Distance from Mwanza to Serengeti national park

Distance from Mwanza to Serengeti national park

Distance from Mwanza to Serengeti national park: Mwanza is a town in Tanzania in northern Tanzania nettled around the shores of lake Victoria, its Tanzania third busy city / town and is also known as Rock city because of the several stones and rocks littered across the town. When it comes to beauty, Mwanza town exudes its all. Taking advantage of its situation at shores of lake Victoria, mwanza derives its opulence from the lake , it has also got several hills that make it quit unique a view that can be caught best in the night as you enter the town from a distance. The town is well lit in the night with the beautiful view coming for the lights at night.

Besides being just a beautiful town, Mwanza also offers several attractions that keep its frequent visitors on their toes or entertained. Some of them include saanane national park, rock city mall, sukuma museum,  among others.  Besides mwanza being a beautiful town , it also doubles a gateway to Tanzania’s most visited national park and that’s Serengeti national park.

Speaking of distance from mwanza to Serengeti national park, its approximately 136km from mwanza to  western part of serengenti national park,  while driving, it  takes approximately 2:30 minutes.

Ngorongoro crater vs Serengeti national park

Ngorongoro crater vs Serengeti national park

This Ngorongoro crater vs Serengeti national park article simply focuses on comparing the two national parks namely ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national park in terms of size, location, wildlife count, flora and founa , the conservation strategies.  This two national parks are apparently the most visited, diverse and endowed national parks not only in Tanzania but in east Africa and the rest of Africa. Both national parks have rich in geographical gifting’s, both national parks contain the big five animals to mentions lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos. The big five are apparently the most sought after wildlife by any travel in any wildlife safari or simply on Tanzania tours.

Ngorongoro crater is an iconic feature in other words a caldera that was formed as a result of volcanic activities where by the top of the rock (cone) is blown by intrusive or extrusive forces forming open to known and the crater, the craters depending on their sizes are sometimes filled with water hence leading to the formation crater lakes, other crater remain empty and stay as craters. Ngorongoro is the largest crater in the world thereby qualifying it to a world heritage site. Ngorongoro crater measures 610meter deep and 260 square kilometer in size.

As we advance in ngorongoro crater vs Serengeti national park,    the entire Serengeti ecosystem encompasses ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national park spanning an area of 30,000 square kilometers. The Serengeti is famous for the vast lands or extensive lands that cover the entire great masai area chracteresied with large expanses of land filled or dotted with vegetation of trees of mainly the acacia species.

Plants/ vegetation

Inters of flora, Serengeti national park exhibits one of the most unique and   attractive vegetation, no wonder is it plays as substantive wildlife haven that have thrived in it and will continue thriving in it. The western part of the Serengeti possess extensive land masses filled with short vegetation or short grasses dotted with short trees of the acacia species. As you extend further to the north towards Lake Victoria, the land starts getting forests filled will multiple trees therefore creating a perfect spot for the black rhinos to thrive, therefore the northern part of Serengeti national park is well known for the black rhinos presence, the northern part alone contains over 5 species of acacia trees.

Meanwhile in ngorongoro crater floor is covered with short grass  some  swampy vegetation and  other crater areas is covered with lerai forest, the  short grasses  act as an attraction to several herbivores such as wildebeest, zebras, antelopes among others.  While the walls of the crater is filled with montane vegetation made of trees , peacock flowers.

Ngorongoro crater vs Serengeti national park interns of wildlife

The Ngorongoro crater area is famous worldwide for possessing huge numbers of wildlife per capita as compared to   Serengeti national park. Ngorongoro os know for hosting  up to a tune of 25,000 large animals with the distributions as follows; 3000 elands, 4000 zebras, 26 black rhinos, 400 buffaloes, 7000 wildebeest  among others.

As for the Serengeti national park, the wildlife is distribution is as follow; 1million wildebeests, 1000 leopards, 3000 lions, 8000 elephants ,8000 hyenas others include cheetahs giraffes, buffaloes,  zebras, elands. With such a huge numbers of wildlife, the land  in Serengeti offers enough carrying capacity of the wildlife that it hosts.

