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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tanzania

. Tuesday, 31 October 2017 .
Back in August I had the incredible opportunity to spend a few weeks in Tanzania. I had never visited Africa before so I was very excited for a totally new experience! I had an incredible time so I thought I'd share with you some reasons why you should visit too.

1. Kilimanjaro 

Unfortunately I didn't have time to climb Kili while I was in Tanzania because my main reason for being there was to volunteer as a nurse. Everyone I spoke to that did get to climb it said it was an unforgettable experience so if you can, I'd highly recommend it. Even if you aren't able to climb Kili just the views of it are incredible! I took this photo from the balcony of the volunteer house I was staying at in Arusha. All the bottled water in Tanzania comes from Kilimanjaro, so the name and outline are printed on the bottles. Whenever you tell a local you aren't climbing the mountain during your trip they'll say you might not be able to climb the mountain but you've got a little bit of it inside you. 

2. The People

Something I couldn't get over the whole time I was there was how friendly people were. The vast majority of people spoke spoke a least a small amount of English but its worth learning a few basic Swahili phrases; people are far more likely to want to help if you make an effort. "Jambo" (hello) and "Mambo?" (how are you?) will be enough to get you started, but you're bound to pick up more as you go along. As with a lot of places there are people everywhere trying to sell you things, if you're polite but firm they'll leave you alone. 

3. Kilimanjaro National Park 

I took a day trip to visit the Kilimanjaro National Park and it was certainly a highlight of my trip. I had the opportunity to visit ancient underground caves, see how coffee is made and visit an incredible waterfall. Something I couldn't get over all day was just how fresh the air was in the park or how lush and green the surroundings were. Day trips like this are easy to organise; there are multiple places throughout the town that offer an abundance of tours. Be sure to shop around to get a good deal. 


4. Zanzbiar

I wasn't originally planning on visiting Zanzibar during my trip, but everyone I spoke to said you just cannot miss it. So I took the plunge and bought some flights. They cost me an arm and a leg though so I'd definitely recommend booking them in advance as opposed to last minute like I did. Zanzibar, and specifically Stone Town, is quite touristy. So if that isn't your thing you might want to avoid it, but I thought it was a perfect way to spend a couple of days relaxing and sightseeing. The benefit of Zanzibar being slightly more touristy than mainland Tanzania is that they are better set up for tourists: wider variety of food, more museums and things to do. Zanzibar has an incredible history, particularly related to the slave trade, so perfect for history buffs. The streets themselves are an interesting mix of cultures and influences which gives testament to its colourful past. 

5. Spice Farm Tour


A definite highlight of my time in Zanzibar was touring a spice farm. Again these are super easy to organise; I simply walked into a shop advertising tours and booked one for the same day. You'll have a professional tour guide that will drive you to the farm and walk you round to explain everything to you in English. Local farm workers will also accompany you on the tour to chop off small pieces of the different things growing so you can smell, touch and hold them. I cannot explain how incredible the smell of fresh lemongrass is. I also got to see pineapples growing; they grow upwards from the ground which I think most people don't realise. I was aware of this already but it was still quite strange to see it - it just doesn't look right to me! One of the farm workers also made me a crown from banana leaves and flowers. They are quite pushy for you to buy things but people did say no and they accepted that. I personally chose to purchase some cinnamon and chilli powder and I'm so glad I did because they were delicious!

6. Sunrises


I love a sunrise as much as the next person. But there was just something special about the sunrises I saw in Tanzania. They were always a beautiful burning orange colour as the dust blows up from the dry land before. I took this photo while on a sunrise safari in the Serengeti. Which brings me onto my next point.. 

7. Safari 

My time on safari was by far the most incredible thing I think I've ever done. I was filthy, cold and being thrown all over the place as the vehicle drove over ridiculously bumpy roads but I wouldn't have changed a second of it. I was little bit worried that we would barely see anything but we saw an unbelievable amount of wildlife. In particular a lot of elephants which are my favourites by far. We were also fortunate enough, or unfortunate depending on what way you want to look at it, to see a pride of lions eating a kill. Obviously not for the faint-hearted but definitely a view of true wild animals. I've already written a post with tips for safari, so I'd suggest you give that a read.

