Tips when visiting Tanzania
If you are planning to visit Tanzania, be it for the safari or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or for relaxing in Zanzibar, the following tips will help you:
The best part is there are many international airlines that will take you to Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro International airports in Tanzania. Domestic flights in Tanzania are available at relatively low cost but this does depend on where you’re flying to. The Tanzanian airlines service over 600 different routes within the country.
Driving in the Northern Circuit is a better option than flying as it is considerably cheaper. Once you reach Arusha airport you should get a driver and make him stay with you through you trip. Your driver will take you on the complete circuit that will encompass Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the world renowned Serengeti.
The best time to visit Tanzania is between June to October, and mid-December to end March. If you are on a budget and if you want to save money you can visit in the off peak season.
Most people think that staying in a lodge during a safari can be very costly. This is a myth because Tanzania caters to all budgets. You can also mix and match, you can stay in tents at the start of your safari and when the safari is about to end you can stay at luxury tented camps, some of them with pools too.
There are many airports in Tanzania, so you need not fly to Dar es Salaam and fly from there to other parts, if possible you can possibly fly directly to airports such as Arusha which is near Mount Kilimanjaro.
There are many islands in Tanzania and they have wonderful white sand beaches. The Indian Ocean on this side is famous for scuba diving and snorkelling. The main islands that people visit are Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. These islands and others are great to rest and rewind and you can also learn about the local culture here.
Get your vaccinations. There are many illnesses that you can get here as it is a tropical climate. So find out what all vaccinations are necessary and get them. You will surely not regret them, you will be thankful for getting them.
Some off the beaten track parks are there where you can enjoy watching animals in their habitat. If you love to watch chimpanzees you should go to Mahale Mountains or you can go to Rubondo Island for a different type of adventure etc.
The ideal time for a safari would be three nights minimum. If you can spend more time and money you can do that too but the minimum should be seven day. Lesser than seven days you will not be able to view all the wildlife and you will not be able to take part in all the activities on offer.
Be polite to the locals. Take time to speak to them and learn about their culture, their food etc.
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