Tanzania, with the exception of South Africa, has the most varied tourist offerings in Africa, but it has one big advantage over its southern counterpart, the annual wildebeest migration. Tanzania is however so much more. The well known ‘northern circuit” (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara & Tarangire) is but a small portion of what Tanzania offers. There are off-the-beaten track options like the Selous, Katavi, Ruaha, Mahale Mountains, Mikumi and Saadani to name but a few.
In contrast to Kenya, the migratory herds spend most of their time in Tanzania and this is where the calve, which adds another dimension to this annual spectacle. Calving happens at a time when the Serengeti Plains are lush and green and wildflowers can be seen everywhere.
Zanzibar is of course part of Tanzania, but its surrounding islands also offer off-the-beaten-track experiences. Dive or fish Mafia Island and Pemba Island, soak up the sun on Lazy Lagoon Island, Fanjove Private Island and relax in the barefoot luxury of Mnemba Island.
Let’s not forget about Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak or the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam with its rich history and colourful inhabitants.
Tourism is well established in Tanzania and the service levels, friendliness, staff competence and general offerings are normally of a high standard. It is a destination that lends itself to self-drives, which can be another way to escape the crowds and do your own off-the-beaten-track thing.
While Tanzania is still relatively poor, it is quite a bit better off than most countries in Africa. Tourism is a very important contributor to its GDP and is jealousy guarded and protected.