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Tanzania - African Coast, Culture and Jungle Safari Attractions

Updated on February 27, 2013

Tanzanian Coat of Arms

Freedom and Unity is the slogan.  Tanzania borders Kenya and is also home to the Masai tribe.  There is a large number of wild game within its borders.
Freedom and Unity is the slogan. Tanzania borders Kenya and is also home to the Masai tribe. There is a large number of wild game within its borders. | Source

Cuisine, Culture, Dance

Born to be Wild

When you think of wonderful, exotic and unspoiled Tanzania, what first comes to mind?

  • The jungle, the density of wild animals, the craters, Kilimanjaro and the natural parks?
  • The food, the fun, the incredible economy, the romantic backdrop?
  • The seasonably warm weather, year round vacation possibilities, safaris, and sundresses of the lovely native women?
  • The excitement of the native African music, exotic foods, the drums, the dance, the culture?


Because Tanzania is all these things – and much more.

Modern Tanzanian Music

Tanzania, Africa

Africa's Highest Mountain - Kilimanjaro

Boasting aquamarine waters fringed with low-lying palm trees, Tanzania remains an undiscovered treasure for the majority of the western world.

Perhaps best known as the land of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania's mysterious snowy peak is an invitation to mountain climbers the world over. Kilimanjaro with its little bit less than 20,000 tall summit holds a special appeal. Songs, books and legends have been written in her honor since man first looked up at her. The view from the top is truly unforgettable, and not out of reach to the healthy active person who would love to experience the climb for themselves.


Swahili Food and Cooking

Tanzanian food and culture is unlike anything else that you've ever experienced. Although it contains rice and corn porridge, in many cases it seems to be a mixture between other east African Swahili cuisines (like Kenyan) and Arabic foods. Seafoods like octopus and crab are popular, bean and coconut soup, mchicha or spinach cooked with coconut; bananas and plantains, melons, a fried dessert resembling donut holes, chips, a tiny tortilla tube appetizer, to name a few. There is also ugali, a white pasty looking starch blob is used to fill your tummy, with the accompaniment of spicy sauces and occasionally, meat. It's usually inverted onto a plate surrounded by vegetables and eaten with hands. Ndizi nyama is s meat and banana dish made with under ripened bananas, so they don't get too mushy when they're being cooked. They can be served with green beans on the side.

The native dance is both African and outer-worldly. The attractive people of Tanzania are both beautiful and gentle, and they are excellent hosts to many world travelers that come to her sunny shores. Here is a great place to kick back and relax or spend many active recreational hours at play, offering something for everyone.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Lions can be found at the Ngorongoro Crater National Park, Tanzania.  Lions are known for sleeping 20 of the 24 hours - but when they are awake - watch out!
Lions can be found at the Ngorongoro Crater National Park, Tanzania. Lions are known for sleeping 20 of the 24 hours - but when they are awake - watch out! | Source

National Parks and Wonders to Choose from

If you love wild animals reserves, come on safari with the excellent tour guides and naturalists. You may be surprised to learn that Tanzania has no less than six national parks within her borders. Her largest and most famous, Serengeti, borders alongside Kenya's Masai Mara Game Park and is the home to one of Africas's most naturally preserved park settings. Ngorongoro Conservatory is a crater filled with herding zebras and lazy lions sitting in the sun.If you like birds, visit Rubondo Island National Park, home to many endangered species. Located on Lake Victoria, here you will find other amazing islands in the midst of Africa's most natural backdrop.

Zanzibar Island Archipelago

Beautiful and picturesque Zanzibar is nearby and worth visiting. With aqua seas and palm trees, it's a true tropical paradise located on the Indian Ocean. Made up of two sets of islands - the Zanzibar and the Pemba, it's located roughly 25 miles off the coastline of Tanzania.

Tropical Fruits - Green Papayas

Young green papaya fruit growing on the tree.  When it ripens it will be a sweet yellow orange color.  Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Young green papaya fruit growing on the tree. When it ripens it will be a sweet yellow orange color. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania | Source

Tanzania, East Africa has a lot to offer...

If you love nature, Tanzania really has it all, so be sure to bring your camera. Exotic beaches, mysterious mountains and lakes plus the exotic crater (called the 8th natural wonder of the earth) will leave your senses refreshed. There are island and beaches to explore, making Tanzania a great hideaway for your honeymoon or romantic getaway. You can't imagine an African sunset until you've shared it with a loved one.

If you are the active type, take advantage of the excellent diving opportunities, plus boating, mountain climbing and fishing excursions. Consider hot air ballooning from the highest heights to the welcoming azure seas below.

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National Park, Crater and Mountain Attractions

Based on your limited amount of travel time, we recommend the following points of interest. First you must see the crater at Ngorongoro park, Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar Island. Try your luck at climbing Kilamanjaro, then visit the lovely game reserves and discover firsthand what it means that Life is a Jungle. Mafia Island and Mt. Mehru are the last stops on your itinerary.

While in town, try our mildly tantalizing African cuisine – let it tickle your taste buds while the hospitality leaves you breathless.

The Massai People

A dignified Massai tribesman photographed in 1986.  They are gentle, pastoral people, occupying Tanzania and Kenya.
A dignified Massai tribesman photographed in 1986. They are gentle, pastoral people, occupying Tanzania and Kenya. | Source

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      Anastasia Kingsley 

      6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thanks, Angelo52, for your votes and comment!

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      Angelo52 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Nicely written. Enjoyed learning a bit about Tanzania. Voted up +

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