By Emmanuel Onyango
TANZANIA is proud to have maintained its most tourist destination centres in various places which are so attractive to visitors especially at this time as the New Year festival is around the corner.
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, people usually make it an easy-going place to visit for a holiday. Small towns and bigger cities do offer good connections to the main natural attractions that make visitors become enjoyable.
In order to accomplish the need, one might decide to make use of the New Year festivals to fulfil the need of visiting the most attractive places in Tanzania with intent to see its historical importance and how useful have those places for the economic development of the country.
To begin with, Arusha city has become famous and during such occasions, the metropolis feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts.
Equally fascinating is that, “Arusha city is endowed with natural features, wildlife conservations and national parks such as the famous Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro national parks”.
Many people do visit the city for holiday on their way to the national parks, or climbing up Africa's tallest mountain Kilimanjaro.
It is in Arusha region whereby the famous tourist cultural group in Tanzania comes from. These are the Maasai and the Mang’ati ethnic groups. Arusha is the base for the Northern Tourist Circuit in Tanzania and is close to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
Visitors who travel to Southern Highland region of Tanzania, the best places to visit and enjoy include Katavi, Selous, Ruaha national parks. These encompasses the southern tourist circuit zone.
Another place for a holiday resort is Zanzibar which is found with some of the best beaches on earth. These can be found in the Zanzibar archipelago, and Mafia Island is equally peaceful.
Zanzibar is one of Tanzania's top destinations because of its location in the Indian Ocean and the Island has made it a natural trading center throughout its history. Famous for its spices, Zanzibar also became an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers.
Zanzibar is popular with tourists because of its wonderful beaches and the interesting, well-preserved, Stone Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The islands have a rich history due to their geographic location.
The two main islands most people visit are Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar is popular with tourists because of its wonderful beaches .
The islands have a rich history due to their geographic location, as many cultures and civilizations have plied its shores for spices and slaves. The Arabic influence remains the strongest to date, with Islam being the predominant religion on the islands.
A most fascinating thing one can notice while in Zanzibar is how most women defend traditional head scarves in respect of the dominant Islamic religion in the Isles.
Another place to visit during New Year festivity is Old Bagamoyo town which is a historic town, located about 75 kms away from Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo was the headquarters for the Germans in 1891. The port was famous for slave and ivory trade.
The meaning of Bagamoyo in Swahili is 'throw down your heart’, was probably given this name because Bagamoyo was the last place the slaves would stay in Tanzania before being shipped off.
If you visit the place one can see the Kaole Ruins which included two mosques and about 30 tombs. These mosques were built with coral and lime mortar. One of the mosques dates back between third and fourth centuries.
Strolling through Bagamoyo’s narrow, unpaved streets takes you back to the mid-19th century, when the town was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan route linking Lake Tanganyika with the sea.
Slaves, ivory, salt and copra were unloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar Island and elsewhere, and many European explorers, including Richard Burton, Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone, began and ended their trips there.