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Tanzania safaris, Lodge and wildlife Camping

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Tanzania safaris Africa

One of the safari destinations for a tour to Africa, Tanzania offers some abundant wildlife and nature. Not many holiday destinations in Africa compares with Tanzania. From the peaks of the highest mountain in Africa, to the endless plains of the Serengeti. See the millions of wildlife, Zebra, Wildebeest, Topi and others on the annual migrations into Kenya.  Primate safaris at the Gombe stream and see troops of Chimpanzees at the sanctuary. Enjoy the Tanzania Safaris and holidays of a lifetime, then have our experienced operations team based in Arusha plan your vacation.

A sample of Tanzania safaris:

 

A Tanzania holiday,

is not only about the wildlife African safari, but the rich cultures of the friendly people. You can experience the Masai tribesmen on the northern Tanzania circuit. The Bush tribesmen have maintained their tradition of hunting and gathering around the Lake Eyasi and the Ngorongoro highlands. Following the arrival into Tanzania, our tours, begin from the Kilimanjaro International Airport with a night in Arusha or Dar Es Salaam. Shopping after a wildlife viewing holiday in Tanzania, is available at the border crossings of Namanga. Also at the airport and some curio shops owned by the local Samburu and Masai. For those with a limited time in Tanzania, you may want to visit some cultural centers. Experience local traditions of the population close to the main cities.

The Serengeti game reserve

The Serengeti  Tanzania features very prominently on an African Wildlife Safari.  Millions of Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Cheetah, Rhino and countless birds can be seen on your Vacation in the Tanzanian wilderness. The annual migration best observed from the beginning of the year, till around August, when the migrating wildlife moves through the different sections of the Serengeti on their voyage into the Masai Mara in Kenya. Large prides of Lion, Cheetah, Jackal, Hyena, wild dog and vultures congregate during this magnificent natural phenomenon.

Zanzibar

For a holiday of Tanzania into Zanzibar, one would usually end their big five trip tour by flying , driving or sailing into the Zanzibar Islands. The options include; Visiting the Old Stone Town with the ancient architecture brought about by the Arabs during the slave trade era. The beach holidays of Tanzania, provide some relaxation and spa service. Other activities include water spots and scuba diving in clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. You may also take time to explore the spice Islands, visiting the local Swahili people who work on these farms, sample their home prepared foods and get to enjoy the white sandy beaches at the coast.

Southern Circuit

In the south of the country, Tanzania offers walking safaris, as well as river cruises. Walking safaris are then conducted from lodges or Safari camps with ranger guide. Or as close as a few meters by the guided boat safaris on the Rufiji river. Wildlife in this area is not seen in the other national parks of Tanzania. It is possible to see large packs of hunting dogs outrunning and feeding on wildebeest, you could also see the rare Greater Kudu, Roan Antelope and the Oryx. Hippos and Nile crocodiles bask by the river banks. The colorful birds like the pelicans, fish along rivers with the occasional Cape buffalo in the Miombo woodland swamps.

Wildlife safaris

A safari into the Ngorongoro Crater, guarantees wildlife viewing, since most of the animals are non migratory. Game can be seen all year around and you would also be able to see the millions of flamingos here, as well as on Lake Manyara. The colorful pink birds, can be seen feeding on the algae in the shallow volcanic Lakes. The Black Rhinos are very common in the Ngorongoro, while for the historically leaning safari enthusiast, the home of the Nut cracker fossil and the millions year old stone tools at the Olduvai gorge museum will provide some background to human evolution.

Nature walks

The wildlife Lodges in the Serengeti Game Reserve, Lake Mnayara, Tarangire, as well as the Selous and Mikumi National parks offer guided walking safaris close to their properties. The resident local Masai guides will be able to show you around. They interpret nature and follow animal spoors while identifying birds, plant life and offering lectures on the history of the area.

Balloon Safaris

The Balloon safaris are usually offered in the Serengeti plains, where you fly in a hydrogen powered craft, floating over the African Savannah. The animals below are a sight to behold as you glide peacefully over Elephant, Zebra, Lion, cheetah and other wildlife, before landing for a sumptuous buffet bush breakfast with champagne. This is usually available with advance booking through the safari company.

