What to do in Tanzania? 10 activity ideas

Marlène, Travel writer and photographer
Marlène, Travel writer and photographer

Awakening the adventurer in you is certainly possible during a trip to Tanzania.
Tanzania is THE ultimate destination for unforgettable and exceptional safari experiences, but not only that ... Between nature and extraordinary national parks, unique and rich wildlife, Tanzania is (almost) the journey of a lifetime and a must-see destination for various activities on land, at sea and even in the air.

  • Meet the local tribes
    Meet the Maasaï people

    Meet the local tribes

    Tanzania has a rich local culture and is home to 125 local ethnic groups. Take some time to find out more about their traditional lifestyles, unique dialects and cultures. From the mythical Maasai tribe, symbolic of East Africa, to the Swahilis under the coastal Arab influence, to the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers of Lake Eyasi (also called "Bushmen") or the Chagga and Datoga tribes, Tanzania offers visitors unforgettable encounters.

  • Spend the night in a beautiful lodge
    Lodge close to animals

    Spend the night in a beautiful lodge

    Tanzania is certainly not short of dreamlike accommodation, with some of the best being found in the heart of the national parks allowing you to enjoy an authentic stay in the wilderness. There are also mobile camps that move according to the movements of the Great Migration; these are located in the Serengeti National Park, in the north of the country. From here you can watch herds of elephants and even hear the distance roar of lions from your tent or room!

  • Experience a safari on horseback
    Horseback safari in Mount Meru

    Experience a safari on horseback

    A horseback safari is an unusual way to travel across the plains. On a horseback safari you will be immersed in the heart of nature and have time to observe the fauna and flora around you. This type of safari is mainly available in the north of the country: at Mount Meru, Arusha National Park or in the Maasai lands.

  • Admire the Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon
    Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon

    Admire the Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon

    Imagine yourself floating through the skies aboard a hot air balloon, the gentle winds taking your higher against a spectacular sunrise backdrop. You drift above the Serengeti Park plains admiring the beauty of the landscapes and observing the wildlife from the air. After an hour-long flight, you land in the heart of the bush where a champagne breakfast is served.
    Hot-air balloon rides are also available in the Ruaha National Park (in southern Tanzania).

  • Watch the Great Migration
    Migration period in Serengeti National Park

    Watch the Great Migration

    The Serengeti Great Migration is a unique phenomenon and one of the most fascinating animal shows on earth. Every year, between November and June, millions of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and various predators cross the plains of the Serengeti Park, in Tanzania, in search of fresh green pastures in Kenya. You can watch this show aboard your vehicle and also spend the night in mobile camps that move according to the movements of the great migration.

  • Come face-to-face with wild animals
    Serengeti National Park

    Come face-to-face with wild animals

    The word "safari" is a Swahili word meaning "trip". Taking a safari is more than just an activity, it's a unique guided encounter allowing you to discover the country and wildlife. Tanzania remains a destination par excellence for authentic safari trips to the four corners of the country. In Northern Tanzania, the region has a rich diversity of fauna: many large mammals populate the famous Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, including the famous "Big 5" (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo).
    Southern Tanzania is wilder and home to remarkable parks and wildlife reserves, where you can enjoy beautiful safaris aboard a vehicle and even on the water by boat excursions (on the Rufiji River in the south).

  • Treat yourself to the joys of water sports in Zanzibar
    Kitesurf on Jambiani beach in Zanzibar

    Treat yourself to the joys of water sports in Zanzibar

    Whether you want to go scuba diving and discover the marine life, swim with whale sharks, go snorkelling, learn about big-game fishing or go surfing and kitesurfing, the Zanzibar Archipelago has a range of activities.

  • Bike rides around the north of Manyara Lake
    Lake Manyara

    Bike rides around the north of Manyara Lake

    Combining adventure, sport and adrenaline, mountain bike rides offer you the chance to discover Tanzania from a different angle. The Manyara park savanna lands, in the north of the country, are the ideal spot. You’ll be accompanied by an expert guide from the park, who will show you the wildlife and take you on cycle paths where you can watch herds of zebras, giraffes and antelopes.

  • Other hiking trails
    Hinking in Ngorongoro

    Other hiking trails

    For travellers who enjoy walking and hiking, Tanzania is home to many natural sites allowing you to be closer to nature. Between Olduvai Gorge (located between the two main wild regions of Ngorongoro and Serengeti), Mount Meru, the majestic Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano or the Udzungwa mountains (east of Ruaha National Park in the south of the country), every hike gives travellers the opportunity to discover beautiful landscapes off the beaten track and to observe the variety of fauna and flora. Some hikes are aimed at more experienced walkers and can be organised during your trip between safaris.

  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
    Climbing Kilimandjaro, Machame route

    Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    If you dream of one day climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the eternally snow-capped "Roof of Africa", it is in Tanzania that you can experience a unique expedition accompanied by professional mountain guides, cooks and porters.
    At 5895 metres above sea level, you will take one of the most beautiful routes, the Machame route, to discover all the different sides of Mount Kilimanjaro, a trek which takes several days. The dry seasons between June and October and January to March are the best times to make the ascent.