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Lindo Travel & Tours

Welcome to Lindo Travel & Tours! We are thrilled to be your go-to source for all of your safari and trekking needs in Tanzania. With over a decade's worth of experience, we have been organizing life-enriching adventures that make lasting memories. Our professional, knowledgeable guides will guarantee thrilling experiences every time you join one of our trips - and with our competitive prices, it has never been easier or more affordable to explore this majestic wonderland.

Come explore Tanzania with us! We are proud to be one of the few tour companies in this beautiful country that is owned and operated by local guides. With our expert knowledge, you'll have a truly authentic experience here. Check out our Featured Packages for an amazing glimpse into all Tanzania has to offer. Or if you really want something special, get in touch today and let us craft an unforgettable custom safari itinerary just for you! Let's start planning your dream vacation - join us now on the ultimate adventure of a lifetime!

About Tanzania

Tanzania is a land of contrast. From the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the sun-kissed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shore of lake Victoria, the country contains immense cultural and natural wealth, it was here, on the dust-floor of Olduvai Gorge, that early man left his footprints. It was here on a palm-fringed Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows and trading boats from across the Indian Ocean. For Millennia, Tanzania has played an essential part in the life of the African Continent. The great wildebeest migration alone comprises the largest movement of land animals on the planet.


With over 25% of the country's total landmass dedicated to wildlife parks and conservation areas, Tanzania remains wholeheartedly committed to the preservation of Africa's great wilderness and an incredible range of animal species. Tanzania is one of Africa's peaceful countries. home to a flourishing democracy and prospering economy, known for its peace and security, a well-maintained infrastructure, and three International Airports connect its bustling commercial centers and ensure easy transportation, whether by air or road. Tanzania's people are a diverse mix of traditional tribes, village farmers, and cosmopolitan professionals united by a common language, Swahili, and a strong sense of national community.



When to Visit Tanzania

Tanzania can be visited year-round and no matter the time of the year you visit there is always something special, take an example the rainy season (which we like to call it green season), is the best time to see the wildebeest migration in Serengeti as the herds will be heading or arrived into the southern part of the park, and we also find that Ngorongoro crater becomes even more beautiful during the green season. But in general, it’s easier to get around in the dry season (June - October), and in many parks, this is the time when animals are easier to find around water holes and rivers.

Grasses are also less dense, making it easier to spot wildlife. However, as the dry season corresponds in part with the high-travel season, lodges and camps become crowded and accommodation prices are at a premium. Apart from these general considerations, the ideal time to go on a safari depends on which parks and reserves you want to visit and what you want to see and do. Large sections of Katavi National Park, for example, are only accessible during the dry season, when vast herds of elephants, buffaloes, and more jostle for space at scarce water sources. Tarangire National Park although accessible year-round is another park best visited during the dry season when wildlife concentrations are far higher than at other times of the year.

In Serengeti, by contrast, wildlife concentrations are comparatively low during the dry season; it’s during the wet season (green season) that you will see the enormous herds of wildebeests in the park’s southern eastern section, although the dry season is best for lions and other predators. For birding, the wet season is the best time in many areas. If you timing your safari around specific events such as the Serengeti wildebeest migration, remember that seasons vary from year to year and are difficult to accurately predict in advance.

Northern Tanzania
The Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit can be visited year-round, though the best times to visit are either side of the main peak seasons: late January, February, March, late May, and June to see the migration, especially in Serengeti and Ngorongoro; or in the dry season of September, October, November and early December, since animals are found near the water bodies, e.g. Tarangire River, Mara River, Lake Manyara, and the crater floor lake.

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro or Meru is September to early November during the dry season when the sky is usually clear from clouds. Avoid the rainy season which starts in March and ends in June, because the slopes are more slippery. However, the climbing can also be arranged for June and July.

A good safari should involve walking or hiking: Hiking in Ngorongoro Highlands (Olmoti Crater and Empakaai Crater) accompanied by Maasai Warriors; Lake Eyasi walking with Hadza hunters and gatherers', otherwise, long day trekking to Mount Makarot and Ol Doinyo Lengai; all these can be accommodated in the same itinerary Other safari interests in the north is balloon safari, which is operated over and above Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park.

Where to go in Tanzania

The Magic of safari isn't all this great country has to offer, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and the Swahili culture along the Indian Ocean coast are also the main attraction for visitors who wants to end their experience of the African Bush with some well-earned relaxation, Zanzibar's style. For the more intrepid adventurers a climb to the rooftop of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, is a highlight of a safari itinerary. Longer treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, through the magical Gol Mountains, or up the active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai are a fantastic way to experience less-visited parts of the country in a new way.

