I will be in Uganda from Febraury until late June when I was hoping to see a bit of Kenya and Tanzania. I have already been to parts of Kenya and to Uganda for a total of about two months a couple years back. I have done a safari at Murchison Falls in 2001. I have heard great things about the Arusha region of Tanzania and would like to know if anyone can tell me whether it is possible to do either do a cheaper safari in N. Tanzania. Two/ Three days for about 200 dollars. I will have about 2 weeks to travel and was wondering if anyone knew of some other great things to do as well. I will also need to relax as well...nice beaches with cheap places to stay are definately in the picture as well? Any thoughts
Haven't been to Tanzania yet, but am going in January. I've done a bit of research though.
From what I have heard, basic camping safaris start minimum at around 85 a day, though they are very, very budget. You are more likely to find camping safaris in the $100 - $150 range.
You might want to look at doing a cultural tour, where you get to go and see the local Masai tribes in their villages.
As for beachs, Zanzibar and Pemba seem to be the locations to go, but they are more expensive than the mainland.
I will let you know more when I get back and January and have shopped around a little.
Thanks for the response. I will will be traveling alone and am sure it is easier and better if you can find a group of people to go with. Being that I will be in Uganda for a couple of months, I am sure I will be able to meet up with some travelers to go with. Those prices you gave are very reasonable as well.
Is there a really good website or book you anyone could recommend for traveling in Tanzania on a budget?
I bought the Brandt Guide to Tanzania (including Zanzibar). It's quite good. The writer is a South African who has been to Eastern Africa a large number of times. The guide covers about every budget, from those looking to go on the cheap right up to those looking for five-star accomidation in the game parks. The writer can be a bit opinionated at times, but the advice seems really good.
As for websites, nothing that I have found so far that covers everything.
Tanzania government tourist site provides a list of links.
Tanzania Association of Travel Operators to check any safari operators are registered with them.