlight of safari itineraries.
7: Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania; it includes both Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar has beautiful beaches and a historical Stone Town. Zanzibar is great for scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. Other attractions include spice tours and the Jozani Forest, which shelters a small population of red Colobus monkeys.
8: Tarangire National Park
Is in the northern circuit of Tanzania and was named after the Tarangire River flowing within the park. The park area is approximately 2,600 sq km. Similar to Serengeti; the park has high concentrations of wildlife during the dry seasons as well as the only safari destinations in Tanzania with the highest number of elephants. Also, over 570 bird species have been identified, and the place is surely a birdwatchers' paradise.
9: Serengeti National Park
Made famous by numerous Discovery Channel specials, hosts a wide range of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hippopotamuses, elephants, zebra, buffalo, water buck, crocodiles, gazelle, warthogs, and wildebeest. One major attraction is the wildebeest migration, which occurs continuously between the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
10: Ngorongoro Crater
This one of the finest places for watching game in Tazania. It is habitat complete with its own forests, flamingo lakes, herds of plains game and rare black rhinos. Lions are the most common predator found here, while the leopards and cheetahs are occasionally seen. The site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.
11: Askari Monument
This bronze statue, dedicated to Africans killed in WWI, is now a favourite haunt of street touts and dubious moneychangers.
12: Mangapwani Caves (Zanzibar)
The Mangapwani caves are located about 20km north of Zanzibar Town along the coast. There are actually two locations. The first is a large natural cave with a freshwater pool, supposedly used in connection with the slave trade. North of here is the sobering slave cave, a dank, dark cell that was used as a holding pen to hide slaves after the legal trade was abolished in the late 19th century.
Most visitors head straight to the tiny village of Ruvula, which is about 7km beyond Msimbati village along a sandy track (or along the beach at low tide), and which boasts a fine stretch of sand, although the views have been marred in recent times by the rigs set up at one end in connection with exploitation of offshore gas fields found in Mnazi Bay.
14: The Selous
The Selous is Africa's largest reserve, a world heritage site, and not as crowded as the Serengeti. You can see elephants, cheetahs, black rhinos, African hunting dogs, and plenty of hippos and crocodiles. The Selous swamps, rivers and wetlands allow tourists to take their safari by boat, which is a big draw. Walking safaris are also popular here and you can also enjoy night drives.
15: Mahale Mountains
Mahale was the research base for a team of Japanese anthropologists for several decades. Despite the gorgeous clear waters of Lake Tanganyika and the obvious draw of the chimps themselves, Mahale was not an established tourist destination until about decade ago. It's still remote, but absolutely worth the trip. Besides the 1000 chimps, there are other primates to see too, including the red colobus and yellow baboons.
16: Mafia Island
With less than 1000 visitors per year, Mafia Island is an undiscovered Tanzanian gem. It has a rich history, and a strong Swahili culture unspoilt by tourism. Much of the isalnd and its beautiful beaches have been designated as a marine park. It is one of the best places to deep-sea fish, dive and snorkel in Africa. You can watch whale sharks, turtles and many other interesting species of wildlife.
17: Stone Town
Zanzibar's Stone Town was the hub of the ancient spice trade, and once served as the maritime metropolis of East Africa, variously ruled by Shirazi Persians, the Portuguese, the Omani Arabs and British colonials. Today, this UNESCO world heritage site remains a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with exotic shops, bazaars, colonial mansions, mosques and squares.
18: Maruhubi Palace Ruins (Zanzibar)
The once-imposing Maruhubi Palace Ruins was built by Sultan Barghash in 1882 to house his large harem. In 1899 it was almost totally destroyed by fire, although the remaining ruins - primarily columns that once supported an upper terrace, an overhead aqueduct and small reservoirs covered with water lilies - hint at its previous scale. The ruins are just west of the Bububu road and signposted.
19: Kunduchi Ruins
Just north of Kunduchi Wet 'n' Wild are the overgrown Kunduchi ruins which include the remnants of a late 15th-century mosque as well as Arabic graves from the 18th or 19th centuries, with some well-preserved pillar tombs. Fragments of Chinese pottery found here testify to ancient trading links between this part of Africa and the Orient. Arrange a guide with your hotel - it's not safe to walk on your own to the ruins, as there have been muggings.
20: Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is remote, large, and full of wildlife -- especially elephants. There are also lions, cheetah, leopard, lots of kudu and almost every other African mammal you'd like to see. The park is home to the Great Ruaha River and it's here during the dry season (May to December) that you get some spectacular game viewing.