Welcome to the map and guide of the cities, towns or places of interest around Tanzania in Africa. Here you will find links to maps, virtual tours and guides with 360° panoramas of various travel destinations, regions, cities and attractions in Tanzania.
Alongside each virtual tour and panorama is a Google map and some local and travel information to help you explore plan and your trip to the top travel destinations in Tanzania. This growing guide of Tanzania uses images and information provided by independent travellers, giving you the fuller picture of the various sights, hotels and attractions.
The United Republic of Tanzania lies within the African Great Lakes region of East Africa. It shares international boundaries numerous other African countries. To the north lie Kenya and Uganda to the north. To the west are Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To the south are Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi. To the east is the Indian Ocean. Tanzania is very poor, and very popular for tourism, both for the national park like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, beaches around Zanzibar, Lake Victoria and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The largest cities in Tanzania are Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha and Dodoma.
Tanzania - Top Tourist Attractions
Tourism is very important to Tanzania, and it has much to offer visitors from the mountains to beaches with world class nature and game reserves. Among some of the main attractions are:
Mountains, Lakes and Islands
Mount Kilimanjaro - this 1 million year old volcano peak one of the most visited attractions in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa and a World Heritage Site. It is a place of farmland plains, tropicle forests, alpine meadows and barren lunar landscape.
Lake Victoria - the largest freshwater lake in Africa, the source of the White Nile and popular for fishing, boat trips and hiking. It is also home to Rubondo Island National Park and other island sanctuaries.
Mafia Island - great for snorkelling and diving with an abundant variety of rish and excellent coral gardens. It is also home to the endangered green turtle and about 400 different bird species.
Pemba Island - the northernmost island of the Zanzibar archipelago this offers some of the best diving in the Indian Ocean withlush coral gardens and sponges.
Bongoyo Island - an uninhabited island 2.5km from Dar es Salaam making it popular for day visits with snorkelling and sun bathing.
Lake Natron - a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region close to the Kenyan border in the Gregory Rift. It is famous for the bright colours formed by the natron and trona and the 2 million flamingoes that come to breed here.
National Wildlife Parks and Safaris
Serengeti National Park - vast grasslands filled with hundreds of thousands of animals and th largest national park in Tanzania with best time to visit between December and June. The Serengeti is a 'must' on most safari trips.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - considered one of the wonders of the natural world and a popular, if very expensive, safari option. The Ngorongoro Crater is an ancient volcano caldera that lies between Lake Manyara and the Serengeti. Nearby is the Olduvai Gorge, an important archaeological site for ancient, prehistoric, human remains.
Lake Manyara National Park - lying in the Rift Valley, this park is famous for the vast number of flamingoes and pelicans that gather on the lake. The park also has the largest concentration of baboons in the world as well as a large population of lions and elephants.
Tarangire National Park - this park is best visited in the dry season between July to September when the animals gather along the river. At this time zebra, wilderbeest, buffalo, impala, gazelle and eland are found around the river. The park is also famous for large baobab trees.
Selous Game Reserve - covering 5% of Tanzania, this is the largest game reserve in Africa. Travel is limited to the northern region up to the Rufiji River where there are large open grasslands, rivers, woodlands and plains containing the usual diversity of animals and large cats.
Ruaha National Park - the least accessible of the parks in Tanzania, it is famous for over 400 species of birds, spectacular gorges and the Great Ruaha River. It is the second largest park in Tanzania.
Arusha National Park - a small but biologically diverse park containing forest on Mount Meru, the Ngurdoto Crater and a series of seven crater lakes known as the Momela Lakes. This is the place to come to see Colobus monkeys while Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and considered the most beautiful.
Gombe Stream National Park - this is the place to come to see chimpanzees and is famous for the work of Jane Goodall who established the longest running study of chimpanzee behaviour ever conducted.
Katavi National Park - this remote park contains an enormous plain split by the Katuma River and seasonally flooded. It is well known for the birds and large herds of hippos crowding small pools during the dry season. In the wet season it is home to over 4,000 elephant and large herds of buffalo.
Zanzibar - one of the main islands of the Zanzibar peninsula to which people flock for relaxation on some of the best beaches in the world, crystal clear waters and shallow seas. Famous within it is Stone Town ( Mji Mkongwe), the oldest part of Zanzibar city with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European architecture and Zanzibar Old Fort. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.