For many people, a trip to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro is a trip of a lifetime – most people don’t make that trip twice. So while they’re planning a big trip to Kili, many also include more adventures within Africa. Including several different stops on an Africa tour is a great way to turn one trip of a lifetime into the trip of several lifetimes.
If it’s African wildlife you’re excited about seeing, you’re in luck in that you’ll already be in a country with some excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. When you’re looking at a list of the adventure trips in Tanzania, they’re essentially broken down into two categories – Kili treks or safaris – so it’s really easy to combine the two into one trip to Tanzania. You can book safari trips through the Serengeti at any time of year, but obviously the animals that you’ll see will vary depending on when you go. And even though there are rough estimates of when animals will be in certain places, they don’t operate on a calendar – so for things like the great African wildebeest migration, if that’s on your wish-list, you’ll have to plan to be fairly flexible with how long you stay in the area.
In addition to climbing treks on Kili and safari trips through the Serengeti, there are other fantastic once-in-a-lifetime adventures you can add to your Africa trip. From Tanzania, it’s not too far to head north into Kenya for a Nairobi to Victoria Falls adventure. You’re also not far from Rwanda and Uganda, both of which are known for their gorilla treks. If, after a trip up Kilimanjaro, you want something really different, there’s always the island nation of Madagascar off Africa’s coast. A wildlife tour on Madagascar is sure to delight kids of all ages.
Before you can experience any of the natural wonders of the continent, however, you’ve got to get there first. Here’s where to look for flights to Africa.
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