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    How to keep fit and healthy whilst travelling in Tanzania

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    Hate exercising but are always up for an adventure? Then we’ll tell you a secret on how to keep fit and healthy while travelling in Tanzania.

    It’s those extra ten vacation pounds that make you cringe. Back home, you exercise. You head to the gym a few times weekly and jog with your colleagues on Tuesdays after work.

    But you know what will happen once you travel—it happens every time. Every time you go on vacation, your workout regimen and any semblance of a healthy diet go straight out the window.

    Say goodbye to fresh foods. Say goodbye to your cross-training plan. Say hello to indulgence and beach lounging, and softening waistlines. But this time? This time, you’re travelling to Tanzania. You’re heading out on a wild safari, scaling volcanoes, and cycling through Zanzibar’s spice plantations.

    This time, your Easy Travel accommodations will offer fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables to keep you on track and feeling vital. Here, you no longer have to forfeit a healthy lifestyle while travelling.

    In fact, this time, your international ventures will complement your physical well-being. You will return home more fit, vital, and alive than ever. How’s that for a two-for-one deal?

    Why Travelling Tanzania will keep you fit

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    When travelling to Western Europe or North America, you’ll likely fall in love with baguettes, brie, burgers, and milkshakes. You might drink more glasses of wine than usual and become less active and sedentary.

    After all, you’re on vacation. You’ve worked hard for this, so why not take a load off, indulge yourself, and eat a second (or third, or fourth) portion? This mindset is precisely why we think Tanzania is the perfect destination for those who don’t want to sacrifice their physical fitness during vacation.

    For this blog, we cover the importance of staying fit and active while on vacation, then review some of Tanzania’s most active pursuits, and end with the best resources and suggestions for staying fit on the road, plus the best safari workout we can offer, something we call: the Five-Minute Wanderlust Workout.

    Travel and fitness: It matters

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    What happens when you stop moving your body at home? What happens when you choose only fatty, greasy foods over lighter, healthier fare? You become cloudy-minded. It’s proven that lazy lifestyle choices adversely affect your focus, energy, and proactivity. Therefore, when travelling, why would you temporarily ditch your active life?

    Easy Travel is an award-winning tour operator because we craft exquisite trips of a lifetime. However, if our visitors aren’t feeling awake and alive during their safaris, this ultimately affects their experience.

    Luckily, a visit to Tanzania offers active pursuit at every turn. Here are a few of our favourites.

    Four Tanzanian experiences for the active traveler

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    Tanzania offers various activities and facilities to maximise the fab while warding off the flab. Here are four ideas:

    1 - Climb a volcano

    This is a no-brainer, but we had to include Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. For the ultimate Stairmaster analogue workout, why not hike up the highest freestanding mountain on the planet? At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro offers a truly athletic effort while offering natural history and geology lessons.

    From 6-9 day experiences, reaching this mountaintop is a nontechnical hike and requires no previous climbing experience—just strong legs and strong will. For a short but no less demanding ascent, Mount Meru National Park rests outside Arusha and is a breathtaking (literally) mountain to hike. Learn more

    2 - Choose a walking safari

    Embarking on a walking safari at sunrise provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the African savannah and witness traditional hunting techniques alongside the Hadzabe tribal youth. As you traverse the vast landscape, covering several miles briskly, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the region’s ecology and wildlife.

    Walking safaris offer a more immersive and intimate experience than traditional vehicle-based safaris, allowing you to connect with nature profoundly. Easy Travel provides various options for walking safaris, catering to adventurers seeking authentic encounters and unforgettable experiences in Tanzania’s wilderness. Here’s what happens on an Easy Travel Walking Safari

    3 - Paddle a canoe

    Exploring Tanzania’s waterways through paddle sports offers an excellent opportunity to engage your upper body muscles while immersing yourself in the country’s stunning natural landscapes. Whether paddling along serene rivers outside of Arusha or within national parks, this activity allows you to enjoy a tranquil yet invigorating experience while observing wildlife from a non-intrusive perspective.

    By maneuvering silently through the water, you can appreciate the beauty of Tanzania’s ecosystems while maintaining a respectful distance from the animals. This makes it an ideal activity for nature enthusiasts seeking fitness and adventure. Learn more with our day tours.

    4 - Bicycle through clove clouds

    On the island paradise of Zanzibar, it’s easy to spend days, if not weeks, beached like a whale, reading and eating every hour of the day. Sure, this sounds ideal, but we advise guests to spend time moving through this diverse place.

    Cycling is a great way to visit the historic spice farms. You’ll get to taste fresh cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Plus, after a long bike ride, a jump in the Indian Ocean will feel much better, right? Check out Zanzibar packages.

    The ultimate 5-minute wanderlust workout you can do anywhere


    We must have easy-to-access exercises on the road, simple movements we can perform in any space, place, or time. Major cities like Arusha and select Zanzibar resorts will offer gyms and fitness centers but don’t count on it.

