Tanzania is adventurous and the varied expeditions always get one excited; whether it is climbing the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, driving for a wildlife safari or plunging in for water fun. What next after your active holiday? The beauty of Tanzania is unescapable and finding your own heavenly spot to relax makes for a fulfilling experience in Tanzania. TYP lists down some leisure options to consider post an intense safari.
Relax by the Beach
Plenty, diverse and gorgeous, the Swahili coast covers petite islands, archipelagos and towns that offer the best of relaxation. Zanzibar is dotted with beach resorts- from affordable guest houses to five star luxury resorts. Beaches in Zanzibar are pristine and neighboring islands such as Mafia and Pemba have leisure spots that are private, exclusive and promising. It is just perfect to add a tranquil beach holiday to your safari itinerary.
Sail across the ocean for a sundowner while reminiscing of your days spent in Tanzania. Dhow cruises offer an authentic experience and a memorable touch to your holiday. Opt for a full day dhow cruise with snorkeling, sand back picnic and barbeque option or simple hop into the traditional boat for an evening ride. Small parties and get together can also be arranged for around the coastal Islands of Tanzania.
Once you have discovered plenty of wildlife and natural beauty of Tanzania, perhaps it is time to explore the cities and towns. Selected tour operators and independent guides offer half and full day city tours in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Kigoma, Stone Town. City tours offer a unique experience as you stroll through day markets, visit historical landmarks and architecture and interact with locals.
Delightfully, yoga is a growing art in Tanzania and trainers offer sessions in scenic parts of the country. Yoga retreats and events are often organized at hotels, beach resorts and lodges in Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Arusha. This enlightening and relaxing sessions can be combined with your beach holiday or while opting for hilltop recreation or a weekend getaway.
Dining and Entertainment
Night Life in Tanzania is unique. One may not be able to freely move on the streets however there are some great options to consider. Barbeque dinner in open air restaurants, enjoy full moon parties by the beach or in the yacht, dine in at a sea food restaurant or head to a club and grove to sassy Swahili music. After a serene experience, the night life in cities like Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar add a zing to your holiday.
Hot Springs and Waterfalls
Have you heard of Maji Chem Chem or the Soni Waterfalls? Rare and special, these sights are worth visiting to ease out exhaustion and experience another side of scenic Tanzania. Your tour operator can organize for day time trip to chemchem hot water springs in Arusha. Enjoy views of the surrounding greenery as you dip into the magical water. Soni waterfalls near Lushoto and Mt. Meru waterfall in Arusha are equally beautiful and visitors love to spend time there with some packed lunch and a bottle of wine.
Visit Souvenir Stores
Take some beautiful memories home from Tanzania. Souvenir stores are well organized and well spread in all parts of the country. Rather than purchasing from hotels, travelers enjoy shopping from streets, local markets and cultural stores. Some recommended stores are Cultural Heritage in Arusha, Mwenge Market, Tinga Tinga Oysterbay and Slipway in Dar es Salaam where you can buy beautiful gifts from wooden carvings to large paintings all at an affordable price. We also have a list of signature picks from Tanzania.
The lives of the tribal people of Tanzania is simplistic and that is what amazes guests from developed nations to experience a basic life and culture. Tour operators offer interesting visits to the tribals where one gets to closely experience the culture of these tribes Masai, Chage, Wahehe, Bantu, Hadza there are more than 120 tribes in Tanzania.
Many travelers feel connected to the people after close interaction with the safari guides and even the locals. There are many volunteering opportunities in Tanzania; at orphanages, schools, international wildlife organizations etc. Some safari companies may have their own NGO’s which you may enjoy to support or work with. Volunteering is truly a life transforming experience.
Tanzania organizes some world class events and if you have to be here right on time, there are fantastic opportunities. The Jahazi and Jazz Literary and Music Festival, Sauti Za Busara, Zanzibar International Film Festival, travel and trade shows, arts and cultural exhibitions are some fine events to visit during your stay in Tanzania.