3 week Tanzania Safari
Me and a friend are looking to spend roughly 3 weeks in East Africa later this year. We want to do the usual stuff – safari, climb Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar etc. We’re fairly well travelled, met whilst backpacking in South America but neither of us have been to Africa before.
I have a few questions but any general advice and recommendations are welcomed. We aim to travel as independently as feasibly possible without be foolish.
- 1. We are aiming to book a return flight to Dar es Salaam then travel internally to National Parks and Kilimanjaro. Is this the best way to do it or would Nairobi be a better starting point?
- 2. Safari – We’ve read a few forum posts saying it’s better to book on arrival in Africa to cut out the middle man. With 3 weeks we’ve a bit of flexibility but can’t afford to waste too many days. How likely is it that we’d be able to get on a tour within a day or two of arrival? Is it worth it for the saving?
- 3. Kilimanjaro climb – Again, only 3 weeks, ideally we’d do it in 6 days. Is it best to book in Africa and get on a tour quickly? Again, worth it?
- 4. Internal journeys probably from Dar es Salaam to Arusha and back… Is it better to fly? What are the options like for coaches/road travel? Is reaching Arusha any easier from Nairobi?
Thanks in advance