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Tanzania, the largest of the Eastern African Countries (Kenya and Uganda) boasts of a land area of 945,097 Square Kilometres (of which 25% is gazetted as protected areas). To bring your picture a little closer, Tanzania is four times larger than Great Britain, seven times larger than England, or a little larger than Texas.
Home of the famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and Kilimanjaro.
The Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, span over 14 700 square kilometres. Together with its Kenyan sister reserve, is the location for the annual wildebeest and zebra migration.
Called the eighth wonder of the world and stretching across some 8,300 sq. km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology.
Most of us are satisfied to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with our eyes – others have more physically demanding ambitions! While Mount Kilimanjaro is as high as you can go without requiring oxygen or specialist technical mountaineering skills – it is imperative that you are fully prepared, both physically and mentally for the challenge of its 19340 feet (5,895 meters).
Tanzania Accommodation, Game Lodges & Locations
Climate in Tanzania is always wonderful, though you might have to avoid rains from mid April to end of May to climb Kilimanjaro; however the following prediction is based on the movement of animals. It is the best time for game viewing.
All year round except April and May
June through October
Zanzibar , Pemba and Mafia:
June through October; December through March
Tanzania has a population of around 35,922,000. Native Africans constitute 99% of the population.
Tanzania has a tropical climate along the coast but it gets temperate in the highlands.
April & mid – May Long rains (Green Season)
June – September Cool season
November – December Short Rains
October – March Hottest season
The range of Temperatures in Tanzania is fairly limited and always hot, running from 25 to 30 degrees C on the coast while the rest of the country apart from the highlands run from 22 to 27 degrees C.
Tanzania Shillings; however you are advised to carry American Dollars. Money changers do accept major convertible currencies including the EURO and the Japanese Yen. Travellers Cheques may be acceptable in some places, but not in the remote countryside, Major Credit Cards may also be acceptable in some large Hotels, however it is advisable to carry Cash US Dollars, which you will change on arrival.
For safaris, especially in Northern Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha), during the day, light clothing is recommended with sturdy shoes and canvas hats. During the night in areas like Arusha and the Ngorongoro Highlands; where the altitude is between 1500 – 2500 Metres; a cardigan or pullover may be essential. In the same pack, remember your sun cream, lotions, sun glasses, a pair of binoculars, and a camera with rolls of film.
Vaccination requirements change from time to time. We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department for information on the latest health precautions. Currently, shots against Yellow fever and cholera are recommended but not mandatory. As a precaution we usually advise anti-malarial drugs to be taken before, during and after your visit to East Africa. Also, if you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply to last the duration of your stay and a copy of your prescription(s). Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription ant-malarial drug for details concerning risk and preventive medications.
Three International Airports, Dar-es-Salaam, now know as “Julias Nyerere International Airport – JKIA” and “Kilimanjaro International Airport – KIA” and Zanzibar International Airport. See flights coming to Tanzania and Zanzibar. To begin safaris in Northern Tanzania, most visitors are advised to book with Airlines whose Arrivals & Departures are at KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JRO) which is 45 minutes drive from Arusha town. See International Airlines such as AIR TANZANIA, KLM Royal Dutch with daily Flights out of Amsterdam into Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam, GULF AIR, KENYA AIRWAYS, ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES and Emirates. It is also possible to get flights arriving to Nairobi (Kenya) from where you can make arrangements to transfer to near city of Arusha.
Visas are required to enter Tanzania as of other East African Countries – Kenya and Uganda. They can either be obtained in advance through the various Embassies/High Commissions abroad, Consulates or at the airports or other ports/borders of entry.
The process is fast and easy and all one requires to have is a valid passport (at least six months).
PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE AT LEAST FOUR BLANK PAGES IN YOUR PASSPORT FOR STAMPS/VISAS ETC, IF NOT, YOU MAY GET REFUSED ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA.
FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, WE SUGGEST THAT YOU CARRY A PHOTOCOPY OF THE RELEVANT PAGES OF YOUR PASSPORT AND ANY OTHER IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS WITH YOU. WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT IN ADDITION, YOU LEAVE COPIES WITH SOMEONE AT HOME.
As you will want to capture as much as possible of this amazing tour, don’t forget a camera, camcorder with lots of films, tapes, and replacement batteries for all these. A torch light would come in very handy.
Sunglasses, hat, sun lotion, lip-balm, insect repellents and your own toiletry requirements, small first-aid kit, a spare pair of glasses or lenses if you are using one.
Don’t forget a swimming costume and you might want to include a good book for the relaxing hours. Sleeping-bags and towels if you are planning for camping safaris must be included.
Sunglasses/Snow goggles, Rucksack & day pack, 3-4 season sleeping-bag, Insulation pad, Balaclava or woolen hat, Long sleeved shirt, Several pairs of socks, Gloves, Waterproof trousers & jacket, Warm sweaters, Anorak/raincoat, Gaiters, Water-bottle, Wooden walking stick, Hiking boots, Pair of light walking shoes, Warm scarf, Toiletry requirements, Flashlight with batteries, Sun protection cream, Small first aid kit, Lip salve, A whistle and some plastic bags.
Baggage Limit: 1 bag 15kgs maximum. It is advisable to have your own insurance covering, travel, medical, baggage and personal injury.
Persons undergoing medical treatment should obtain approval from their doctor prior to booking the trek. The trek is taken at the clients own risk.
In some places tap water is safe, but generally, it is not advisable to drink or brush your teeth with tap water. Bottled water is available everywhere and in almost all Lodges and Hotels and all supermarkets. On treks and safaris, it is better to carry sufficient bottled water.
For wildlife photography, a 200 mm zoom lens is the smallest that you should use, A 300-400 zoom is preferable. For bird-watchers, a 500mm or larger is necessary, and a wide-angle lens would be ideal for scenic shots. Bring extra camera and flash batteries and plenty of film – you may find these quite expensive and difficult to obtain locally.
What Our Clients Say
I am writing to say thank you so much for the wonderful trip we just finished! Adam and I had the trip of a lifetime thanks to the staff at Destinations Africa. Our travel plan was just perfect. We met beautiful people and beautiful animals. We had the privilege of being the last guests to spend time with the gorgeous elephant Thembi at the Stanley Camp before he tragically passed away the day after. Sandi and Doug Groves were just lovely to be with and the elephant interaction remains one of our highlights. Dave and Rinska the team at Savanna Lodge were amazing. We had the best time there and saw all the wonderful wildlife. Adam and Dave were bantering and telling jokes all week! I could honestly write so much here. Cape Town, winelands and all the accommodation you chose for us was just beautiful. We couldn’t be happier and will definitely spread the word about Destinations Africa and the wonderful continent of Africa. When the rep Joanne met us in Johannesburg she gave us a big welcome hug. It was so lovely and comforting being in a strange new land. So we will very much have our eye on another trip in the future. Might be a couple of years but we would love at some stage to take our children (adult ones) back with us. To finish, John was so kind to us at Stanley’s Camp when I got sick for a day. We couldn’t travel and Adam had to call him in the middle of the night to find out what to do. He couldn’t have been more helpful. We were truly grateful and relieved. It enabled me to rest and get better to fly out the following morning. So we have some money to pay you? John said we would fix it when we got back so this email is also to ask what we owe you and we will try and claim some of it back from Insurance but wanted to ensure you are not out of pocket. Basically Destinations Africa paid an additional night at Stanleys and we missed a night at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Just let me know what we need to do about that. Thanks again Sandie. My sister in Adelaide is a travel agent and she is not familiar with trips to Africa so suggested I google some companies. I have let her know all about you all and the wonderful you have done for us. She has already handed on the contact details to one of her clients. Hopefully there will be more to come as we spread the word about a trip of a lifetime.
