Safari in Tanzania

Safari and ecological tourism

Requests for excursion exotics in Africa are interesting and profitable, but require deep knowledge. When a tourist comes to you for a "tour to another planet" - feel free to advise a safari in Tanzania. In order to help understand the intricacies of safari tours and their combination with a beach in Tanzania, Coral Travel experts have prepared detailed directions for travel agents.

TANZANIA OR KENYA?

In order to choose the right destination for an exotic vacation, first of all, you need to know what its features are, what is the seasonality, what this or that destination can offer travelers. For the majority of Russian tourists, Tanzania is not yet associated with a separate destination, mostly it is combined with Kenya. Recall that we wrote about Kenya in detail here. Nevertheless, Tanzania is not inferior in some parameters to its "neighbor" on the geographical map, and somewhere it surpasses it. A travel agent can safely offer your tourists Tanzania as a separate destination.

WHAT IS THE TANZANIA FOR?

Tanzania is not only the largest country in East Africa, but also one of the most attractive in terms of its versatility. Your tourists will have the opportunity to combine the incongruous. These are fantastic beaches with white sand of the island of Zanzibar, and lakes (among them the largest lake on the continent of Victoria), and volcanoes located in the mainland of the country, and national parks with the most beautiful views of Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro and thousands of exotic animals and birds.

Among the undoubted advantages of Tanzania for Russian tourists are a facilitated visa regime (a visa is issued at the border), no time difference with Moscow, no pronounced seasonality, security.

This direction is universal: rest here can be offered to almost any category of tourists. Experts advise not to take very young children (under 5-6 years old) with you, but not because of safety issues. The fact is that Africa is a very vibrant and emotional destination, and young children simply will not be able to remember these truly unique experiences.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TRIP TO AFRICA: VACCINATIONS, MEDICINES, REPELLENTS

No special preparations are required for a trip to Tanzania, contrary to rumors on the Internet. There are no dangers waiting for tourists here, if you follow all the instructions of the guides.

There are no special medical requirements. Draw your tourists' attention to the fact that vaccinations, including against yellow fever, according to Rospotrebnadzor, are not mandatory, but advisory.

Those who feel more comfortable with the vaccine can, of course, get it. Since last year, such a vaccination has been done for life, before that it was valid for 10 years. Residents of Moscow can get this vaccine free of charge. You can get vaccinated in the infectious diseases clinical hospital No. 1, city polyclinic No. 5, etc. Also advise tourists to undergo antimalarial prophylaxis, preferably using tablets from European manufacturers, or a new Russian drug - coartem.

There is no need to bring repellents with you from Russia: it is more convenient and cheaper to buy them on the spot. But about the medicines that a tourist needs (pain relievers, gastric, etc.), you need to take care in advance and be sure to take with you from Russia on a safari tour, since there are no doctors in the savannah.

HOW TO OBTAIN A VISA TO TANZANIA AND WHAT TO FLY

Safari route in Tanzania. On a visit to the "Lion King" is an exotic journey into the kingdom of wild nature, in which we will get acquainted with the amazing world of animals in Africa. Every day we will go on game drives to the best national parks in Tanzania and observe thousands of wild animals in their natural habitat. We will see the famous "African Big Five" (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo), walk along the ancient crater of Ngorongoro. The sun always shines here, elephants and giraffes roam, hippos swim, giant baobabs grow. But the main advantage of this safari is that we will have the opportunity to see the largest and most exciting spectacle - the great migration of animals!

In the second part of our journey, we will rest on the best beaches of the Indian Ocean. We will go to the Zanzibar archipelago! This is the best place for lovers of diving, snorkeling and relaxation. Emerald water, coral reefs, islands with white sand that disappear at high tide - a real tropical paradise, where you want to visit and want to come back again and again!

Visa. A tourist visa to Tanzania is put in the passport upon arrival. To do this, you will need to fill out a simple visa application and pay $ 50. It is better to withdraw money for a visa in advance.

Money. The national currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). It is most profitable to pay in shillings. Dollars are also common, they are accepted even in the village market. It is better not to go with rubles - it will not be easy to exchange them.

Exchangers. The best way to change money is at the airport or in large cities. The rate at the Dar es Salaam airport is 2250 TZS (63 R) per dollar. In villages and on beaches, the rate is less favorable. A common practice is to pay in dollars, take change in shillings. Cards are rarely accepted in Tanzania.

Weather. When to go? Tanzania is located slightly south of the equator. Therefore, it is warm all year round - + 25 ... 35 ° C. The safari is best done in winter. On the resort island of Zanzibar, it is best to relax in July-October and December-March.

What is African Safari and Game Drive? An African safari is an off-road vehicle ride through the National Parks of Tanzania. The safari begins in the city of Arusha, followed by a 2-3 hour drive to the National Parks of Tanzania, where a game drive takes place - watching thousands of wild animals in their natural habitat. The most popular parks in northern Tanzania are the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Arusha and Lake Manyara.

