Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2012 1:49 PM Last Post By: namdesro
Oct 31, 2012 2:59 PM
I don´t really know many things about those places, just that I would like to visit South Luangwa NP in Zambia, Zanzibar and Moshi in Tanzania and Mombasa and Lamu Island in Kenia....any suggestion????
I would like to take the train from Zambia to Tanzania, have any of you taken it recently?
Is it save for a female travelling alone?
Thank you very much:-)
Nov 1, 2012 7:23 AM
it might be possible. I visited all the countries a couple of times but I'd rather concentrate on one country. All countries have so much to offer and you would spend half the time of your trip proceeding on the road. Public transport in Africa isn't comparable to public transport in Asia, europe or any other continent. It's first of all: SLOW!!! And not always safe. Apart from that breakdowns are an everyday occurence depending on which company you use if there's any choice at all.
Tanzania is a fantastic country offering a fantastic coastline (Zanzibar), some of the most off the beaten track safari national parks packed with game (Ruaah, Katavi, Selous), rainforest with chimpanzees in the west (Gombe and Mahale Mountain at Lake Tanganyika) and Kilimanjaro and tge Great Migration in the Serengeti in the north.
Let us know what you are going to decide :-)! And enjoy! All countries are fantastic!!!
Nov 2, 2012 2:55 AM
Thank you very much Tobi:-)
I forgot to mention that I live in Namibia at the moment, so I am not so much interested in safaris, just the MUST do. I am more interesting in culture and landscape.
My plan is to leave Windhoek end of November to Livingstone with the Intercape bus. I already visited Vic Falls from Zimbawe so I think that I will spend there just one night to rest a bit from the bus and next day find the way to go to Lusaka.
So my question is....what should I visit in Zambia????
From what I have been reading, the only NP that I wanted to visit to do the wlaking safari ( a friend of mine hardly recommended it) would be close at this time of the year because of the rainy season......So now I am a bit lost :-(
Thank you very much:-)
Nov 2, 2012 1:31 PM
3Tazara train is safe, yes and also gets you relatively quickly from the heart of Zambia to the Tanzanian coast. 48 days is plenty to see a lot of the three countries. Tanzania road travel is lengthy and can be arduous, so choose routes carefully. Zambia: the game parks and Vic Falls are what everyone comes for. There are other sights, but in more remote areas. Most Zambian cities have limited interest IMO. PM if you want more specific info. Oh yeah, Kilwa in Southern Tanzania is a must visit, and few venture down there.
Nov 2, 2012 1:33 PM
Nov 4, 2012 7:15 AM
5Hello and sorry for my late reply...
Note that the Tazara train to Dar es Salaam leaves from Kapiri Mposhi and not from Lusaka. Kapiri Mposhi is another 3 to 4 hours drive away from Lusaka.
The main tourist interests in Zambia are the national parks. South Luangwa, North Luangwa (for walking safaris!), Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Park (Busanga Plains are a great area) are all great areas - wild, remote and with good game populations. But Zambia receives far more rain than Tanzania or Kenya. So late November and December are not the best time to visit...
There is a very interesting cultural festival of the Lozi people in western Zambia, but as far as I know this is in March / April. Lumangwe Falls in northeastern Zambia is a stunning waterfall but a very far ride from Lusaka to get there and come back.
So if you ask me: Zambia is a great country that is a must to visit. But during this time of year I would skip it and concentrate on Tanzania or Kenya. If it's not the safari thing you are interested in it's difficult again. You could hang around on Zanzibar which is a stunning island, go to Kilwa, an ancient ruin town (beautiful and interesting, but not stunning), climb Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru (in the north) or visit the west (chimpanzee trekking in Mahale or Gombe National Parks). Anyway: I love Tanzania because of the game. I really love the south because of its beautiful national parks (Selous GR, Ruaha NP and Katavi NP) and high game concentrations. Udzungwa NP is another beautiful national park with lots of primates and stunning waterfalls. Don't expect too much from the north - beautiful areas, fantastic game but also quite touristy!
Kenya: beautiful coastline (Watamu, Diani, Tiwi), wonderful safari parks (Tsavo, Amboseli, Masai Mara, Samburu), but also comparably touristy! Trekking in Aberdares or Mount Kenya!
Does that help?
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