So you have the whole weekend, or several leave days, and don’t know what to do with your time. No worries, just pack a travel bag, get in your car and drive to one of these amazing destinations in Tanzania.
Bagamoyo is one of the oldest towns in Tanzania dating back to the 18th century. Once the capital of the colonial government, today Bagamoyo, or Mji Mkongwe, houses plenty of historical monuments that tell stories about the past. If you love a little history and going on excursion adventures, this town is for you.
To the south of Bagamoyo are the ancient ruins of Kaole. Here you will also find the oldest mosque in Tanzania, and East Africa said to have been built in the 13th century. For a cultural experience, travel to Poa Poa and enjoy some spiced tea, snack on some chapati wraps, and later some local cuisine at the old town centre.
Sadaani National Park
If you only have the weekend to spare, why not go on a game drive at Sadaani National Park. The best time to visit the park is during summer when all animals are out and about. Go in the morning before the midday sun gets too hot for the animals to roam about. Get a guide too, to help spot animals quicker. There is also a salt mine nearby, a hotel, and cottages you can check into after a day’s drive.
Mikumi National Park
Unlike Sadaani, Mikumi National Park has plenty of animals to see, including four of the Big Five. What’s more, there are camping sites within the national park for those who love spending nights in the wild. Mikumi offers that short refreshing break you need away from the bustle of the city. In the mornings, you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast as you watch elephants, gazelles, and giraffes come to drink at the waterhole.
Udzungwa National Park
Udzungwa National Park is known not only for its animals but also its beautiful landscapes. You will need an off-road car for this one and finding the road to the park is quite an adventure. Once in the park, take a guided hike through the picturesque landscape enjoying the wildlife and scenery. The highlight of the day will be the sparkly Sanje Waterfalls where you can take a swim to cool off a bit.
Mto wa Mbu
A local town thriving with village life, Mto wa Mbu is a great place to be if you love local culture. The town was once a set in the popular American TV series, Amazing Race. Today, the town is still abuzz with craftsmen at the town markets and guided tours through the villages. You can also go mountain biking where the Rift Valley passes or trek down to Kirurumu Gorge.
Kikuletwa Hotsprings, Moshi
The road from Moshi down to Kikuletwa Springs is a rugged one, and that’s part of the fun. The hot springs are a heavenly oasis surrounded by indigenous fig trees. The waters emanate from underground sources bubbling all the way up to a rich turquoise colour. This is the reason behind the name ‘hot springs’. One of the fig trees surrounding the oasis is rigged with a nylon rope you can hold onto and swing right into the cool waters.