We used Christa at Destinations Africa to organise a family holiday to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe in April 2017. I had no idea where to start with organising this trip and some friends had used Destinations Africa for their trip, so I went straight to them as well. I told Christa where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to be away. She worked within the budget I gave her and without exception, everything she organised was perfect. Our first stop at Johannesburg airport (with a 6 hour wait for our next flight) was no problem because she had booked us a room at the airport Intercontinental Hotel for the six hours. We had breakfast, a bit of a sleep and a shower and were ready to continue our journey. It was a great idea. First stop was Shumbalala Lodge in Thornybush Reserve and the whole feel of the place was understated luxury. The staff were so accommodating and friendly and the game drives exhilarating. Next stop was the Okavango Delta, followed by Chobe River and Victoria Falls. All the lodges were great, the game viewing fantastic and the staff super friendly and helpful. Christa had organised all our transfers, small aircraft flights and everything went smoothly. We were never left wondering where our lift was or what we supposed to do next. It was an effortless holiday and I would highly recommend Destinations Africa if you are thinking of going to Africa.
On behalf of my wife and I, please accept our sincere thank you for an African holiday that exceeded expectations. Your time, effort, knowledgeable suggestions and assistance to the minute detail including restaurant reservations during a protracted planning period ensured our tailored holiday was an amazing experience. Your intimate attention to detail including even a valuable tipping guide made our travel experience a dream. To your in-country partners, the delightful Joanne from Welcome Tourism Services in Johannesburg, Wild Horizons in Zimbabwe, Safaris Direct, Jay Jay from TDM Touring and Paradise Touring in South Africa who facilitated prompt, seamless and personable greetings, transfers and tours, please pass on our appreciation. Our favorite lodge was the Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for personable service. Our best experience was the 25-minute helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. The most sightings of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the rare and critically endangered Rhino and Painted Dog occurred at Cheetah Plains Safari Lodge in Sabi Sands. Our best restaurant was the Monneaux at the true 5 star Franschhoek Country House & Villas that cost only $A150 for two, 5 course meals, coffees and a bottle of Champaign. And yes John, I have a certificate to prove that I went back for a second serving of Mopane Worms. To plagiarise from Lynn and Alex’s testimonial “For anyone wanting to visit Africa you do not need to look any further than Destinations Africa.” Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. Maybe Botswana next time?
Thank you for the superb itinerary you put together for us for our recent trip to South Africa/ Zimbabwe/ Botswana/ Zambia, despite us leaving things to the last minute (three months to go)! You really took the headache away of wondering what to see and in what order, where to stay and how to get around. The holiday was an unqualified success and things couldn’t have run more smoothly. All arrangements, transfers, accommodation, excursions etc. worked flawlessly, the people we dealt with were all highly professional and you sent us to some amazing places! Having left Zambia as a three year old, it was effectively a ‘first time in Africa’ trip for me, so we both enjoyed the experience of discovering Africa together. We shall certainly be returning to see more, and recommending your services to any friends and acquaintances who may be interested in travel to Africa!
Two amazing weeks in Kenya! Destinations Africa…we can’t thank you enough! We have recently returned from our first holiday in Africa. What an experience! From the moment we arrived until the day we left everything exceeded our wildest dreams. Not being the most experienced travellers, this was a giant step for us, but thanks to John, Hillary and Sandy at Destinations Africa we knew from our first meeting that we were in good hands and that we had found the right people. Their knowledge, experience and genuine interest in their clients shines through every step of the planning process. We met as strangers and parted, two hours later, as friends. Our holiday ran like clockwork. Flights, transfers, accommodation, safari drives, meals, people, experiences and a whole lot more; everything was first class. For anyone wanting to visit Africa you do not need to look any further than Destinations Africa. We were warned by John during our first visit that Africa is addictive. How true! We have caught the Africa Bug!
