Some of the most famous Tanzanian tourist spots are in the north of the country, but what does southern Tanzania have to offer…
- Selous Game Reserve
This is an important conservation area and the biggest protected wildlife reserve in Africa. At over 54,000 square kilometres this expanse of southern Tanzania is larger than Switzerland! Its 70,000 elephants represent approximately 8% of Africa’s total and you’re likely to see a much broader range of major species here than in any other East African reserve, although not with the concentration and quantities of the Serengeti . It’s famous for its wild dogs and black rhino can also be spotted within the reserve. Parts of the reserve are extremely scenic, especially areas around the Great Rufiji River where there is a designated photographic zone, and a real highlight is a motorboat safari. As it’s a protected reserve, rather than a national park, a wider range of activities are permitted. Travellers can enjoy hiking safari’s, vehicle safaris are aloud off track and fly camping is also popular. It is one of the largest faunal reserves in the world and if that isn’t enough, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Mnazi Bay – Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park
Southern Tanzania offers an underwater paradise to beginner snorkellers and advanced divers alike with a diverse range of dive sites and marine life. This stretch of coastline with pristine protected coral boasts some of the finest diving sites in the region and is recognised as the centre of biological diversity for the East African coast. Over 400 species of fish have been identified in the region, alongside rare species of marine life and over 258 species of coral. The PADI dive centre in the region is just a 5 minute stroll down the hill from The Old Boma.
- Kilwa Kisiwani
Described by early travellers as “one of the greatest and most beautiful cities in the world”, Kilwa Kisiwani in southern Tanzania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on a small 20 square kilometre island ten minutes by motor boat across the bay from Kilwa Masoko. Historically, it was the centre of the Kilwa Sultanate that ruled the entire length of the Swahili coast. It dates back to the 9th century but was at its peak between the 13th and 15th centuries. It was a major cultural and commercial city with strong trading links in the Arabian peninsula. The archaeology here is fascinating and features the Great Mosque of Kilwa, the Palace of Husuni Kubwa (the Great Fort) and Husuni Ndogo (Little Fort).Click here for a 360 degree virtual tour of the Great Mosque.
All of the above can easily be incorporated with a visit to The Old Boma, Mikindani. Please contact us to discuss your holiday and travel plans.