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!
You May Also Like:
Seize your finest moments by visiting Tanzania at the most appropriate time
Tanzania offers a pleasant tropical climate with hot and humid coasts and cool, moderate highlands. There are rainy seasons as well, twice a year and so the humidity gets high and the temperature reaches mid 30°s. Rains are experienced from October to December and from March till June. So the best months to view wildlife are from June to October. Besides, these are cool spring months to enjoy the Zanzibar islands also. If you are planning to trek the Kilimanjaro, you can go either during the same period or during January to March when it is colder, while June to September is comfortable to sojourn the Tanganyika Lake.
Types of Tanzania Safari – Unveil the adventure
The adventure in Tanzania can take many forms starting from the classic jeep safari, to traversing on your feet, riding on the horseback, boat safaris and even underwater safaris. Finding the right type of safari for yourself can be a daunting task in the myriad of choices available. There are diverse options at hand, based on sightseeing, mode of travel, and budget. Here are the chief classifications that can be considered:
- The classic Tanzania Safari: Discover the mysteries of wildlife with this basic tour that takes you through the famous National Parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara. You may also discover the life of Maasai pastoralists in the midst of nature and wildlife. The whole visit is relaxed and takes up to 7-10 days including food, lodging, guide services, and Park entrance fees starting on a budget of approximately $4000 per person.
- Adventure Special Safari: Marvel at the landscape of Africa and haughtily enter the adventure you are seeking while staying at the camps in Northern Tanzania. You may catch the awe-inspiring glimpses of a giraffe bent to water, tree-climbing lions, elephants, and zebras. Mostly preferred by independent seekers, these trips are relaxed and amusing adventures of 7-8 days costing around $5000. They cover all the expenses of sightseeing, guide services, food, and accommodation.
- Trekking Adventures: For those who would love to climb Africa’s rooftops, trekking safaris are an excellent option. They consist of physically challenging treks with luxury camping accommodations in the form of walk-in tents, portable toilets, and shower facilities. These safaris are also equipped with safety devices to monitor blood oxygen level. Extending up to 10 days, they begin with walking expeditions, touring villages and National parks, and continue the journey through the mountains of Kilimanjaro and valley camps. Activities included are canoe rides, mountain biking, trekking, nature walking, etc. Expenses covered are food, lodging, local guide services, entrance and rescue fees, safety equipment facilities on a budget of $4600 per person.
- Shared Budgeted Safari: You can also go for short safaris that last for 2-5 days and cover core places like Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, and Tarangire. They cost between $500 to $1000 + VAT and cover all the basics like accommodation and meals, guide services, safari vehicle, etc.
- Classic Luxury Tanzania Safari: Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Tanzania’s unforgettable National Parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire. After enjoying the landscape, you can return to a delightful and splendid evening at the lodge. The expenses per person start from $7000 for a week.
- Fun activities at Zanzibar: Revive the rhythm of your life with the cheer and joy Zanzibar has to offer. Parasailing, kite surfing, Jet ski safari, scuba diving, Stand up paddle boarding and many more. Most of them include accommodation, transportation, fruits, and drinks. The packages start from $99 to $500 per person.
Explore the secrets at Dar es Salaam: Tanzania’s former capital city might be less popular but can offer you the most rewarding experiences. Wildlife here contains enriched species of antelopes, monkeys, sable, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, crocodile, hippos, African elephants and dogs. The National parks like Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, and Saadani National Park are easily accessible. Here, you are likely to watch a huge bird population too. If you like to search for marine life abundance, visit mafia islands. Enjoy snorkeling and fishing with an experienced guide, while admiring the colorful sea creatures. The duration of safari visits ranges from 2 to 7 days on a running budget of $500 to $1200 per person.