New Year in Tanzania can be as fiery as the hot springs and as wild as the animals. Though the people of Tanzania are quite religious when it comes to Christmas and New Year, cities such as Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam are upbeat and effervescent regarding the celebrations. Welcome this New Year by partying hard or spending some quiet time with the nature in Tanzania.
10 Must-Visit Places On New Year In Tanzania
The warm temperatures are sure to lure one and all to visit this amazing country. Here are 10 places you should visit to ring in New Year in Tanzania:
1. Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is one of those few places that offer a balloon safari. What can be more romantic than toasting for a New Year floating in the air over such a picturesque land? For a pure indulgence of nature, riding a hot air balloon is a must do activity when in Tanzania. The safari starts just before the sunrise while it is still dark, on the pretext of being able to catch the glimpse of a few nocturnal animals. It is the best way to explore the areas that are out of bounds for land safari.
Location: Serengeti National Park, Arusha
Cost for two: INR 90,000/-
Tip: Advance bookings are recommended as there are limited number of safaris available.
Zanzibar Islands are located a few kilometers north to Dar es Salaam. There are frequent flights that are available to reach this fun island. The mineral blue waters and the white sand beaches beckon people from all over the world. Zanzibar Islands are the hotspot for many international film, music and theatre festivals. Soak in the sun or get a dip in the exquisite waters. Beach sports are popular around these parts of the Island.
3. Stone Town
If one is not a beach bum, the capital of the mainland; Stone Town is a better option. The historical city has been a capital to this major port island in the Indian Ocean since the time of the Arab and British rule. One can walk around the cobblestone streets and reach the House of Wonders and the Sultan’s Palace. The architecture of the Palace is remarkable and the main features to look out for around the palace are the Forodhani gardens and the National Museum of Swahili History and Culture.
4. Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam, is the former capital of Tanzania, which has revolutionized the retail, hospitality and the economic sector of East Africa. It is a hotspot for the major International Fashion Shows organized for the promotion of pan-African fabrics. This upbeat town is famous for its nightlife and one has to visit the High Spirit Lounge Bar for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration in Tanzania. It is a rooftop bar with a stunning view of the ocean.
Location: 11th floor, IT Plaza, Ohio street, Dar es Salaam 9314, Tanzania
Cost for two: INR 2500/- including drinks
5. Mafia Island
The Mafia Island situated in the south of Dar es Salaam is a less frequented tourist hotspot. Whale watching and dolphin tours are the ideal activities around this small island. One can find many coral reefs as well in this part of the Indian Ocean. There is a museum here that exhibits the history and making of the traditional dhow boats.
A foundation based in the region of Arusha’s coffee plantations is the best place to spend a day in community service and welcome the New Year serenely. The Shanga Shanga Foundation was established by Elewana to offer shelter and employment to the disabled. The foundation currently houses around 55 deaf and mute people and help them in their income generation.
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7. Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel in Africa is known for hosting famous beach parties during the full moon. It is the party hotspot of Zanzibar. The night parties start off with a traditional African dance and later live music takes over the party. One can witness the acrobats and African music in this uncanny place. Wish the loved ones a happy New Year in Tanzania in this incredible party that is going to happen on 31st December. Sip on some refreshing cocktails while watching the sunset and get ready for some scrumptious seafood delights.
Location: Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar
Cost for two: INR 4500/-
8. Ngorongoro Highlands
Maasai culture tours are conducted by many tour operators across Tanzania and is a beautiful way to learn about the history and culture of this tribe. The tribe is located near the periphery of the Ngorongoro Highlands. The cultural tour includes a day with the people in their boma village. One can learn about their lifestyle, dance, music and beliefs. Maasai Market Curio and crafts is a market located in Arusha that showcases the products made by the Maasai tribe.
Cost for two: INR 1,24,000/-
9. Mount Kilimanjaro
The land of volcanic mountains beckons the mountain climbers from all over the world. Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the craters of Ngorongoro highlands are worth trekking. The weather in Tanzania during the New Year is pretty pleased with a bit of rain. The afternoons should not be a problem for those who are planning to trek up the mountain as it is always warm and sunny. For an adventurous New Year celebrations in Tanzania hike up to the mountains to view the world from the top of the summit.
10. Pemba Island
For a reticent holiday with the loved one, cozy up in this underwater room in the Manta Resort tucked in the small Islet of Pemba. The wooden villas are built on the seabed in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Manta Resort is a paradise with marine life cruising about the villa and so can the visitors. One can sunbathe, kayak, snorkel, enjoy some delectable seafood and watch the milky way in the night in solitude.
Location: Pemba Island, Tanzania
Cost: INR 32,000/- per night
Every year on new year, a watersports festival is organized along the shores of Tanzania. You can go surfing, scuba diving or snorkeling to put a fun end to the year. Many food shacks are propped up along the beach shores and the nightlife is equally enthralling. You’ll have a gala time blending in with the essence of nature in the land of volcanic mountains. Celebrate this New Year in Tanzania by booking a trip to Africa now.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Year In Tanzania
A. Yes, New Year is celebrated in only a few areas of Tanzania, like Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.
A. Tanzania celebrate New Year’s Day, Revolution Day, Easter Day, Good Friday, Eid and many more holidays in the country. They even celebrate Christmas in Tanzania.
A. If you happen to be in Tanzania on New Year’s, here is how you can make your time worthwhile:
2. Scuba diving
4. Exploring waterfalls
5. Gorge on delicious delicacies
A. Ugali or maize porridge is the most popular food in Tanzania. Nyama Choma, grilled fish, marinated beef, and biryani are few of the other delicacies in Tanzania.
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