Seven Things Everyone Should Know Before Visiting Tanzania

December 25, 2018By Judy Chege

Decorated with stunning works of nature and natural landscapes, an African safari to Tanzania is awe- inspiring. From massive African wildlife, mountain hiking, idyllic islands, well preserved old towns, unique cultural experiences, an oddly coloured lake, beaches to warm and welcoming locals, essentially everything about Tanzanian tours hits the spot. No matter what your interest is, Tanzanian safaris have something in making it the best African travel destination.  Here are seven things you should know if you are planning a trip to Tanzania

 Catch the best African wildlife in Tanzania

African wildlife is the prime reason why many tourists spend their vacation in Tanzania. From the African big cats, giraffes, avian species, elusive animals to zebras, Tanzania National Parks are packed with plenty of African wildlife roaming freely in the vast plains and savannah.  Tourists can custom-make their safaris across famous Tanzania’s parks including Serengeti, Selous, Ruaha, Manyara, Tarangire and The Ngorongoro Conservation where they can experience up-close encounters with African animals strolling in their natural habitats.

 Learn a bit of a Tanzanian lingo

 Tanzania has the highest number of Swahili speakers in Africa. If you are planning on visiting Tanzania learn a few basic Swahili words. However, you don’t have to worry about your travel itinerary as the Tanzanian tour guides are highly knowledgeable and fluent in English.

Greetings Form an Important Part of Tanzanian Culture

Greetings are highly regarded in Tanzania and considered a sign of respect and care. When travelling around Tanzania, it is always good to say hi or Jambo to the local people. Habari yako?  Translated to mean, hello, how are you? is a Common Tanzanian greeting

 Mount Kilimanjaro is home to Tanzania

Sitting near the Kenyan border lies Mount Kilimanjaro where a hike is a must visit when travelling to Tanzania. At 5895 meters, this dormant Volcano is the tallest in Africa and entails a non-technical hike.  The base of Mount Kilimanjaro is surrounded by the beautiful Kilimanjaro National Park and lush green sceneries. Mount Kilimanjaro trekking tour packages are adventurous and usually takes five to nine days depending on the route taken with the most popular route being The Machame route.

Tanzania is home to the largest Wildebeest Migration

While the Maasai Mara annual wildebeest migration might be more popular on the Kenyan side, it is for the better part of the year circulating in Tanzania’s Serengeti plains.  Although it is more prominent in June to October, the zebras and wildebeests are almost always grazing in the different sections of the expansive Serengeti National Park. In addition, Tanzania’s wildebeest migration is less flocked thus making it an ideal location for watching this phenomenal experience.

Tanzania has one of The World’s Most Bright-red Lake

Ever heard of a bright coloured lake with fluctuating colours?  Tailor-made northern Tanzania safaris will offer you a chance to tour Lake Natron. This shallow lake changes its colour from bright red, orange to pink depending on season and rate of evaporation. At a PH of 7-10 and temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, this unusual lake is an abode to millions of flamingoes and unique algae spices. Interestingly other than the species that are adapted to living in this mineral-rich lake, its highly saline content calcifies any organism that comes into contact with it.

Experience the ultimate honeymoon destination

Dotted with serene and calm beaches, Zanzibar Island boasts of being one the best African beach destinations.  From delicious Zanzibari cuisines to world-class resorts, this exotic island is a notorious paradise for lovers and offers the best romantic getaway and honeymoon packages in Tanzania.

Africa; a dream or a nightmare.

November 14, 2018By Sabiha Kermali

Heading off on an African Safari, there are so many thoughts that might go through one’s mind. Like dying of malaria or getting bitten by a lion. I have one solution and that is to chill and quit overthinking. There is always a balance between the pros and cons of an African Safari, sometimes it might be a case where the cons outweigh the pros. Why you might be asking, well the cons include the chance that the wonder and allure that Africa offers will attract you to such an extent that you will never want to leave. Once you have set off on your journey, the attraction and the way the mind gets hypnotized whilst being in Africa and encountering the notorious wildlife and its surroundings is the ultimate African adventure in itself. You will find yourself wanting to explore more of what this majestic continent has to offer. So obviously, the more exploring you do, the more your pockets will be exploited.