8. Camping

Now I realise camping isn't for everyone, but I camped while I was on safari and it was an unforgettable experience. One night we had hyenas outside our tent, which admittedly was pretty terrifying. On another night there were zebras so close to us we could literally hear them pulling up grass from the ground and munching on it while we were laying in our sleeping bags. I also loved the atmosphere of the camp sites. There were multiple different tour groups there but we all chatted together over dinner and sat around campfires together at night. I love meeting new people and this was like the ultimate way to do that. Also, I have never seen a night sky so clear before in my life. It felt like a true privilege to just sit and stare at the stars. I vlogged my whole safari experience, check it out on my YouTube channel

9. The Masai

I was lucky enough to spend a day with the Masai tribe. Again this is something you can easily organise with tour guides in the country. For me the initial part of the visit felt quite staged, as they greeted me and showed me their traditional songs/dancing. While it was an incredible sight to see I did feel a little uncomfortable just standing there while they danced for me. However once that was over I got to sit and have a cup of tea with them (at least they called it tea, I'm not so sure but I had to force some down to be polite!) and talk with them. None of them could say more than a few words in English but my guide translated for me and I loved hearing more about their culture. It amazes me that their traditional way of life still survives to this day. If you want to know more about the Masai I'd suggest you check out my vlog from that day.

10. Relax

Tanzania is a great place to not only explore, adventure, hike and safari but also a great place to relax. I stayed in a volunteer house while I was there, which closely resembled the homes of many locals. For me that was something I loved but I know it wouldn't suit everyone. There are also a number of luxury resorts, we visited this one for an afternoon to spend some time by the pool. So whether you stay in a hotel for your entire trip or just visit for a brief period of time, Tanzania is a great place to relax after all your adventures. 
Back in August I had the incredible opportunity to spend a few weeks in Tanzania. I had never visited Africa before so I was very excited for a totally new experience! I had an incredible time so I thought I'd share with you some reasons why you should visit too.

1. Kilimanjaro 

Unfortunately I didn't have time to climb Kili while I was in Tanzania because my main reason for being there was to volunteer as a nurse. Everyone I spoke to that did get to climb it said it was an unforgettable experience so if you can, I'd highly recommend it. Even if you aren't able to climb Kili just the views of it are incredible! I took this photo from the balcony of the volunteer house I was staying at in Arusha. All the bottled water in Tanzania comes from Kilimanjaro, so the name and outline are printed on the bottles. Whenever you tell a local you aren't climbing the mountain during your trip they'll say you might not be able to climb the mountain but you've got a little bit of it inside you. 

2. The People

Something I couldn't get over the whole time I was there was how friendly people were. The vast majority of people spoke spoke a least a small amount of English but its worth learning a few basic Swahili phrases; people are far more likely to want to help if you make an effort. "Jambo" (hello) and "Mambo?" (how are you?) will be enough to get you started, but you're bound to pick up more as you go along. As with a lot of places there are people everywhere trying to sell you things, if you're polite but firm they'll leave you alone. 

3. Kilimanjaro National Park 

I took a day trip to visit the Kilimanjaro National Park and it was certainly a highlight of my trip. I had the opportunity to visit ancient underground caves, see how coffee is made and visit an incredible waterfall. Something I couldn't get over all day was just how fresh the air was in the park or how lush and green the surroundings were. Day trips like this are easy to organise; there are multiple places throughout the town that offer an abundance of tours. Be sure to shop around to get a good deal. 


4. Zanzbiar

I wasn't originally planning on visiting Zanzibar during my trip, but everyone I spoke to said you just cannot miss it. So I took the plunge and bought some flights. They cost me an arm and a leg though so I'd definitely recommend booking them in advance as opposed to last minute like I did. Zanzibar, and specifically Stone Town, is quite touristy. So if that isn't your thing you might want to avoid it, but I thought it was a perfect way to spend a couple of days relaxing and sightseeing. The benefit of Zanzibar being slightly more touristy than mainland Tanzania is that they are better set up for tourists: wider variety of food, more museums and things to do. Zanzibar has an incredible history, particularly related to the slave trade, so perfect for history buffs. The streets themselves are an interesting mix of cultures and influences which gives testament to its colourful past. 

5. Spice Farm Tour


A definite highlight of my time in Zanzibar was touring a spice farm. Again these are super easy to organise; I simply walked into a shop advertising tours and booked one for the same day. You'll have a professional tour guide that will drive you to the farm and walk you round to explain everything to you in English. Local farm workers will also accompany you on the tour to chop off small pieces of the different things growing so you can smell, touch and hold them. I cannot explain how incredible the smell of fresh lemongrass is. I also got to see pineapples growing; they grow upwards from the ground which I think most people don't realise. I was aware of this already but it was still quite strange to see it - it just doesn't look right to me! One of the farm workers also made me a crown from banana leaves and flowers. They are quite pushy for you to buy things but people did say no and they accepted that. I personally chose to purchase some cinnamon and chilli powder and I'm so glad I did because they were delicious!

