Tanzania Tours & Vacations

Tanzania is a captivating journey vacation spot that has been blessed with actual splendor and it gives something for everyone. Mt Kilimanjaro, with its 5895-meter altitude is the perfect mountain in Africa. The Serengeti National Park with its reputedly countless plains, is one of the fine floras and fauna accommodations in the world and then there is the Ngorongoro Crater with its fantastic density of animals.

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About Tanzania

The first-rate sport viewing areas on the continent of Africa is a highly debated topic, but Tanzania with its points of interest consisting of Serengeti, wildebeest migration, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar Beaches, is one obvious contender. Tanzania is a captivating journey vacation spot that has been blessed with actual splendor and it gives something for everyone. Mt Kilimanjaro, with its 5895-meter altitude is the perfect mountain in Africa. The Serengeti National Park with its reputedly countless plains, is one of the fine floras and fauna accommodations in the world and then there is the Ngorongoro Crater with its fantastic density of animals. It is also the site of Olduvai Gorge; the place Professor Leakey located the earliest recognized footprints of hominoid man. The “Northern Circuit” includes Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Oldupai Gorge and the Serengeti National Park. The Northern Parks are justifiably world-renowned, specifically if you are there to witness the widespread herds of the Great Migration or to take a balloon or riding safari throughout the big grassy plains. The escarpment of the Great Rift Valley creates a dramatic volcanic landscape and some of the most fertile grazing grounds on earth; for that reason, this is domestic to the largest herds on the planet, and the best concentration of predators in the whole of Africa.

Weather, Climate and Geography

The local weather is tropical and coastal areas are warm and humid, while the northwestern highlands are cool and temperate. There are two wet seasons; the quick rains are generally from October to December, whilst the long rains final from March to June. The central plateau tends to be dry and arid at some stage in the year. Tanzania can be visited year-round, even though the fine time for visiting is outside of the wet season between June and October, when temperatures stay nicely beneath their summer season peaks.

The United Republic of Tanzania lies on the east coast of Africa and is bordered via Kenya and Uganda to the north; by Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west; by the Indian Ocean to the east; and by Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The Tanzanian mainland is divided into various regions: the coastal plains, which differ in width from sixteen to 64km (10 to 39 miles) and have lush, tropical vegetation; the Masai Steppe in the north, 213 to 1,067m (698 to 3,500ft) above sea level, which offers upward shove to two prominent mountains, Kilimanjaro, 5,895m (19,341ft) above sea degree and Africa’s highest peak, and Mount Meru, 4,565m (14,973ft); and there’s a high plateau known as the Southern Highlands in the southern region in the direction of Zambia and Lake Malawi.
Savannah and bush cowl over 1/2 the country, and semi-desert accounts for the last land area, with the exception of the coastal plains. Over 53,000 sq. km (20,463 sq. miles) is inland water, in most cases, lakes fashioned in the Rift Valley and Tanzania’s share of Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, both on its western border. Lake Victoria covers 69,490 sq. km (26,832 sq. miles), which is Africa’s largest lake and 49% of it lies in Tanzania. With maximum depths of 1,470m (4,821ft), Lake Tanganyika is estimated to be the deepest lake in Africa and is 673km (420 miles) long and averages 50km (31 miles) across; 41% of its place lies in Tanzania. The United Republic of Tanzania consists of the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, about 45km (28 miles) of the coast to the northeast of the country.

Required Clothes and Luggage

• Generally, you pack lightly in soft bags with strong zippers and leave ample space for shopping. A day backpack is also useful. Pack plenty of cotton T-shirts, short and long-sleeved shirts, socks, and undergarments. Also pack, linen or drill shorts, trousers, a light jacket, jumper, bathing suit, and a light shower-proof anorak. Light hats, scarfs, handkerchiefs that protect your head, neck, and nose are useful.

• Keep one set of lightweight smart casual dresses for evenings. A pair of lightweight sandals + walking boots or shoes + smart casual shoes are recommended. There is no color code, but keep to earthy colors, especially on walking safaris.

• Delicate and expensive fabrics -Try not to bring clothes made from delicate or expensive fabrics because of dust and basic laundry facilities

• Beach holiday -snorkeling equipment, plastic beach sandals, swimming aids, and toys for little children are recommended.

