- Age: 23
- Nationality: USA
- Where was your adventure?: Tanzania
- How many days was it?: 20
- What type of adventure?: Safari
- Give us a general overview of your adventure:
I flew into Dar es Salaam on August 5th and met up with my three friends from college in Ireland. They picked me up early in the morning and we immediately got the bus to Arusha – the base where many of the safaris begin – to start our safari the next morning. We did a four day, three night safari with a company called Bush 2 Beach that took us to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. We were doing it on “backpacker” budget so we opted for the camping safari.
After the safari we went back to Arusha and did a cultural tour of a nearby town before heading back to Dar es Salaam and catching a quick flight to Zanzibar. We spent a week in Zanzibar between Nungwi Beach up north and Stone Town. We headed back to Dar Es Salaam for one of our friend’s last nights in Tanzania, which we celebrated in Oyster Bay after visiting Moengay for some wood carvings. Then we headed back to the airport and caught a flight to Tanga, a small town in Tanzania near the Kenya border, to get us as close to the Kenyan border as possible to continue onto Mombasa.
- Was it difficult?: no
Why or why not?
I really underestimated Tanzania. Having never been to Africa before in my life, I was quite nervous, especially since I was traveling there on my own and hoping I would catch up with my friends in a country where telecommunication and mass transportation cannot be trusted.
When I arrived and got over the initial culture shock I found Tanzania to be a very easy and safe place to travel, so long as you stand your ground against the many tourist touts that literally bombard you the second they see you. Safari was amazing – a real treat. Many people (even older people who had more of a budget than we) opted for camping we found as there is literally nothing like falling asleep with the sounds of all these bizarre creatures around you. It was very fun.
- Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not?
I would 100 percent recommend safari – without a doubt – but would not recommend the company that we went with. Be very careful when booking a safari and ask them what their refund policy is. Remember that capitalism and business as we know it does not exist in these countries. We got the gate of the decent into Ngorongoro Crater 15 minutes after it closed and therefore missed a game drive. It was very difficult for us to get compensation for this little snafu when back in Arusha.
- What do you wish you would have done differently?
As far as safari, I wish it was a little bit more organized and that our driver spoke better English so as to perhaps explain various animal behaviours to us, instead of trying to just hunt the big five down. But in saying that we got to see the big 5 in three days which is rare. We had a really gifted driver who placed us in great locations, so we were delighted! Apart from safari I wish I got to stay a day longer in Arusha to listen in on the Rwandan war trials taking place at the UN.
- What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure?
Plan well in advance if you can. Take the deet and malaria thing seriously. The mosquitos have fangs in this part of the world it seems! Try and befriend a few locals – they are very chill people who just want to get through the day like anyone else. Let go and have fun.
- What type of gear did you bring?
Wicking material, zip up hoodie, wicking socks, sleeveless vest, pants that can cut-off into shorts if necessary, socks, sunglasses (SOOO dusty!), headband, flip-flops, sleep sheet…
- Where is your next big adventure? Why?
I was on a round the world trip, so I was white water rafting in Uganda, trekking in Thailand and doing some diving in Bali and a few other things in Australasia before off home..
- Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where?
Before it was mainly Europe. After Tanzania, it was Kenya and Uganda, then, Dubai, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, New Zealand, Australia
- On your adventure, what person did you most identify with?