Tanzania. It’s a surprising country that holds much promise of discovery. It has many ups and many downs. Zanzibar is the most famous of all these cities and it is to Zanzibar that tourists flock. Zanzibar travel package information focus on the glitz, glamour of a holiday on the beach. And yet, there is so more to Tanzania than just this one city.
Dar es Salaam
This is probably the most well known Tanzanian city. Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital of Tanzania and is host to Tanzania’s oldest university – the University of Dar es Salaam.
‘Safari’ is a Swahili word. And Swahili is one of the languages that Tanzanians speak. So it follows that our love for ‘safaris’ is one of the reasons why we Westerners flock to Tanzania. But there are other reasons, too: the markets, for one. And one of the other reasons is more sombre: to take photos of the courthouse where the ground-breaking International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda began in 1995.
This city is Tanzania’s national capital; Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital. Dodoma has two universities: St Johns University of Tanzania and the University of Dodoma. Go to one of the cattle markets on a Sunday before you tackle Lion Rock, which overlooks Dodoma.
“Dr Livingston, I presume?” Yip, this is where that [in]famous meeting took place in 1871.
The Mbeya meteor, which is the 8th largest in the world, crashed at this site and weighs about 12 ton. Other attractions in Mbeya are the Ngozi Crater Lake, the mountain peaks that overlook the East African Rift Valley, and the Natural Bridge at Kiwira.
The Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro get their name from the Luguru tribe, who are a tribe in that area. Go watch animals at Mikumi National Park and don’t forget to pay tribute to the historic Morogoro Conference of 1969, which led the way to South Africa’s resistance movement.
The Bismarck Rock is a rock formation and is one of the things you should go see when you’re in Mwanza. Mwanza isn’t really on the tourist route; it’s one of those towns that fit the category of ‘off the beaten track’.
Zanzibar is more than just an archipelago off the Tanzanian coast. Zanzibar evokes images of spices, beaches, and pulsating rhythms. This city is where much of Tanzania’s tourism dollars originate. It is also the host of the Zanzibar international film festival, which showcases films by artists from all over Africa.
Flightsite wrote this article about the variety that Tanzania offers.