Another credible similarity of  Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national park is that both national parks   receive  large numbers of travelers or tourists with Serengeti national park along scooping up to a tune of 350,000 guest a year. But the most fascinating fact is that most of the visitors that make their way to   Ngorongoro crater to have an experience of the crater.

Both  ngorongoro crater  and Serengeti national park  host the biggest annual exodus of wildlife in history dubbed the great wildebeest  that sees amillion of wildebeest depart Ngorongoro to Serengeti national park and cross to masai  mara national reserve in Kenya . the wildebeests movements is triggered  by climatic conditions and see them depart  Tanzania to  better  pasture in Kenya’s masai Mara. During the great wildebeest migration, the wildebeest also breed.

Both national parks do have big five animals which most visitors yarn to experience  while in their safari to Tanzania / tour to Tanzania .

Map of Kilimanjaro

Map of Kilimanjaro

Map of Kilimanjaro: Mount Kilimanjaro  remains  as an iconic feature in Tanzania , the presence of the mountain led to the formation of  mount Kilimanjaro national park. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa  there making it one of top sought after mountains for hiking activities. Below   are maps of kilimajaro national park  giving details on the routes in case one intends to travel there, the maps give an insight of where to pass when making your to Kilimanjaro national park.

We have two types of maps for Kilimanjaro national park i.e. static and dynamic map. The static map shows all routes one can possibly use while  on a hiking trails, indicating the  ascending point and descending points while the dynamic maps is   suitable for those who intend to get to the mountain by themselves  it indicates major routes, areas where to pass and neiboring  areas .

Static map of kilimajaro

Dynamic map of kilimajaro

Tanzania national park entry fees

Tanzania national park entry fees/  park fees to Tanzania national parks

Tanzania national park entry fees: For any one to visit the national parks in Tanzania, he or she must remit or pay a fee to entry.  The Tanzania park fees is  that amount  of money one has to pay or part  with in order to entire the national park, conservancy or any other wildlife protected area within  the country .  Before planning any Tanzania tour / Tanzania safari especially if one intends to travel to the park themselves, its important and prudent to know the Tanzania park charges for various parks as well as the charges for the activities in the park. But for anyone using a travel agent, all the park fees and activity   charges is usually embedded in the cost sent to the client.

Making payments to the Tanzania national park Authority. All the Tanzanian national parks   inclusing the ones on the northern sector to motions Serengeti national park, Tarangire national park, Mkomazi national park ,Arusha national park, lake Manyara national park,  Ngorongoro conservation area. In the southern circuit   to mention  Ruaha national park, selous mapumziko national park, mikumi national park, Mount udzungwa national park , kitulo national park  and Katavi national park . in the western Tanzania area Gombe trak national park and  Mahale mountains national park.  Access to the above national parks allows use of credit cards to Visa cards and master cards and he traction charges are shouldered by the client. Its als encouraged to make payments in the bank prior to your travel and present the payment receipt with the serial number when making your way to the national park.

 Wildlife managent Area ( WMA)refers to the charge for  wildlife managed area within the national park, the fees has be paid prior  to your entry  to the park. The fees paid is between 12usds -30usd per per person  per  day and 6usds for the car. Some the places where the Wildlife management fees apple include: lake natron close to lake matron national park, Rombo ( lake chala area),loliondo, okoma Serengeti area, longido, monduli among others.

Park entry fees : this are charges or fees  imposed on any one before having access to the park  before  conducting activities such as  game drives,  bird watching ,  nature walks among other activities done in the national parks.

The bodies to mention  TANAPA ( Tanzania  national park Authority) manages the collection of Serengeti national park fees while  Ngorongoro Area conservation  Authority  manages the collection of park fees  or Ngorongoro area entrance including the ngorongoro crater charges.

Other fees like the concessions fees are to paid by the Lodge, hotels, camps and other accommodation facilities with the park , paid to TANAPA. The difference  between the concession fees and park fees is that the park fees are paid by individual accessing the park while park fees are paid by the lodge, camps or any other accommodation  facility within the park to the TANAPA.

