I must say that I believe that few are the destinations that we cannot travel in a DIY way, Tanzania is no exception, in addition to the fact that I find it absolutely secure and peaceful.
The essential travel conditions for a Tanzania DIY are two: time and adaptability.
Thence even in this case there is not much difference from other enormous-sized countries, remember that you are not in Europe, size matters here and do not get out of hand with over-ambitious travel routes, add to this the infrastructures, roads in particular, absolutely below the standards that will extend travel times (I am starting to believe that the writers of the tourist guides travel in a private car because there isn’t a stretch that has mirrored the hours budgeted on paper).
No danger, no unbearable boredom, if not some insistent beach boy (mainly on the beaches of Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam) or the so-called flycatcher of Arusha but the Tanzanians to a NO usually answer with a smile without being too pedantic, for the rest it is a feasible journey DIY but with the BUT in reserve.
What does backpacking in Tanzania mean? And what do I need to know when planning my trip?
Traveling as backpacker means to seek solutions for you to move around, that, off the beaten track, the Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar area, so to speak, is not that obvious nor simple, to make do with the languages, the mastery of English and possibly of some basic Swahili is required, to find the hotels yourself, having a very clear idea that solutions are not always found on the internet (not in front of the real offers that are presented to us once we get off the bus ), to organize the taxis for your transfers, the tours and the excursions and procure food for yourself, even here not to take for granted nor easy, I can assure you that even a little off the usual routes becomes an enterprise too.
Nothing new then, if not that Tanzania is colored with particular travel notes and it is not exactly true that you do it yourself 100 % .
Take the safari, if you want to do in self drive a car, which effectively will not be cheaper, it is possible but perhaps not the best choice. For people who have never driven in Africa, on the left (the English way of driving) and do not know the parks, read the paragraph Self Drive Vs Driver in the post How to organize a safari .
Considering, therefore, that usually whoever travels in Tanzania devotes about two weeks (sometimes three) for the classic route Safari + Zanzibar, as it should be since it’s really the best of the country, let’s say that a DIY is feasible but at 50% and in any case, still to find a safari on site, the Tanzanian safaris cost more than those in Kenya, will lose 1 or 2 days at least ( if you look for groups, even more and on this, be careful because if you are photo enthusiasts the ideal is to go with one car at the most and not a van) and the costs in any case will be high.
As has been written in the post Myths to be disproved of trips to Africa , do not expect things to be given free to you because you’re in the poorest continent of the world the, indeed, perhaps the truth is on the contrary making it become one of the most expensive to travel, particularly if you do not want to get down to compromising or do not want to give up on the basic comforts .
But let’s analyze one by one all the factors that together will allow you to organize your trip in Tanzania .
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I travel independently taking mainly public transport. A world trip began in 2011 is not yet finished, my mission is to explore the world and write about it. Travel consultant Galapagos, Argentina, Morocco, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Namibia.