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What to Consider When Planning a Safari

What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

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Looking for ideas for your next family holiday? Forget Disney World why not consider something fun and educational at the same time.  Take your children miles away from TV, video games and computers and get back to nature with an African safari with Nature Bound Africa.

Not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture. Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone! What may appear to be a daunting process, planning a safari for the whole family is not as difficult as it may first appear.

Here are some things to consider before booking:

1.Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania have more experience in dealing with families so they should possibly be your first port of call.

2. The safari peak season is June to Oct. If you are looking to save a few pennies and you are tied to travelling during the European school holidays (ie the peak season), consider visiting Rwanda or Uganda which are the exception – having their low season during these months.

3.If you are worried about long flights consider East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where the flights are shorter (around 8 hrs from Europe).  In saying that, an overnight flight and with the time difference either 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year) there is no jet lag to contend with.

4. Not all safari lodges take children or allow them onto game drives. You may need to consider a private vehicle or babysitting services. Nature Bound Africa know’s the lodges which are child friendly offering specially tailored child-centred activities which will give parents a break and provide endless hours of fun and learning for the children.

5. Consider which East African countries require vaccinations and malaria tablets.

6. Don’t plan for too long on safari, if you are away for 2 weeks combine your safari with a beach break in the likes of Zanzibar or Mombasa. Most of the resorts or hotels on the beach offer kid’s clubs, brilliant activities and water sports as well as family rooms.

7. Nature Bound Africa has experience in planning family holidays to East Africa in order that it is expertly organized.

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Tanzania in a Nutshell

Tanzania in a Nutshell

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Tanzania in a Nutshell
From wilderness safaris to trekking mountains in the southern highlands to snoozing on idyllic beaches, Tanzania tours provide the amateur and the experienced with holidays to remember.
Things to do in Tanzania

Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Tanzania

Linked to the Masai Mara grasslands of Kenya, the Tanzanian Serengeti is the top spot in Africa for wildlife safaris, seeing African game in their unspoiled habitat and perching among some of the most beautiful and rare animals in the world. This vast park attracts visitors from all over the world and one sight that simply can’t be missed is the annual wildebeest migration, a wildlife seekers heaven.
Just the name Mt Kilimanjaro should be enough to entice any adventure traveler to Tanzania’s National park and to the peak of Africa. Tours to Mt Kilimanjaro offer unrivaled sights from the top of Africa’s highest and most recognized mountain. Due to the dense rain-forest at the bottom of the mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro treks offer an African safari on top of just the splendor of the main climb.

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Tanzanian safaris boast plenty of wild lions. Photo by Anita Ritenour
Ngorongoro Crater is widely considered as one of the most special African experiences. Its untainted landscape and rich wildlife offers arguably the best safari tour in Africa. With amazing animals ranging from Rhinos, elephants, lions and buffaloes plus many, many more, along with being introduced to local Masai Mara tribesmen, this scintillating tour is one reason why Tanzania is an African gem.
Ruaha National park is Tanzania’s second largest and also offers tremendous amounts of game.
Zanzibar Town is in a realm of its own and a whole new reason to visit Tanzania. It is a World Heritage Site for a reason. With its beautifully networked labyrinthine alleys, meandering below picturesque colonial architecture, the old quarter of Stone Town is a walking museum and is warrants an imperative visit on everybody’s list. Sitting quietly a few streets down you will stumble across exotic palm lined beaches and pristine blue waters. An incredible discovery for newcomers to Tanzania tours.

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Tribal Tanzanian boy with eccentric head-wear. Photo by Andreas Roksvaag

 

So What’s Tanzania all about?
Food and Culture of Tanzania
Typically carbohydrate based, the cornmeal porridge called Ugali is a staple dish in the Tanzanian diet. Tanzanian food also boasts many luxurious spicy dishes, particularly around the coastal regions. A welcome addition to fish and rice meals is the common use of coconut milk, providing sensuous flavors.
Tanzanian food also consists of a lot of beans, sorghum, millet and plantain. Groundnuts are an important part of the diet in Tanzania too.
With 128 languages spoken throughout Tanzania and many tribes, it is wonderful to get lost in and absorb the diversity of Tanzanian culture. Enjoy the splendid and meticulous arts and crafts and marvel at the array of glamorous clothing within tribes.
When to go to Tanzania
What time of the year is best to visit Tanzania?
January and February are widely considered as the best months to visit Tanzania due to being the start of the dry season. Similarly, June through to October are just as spectacular to travel to Tanzania. Off months are March-April and November-December.

African Safari Travel Tips

African Safari Travel Tips

African Safari Travel Tips that you’ll definitely want to take into account before heading out on your next big African safari adventure.

1. Go on as many game drives as you can 
If you want to see a lot of wildlife, your chances increase in numbers. You can’t expect to see all of the ‘Big Five’ on one game drive; that’s like winning the safari lottery. Be patient, take in the amazing scenery, keep an eye out, and eventually you will see a lot of amazing wildlife.
2. Don’t miss out on a night drive

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Most of the major national parks and game reserves give visitors the option to go on a guided night drive. Make sure to do at least one! It’s a unique chance to see nocturnal animals (e.g. lions, leopards and hyenas) being active. 

