looking for advice on where to go and cutting down costs...
My boyfriend and I are planning a 2-3 week trip to tanzania (including zanzibar) and I was just wondering about safaris, all I can find on the internet are safari packages and this is not what we want... is it possible to just book one when we're out there? and what would be the average price of that? really we just want a day or two safari but would be lovely to visit a couple of other places aswell, any advice? We are not sure how easy/difficult it is to get around so are struggling to decide where to go. Any help would be much appreciated! thanks guys =)
Have been looking for cheap accommodation in zanzibar for about 10 days in either august or september of this year and have not been able to find anything that is available, is it possible to just find somewhere when out there or is it necessary to book before hand? if anyone can suggest somewhere cheap and with the possibility of being available would be MUCH APPRECIATED!! I am kind of at a loss here...
no worries have found places, but would still be nice to know if you can just find accommodation while out there 😊
Zippy, some people prefer to avoid going to Zanzibar during Ramadan. There will not be many restaurants open during the daylight hours. For some people, this is not a big issue. This year Ramadan begins August 11th this year and ends at the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is September 9th this year. Regarding safaris, it is very possible to book while you are in the country, but the choices can be confusing and time consuming and you need to be careful about scams. A typical camping safari will run around $150/day/person, perhaps $20 - $25/day/person more if the group is just the two of you. You can add a cultural visit to the Maasai or Hadzabe (Bushmen) or explore/hike in the Usambara or Pare Mountains as a nice adventure. Have a great trip!
Thank you Kahawa! I hadn't thought of Ramadan, will have to consider it... ok so I guess those safari prices are if you book while there? the ones I have found on the internet seem very expensive, will keep looking though! visiting the Maasai would be great, thanks for the suggestion! Any idea on accomodation and if you can easily find some while out there? cheers for the help, much appreciated!
You can find those prices on line too. Many safari companies that have marketing power are the more expensive ones and ones supporting foreign offices. I know of several safari companies that I could recommend, but I know that this forum does not like specific endorsements (rightfully so, I think). You can contact me through a private message if you need some specific help. I am an American living in Moshi (Kilimanjaro region) running an NGO.
Hi zippy, you can find cheaper options when you arrive to Arusha, but don't hire your safari only by its price. Make sure what is included, ask how many people will travel with you, have a look at the car,... if the price is too much low (less than 140$ per person and day), you won't get a good service. Send me a private if you need more help.
Last summer we were in Tanzania and we also didn't want to spent a lot of money, so we asked about 2 or 3 days safaris... finally we took 5 days one and it was wonderful, less time is senseless because you'll spent most of the time in the way. It's worthy!
Hi anonymous, I am in exactly the same position as you were last summer. I would love to go on a safari for four or five days but do not have a large budget. I would be very interested to know who you went with as it sounds like you had an excellent time.
Thanks kahawa, I had a look at the companies you reccomended and it was very helpful! Also thankyou anonymous, I will bear that in mind defnitely =)