Jokes aside, I remember the first time I set off on my African adventure. Personally, I thought it would be a bore. I told myself that this trip was going to be trying to look out for animals that are too busy hunting for their dinner or too lazy to show themselves. If you have already guessed it, yes I was referring to lions and rhinos. But I was completely wrong. From the time I met a baby baboon at the entrance of the national park until our bumpy ride to the exit gate, I wanted that bumpy car ride to never come to an end. I felt a sense of the inner explorer in me wanting to jump out and search for the next beautiful animal I come across to fascinate me. As for the pros of an African Safari, there an array of safaris to choose from fit for a traveler and their personal preference. From off-road safaris that give you a more personal meeting with the animals to balloon safaris that give you an aerial view of the wildlife at your feet. With lodging, well there is a selection too. Some find it comfortable sleeping in luxurious camps with a lion roaring outside their tent and there are some who enjoy the extravagant lodges that offer you the memorable experience whilst admiring the animals in action from a distance.

So, it is vital that you do your research before you venture out on your trip to make sure that you make your trip worthwhile. Otherwise, you might just need to book yourself on another safari again. Cutting out the comedy, have no fear if you have opted to go on a safari. Sure there will be mosquitoes and wild animals, but the overall feeling of being in Africa is truly an exhilarating and beautiful one. You will experience a sense of calmness, tranquility, serenity and all the other good things you can possibly find in a dictionary.

Remember once in Africa, always in Africa.

MAKENA PACKAGE

September 19, 2018By admin

6 nights / 7 days.:

Day 1: Depart Arusha and drive down to Tarangire in the afternoon. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Experience game drive through Tarangire National Park then a delicious lunch at the lodge. In the evening drive to Karatu and spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Karatu.

Day 3: Enter Ngorongoro conservation area for crater tour with picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Karatu and spend another night in a Karatu Lodge.

Day 4: After breakfast, drive to central Serengeti National Park with an en-route game drive with picnic lunch. Optional activity: visit Olduvai Gorge and/or Maasai village and spend the night in an exclusive tented camp.

Day 5: Take a trip in Serengeti’s hot air balloon safaris (optional) accompanied with bush breakfast or breakfast at the camp.  Catch the wildlife in action in the morning and in the afternoon, indulge in a delicious lunch at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Rest up in another splendid tented camp

ZAWADI PACKAGE

September 19, 2018By admin

5 nights / 6 days:

Day 1: Depart Arusha and drive down to Tarangire in the afternoon. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Experience a Tarangire game drive followed by a delicious meal at the lodge. Drive to central Serengeti National Park where you spend a lavish night in the tented camps.

Day 3: Take a trip in Serengeti’s hot air balloon safaris ( optional)  accompanied with either bush breakfast or breakfast at the camp.  Catch the wildlife in action in the morning and in the afternoon, indulge in a delicious lunch at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Rest up in another splendid tented camp.

Day 4: Drive to Karatu with en-route game drive with picnic lunch. Optional activity: visit Olduvai Gorge and/or Maasai village and spend the night at a lodge in Ngorongoro.

Day 5: After breakfast, arrive in the Ngorongoro conservation area for crater tour. Late afternoon return to Karatu and spend the night at a lodge in Ngorongoro

Day 6: After breakfast return to Arusha.

WAWUDA PACKAGE

September 13, 2018By admin

7 nights / 8 days:

Day 1: Depart Arusha and drive down to Tarangire in the afternoon. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire National Park

Day 2: After breakfast, tour the Tarangire Park in the morning and evening with a delicious meal at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with a picnic lunch at Tarangire National Park. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire.

Day 3: After a delicious breakfast, opt for another game drive thereafter lunch. In the evening, drive to Karatu and spend the night in one of the exclusive lodges.

Day 4: After Breakfast take a trip to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for crater tour with picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Karatu and spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Karatu.

Day 5: After breakfast, drive to central Serengeti National Park with an en-route game drive with picnic lunch. Optional activity: visit Olduvai Gorge and/or Maasai village and spend the night in an exclusive tented camp.

Day 6: Take a trip in Serengeti’s hot air balloon safaris (optional) accompanied with either bush breakfast or breakfast at the camp.  Catch the wildlife in action in the morning and in the afternoon, indulge in a delicious lunch at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Rest up in another splendid tented camp.

Day 7:After Breakfast, Drive to Manyara for lunch at lodge and a game drive. Spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Manyara

Day 8: After breakfast return to Arusha.

WAWIRA PACKAGE

September 13, 2018By admin

8 nights / 9 days:

 

Day 1: Depart Arusha and drive down to Tarangire in the afternoon. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire National Park.

Day 2: After breakfast, tour the Tarangire Park in the morning and evening with a delicious meal at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with a picnic lunch at Tarangire National Park. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire.

Day 3: After breakfast go for a game drive through the park and dine at the lodge for lunch. In the evening, drive to Karatu and spend the night in an exquisite lodge in Karatu.

Day 4: After Breakfast take a trip to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for crater tour with picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Karatu and spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Karatu.

