Besides the pristine landscapes and incredible wildlife, you can visit Tanzania for its rich culture and history. Even if you are not a history buff, you can enjoy these majestic historical sites. You and your co-travellers will get a chance to learn about the significant historical moments and many other aspects of Tanzania’s culture. Here are a few must-visit historical destinations of Tanzania.
Stone Town in Zanzibar
The Stonetown of Zanzibar, also commonly known as the Mji Mkongwe, meaning old town in Swahili, houses 19th-century stone architecture. The town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in the year 2000 and is one of the famous tourist attractions of Tanzania. The town comprises memorials, museums and buildings influenced by the architectural styles of Arabia, Persia, India and Europe.
Askari Monument in Dar es Salaam
The Askari monument is a significant part of Tanzania’s history and heritage as it honours the Askari soldiers who sacrificed themselves in World War I. It is located in the city of Dar es Saamm at the roundabout by Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street. It was opened to the public in the year 1927.
National Museum and House of Culture in Dar es Salaam
The National Museum was inaugurated in the year 1940 and has been a remarkable tourist destination exposing visitors to the culture of Tanzania. Displayed in the museum are fossils found at Olduvai Gorge, which trace back to human origins. Travellers who cost the museum also get the amazing opportunity to study the tribal customs of Tanzania.
Village Museum at Bagamoyo Road, Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam
Established in 1996, the Village Musem was created with the purpose of educating people about the several ethnic groups that make up the diversity of Tanzania. The museum consists of 16 different Tanzanian ethnic huts along with daily traditional music and dance shows and a souvenir shop displaying traditional ornaments.
Olduvai Gorge in Serengeti Plains
The Olduvai Gorge, also commonly known as the Oldupai Gorge, is around 48 km long and situated in the Serengeti Plains. It is registered as one of the National Historic Sites of Tanzania as it is an important paleoanthropological locality. The name Oldupai means “the place of the wild sisal” in Maasai.
Olduvai Gorge Museum in Serengeti Plains
The Olduvai Gorge Museum is situated at the junction of the main and side gorges in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, five km away from the Olduvai Gorge Monument. The British paleoanthropologist Mary Leakty founded this museum in the 1970s. It is one of Africa’s largest onsite museums, which displays educational exhibits for visitors.
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