Planning Your Tanzania Safari Holidays
Tanzania’s tourist circuit is conveniently defined for first-time safari planning. We estimate ninety percent of visitors divide their Tanzania safari time between the northern safari and Zanzibar islands. If you’re planning on taking this rewarding option, then a Nkuringo Safaris Expert can help you put together a holiday package that satisfies your needs. An 8 to 14-day is perfect for safari-Zanzibar and safari-gorillas combinations.
When considering Zanzibar, you’ll have to carefully consider whether you’ll stay at a hotel in the old Stone Town, out on one of the calm beaches, or a combination of the two. For mountain gorillas, the choice is between gorilla trekking in Rwanda or further northwest in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Both countries offer excellent gorilla experiences, but Uganda provides a longer time with a semi-habituated gorilla family, an activity called Gorilla Habituation Experience.
For a short trip to Tanzania, it is advisable to fly between Arusha (the main starting point for northern Tanzania safaris) and Zanzibar, or Serengeti and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kigali and Serengeti. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll get more of your Tanzania Safari Holiday by flying between lodges and destinations. A fly-in safari will also be less tiring than the standard 4×4 drive-in safari.
After the northern safari circuit and Zanzibar, Tanzania’s other main tourist attraction is Kilimanjaro, which hikers usually climb in five to seven days. Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of those insignificant items on a trip to Tanzania. It is of little interest to a majority of tourists that visit Tanzania. But climbing the great Kilimanjaro is a worthy addition to a safari. Ask one of our experts to guide you on planning.
While most Tanzania safaris concentrate on the super northern reserves (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara), the southern and western safari reserves (Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale Mountains Nationa Parks) form an incredible alternative for laidback visitors that intend to avoid mainstream destinations. Only small exclusive camps catering mainly to fly-in clients are in the southern and western reserves. Consider them if your budget is flexible.