Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Tanzania

The travel and tourism industry contributes almost 17% to the GDP of Tanzania and employs nearly 11.5% of the country's workforce every year. Tanzania must be a preferred destination for tourists.

Tanzania (officially the United Republic of Tanzania) is an East African country located within the African Great Lake region. It is a tourism country with a wide range of the amazing tourist attractions.

Tanzania is rich in national safari parks, protected conversation areas, and game reserves. There are 17 world-famous national parks present here. The most popular tourist attraction of Tanzania is Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest point in Africa.

Now, it has become an industry that generates a foreign income of at least $5 billion per year. Moreover, Tanzania receives almost 1.2 million tourists annually. The tourism sector is developing rapidly.

The following are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Tanzania:

      Mkomazi National Park

      Kitulo Plateau National Park

      Kilwa Kisiwani






      Lake Eyasi

      Saadani National Park

      Jozani Forest


Do you need a visa to visit Tanzania? If you want to travel to Tanzania to visit the wonderful national parks and reserved areas here, you must obtain your Tanzania e-Visa first.

Tanzania e-Visa is an official document launched by the Immigration Commission of Tanzania back in November 2018. Luckily, you can easily apply for one online. You don't have to visit an embassy and, in this way, you will save both your money and time!

There are two kinds of of the Tanzania e-Visa, a single entry (99 Euro) and a multiple entry permit (149 Euro). The citizens of eligible countries can apply for the Tanzania e-Visa through a very easy and straightforward online application form.

Spare just a few minutes and complete the application process on to get the approved document delivered via email! 

VISA done, but what to visit in Tanzania, a country rich in beautiful safari parks, game reserves, mountains, and lakes. Therefore, choosing the tourist attractions you want to visit among all sites may be somehow tricky!

No problem, we are going to make it easy for you. We have summarized a list of the top 5 tourist attractions you must visit during your stay in Tanzania. 

1.     Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the erstwhile capital of Tanzania. It is one of the largest cities in the Country. There are several tourist attractions which you can visit and enjoy, like beautiful beaches. The most exciting thing about Dar es Salaam is its exciting nightlife at glorious beaches. If you are a food and drink lover, Dar es Salaam will be a fantastic option for you!

2.     Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National is considered a bird watcher's paradise as you can watch beautiful flamingoes here. It is an excellent destination to watch wildlife here because two-third of its area is covered by water.

Lake Manyara National Park is home to a large population of Elephants and Hippos. Another exciting thing in Lake Manyara is the population of tree-climbing Lions. You can spot many Lions climbing trees at all times. Moreover, Lake Manyara has the world's largest population of Baboons. Enjoying mountain bike tours and canoes is not a bad idea when visiting this Tanzania destination!

3.     Zanzibar

Zanzibar, which is also known as Unguja, is the best holiday destination for island lovers. Stone Town (which is the Capital of Zanzibar) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can closely observe different Arabian-style buildings.

Islands of Zanzibar are full of adventure. If you are a swimming lover, no place is better than the azure blue waters of Zanzibar. You can spot dolphins playing you close by during swimming.

Moreover, there are many beaches and snorkeling zones in Zanzibar, which make it a perfect destination for nightlife. You can spot beautiful coral reefs, colorful marine life and explore many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists as well.

Another attraction of note is the annual “Zanjibar Film Festival”, which is considered to be the largest art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to the exhibition of films, music and Panorama. The Zanjibar Film Festival takes place every year, during the first two weeks of July.

The festival not only projects different movies to the audience, but also holds competition and workshops! The festival is attended not only by the locals, but also thousands of foreign travelers. Unfortunately, last year, in 2020, the festival had to be cancelled due to COVID.

4.     Mount Kilimanjaro

With a height of 5895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. It is a white-capped peak that attracts tourists, particularly hikers and backpackers.

A wide range of vegetation and landscapes is waiting for you with stunning rainforests. The best activity you can do at Mount Kilimanjaro is to climb the mountain through several routes. Usually, it takes 6-11 days to climb the mountain through 7 different routes. 

Not only the trek, Kilimanjaro Marathon held in end February/ beginning of March is another crowd puller for Tanzania. Backed by Tanzania Tourist Board, probably this is the only event which does not invite professional runners. Every year an amateur runner wins, so next winner can be YOU or ME as well!

5.     Serengeti National Park

Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Tanzania due to its expansive wilderness of open plains and various Wildebeests. 
You can spot hundreds of thousands of Zebras there. You can also see all the big five here with dangerous waters of the Mara and Grumeti rivers. 

Over and above these 5 spots, there is Lake Tanganyika, 2nd largest and longest freshwater lake. Stretching to 676 km. in length and 50 km. wide, the lake is lifeline of Western Tanzania and is much revered by the locales. 

Shared by 4 countries, Lake Tanganyika is house to Nile crocodiles and probably to most famous giant Gustave crocodile.

For Information - 3 initial letters were clipped from the words Tanganyika and Zanjibar, combined together and suffixed with "ia" to form state of TANZANIA in the year 1964. 

Final words: 

Tanzania is rich in beautiful tourist attractions, including Mount Kilimanjaro, various national parks, beautiful beaches of Zanzibar and opulent culture is another feature to be explored here.

However, you must have your Tanzania e-Visa to see these beautiful places. You can get your Tanzania e-Visa by applying online within 10 business days.

Gaurav Verma

A passionate Traveler who wants to see the whole world before hanging his boots. Always ready to explore offbeat and hidden spots. MBA + Engineer from Ivy league colleges, Gaurav is much sought after for his choice of lifestyle activities and Brand promotional campaigns.

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