Tanzania

  • Tanzania Fact File

    Chris
    August 28, 2015
    The United Republic of Tanzania, more commonly known as Tanzania, is a country located in East Africa's Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda in the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the east, and Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia in the south. A combination of two former European administered colonies - Tanganyika and Zanzibar - Tanzania is an ethnically diverse country of just under 48 million people. Tanzania's capital is Dodoma, although Dar Es Salaam is the country's largest city, main commercial centre, largest port, and was the capital until 1996.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Lake Manyara National Park

    Chris
    August 27, 2015
    The setting for the earliest Tarzan films, verdant Lake Manyara National Park was once described as Ernest Hemingway as "The loveliest I have seen in Africa". Lake Manyara National Park is an unspoiled paradise of ground water forest fed by underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and some of the largest baboon troupes in Africa. But it's most iconic attraction is undoubtedly its tree-climbing lions, and people flock from all over the world to see these iconic predators lounging in the trees.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Serengeti National Park

    Chris
    August 26, 2015
    Tanzania's most famous national park is deserving of its renown. The home of the world-famous Great Wildebeest Migration, the Serengeti National Park is consistently ranked as one of the best national parks in the entire world. While it is the farthest of the northern circuit parks from Arusha, the Serengeti is often the first inclusion on any safari itinerary. With its sweeping savanna plains, towering rocky hills, and seemingly unending skies - the Serengeti is as much a stunning landscape as it is a place to see Africa's most iconic animals. And see them you will: the Serengeti is home to huge numbers of wildebeest, zebras, hyenas, lions, elephants, hippos, antelopes, and more. So large is the Serengeti that we strongly recommend a minimum of two nights in the park if you're serious about doing it justice.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Ngorongoro

    Chris
    August 26, 2015
    Tanzania's biggest tourist attraction isn't Zanzibar, nor is it the sprawling plains of the Serengeti. The stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes out that honour, and it's with good reason. Exploring this verdant lost world is among the most memorable experiences a traveler is every likely to have. Key to Ngorongoro's enduring appeal is that sheer variety of experiences that can be had within the reserve. It's far more than just a simple game-viewing destination (although in this area it excels), with a variety of day trips and excursions such as guided hikes, cultural visits, and archaeological sites available to offer a more intimate experience.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Tarangire National Park

    Chris
    August 25, 2015
    Often described as Tanzania's most underrated national park, Tarangire is one of Africa's little-known gems and a must for any northern circuit itinerary. Boasting a variety of wildlife as diverse as its landscape, Tarangire is also the park that can boast being home to Tanzania's largest population of African elephants. With four of the Big Five also residing within the park, it is a great spot for a day trip from Arusha or as an addition to a Serengeti/Ngorongoro centreed itinerary. Named for the Tarangire River which flows through it, the park is an excellent choice during the dry season when animals are forced to move closer and closer to the river in search of water. Set against a backdrop of majestic baobab trees and twisted acacia, it makes for a beautiful experience.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Arusha National Park

    Chris
    August 25, 2015
    Located just a short drive from Arusha and Moshi, the Arusha National Park is Tanzania's most accessible national park and the perfect place for a day trip or as the first or last stop on a longer itinerary. At just 552 square kilometres, it's a small park with a lot to see. With diverse wildlife that includes herbivores such as elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra, and even the occasional wildebeest, Arusha National Park is also a perfect place to get out and stretch your legs - with both walking safaris and canoe safaris available within the park. Arusha National Park is also home to the world's largest population of giraffes, making it a great place to visit for fans of these long-necked, beautiful animals.
  • Nature Trails in Arusha National Park

    AdminSoa
    August 13, 2014

    Walking Safaris and Day Hikes On Arusha National Park Safari

     

    Arusha National Park has it all when it comes to hiking and trekking! On safari to Arusha National Park there are more than enough oppurtunities to add a little activity to usual game drive from safari vehicle.

    Following are the existing nature trails that are worth a visit during safari to Arusha National Park.

