If you imagine Africa as a place of endless beauty with white-capped mountains and admirable wildlife, Tanzania will not disappoint and is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations and home of the world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro. As well as boasting impressive examples of natural beauty, Tanzania also possesses well-maintained cities full of welcoming locals.
Tanzania’s largest city, Dar-es-Salaam is conveniently located in the centre of the country and is an impressive cosmopolitan mix of British, Eastern and German cultures – despite the fact that it is a predominantly Swahili city. The city’s Botanical Gardens host displays of serene indigenous vegetation while the National Museum nearby houses captivating exhibits of the rich cultural history of Tanzania.
Tanzania’s most famous landmark is Mount Kilimanjaro, which is known worldwide as Africa’s highest peak. It is also a resting volcano laden with thick white snow. For animal lovers, Serengeti National Park offers nearly 15,000 square kilometres of plains which are home to in excess of four million different types of birds and animals.
The best accommodation in Tanzania is found in Dar-es-Salaam, where branches such as Novotel offer affordable yet decent accommodation. Accommodation of a similar price and class can be also be found in Dodoma and comfortable and safe rooms are also easy to come by at any of the national parks and attractions.
If you are flying into Tanzania, the two largest airports are Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport, with the latter best advised for those who intend to climb the famous mountain. If you are travelling by train, there is a regular service from Zambia and buses also arrive from Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi.