Kilimanjaro : The Unique Beauty of Tanzania

Kilimanjaro : The Unique Beauty of Tanzania

The Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania has been named after Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. It is one of the 31 administrative areas of Tanzania. Among global tourism throttles, Tanzania has an enviable position, primarily due to the best-known safari destinations and unexplored wild fantasies. With its capital located at Moshi, Kilimanjaro is the eighth most densely populated region in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro holds a lot of amazing places in its ambit for the travelers to visit, from thrilling wildlife safaris to peaceful lakes and the highest mountain in Africa; it has a lot to offer. Here are some of the must go to places on your visit to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania:

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Kilimanjaro : The Unique Beauty of Tanzania

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

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It is the highest freestanding mountain in the World and also the tallest mountain in Africa. The feeling of being next to the highest walk-able place on the earth in itself gives a sense of excitement and accomplishment to the visitors. The trek at the Mount Kilimanjaro offers a fantastic view of Africa. Climbing on top of the summit and watching the sunrise is something that is worth to experience. January to March is the perfect period to visit Mount Kilimanjaro as it is relatively dry and less crowded during this time. From August to October also the conditions are ideal but it gets very crowded during this time. Being the most accessible summit to climb among the seven peaks around the globe, it attracts a lot of visitors. Getting to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro isn't that difficult and does not require much training, many travelers come here to get the sense of achievement of being able to climb the highest peak in Africa.

2. Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara is a shallow lake located in the Manyara district. It covers of roughly about 230 km area of the Lake Manyara National Park. The high alkaline waters of the lake attract a lot of birds. It is a heaven for those who love birdwatching. One can get a chance of viewing and observing more than three hundred different types of migration birds. The view of the lake with so many birds around it is just mesmerizing and jaw-dropping. The park around the lake gives those visiting an opportunity to experience the diverse Flora and fauna. As a visitor, you will get a lifetime opportunity to see tree-climbing lions in this natural habitat.

3. Kikuletwa Hot Springs

Kikuletwa Hot Springs is literally a paradise. A place right out from the fairy tales. The spring is alternatively calling as Chemka Hot Springs. Its proximity is very near to the Rundugai village and is best known for the relaxing atmosphere one can enjoy. Encircled by fig and palm trees, it is a seductive location for Blue monkeys, and they throng on the trees in the morning hours. The water source of the spring is Mount Kilimanjaro itself. The clean and sparkling blue water is a perfect place to go for a swim. The Kikuletwa Hot spring is an ideal spot to spend a peaceful yet adventurous day with your loved ones. If you are going with a group, your visit to the Hot springs is going to be very cheap; it is hardly going to cost you US$35, all services included.

4. Lake Chala

It is the hidden gem of Tanzania and is the perfect getaway spot from the busy city life, located at about 55 Km from Moshi, Kilimanjaro. At the lake, visitors can go for hikes, or swim in the clear waters or just sit around and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. Kayaking across the border is also an option available. Lake Chala is an ideal spot for setting up a camp and spending the night.

5. Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village

Olpopongi is known for providing an out of the box wildlife and Maasai experience. It is located in the West Kilimanjaro Maasai land which is just around 85km for Arusha and 74 km from Moshi. It gives an opportunity to dwell deep and know more about the cultural background of the people and have an enriching learning experience. The houses here are built using the simplest material like cow dung and mud. Enjoy the welcome dance and songs which will be sung by the habitats to welcome you. This place sure offers a unique experience to those who visit. Visitors can enjoy a bonfire with the Maasai people and have an exceptional dinner with them.

6. Materuni Waterfalls

Located in the beautiful and lush foothills of the Mount Kilimanjaro, the Materuni Waterfalls are a splendid sight to watch and experience. It is an ideal spot to connect with nature and have a fun and refreshing time on your visit. The height of the waterfalls is over 150 meter. Crystal clean glacier water comes down from the edge. The mere sight of this place is spellbinding. Visitors have to take a hiking path for accessing the waterfalls, which is difficult to climb at some locations; hence visitors are advised to wear shoes with proper grips. It hardly takes half an hour to reach the waterfalls from the Moshi Town. Taking a dip in the cold glacier water is a rejuvenating experience. Enjoy a peaceful time and embrace nature. It is the perfect place to click a lot of photos and take back memories along with you.

7. Ndoro Waterfalls

The Ndoro waterfall is a true bliss anybody love to watch for hours. The entry to the waterfall is well maintained and as you go up you can feel the temperature dropping due to the cold water. Hiking shoes are recommended for the visitors as the hike is occasionally steep. It is a fantastic place to cool off and blow off some steam. Lush green trees and mesmerizing fauna helps to maintain a calm balance of life, free you from all life struggles for some time. The amazing view that the place offers will definitely blow your mind. One can easily spend a whole day enjoy splashing in the water and dwell in the beauty of nature at the waterfalls.

8. Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is on the top of the bucket list of many travel junkies. The National Park offers an exciting sunset view over the plains. The name 'Serengeti' means endless plains, and rightly so as it covers a massive area of 14,763 Sq. Km. You can find lots of wildebeast, and it is their migration route. The fees for the visitors is around sixty dollars for a full twenty-four hours visit. Avoid going here in April and May as there will be profuse rainfall during this period. You can spend quality time on Game Drives during your visit and also visit the Maasai village located close to the national park. To get your adrenaline pumps up you can also choose to go on a night game drive, it will give you an opportunity to see a lot of nocturnal animals.

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Your trip to Tanzania will give you a lot of goosebumps, and you won't have even a single dull moment throughout your visit. The adrenaline rush you can experience will be a unique experience and incomparable with any adventure expeditions. People from all over the globe come here to have a look at nature's real beauty. With many national parks, the safari experience and the trekking are better than anywhere else in the world.