Now safely home, unpacked and over our jet-lag! Heartfelt thanks for another wonderful visit to Savanna. The organisation was absolutely first class never a doubt about transport, flights or anything else! In particular, my special thanks for your patience in allowing Judy time to recover from her back operation! She was thrilled by the Savanna experience and cannot stop talking about it! I am already starting to wonder whether I can afford another visit – but not next year! Anyway, sincere thanks for our African experience – Judy sends her love!
We had a FANTASTIC time. All our pick ups and bookings worked wonderfully. We saw everything we wanted and more!!!!! At Savanna we even ended up with a private safari car by default as the people we were going to share with booked a private car! At Virunga Lodge we had a private discussion with the head Gorilla Vet as the group who paid for him to come and talk were late and we invited him to join us for a drink (not knowing who he was – pays to be friendly!). Thank you to everyone at Destinations Africa (and to Lauren as well) for listening to what we wanted and booking the exact trip for us.
Thanks for arranging another great holiday for Hany and I. We found out trip to Namibia a great adventure in great luxury. The people, scenery, food and accommodation was excellent. Namibia is a great county to visit, with a wide range of scenery across the country along with a range of wild animals. Thanks to the Team at Destination Africa for another great holiday
It has been a year since Destination Africa booked and organised our holiday to Africa. We a family of four with two teenage children are still talking about this great and memorable holiday. The accommodation and tours where all of A1 standard. A special thank to the tour guide for waiting, even after our plane was four hours late, and for doing his job above and beyond his duties. Also a very special thanks to another tour guide Emanuel, that Destination Africa organised, which too went above and beyond his duties when he showed us around Johannesburg and Soweto and helped us to make this a holiday we will never forget. and as it is a year later it is still in our minds The team from Destination Africa only use the BEST quality companies in there quest to make everyones holiday great and memorable. At the request of myself, I asked Destination Africa to book accommodation that they do not use, and weeks before we where ready to go to Africa the motel cancel our accommodation, Destination Africa organised new accommodation for us, and again thank you to the Cheetah lodge in Pretoria for going above and beyond there duties even after we had left, for getting our souvenirs back, that we had left behind.
We have just returned from a wonderful three weeks in Africa, our second trip organized with you and the team at Destinations Africa. We started with a week in Zambia, loved being right on the mighty Zambezi River, the amazing sunsets and canoeing with the hippo’s. Especially enjoyed the rustic bush camp Old Mondoro. From there we flew to Cape Town, staying in serviced apartments at the V & A Waterfront and Camps Bay and hiring a car for a few days. A special thanks to the lovely Sandie for her patience organizing this part of our trip. We spent the final few days at one of our favorite camps Savanna Lodge and as always they turned it on with fabulous game viewing, that combined with their warmth and ability to make you feel like one of the family completed another great holiday. As with our first trip from start to finish everything ran like clockwork, so once again a big thank you for all your time and patience putting together a wonderful trip for us. We would love to catch the first plane back and do it all again.
Our Africa trip has been wonderful again. The Hide was lovely, staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel a wonderful experience, and of course Savanna was superb as usual. To end, we enjoyed our stay in Cape Town. Thank you for arranging another wonderful trip where all arrangements went smoothly.
We are home safe and have settled back into our normal routine, although we have joined the gym!!
We just wanted to thank you all for organising our “trip of a lifetime”. The whole trip went smoothly and everything went according to plan, with lots of extras and upgrades included. We had a marvellous time and Savanna Plus was a highlight. You guys made travelling to Africa so easy. Thanks again
We have travelled with Destinations Africa on 2 occasions. Once through Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, and more recently to Savanna Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands. Both trips have been outstanding, not a single glitch. The accommodation has been extraordinary, and the game viewing unbelievable. I can thoroughly recommend John and his team at Destinations Africa to put together an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to go back.
