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Tanzania Safari Guide from China

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Tanzania Safari Guide from China
请阅读中文版 坦桑尼亚 旅 行 指 南 According to official data, the number of Chinese tourists have significantly increased in 2017 and is expected to rise by over 40% this year. This is not a surprise, really. Tanzania is naturally endowed with scores of beauty and wonder. So why is Tanzania a must-visit country?

#1 “Real Africa” 真正的非洲

Lake Manyara

Close your eyes and think of how you perceive Africa. Do you picture endless savannas touched by the golden sun and inhabited by a widely diverse wildlife? How about a mighty lion walking in rocky outcrops, spying on zebras by the grassland? Perhaps you can’t also help but think about predator-prey action, yes? You see, all of that and more can be found in Tanzania: unspoiled landscapes, gorgeous sunsets, incredible wildlife and birdlife and a classic backdrop of the “real Africa”. Plus, it’s less visited and less developed than the equally popular South Africa and Kenya! So, it’s really a very exotic destination to explore.

#2 World Heritage Sites 世界遗产

Tanzania boasts of seven (7) UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro National Park, Songo Mnara, Stone Town, Kilwa Kisiwani and Selous Game Reserve. All sites are exquisite and can really make any visit unforgettable. Serengeti National Park, for one, is the flagship wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania. It is arguably the most popular safari park in Africa, featuring one of the most astounding spectacles on Earth: The Great Wildebeest Migration. Nestled just beside it on its southern region is the ever-so-stunning Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s Garden of Eden and the world’s largest inactive caldera. Another famous backdrop of Tanzania is Mount Kilimanjaro. This majestic beaut stands 5,895 meters high and is Africa’s highest peak.

#3 Incredible animal diversity 不可思议的动物多样性

Exciting Activities

From the famous Big Five to several endangered species to a world-class avifauna, Tanzania will never fail to amaze its visitors. Aside from the spectacular wildlife viewing that’s certainly a sight to behold, Tanzania also promises lots of opportunities to see predator-prey actions. In Tanzania, “boring” does not exist. Ever.

#4 Exciting activities 精彩的活动

Are you looking for a romantic getaway with a twist? In Tanzania, there are a lot of intimate chalets and tented camps located in the midst of wild, all exclusive for you and your loved one. If you’re looking into remarkable family vacations, Tanzania also has a lot of things in store for the whole family! Game drives, hot air balloon safaris, night walking safaris, picnic in the wild, bonfires and barbecue, bush dining, beach hopping (hello, Zanzibar!), cultural tours, mountain climbing (Yes! Kilimanjaro treks!) and biking are among the many things you can do. If you’re also on a budget and you don’t mind roughing it out, there are always budget camps for everyone!

#5 Accessible from all parts of the world 容易去

There are several international airports in Tanzania that cater to visitors from across the globe. Traveling is made easy as regional and international flights are easily available on a daily basis, and there are particular hubs that are suitable for each travel purpose. For example, if you’re visiting the northern safari circuit, Kilimanjaro Airport is the most ideal gateway for you. If you’re going south to visit, say, Selous Game Reserve, book flights to Dar es Salaam.

Complete Guide: How to get there?

Flights from China to Tanzania are ample. Depending on your route and stopovers, the flying time can be as little as 10 hours and 48 minutes on a direct one-stop flight to more than 24 hours if you’re taking multiple-stop flights. Of course, duration and flight fares vary from time to time so it’s wise to check with your preferred airlines first. Before covering the ways to get to Tanzania, you have to have a background on the different regions of the country first. This will come in handy later on.
  • Northern Safari Circuit: Most of the more famous wildlife parks are within this circuit. This includes Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Eyasi and Lake Ndutu.
  • Southern Safari Circuit: This is the more remote, untouched safari parks in the country. It covers Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mikumi National Park and Saadani National Park
  • Western Safari Circuit: A less popular route for tourists, this circuit is more of a visit to the primates. So if you’re in Tanzania and you want to meet chimpanzees, this is where you can go. Parks include Mahale Mountains National Park and Katavi National Park.
  • Coastal Circuit: This covers the incredible stretch of white sand beaches in Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.
As already mentioned, there are several airports in Tanzania. The main international hubs are:
  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam. This is the main gateway for tourists planning to visit the southern safari circuit or begin their trip with a visit to the coastal region.
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha. This airport is the closest hub to the popular northern safari circuit. It also offers several flights to and from DAR, ZNZ and even Nairobi in Kenya.
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) in Unguja Island, Zanzibar. This is the main airport in the Zanzibar archipelago and the perfect hub for those who are coming to visit the tropical islands of Tanzania.
From China, you can fly to Tanzania either on a direct one-stop route or a multiple-stop route. Flights can start from Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou or Shanghai. Flights to Dar es Salaam via Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR): Flights to Arusha via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO): Flights to Zanzibar via Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ):

Entry requirements

To enter Tanzania, every visitor is required to have: ✔ a valid visa ✔ a passport which is valid for not less than six months Upon entry and compliance of the said requirements, an officer will issue a pass with validity not exceeding three months on the first instance.