    After researching and testing the best body movement exercises, here’s one failsafe plan to keep tight and taut during your Tanzanian safari:

    • Planks (1-minute)
    • Body-Weight Squats (20 repetitions)
    • Push-ups (10-20 repetitions)
    • Lunges (20 repetitions)
    • Side Crunch (15 each side)

    Additional resources

    Here are the most helpful resources we found for staying fit while traveling:

    Bottom line?

    There’s no need to lose fitness while travelling. Sure, vacation can throw off any routine, but with a bit of discipline and some choosing activities that require using muscles and lungs, your time abroad will be more memorable and influential. Tanzania is one of the best destinations on the planet to enjoy world-class sights and sounds while keeping your heart pumping and your legs moving.

    Getting you there?

    Easy Travel staff can customise your visit to Tanzania to be as active (or inactive, no judgment!) as you’d like. You tell us your dreams, health goals, and dietary restrictions, and we’ll cater everything to meet your needs. Remember: saying yes to safari doesn’t mean saying no to staying fit and strong. Contact us today.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. How can I prevent altitude sickness while travelling in Tanzania?

    Altitude or acute mountain sickness (AMS) can occur when travelling to high-altitude areas like Mount Kilimanjaro or the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. To prevent AMS, it’s essential to acclimatise gradually by ascending slowly and letting your body adjust to the altitude. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and strenuous physical activity, and consider medications like acetazolamide to alleviate symptoms.

    2. How can I prevent food poisoning while in Tanzania?

    To mitigate the chance of food-related illnesses, opt for freshly made meals from reputable eateries and safari accommodations. Avoid consuming raw or inadequately cooked dishes, and prioritize fruits and vegetables that can be peeled.

    When purchasing from street vendors, practice vigilance and confirm that all food items are thoroughly cooked and served hot. Moreover, it’s prudent to carry a portable first-aid kit with necessities such as antidiarrheal medication and oral rehydration salts in case of unforeseen circumstances.

    3. How can I stay safe from wild animals while exploring Tanzania's natural reserves?

    When venturing into Tanzania’s national parks and wildlife reserves, it’s essential to follow the guidance given by experienced guides and park rangers to ensure both your safety and the conservation of the environment. To reduce the chance of hazardous encounters, keep a respectful distance from wildlife, avoid feeding or disrupting them, and refrain from exiting your vehicle in areas without protection.

    Stay vigilant, particularly after dark, and take precautions to secure your accommodations to deter any unwelcome wildlife visits during your stay.

    4. How do you stay active and maintain fitness while travelling in Tanzania?

    To include physical activities into your routine while travelling in Tanzania, consider exploring on foot, hiking scenic trails, or joining guided nature walks to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes. Many safari lodges offer fitness facilities or outdoor yoga sessions, allowing you to stay active amidst Tanzania’s natural beauty.

    For convenience, pack lightweight exercise equipment such as resistance bands or a travel-friendly yoga mat to engage in quick workouts in your accommodation. This ensures you maintain your fitness regimen throughout your journey.

    5. How can I protect myself from diseases and insect bites like malaria in Tanzania?

    Applying insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin to exposed skin and clothing is essential to minimise the risk of insect bites and mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria while travelling in Tanzania. Additionally, wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks can provide added protection, especially when exploring areas with high mosquito activity, particularly during dawn and dusk.

    Consider taking antimalarial medication for additional prevention following your healthcare provider’s recommendations. When sleeping, use mosquito nets to create a barrier between you and potential mosquito bites, ensuring a restful night’s sleep without the threat of insect-borne diseases.

    6. What should I do if I sustain a minor injury or wound while travelling in Tanzania?

    Suppose you experience a minor injury or wound during your travels in Tanzania. In that case, it’s essential to promptly cleanse the affected area using soap and water to eliminate any dirt or debris. Apply an antiseptic ointment to ward off infection, and cover the wound with a bandage or dressing to shield it from additional contaminants.

    If the injury worsens or shows signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or increased pain, seek medical attention promptly. To be prepared for such situations, carry a basic first-aid kit containing essential supplies like adhesive bandages, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, and adhesive tape.

    7. How can I sustain a nutritious diet while journeying through Tanzania? 

    Choose wholesome meals with fruits, lean proteins, vegetables, and whole grains to uphold a well-rounded diet. Favour freshly cooked dishes over processed or fried options to maximise nutrient intake while minimising unhealthy additives.

    Hydration is vital in hot and humid conditions, so ensure adequate water intake. Pack convenient and nourishing snacks like nuts, seeds, or dried fruits to fuel your adventures and maintain energy levels while on the go.

    8. What precautions should I take when purchasing food from street vendors in Tanzania?

    When buying food from street vendors in Tanzania, choosing vendors who maintain clean and hygienic food preparation standards is crucial. Always ensure your food is cooked well and served hot to lower the risk of foodborne illnesses.

