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Tanzania Travel Tips

How to get there - If you arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport, we will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Arusha, or to proceed directly onto your safari.. If you arrive in Tanzania and depart from Nairobi, Kenya, we can arrange a transfer by shuttle bus at the end of your stay in Tanzania.  We can also advise you about how to arrange flights between Zanzibar, Nairobi and Mombasa. We are happy to facilitate local transfers.


Best time of year for Tanzania safari - The varied wildlife and changing climate of the Tanzania plains ensures spectacular scenery year around, both in terms of vegetation and animal behavior.  We adjust our safari itineraries to take advantage of the best possible game viewing in keeping with seasonal concentrations of wildlife.


Your Tanzania safari - "Safari" in Kswahili, the primary language in of East Africa, simple means: a Journey. Today safari is synonymous with wildlife adventure in the African bush.  If your primary reason for traveling to Africa is to experience an abundance of African wildlife in unspoiled wilderness, than Tanzania should be your destination of choice.  Tanzania protects over 225% of its land through national parks and reserves, more than any country on the continent.  The parks and wildlife reserves of Tanzania are inhabited by vast herds of wildebeest spread out across the Serengeti savannah huge populations of elephant and buffalo, as well as plains game and their predators -- lions cheetah and leopards. These animals

roam freely as they have done for thousands of years.

 While on safari, you will witness an incredible diversity of ecology and will doubtless find the vegetation and bird life as fascinating as the big game.  Not only is Tanzania home to 90% of film series produced on African animals, the country also boasts a remarkable number of World Heritage sites including: Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Seleous Game Reserve, Kilwa Kisiwani, the Songo Mnara Ruins and Mafia Marine Park, and recently, Bagamoyo.



What you may see in Tanzania - Tanzania is home to over 35 species of large four-legged mammals and has over 1,113 species of birds recorded. On a safari in northern Tanzania you can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, baboon, monkeys, and a variety of game such as wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra, impala and gazelle.  It is also very common to see lion and hyena in its natural surrounding, as well as the elusive cheetah and leopard.  In the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater, you may be lucky to spot of the few remaining black rhino to be found in Tanzania.  Your driver guide will also be on the lookout for the lesser-known species such as the mongoose, hyrax, foxes, wild dog or more reticent antelope like the lesser kudu, bushbuck, oryx or eland.



People of Tanzania - The vast majority of Tanzanians are still living very close to their traditional lifestyles.  Most of the people are subsistence farmers.  The Maasai people, favored by photographers for their strikingly colorful d├ęcor, live a pastoral existence following their herds of cattle to better grazing areas, still adhering to the traditions and ceremonies of their ancestors.  Their "villages are located throughout northern Tanzania.  Other small tribes of hunter-gathers, living according to according to their ancient customs and traditions, can also be found in this area.



Tanzania Culture - Bushland Adventure Travel considers the cultural component of any safari to be an integral and essential element. All Bushland guides are Tanzanian born and are an excellent resource to help you gain greater insight into local culture.  We do not promote staged dances and other presentations targeting the tourist market.  Rather, as we drive between parks, we pass many villages and Maasai Bomas to offer you glimpses into the actual lives of the Tanzanian people,  We also offer a special trip in which our guests travel well off the beaten path to spend time among the Hadzabe people and observe and participate in their ancient hunter-gather traditions.



Tanzania Weather - Located at an altitude of 5,000 to 7,600 feet, northern Tanzania's dry sunny climate is nothing like the steamy African jungle of the Tarzan movies. The weather is spring like year round, with daytime temperature in the 70's and 80's F (21 and 26 degrees Celsius) and in the 60's F (about 15 - 20 degrees Celsius) during the evening.  Temperatures are slightly cooler and range  from 50's to mid-70's F (10 to 25 degrees Celsius), from June until August.  Tanzania generally experiences short rains in November to Mid-December and long rains between March and May, but the season can vary.  The coastal strip is hot and humid all year around, while temperatures on Mounts Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.



Safety and Security in Tanzania - While today's modern safari is a far cry from the rugged safaris of the past, we take every care to ensure your good health, enjoyment and safety while in the country.  Tanzania is one of Africa's most stable countries.  In fact, it is said that Tanzania is the most safe, friendly and secure country in all of Africa.  We therefore encourage our guest to touch the ground and feel it, in the literal sense, and by also meeting the Tanzanian people by visiting their homes where you are sure to receive a warm welcome from its gracious people.



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