The itinerary for my first visit to Africa was a real highlight (especially the five days at Savanna) and achieved the impossible in that it far exceeded my already lofty expectations! It is certainly my ambition to return with my wife next year, depending of course on health issues. I have already received expressions of interest from a number of friends and perhaps you could let me have a few business cards to pass on to them! From our point of view, June could be perfect as we could plan to travel to our family in Ireland after the safari! Yours aye David
We had the most amazing trip, that you, Lauren & Sandie put together for us, thank you all. Savanna was fantastic and we made some great friends, all of us are going to keep in touch. As for next time, well we hope to be able to go back some day, we will be seeking you out for a quote then. It would be fantastic if it was next year, maybe have to win Lotto first, ha ha. In the meantime, take care, will probably see you around the Bay somewhere.
As a family of 5 with 3 children below 15 we had the trip of lifetime in Africa. We had the perfect mix of history with the Amandla Tour of Johannesburg and Soweto, the sights and shopping in Cape Town, the excitement and adrenalin of Victoria Falls and of course the game viewing on safari at 3 lodges each with their unique experiences. Thanks again to Sandie and the team at Destinations Africa for helping us put together our very own adventure that we will never forget!
All we can say is THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! What a perfect honeymoon experience to remember!! You definitely exceeded our expectations. For our first ever dealing with Destinations Africa as well as our first ever African/South African Safari tour, we sure did feel at ease dealing with you both. With your detailed itinerary going to plan 100% without a single glitch, along with the endless game viewing, the amazing lodges and hospitality, our trip was PERFECT! Your recommendation to stay at the Savanna Lodge was superb. We totally enjoyed every moment. The ranger, tracker, game drives, food, room, hospitality etc was absolutely flawless. We honestly did not want to leave. To top things, when speaking to guests from other countries and even the transfer drivers, we were told Savanna lodge is one of the best, if not the best lodge in the Kruger. We were so glad to have had the experience of a lifetime. Once again, a HUGE thank you to the both of you! We will definitely be recommending Destinations Africa to all our family and friends and we look forward to planning our next trip in the near future.
Well what a great experience my wife and I had. Never have we been away on holiday that we didn’t experience some “hiccups” or the anxiety associated with booking ourselves. So, we decided to leave the organising to Lauren at Destinations Africa. Every part of the adventure went off without a hitch, so we were able to enjoy an amazing time and hope we’ll get to other parts of Africa in the future.
A big thanks to Destinations Africa, our honeymoon to Africa was a holiday of a lifetime! John & his team were absolutely fantastic even before we started our trip (special thanks to Sandie for putting up with our silly questions and multiple changes!). It was great to experience the varied landscapes & game lodges, which were absolutely perfect. The staff at each lodge was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Seeing the ‘Big 5’ was absolutely crazy and getting so close you can almost reach out & touch them was something we’ll never forget! The sundowner cruises were also a highlight! The true test came when our flight was unfortunately cancelled and a number of changes to our holiday plans needed to change. The Welcome Tourism team on the ground in Africa were superb and the personal service we received from Andrea in particular gave us that piece of mind we needed half-way across the world. Thanks also to Jon for responding to my emails at all hours of the morning! We look forward to seeing Africa in the future and have no doubt who’ll we be contacting to organise our next trip, would definitely recommend Destinations Africa to anyone wanting to experience a truly life-changing Africa experience!
I have pleasure in providing the following Testimonial of our Kenya experience. Before I do however we would like to thank you and your Destinations Africa colleagues for your professional advice and assistance from the beginning to the end of our adventure. Our trip to Kenya and the Masai Mara went without a hitch from Meet and Greet to Farewell. It was perhaps the most exciting holiday my wife and I have experienced and totally exceeded our expectations in every respect. Both Camps ie Karen Blixen and Governors il Moran were fantastic with staff being friendly, knowledgeable and obliging. Highlights were abounding in the shear numbers and veriety of animals, we experienced a couple of migration crossings, saw the big 5 and visited a Masai Village which was colourful and eye opening. I guess the Masai guys have it given the number of wives they can have although on second thoughts that may not always be so. We would totally recommend such an experience to all.