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I'm going to travel to Tanzania at the begining of April departing from Kigali.
My idea was to take a bus to bujumbura, a ferry there to Kigoma and from Kigoma to Dar a train.
But All the informations I can get either from the ferry Buja-Kigoma or the train Kigoma-Dar are quite confusing and not really precise, does any know exactly lenght, schedule and prices of any of those two??
Or anyone has another interesting option to go from Kigali to Dar by land?
thanks a lot!
Hello. I'm thinking about visiting Zanzibar in August/ September with my partner. We are fairly well travelled and usually take care with our possessions, wear a money belt when travelling, use the safe if possible etc.
I would like to ask people's advice about the current security situation in Zanzibar. The UK Foreign Office says that muggings of tourists increased in 2011. I know that they sometimes exaggerate a bit, but wondered what anyone who has been recently thinks. We are considering visiting Nungwi/ Kendwa, Jambiani and Stone Town.
Everyone talks about long walks on the East coast beaches. Is this a safe activity?
Also - as there are so many pirates in the Indian Ocean, have there been any cases of tourist boats being targeted?
Any advice appreciated!
I will be traveling in Tanzania with my girlfriend in August 2012. We are both grad students from the US, 25 y/o. We are planning on a kili climb, followed by a few days relaxing in Moshi or Arusha, and then a 3 to 4 day safari. We are hoping to start the kili climb somewhere between August 12-14, as we are tentatively going to be leaving TZ on August 26.
We are interested in joining up with others who have similar plans. Would love to spend time with adventurous folks of any age from anywhere in the world, and hopefully bring the cost down a bit too.
Also, if anyone has suggestions on tour operators, we'd love to hear them. I have heard that the safari portion can be arranged for a bit cheaper once in Tanzania, and I was wondering if anyone has experience with this?
I will be in Tanzania in May for a college research project. I then want to stay on to Climb Kili (Lemosho or Machame) in 6-7 days then a 6-7 day safari from 1June thru 15June. I probably will be using Stedman's Climbmountkilimajaro group (who uses teamkilimanjaro)
Anyone want to join up to help defer the costs-- especially with the safari.Or does anyone have any similar plans already made and needs another companion to join their group. I will be traveling with basic accomodations. I live in Coloado, go to CU Boulder and have summitted over eight 14K peaks .Thanks
I posted this question on the Rwandan page yesterday, but because the problematic part of the travel seems to be on the Tanzanian side of the border, Im posting it here as well..
My boyfriend and I are planning to travel from Kigali to Arusha by bus in a couple of days. We have done some research, both here and in other websites, and what we find is quite depressing. We would like to avoid going back into Uganda, but all reviews on Taqua bus are terribly negative. Does Kampala coach go via the Rwanda-Tanzania border? Does anyone have any new information or good tips?
Sara : )
I will start my trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro about a week from now. I am using the Machame route 8 days. I have had exchanges with my tour company and that stuffs. I was thinking if there is anything at all I should know from you guys out there? Because I will be traveling further after the trek, I am planning to rather rent some gears and stuffs at Arusha. Is this advisable? How comfortable are the gears over there? Would I almost get everything I look for down there?
If you have done it before, any advice for me?
Many thanks in advance.
Hej we are three students planning on taking a 2-3 day safari in either arusha or moshi between april 16-18 2012. we will arrive in dar es salaam and take the bus to arusha or moshi from there. does anyone know the best way to get to zanzibar after this? flights i found with Zanair cost around 200 usd per person for a 1.5 hr flight. would it be best to fly or try and take the bus to dar es salaam and then catch the ferry to zanzibar? it would be nice to save some money but maybe not worth the time and stress?
thanks for the help!