Camping tours

Camping Tanzania safaris, are a good way of experiencing the wildlife of Tanzania at an affordable price but not so comfortable sleeping arrangements. In a private or shared safari land cruiser, clients will be staying in mobile tents in the open Savannah and the private chef will be cooking the meals off a mobile Kitchen while on safari.

The mountain climbing expeditions into the Kilimanjaro, meanwhile, hike through Mountain vegetation into the peaks of Africa’s highest point. Glaciers and snow are eventually reached on a multi day climb with Tanzanian local guides. This trip can also be combined with other tours in Tanzania, or a trek of the primates in Mahale. You may also encounter some birds on your African safari where the notable Martial Eagle and the Secretary bird may be on the lookout for the snakes and rodents on your African Holiday.
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Tanzania Travel guide, Safaris Information

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Travel Guide to Tanzania, Destination planning.

TANZANIA SAFARIS

Tanzania travel guide for a first time traveler to Africa. Boasting, Tanzania has large wildlife populations still roaming in the wilderness of the African plains on the Serengeti. As well as the southern parks of the Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha, Rufiji conservation areas. Wildlife viewing, has remained undisturbed through chaotic political instability that has affected most of the African nations from the 1960s. This is one of the remaining places in Africa where you are able to experience peaceful unrivaled wildlife safari experiences. See the plains game in their natural habitat in Tanzania in custom built vehicles or walking safaris.

Tanzania’s National parks and game reserves include the Serengeti Game reserve, the migrations are observed as they cross into Kenya. Wildebeest return to calve in the rainy seasons, meanwhile, the Ngorongoro Crater animals live in an extinct  Caldera base. Mount Kilimanjaro, attracts climbers and novice hikers into the snowy peaks along the Equator. Mahale Mountains and the Gombe stream host populations of primates in the forest margins of Lake Tanganyika. After a week or so after the safari, visitors enjoy white sands and culture at the Beaches of Zanzibar. Alternatively,  some deep sea diving on the Islands of Mafia or Pemba.

Flights into Tanzania

Most flights servicing Tanzania are from Europe, United States of America, Canada, Australia and the far east. These connect through European cities and fly either into Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar Es Salaam. Out of  USA flying on a national carrier, Canada, South America or from the far East into Europe. Then would connect to Tanzania by any of the following flights: British Airways through London, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Other flights are Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines through Istanbul, Swiss Air from Zurich or Qatar Air through Doha;

For regional flights out of South Africa, direct flights from Johannesburg using south African Airways and Air Tanzania. You are welcome to check details at the time of planning.

International Airports

The airports that serve Tanzania’s arriving guests are the following;

* The Kilimanjaro International Airport which is approximately one hour from Arusha town.
* Dar es Salaam International Airport close to the City and alongside the Indian Ocean, just minutes for a transfer.
* Though not as frequently used, Mwanza airport serves as a regional airport, serving areas near the western Serengeti park.
* Lastly, Zanzibar Airport is used by the travelers who are headed to the Beach or to stone town.

Travel documentation passports or Visas
A valid visa is required by a traveler to Tanzania. The visa to Tanzania costs US$50 for a single entry and are obtainable at the point of entry into Tanzania. However, the following nationals do not require a visa to enter into Tanzania; Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong and Kenya. Also, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Health Requirements

It is a requirement from arriving Tanzania safari guests to have cholera and yellow fever vaccination international certificates. This is a requirement for traveling in East Africa which falls in a yellow fever zone. You may also consider taking shots against polio, hepatitis, typhoid and any other shots recommended by the home Health authority. Travelers on a trip to Tanzania, are also required to take anti malaria medication before traveling to Tanzania.  This builds the Malaria resistance for the time one is on their African Safari.

Otherwise, in case of medical emergencies, clients are required to take Travel/medical insurance. This covers medical, as well as evacuation services in case of falling ill while on safari. Our outfit would be happy to assist with transporting to the local medical care facilities.

Climate of Tanzania

The climate in Tanzania varies with the seasons based on two rain seasons and two dry seasons. These are: From January till the end of February, Tanzania experiences a short dry spell with variable temperatures. Ranging between  10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 29 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit. From then, the rains come down in most of Tanzania, bringing about the short rains. In the southern Tanzanian parts of the Serengeti, rain attracts the child birth giving wildebeest during these months. Temperatures fall as low as 09 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Fahrenheit. This would be the off season, and prices generally drop based on the low occupancy at the safari lodges. Some tented camps usually close during these months.

