More Places To Visit On Your Tanzania Medical PlacementMarch 6, 2014
Going on one or more than one safari is often top of the list of things to see and do for most medical students who choose to do a medical placement in Tanzania. While the lure of seeing the big cats and other exotic animals in their natural environments is inarguably a huge attraction, there are also several other interesting places to visit and things to do that you should consider taking in during your trip to this fascinating continent.
Must-See Places You Have Yet To Explore
Amani Children’s Home & Village
Schedule a visit to the Amani Children’s Home and Village in Arusha, Tanzania. This is one of the few homes in Africa that offer a warm, naturing environment for children who were abandoned by their parents. The children at the home were picked up from the streets of Arusha and Moshi and a huge effort is being made to ensure they are well looked after and educated. You can even volunteer to spend a few days at the home interacting with and caring for the children at the home. It is a heartbreaking yet heartwarming experience.
Lake Chala in Moshi is an amazing place to have a picnic as you enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains and wildlife. You can have a day trip to this place or camp for the night. The campsites are well-equipped with toilets and showers. You can see animals like elephants and baboons in the wild migrating or just going about their everyday business.
Only 45 minutes from Moshi is the Kikuletwa Hotsprings where visitors can come to swim in warm fresh spring water or to just enjoy the view. Visitors are just charged a small fee to picnic and swim for the day while campers staying overnight have to pay about double of the entrance fee. It’s a beautiful out-of-the-way place where you can peacefully relax away from tourist crowds.
Meserani Snake Park
If you plan to visit Tanzania’s famous Serengeti National Park consider camping overnight at the Meserani Snake Park. Visitors are not allowed to camp at Serengeti, so this makes an ideal setting to spend the night. It is a multi-purpose campsite in Maasai that has a medical clinic, a bar and restaurant, cultural museum and of course snakes. You can also get to ride on a camel and see birds, amphibians and reptiles.
Tanzania isn’t just good for safaris and cultural tours. It also offers fantastic golf at the par 72 Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate. Just 20 minutes from the Kilimanjaro airport, this championship golf course offers views of Maasai Steppe, Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. It’s situated 1,400 meters above sea level and called KiliGolf by locals.
Most people who think of Africa tend to focus on safari expeditions and land based activities. Many forget that Tanzania has some of the world’s best beaches. Visit Mafia Island, Pemba Island, Vamizi Island, and Zanzibar for some swimming and scuba diving. While Zanzibar and Pemba offer some stunning scuba diving opportunities, the southern part of Dar offers secluded and tranquil beaches away from the crowds.