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Tanzania Safari Dos and Don'ts

2.7.2012

by ali

Tanzania is an ideal safari destination, with incredible wildlife and pristine wilderness. Witnessing the Great Migration is one of the highlights of a Tanzania tour. The great migration is usually in the Serengeti from December to September. During the dry months of December, January, and February the migration is a mass of hundreds of thousands of animals. While in the months of March, April, and May the migration splits up into different groups roaming around the Serengeti in search of fresh grasses. For the best wildlife viewing visit during the months of November/December to February and July to September. To avoid the crowds, consider planning your trip in May, June, or November. Here are a few of our Tanzania travel tips to consider when planning your safari.

Serengeti Giraffe

Dos

Pack light. Be sure your bags are less than 20kg, as that is the maximum weight allowed on most airlines. Bring a light suitcase that is easy to carry, as well as a small day pack to bring with you on safari drives to hold your camera, snacks, water, etc.

Wear neutral colored, lightweight clothes that dry quickly. Clothing in earthy tones does not attract insects and blends in with nature. Avoid black clothing, as it absorbs the heat. Bring a jacket for early morning drives and chilly nights.

Consider staying in a canvas tent, close to the wildlife and under the beautiful Serengeti night sky. Camping allows for great flexibility to explore more remote locations. Nasikia Luxury Camps are mobile camps that shift location, depending on the Great Wildebeest Migration. The luxury camps have ensuite bathrooms, running water, and hot showers. Whether you are looking for a luxury safari experience or are on a budget, we offer a wide range of camping options all allowing for prime game viewing.

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Green Honeymoon Ideas

1.17.2012

by ali

When planning your honeymoon and trying to create the trip of a lifetime, it can be difficult to narrow down the destinations. Below you’ll find some of our green honeymoon specials designed to create a truly once in a lifetime experience for you and your spouse.

Western Tanzania Safari

Greystoke Mahale

Venture off the beaten path in Northern Tanzania to Mahale Mountains National Park, where you’ll find the incredible safari camp Greystoke Mahale. Located on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale offers a beautiful view of the Mahale Mountains, which is home to around 1, 000 chimpanzees. One of the highlights of the stay is tracking the chimpanzees through the forest and observing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Other species found in the forest include eight other primates, birds, and butterflies. Take a dip in one of the many waterfalls during a hike in the forest. The crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika are also an ideal place for swimming, as well as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.

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Top 5 New Year's Adventures

12.22.2011

by ali

Spend New Year's this year on an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Instead of heading to the crowds in New York or Tahoe, try something different and spend this New Year’s Eve enjoying the fireworks from a cruise ship, hiking the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, or exploring the vast deserts of Egypt. Whatever ecotourism adventure you choose, the following New Year's trips are sure to create an unforgettable start to 2012.

Cruise

The Galapagos Islands is on many people’s bucket lists, and December and January is a great time to visit. Experience the incredible wildlife and scenery on a Galapagos cruise this New Year's Eve! Another ideal travel destination for January is Australia. Sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Go diving, snorkeling, or relax on the sun deck. With white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and incredible snorkeling and scuba diving you can’t go wrong with a cruise in Australia to ring in the New Year!

Galapagos Islands
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Guide to Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro

9.30.2011

by ali

Mt. Kilimanjaro is a highlight of most Tanzania tours. With its diverse ecosystems and breathtaking views, it is an unforgettable experience. The climb is great for seasoned trekkers and for well prepared and fit first-timers. Below you’ll find some practical information to start planning your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek.

Mt Kilimanjaro

When to Visit

It is possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro year round, though some seasons are better than others. Going during rainy season can be dangerous and lower your chances of reaching the summit. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but usually the best months to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro are mid-December through February. Mid June through September is also a good time. During mid February, late September, or early October climbers can enjoy good conditions and moderate crowds.

Peak seasons occur around Christmas and New Years and during summer time in the northern hemisphere. It can be very crowded during these times. From mid March to mid June there is heavy rain and sometimes snow. These are very difficult and dangerous climbing conditions, and travelers should avoid this time of year.

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