• Walking Safaris -Best to wear a light jacket and trousers for protection from tall grass and prickly plants. However, these can get uncomfortable later in the day so always ask the guide what sort of terrain will be covered in the walk before deciding on the dress. Thick cotton Tracksuits are sometimes better. Light walking boots are recommended. A small backpack, shower-proof anorak, first-aid kit, and bottled water are useful. Walking safaris are exhilarating, but please note that when walking in wilderness areas you are taking a risk even with an armed guide and therefore you will be made to sign a disclaimer.

• Mountains and Highlands -Temperatures in the mountains and highlands can fall below 10 Centigrade from late evening to early morning so a warm jumper is recommended. Many lodges have log fires in the dining/main sitting areas, and some provide hot water bottles. If you are hiking or climbing mountains, then you will require specialized guides, clothing, and equipment. We will gladly provide you with a list on booking a climb with us.

• Early Morning game drives start around 6.30 am and the weather is cool and crisp, so a jumper or jacket and trousers are recommended. It warms up by 8.30am.

• Mid-morning/afternoon -Whether on a game drive or not, it is best to be in a light shirt and shorts. Adequate protection, however, is required from the strong sun. Apply sunblock regularly all over and use a hat, scarf, and sunglasses.

• Late afternoon/evening -It usually starts at 3.30/4.00pm when it is still warm, but by 5.00 pm it starts to get chilly so take a jumper or a windbreaker along on a game drive. For dinner, a long-sleeve shirt, sweater, trousers, and thick socks help protect against insects and cooler temperatures. Always apply insect repellents all over, especially around ankles, ears, knees, and knuckles.

• Laundry -Clothes can be laundered and ironed at most lodges and hotels, mostly at extra cost. Undergarments may not be washed in several places due to local customs.

• Luggage –pack lightly in soft bags with strong zips and a place for a sturdy combination lock. Only 15 kg is allowed on domestic flights to game reserves. If you have any excess luggage, then keep it in a separate bag and Simba Safaris or your city hotel will make every effort to store it for you while you are on safari. We recommend that you carry a daypack to store the medical kit and other bits and bobs. Before you leave a camp check that all your valuable contents are intact – if not then report to the camp manager immediately.

General Equipment

• Small and powerful flashlight – smaller ones travel better. Carry an extra battery set. Lights go out in most camps and lodges after dinner as the generator is switched off for the night. Lanterns or large flashlights are provided.

• International adapter – carry an International adapter that works in the UK as it will work in Kenya. Electricity supply is usually from 220V to 240V 3-pin (square or round).

• Hairdryer – Not all lodges provide a hairdryer so bring one along with an international adapter

• Alarm Clock -Most places offer a wake-up call, but it is still advisable to carry a small travel clock.

• Entertainment -Sometimes the only way to keep in touch with current affairs is a handy short-wave radio with headphones. Large radios and blaring music are not welcome.

• Reading Material – Always bring adequate reading material which may be given away to the appreciative lodge staff. Bird, animal, plant and marine-life books are recommended. So are guides, maps, and phrasebooks. The trip will be much more fulfilling if some reading is done before departure.

• Pocket knife – Always useful, but store it in your main luggage when flying.

• Games – a pack of cards and handy board games are useful•Food accessories -Decaf coffee/tea, herbal tea, and sweeteners are not always available so carry small quantities with you.

• Mobile phones – mobile networks are spreading quickly throughout Africa so you can bring your mobile along.

• Portable Fan – if you are not used to stifling heat, then carry a portable lightweight fan with you with an extra set of batteries.

• Sturdy combination lock padlocks for your soft bags.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, is much more than just being the highest peak in the entire African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

It represents the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime personal challenge – an arduous but highly rewarding 6 to 8-day trek up to Uhuru Point (the actual summit) or to Gillman’s Point (on the lip of the crater).

The famous snow-covered peak of Kilimanjaro towers an impressive 19,336 feet (5,895 m) above the African plains below. It is situated within the Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is about a 130 km drive from Arusha.

