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The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Tanzania

Tanzania is well known for its endless endowments, a nation that bless visitors with wonders like Zanzibar Archipelago, Ngorongoro, Serengeti or Mt Kilimanjaro. A destination with magical Ocean coastline full of idyllic beaches, and arguably the land with most safarisWith over two thousand villages, the country is diverse in architecture, fascinating traditions and culture. Let’s have a look at the most beautiful towns in Tanzania that you should explore.

We also recommend our guide to the top things to do and see in Mwanza.


Mbeya, a city located in southwestern Tanzania, it is also the capital of the Mbeya region. This town is a major transit hub for connections to Malawi and Zambia, and access point to Lake Tanganyika. When in the region, you can go for some stunning panoramic views of the waterfalls like Kapologwe and Mwalalo. A tourism jewel filled with wonders from Usangu Valley Game Reserve to the famous Matema Beach with cool and soft sands of lake Nyasa. Unmissable is the Mbozi meteriorite at the Marengi Hill, Loleza Peaks and the Utengule view point. A trip to Mbeya is always an exciting one, and the weather is cool.

Dar es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam Most Beautiful cities in Tanzania
Dar Es Salaam Waterfront, Tanzania. © Milos Djokic/Flickr

On the Swahili coast of Tanzania sits Dar es Salaam and its port. It is the most populous city of the nation and its fastest growing with over four million people. A commercial hub of Tanzania, and of economic importance to entire East African region. The Port of Dar es Salaam is East Africa’s second-busiest port and handle over handles 90% of the country’s cargo. The town square, with its eclectic cultural mix of African, Arab, Indian and German influences, is the most urbanized life of the country. Besides the sighting the beautiful towering high-rises, visitors can see the Botanical Gardens and the National Museum. On the western shores of the Indian Ocean is the Coco Beach where visitors can enjoy white sand.


Moshi is the coffee producing centre of Tanzania, surrounded with natural parks and mountain ranges. This town is a nature luxury of its own, the gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. The exotic town of Moshi preserves cleanliness style and keeps the traditions alive. Offering tourists cultural tours, hiking, camping, and other fun activities. A distinctive urban layout, laid-back vibes with bars and restaurants brewing the finest coffees. Product of the vast plantations of coffee blanket in the area. Easily one of the most beautiful towns in Tanzania with a lot to offer tourists. Climbing expedition of Mount Kilimanjaro is a major fun here, and also one of the top things to do in Tanzania. Guests can also take trips to explore Lake Chale, Kikuletwa hot springs and Materumi waterfalls. Unmissable event in Moshi is the seasonal coffee auctions – wholesale coffee is bid for by buyers from all over the world.


Top things to do and see in Mwanza Tanzania
Bismarck Rock at sunset, tourist attraction in Mwanza, Tanzania. © Louise Campbell

On the shores of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania, is the town Mwanza. Mwanza is a thriving town with many forms of business providing economic stability to the lake region. One certified thing that makes the town beautiful and a must visit for tourists are the beautiful landmarks the town offers. The city of Mwanza has a unique character and beauty but it can be hard to decide what are the best things to do and see. From the famous icon of the city, Bismarck rock to vibrant, thriving town markets.


Iringa is a pleasant small town located in central Tanzania. Quiet and peaceful town, offering traditional Africa culture and a bustling market. A view of Iringa from a hill top stretches over the town. Visitors can take a trip to the Ruaha River and explore the Ruaha National Park.


Arusha Most Beautiful cities in Tanzania
Top of the Mount Meru, the second-highest mountain in Tanzania. © Manuel G. Chicano

Located on the north eastern Tanzania, this town offers breathtaking views from both Mt. Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Arusha is the home and gateway to safaris, often referred to as the safari capital of the country. Guests can visit any time of the year; its safari circuit runs all year around. And this town enjoys temperate climate throughout the year. Pack your bags and prepare to adventure into the African bush. Unlimited exploration of attractions like Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre, Mount Meru, Arusha National Park and Lake Manyara. Stay safe and avoid the touts offering bad safaris and souvenirs.


Dodoma is the capital city of Tanzania, and home to the government institutions. However, Dar es Salaam remains the economic and commercial centre of the nation. This town is a custom-built capital, still struggling to find authenticity of urban life. From Gaddafi Mosque to Nyerere Square, the town has some places and items of interest to visitors.

Stone Town

Stone Town Beautiful towns in Tanzania
Stone Town view from the Indian Ocean. © Muhammad Mahdi Karim

The Stone Town is a picturesque historic town in Tanzania, located on the western coast of Unguja of the Zanzibar Archipelago. A UNESCO World Heritage site, of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. Stone Town’s architecture is a mixture of African, Arab, Indian and European. Excellent Swahili crafts and building abound, and nearby sandy beaches. Guests can explore the historical buildings and landmarks like the Old Fort, the House of Wonders, Anglican cathedral of Christ Church, etc. Stone town is definitely one of the top holiday destinations in Tanzania.


Butiama beach Beautiful beaches in Tanzania
Sunset at the resort Butiama Beach in Butiama, Tanzania. © Butiama Beach

Butiama, a town in northern Tanzania, the birthplace and home of Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania. This town is best known for its gorgeous and peaceful beache, the Butiama beach. Guests can explore the resorts and enjoy nature and marine life to the fullest. From sundowner picnic on the beach to snorkeling and a swim in the ocean. Definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Tanzania.


This town is considered the agricultural heartland of Tanzania, its highlands are major farms. Home to the iconic Sokoine University (Tanzania’s national agricultural institute). Visitors can embark on an adventure to explore some of the oldest forests on the continent. Experience the ancient woodlands and its birdlife, as well as a diverse plant species. Cultural tours of the region, Morogoro is a perfect escape from Tanzania urban life.


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