5 Tips on free independent travel in Tanzania.
Travel in Tanzania has become easier as many travelers prefer to book their flights, safaris, food, and accommodations in this day and age when they travel overseas. The traditional pocket tour whereby a large corporate travel agency organizes a package from start to finish for individuals is no longer standard.
The rise in technology and ease of acquiring information has given travelers the power to research, choose, organize, and customize their travel and tour packages. From Tripadvisor, Lonely Planet, Routard, Tripsavvy, and many more, internet platforms such as these enable travelers to have a hands-on approach on what they want in their package at the most flexible budget and time, right, at their fingertips.
Travelers can reach out to local tour operators, local airways, hotels, etc., directly without a merchant or intermediary travel organizer’s need. This concept is known as free independent travel. There is a rising trend for many tourists who are embracing this phenomenon. Tanzania has been receiving many free independent travelers over time, and below are a few tips on how to travel safely, smoothly, and conveniently in Tanzania with a strict budget.
Know your tuff by having preliminary research of Tanzania online and in books.
Information is Power! Before embarking on your journey to Tanzania, try to read a thing or two about your destination. Tanzania is a big country with over 900,000 km squared, more than 55 million people with over 120 ethnic tribes and cultures. The knowledge of the various statistics is not of paramount importance but get to know some particular facts about the vicinity of your final destination in Tanzania. Know about the dominant tribe, religion, and social dynamics of your locality.
Travel in Tanzania can be quite hectic because of the high diversity of cultures, especially if you plan to live with different local communities across the landscape. Zanzibar is highly Islamic, and Arabic and Islamic culture characterize its cultural environment. For example, eating pork is considered highly offensive in places like Zanzibar. Mainland Tanzania is over 70% Christian in most areas; hence, such differences can take a toll on one’s living dynamics.
Read about the food, restrictions and laws, fees of various services, and the locals’ proper social conduct. Things like where to go when in trouble, hours of staying out, Visa requirements, weather and seasons of the year, ways to greet locals, available modes of transport, and whatever you can get your hands on before boarding that flight. Useful information; Lonely Planet-Tanzania travel Guide.
Be sure to have trustworthy local friends, as you travel in Tanzania.
A friend in need is a friend indeed, but the question is, how can you find a trustworthy friend? As a foreigner, you need to know that as you travel in Tanzania, there is a common false stereotype common among many Tanzanians, and that is, all foreigners are rich people; in short, they are like walking ATMs.
This fallacy causes many to double their prices once they note that you are a foreigner as they try to entice you into a parasitic friendship. As sad as it is true, you need to have a local that can help you bargain and advise you on the right places to visit and shop. Finding a good friend in this world can be so uncertain to the extent that it comes down to luck and good fortune. Having a tip-off, review, and suggestion from a fellow traveler who has been here can help you find the right local friend.
Convert your money to the local currency.
Always deal in the local currency. Once you arrive at your location, try to get some cash in the local currency. Due to the inflation rate been at about 3.5%, most foreign currencies weigh more than Tanzanian shillings; hence, dealing in shillings can help you save some money, especially when shopping locally.
Download a convenient offline application on your phone so that you can use it to convert the price value of what you intend to purchase and compare it to your country’s currency, as you travel in Tanzania. By comparing prices with your home country’s money, you can quickly know whether you are paying too much or not on what you want to buy.
Don’t fully rely on online travel apps and travel guides.
Things change so quickly when in comes to travel in Tanzania, and what was true last year might be different today, as rules, roads, infrastructure, and customs vary day by day. Online guides and books can get outdated quickly, and sometimes it’s good to do trial and error to taste, try and explore new things. Having a reliable friend can prove to be very handy most of the time. Foreign travelers write most online guides, and no doubt they can be useful but not at all times.
Try to know a bit of the local language.
Many Tanzania’s don’t speak English, especially in rural regions, so knowing a bit of the local words can help you get around more comfortable and quicker. Get an offline dictionary to learn essential phrases, such as asking for directions and services.
Travel in Tanzania gets matured day by day, as travelers get hooked up to independent travel day by day, hence, developing and setting a platform which is rich in information, feedback, and reviews from various travelers, thus ensuring a convenient basis of an easier, quicker and accessible travel experience. Visit our offices or contact us now, to link up with Staajabu Travel team; your true Tanzanian friends. Tanzania is a safe destination!