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On Safari in Tanzania

My first time in Africa was in the country Tanzania. And super happy, for that choice. I planned 5 weeks and even if it seems a lot, I would have loved to have stayed more.

by cataAbout Me:🐛 Slow traveler 🏳️‍🌈 Peace&diversity lovers 🌎 Worried for our planet 🌱 Enthusiastic to be part of the change read more

AfricaTanzania18 days / May 2012

Highs & Lows

Serengeti park


Itinerary Overview

My first time in Africa was in the country Tanzania. And super happy, for that choice. I planned 5 weeks and even if it seems a lot, I would have loved to have stayed more.

I started my trip by hiking the Mt. Meru, it’s the second highest mountain after the Kilimanjaro. I decided so because I wanted to do the less famous mountain. We walked through different ecosystems and it was amazing. Our guide had a lot of knowledge, and I could learn so much from her. At the third day of this hiking trip, we reached the peak of the mountain at 4100m. Quite high, and my head was feeling it. I felt a bit dizzy, had to sit down and wait a moment. But after a while I was again feeling great and energetic. And there was snow. Who thought to encounter snow in Tanzania? I just can recommend this hike, it was beautiful.

My second highlight of this vacation was to visit the national Serengeti park. When I was little I used to love to watch the movie “The lion king”. Well, once I experienced the Serengeti, it was like living that Disney movie. There are over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopard, 550 cheetahs, some 500 bird species and much more who lives there and/or migrates. It was a big emotion, to travel through the parc with the jeep and admire all this wildlife. Remembering that many of these species are in danger of extinction because of the climate crisis. So, it made me reflect a lot.

Furthermore, you will have the chance to meet people from the Maasai with their typical blue-red shawls surrounding their bodies. To visit the Serengeti, you have different options. What I did, is an overnight in a group, in tents in the middle of the parc. What an experience!

After all these beautiful adventures, I decided to spend my last week in Zanzibar. At first, I was amazed from the beauty of this place, and I could understand why so many tourists are attracted to this island, but soon I could also notice the bad impact that was because of this tourism industry. The beaches were breath-taking. White beaches, light blue transparent water. Just like on a postcard. A beautiful elderly woman called Isaya, who was hosting me, teached me their language “Swahili” and told many stories about the problem of the increase in tourism on their island, entire communities suffering from this instead of benefiting and of course, the environmental degradation. For sure, I went back with a big backpack of knowledge thanks to Isaya, whom will always be in my mind and heart, but as well with the consciousness, that it’s time to invest in sustainable tourism.

  • 4 Nights: Mt Meru
  • 7 Nights: Serengeti
  • 7 Nights: Unguja

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I wouldnt have gone to zanzibar, but i was lucky enough to meet a wonderful woman

  • How was the food?

    Just eat the tyoical things there, they have so many interesting an yummy dishes

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Be a responsable tourist, we dont have a planet b

  • Transportation Tips?

    Take the local buses but be careful and keep your stuff with you, don't take anything too expensive while traveling

  • Booking details?

    Instead of hotels, hostals, look for familiy hosts, locals, couchsurfing. but always with caution :)