Below is alit of payments made while accessing the Tanzania national parks

Ngorongoro crater national park

71.8usds per adult valid for 24 hours

20usds for children between 5-6 years valid for 24hours

10usd for camping fee per night .

295usds per vehicle entering the crater area for those who wish to go to the crater.

Note that for penalties such as over speeding in the area attracts a charge of  50,000 TZ SHS

Serengeti national park fees

71.8usds Park entry fees for per for adult valid for 24 hours.

59usds concession fees per person per night.

20usds park entry per child valid for 24hours

10 usds per person for camping per night.

Other national park charges

Park for for Arusha national park is 53.10usds per adult and 17usds per child valid for 24 hours.

Park fees for lake Manyara national park is  53.10usd for adult and 17usds per child valid for 24 hours.

Park entry to Kilimanjaro national park is 82.60 usd per adult and 23.60 usds  per child valid for 24hours.

Tarangire national park entry fees  53.10usds  per adult valid for 23.60usds per child valid for  24hours.

Southern circuit national park fees

Mikumi national park fees is  30usds per adult  while  children pay 25usds valid for 24hours.

 

Animals in Ngorongro crater

Animals in Ngorongro crater

Animals in Ngorongro crater: Ngorongoro crater is an iconic and one of the most popular travel destination entire African continent, situated in northern Tanzania close to other popular national parks such as the famous Serengeti national park. Ngorongoro crater from time to time thrived to become a wildlife haven filled an approximate of   twenty five thousand wildlife/ animals residing in there including the most sought after big 5.

The formation of ngorongoro crater resulted from the an eruption that took place in the  conservation area, that blew off the top  creating caldera leading to the formation of  the crater. furthermore due to the fertility of the soil/ volcanic soils,  there vegetation quickly formed creating an impressive scenery and habitat that attracted both  animal to ngorongoro and as well as some human settlement. The vegetation caused an immense increase in numbers of animals of ngorongoro crater as well as birds , the vegetation provided adequate food.

animals in ngorongoro

The attraction of the animals in the Ngorongoro crater was created by the abundance of the food that was in the crater. it is also assumed the   some of the wildlife or animals in ngorongoro simply fell there and got trapped  as they made their way to lake Manyara national park   from Serengeti national park during the transmigration  un the dry season  in pursuit of food,  the migration  was usually cause by the dry spell that lasted  substantive people of time  inclining the wildlife to move in search for food.

The huge influx of animals into the ngorongoro crater area was also attributed to the fresh alkaline waters this water attracted the flamingoes along with other birds species while the fresh vegetation brought the black rhinos one of the most sought after wildlife in the Ngorongoro.

Ngorongoro crater is home to the big five to mention the lions, rhinos, buffaloes, leopards and elephants, the area is also known for having the largest number of lions as permanent residents of the crater amounting 55 lions in the crater compared to nowhere else in the world. The park has a total of 7000 wildebeest, 6000 spotted hyena ,300 elephants, 55 lions,  3000elands, 3000 zebras, 30 black rhinos,  other include  jackal, antelopes,  hippos among others getting the total to 25,000 wildlife.

birds of ngorongoro

Besides animals in ngorongoro crater, the area also harbors several bird species from savanna birds, to water birds, to forest birds,   migratory birds which originate from other parts of east Africa and from Europe during the breeding seasons. The most common bird species in ngorongoro crater include: ostriches, flamingoes, kori bustards, great white pelican, love birds, king fisher, augur buzzard, sea hawks among others.love birds among others.  The toal number of bird speceies at Ngorongro amount to 500 species.

Park entry fees to Ngorongoro crater

Park entry fees to Ngorongoro crater.

Park entry fees to Ngorongoro crater: Ngorongoro crater is one of the most sought after destinations while on a Tanzania safari, this amazing destination is situated in northern Tanzania along with other popular destination   such as Serengeti national park, Mount Kilimanjaro. However, for one access Ngorongoro crater, he or she must remit a fees to the park authorities what is deemed as Ngorongoro crater park entry fees?  The park entry fees to Ngorongoro crater is harmonized the park gates or park entries to Ngorongoro crater by the Tanzania park authorities upon entry.

