Making the most of an adventure tour to Tanzania

Making the most of an adventure tour to Tanzania

If you’re planning an adventure tour of Tanzania, it’s well worth thinking about how you can make the most of your trip – after all, it could well be a once in a lifetime experience. Read our top tips on making sure you have experiences you’ll never forget.

Choose the right tour

First things first, you’ve got to pick the right kind of tour – and that doesn’t just mean opting for the one you think will take you to the most places. Of course, if there’s a particular area you’ve got your heart set on seeing or an activity you’ve always wanted to do, that’s one of the most important things to look out for. Aside from that, you should think about:

• How much your tour lets you see: it’s always a good idea to pick an itinerary that’ll mix different kinds of experiences, like safaris, treks and volunteering – that way, you’ll get to do a little bit of everything and see as much of the country as you can.

• How much time you have: while planned itineraries generally work to set schedules – say four weeks, for example – it’s worth thinking over the tour in terms of how much time you have for yourself. Things to keep an eye out for include whether you have any relaxation/free time and how long you get to spend in each place.

• How busy the schedule is: while you to want get as much out of your trip as you can, there’s no point picking a schedule so packed that it detracts from the actual experiences.

Get a taste of local life

It’s likely you’ll find a couple of tours that generally fit the bill of what you’re after, and there are a few key ingredients to making sure you experience Tanzania to the fullest. Among the most important is getting a taste of local life – after all, you want to experience the country as it really is, not just take a whirlwind tour of the tourist attractions.

Volunteering is a great way to do this while giving something back to local communities. Head to Moshi, for example, and you can spend a few days helping disadvantaged children. The added bonus of this is, unsurprisingly, that it’s really rewarding.

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Tanzania is famous for nomadic community the Masai, so it’s a great idea to spend some time in a traditional Masai village if you can. Mto wa Umbu is one possibility – if you get the chance, try sleeping in a Masai Boma (that’s a mud hut to you and me) and visiting the local school.

Safari

Of course, one of the major reasons Tanzania is such a popular place to visit is its amazing animals. The N’gorongo Crater and Lake Manyara are both great choices. At the former you’re likely to see lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and hippo – to name just a few – and at the latter you can encounter giraffe and flamingos.

Go trekking

Always an essential if you want to feel a real sense of adventure, trekking is a great way to see a new place and Tanzania is no exception. Explore the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro – where you can discover the Machame Waterfalls – and, if you want a really unforgettable experience, camp out overnight.

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Hit the beach

Ok, while you could argue relaxing on the beach isn’t an essential component of an adventure tour, who’s going to turn that kind of opportunity down? Spend a day exploring the endlessly pretty Coral Islands and do exactly as you please – whether you fancy snorkelling to see the local marine life, or sitting on the sand doing absolutely nothing. Definitely a good way to round off your tour.

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