I don't remember any other trip which started because of a website: www.allaboutzanzibar.com.
JJ had been diving in Pemba a year before, and sent me this link as a
teaser afterwards. The decision to go to Tanzania was made shortly
after viewing the related sites - this looked like excellent safari,
excellent diving, excellent culture, excellent accommodation... and it
was excellent service by Lenny from AfricaTravelResource, the internet travel agency behind allaboutzanzibar!
Picking places to visit for safari in Tanzania seems tricky for the beginner, due to weather and animal migrations.
Lenny thus suggested for early December a to visit the South, i.e.
Selous National Park. We also wanted to go to the treehouses of Chole
Mjini, and see a bit of Zanzibar.
This page gives the travel facts, click on the links to get to the details about each location. For more pictures, visit my gallery.
There is the lesser rainy season from ca. Oct-mid Dec, and the big
rainy season in March-May, and January to March are very hot. It
usually doesn't rain for days, it's more the one-hour stormy rain kind.
When we were in Selous (Sand River Lodge), the small rainy season
hadn't come, not a drop of rain since 18 months... However, they sky
was overcast, which brought the temperature down to comfortable levels.
Climate on the islands was warmer and more humid, though it rained only
twice and short in Stone Town.
In Sand Rivers and Chole Mjini, we were the only guests for a few days - thus the time before Christmas seems to be low season.
We decided to fly between our lodges, everything booked by Lenny. There
were scheduled one-propeller planes between DAR to Sand Rivers and on
to Mafia. Mafia-Zanzibar-DAR was also on scheduled flights.
Transport from Mafia Airport in Kilondoni to Chole Mjini is quite
adventurous: First a 30 min Landrover drive, and then a 20 min boat
trip in a dhow - without pier, so you just jump into the water to get
ashore :-) More details here.
Transport between Stone Town Airport and Matemwe was also prebooked; it took ca. 1.5-2 hrs by car.
Our travel doctor advised to take Malarone as malaria prophylaxis
especially while staying on the islands, and a yellow fever vaccination
because this is a requirement in Tanzania (just if coming from regions
where yellow fever occurs...).
I did get very ill for 3 days, on the last day in Chole Mjini and while
staying in Matemwe, with high fever and aches all over, but I tested
negative for malaria and dengue fever. Having experienced similar
illnesses while on Malarone at other times, I start feeling suspicious
that this is just a Malarone side effect. Anyway, diclofenac helped
bring me back to health (as aspirine or paracetamol are not advised if
malaria is suspected).
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