Advice on Planning a Trip to Tanzania

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Jambo!

I am leaving for East Africa at the end of this month (May 3rd and am not returning until September 9th! The first month I will be spending two weeks in Ethiopia and two weeks in Tanzania. Then I will spend two months volunteering perhaps in Kenya, not sure yet. But, I am open to all suggestions of places to go/ places not to go.

If you have any information on Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, and/or Uganda please share. I would like to focus my trip around the environment and culture which shouldnt be too hard! So any information you have about safety issues, getting around the countries, places to go, where to stay, etc. will be such a great help.

I am a recent college graduate (this past September) and have been saving up my money since but do not have much to spend so any budget travelling advice you have please let me know. For example, when going to the national parks is it best to find a place to stay outside? Do you need to hire a guide at every national park?

What are the cheapest but reliable safari tours? i love to get “off the beaten track” and get a real feel for the local culture, step away from all the tourist “hot-spots”, go on crazy adventures, hikes, whatever!

I will be landing in Nairobi and heading straight to Zanzibar. What is the best way to get there? How long will this trip take?

Thank you for all your help and I am a Belizean Expert. I have spent about 5 months there so if anyone needs travel advice there please let me know!

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  1. Where are you going after Tanzania? Are you wanting to go on a safari in Tanzania or ??? you may want to spend some time in cooler parts of the country such as Arusha, which would be more convenient to go straight from Nairobi. Send some more details of the general trip outline and your interests. I am sure tahat you will have a great adventure.

  2. “I will be landing in Nairobi and heading straight to Zanzibar. What is the best way to get there? How long will this trip take?”

     
    Be careful in Nairobi and dont spend much time there. It is not called Nairobbery for no reason. Take a taxi by a reputable taxi company from the airport to your hotel.

    I personally would take busses and boats to Zanzibar. You can probably fly from Nairobi, but why fly over the country when you can experience it by bus.

    Take serious safety precautions such as never falling asleep on busses, not wandering around at night, not accepting food from strangers, wearing no visible jewelery and keeping laptop, camera etc out of sight most of the time…

    A copy of the Lonely Planet book for East Africa might be a useful purchase for you.

    Leah!

  3. Are you wanting to go on a safari in Tanzania or ??? you may want to spend some time in cooler parts of the country such as Arusha, which would be more convenient to go straight from Nairobi.

    I personally would take busses and boats to Zanzibar. You can probably fly from Nairobi, but why fly over the country when you can experience it by bus.

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