The high season brings some much needed Favorite sunny conditions for game viewing of the safari animals. The temperatures are averagely between 21 – 30 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit on some days. Evenings and early morning are too chilly, warm clothing is recommended for morning safaris in the parks. Due to the global warming phenomenon, prediction the climate and weather with precision isn’t 100%. This includes the movement of the wildebeest and rain forecasts.

What to take

A good camera to take wildlife pictures and a spare one to take pictures of the landscapes. Another for backup in case of malfunction should be considered. We recommended a good SLR camera with a good 600mm lens, Image stabilizer, good wide angle lens. Enough disk storage for your photos. Also, a bean/rice bag for taking pictures off your open topped safari vehicle. A good pair of binoculars to spot birds and distant wildlife should be considered. A Video camera to take back the experiences of your safari in Tanzania.

Not forgetting a flashlight and spare batteries for your equipment. Good sunshades and a brimmed hat will be very helpful in the African sun, while the sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s rays while in the field. Bug spray and lip balm should also make it easier for you in these high temperatures on the African holiday in the bush.

Funds for extras while on safari take care of additional or optional drinks at the lodge or safari camps. The major lodges take credit card at a surcharge and you may also be able to draw some money off your credit card at the banks in the major towns or at the local banks. When possible, carry some foreign currency used to pay for extras and tips on your tour. It is actually advisable to carry a little more cash just in case the rates of exchange are bad in the remote areas on the safari tour.

Baggage allowance and advice

There is a limit on how much luggage to carry on International flights, as well as domestic flights through East Africa. It is with this limit that we advise travelers to travel as light as possible. Before the tour, store the extra luggage at the Hotel in Arusha while out on your safari in Tanzania.

Language of the local Tanzanians
The most used language for communication in Tanzania is Swahili. However, please note that our English speaking guides will be able to teach you some basic swahili to communicate, should you wish.

Money used in Tanzania
* Tanzania shillings are the national currency units which easily exchange for dollars, pound sterling, euro or other international currency. Guests can exchange Tanzanian shillings at the Forex bureau or airport before departure. Payments by credit or debit cards attract surcharges which may explain the poor rates of exchange should you find a willing establishment that takes this form of payment.

What to expect on a Tanzania safari

A day on safari in Tanzania starts with an early breakfast, and transfer to either a wildlife viewing area which may be quite a bit of a drive. At times, you start the morning safari before breakfast for better wildlife experiences, but after a couple of days, the body adjusts. Please do feel free to communicate your desires to your safari guide to adjust the program for your comfort.

Transit times between the parks may be longer due to several factors and it is advisable that during your trip planning, you consider spending, at least 2 nights at each location to maximize the safari experience, as well as take time to relax after some game viewing. Wildlife is wild in Africa, please follow your guide’s instructions in regards to how you approach an African safari wildlife. The animals have a right of way and you may try to keep a distance in case your guide determines that this would endanger your lives or the lives of the animals.

What to wear

For an African safari in Tanzania, we recommend cotton clothing based on earth colors. Safari clothing from your travel store will provide long breathable cotton pants, shirts, safari jacket for photography as well as carrying a bandana to protect against dust and also to help on chilly days. Avoid wearing dark colors, these attract tsetse flies and may be an inconvenience at game viewing in tsetse infested areas.

The chilly mornings and evenings, a fleece jacket with a hood is a good idea. For the ladies, shorts on the safari are appropriate due to the humidity and the high temperatures, when going out in the public places away from the tourist areas, it is advisable to cover up for reasons of different cultures. Case in point is for Zanzibar where the religious faiths determine a different dress code for women at public places.If in doubt, you are welcome to contact your guide or immediate point of contact.

A wide brimmed hat protects you from the mid afternoon sun rays and helps with the glare. You may also be able to spend time in the swimming pool after the morning safari, which means, consider a swimsuit for your packing list.

Warm gear for the Mountain climbs include thermal vests, socks, underwear, waterproof trekking shoes, snow goggles, balaclava,snow mittens or snow gloves, good waterproof rain jacket, lightweight poncho and a heavy duty fleece.

Tipping on a Tanzania Safari

A tip for your Tanzania safari guide or hotel room attendant may not be obligatory, however you can use a guideline of USD20-40 per day for exceptional service or a 10% off your restaurant meal for the waiters. A tip box at the lodges or private safari camps exists for a collective staff tip.

