Must-See Places in Tanzania

March 6, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Besides the opportunity to see medicine being practiced under the most daunting circumstances, a Gap Medics medical placement to Tanzania also offers you the rare opportunity to go on an exotic vacation where you can experience a wide variety of things to do. This country is the largest in East Africa and bounded by Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi. It is home to one of the oldest forms of civilizations in the world and is rich in history and culture. If you are planning a medical placement to Tanzania you should definitely make time to take in the many wondrous sights that this country offers.

Traditional Arabic wooden boats off the coast of Zanzibar.jpg Things to See and Do in Tanzania

Safari expeditions

Tanzania has a number of services and national parks like Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti that offer exciting Safari tours that are surprisingly inexpensive. There are even budget tours that provide tent accommodations. Other safari sites that are also fun to visit are Selous, Mahale, Ruaha and Katavi. At all of these safaris you will see rare animals that you would never get to see back home, from lions, cheetahs and leopards to elephants, buffalos, rhinos, giraffes and hippopotamus. What’s more you get to see all of this wildlife in their natural environment. A safari to the mountains allows you to watch gorillas in their natural habitat. These are just a few sights you would never be able to do anywhere else in the world.

Cultural expeditions

Cultural expeditions will give you a peek at Tanzania’s culture, cuisine, and traditions. Discover how locals still maintain age-old traditions such as bees-keeping and hunting. Meet real Bushmen who still hunt for game the traditional way with spears. Take a walking tour around Mto Wa Mbu and Maasai Manyatta to see breathtaking sceneries and to observe the villagers’ traditional way of living.

Stone Age Artefacts

Tanzania is home to two famous Stone Age sites. The Isimila Gorge close to Iringa has the oldest known human art in the form of rock paintings. Some of these old stone and cave art like the ones found in Kolo near Dodoma, date back to 30,000 years ago. You will also find fossilized bones, ancient tools, and remains of long extinct animals at the Isimila site that used to be a shallow lake.

Slave trade sites

Historical sites where slaves were traded from the olden days still remain and are open to visitors to Tanzania. Although it can be depressing to think about it, this is an inextricable part the African Continent’s past history. These are sites where African slaves were traded and sent to Arab countries, India, and Persia.  In this tour, you will also see remains of old ivory trading posts.


This is Tanzania’s most famous tourist attraction and the highest mountain in the entire African continent. The highest peak is estimated at 5,895 meters high which makes it a challenging climb for mountaineers. Even if you do not plan on climbing to the top, a visit to base camp is an impressive, not to be missed sight.