In addition to the fantastic wildlife, glorious beaches and stunning scenery there are plenty of other places to visit and things to see in Tanzania.
Established in 1997, to protect the flora and fauna of the East Usambara Mountains, the Amani Forest Nature Reserve is now an eco-tourism attraction with an emphasis on walking and hiking. The area has a wonderful collection of birds, butterflies and plants some of which are only found here. Black and white colobus and blue monkeys; nine species of African violet, and the Nduk eagle owl — a species only found in Amani — are among the many highlights.
About 8 km north of Tanga these ten limestone caves, formed during the Jurassic Age some 150 million years ago, are the most extensive cave system in East Africa.
Also known as the Bujora Cultural Centre, the museum is located in the village of Kisesa some 20km from Mwanza. Exhibits commemorate the history, traditions and culture of the Sukuma, Tanzania’s largest tribe.
Stone Age tools were discovered here in 1951. Many fossilized bones were also found in the area, among them those of a mammal related to the modern giraffe but having a much shorter neck, and an extinct hippopotamus with an unusual periscope-like projection.
Close to the border with Zambia and near the tip of Lake Tanganyika, a 215 metre drop makes this one of the highest waterfalls in the world and, after Tugela Falls in South Africa, the second highest in Africa. This area is a breeding ground for the giant marabou stork. Primitive tools have been excavated from the Kalambo Gorge.
Half way between Dodoma and Arusha, near the village of Kolo, are some of the finest examples of rock paintings in the world! These extraordinary paintings, depicting the animals, customs and people of the time, are Tanzania’s seventh UNESCO World Heritage site.
A 12-ton iron monolith, the world’s eighth largest known meteorite, lies on the slopes of Marengi Hill, off the road to Tunduma, 70km west of Mbeya. Officially discovered in 1930, the absence of legends recounting its arrival suggest it was more than a thousand years ago.
Located 190 km from Mwanza, at his birthplace of Butiama, the museum is dedicated to the achievements of Julius Nyerere, the founding President of Tanzania. Tours include his mausoleum, his three former residences, and a library of some 8,000 of his books.
A site near Lindi where, in 1912, German palaeontologists found the remains of several dinosaurs including the complete skeleton of Brachiosaurus, one of the largest animals ever to walk the earth.
A small village, 17km south of Tanga, where 15th century ruins of a mobqu and 40 tombs may be found.
Ujiji is a village close to Kigoma from where, in 1858, Burton and Speke commenced their explorations and where, in 1871, Henry Morton Stanley pronounced the famous words ‘Dr Livingstone I presume’. Two engraved plaques and a small museum commemorate these historic events.