A safari to Tanzania provides a great and incredible wildlife experience compared to other destinations. If you want to travel for the first time, it may somehow be confusing with little or no clue of what to expect in the safari.
The following tips will greatly help in highlighting the important and necessary facts. Above all, to help you plan an adventurous trip for a lifetime experience.
1. Best Time To Visit
All parks and reserves are accessible throughout the year. However, there are more convenient times for the finest experience.
- June to October(Dry Season)- these are the best times for high peak seasons where game drive are mostly done due to large concentration of animals. It is also the best time for “The Great Migration” to witness thousands of wildebeests and zebras migrating to the north.
- November to February– the wet season is also good for game viewing, though the concentration of animals is small compared to the high season. It’s also the calving season for the wildebeests.
- December to March – warm season and best time for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
2. How To Get There
- Transport To and From Tanzania- the country is both accessible by air and land. The country has three international airports- Julius Nyerere, International Airport(Dar) Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO) and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport(Zanzibar). A bus can also be taken to Tanzania form neighboring countries like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
- Transport Within Tanzania- the main means of transport within the country include local flights, rental cars and buses.
3. Know The Main Safari Activities
There are various things to do while in the African bushes. These include:
- Game drive
- Walking safaris
- Cultural tours
- Night Game Drive
4. Get A Visa
It is highly recommended for all travelers to have a visa before entering the country. They usually cost $50 for citizens from most countries with the exception of US. Application is done through Tanzania Embassy website which is highly recommended to do so before you travel.
However, visas can also be obtained upon the arrival at the airport. It’s important to note that they are valid for only three months from the issued date.
5. Get To Know The Main Health Issues
The great concern is to acquire immunization for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Diphtheria. However the vaccine is only important for citizens from countries suspected to have the above diseases.
Malaria is also to be taken seriously since it’s possible to catch it while in Tanzania. Travelers can have an anti-malaria medication provided by a doctor. However there are other self defense ways like covering yourself, applying repellants and sleeping under a net to avoid mosquito bites. For more details about health issues when you are visiting Tanzania or Zanzibar. CDC official webpage Click here
Tanzania’s main mode of payment is Tanzanian Shillings (TShs) and US dollar ($). It’s recommended to have enough supply of cash since credit cards are not used everywhere. Most payments are done through dollar though there are occasions where TShs is highly applicable. The current exchange rate is US$1= TShs 2270 for $50 and $100 and US$1= TShs 2000 for $1, $5 and $10.
7. Packing List
It’s important to have the right and necessary equipments needed for the safari. It include
- Right clothing- long sleeve shirts, raincoats, sunglasses warm pants, 3-4 pair of socks, safari boots, and sunhats
- Medical facilities – yellow fever card, malaria medication, pain killers, sunscreen and mosquito repellants
- Electronic devices- digital camera, binocular, tablet/ipad
- Personal toiletries- toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo and toothbrush
The country has many quality and standard hotels and lodges ranging from budget to luxury. All national parks and game reserves provide the right hotels to suit personal interests. Lodging is very excellent in urban centers like Arusha, Moshi, Dar-es-salaam, Mwanza, Morogoro and Zanzibar ranging from 1 to 5 Star hotels.
The main Tanzanian’s language is Swahili used by most citizens. The second major language is English, spoken by the majority. However in rural areas, it is not often for people to use English.
Tanzania is among the world’s best destinations offering great safari adventures to suit most traveler’s needs. It does not only offer wildlife safari but also a chance to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world. It also offers exclusive beach vacation in the beautiful Zanzibar beaches.
If you are interested in wildlife safari, I kindly ask you to visit our Safari Pages as to book your safari itinerary.
Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain on earth at 5895 meters is most likely a challenge that most people wonder about.
However this doesn’t have to stop you from exploring the adventure as it is worth the effort especially at the summit. The climb is more of an emotional state which fills you with enthusiasm and thrilling experience.
Kilimanjaro National Park reports that only about 41% of trekkers reach Uhuru summit annually. It is not the hike that’s impeding—it’s the drastically reduced levels of oxygen due to the extremely high altitude.
