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A great mix of walking, local culture, Safari and Beach. The way the holiday moved locations was great and the accommodation was all good quality. Arrangements went to plan and we were well looked after. A great holiday well suited to teenagers.
The numbers of Elephants in the Tarangire national park and the Ngorongoro crater views were spectacular
John looked after us well. All the arrangements went to plan and he made sure we were informed of the schedules etc.
Take your own water bottles because the hire/purchase prices are crazy on the walk on Kilimanjaro (disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain). Take care with bag weight because the flight from Arusha to Zanzibar is only 20kg including hand-baggage !.
We had an amazing holiday with loads of memorable moments and it really was the holiday of a lifetime.
The most inspirational moment of our trip had to be walking through the village and seeing how everyone lived. it made me realise how lucky we are, even just to be able to go on such an amazing holiday. Another extremely inspirational moment was after our optional dolphin tour we saw some children and couldn't eat our food in front of them so fed them. Then we saw them playing with their football which was a very old ball with a massive hole in the top which they put an old rag inside to try and make it more inflated. Eventually my family and the two others that came with us on the trip took them in our bus with us to go and buy them a football or two. Unfortunately we could only get them a drink but promised to buy them one in Stone Town and give it to them through Abdul who was with us at the time. My dad also learnt some Swahili as they spoke very little English and some of them, none. We are looking forward to seeing a picture of them with their new footballs that Abdul said he'd send us and we are also hoping to send some old football kit as he said he might start a team. That was definitely an inspirational moment for all of us on the trip.
John was loads of fun. He was always playing with us, singing, teaching us Swahili and local plant remedies/medicines and having loads of fun on the Kilimanjaro day walk. He made sure we got the correct information for the optional tours and was very helpful to my parents.
We also really liked our other guides, Safari, Brown and Ricardo but our safari driver, Mody, we liked the best. He was knowledgeable, fun, kind, clever and very helpful.
Everyone is right, it is very cold at Kilimanjaro so warm fleeces are needed. You get bitten by a lot of mosquitos so watch out! I got very tired on this trip though still thoroughly enjoyed it but younger children might get extremely tired as there are lots of late nights, early mornings and a lot of travelling (I am nearly 11). Don't bother with Tanzanian shillings as they were always happy to convert to US Dollars if it was needed. Be warned on the dolphin tours as the driver (not Abdul) chases the dolphins round the sea and it felt like a hunt. There were also loads of boats just on one or two dolphins so sometimes they were scared away. Despite that we still had the amazing experience of swimming with dolphins and got very close to them. If you can, bring your own wetsuit shoes for sea urchins at Kichanga as although they provide them there is not a wide range of choice and you will be extremely lucky if one pair fits you.
I recommend this holiday to families with older children who are interested with the way another country lives not just the animals (which you also learnt loads about). The hotels were luxurious especially Kichanga lodge which had lagoons at high tide which we spent one whole day in. It was literally white sand beaches and green sea. You need lots of sun cream though and maybe even a T-shirt/rash vest for sunburn. This was an amazing place to go and as I said before, the holiday of a lifetime.
A brilliant combination of mountain, safari, beach and culture.
Each part of the trip is so different, that it's impossible to pick just one that stands out:-
The first monkeys and lush rainforest of Kilimanjaro, followed by the beautiful waterfall on the village walk.
The huge male lion that wouldn't move out of the road on safari in Ngorogoro.
The stunning tropical beach at Kichanga Lodge in Zanzibar.
John was great right from the moment that he collected us at Kilimanjaro airport. He made us feel that we were the most important people he had ever met. He told us all about the local culture, as well as the animals and plants on Kilimanjaro. My daughter will always remember him for the 'monkey faces' he taught her. We didn't want to say goodbye to him when we left for Zanzibar.
On safari our guide was Protus. We couldn't have asked for better. He was very knowledgeable about all the animals we saw, and he made some great spots, especially the Rhino in the distance. Throughout, he went at our pace, and wasn't bothered if we wanted to take 100 pictures of the same animal!!
Kilimanjaro is quite chilly at night, so some warm clothing is needed.
You're not allowed to take disposable bottles onto the mountain, we didn't bring our own bottles, so ended up having to rent them from a shack at the start of our walk.
Long trousers and tops are needed in a couple of places because of insects.
I took all my money in dollars and didn't use local currency at all. In a couple of places the bill was in Tanzanian Schillings, but when asked they would convert it to dollars.
Expect to tip everyone, both guides, all drivers, bag carriers at every lodge and the lodges themselves had a tip box.
We did a walking tour of Stone Town, which was organised through one of the porters at the hotel. I found it interesting, but it isn't really pitched at children, so my daughter found it a bit boring.
We also did a spice tour, which was well worth it, and the prison island trip to see the giant tortoises.
There's not really very much to do for children in Stone Town, and you do get hassled quite a lot by street traders. If we hadn't done the extra trips, I think we would have been bored there.
Despite this, we loved every minute of this holiday. We were the only family booked on the tour, but we're never made to feel any less important.
This really is the holiday of a lifetime.
The food on the first part of the trip in mainland Tanzania is all of a good to high standard, breakfasts are usually buffet style and there is plenty to chose from, fruit, bread, cereal/yoghurt (sometimes) and cooked breakfasts, whilst out on our walks and safaris we will take a packed lunches to enjoy en-route. Dinners are usually 3 courses or buffets and of a high standard.
All breakfasts and 3 dinners are included in Zanzibar. Dinners are buffet style with a wide choice of dishes, including plenty of vegetarian options. Allow about US$100pp for the meals not included in the
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.
Tom Bowring - Africa Operations
There are no facilities in your tents but there are in the dining areas. Saying that, spare batteries for cameras still advisable as the electricty supply cannot always be 100% guaranteed!
Tom Bowring - Africa Operations
For British passport holders, it's very straightforward. You need a clean $50 dollar bill (notes issued before 2001 are NOT accepted ) and the window is on the right as you enter the arrivals building. Please note passports and visas are your own responsibility and we cannot be responsible for any problems you may encounter.
Tom Bowring - Customer Operations
US dollars cash is best, and this is changed into the local currency, the Shilling. We price most activities in our trip notes in dollars, simply to make it easier to calculate costs but you will not be spending dollars directly.
Certain optional activities may be possible to pay in dollars but please note that dollars are not legal tender in Tanzania. There are some ATMs in Arusha and Stonetown, but money is best changed upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport.
Tom Bowring - Tanzania Operations
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