Tanzania in June on my own
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2013 11:07 PM Last Post By: changesNlatitudes
May 13, 2013 3:20 AM
Tanzania in June on my ownI have 6 free weeks and really want to get away. I've found a decent flight to Tanzania, via Dubai, and back from Nairobi. I've been doing some research but have some questions! I will be travelling alone. Is this a suitable place to be alone? I am a fairly experienced traveller but I do get a bit lonely after a while.
How budget can I go? I'm not into sharing dorm rooms and need my own space. Also, is air con necessary in June?
My idea of a good trip is lots of walking, exploring, food, culture, snorkelling, photographs and animals. I'd love to get out to a nature park at some point. I know the safaris are expensive so will look into a budget way of doing this.
I'm very close to booking my flights but am wondering on a daily/weekly budget. Is there somewhere cheap I could go nearby to spend a week or so?
I'm also interested in overland truck tours, did a great one in Morocco years ago so if anyone knows about one of those aimed at independent travellers please let me know.
Thank you for reading :-)
May 13, 2013 6:11 AM
1Hi, wow! you are lucky to have 6 weeks to spare. I suggest that you do at least one week of safari in Serengeti. When you're doing safari, the safari company is responsible for your accommodation (camping tents) and food and of course transportation. I have used this company and recommended it to many other friends/family and they are now recommending it to others:
It's 100% owned/operated by Tanzanians. You'll find that most safari companies are owned by Brits, Americans and Germans but wouldn't it make sense to give business to local owners and help them grow? I'm sure if you speak to the owner, Bariki, you can negotiate a deal so he can take you around after safari to show you Arusha and possibly take you back to Moshi.
I have stayed in a hostel in Moshi called Twiga Home, it was great! Private rooms and very reasonable price, great cheap food is also sold there.
You can search on line, especially on sites such as this and travelocity to find good/cheap hostels and read comments/ratings. That will help you budget your trip and travel on budget. More importantly you'll learn about what to watch out for, so do your homework and spend time to go through as many posts as you can before you go,
I was in Tanzania in May of 2011, it was end of the rainy season but June should be ok, I doubt you'll need AC but nights can get chilly so do carry a hoody or sweater.
If you are going for that long, have you thought about volunteering while you're there? There are some scam NGO's and some who call themselves NGO but are for profit but there are many that do amazing work. I have done extensive homework (because I got burnt last time) and will be going back next week to volunteer for an amazing organization called Olive Branch.:
I'll be in Tanzania visiting some friends next week, then going to volunteer at the Olive Branch for another week. Hope some of these helps you. Please feel free to message me if you have more questions and I'll try to help. Happy and safe travels
May 13, 2013 6:53 AM
2Your issue seems to be loneliness rather than safety. Tanzanians are easy to mix with, but if you prefer the company of tourists you can usually find that at the nearest popular backpackers' hostel or campsite.
Tanzania is one of the best countries to find a budget room, mainly thanks to the large number of Tanzanians who travel around the country on business but have tight budgets. If a backpackers' hostel can't be found, a basic private hotel room with toilet and shower can cost as little as US$7-8 in provincial towns, and perhaps double that in Arusha, Moshi and Dar. Accommodation in Zanzibar is more expensive due to its resort status, but even there you can find a few real bargains. If you plan to see Zanzibar I can go into more detail on that.
I highly recommend taking a small tent wherever you go. Some places on the coast and elsewhere allow camping and the fee is usually US$5-10. That is a real saving when the cheapest chalet is US$40 or more, and campers usually get to use the pool and other facilities.
I can't comment on overlanding, but Mikumi National Park is a favourite safari option for travelers on a budget. The most popular package is three days/two nights and it should still cost under US$500. These tours leave from Dar on an almost daily basis. You can book one when you are in Dar.
Ruaha National Park is also a budget option, though it is several hours' drive further west.
May 13, 2013 10:19 AM
May 13, 2013 11:55 AM
4June is the coolest month of the year. You might want to bring a polar fleece for the mornings. Some of the higher areas that also have a wind, it may even feel good to have a knit cap at times. You can live on a very low budget if you go hiking in the Pare Mts, Don't expect to meet many other tourists there, but you will take in the local culture and some nice scenery. I hope that you have an amazing experience.
May 13, 2013 12:22 PM
5Not really my dear Kaz, to be honest i was trying to provide a clear information with true examples so as to add something on his/her search, that gives brightness in negotiating such kind of programs. Think i am not very far from Hedia19th who provided the link to an organizer / tour company she used on her wonderful trip.
ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES IF IN ANY CASE IT SOUNDS THAT WAY AS IT WAS NOT MY AIM TO STAND AS A TOUR OP.
OK my dear KAZ?
May 14, 2013 5:14 AM
May 14, 2013 7:50 AM
7Yes it was another copy-and-paste effort. I'll report anything like this that I see.
For the rest of you: avoid dealing with people who approach you on this site with standard-looking itineraries that don't reflect what you were looking for. They are the last people you would want to organize your safari, and many of them aren't even in the safari business in the proper sense; they are just independent people touting for other operators in return for a commission.
Limit your contacts to direct contacts with the people who are actually organizing your trip.
May 14, 2013 9:05 AM
8Thank you so much for the replies. I feel much more confident about booking now. I've now decided to fly in and out of Dar es Salaam rather than out of Kenya.
I definitely want to go chimpanzee tracking even though the places to do that seem far away from everything else.
I don't know about buying a tent. I don't own one and am not very good at stuff like this :-/ Plus I live in Turkey where I can't go out and buy one cheaply. Maybe I will see if I can borrow one.
I have been thinking about volunteering.
Thanks again! Any more ideas more than welcome! I will be doing a lot of planning in the next month.
May 14, 2013 9:12 AM
May 14, 2013 4:21 PM
In Kenya you can buy a small tent for about US$30 at one of the big department stores like Nakumatt or Tuskys. Camping is popular here and can save you big money, why not try it? You don't need to camp every night.
You're taking up unnecessary space with these outbursts. Please post if you have something serious (and non-promotional) to contribute. Otherwise leave kaz and the rest of us in peace.
May 15, 2013 1:06 AM
In Dar es salaam you can either by a tent at Shoprite and any other big super market or rent a nice tent from the stores dealing with camping and safari equipment.
Cris i wonder why are you taking this that far, it is better if you will be understanding like kaz did. Even what you sent in your last post took unnecessary space in here.
May 15, 2013 4:00 AM
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May 15, 2013 6:39 AM
14@ Kachika, güvenli bir yolculuk :) & happy travels! you'll love the experience and good on you for considering volunteering but do your homework and volunteer for a meaningful cause with a good organization and beware of the scammers and bad NGOs.
@ those of you who posted great comments but are now arguing : we all came here to help Kachika, purpose is served so please get along! Hakuna Matata and keep up the good work.
Be Happy :)
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