The park entry fees is paid in the bank across the country   and a guest or anyone who intends to get to the park will definitely present a deposit slip baring the serial number. This park fees payment in the bank doesn’t only apply to Ngorongoro   crater but also other national park across Tanzania.  We present you the detailed payments for the park entry fees to ngorongoro crater.  The park also accepts card payments to mention visa cards, master cards but such payments attract charges on the client’s side as transaction fees.

Tanzania National park Park fees VAT Total
Adults from 15 years and above      
       
Lake Manyara $45.00 $ 8.10 $53.10
Tarangire national park $45.00    $ 8.10 $53.10
Serengeti national park $ 60.00 $10.80 $70.80
Ngorongoro Crater $ 60.00 $10.80 $70.80
Kilimanjaro National park $70.00 $12.60 $82.60
Arusha national park $ 45.00 $ 8.10 $53.10
  Camping fees    
Serengeti national park $50.00 $ 9.00 $59.00
Ngorongoro crater $50.00 $ 9.00 $59.00
       
Children from 5 to 15
Lake Manyara $15.00 $2.7 $17.70
Tarangire national park $15.00 $2.7 $17.70
Serengeti national park $20.00 $3.60 $23.60
Ngorongoro Crater $20.00 $3.60 $23.60
Arusha national park $15.00 $2.7 $17.70
Children 5 to 15 Camping fee
Serengeti national park $10.00 $1.80 $11.80
Ngorongoro Crater $10.00 $1.80 $11.80

The park has also got different charges for the cars accessing    the park area as one go deep into the Ngorongoro crater valley.  The car entry to the crater valley costs 295usd which is also payable together with the park entry fees in the bank and of course card payments  attract  charges for the transaction on the client side.

Kigoma town

Kigoma town.

Kigoma town is also one Tanzania’s tourist destination,situated in  the western Part of country and nestled at the shores of lake Tanganyika,  lake Tanganyika  is also the world’s second deepest lake After Lake Baikal. Kigoma is also  the central Administrative district of  Tanzania western Province making it of the busiest town in the western part of Tanzania. Kigoma town is close to Ujiji town where   Henry Morton Stanley explorer and Journalist met the Dr David Livingstone the missionary.  Kigoma also doubles as an access route or gateway to the famous gombe stream national park famous for chimpanzees trekking and other wildlife, the town also gets to you Mahale mountains national park another beautiful national park where chimpanzees can be trekked  and viewed.

Attractions at in Kigoma town.

Lake Tanganyika .

Lake Tanganyika is yet another attraction in Kigoma town, the world’s second deepest lake is shared by both Tanzania, Burundi , Congo and Zambia, but the largest part is in Tanzania  and  Kigoma offers the best points to experience the beautiful  lake.  The presence of lake Tanganyika  creates an amazing habor leading to dvelopemnts of scenic hotels on the shores as well as springing up beaches  and activities such as boat cruises, scuba diving among others.

Beaches

Kigoma has got the beautiful beaches at the shores of lake  tanyika  where the several travelers and tourist go and relax to enjoy  the clear waters as well as delving into  it so  a nice swim.  The beaches offer several activities such as snookering,     boat cruises that are take place at lake Tanganyika . some of the known beaches in Kigoma include : Jakobsens beach, bangwe beach among others.

Gombe tream national park

Kigoma town  offers a gateway to gombe stream national park home  to Tanzania’s chimpanzees, the park is accessible by taking a boat from  Kigoma  town. Gombe national park besides primates offers a huge bio-network filled lots od vegetation to mentions trees   and plant species.

 

Mahale mountain national park.

This national park is tacked to lake Tanganyika   it derives its name from the mahale mountain ranges  and is also the second protected area after gombe national park that  is home to the chimpanzees also known s humans distant cousins. It also known to having lions and chimpanzees existing in the same place.

Accessing Kigoma town

Kigoma is pretty much accessible , from Arusha  the tourism capital, one can chater a flight  to Kigoma airstrip , depending on where you are coming from, one can also drive to Kigoma by road .