The following tips will greatly help you in preparing for the trek. This will greatly help those who do it for the first time or those who didn’t have much experience during the last climb.
1. Prepare Yourself Physically and Mentally
Having a positive mind is very crucial for the climb. Prepare yourself mentally that you will be going to somewhere very different with temperatures even below 0 degrees. Arrogance is strictly not advised as it’s important to listen to what the guides tell you as to climb successfully. The most important thing to remember is that you are on holiday, relax, have an open mind, and enjoy yourself.
Physical preparedness is not to be set aside. What hard for most climbers is lack of breathing properly in the mountain. You can train some time prior to your trek for long walks with a normal backpack on your back. Also it’s recommended to train your lungs to breathe properly in cases of lower levels of oxygen.
2. Be Aware of AMS
High altitude climbinghas several risks including (AMS) Acute Mountain Sickness. It’s a pathological effect on humans caused by going to high altitudes too fast, where lower levels in oxygen inhibit normal physiological processes. Physical fitness is not a guarantee for not getting AMS since anyone can suffer from it. It has several symptoms like headache, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and rapid heart rate.
To deal with AMS, consider the following
- Choose a longer route that is 6-8 days, Machame and Lemosho routes are mostly advised. The longer days of climb provides you with enough rest.
- It is recommended be prescribed with acetazolamide (Diamox) to help acclimatize high altitudes more easily and comfortably.
- While climbing, it’s necessary to walk slowly and not over exhaust yourself.
- Drink lots of water more than 2 liters a day.
- While on the mountain, avoid drinking alcohol, taking stimulants and consuming caffeine.
3. Taking It Slow
While trekking, you need to remember that it’s not a race but rather a holiday experience. Walk slowly while enjoying the view which will help your body get used to low levels of oxygen. There is never a time where you will be required to walk fast, as the normal walk is usually 500-700 meters per day.
4. Get The Right Clothing
You will require the appropriate clothes for different temperature zones before reaching the summit. Pack light for all occasions, however only the important clothes are to be packed.
The following should be considered before packing
- Packing hiking outfit including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, hiking socks, waterproof and sturdy boots
- Thermal socks (more than 3 pairs), gloves (preferably mittens), warm head protection, rain coat, sunglasses, sun protection cream.
- Clothes for higher temperatures including shorts, sweaters and T-shirts.
- Carrying appropriate water bottle that is Camel bak brand water carrier and Nalgene style plastic bottle.
- For all your belongings, items are to be packed inside a plastic bag separately before shoveling them in the bag. This will keep your things dry even if your bag gets wet (in case of rain) as it’s impossible for things to dry in the mountain.
5. Keeping Yourself Hydrated
Drinking lots of water is very crucial for the climb. Keeping yourself hydrated provides your body with strength to move on. The recommended amount of water is 5 liters a day. You should be able to drink 1 bottle in the morning before hiking, another 2 bottles during the walk and the last 2 bottles when you get to the camp in the evening. Kitchen staff can provide boiled water for you.
6. Maintain Hygiene On The Mountain
It’s important to prepare yourself that you will not shower during the whole time on the mountain.
You need to consider
- Using baby wet wipes for bathing
- Carrying a roll of toilet paper(recommended is two)
- Get a toilet tent in the campsites
7. Prepare For The Summit
The last day aiming for the summit is very challenging. It’s recommended to sleep early as to prepare your body for the event. The event starts at midnight after heavy clothing and packing lots of water. The walk is usually around 6 or 7 hours whereby at sunrise, you will be at the summit to enjoy the roof of Africa.
You will have some time to rest then preparing to descend for 2 days. However one should be careful as it’s in this stage that many accidents occur. Though the descend is not hard, it’s recommended to walk slowly and carefully as not to be pulled by gravity force.
8. Additional Hints
- Having maximum rest in the night, allowing your body to recuperate
- Carrying extra batteries for phone/tablet/camera as to capture pictures for the summit day
- Wear hats to protect yourself from the sun rays as they are ultra violet in nature due to high altitude.
