Your Travel Guide to Tanzania Safari
The landscape of nature is truly stupendous and man is simply a small creature in it. When we step back and see our lives in a greater perspective, this truth gets manifested in our mind. And yet, to gain a deep rounded experience, we need an expedition into those unconquered mountains and the forests without roads! An exciting excursion where we can feel alive among the chirps, roars, snorts, and trumpets of the wild… Safari.
When it comes to reveling in the beauty of nature, cherishing wildlife, thrill, and adventure, your heart & soul can easily get arrested in the mystical Tanzania Wildlife Safari.
If you are planning an escape from the humdrum of the world, there is nothing like the authentic experience of Tanzania Wildlife safari tour. The country is well-known for its wilderness, culture and splendid vistas. In fact, there are many interesting Tanzania Wildlife Safari tour packages from India to choose from. Let us steer your next vacay with some important guidelines so that you get the most memorable adventures of this off-beat destination:
The diversity & grandeur that is Tanzania
Tanzania is one of the significant tourist destinations and witnesses a tropical climate with higher levels of humidity and heat near the coast. The highlands are relatively cool and dry. The country gets long rains from early March to May and so the favorable time to visit wildlife is from late June to October.
Tanzania stands steady on its political ground with a good democratic setup and is economically sound with agriculture, fishing and mining as its major operations. Its currency is known as Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) and around 2295 TZS makes a US Dollar, while 2562 TZS is 1 Euro. An Indian rupee is 32.97 TZS.
The charisma of Africa you cannot resist
The following destinations hold the magic that converts your moments into memories:
- Attractive National parks like Serengeti, Mikumi, and Tarangire are the dwelling places of the greatest natural wildlife including lions, cheetahs, jackals, zebras, etc.
- The chromatic Zanzibar islands: Known for its pastoral beaches, white sands, clear waters, kaleidoscopic sights and delectable tastes of exotic spices, this place remains unsurpassed. Zanzibar islands are perfect for water sports and adventures like diving, snorkeling, kite flying.
For those who care for the blue, do visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium. This is a community conservation project that protects ocean creatures. It conserves the green turtles and ensures the well-being of its hatchlings.
Another exciting excursion spot called ‘Prison Island’ lies half an hour by boat from Stone Town. It is a sanctuary for the endangered Aldabra giant tortoise.
- Mount Kilimanjaro is another favorite destination for the adventure enthusiasts and stalwarts. You can go trekking, camping or hiking at its 5895 m tall peak and relish its charming fauna.
- If you are a solitude lover and fascinated by water life, visit the serene Tanganyika Lake and just relax in its vastness.
- Do not hesitate to step a little ahead of your comfort zone to visit the Lake Manyara, National Park. The place is worth exploring for its tree-climbing lions, soda ash lake, and wildlife like flamingos, elephants, zebras, & giraffes.
Other enticing destinations are Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge & Old Fort of Zanzibar (for history enthusiasts), Selous Game Reserve, National Museum of Tanzania, etc.
Also Read: Things to Know Before You Visit Tanzania
How to reach Tanzania
The Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro, Arusha Airport (Arusha) are the centers of domestic and International airlines. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is located in Unguja Island of Zanzibar and caters to East Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
In order to obtain an electronic VISA to Tanzania, you may visit this link: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa. Or a single entry and transit VISA can also be acquired at the port of entry into Tanzania provided you present the round trip ticket and provision of funds for the stay.
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
More than 100 languages are spoken in Tanzania and the most official among them are Swahili and English. Around 80% of Tanzanians speak Swahili which is their native language and out of the 54 million people, 4 million speak English.
Tanzania’s Culinary Cuisines
For the foodie travelers who like to explore the meals and drinks of different cultures, Tanzania can give an experience that is traditional and yet novel. The food here is an amalgamation of Indian, Middle East, and local African delicacies. Here are some meal options to savor during your trip:
Breakfast: Uji (a millet porridge), chai, white bread with margarine, chapatti, mandazi (deep-fried square of dough slightly sweetened)
Lunch: Ugali (grain starch from cornmeal or sorghum flour), pilau rice cooked with spices, chapattis, beans, mchicha (vegetable), grilled chicken/fish, stew and curry.
Snacks: Samosas (veg and non-veg), octopus curry, corn(roasted), chips, etc.
Dinner: Rice and Ugali, beans and vegetables, meat, barbeque, Mishkaki (made from marinated fish, chicken, beef, or goat).
Your Backpack for a Perfect Safari Holiday!
Here is your checklist among the other necessities:
- Compact packs to carry important stuff for the safari like camera, batteries, notebooks, pen, iPad, antiseptic cream, mosquito repellents.
- Comfortable clothing preferably light colored with socks and walking shoes. It is good to dress modestly.
- Suitcase (not cloth bags)
- Personal glasses, binoculars, batteries, cables, charger.
- First aid kit including analgesic, eyedrops, ORS, Band-aids, Ciprofloxacin, anti-malarial tablets, sunscreen, insect and mosquito repellents.
- Important toiletries like towel, sanitary pad, soap, toothpaste, toilet tissue paper.
Please note: The Government of Tanzania has officially banned the import, export, manufacturing, selling, storage, and supply of all plastic carrier bags in Mainland Tanzania w.e.f. 1st June 2019. You may instead carry the specific ‘Ziploc’ bags for toiletries while being careful not to dispose of them in the country.
The journey to African Tanzania is a primordial feeling. It’s an altogether different order of existence. Experience the magic of nature and the spirit of the wild. And you will never return the same!
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