6. Sunrises


I love a sunrise as much as the next person. But there was just something special about the sunrises I saw in Tanzania. They were always a beautiful burning orange colour as the dust blows up from the dry land before. I took this photo while on a sunrise safari in the Serengeti. Which brings me onto my next point.. 

7. Safari 

My time on safari was by far the most incredible thing I think I've ever done. I was filthy, cold and being thrown all over the place as the vehicle drove over ridiculously bumpy roads but I wouldn't have changed a second of it. I was little bit worried that we would barely see anything but we saw an unbelievable amount of wildlife. In particular a lot of elephants which are my favourites by far. We were also fortunate enough, or unfortunate depending on what way you want to look at it, to see a pride of lions eating a kill. Obviously not for the faint-hearted but definitely a view of true wild animals. I've already written a post with tips for safari, so I'd suggest you give that a read.

8. Camping

Now I realise camping isn't for everyone, but I camped while I was on safari and it was an unforgettable experience. One night we had hyenas outside our tent, which admittedly was pretty terrifying. On another night there were zebras so close to us we could literally hear them pulling up grass from the ground and munching on it while we were laying in our sleeping bags. I also loved the atmosphere of the camp sites. There were multiple different tour groups there but we all chatted together over dinner and sat around campfires together at night. I love meeting new people and this was like the ultimate way to do that. Also, I have never seen a night sky so clear before in my life. It felt like a true privilege to just sit and stare at the stars. I vlogged my whole safari experience, check it out on my YouTube channel

9. The Masai

I was lucky enough to spend a day with the Masai tribe. Again this is something you can easily organise with tour guides in the country. For me the initial part of the visit felt quite staged, as they greeted me and showed me their traditional songs/dancing. While it was an incredible sight to see I did feel a little uncomfortable just standing there while they danced for me. However once that was over I got to sit and have a cup of tea with them (at least they called it tea, I'm not so sure but I had to force some down to be polite!) and talk with them. None of them could say more than a few words in English but my guide translated for me and I loved hearing more about their culture. It amazes me that their traditional way of life still survives to this day. If you want to know more about the Masai I'd suggest you check out my vlog from that day.

10. Relax

Tanzania is a great place to not only explore, adventure, hike and safari but also a great place to relax. I stayed in a volunteer house while I was there, which closely resembled the homes of many locals. For me that was something I loved but I know it wouldn't suit everyone. There are also a number of luxury resorts, we visited this one for an afternoon to spend some time by the pool. So whether you stay in a hotel for your entire trip or just visit for a brief period of time, Tanzania is a great place to relax after all your adventures. 

14 comments

  1. Wow, what an amazing country, those sunsets alone are more than enough to tempt me to visit! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    Abbey
    http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, definitely visit Tanzania if you ever get the chance! ❤

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  2. What an opportunity, sounds like a great trip. Haven’t really thought about going there before but now it’s going on the list!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk / www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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    1. I feel like a lot of Africa kinda gets overlooked by people, but now I've dipped me toe in I want to see even more! ❤

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  3. I really wanted to visit Tanzania one day - until I suddenly had an ex-boyfriend who's half Tanzanian. Now I feel so uncomfortable thinking about traveling 'his' country. I still want to go there one day, especially because my dad has always told me he'd like to climb Kilimanjaro. I'd prefer a safari though. The wildlife must be amazing there.

    x Envy

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    1. Ahh I can see why that would put you off a bit!
      I really wish I'd had chance to climb Kilimanjaro while I was there, but my safari was unreal! ❤

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  4. This sounds and looks amazing! Your photos are beautiful too lovely :)!

    L xo
    www.lindsaymurrell.co.uk

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  5. This looks like an awesome destination! Thanks for sharing Chloe! Going on safari sounds fantastic and I’d love to see the beautiful sunrises <3

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. It really is! So glad you enjoyed the post! ❤

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  6. That’s so interesting to know that all the bottled water comes from one place and that’s such nice saying when people don’t climb it! When I traveled to Spain, although there were people who spoke English here and there, it was an interesting learning experience picking up bits of the language. The waterfall looks amazing! Surrounded by all that nature, I don’t think I’d ever leave Tanzania! The spice farms sounds like an interesting place to be, especially since everything is grown right in front of you - can’t get any fresher the that! Oh CAMPING! Although having wildlife outside my tent doesn’t seem all that comforting at night, I can imagine it must have been a fun experience!

    -Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, and thank you for your lovely, thoughtful comment!
      It definitely want an incredible experience! ❤

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