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I can’t tell you how many years I have been virtually planning my trip to Africa. From the airline, to the hotel, and even down to the tour company that I would use, I have it all neatly packaged in my mind. There are many perceptions about Africa and with the many regions it is a difficult task to figure out where to go. And even once you figure that out, you must focus your attention on what you want to do. Well, when it came to planning my vacation to Africa, I took the opposite approach. I knew that safaris would be my reason and Tanzania (in East Africa) would be my destination.

When Would I Go

June to November is Tanzania’s dry season and is the best time to visit all the parks. Skip the rainy season all together (March to May in the North and November to May in the South and West) as the animals tend to be more spread out. It can get quite hot between December and March and when you are going on a safari, uncomfortable temperatures should be the least of your worries. Not that it could get any hotter than this Houston heat, but I would rather not take that humidity along for the ride.

What Would I Do

Safari, in Kiswahili, means “journey”, but has become synonymous for a wildlife viewing adventure in the African bush. Although Tanzania is also known for its stunning tropical beaches, on a wildlife safari is where I would spend a majority of my time. Annually, 1.5 million wildebeest and some 250,000 zebra migrate through the parks. Prides of lion thrive in this climate, around 3,000 of them, and some of the largest Nile crocodiles in the world call Tanzania their home. Given my lack of knowledge about the area, hiring a tour guide would be my preference. Tour companies, like Yellow Zebras Safaris, offer several unique ways to enjoy a Tanzanian safari. If you take this route, expect to spend approximately $800 per night for your African adventure. This is not an inexpensive trip by any means, and a major reason it’s still on my bucket list!

Where Would I Stay

You definitely want to stay close to all the action, so I would be unpacking my bags and calling the Serengeti National Park my home away from home. There are so many types of accommodations that one would be torn on which to choose. In deciding between a tented camp, lodge, or guesthouse, I went with the Singita Faru Faru Lodge, a lodge located in northern Tanzania that forms a part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. It is cozy, warm, and inviting, yet luxurious, and includes all meals and drinks.

What is on your “travel” bucket list?

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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