Travel or Medical Insurance
Please consider an appropriate Insurance policy for Travel to Africa when traveling. This should be able to cover for missed flights, medical cover, force of nature, lost baggage, personal injury or accidents.

Prohibited photography
Please consult your guide in regards prohibited places before taking pictures on your fist or last night of your safari in Tanzania. For your information, pictures of military installations, personnel, local airports police personnel, head of state motorcade, statehouse and related features.

Security
Please take special care to keep your belongings safe by leaving your belongings at the hotel security deposit section. If possible, keep your jewellery at your hotel and all your valuables kept safe in your room. Only carry valuables as you move into busy towns and trading centers and have all your safari vehicle windows locked at all times. Should you intend to stay out longer in town either enjoying the nightlife,your security is more important to us and we recommend you only visit more security conscious establishments. Avoid walking through dark alleys or deserted streets and always take a marked cab when returning to your overnight accommodation.

Tanzania Tours and Safaris

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Tanzania Tours and Safaris

A list of Tanzania tours and safaris feature the best African Safaris and wildlife in Tanzania by Travelust African Safaris. Our safaris begin from the Arusha National park, where tours include walking safaris and game drives. Safaris are based  on custom built vehicles meanwhile and some feature otional boat trips. Anyone with a limited time of visiting Tanzania is able to see wildlife on one or multi day trip.  Elephants, Zebras and giraffes feeding on the Savannah plains in the close proximity to the Mount Meru.

A list of recommended Tours in Tanzania:

Chimpanzee trekking safaris feature in the Gombe stream National park established by Jane Goodall on Lake Tanganyika. Forest walks following these habituated troops of chimpanzees as well as other primate safaris are possible in the Mahale Mountains. Other primate viewing of the red colubus occurs in some sections of the Zanzibar Islands.

Tours of Lake Manyara National park include bird watching trips to see water birds on the Lake, including the flamingos. Hippos in addition to Elephant herds, crowd at the water banks near Karatu. Meanwhile, see the Lions and the big five including African rock pythons on the safari holiday of Tanzania.

Mikumi and Selous Safari Tanzania

National parks offer safaris to the southern Tanzania to see the rare African wild dogs or hunting dogs. Also, and other non migratory wildlife in remote surroundings. Lake cruises by boats in addition, walking safaris are more popular in these wildlife sanctuaries. Mikumi and Selous remains off the beaten track for the mass tourist destination. These trips operate from the Dar Es Salaam area. Easily connect to the Islands of Zanzibar for marine safaris or beach holidays for relaxing by the beach.

The Kilimanjaro climb safari of Tanzania is available as a few days trek or as long as 9 days. Walking through some unique vegetation and different land formations as one climbs to the peaks of the Africa’s highest mountain. Climbing holidays combine with a trip to the Serengeti plains or a combination of Kilimanjaro and gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda.

Ngorongoro craters in Tanzania’s rift is a remnant of a caldera which hosts some of the largest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Daily half day tours operate by 4×4 safari vehicles into the crater, the last remaining Black Rhinos flourish in their natural habitat. Others include the Hippos, Lions, flamingos Zebra and a variety of birds. Olduvai gorge tours included on a trip to the Ngorongoro feature the fossils of the early humans on earth.

Migrations safaris in Tanzania

Serengeti tours following the wildebeest migrations start from the southern parts of this park where the wildebeests would be calving in the early years. They then move up into the Central Serengeti where the Nile crocodiles and Lions alongside cheetahs would be feeding off them on their annual migration into Kenya. The game viewing tours base on luxury mobile tented camps or riverside camps at the crossing points, see millions of animals crossing on a daily basis.

From the months of September till the late October, the bulk of safaris move to the Kenya side. Meanwhile, the migrating animals return into Tanzania to have their young ones and restart the world’s greatest spectacle. African safari tours to the Serengeti are conducted either as camping, luxury tenting or Lodge options out of Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and feature lion hunts, Cape Buffalo, Ostriches, Rhinos and Leopards in the wild.

Tanzania holiday tours to Tarangire feature viewing of Africa’s Elephants and Lion prides. In the Baobab forests or on the floodplains of the tarangire river, Hippos and birds roam alongside Zebra and wildebeests.

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