3. Bring a good camera
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You’re definitely going to want to document the amazing scenery and wildlife you see. To get the best quality photos possible, a DSLR is ideal. However, if you don’t have one already and don’t want to dish out the big bucks before going on a pricey safari, it is possible to get some great photos using a good point-and-shoot with a decent zoom.
4. Get binoculars or a fancy zoom lens
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Most of the animals you’ll see won’t be right next to the safari truck. So if you’ll want to get a good close-up look, you’ll need a pair of binoculars (if you only have a point-and-shoot camera), or a DSLR with a big zoom lens. Of course the latter would be better because then you’ll also get amazing close-up photos, like this one:
5. Wear Earth colors

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Bright colors and patterns can scare away some animals, so it’s a good idea to wear clothing in neutral earth colours, which will help you blend into the natural environment.
6. Resist the urge to yell “Pumbaa!” when you see a warthog
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Not only would this make you look slightly silly, but it would probably also scare away the warthog and any other animals that happened to be nearby. Try to generally be as quiet as possible during a game drive.
7. Don’t flash an angry elephant
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Elephants are a lot scarier than they might seem. These massive animals often hang out on safari routes, get very close to trucks and sometimes get pretty peeved off at tourist paparazzi (especially when there are calves about). You can tell an elephant is angry when it’s fanning out and shaking its ears. Elephants are one of the only animals that can take down a safari truck, so if you want to avoid being charged and trampled, it’s a good idea to stop taking pictures when an angry elephant is close by–this is particularly important on night drives when you’re taking pictures with flash.
8. Bring a head lamp.

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When you’re camping in national parks and reserves while on safari–or really anytime you’re camping or backpacking anywhere–a head torch (otherwise known as a headlamp) is a very handy thing to have on hand. Not only will it light the way to anywhere you need to go after dark, but it’ll also leave your hands free to shuffle through your things to find whatever you’re looking for in your pack or tent, and even allow you to easily read a book in the dark. I never go on a backpacking trip without one! 

Have you been on safari and have some tips of your own? Please share them by leaving a comment below.

African Safari Adventure on Any Budget

African Safari Adventure on Any Budget

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There is no denying that African Safari Adventure can be a very expensive travel destination.
There are many amazing luxury and comfort tours that can give you an unforgettable, high-class experience. However, you may not know that there are also budget-friendly trips targeted at young travellers looking for an African Safari Adventure on Any Budget.
Sure, your money doesn’t stretch as far as it would in South-East Asia or South America, but it’s worth it for the trip of a lifetime–which you’ll realize the first time you see a majestic elephant from as close as 15 feet away. So, my advice for young, budget travellers is to see Africa by going on an overland trip or joining a group for camping safari adventure.
This involves travelling in a large overlanding truck and staying in national parks through participation camping, which requires putting up your own tent and helping out with food preparation using the truck’s mobile kitchen.
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Top 10 Things to do in Tanzania

Top 10 Things to do in Tanzania

Tanzania contains a beautiful microcosm of African life, a thriving and flourishing nation that serves up the greatest adventure dishes in the world.

African safaris are the main attraction but once you have had enough game time, the tours certainly aren’t over there. With an abundance of exotic beaches, stunning colonial towns and prodigious mountains to trek, Tanzania offers an eclectic array of wonderful holiday activities.
This definitive list is set up to give you an insight into the top 10 things to do in Tanzania

10. Pemba

Still Somewhat undiscovered, Pemba provides an off-the-beaten-track island destination for tourists. With few beaches and a hilly terrain, this island is the perfect spot to release your inner explorer.

Pemba offers an alternative to the usual idyllic island life. Photo by LC Seiler
Pemba is still relatively untouched compared to its neighbor, Zanzibar, however this considerably hilly island has some very unique attraction. Perfect for the explore, Pemba has lush vegetation and monumental hillside cliffs that overhang beautiful coves and bays.
There are some idyllic offshore islets that offer a chance to gain a fantastic diving experience and the few beach stretches that there are, are well worth a visit.
Also popular in Pemba is its voodoo presence and traditional healing processes, a feature that attracts people from all over Africa.
Get lost by yourself and experience the true charms of visiting a more untouched island.

9. Arusha National Park

Although relatively small, this national park comprises excellent landscapes with varied and spectacular views. amazing backdrops and eclectic wildlife, Arusha National Park shouldn’t be missed.

Zebra spotting isn’t a hard task in the Arusha National Park. Photo by Kyle Taylor.
In addition to Arusha National Park providing great wildlife and game viewing, it is covers Mt.Meru, Africa’s 5th highest mountain peak that offers scintillating views of its nearby cousin, Mt Kilimanjaro.
On your ascent up Mt.Meru observe and study the rich wealth of flowers and shrubbery along with the frequent encounters with beautiful rare animals.