The slopes are covered with a variety of vegetation, starting with dense tropical forests at the base, which are inhabited by elephants, leopards, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.

Further up, the vegetation changes to moorland, covered with heathers. When you reach 13123 ft (4,000 m), the alpine desert landscape begins, whose extreme temperature fluctuations means that very little in terms of plant and wildlife can survive here, with the exception of a few hardy mosses and lichens.

And finally, the desert turns into a winter scene of snow and ice – and before you know it, you are at the summit, looking out over the world.

The summit of Kilimanjaro was first reached by the German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller on 5th October 1889, literally thousands of people have succeeded in, or have attempted the very same feat. It is estimated that today, a staggering 25,000 people a year set off on the journey.

There are 5 main routes up to the summit: Marangu, Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, and Umbwe. You can pick the route that you think is best suited to you, and also the one that will give you exactly want you personally want to get out of your trek. Your accommodation will be tents, which are carried up by porters, but if you don’t fancy sleeping under canvas, then you should definitely choose the Marangu Route, as this is the only route where you sleep in dormitory-style huts.

We offer either pre-arranged treks on given dates with groups of up to about 8-12 people (for safety reasons), or you can arrange a private trek with your own guide (minimum 2 people). Obviously, it goes without saying that a reasonable level of fitness is required to climb Kilimanjaro, and we recommend that you consult your doctor to be given the ‘all-clear’ to climb prior to booking your trip.

The best months to climb Kilimanjaro are from January to mid-March and June to October, as these are the dry seasons.

Did you know?
  • It is strictly forbidden to feed any form of wildlife as it encourages them to abandon their natural feeding habits. Some lodges are guilty of being lax with their guests on this issue. It is also dangerous to feed the little animals as they can get aggressive and bite.
  • It is important that conversation is in hushed tones near wildlife. Loud voices disturb animals and fellow travelers. Loud music frowns upon.
  • It is strictly forbidden to touch or tease any wildlife. All animals are wild and dangerous. Driver’s or guide’s instructions must be obeyed at all times.
  • Walking within game parks and private reserves is forbidden without a qualified guide(s). Some lodges may have no fencing so lodge rules of walking must be strictly observed.
  • Conservation – It is illegal to buy wildlife products in many parts of Africa. To support the conservation of wildlife and marine life, please avoid purchasing all wildlife and sea products.
  • Occasionally lodges and hotels will require you to sign an indemnity form for walking, horseback, camel, and other similar types of adventures.
  • Africans are polite and respect travelers. Please return the compliment. Do not humiliate them if they do not know how to deal with a request that may appear too complicated or foreign to them. Always feel free to talk to a senior manager.
  • It is always polite to ask before taking a picture of a person. Sometimes money may be requested by the subject -if this happens, negotiate the amount before taking the picture.
  • Tip generously -the pay and the people are extremely poor by western standards.
  • It is illegal to deface local currency or the president’s picture in many African countries
  • Dress sensibly and in an inoffensive manner. The skimpy dressing is frowned upon. Nude bathing is illegal in most African countries.
  • Smoking is allowed in most lodges/hotels. No-smoking zones may not always be available.
  • Tanzanians prefer drinking tea in the morning as a breakfast beverage and coffee in the evening.
  • Zanzibar, a port city of Tanzania, is a cosmopolitan hotspot which dominates East African culture. Its long history with Arab rulers, Indian workers, Portuguese traders and European colonizers have created a unique blend of traditions, cuisine, music, dance forms, and arts.
  • In safaris and tours it is common to tip the driver, tour guide and other staff.
  • Freddie Mercury, the vocalist of rock band Queen was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
  • Tanzanians love hip hop music.
  • Lake Olduvai has human fossils from millions of years ago.
  • Waterfalls in Tanzania are very popular. One of the most spectacular is Kalambo Falls, is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Africa.
  • Mpingo tree, found in Tanzania produces the costliest timber in the world. It has exceptional mechanical properties that make it perfect for carving and it has a beautiful finish.
  • The world’s largest mammal migration takes place in Serengeti, Tanzania.
  • The Serengeti hosts Africa’s largest population of animals. Around 30 black rhinos, as well as thousands of African buffalo and African bush elephants also play their part.

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