    Steer clear of unpasteurised dairy items or raw meats, as they pose a higher risk of contamination. Additionally, prioritise hand hygiene by using hand sanitiser or washing your hands with soap and water before eating to safeguard your health while indulging in the local culinary delights.

    9. How can I incorporate fitness into my travel itinerary in Tanzania's urban areas?

    Discovering Tanzania’s bustling urban hubs, such as Dar es Salaam or Arusha, can be an adventure, best experienced on foot or by bicycle, as you navigate between attractions, markets, and cultural landmarks. Numerous cities boast outdoor recreational spaces and public parks perfect for jogging, cycling, or practising yoga amidst scenic surroundings.

    Seek out fitness centres or classes tailored to travellers, offering a chance to maintain your fitness regimen while forging connections with like-minded locals. Whether exploring city streets or embracing outdoor workouts, Tanzania provides ample opportunities to stay active and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture.

    10. What measures should I take to prevent dehydration while travelling in Tanzania?

    To prevent dehydration, adequate daily fluid intake is essential, especially in Tanzania’s hot and arid climates. Opt for water, electrolyte-rich beverages, and coconut water to replenish lost fluids effectively.

    Carrying a refillable water bottle ensures constant access to hydration while navigating the country’s diverse landscapes. Exercise caution with caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as they can contribute to dehydration.

    Seek shelter or rest indoors during peak temperatures to avoid overheating and conserve energy. By emphasising hydration and implementing strategies to counteract dehydration, you can fully embrace your Tanzanian adventures while safeguarding your well-being and vitality.

    11. How can I maintain proper hygiene and sanitation standards while travelling in Tanzania?

    Adhering to adequate hygiene and sanitation practices is essential for ensuring your well-being during travels in Tanzania. This involves regular handwashing, especially before food-related activities and after restroom use. In instances where soap and water are unavailable, carrying alcohol-based hand sanitiser provides a convenient solution for hand hygiene.

    Furthermore, exercise caution when swimming in natural water sources and avoid consuming untreated or unfiltered water to reduce the likelihood of contracting waterborne diseases. By following these straightforward yet crucial hygiene protocols, you can contribute to a safe and excellent travel experience in Tanzania.

    12. What safety precautions should I follow when participating in outdoor activities in Tanzania?

    When participating in outdoor activities like hiking, snorkelling, or wildlife observation, prioritise safety by wearing suitable protective gear and adhering to established guidelines and regulations. It’s essential to inform a trusted person of your itinerary and expected return time, especially when exploring remote or unfamiliar areas.

    Additionally, essential safety equipment like a first-aid kit, navigation tools, and communication devices should be brought to handle emergencies effectively. Always stay vigilant and prepared to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while exploring Tanzania’s natural wonders.

    13. How can I adapt my fitness routine to accommodate travel constraints while exploring Tanzania?

    Adjusting your fitness routine to fit travel limitations may involve incorporating short and effective workouts that require minimal equipment or space. Concentrate on bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks, which can be done indoors or outdoors. Take advantage of resources like fitness apps, online workout videos, or hotel gym facilities to stay consistent and progress toward your fitness goals while travelling.

    14. What steps can I take to decrease the risk of motion sickness while travelling in Tanzania?

    To reduce the likelihood of motion sickness, especially during extended drives or safari outings, opt for a seat in the front or near the vehicle’s centre of gravity. Refrain from activities like reading or using electronic devices, as they can worsen symptoms. Instead, concentrate on a fixed point outside the vehicle to stabilise your equilibrium.

    Consider taking over-the-counter medications such as dimenhydrinate or meclizine to alleviate feelings of nausea and dizziness. Additionally, ensure you stay hydrated throughout your journey to maintain optimal hydration levels and minimise discomfort.

    15. How can I prioritise mental wellness and relaxation while travelling in Tanzania?

    During your travels in Tanzania, it’s crucial to prioritise mental wellness and relaxation to ensure your overall well-being. Take breaks between activities to rest and recharge, and incorporate mindfulness techniques like deep breathing or meditation to alleviate stress.

    Engage in activities that make you have fun and fulfilment, such as watching a sunrise over the savannah or enjoying a leisurely picnic amidst nature’s splendour. Remember to immerse yourself in the present moment and savour the beauty of your surroundings for a truly rejuvenating experience.

    Musaddiq Gulamhussein - Owner - Easy Travel Tanzania

    About the author: Musaddiq

    Meet Musaddiq Gulamhussein, owner of Easy Travel Tanzania, a tour company creating life-changing safari experiences for over 35 years. Musaddiq has explored Tanzania, developing a deep understanding of the local cultures and traditions. Follow his journey and gain insights into the African Safari experience through Easy Travel's social media and blog.

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