Tanzania has a wealth of diverse groups that make up its national community. Hunter-gatherer tribes and fierce Maasai coexist in the northern wilderness, and lesser-known people like Wadorobo and Iragw also make up the college of the country. Cultural tourism has become a popular choice for many visitors to Tanzania, with different programmers and itineraries on offer around the country. From day hikes on the slope of Mount Meru to honey collecting in the Usambara Mountains discovering local culture is a highlight for any visitor to Africa.

SO welcome to Tanzania - experience the warmth of our people, the magic of our wilderness, and the sheer wonder of our wildlife; Lindo Travel makes it possible for you and for the local people you visit. IF you are looking for a Tanzania Safari then! Please let us know, we will be ready to organize a Safari that you will always remember for the rest of your life. Click here to go to our contact page and tell us the type of safari you are looking for, or ask us to provide you with safari ideas that will make your planning much easier.

What to Bring For a Safari

Preparing for a Tanzania safari involves careful planning to ensure you have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable experience. Here's a checklist of items to bring:
1: Travel Documents

  • Passport with at least six months validity.
  • Visa (if required, check current entry requirements).

2: Travel Insurance
  • Comprehensive travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and personal belongings.
  • Vaccinations and Medications:
  • Consult with a travel doctor for recommended vaccinations and medications (e.g., malaria prophylaxis).
  • Carry any necessary prescription medications.

3: Clothing
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing in earth-tone colors (neutral colors help with wildlife viewing).
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to guard against insects.
  • A wide-brimmed hat or cap.
  • Comfortable, sturdy, closed-toe shoes or hiking boots.
  • Lightweight rain jacket or poncho (depending on the season).
  • Warm layers for cool evenings and early mornings, as it can get cold in some areas.

4: Safari Gear
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing.
  • Camera or smartphone with extra batteries and memory cards.
  • Chargers and power banks for electronics.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Insect repellent with DEET.

5: Bags and Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided luggage (hard-sided luggage may be less practical).
  • Daypack for game drives to carry essentials.
  • Dry bags or zip-lock bags to protect electronics from dust.

6: Personal Items
  • Toiletries, including biodegradable soap.
  • Toilet paper (sometimes not provided in remote areas).

7: Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth (quick-drying options are ideal).
  • Personal first-aid kit with basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.

8: Travel Accessories
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Travel adapter and voltage converter (if needed).
  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife.
  • Travel pillow and earplugs for comfort during long drives.

9: Snacks and Water
  • Bring some snacks for the road and during game drives.
  • Stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle or hydration system.

10: Cash and Cards
  • Bring some Tanzanian Shillings for small purchases or emergencies.
  • Credit/debit cards for larger expenses.

11: Guidebooks and Maps
  • A guidebook to learn more about the region.
  • Maps or navigation apps for reference.

12: Respectful Attire
  • Modest clothing if you plan to visit local villages or towns outside of the safari areas.

13: Binoculars and Field Guide
  • Binoculars are essential for spotting wildlife from a distance.
  • A field guidebook on African wildlife can help you identify species.

Miscellaneous
  • Ziplock bags for organizing and protecting items.
  • Travel pillow for comfort during long drives.
  • Travel laundry detergent if you plan to do laundry.

Remember that packing light is key for a safari, as there are often luggage weight restrictions on small planes used for transfers between safari camps. Check with your tour operator or accommodations for specific packing recommendations based on your itinerary and the time of year you'll be visiting Tanzania.

What to Bring For Kilimanjaro

You are responsible for bringing personal equipment and clothes while communal equipment (i.e.Tents, food, cooking items, etc.) Is provided. The downloadable PDf file below provides a gear list of required, recommended, and optional items to bring. Make sure the equipment is high quality and suitable for high mountain expeditions. The clothes listed are for hiking during the day, lounging in the camp, and sleeping. Layers are important so you can adjust your clothing to variable temperatures. The inner layer should be moist wicking – no cotton.

The next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be waterproof but breathable. All extra luggage not related to your climb can be stored in our office. Be selective in what else you take with you. Our porters are limited to carrying 35 lbs. (15 kg) of your personal belongings.

Excess weight requires additional porter(s) and must be reported to us beforehand. 

For a complete list please visit the following link what to bring for a Kilimanjaro Climb

Visa & Travel Tips

You can now apply for an Online Visa to visit the United Republic of Tanzania (both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar). You are required to fill in the online form, make a payment, and submit your application online. Your form will be internally reviewed and processed.

Applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether their applications have been accepted or rejected. They may also TRACK their application statuses through the online system. Applicants may as well be required to visit the nearest Tanzanian Embassies or Consular Offices for interviews.Language English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili can be useful and will be appreciated greatly by the locals. Below is more Tanzania Travel Information that you may need to know.

Please consider the following information beforehand.

  1. Types of Visa
  2. Required documents
  3. Countries whose citizens do not require a visa on entry
  4. Countries whose citizens require approval by the Tanzania Commissioner General of Immigration

For online visa application please click the following link Tanzania eVisa

MONEY
Major foreign currencies - particularly US$ - and traveler cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de changes in the main towns and tourist areas. Credit cards are not wildly accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some banks in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Moshi offer ATM facilities against international credit cards, but ATMs are not available elsewhere. Visitors may be expected to pay in foreign currency for game parks. Don't change money in the street.


HEALTH
Yellow fever vaccination is no longer compulsory. Malaria is endemic but is preventable: use insect repellent, cover up and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring prescription medicine, sparse glasses, contact lenses, and solution as well as sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for bites/stings, and diarrhea remedy. Drink only boiled or bottled water, bottled or canned drinks, and avoid ice cubes and salads.


CLIMATE
Generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings June - October; short rains November to mid-December; long rains March-May but the seasons can vary. The coastal strip is hot and humid all year round. The temperature on Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.


CLOTHES
Pack lightweight, washable clothes plus a sweater for early morning game drives, as well as a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in light-colored fabric help discourage insect bites. You can buy clothes in Dar es Salaam, Moshi, and Arusha. Short for women is acceptable (but not too short!!) Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs in the villages and towns as revealing clothes can cause offense, especially in Zanzibar and Moslem areas. On the beach hotels normal swimwear is acceptable (but not nudity) for climbing on Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, take thermal underwear, light layers, sweaters, a rain jacket, good socks, and sturdy boots.


ON SAFARI
Distances in Tanzania are vast, and travel by road can be worn. Plan to spend more time in fewer parks. You will see more and won't return home exhausted. Keep your distance from animals and be quiet to avoid distressing the wildlife. Follow the instructions of the rangers or guides. Don't leave your vehicle in the park except in designated places. Keep to recognized tracks to avoid damaging vegetation.


INSURANCE
Take out travel insurance to cover loss of baggage or valuables, personal accidents, and medical expenses.


TIPPING
Not obligatory but a tip for exceptional service (max 10%) will be appreciated. $10 - 15$ per day for a driver or tour guide. TIME 3 hrs. + GMT ELECTRICITY 203v but power failures, surges, and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp. CAR HIRE Self-drive vehicles are available mainly for local running or tarmac use. 4x4 vehicles for safaris have been hired with a driver. DRIVING On the left. An international license is required. Plan long safaris carefully, ensuring your vehicle is roadworthy with two spare tires, an operational jack, and a tool kit. Carry extra fuel, spare, and water.


TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN
Tanzania loves children and is especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk, and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns.
 
VISAS
Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzania High Commission, embassy or consulate, or your travel agent. Visas, if required, can be bought on arrival at all international airports and overland borders.


SECURITY

Tanzania is a generally safe country, but don't invite temptation. Keep an eye on your belongings. Don't carry cameras or large amounts of cash; beware of pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewelry at home.


GIFTS
Don't indiscriminately hand out pens, money, and sweets like a wealthy Western Santa Claus - it just encourages begging. As anywhere, a gift should be given as a true expression of friendship, appreciation, or thanks.
 

SHOPPING 
The tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry, and trinkets. Don't be afraid to haggle at roadside curio stalls.




Tanzania Cultures

The vast majority of Tanzanians still live a lifestyle very close to their traditional lifestyles, and most people are subsistence farmers. The Maasai people favored by photographers for their strikingly colorful decor live a pastoral existence following their herds of cattle to better grazing areas, still adhering to the traditions and ceremonies of their ancestors. Their villages are located throughout northern Tanzania, Other small tribes of hunter-gatherers, living according to their ancient customs and traditions can also be found in this area. At Lindo Travel and Tours, we consider the cultural component of any safari to be essential. 

All of our guides are Tanzanian born. They are an excellent resource to help you gain greater insight into the local culture. We don’t promote specially staged dances and tourist-oriented presentations. Instead on most of our trips, we begin with a visit to a traditional village where you are welcomed as friends of Lindo Travel into their lives and invited to get to know them as they get to know you. As we drive between parks, we pass many villages and Masai Bomas giving you further glimpses into the lives of the Tanzanian people. We also offer a special trip in which our guests travel well off the beaten path to spend time among the other local people and observe their traditional ways of life.

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