Game Drive ends around 4-5 pm.

What is a lodge? A lodge is a hotel located in or near the National Park where you can relax on your safari. A distinctive feature of the lodge is that, unlike hotels in cities, they are free-standing bungalows that organically fit into the landscape of the National Parks. Many lodges look like authentic African dwellings, but inside they are not inferior in level of comfort to European luxury hotels.

What does a safari car look like? The fleet of safari cars is made up of off-road vehicles, specially converted for travel on the savannah. All vehicles have portable video and camera charging stations and fully stocked medical kits. Also, in our safari jeeps, the roof is raised for easy observation of animals.

What to take with you on safari? On the safari, you need to bring comfortable and light clothing for the game drive, warm clothes (it is cool in the evening in the savannah), sunglasses and a baseball cap to protect from the sun.

Are there any restrictions for those wishing to visit the safari? There is no age limit for visiting National Parks. At the same time, you must be prepared for the fact that you will be in the car for a long time. To diversify the safari, during the game drive, stops are provided at specially equipped recreation areas, from where beautiful panoramas open up.

Today there is a lot of talk about the Arctic, about the Northern Sea Route, about mining in the polar zone of Russia. And - they also began to remember about ecotourism, at least in the form in which it existed during the Soviet era. The foreign experience in this area became interesting again.

One of the most developing areas

There is not just a lot of talk about the Arctic today. There are really serious and multi-vector processes going on there, which are not at all limited to the construction of a reasonable system for the extraction and processing of minerals or in the organization of a global logistics system that can really change the world - that is, the Northern Sea Route. Everything is much deeper and larger. Conversations and processes we know are going on because the Arctic is now one of the most rapidly developing regions. And developing not only as a raw material base or underdeveloped delivery routes, but in all directions. Because the time has come, and humanity needs these lands. Now the Arctic zone is a huge platform for scientific research, these are new spaces for life, which already completely frighten no one - people have learned not only to live and work in such conditions, but also to feel completely comfortable. Develop and move on. New segments of civilizational development imply not only industrial or scientific breakthroughs, but also territorial development. The development of new territories not only in the form of exoticism. And, of course, tourism in the Arctic is not just possible. It fits naturally into the local landscape.

For example, when they say that a unique genetic laboratory will be created in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, this does not raise any questions. Look - unique scientific centers are working there, research on historical centers, archeology are developing, Khanty-Mansiysk is already quite normally perceived at the very top of the regions, the demographic situation in which is developing sharply positively, if you use the language of officials. A unique festival of environmental films has been held there for several decades, to which hundreds of participants come from all over the world.

It seems to me that some old blocks are still working. It is not just possible, but, like in any other place, it is appropriate and without it it is impossible to imagine any place on Earth that mankind has mastered.

And look, here is the coastal area of ​​Norway. Famous Norwegian fjords. Not a single selection of the most beautiful places on the planet is now complete without them. Is this not the Arctic zone? Why does the Norwegian Arctic in general and the Norwegian fjords in particular seem to us to be a completely natural inclusion in the world tourist zone, and our fields of dead mammoths in Yakutia or research in the same Khanty-Mansiysk for cultural heritage, for the culture of the northern peoples - this is useless, dull and pathetic attempts?

In arctic zones

The Arctic region consists of 28 large regions that are part of 8 nation states. The population of these areas is approximately 0.16% of the total population of the Earth, while the contribution of the North to global GDP is almost 0.5%. In no other region of the planet is economic activity more concentrated. The reason for this is the economic order, dictated by the climate, and similar for the entire region, despite the difference of jurisdictions. In the polar regions, economies with one dominant type of activity (most often associated with the extraction of natural resources) and two or three “additional” ones are widespread. Alaska, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia are of the greatest economic importance among the 28 regions of the north. The combined GDP of these four regions alone exceeds 60% of the total economic activity of the Earth's circumpolar regions.

But, despite similar development models and comparable weight of the main sectors of the economies of the circumpolar regions, there are also noticeable differences. The main ones relate to the influence on the GDP of the regions of the "secondary" sectors of their economies, whose contribution to GDP, as a rule, is 5-15%. The most significant and promising of these industries is tourism, or rather what is now so closely attracting the attention of economists and social anthropologists, namely, eco-tourism. Well, the differences between countries, as you might have guessed, lie in how much this sector is currently developed. According to Oxford analysts, this sector of the economy will be one of the fastest growing on the planet in the coming decades.

But the dynamics of the development of the eco-tourism industry in the circumpolar regions is ahead of even these indicators. Over the past 15 years, the global growth in the number of tourists visiting the northern territories has been approximately 1400% (IAATO data). Although this growth is largely due to the effect of the "low base", in many countries of the north, eco-tourism is the second or third in terms of GDP, in some regions it even came out on top, outstripping traditional marine fishing and mining.