All about Visas

There are 3 types of Visas available for tourists:
  • Ordinary Visa: Single-entry visa that is valid for three (3) months only. Visa fee: $50
  • Multiple Entry Visa: Visa issued for visitors who wish to visit frequently for leisure and holiday purposes. This may be issued for a period of 3, 6 or 12 months wherein the visa holder may be allowed to enter and re-enter the country provided that a single stay of the holder must not exceed 3 months. Visa fee: $100
  • Transit Visa: Short-time visas granted to travelers who will visit Tanzania for only a short time. Validity for this type of visa is 14 days. A traveler must have onward tickets to another country, sufficient funds for subsistence and proof that he/she can be allowed entry to the next country. Visa fee: $30
Visas may be obtained at any Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad or upon arrival at any designated entry hubs. Note, however, that visas on arrival are only single-entry and not multiple-entry. The Embassy of Tanzania in China can be found in Sanlitun, Beijing (三里屯北京) while Visas on Arrival can be obtained at the following entry points:
  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar
  • Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point to the north)
  • Tunduma (Tanzania-Malawi border point to the south)
  • Taveta and Holili (Tanzania-Kenya border point to the northeast)
For further information, you can always refer to Tanzania Airport Authority.

Must-try Safaris

Ruaha National Park

For families and even solo travelers:

5 Days Best of Tanzania Group-Joining Safari

This is a tour to the best of the Northern Park of “The Serengeti.” The parks to be visited are home to small and large animals including birds and reptiles. Also, you will visit Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife and their habitat as well as the fauna and flora in their natural area.

7 Days The Great Wildebeest Migration Calving Safari

The Great Wildebeest Calving Migration Safari has been designed specifically to focus on following the Great Serengeti Wildebeest migration during calving from December to April. The areas to be covered are Lake Ndutu area, as well as the Southern and Central areas of Serengeti National Park where the majority of the wildebeest are usually found. A visit to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater is part of this safari as well.  

Great Migration River Crossing

For a trip that highlights the Great Migration:

10 Days Tanzania Luxury Sky Safari

This safari is ideal for families seeking for an ultimately relaxing holiday as well as for couples on a honeymoon who want to experience all of Tanzania’s top safaris, stay close to nature, and be spoiled by the luxurious amenities and ambiance of your accommodations.

10 Days Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari

Serengeti Wildebeests Migration is a display of natural wonders with over two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelope traveling over 450 miles across the plain to ensure their survival, unaware that there’s danger presented by the stalking lions and cheetahs among other predators of the wildlife.

Hot air ballooning in Serengeti

For a romantic getaway with your loved one:

6 Days Masai Mara Honeymoon Package

A luxury itinerary perfect for couple who are also first-timers to Kenya. Guests will stay at Mara Sopa Lodge. This exclusive five-star camp, situated on a thickly forested river in the middle of the Masai Mara reserve.

7 Days Zanzibar Honeymoon Holiday

That one special trip that you and your spouse would reminisce for the rest of your married life. That has got be in Zanzibar! This beach holiday combines a relaxed pace of sight-seeing, forest and cultural visit.    

kilimanjaro summit climbing

For adventure-seekers:

7 Days Marangu Route

Also known as the “Coca-Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that the Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the only route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it the cheapest option).

7 Days Rongai Route

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective of Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.  

For a journey to the south side:

 

10 Days Mikumi Ruaha Selous Experience

This safari tour will let you explore two of Africa’s largest game heavens in this Southern safari circuit of Tanzania: Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve with a pass for an overnight and shallow game drive in between the parks at Mikumi National Park.

3 Days Selous Reserve Mid-range Safari

This safari tour will take you to the largest game reserve and 2nd largest conservation area in Africa sized at 5,000 square kilometers. This is 4 times bigger than the Serengeti and larger than the entire country of Switzerland.

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