 

 

 

what to do in serengeti national park

What to do in serengeti national park

What to do in serengeti national park: Serengeti national park is a popular ecosystem and tourist destination in Tanzania located in the Mara and Simiyu regions in the northern region of the Tanzania, this spectacular national park lies along the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Serengeti national is a famously known for the great wildebeest migration which involves the migration of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras from Masai Mara national reserve to Serengeti national park.

Serengeti national park is a very interesting tourist destination offering lifetime memorable safari activities, these activities will keep you busy and have the best time of your safari in Tanzania. The following safari activities are the things to do in Serengeti national park

Viewing the Great wildebeest migration

Serengeti National Park is an extraordinary destination where witnessing the massive migration of animals is possible, great wildebeest migration is one of the world’s most impressive and natural spectacles which involves the movement of millions of wildebeests, zebras, elands and gazelles. In Serengeti national park these animals are witnessed crossing the Mara River from Masai Mara national reserve in an event refered to as river crossing, great wildebeest migration takes place in a cycle in various period of the month

  • January – March: in this period herds of wildebeest, gazelles, elands and zebras are traced and concentrated in the northern region of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and southern Serengeti area and they are viewed grazing and calving, calving typically takes place in February and this month is refered to as a prime calving month.
  • April and May – June: In this period herds of animals set off in northwest in search for green grass to feed on, the month of May is a mating season for the wildebeests and the month of June herds begin to concentrate on the western side of Grumeti River which is heavily infested with crocodiles.
  • July and August: In this period the herds are witnessed continuing to move in northeast direction towards the Mara River and the Kenyan border, this period is when the dramatic river crossing event takes place and witnessed.
  • September –December: In this period the herds are witnessed grazing in Masai Mara national reserve, they then slowly start migrating into southwestern direction heading back into Tanzania’s Serengeti national park where the migration starts from.

Generally the wildebeest migration and timing to spot the wildebeest migration depends on the rainfall and weather, the migration can be a bit unpredictable most especially the river crossing but your safari operator know the best timing. Witnessing the great wildebeest migration is the most memorable you can do in Serengeti national park, also the migration offers a great photography opportunity.

Game drive

Serengeti national park offers some of the best and rewarding game drive experiences in Tanzania and East Africa, the park is a renowned habitat for the big five that is lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos with a dense population of lions. Game drive is the highlight safari activity in the park and this experience is offered as day game drive, night game drive and full day game drive.  Serengeti national park  offers a typical African game drive experience and on this experience you spot amazing species of animals such as cheetah, lion, hyenas, jackals, buffaloes, black rhinos, leopards, elephants, zebras, gazelles, wildebeests and many more. On the game drive you also get to enjoy the amazing landscape of Serengeti national park and spot many bird species.

Bird watching

Serengeti national park offers good birding opportunities, the park is a habitat for over 500 bird species with specials such as the grey breasted spur fowl, 2 endemic species such as Usambiro barbet and grey-crested helmet-shirk and migratory bird species. Bird watching in Serengeti national park offers an opportunity for spotting beautiful bird species such as Silverbird, Usambiro barbet, verreaux’s eagle, yellow-throated sand grouse, Schalow’s turaco, southern ground hornbill, ruppell’s vulture, red-capped robin-chat, Hildebrandt’s starling, grey-crested helmet shrike, grey-breasted spur fowl, grey-backed fiscal, Fischer’s lovebird, black-headed gonolek and many more.   

Visit Moru Kopjes

Serengeti national park is dotted with weathered gigantic rock formations refered to as the Kopjes most especially in the central plains of Serengeti, these interesting kopjes act like islands in a sea of savannah grass as they are scattered throughout the plains. The Kopjes provide shade and small water pool for animals living in the park and offer a great vintage point for animals such as leopards, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests and many more.

Among the numerous kopjes in Serengeti national park, Moru kopjes are the most visited as they are best place to spot black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyraxes and many more. The most interesting aspect about Moru Kopjes is that they contain African rock paintings which were painted by Masai cattle herders, this rock with rock paintings is nicknamed Gongo Rock by the Masai people because it is believed to be an ancient musical instrument.

