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A basic guide to safari in Tanzania and trekking Mt Kilimanjaro

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    Want to wake up excited and full of life? Then, trekking Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is one of your best options.

    Here there is more to life than work, eat, sleep, repeat. Life in Tanzania is vibrant and rich, a place that will invigorate you, and bring you back to yourself. So with that, our gift to you – the ultimate guide to safari and trekking in the most perfect place for it… Tanzania.

    Safari’s, wildlife, culture and trekking Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania: Your basic guide

    Are you thinking of going on safari in Tanzania? If so, there are a few things you should know before you go. In this article, we will provide you with a basic guide to safaris, wildlife, culture and trekking Mount Kilimanjaro. Keep reading for more information.

    Timing your safari

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    Let’s start with a very important question: ‘When is the best time to visit Tanzania?’ Well, there are the 2 main seasons: the wet season and the dry season, which are the low season and peak season respectively.

    The wet season (November – May) has a lot more to offer than what it is given credit for, including the calving season, the wildebeest on their way home from Kenya, amazing birding, and competitively low prices!

    The dry season (June – October) is truly magical. The weather in the dry season can’t be topped, and the waterholes are always teeming with thirsty animals. Definitely, a great time to safari, but do yourself a favor and book WELL in advance! Click here for a more thorough guide on the Best time to visit Tanzania.

    What to see and what to do on safari

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    If a world-class safari is on your bucket list, Tanzania will already be in your vocabulary. Now, you already know that Tanzania at large is where you want to land, but beyond that, or within that, where should you go and what should you do? Here are our Top 5 safari destinations, along with our favorite experience in each: Serengeti – the hot air balloon safaris; Ngorongoro Crater – the crater itself, obviously; Ruaha – the birding; Lake Manyara – walking safari; and Tarangire –  the Tarangire river. Contact us if you’d like a hand putting together your dream safari itinerary. And check out our blog, for more info on what to do and where.

    There’s more to Tanzania than just safari—Trekking Mt Kilimanjaro!

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    You thought that safari was the be-all and end-all of Tanzania? Ahem, sorry, nope! Allow us to introduce you to our trump card, the lovely, yet tough, Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Trekking Kilimanjaro is, of course, another experience we have voted onto your bucket list on your behalf! Allow us to explain why. Picture it: you close your eyes,  breathe in, the air is thinner and colder, your nose is icy. You open your eyes, arms outstretched, you do a 360 spin, with Kilimanjaro and Tanzania below you. Life is good and you feel ready to take on the world. That is why we secretly scribbled Kilimanjaro onto your bucket list. Nothing tops the feeling of truly living and why not do it from the top of Africa’s highest peak?

    Small group tour vs private tour – which one is right for you?

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    Most tour operators will offer these options, and the choice is something very important to consider! In a nutshell, a private tour will be you, your driver/guide, and whoever you are traveling with, while in a small group tour you will be sharing the safari vehicle/Kilimanjaro route with a few kind strangers. Of course, the private tour will come at a cost, roughly 10 to 15% extra, a small price to pay when it comes to honeymoons or special occasions! Here is a popular tour option for you to check out.

    What is your accommodation style?

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    Where do you stay? Oh man, this is a topic of discussion that is different for every single person/ travel group. And it can be because Tanzania has it all. Not only can you find any desired accommodation style while on safari, but there is also accommodation to suit any budget. Contact us with your ideal accommodation requirements, whether it’s camping in Serengeti National Park, or living it up in a 5-star luxury hotel, or even a treehouse dwelling, and we will make your dreams come true! Accommodation in Kilimanjaro is a slightly different story, you have tents or you have tents. Although! We’ll let you in on a little secret: the Marangu route does offer mountain huts! Want to learn more about our different accommodation styles? Click here.

    Trekking Kilimanjaro? Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare

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    Okay look, we get it, we really do. When you decide that Kilimanjaro is where it’s at, and that you absolutely have to do it (you do), you want it ASAP. Wanting it ASAP is a great aspiration, but unfortunately, friend, it’s not quite that simple. Preparation for Kilimanjaro is imperative to not only the success but to the safety of your excursion! So, we recommend booking at least 6 months ahead of time, and training for a minimum of 3 months – the longer the better. So book your tour and for your own sake – don’t leave your training till 3 weeks before your departure!

    A brief overview of local culture and etiquette in Tanzania

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    Where do we even start! Tanzania is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse countries in the world, home to over 120 tribes and about 126 languages! If you would like to learn more about the incredible tribes in Tanzania, click here. However, here are a few pointers on cultural etiquette. Always shake hands with your right hand (the right hand is for eating and greeting, the left hand is for bathroom matters). To show respect at meals, it is expected that you try at least a small amount of each dish despite your hunger levels or taste tolerances.

    No PDA please! Tanzanians express their friendship by being affectionate, however only with the same sex, and any romantic affection with the opposite sex should be kept to your lodging!

    Get your travel details in order!

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    Getting your travel details in order is much the same as it would be for any other country. However, given you will be visiting Tanzania with the purpose of either going on safari or trekking up Kilimanjaro, you will have to have booked well ahead of time. Make sure your tours have been booked, as well as your accommodation. When you book through Easy Travel, you can rest assured that we will arrange the best transport for you. Contact us for up-to-date Covid-19 travel restrictions.

    Are you ready to go on the ultimate safari or Kilimanjaro trekking adventure?

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    Uhm, heck yes you are! You know what you want, and now you know how to make it happen. Don’t doubt yourself and don’t doubt your dreams! Remember: we know it can be overwhelming planning a trip like this, which is why we are always available to help, whether it’s with a ready-made tour package, figuring out your dream itinerary with you, or just with a few supportive words.

    Whether it was a boring 9 to 5 that’s motivated your trip, a honeymoon, another special occasion, or your wanderlust soul, we welcome you, and can’t wait to see you! – Your Tanzanian friend, Easy Travel.

    To wrap it up

    Have you chosen the season to come in? Fabulous. Next, it’s time to read up on the culture in Tanzania and explore the infinite wildlife that awaits you so that you can build up an itinerary, plan your accommodation and get your travel group together. If you are overwhelmed with the vast majority of options available to you, then get in contact with Easy Travel today and we will help build you the perfect itinerary and guide you through every step of the way. Your dreams are in safe hands, and we will ensure you the experience of a lifetime.