    Ngurdoto Crater Rim trekking

    Momella Gate to Itikoni and descend back to Momella gate. Hike duration is 4 hours.

    Kitoto View Point to Njeku View Point then descend through Meru Crater back to Kitoto View Point:Hike duration is 4 hours.

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    Momella Gate to Tululusia Waterfall and back to Momellla gate. Hike duration 1.5 hours Tululusia Waterfall is beautiful small waterfall with height of 28 meters!

    Ngurdoto Crater Rim walking trails:

    Laitong to Buffalo 5 hours

    Buffalo  to Kaitong 6 hours

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Dar Es Salaam Airport

    AdminSoa
    August 6, 2014

    While more and more international carriers are now flying in to Kilimanjaro Airport on the outskirts of Arusha, many visitors to Tanzania will still find that Dar Es Salaam (or Nairobi in Kenya) are their likely landing point.

    Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) is Tanzania's main airport, and sees more than six million people per annum touch down. Despite this, it is a reasonably small airport without the amenities that well-travelled visitors might be used to.

    Nevertheless, landing in a new country can be a frightening experience.

    Never fear! We've put together a few helpful tips to ensure your landing and transfer is a smooth one.

    Getting a Visa on Arrival on Dar Airport

    Getting a visa on arrival at Dar Es Salaam Airport couldn't be easier. As the country's #1 airport, Dar is well set up to process visas on arrival.

    Despite this, it can take quite a bit of time on busier days, so budget up to two hours for immigration in case anything goes wrong.

    Some airlines will hand out the arrival form on board, but more often than not, you'll have to start filling out your paperwork at immigration. It's definitely handy to have your own pen in this case, as the airport will not always have them available.

    When it comes time to pay for your visa, be sure to have the exact amount in USD. It is especially important to bear in mind that Tanzania does not accept US currency printed before 2006 due to a past counterfeiting problem.

    Learn more about how to apply for a Tanzanian visa on arrival.

    Waiting at Dar es Salaam Airport

    As a smaller airport, Dar Es Salaam Airport does not have a huge variety of amenities. In fact, the majority of African airports are relatively sparse in this regard.

    For this reason, if you're expecting a long wait at the airport, it pays to bring along your own drinks and snacks. What few shops are in the terminal are not open outside of normal business hours, which can be a problem if you've got a night layover.

    That's not to say the airport is without amenities. There are some food and drink options within the departures terminal, as well as the obligatory Duty Free stores.

    Currency exchange is available, but it's important to note that there are no ATMs once you clear security. If you're going to need money, take it out on the land side of the airport.

    The airport is heavily air-conditioned, so it might be worthwhile bringing a coat.

    Parking and Taxis on Dar Airport

    Dar es Salaam Airport is located 12km outside of Dar Es Salaam proper.

    While there is rarely a shortage of taxis eager to take you into the city, it's generally safer to have us arrange something for you. Taxis from the airport run in the range of $25 to $40 USD one way.

    Traffic jams are a big problem in Dar Es Salaam so, if you're planning on heading into (or out of) the city, be sure to budget extra time in the morning and in the afternoon.

    Flying to Kilimanjaro or Arusha from Dar Es Salaam

    Unless you have a special interest in exploring Tanzania's largest city, it's often easier to simply arrange a connecting flight to either Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport.

    A number of airlines provide cheap domestic flights, including Precision and FastJet. Alternatively, ask your Shadows of Africa tour agent to arrange a flight for you.

  • Your Guide to Additional Things to Do on Tanzanian Safari

    AdminSoa
    August 3, 2014
    Safari Add Ons In Tanzania Safari add ons are activities that you can add to all our itineraries. There is much more than just safari from the vehicle. There are interesting and exciting activities for curious, active guests that want to upgrade safari with additional exciting activities from ballooning to hiking and more. When you are booking a safari in Tanzania, you probably know there is much more to do besides game drives. Since we have lots of questions from our clients, we have created a simple review of things you can do in each Tanzanian main National park.

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