A Turkish investor wanted to build a hotel in Bozzir, but eco-activists opposed the defenders of the tract turned to the President for help. How did it end?

In the Bozzhyra tract on the Ustyurt plateau in the Mangistau region, the construction of the "Bozzhyra safari hotel" is planned. Turkish businessman Fettah Taminci is going to finance the project. A luxury hotel with a swimming pool and all the amenities will be located at the foot of the main attraction - "Azu Tister", popularly nicknamed "Fangs".

The public opposed this idea by writing an appeal to the President of Kazakhstan. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the government to revise the project. What this means - in the overview material Informburo. z.

What happened

On November 7, a resident of Aktau, Sergey Khachatryan, posted a video on Instagram, which shows that heavy equipment is working in the Bozzhyra tract. The video was watched by almost five thousand people.

After the noise in social networks, the press service of the akim of Mangistau region commented on the video: "At the moment, no construction work is underway on the territory of the Bozzhyra tract. toilet and mobile generator in connection with the departure of the investor's team to the proposed site of the future facility, for a period of two days.

This is how Kazakhstanis learned that the businessman who launched the Rixos hotel in Aktau proposed to implement a project - the construction of a "Bozzhyra Safari Hotel" in a natural park.

Akimat assures that so far nothing is being built on Bozzhyr, and the project will go through the procedure of public hearings, environmental expertise. But a video is published on the network that proves the opposite.

To which the press service of the akim of Mangistau region explained that the rubble was left from the departure of the investor's team to the proposed location of the future hotel.

What is Bozzhyra

The Bozzhyra tract is located in the western part of the Ustyurt plateau on the Mangyshlak peninsula of the Mangistau region, 300 km from Aktau. The tract is one of the most popular places among tourists. The visiting card is two limestone peaks, nicknamed for their shape "Fangs" (Azu tister). Their height from the base reaches more than 200 meters.

Who is the investor

An investor willing to invest $ 100 million in the construction of a hotel is Fettah Tamince, head of the Rixos Hotels Group, president of SML Construction. The latter was engaged in the construction of large facilities in Nur-Sultan:

Safari (Swahili safari - travel) - originally hunting trips in East Africa. Later, the concept of safari began to be applied in other parts of Africa and the world, and its meaning changed significantly. Today the word "safari" more often means quite peaceful and relatively inexpensive excursions into the wild, in which animals are photographed. In some countries, a whole safari industry has developed with experienced guides.

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Hunting Safaris [edit]

But the original meaning of the word safari has not lost its meaning even now. Now hunting is a thriving and even developing branch of the tourism business, bringing a lot of funds to the budgets of many African countries. The most popular among African hunting enthusiasts are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, CAR. In other countries where the hunting business is allowed, it is much less developed due to the general underdevelopment of the tourist infrastructure, an unfavorable environment for tourists, and often because of the poor preservation of wildlife. Hunting in these countries is not a separate industry and is sporadic.

Safari cost [edit]

Very few people can afford quality African hunting these days, as before. Although the cost of trophies varies greatly, it is still quite significant (it starts from $ 150-200 for such prey as a baboon or small antelopes and reaches tens of thousands of dollars for an elephant, rhino or lion). The cost of service and accommodation in a hunting camp is comparable to living in a 4-5-star hotel (on average $ 250-300 per day, although it strongly depends on many factors). Accordingly, the total cost of a safari package is rarely less than $ 6-7 thousand, excluding air tickets. Usually, the client informs the organizing company in advance of his preference for trophies.

Organization of hunting in Africa [edit]

As a rule, the client is not allowed to hunt alone - he is accompanied by a professional hunter, whose duties include delivering the guest directly to the hunting place, providing him with the correct approach to prey and indicating which animal should be shot. The latter is important, because not every visiting hunter can, for example, distinguish a male from a female from a long distance. It is also important to choose the most valuable trophy among the herd. If the hunter is experienced and does not need such instructions, the professional accompanies him anyway - formally, he must control every shot of the client. This helps, in some cases, to avoid poaching.

When hunting for dangerous prey, a professional hunter is obliged to insure the client, covering him with the fire of his weapon in the event of an attack by a wounded animal. Such help is often required - according to statistics, about every fourth shot at an elephant leads to a pachyderm attack. It is almost impossible to run away from the attacking elephant.

In addition to a professional hunter, the group usually includes 2-3 auxiliary personnel - as a rule, from the local population - guides, porters, etc. The most honorable trophies are considered representatives of the so-called Big Five (eng. Big Five) - African buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. These are the beasts that are most dangerous to hunt. Paradoxically, the most dangerous in the "five" are not a lion or an elephant, but a buffalo and a leopard. It is these two animals that account for most of the accidents. A hunter who has gotten at least one representative of all types of the "five" is said to have collected a "great helmet".

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