BUDGET, TIME, HIGHLIGHTS, BEST COMPANIES AND SOME FRIENDS
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Sep 8, 2012 7:18 PM Last Post By: Dominique1988
Sep 5, 2012 1:51 PM
BUDGET, TIME, HIGHLIGHTS, BEST COMPANIES AND SOME FRIENDSHi addicted travellers
My husband and I are planning a trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar and I would like to get some suggestions :-)
1- We have been discussing the duration and budget of our trip. Three weeks or a month? We will be travelling on a shoestring budget. :-( How much time do you think we need to cover the highlights? We are interested in not only doing safari and experiencing wildlife but also cultural life, hiking. beaches and seeing tribes. And how much money do we need roughly?
2- As far as we search, tour operators are demanding huge amount of money even for camping safaris. Do you know any tour company which demands reasonable amounts and has satisfied you a lot? (any tour company to be avoided would be helpful too)
3- There are many national parks in Tanzania and in some of them the wildlife animals are more or less the same so I would be very pleased if you could tell me your picks and favourites so I may avoid visiting two different national parks and seeing the same animals.
4- Any friends who want to join us? We are going from the 24th of October till 15th or 23rd of November. We are from Cyprus and can speak Turkish and English.
Thanks in advance guys. Your answers will be highly appreciated.
Sep 5, 2012 2:48 PM
1Hello, we just finished a safari in July with a small company called African Scenic Safari. Their website is http://www.africanscenicsafaris.com/index.html. I know a lot of people have their own favorites they used, and know touts come on here, but I ask just drop them a line to see what kind of prices and trips they have. You may not use them, but you won't be disappointed with their communication, their safari options, and their price. Two of us traveled together, and got an incredible deal if we had 4 others with us which we eventually had.
The driver was knowledgeable, had connections while in the parks, and catered toward us. In 7 days, we saw pretty much everything multiple times. The cook was excellent as well. The packed lunches were o.k., but the hot meals were some of the best food we ate in 5 weeks traveling.
We were fortunate to stumble upon them, and glad we did, it was an amazing time. Again, drop them a line and check for yourself.
Good luck in your search!!!
Sep 8, 2012 7:16 PM
2Hello Mune, whether you do four weeks or three depends on you! :) I would spend about a week on Zanzibar and then I guess another three weeks seems reasonable for the mainland. Zanzibar is more expensive than the mainland but definitely worth it! I think my boyfriend and I spent about $60-70 a day (together), but this excludes Safari, Kili (which we didn't do but it's expensive) and Zanzibar.
You said you want to do something different: I volunteered with a local HIV/AIDS organisation in Moshi (near Arusha) in January and they had just started doing Social Reality Tours to show visitors the "real Tanzania" - very confronting but definitely worth it! The website is here: http://www.world-unite.de/kiwakkuki_flyer.pdf.
We went to two smaller national parks in the norther circuit (Tarangire and Lake Manyara), which was nice because it was less crowded. In Tarangire, we pretty much only saw elephants but Laka Manyara was very nice! I think if I went back I'd do Serengeti and Ngorongoro though, despite the many tourists there. In the south there is another par, Selous, where friends of mine went - cheaper and less tourists but also less of the big cats as far as I could see.
Have a great time!
Sep 8, 2012 7:18 PM
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