Experience a very different kind of destination
Most tourists wanting to visit this part of the world naturally tend to choose neighboring Kenya instead. For this reason, Tanzania is a destination that's managing to avoid the effects of mass tourism
. You will need a bigger budget for Tanzania than for Kenya. The Tanzanian government is keeping prices high to protect the country from the ravages of large-scale tourism. The natural reserves are therefore more wild: fewer people visit them. This makes it all the more enjoyable for those who make Tanzania their first choice.
Sunbathe on fine sandy beaches
Tanzania is not just about wide, open spaces and wild animals. Though not very well known (with the exception of those of Zanzibar), many of Tanzania's beaches are quite wonderful. Fine white sand, coconut palms lining their edges, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the wild, natural beauty all around and the scarcity of tourists – you might easily think you're in paradise.
Head off on a safari and see the big five
Tanzania has the wildest and most beautiful animal reserves to be found anywhere on the African continent
. The national parks of Tarangire and Lake Manyara provide a very good and enjoyable introduction to the safari experience, whilst those of the Sergengeti and Ngorongoro are quite simply wonderful! There herds of animals crossing the immense plains of the Serengeti are seemingly endless. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the eighth wonder of the world. The ancient volcano crater located within this Eden-like reserve, where it feels as if you're experiencing the planet as it was when life first began, contains the greatest concentration of animals on earth. As with the Serengeti, the big five are all present here, and you won't go more than 30 seconds without seeing an animal of some kind.
Get the chance to meet the Massai people
The fearsome Massai, a warrior people, constitute the most famous ethnic group on the African continent. You absolutely must take the opportunity to visit one of the traditional villages out in the bush and meet the Massai. The sense of complete culture shock you experience is fascinating and wonderful. The dance demonstration the Massai put on is impressive, and a visit to a village will enable you to gain a better understanding of their way of life and their tribal traditions.
Admire or climb Kilimanjaro
At 5895 meters high, the summit of Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape and is impossible to miss. Though some are content just to admire it from a distance, the roof of Africa is an irresistible draw for many hikers. The climb to the top is one of the essential things to do when visiting Tanzania
; and though it's not very technical, it does require good physical conditioning and careful preparation. The sensations felt at the summit constitute a uniquely emotional experience in the life of a traveler.