Visit Oldupai gorge

Serengeti national park offers an opportunity for visiting to one the most important paleoanthropological site in the world which is the Oldupai gorge, Oldupai gorge is situated a distance of 34.9 kilometers in a drive of 44 minutes. Oldupai gorge is a convenient stopover while on a safari to Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro conservation area , this gorge is famous for the human fossils and tools dating back to over 2 million and above years discovered by Leakey. Oldupai gorge is a steep-sided riverine gorge of about 30 miles long, the gorge consists of a small Oldupai museum which was founded by Mary Leakey and visited while in the gorge.

Oldupai gorge museum contains information and artifacts relating and showcasing the discoveries of Leakey, the Leakey family, fossil discoveries , the gorge and Laetoli footprints which you will help you learn more about human history and discovery.

Hot air balloon safaris

One of the perfect ways of the touring and enjoying the magnificent Serengeti national park with its wildlife and scenic landscape by hot air balloon safari experience, hot air balloon safaris offers a bird’s eyes view of the park. This experience is done in a hot air balloon floating over the plains of Serengeti offering magnificent views of the sun rise, animals, birds and the scenic landscape. For tourists visiting Serengeti national park with interests of sighting the great wildebeest migration and taking beautiful pictures of river crossing, hot air balloon safari experience is the best option to take while in the park.  

Visiting Masai village/bomas

The Masai local people are the early inhabit of the area covered by the Serengeti ecosystem, after the declaration of the area as a protected area the Masai were pushed to settle in the areas neighboring the park.  Visiting the Masai village/bomas offers an opportunity for tourists to learn more about the customs, traditions and lifestyle of the Masai people, in the Masai village you will are fascinated by the traditional bomas made using sticks, mud and cow manure, encounter the making of handicrafts and purchase some. You also get an opportunity to interact t with the Masai elders who will explain more about livestock rearing, marriage, dressing code and construction of the traditional bomas.

Nature walks

Nature walks in Serengeti national park is one of the interesting ways of touring the park as it is a great opportunity to explore and get close to animals, birds, landscape and plants while on a foot. Nature walks is a great way of getting your physical fitness in check and as you walk through the park you will encounter animals such as lions, leopards, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and many birds. This activity is done under the supervision of a skilled safari guide and you must have a walking stick to assist in climbing hilly topography. The pinnacle of nature walks in Serengeti national park is the demonstration of how to make fire traditionally by the Masai local people.

Tanzania beaches

Tanzania beaches

Tanzania beaches Tanzania as a country is a worldly recognized great tourist destination located in East Africa, this top notch tourist destination comprises of a wide range of tourist attractions and one of these attractions is a plenty of beaches. These beaches are exotic sites perfect to tourists looking for a peaceful relaxing retreat, beaches in Tanzania are a perfect destination for amazing water experiences such as scuba diving,  swimming, snorkeling and many more. Beaches in Tanzania include

Kendwa beach

Kendwa beach in Tanzania is one of the liveliest beaches located on the northwestern coastline of Unguja in a distance of 3 kilometers south of Nungwi Village, the magnificent beach overlooks the Daloni Island. Kendwa beach is currently one of the famous beaches in Tanzania attraction millions of tourists because of its beauty and numerous parties hosted on the beach thus offering a wonderful ambiance for individuals visiting it, Kendwa beach is the only beach in Tanzania hosting the monthly full-moon beach parties thus being an ideal beach for the party lovers.

Kendwa beach on the island’s northwestern tip is open to visitors from 4 am – 6 pm, the is a quieter place with low tide range and white sands making it an ideal place for nature walks and swimming. The beach comprises of lots of bars, restaurants and hotels catering for tourists visiting the beach, these include white sand bungalows, Kendwa rocks and Sunset Bungalows.

Things do at Kendwa beach include parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing and beach games like beach football.