After a successful climb, you can treat yourself because you have done something extremely magnificent. You can do so by relaxing in the luxury hotels/lodges located in Moshi town or Arusha city. To make it more entertaining, you can arrange a safari in the national parks or go for beach vacation in Zanzibar Island.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the greatest adventures which anyone who wishes to do so shouldn’t miss.
If you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro, I kindly ask you to visit our Trekking Page as to book your trekking itinerary.
So you have already scheduled your flight and know where you are travelling to and perhaps already booked a hotel. Except that you have not yet packed and have no clue on what to bring along.
The following list will greatly guide you in knowing what to take, with the right quantity and standard. Above all packing only the right and necessary gear needed for the safari activity.
1. Get The Right Clothing
Dressing for a safari usually requires casual and lightweight outfit to keep you warm and dry. It’s recommended to wear bush colored clothes and not bright colored clothes since they will scare animals or attract insects like tsetse flies. However the number of items to pack depends on the length of your safari.
Clothes to pack
- Long sleeve shirts in dark colors
- Light rain coat incase of rains
- Cotton pair of trousers/pants
- 1 warm sweater for keeping you warm in the mornings and evenings
- Pair of comfortable shorts
- Cotton underwear
- 3 to 4 pairs of socks
- Hiking or safari boots
- Sun hats and glasses
- Sports bra for ladies
- Pair of flip flop or sandals to wear around camp or hotel
2. Include Your Medical Facilities
While your health safety is guaranteed by the travel’s company, there is no harm in preparing yourself. You will need to consider having
- Yellow fever health card (the most required for travelling to Tanzania )
- Malaria medication
- Allergy medication
- Pain killers
- Antihistamine for insect bite reaction
- Bandages and plasters for injuries
- Mosquito repellants
3. Have A Supply Of Cash
It’s important to have extra cash with you. As you will be travelling to the bush, you need to remember that credit cards won’t be used.
So if there is a need to purchase some extra items, use the cash reserved. However the cash can be used to tip guides, drivers or porters for a quality and fulfilled safari.
Tanzania accepts US dollar for payments.
4. Get Your Electronic Devices
The required devices include:
- Digital camera with enough memory
- Extra camera battery or charger
- Tablet or ipad (with charger)for storing your information
- Small flashlight
5. Include Your Personal Toiletries
Hotels in the bush provide toiletries however having your own supplies is more convenient. Your personal stuff will greatly help while on the safari and have to use the bush toilet.
The required toiletries include:
- Toilet paper/Tissue
- Shampoo and air conditioner
A Tanzania safari is among the greatest adventures one should not miss due to it’s unique wildlife experience.
If you are interested in wildlife safari, I kindly ask you to visit our Safari page as to book your safari itinerary.
KILIMANJARO’S PACKING LIST
Climbing Kilimanjaro may be overwhelming but one should not get confused on what to bring along for the trekking. The major concern is not only packing but acquiring the right and necessary items.
The following list will guide you in preparing the right trekking gear.
1. Get The Right Clothing
- Top and Bottom Base Layer
- 3-4 Short Sleeve
- 2 Waterproof pants
- 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
- 2 Pairs of hiking pants
- 1 Fleece Jacket
- 2 Sports Bra(for women)
- 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
- 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
- 1 Hard Shell Jacket
- Lightweight Raingear
- 1 Pair of hiking boots
- 2 pairs synthetic warm weather trekking socks
- Waterproof breathable Gaiters for covering your shoes
- 4 pairs heavier synthetic or wool blend socks
- Water/Windproof mittens for extreme low temperatures
- Lightweight gloves
2. Acquire The Right Equipments
- 1 Sleeping bag
- 1 Duffel bag
- A pair of trekking poles
- 1 Day pack
- 1 Headlamp with extra batteries
- Dry bag
- Backpack cover
- Water bottle
- Pee Bottle
- I Roll of toilet paper
- Baby wipes
- Shampoo/Air conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
5. Electronic devices
- Digital camera
- Extra batteries
- Passport and Visa
- Insurance documents
- Immunization papers
- Small lock for the duffel bag
Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the greatest adventures which anyone who wishes to do so shouldn’t miss.
If you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro, I kindly ask you to visit our Trekking as to book your trekking itinerary.