I just had a horrible experience on a safari and although I want to forget the whole thing, I thought it would be good to share it with the forum so other travellers can be aware and hopefully avoid a similar thing. I won't go into too much detail as to what happened but the short version of the story is that we had a sociopath in our group and he pretty much made our once-in-a-lifetime safari experience hell. I know that a company can't really be responsible for the actions of one of their clients BUT Uhuru Treks knew that this man was unstable because he had already climbed Kilimanjaro with them and was a problem on that trip as well. Instead of not allowing him to join another tour with the company (or giving him an exceptionally high price so he would decide not to go), they simply warned the guide to look out for the guy and let the 4 other clients on the trip suffer... more »
I am looking to stay some where in stone town for 2 or 3 weeks that has a balcony. i stayed at St Catherines in 2007 for 20usd but it seems from reading reviews that it has gone down hill and the price has been raised, has any one stayed here recently or can any recommend a place in stone town for 30usd or less per night that has a balcony? i dont even mind if it only looks out onto a small alley.
thanks in advance
Some help please. My partner and I are planning a safari late July - August some time. I have been doing a heap of research and think my brain is about to explode. I am starting to wonder if I am digging for to much info and starting to worry about not making a decision.
We don't really want to do a party bus tour. Happy to use locals but trying to decide on a decent company with smaller travel groups. The girl friend is vegetarian also and if all goes well I could just end up coming back engaged.
The itinerary I am thinking off is something like
4 -5 days Serengeti / Ngorongoro crater
2 - 3 days Masai Mara
in this we would like to do night drive and a balloon ride.
Maybe fly from Kilimanjaro to Kigali
From here we want to check out the Gorillas and chimps so up near Uganda (or?)
check out the start of the Nile and some rafting is an option that would be cool... more »
Hi all, just wondering if anyone will be travelling from Dar through to Malawi any time soon?
I need to be in Lilongwe by the 23rd March and am hoping I can share costs with anyone who is driving, rather than having to catch the train down to Mbeya, and buses through to Lilongwe (or the Dar-Lilongwe express).
I can be there any date before the 23rd, and to be dropped at Salima would also be fine (even better). Or alternatively, any suggestions as to what would be the next best way down avoiding the afore-mentioned options? Thanks in advance :)
I'll be spending a few weeks in Tanzania next summer, which will mainly fall in August. While one of the main attractions is a natural park/safari experience (and I intend not to miss it), I was wondering if anyone could help me track down towns or villages where I could encounter traditional architecture or heritage besides Zanzibar or Kilwa on the coast. It can be anywhere in the country and indications about charming places to visit, that can be reached by independent means, are very welcome! I was trying to avoid falling into a "tourist trap" and look for cultural and tribal life can be touched in mud hut villages or fishing villages or historical sites that have escaped the arrival of uncharacterized modernity.
Many thanks for any help!
We are planning to climb Kilimanjaro in late Dec 2012 until perhaps 2nd or 3rd of January 2013. We are still in very early stage of our preparation for this trip but hoping to form a group of 6 to 8 persons in order to push the overall price slightly down. For now the group has two members with some indications of another one joining in later on. We intend to do the climb via Machame route and will be arriving from London in Nairobi late December. If interested you can join us somewhere in Moshi and begin our climb together. I am including a website link with eventual itinerary:
Hope to see you in December 2012
Atanas more »
Hi. Where do you ideally stay with a small budget in Kigoma? (The town looks nice on the map..) Can someone mention if it's reachable from e.g Arusha, Uganda border etc, or alternatively recommend villages on the Tanga lake with safe accomodation ? Or in general any rural lakeshore / rivershore in East Africa with a decent low-cost guest facility (+its reachability)
I fly into Nairobi Thursday afternoon & take the train Friday evening to Mombasa. Was thinking about flying from Mombasa to Zanzibar on Sunday rather than taking the bus (10 hours) then ferry (another 2 hours which might require an overnight stop).
If I get my passport and application to the embassy in Nairobi Thursday afternoon (like 4pm) or Friday morning (say 8am) am I realistically going to get the visa before Friday evening?
If not; is it worth risking the possibility that the visa is NOT issued to me on arrival on Zanzibar? I.e. should I take the bus because I'll definately get the visa at the land border...?
I am taking private transport overland out of Tanzania and thus don't have a return ticket / proof of onward travel document which is stated as a requriement for the visa-on-arrival.
Thanks in advance.
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