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Experience the classic Tanzanian safari
One of the most diverse and incredible countries in East Africa. Some of the famous wild areas and events of Africa occur here such as, The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, The Wildebeest Migration and Zanzibar Island are some of the very well-known. Then in the South of the country there are some of Africa’s largest national parks – Ruaha, Katavi and Nyerere. Apart from these classic savannah type areas where you can see a volume and variety of wildlife that is hard to beat elsewhere in Africa, you can also include beautiful beach days with classic white beaches, palm trees and tropical warm waters. You can also trek in the parks along Lake Tanganyika where habituated chimpanzee families live, made famous by Jane Goodall who changed the way we see these incredible large primates and been an inspiration to many.
Get a taste of it all
Safaris in Tanzania are often divided into either doing what is called the Northern Circuit or the Southern Circuit and both have very distinct features that are well worth exploring. As tourism develops more and more it is getting easier to link these two parts of Tanzania and then combine with some time on one of its beautiful coastal islands like Zanzibar or Mafia. For a first time or repeat safari guest you can have a safari of amazing diversity and a really top experience In this beautiful country
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Things that are worth knowing about when traveling to Tanzania
A fascinating salt lake that sits in the rift valley, overlooked by the mysterious and active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai, which is an important symbol and connection with the Gods for the Maasai people. This place is a key nesting area for Lesser Flamingoes which can number in their thousands an incredible site as they move and feed through the sometimes vibrant red water. A walk into this area from Empaakai Crater is beautiful and worth doing before exploring Lake Natron.
Not far off the Southern Coast line of Tanzania is Mafia Island – this is Tanzania’s first Marine Park and a beautiful island with a much more genuine island experience as tourism is quite limited here, but a key attraction is being able to enjoy diving with Whale Sharks along with other beautiful reefs and nesting turtles. It also has a really interesting history all linked into it being at one time a trading gateway between “the interior” and Asia.
An island on Lake Victoria that was established as a place of refuge for wild animals in 1965 -the key introduction here was a group of chimpanzees gathered from circuses and zoos in Europe, they were given no lessons in what to do in the wild but within a short period of time they got organised and learnt which foods to eat and how to survive here. Today the offspring from the initial group are numbered over 40 and living wild. You can visit this Island and see this wonderful story along with other typical forest species like Bush Buck, Suni, Elephants, Black and White Colobus Monkeys
GeneralWhat do I pack for a safari in Zimbabwe? Please remember that there may be luggage weight or size restrictions on your Zimbabwe safari. Before you travel, we shall advise you on what would be suitable for your specific safari as sometimes you may need a wide range of clothing to cater for the different conditions of your safari. If bush walks are a part of your safari, we advise to not wear white or black coloured clothes. What Stone Ruins are in Zimbabwe? The name Zimbabwe translates as “House of stone”. Between the 11th to 15th Century these stone edifices were constructed around the country and were important centres of trade and government. The main ones being Great Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins and Dhlodhlo Ruins, there are many other smaller ones scattered around. Can I walk by myself in the National Parks? No, you cannot, this is only available in designated areas within Mana Pools National Park after paying for a special permit and signing a disclaimer. We do not recommend doing this, you will have a much better experience being accompanied by a trained professional safari guide familiar with the area. Licensed professional guides working for a registered operator are allowed to take you for walks anywhere within the National Parks. What currency is used in Zimbabwe? The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar. In tourist areas most transactions are quoted and done in US Dollars with South African Rand also possible. What time zone is Zimbabwe in? Zimbabwe shares the same time zone as the rest of Southern Africa, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time – (GMT) + 2 hours, in the Central Africa Time Zone (CAT) Can I use my credit cards in Zimbabwe? Yes, but only really in the main cities or tourist areas like Victoria Falls with Visa and Mastercard the most widely accepted. To buy curios or paying for camp extras like National Parks Fees it is better to have actual cash. What power sockets are used in Zimbabwe? In the cities and safari camps Zimbabwe uses 220V power points in the camps mostly using Type G plugs. If you have an item that runs on 110V, please bring a converter. It is also advisable to bring additional universal travel adaptors and extra batteries.
VisasDo I need a visa to travel to Zimbabwe? Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at the port of entry or apply for an e-visa before arrival. However, some nationalities may have to apply in advance through an embassy.Please check with your Travel Designer to find out if you require a visa to enter Zimbabwe.
MedicalWhat Vaccinations do I need for travelling to Zimbabwe? At this time there are no vaccination requirements for tourists visiting Zimbabwe – However if you are travelling to Zimbabwe from areas infected with yellow fever, you must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. We will advise the latest regulations before travelling. If you are unsure about what is best for you, please consult your medical practitioner for professional advice on what other vaccinations may be suitable for you. Medical Evacuations? Air medical evacuations are available in Zimbabwe, but it is important that you have medical insurance with this type of remote evacuation cover and declare the details to your travel designer prior to travel. Do I need to take malaria medication when visiting Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe is in a malarial zone so please consult with your medical practitioner a few weeks before your departure on what the best prophylactic for you would be. Some courses of medication may need to be started in advance of your visit to Zimbabwe.
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