Day 5: After breakfast, drive to Central Serengeti National Park with an en-route game drive with picnic lunch. Optional activity: visit Olduvai Gorge and/or Maasai village and spend the night in an exclusive tented camp.

Day 6: Take a trip in Serengeti’s hot air balloon safaris (optional) accompanied with either bush breakfast or breakfast at the camp.  Catch the wildlife in action in the morning and in the afternoon, indulge in a delicious lunch at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Rest up in another splendid tented camp.

Day 7: After breakfast, tour the Serengeti National Park in the morning and evening with a delicious meal at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with a picnic lunch at The Serengeti National Park. Spend the night in a luxurious camp in The Serengeti National Park

 

Day 8: After breakfast, drive to Manyara for lunch at lodge and a game drive. Spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Manyara.

Day 9: After breakfast return to Arusha.

KERUBO PACKAGE

September 13, 2018By admin

9 nights / 10 days:

Day 1: Leave Arusha for tarangire in the afternoon. Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in tarangire

Day 2: After breakfast, Indulge in a morning and evening game drive in Tarangire National Park with lunch either at the camp or a full day game drive with a picnic lunch at the park.  Spend the night in a luxurious camp or lodge in Tarangire

Day 3: After Breakfast, experience a Game drive in Tarangire followed by lunch at the lodge then a drive to karatu. Spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Karatu.

Day 4: Breakfast. Enter Ngorongoro conservation area for crater tour with picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Karatu. Spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Karatu.

Day 05: Breakfast. Drive to northern Serengeti national park. En-route game drive with picnic lunch. Optional activity: visit Olduvai gorge and/or Maasai village. Spend the night in a luxurious tented camp

 

Day 06: After breakfast, tour the Serengeti National Park in the morning and evening with a delicious meal at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with a picnic lunch at The Serengeti National Park. Spend the night in a luxurious camp in The Northern Serengeti National Park

 

Day 07: Breakfast. Drive to central Serengeti national park. En-route game drive with picnic lunch. Spend the night in a luxurious tented camp

 

Day 08: Take a trip in Serengeti’s hot air balloon safaris (optional) accompanied with either bush breakfast or breakfast at the camp.  Catch the wildlife in action in the morning and in the afternoon, indulge in a delicious lunch at the camp or opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Rest up in another splendid tented camp.

 

Day 09: Breakfast. Drive to Manyara for lunch at lodge. Game drive Lake Manyara national park. Spend the night in a luxurious lodge in Manyara

 

Day 10: After breakfast return to Arusha.

JOURNEY OUT TO CAPTIVATING RUAHA

August 14, 2018By admin

Ruaha National Park, situated in Central Tanzania, has become Africa’s new safari frontier. Named after the Great Ruaha River, the remote wilderness offers a profound safari experience for its visitors. Ruaha is mostly known for its abundant game, spectacular scenery and walking safaris through the rugged gorges and its open plains.
Being a more remote reserve than many other safari destinations, Ruaha offers a splendid benefit of limiting visitors, giving a rewarding wilderness experience in a compelling African bush environment, filled with river systems, natural springs, wetlands, kopjes, mountains and surging hills that dominate the serene landscapes of Ruaha National Park.

EXPERIENCE SERENE SELOUS

August 14, 2018By admin

Situated in Southern Tanzania, The Selous Game Reserve is the largest animal life reserve, a natural habitat to hippos, black rhinos, elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes and more. Covering an area of 50,000 square kilometers, a huge part of the reserve is set aside for game hunting, with a section of the Northern park found along the Rufiji River, designated as a photographic zone for those wanting the capture the splendor of Selous.
The reserve permits walking safaris, in addition with boat trips along the Rufiji River, especially for those who want to watch the horizon as they cruise along Selous waters.

CATCH A PEAK ON KILIMANJARO

August 14, 2018By admin

Kilimanjaro – the highest dormant free-standing volcano in Africa, renowned for its varying ecological systems. From the rainforest, alpine dessert and cultivated land to an artic summit, this natural wonder is deemed the pride of Africa.
As a prime hiking destination for visitors, the trek to the highest peak, Uhuru Peak, is a journey of five to nine days which is considered fairly straightforward, depending on the route used. One gets the chance to experience the unbelievable sunrise on the summit, with an aerial view of the clouds that cover the Kilimanjaro slopes. Along the way, there are huts with cooking facilities, bathrooms, medical service, electricity and rescue facilities for all trekkers.
The glorious mountain is surrounded by Mount Kilimanjaro National Park– a land filled with lush vegetation and heavy rainfall. Hikes are available from the park where visitors get to see leopards, buffalos, baboons, bush pigs, elephants and a number of other African wildlife along their way.