5 things that you will not want to miss out on when in Tanzania... Iconic mountain terrain, a beautiful national park, interesting cuisine and drinks to try, new music to hear, and gentle giants to swim with!
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The first thing that normally springs to mind when one thinks of exciting things to do or landmarks in Tanzania, is Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s name means a variation of things - Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans – all of which conjure up a variety of images. It is the tallest free standing mountain in the world at 5,895 feet and is one of the most accessible mountain climbs. Undoubtedly one of the most well known attractions in Tanzania, and something that many people (around 40,000) a year try and conquer, Mount Kilimanjaro is definitely worth a visit when in the country.
Swimming with Whale Sharks:
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A small population of whale sharks can be found off the west coast of Mafia Island, about 10-15km offshore from the central Tanzanian coast. The sharks are most commonly observed when feeding at the surface between the months of October and April. Whale sharks are the largest fish in existence and it is quite the experience to swim with them. Many whale watching or swimming tours are on offer in Tanzania that will take you by boat out to where the whale sharks are, and are encouraged to swim with these gentle giants.
Traditional food and drinks:
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As Tanzania is a coastal area, a lot of fish is consumed. The islands on the Zanzibar archpelego are famous for traditional Swahili dishes based on seafood. Nyama choma (barbecued meat) and ndayu (roasted young goat) are also popular dishes. But if this isn’t adventurous or different enough for you, then you can sample Ugali, which is a stiff dough made of cassava flour or maize, and usually served with a sauce containing meat, fish, beans or vegetables. The national brew to drink is Safari Lager, and popular local liquor is a concoction called konyagi, but be aware – it is 35 percent proof and is traditionally enjoyed straight, with a twist of lime!
Tarangire National Park:
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This 20,000km National Park is a haven for wildlife and birds, making it a haven for wildlife and bird lovers. Herds of up to 300 elephant mingle with migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and oryx around the lagoons. The swamp areas that are tinged with green algae all year round are where 550 bird species can be found - the most breeding species in one habitat in the world. It is a spectacular place full of wildlife and birds, and is most definitely somewhere to head to if taking a trip to Tanzania.
The Music of Tanzania:
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Tanzania has a very eclectic love of music. With a mix of influences from other countries along with the original feel of local musical traditions, Tanzanian musicians have become some of the best artists in East Africa. Traditional drumming is still very popular, but with newer and more modern aspects being added in – for example there is a new craze of "Bongo Flavia", which is a blend of all sorts of melodies, beats, rhythms and sounds. When in Tanzania, go and hear some traditional music, or the more modern sounds, as both will be a musical delight!
If these 5 Tanzanian highlights have made you want to visit the unique and beautiful country itself, then head to Frontier's Tanzania page and have a look at all the projects that you can get involved in.