Jambiani beach

Jambiani beach is one of the best beaches in Tanzania situated along the coast from Paje beach, Jambiani beach is famous for its tranquility and it is a perfect spot for relaxation and enjoying the beautiful scenery. This beach is found on a small village which is endowed with amazing scenic sceneries most especially the breathtaking sunset, Jambiani beach attracts a huge population of tourists who come to the beach for various activities including cultural tours and cooking classes which are the highlights of the lodge.

Jambiani beach comprises of various beautiful places to stay while on this beach and they include Villaggi Seconda Stella, a Destra and Zanzest Beach Bungalows.

Jambiani beach is reached via Dala-Dala or Taxi hire, things to do at Jambiani beach include biking tours, cooking classes, big game fishing, scuba diving and cultural tours.

Prison island

Prison Island is a spectacular and scenic island surrounded by perfect blue waters located in proximity to Stone Town on Unguja also called Changuu, the island hosts historical significance as it was used as a slave port and quarantine station and many more. Prison Island comprises of trees, a giant tortoise sanctuary at the end of the island, a stunning beach and remains of the prison which no longer host prisoners.

Prison Island is visited on a one day trip and worthy visiting while in Stone town, at the island things to do include snorkeling, boat trip, nature walks and many more.

Mbudya island beach

Mbudya island beach is situated off the coast of mainland of Tanzania in just 20 minutes boat ride from Dar Es Salaam making it possible to be visited on a one day trip, Mbudya island beach is a perfect spot for escaping the busy life and streets of Dar Es Salaam.

Mbudya island beach is a beautiful beach consisting of pearly white sands and wonderful coral reefs in surrounding coral reefs, things to do in Mbudya island beach include snorkeling, swimming, diving, beach activities and enjoying local delicacies.

Nakupenda beach

Nakupenda beach is a great spot for diving experience in Tanzania situated in a short boat trip from Zanzibar’s capital, Nakupenda beach is the most spectacular beach of all stone Town’s beaches and it is named from a local Swahili word meaning “I love you”. Nakupenda beach is made up of fantastic white sands and a variety of coral reefs offering a feeling of a paradise and it is an ideal spot for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling, when visiting this beach it is advisable to carry a parasol with you as there is no shade on the sandbank.

Nakupenda beach operates from 07 Am – 08:30 pm and it is reached using a short boat ride from Zanzibar capital, when at Nakupenda beach make it a point to wake up early to enjoy sights of dolphins. Nakupenda beach consists of numerous establishments catering for individuals visiting the beach, these include Park Hyatt Zanzibar and Double tree by Hilton hotel Zanzibar.

Things to do at Nakupenda beach include enjoying seasonal fruits and delectable seafood, snorkeling, diving, swimming, beach games and sunbathing.

Nungwi beach

Nungwi beach is a spectacular beach and of one of the 100 best beaches in the world as listed by CNN in 2014, Nungwi beach is located at the northern tip of Unguja island also known as Zanzibar in a distance of approximately 56 kilometers from Zanzibar town. Nungwi beach is a popular beach in Tanzania and tends to get overcrowded by both local and international tourists, this island comprises of bright white sands and warm waters making the beach ideal for swimming.

Nungwi beach offers an opportunity for tourists to enjoy an impressive sunset as waters get to be painted with dazzling color band including orange, yellow and red, other attractions at Nungwi beach include impressive sight of a fleet of dhows (local fishing boats) offering a perfect backdrop for fabulous pictures. This beach also hosts a turtle care center making it the only place with this kind of center.

Nungwi beach operates from 5 pm-7pm and it is reached using both private and public cars and buses or Dala-Dala, the beach consists of luxurious beach bars, plush beach front guesthouses and restaurants. Accommodation at this beach is got from Essque Zalu Zanzibar and Nungwi house.

Things to do at Nungwi beach include beach activities such as volleyball and football, diving, snorkeling, sunset cruise, sunbathing, swimming and visiting the turtle aquarium.

Paje beach

Paje beach is a fairly tale paradise crowned by dazzling beauty of white sands perfect for a peaceful getaway, Paje beach is situated on the east coast of Unguja in an hour’s drive from Stone Town. This beauty paradise comprises of  a long strip of white sands which are bordered by perfect blue turquoise waters and palm trees providing shade from the scotching sun.

