Things You Must Know Before Going on a Tanzanian Safari
After months of lockdown, travel lovers can once again enjoy adventurous activities, explore beautiful locations, and meet people from diverse cultures! A great vacation idea is to visit Tanzania for an exciting safari experience, where tourists can spot wildlife and explore breathtaking landscapes!
Where to go?
Tanzania has a number of national parks and safari locations. Selous Game Reserve is a popular location, as it is home to 350 species of birds, such as kingfishers, palm nut vultures, eagles, parrots, storks, kestrels, and herons, as well as wildlife including elephants, wildebeests hippos, zebras, antelopes, lions, and hyenas! Ngorongoro Crater is home to gazelles, cheetahs, elephants, leopards, lions, antelopes, and rhinoceros. Tarangire National Park is excellent for bird watching as tourists can spot the yellow necked spurfowl, ostrich, red billed hornbill, yellow billed stork, woodland kingfisher, crowned shrike, and black headed heron! They can find wild dogs, mongooses, elands, impalas, waterbucks, badgers and monkeys! At Mahale Mountains, tourists can spot spectacular flora and fauna, including red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and alpine bamboo! The Serengeti is a stunning location where one can explore the beautiful wilderness, watch the sunset, and spot animals such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, elephants, lions, rhinoceros, and leopards! The region is known for the Great Migration during which two million wildebeests move across the region. Other safari parks include Lake Manyara, Arusha, Katavi National Park, and Kichaka!
What to wear?
Tourists are advised to wear neutral colors, such as khaki, beige, or grey, which does not get dirty while driving around in dust, and do not attract much attention.. Avoid dark colours as these attract insects such as the Tsetse fly and mosquitos. Visitors should carry a jacket, hat, or fleece for protection from changing temperatures. Shoes should be comfortable so it is easy to walk, and wear them for long periods of time. Wear light weight, breathable fabrics as they minimize noise when walking, and are more comfortable.
What to pack?
Tourists must carry necessary documentation, required medication, tickets, cash and credit cards, mobile phones, chargers, extra batteries, cameras, hygiene products, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, maps, and extra clothing! You must seek out advice from your Travel Clinic as to the recommended vaccinations and anti-malarial treatments to have. Read more here https://www.tripindigo.com/travel-guide/health-and-vaccinations/.
How to explore?
There are many different ways to explore these stunning regions. One can stay at a resort, or camp in the national park. Tourists can opt for walking safaris or game drives, which allow them to explore the area with a guide who can point to important locations and interesting wildlife. Hot air balloon rides at the Serengeti are an exciting way to observe the beauty of the park, as visitors can get a birds’ eye view! At parks such as Arusha, one can go on a cycling tour which makes the safari experience more exciting!
How to act?
To ensure that the safari experience is enriching and wholesome, tourists must ensure that they are respectful towards locals and nature. They must not harm the natural environment, nor display any offensive behaviors. Many resorts and camps are eco-friendly, and tourists should try to support the local economy by buying from native sellers. During the covid-19 pandemic, it is essential to look out for the safety of the locals, so travellers must wear masks and gloves, and sanitize their hands as frequently as possible.