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SAFARI THE BEST VACATION OF YOUR LIFE.
Make Your Safari the Best
Vacation of Your Life
Where to go in Tanzania? Many
visitors want to climb Kilimanjaro, drive across the endless pains
of the Serengeti and swim in the clear warm waters around the Spiced
Islands of Zanzibar. This can be a problem as the ever increasing
numbers visiting Tanzania, this year being the busiest ever, have
many tourists looking to follow the same itinerary.
Tanzania is vast and there is
much to see. In order to have the safari of a lifetime you must
plan, you must dig a little and book wisely. If you leave everything
up to some one else you may be disappointed. Left to themselves your
travel agent, when book through the ground operator in Tanzania, may
deliver a safari lacking imagination. You will be pushed through the
same lodges, along the same routes as the rest of the madding crowd.
If this is what you are looking
for then read no further, go ahead and book a conveyer belt safari.
Different and remote does not necessarily mean expensive. Bellow I
will endeavor to give just a few pointers of what to do and what not
to do with your safari itinerary.
Your travel agent will use a
ground operator in Tanzania and the ground operator will gladly
change your itinerary and give advice – the secret is to ask. If
there seems to be a reluctance to give guidance and change or even
tweak your itinerary just a little, well this is a red flag. They
are at best interested in your money only; at worst incompetent. You
are then left with no other choice than to change ground operates.
There are many excellent operators in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park is a
stop over on the outward journey, or sometime the return from
Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. If it is dry season and only in the
dry season add an extra day onto Tarangire. This park is wonderful,
yet so underrated. In the dry season this park has year round water
and many animals travel into the park for this water. However, you
must travel deep into the park; you therefore need two days. On the
stop over itinerary you will only see a fraction of the park – the
dry bit! This is ok in the wet season but a waste in the dry. This
park also has an amazing variety of bird species. If you don’t have
time or the budget for an extra day, knock a day off Lake Manyara,
in the dry season the lake and park is tired and hot there is not so
much to see.
Do Not centre your whole holiday
around the Great Migration thundering across the Serengeti; as it
may let you down. The Serengeti has so many other things to offer,
every season having something different, something special. The
migration follows the rains and the rains are just not reliable. At
the time of writing many people are on Safari in Kenya in the Maasai
Mara [the Kenyan side of the Serengeti] and the great migration
should be there by now. However most of the Animals are in Lobo the
remote Northern Serengeti. So there are many frustrated safaris on
the wrong side of the border!
In the Ngorongoro Crater there
is now a walking safari around part of the rim. The safari starts in
a Maasia village and climbs up around the rim and stopping en-route
at a waterfall. This is a great way to experience Africa. Get out of
your vehicle where you can and see the great outdoors from as
differing many perspectives as possible.
Whilst in Lake Manyara hire a
mountain bike to ride around the local villages. There are canoes to
get out onto the lake, usually you are in your vehicle looking
toward the lake; here you see the park from the opposite direction.
Aruhsa National Park has walking safaris and canoes to get out onto
one of the lakes - to see hippo’s and bird life up close and
If you don’t want to climb
Kilimanjaro you can walk on the mountain for a day just to
experience the world’s largest free standing mountain.
Zanzibar – the main spice island
– has become a little commercialized. Pemba and Mafia Islands offer
a quieter option with fantastic snorkeling and diving. There is also
the Swahili coast – that is the Tanzanian Coastline – with some
great beaches south of Dar es Salaam.
Saadani is North of Dar and here
the bush meets the sea and this is a unique destination along the
whole East African Coast line. Travel further north sleepy Pangani
Bay [or about a five hour drive from Aruhsa Town] this old Swahili
Town set amongst huge coconut plantations on the mouth of the lazy
This article is only suggesting
one or two things you can do to make your safari the best vacation
of your life. Tanzania has so much on offer and many varied and huge
National Parks. A word of warning though do not try to see too much
in a short time. The secret of Africa is to leave your watch at home
and go slowly slowly; this way you will see more and have a genuine
African experience. Next year you can return to see some more of
this very special destination.
For more in formation on
Tanzania Safaris contact Bethel adventure. Using tourism to change
http://www.betheladventure.co.uk We use tourism to fund
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