Paje beach is listed among the famous destinations in Tanzania for water sports and numerous beautiful restaurants and bars, this beach is also a perfect spot for peace and fun lovers. Paje beach posses extremely strong winds making it an idea beach for kite surfers which one of the things visitors of the beach can participate in, other activities to do on Paje beach include wind-surfing, diving, fishing, snorkeling, dolphin safari and swimming.

Paje beach is reached using a mini bus, taxi or local Dala-Dala, there is a couple accommodation establishments where visitors of Paje beach can stay and these include Zanzibar Ocean Blue Hotel, Jambo beach Bungalow and Cristal Resort.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is one of an ideal destination for an adventurous retreat perfect for nature lovers and scuba divers. Mafia Island is situated off Tanzania coast/mainland south of Dar Es Salaam, this charming destination is nested by beautiful scenery and it is a home Humpback Whales and Whale sharks that is why it is listed among the most beautiful hidden gems of Indian ocean.

Mafia Island is one of the world’s top destinations for Scuba diving which is one of the entertaining activities offered on this beach, other activities include afro whale safari, blue world diving, snorkeling, whale shark safari, swimming, sunbathing and beach walks.

Mafia Island is reached using a 30 minutes flight from Dar-es-Salam to Kilindoni airport serving Mafia Island, at Mafia island visits can stay at Kinasi Lodge, Lua Cheia and Ras Mbisi.

Bongoyo Island Beach

Bongoyo Island Beach is a fascination destination and a popular spot for snorkeling and sunbathing experiences, Bongoyo Island Beach is part of the Dar-es-Salaam Marine reserve located in a short boat ride from Dar-es-Salaam. Bongoyo island is an ideal destination for a one day experience, the island is uninhabited and there is no accommodation facility that is why it is impossible to stay overnight at the island.

Bongoyo Island Beach is a quite place covered in green trees and comprises of dazzling white stand, at this beach there is a few beach bars offering refreshments and visitors are advised to bring their own food and drinks.

Kipepeo Beach

Kipepeo Beach is a spectacular destination and a perfect gateway from the hustle-bustle life style of the city, this fascinating spot is located on the border of Dar-es-Salaam bordering traditional Vibanda building and thatched roofs situated among palm trees. Kipepeo beach derives its name from a local Swahili phrase meaning butterfly, this beach features a laid back and peaceful atmosphere and because it has no rocks and sea urchins it is a perfect spot for swimming.

Kipepeo beach offers a couple of activities to do such as Dhow snorkeling, sailing, dhow fishing trips, swimming, beach walks and Kayaking. Places to stay at while at Kipepeo beach include Sunrise Beach Resort, Villa Dahl and Hotel South Beach Resort.

Misali Island Beach

Misali Island Beach is a serene enchanting beach situated on the coast of Pemba Island, this beach is completely uninhabited by human settlements making it a perfect spot for peace lovers and adventurous individuals. Individuals on a visit to Misali Island Beach get to enjoy sounds of crashing waves, a peaceful lay down in the white sand beach and scenic sights of stunning coral reefs.

Misali Island Beach is reached using a boat ride from Wesha to the beach, at this beach tourists get to engage in sand games, swimming in waters, sunbathing and snorkeling. At Misali Island Beach tourists stay at Pemba lodge and Lala Lodge Pemba Zanzibar.

Mbezi beach

Mbezi beach is an insanely beautiful beach with beautiful sunsets, dazzling white sands and warm blue waters located between Indian and Bagamoyo Road, this beach is situated in a distance of 20 kilometers from the city centre of Dar-es-Salaam.

Mbezi beach is a perfect spot for nature and peace lovers , this beach consists of many nearby shopping locales enabling tourists to shop unique and beautiful souvenirs. At Mbezi beach visitors get to engage in sunbathing, sand walks, swimming and diving. Places to stay at include Ramada Resort and Hotel White Sands-the beach resort.