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Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Tanzania.


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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is a bustling, friendly city but offers little for the budget traveller and most use it as a base before catching the ferry to Zanzibar. There are few decent hotels but a great campsite at Mikadi Beach where many overland tour companies congregate
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Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mt Kilimanjaro (Kili' climb)
The snowcapped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) towers above the plains near the border with Kenya. Five day climbs up Kilimanjaro can be organsied leaving from Arusha. Also consider hiking up Mount Meru (4566m).
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Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Usambara Mountains
The Usambara Mountains offer spectacular views over the lush green mountain scenery and waterfalls. Lushoto is a good base to start and offers a glimpse into Tanzanian life.
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Ng'irisi, Tanzania
Ng'irisi is a tiny village that allows travellers to give something back to Africa in the way of it's unique community projects. Visit schools and agricultural areas and see how they gain power from biogas
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Masi Mara, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater, in the Crater Highlands, offers unprecedented game viewing within it's 19km caldera, and also great views of Lake Manyara to the east. The Masi people still retain their cattle grazing rights in the crater and it is quite common to see them walking amongst the wild animals during safari.
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Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Olduvai Gorge
The Olduvai Gorge area was the site of the famous skull (nicknamed the 'nutcracker man') thought to be almost 2 million years old and also humanoid footprints dated to 3.7 million years! Good museum.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park's vast plains also offer exceptional game against its picturesque and well known acacia trees. The Serengeti continues north of the border into Kenya where it becomes the Maasi Mara. From June to August about 2 million wildebeest migrate in search of the rains.
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Lake Victoria, Tanzania
Lake Victoria
Sunsets over Lake Victoria are a spectacular sight most evenings from Musoma. Mwanza is the 'capital' of the Lake Region and Bukoba is an interesting, bustling town on the shores.
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Dhow at Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar Island's (Unguja's) character-full capital, Stone Town, is an interesting mix of Arabic, Indian and African styles which is most apparent in it's architecture. There are a number of islands nearby which offer good snorkelling from a Dhow, such as Prison Island. Chumbe Island further south is a spectacular (but more expensive) place to snorkel and dive.

Nungwi Beach on the northern tip of Zanzibar is where most backpackers head to. Trip to Mnemba Island for great diving are easily arranged here.

Kizimkazi on the southern side is worth a visit for the chance to swim with dolphins.
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Dhow at Pemba, Tanzania
Pemba and Mafia islands
Pemba and Mafia are the two smaller islands that make up the Zanzibar Archipelago. Few tourists make it this far but both islands offer exceptional scenary.
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