8. Gombe National Park

A beautiful facade of bamboo and rain forest, Gombe National Park, although Tanzania’s smallest, is famous for the behavioral study of chimpanzees.

Visit the tremendous chimpanzees in Gombe National Park. Photo by Afrika Force.
Its diverse inhabitants and wildlife, including chimps, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, snakes, bush pigs, hundreds of rare birds make Gombe National Park an increasingly popular attraction. Be sure to keep your eye open for the occasional sighting of hippos and leopards too.
Visitors can trek through the dense rain forest and head towards the lake to see even more rare animals by snorkeling with the beautiful aquatic life of the park.

7. Tarangire National Park

With a huge number of elephants and a great display of wildlife, it is no wonder Tarangire National Park draws in so many visitors.

Elephants can’t help but look adorable. Photo by Lindsay Maizland.
The residents of Tarangire National Park are all so venerated in the safari realm that it makes this park simply unmissable. From the tree climbing lions to the gargantuan elephants, Tarangire tours are a dream for animal lovers. Bird enthusiasts should also make the trip considering the rich array of colorful bird life within the park.

6. Lake Manyara National Park

Offering a microcosm of the African safari experience, Lake Manyara National Park contains a densely populated animal life amongst the scenic beauty of the lake and the landscape.

A diverse selection of wild animals intermingle by the lakeside of Manyara. Photo by Prasad Pillai.
Experience the authentic African experience as crowds of animals gather around the oasis of Lake Manyara, the vast lake in the Manyara park where beautiful rare animals coexist relish in the parks surroundings.
See the pink facade of flamingos as they seek refuge in the inviting lake and then head off to the canopy trail to view the extensive amount of lush jungle, dominant rain forest trees and frenetic tree-top life.

5. Zanzibar Town

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Zanzibar Town is simply the perfect island getaway, boasting charming colonial streets and luxurious golden beaches. Tanzania tours just got better!

Zanzibar Town is romantic and stunning, with incredible beaches. Photo by Kyle Taylor.
Zanzibar Town epitomizes the contradictions in Africa. Whilst most people are out in the arid grasslands searching for the big 5, a trip to Zanzibar Town will reawaken your romantic instincts and make you walk the dreamy streets endlessly before hitting the glorious beaches for a spot of sun and a refreshing snorkel.
A truly charming colonial town, Zanzibar is top priority on a lot of peoples  Tanzania list.

4. Mahale Mountains National Park

With access to a nearby beach and lush green forestry, this (predominantly) chimpanzee park offers a true Tanzanian adventure.

Warthogs are among just some of the amazing animals on view. Photo by Nils Rinaldi
Mahale Mountains National Park is a beautiful park with varying landscapes, features and wild animals. Although set-up to preserve the incredible chimpanzees, it also draws in bird lovers, beach goers, forest trekkers and genuine  park lovers.
The chain of picturesque mountains and the therapeutic lake make for a romantic sunset stroll.

3. Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is widely considered as one of the most special African experiences. Saturated with fascinating wild animals and a truly unique landscape, the crater offers wonderful safari tours.

The Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, is a truly remarkable experience. Photo by Nat Friedman
 Ngorongoro Crater‘s untainted scenery and wealth of wildlife contains arguably the best safari tour in Africa. With amazing animals ranging from Rhinos, elephants, lions and buffaloes plus many, many more, along with being introduced to local Masai Mara tribesmen, this scintillating tour is one reason why Tanzania is an African gem.

2. Mt. Kilimanjaro

People dream of reaching the peak of Africa. Tanzania tours with trip.me allow you to reach that goal and hike one of the most beautiful and challenging mountains in the world.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro offers rewarding views. Photo by Demetrius John Kessy
Mt Kilimanjaro has been challenging and rewarding people for hundreds of years. The unrivaled views and the vast beauty don’t just arrive at the peak, the whole ascent and descent are filled with perfect scenery, ranging from lush vegetation to shimmering glaciers.

1. Serengeti National Park

The Creme de la creme of African safaris, the Serengeti National Park is Africa’s largest and most famous safari park and a chance to get up close and personal with some of the worlds greatest animals.

A tour of the Serengeti will introduce to some amazing animals. Photo by William Warby.
The annual wildebeest migration is just one thing that attracts millions of visitors year round to the Serengeti National Park. Tours of this park off vital opportunities to observe the top 5 in their natural habitat and gaze at an endless spectacular spectacle.
Linked to the Masai Mara of Kenya, you must allocate a lot of time to experience and appreciate all that this vast safari park has to offer.
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Tanzania can be hard to get around, in which case I love using this triposo travel app, the perfect tool for not missing a beat when I’m traveling – “delivering up-to-date information, detailed maps and intelligent recommendations.”
That was a lot to take in, and there are even more great sights that Tanzania has to offer. Write in the comments section below your great experiences of Tanzania and the sights that you think should make the top 10…
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