Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, it’s almost as big as the country of Ireland. The lake borders Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda and is incredibly beautiful and scenic. From the water you’ll see lush tropical rainforests. Lake Victoria is an important location due to the trading network that has developed between towns and villages that have settled along the shores of the lake. You can also find a few islands on the lake. Rubondo Island, for example, is a great destination. This is a small island and national park with sandy beaches, lots of vegetation and interesting wildlife such as chimpanzees, crocodiles, hippos, pythons, and a large variety of birds including fish eagles. You can also visit a number of towns located along the lake, to experience what life on the lake is like and don't miss out on seeing an enchanting sunset at the lake.
This national Park is located on Rubondo island on Lake Victoria. You can reach the island by plane or boat and this is a great destination for adventurous travelers. There are hiking routes that bring you through jungles and along the coasts. You’ll walk over small forested hills, beaches, and along swamps. This little island is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts as you can encounter monkeys, giraffes, rhinoceroses, chimpanzees, and elephants here. The waters are the habitat of hippos and crocodiles, so while it is not advisable to swim, you can still enjoying seeing these animals from a distance.
Arusha is mainly known as the safari capital of Tanzania and as a transit hub to visit the Arusha National Park and other parks. This national park is surrounded by incredible landscapes and nature. And the second highest mountain in Tanzania, Mount Meru, dominates the area. The slopes of the mountain are covered in vegetation and beautiful alpine trees. However, it is also worth to visit the town itself. It’s setting is beautiful with Mount Meru in the distance. Visit the Cultural Heritage Centre to learn more about Tanzanian arts and culture. Afterwards, drop by the local market to browse various produce and to be overwhelmed by the colours and scents.
Beach holidays are possible in Tanzania and they make for a great relaxing end to an adventurous safari trip. To the north and south of the nation’s capital Dar es Salaam you’ll find great sandy beaches along an azure blue ocean. However, you could also visit one of the few islands off the coast. Zanzibar is the most popular island of Tanzania. Here you’ll find white sandy beaches where you can walk or enjoy a variety of activities. Zanzibar is a melting pot of cultures and you’ll see Arab, African, Indian and European influences throughout the island. The old historic district of Zanzibar City, Stone Town, is famous for its narrow, winding streets with traditional houses, shops, bazaars and mosques. Visit the historic buildings in the area and stroll the streets where spices fill the air.
The Mahale Mountain National Park is a little visited wildlife park located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Here you will find mountains covered with tropical rainforest that make their way to deserted sandy beaches. It is a beautiful park, largely untouched due to its remote location. This national park has no roads and can only be explored on foot or by boat. One of the most fascinating things about Mahale is the large group of chimpanzees that lives here. Together with an expert park ranger, you can venture into the rainforest in search of these beautiful wild animals. Additionally, Mahale is also home to eight other primate species, such as the black-and-white colobus, red colobus, and red-tailed monkeys.