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27 Sep 2019

10 African Safaris Travel Tips to must-consider.

10 African Safari Travel Tips to Keep in Mind

As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe, than sorry.” for an awesome safaris with us there is no regret when you travel with Shengena Adventure. We have come up with Safari Tips that will help you plan a safari without any mishaps.

  1. Travel insurance

As soon as you confirm your travel plans, take out travel insurance. Select a policy that covers cancellation, medical illness, and emergency evacuation and associated hospital treatments. Be sure to take your travel insurance emergency phone numbers and your policy number/details with you.

2.  Personal safety

Your personal safety and security is mostly a matter of common sense. So take the same precautions while travelling in Africa on safari that you would in any major city at home:

  • Do not carry large sums of cash (see below for more information on Cash, Credit Cards & ATM’s).
  • Carry your cash (plus passport and other travel documents) in a money pouch hidden under your shirt.  Keep it out of sight or stowed in your camera bag or knapsack (which should remain in sight at all times).
  • Keep a close watch on your personal bags when walking in crowded areas (airports, markets, restaurants and on the street).
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Leave your passport, airline tickets and cash in a safe place (the hotel/lodge safe) when venturing out.
  • Keep tempting valuables (including phones, cameras, wallet pouches, handbags) out of sight. Lock them up in the room safe or hand them in to management.
  • If possible, leave your jewelry at home.

3.  Cash, Credit Cards & ATM’s

Carry a combination of cash (preferably US$ for most countries…and Rand for South Africa) and at least one credit card.

Traveler’s cheques (checks) are not widely accepted in African countries (i.e. Tanzania) anymore. The United States Dollar remains the most widely accepted, followed by the Euro and Sterling.

A very important Travel Tip relates to money.  Take at least US$150 to $250 per person/per week in cash from home. Visas secured on arrival must be paid in cash and in the exact amount.

Some countries do not accept US$ bills dated before the year 2000, due to suspicions of counterfeiting.

Be wary of street side money-changers!  If you do use one, be sure to count each note separately to satisfy yourself that the whole amount is there before handing across any of your own cash. Once counted, be sure not to let the pile out of your sight. It is an old trick to switch bundles and for you to later discover that the new bundle is mostly newspaper. If the money traders are legitimate, they will not be offended!

Credit & Debit cards

Most establishments accept international credit cards. Use them as a method of payment wherever possible. It makes sense to carry more than one brand of credit card as not all types are accepted by all outlets/hotels. On the downside, credit card companies do not offer the best exchange rates going around and will often add a foreign transaction fee for good measure!

Credit cards in Africa carry attract a surcharge – up to 5% in some cases, and possibly more!  Be sure to ask about any surcharges before you hand over your credit card.

Important Travel Tip: 

Most banks and credit card companies advocate that you advise them before you travel overseas. This is so that their credit card monitoring systems do not suspend your card when they detect any unusual purchases. Such purchases will trigger the suspension of your card and leave you with the embarrassing consequences.

Also, be cautious of providing your credit card details when travelling. And do not let your card out of your sight when paying your bill.

ATM machines

In Africa, ATM machines supply only local currency and you may need an international PIN code. Be sure to check with your bank/credit card facility at home about how this should work. Not all ATMs in Africa will accept every credit card type. VISA has the best coverage in Africa. Use an ATM at a bank, so if your card is retained for any reason, you can go in and get it back. Don’t rely on ATMs as your main source of cash while on safari!

 

  4.  Electric current

Electricity in Africa is all 220 -240V/50Hz AC, as is much of Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand and virtually all the Asian countries and India. Those of you from North America must bring an adapter for the proper plug configuration and a converter.

Plugs/Types:

C (European)  :  Two-prong round (unearthed)
D (Old British plug)  :  Three-prong round (small)
F (Schuko plug)  :  Two-prong round (with 2 x earth contacts)
G (UK plug)  :  Three-prong rectangular
M (South African plug)  :  Three-prong round (large)

Type M (standard in South Africa , Type D (standard in Namibia plug sockets and Type G (the UK standard) plug sockets are the dominant plug types in Africa. However, some countries do offer the Type C & F plug sockets (see Table below). A number of hotels have international wall sockets which will take an array of both two-prong and three-prong plugs. North America and Japan use Type A & B plugs, and Australia a Type I plug . All will require an adapter plug!

Country  :  Plug type

Botswana  :  D & G
Rwanda  :  C
Kenya  :  G
South Africa  :  D & M
Malawi  :  G
Swaziland  :  M
Mozambique  :  C, F, & M
Tanzania  :  D & G
Namibia  :  D & M
Zambia  :  C, D, & G
Uganda  :  G
Zimbabwe  :  D & G

Not all safari camps and lodges have electrical outlets in the tents/rooms but they always have a place where you can recharge your camera/video and phone/iPod batteries.

Some camps run their generator at certain times of the day – so be sure to check with the manager when you arrive.

A number of mobile safari operators have inverts in their vehicles, so you can charge your camera/video batteries on the move.

5.    Mobile (cell) phone & internet access

Generally speaking, communications in Africa are not what you are accustomed to at home but mobile (cell) phone coverage (and even Wi-Fi) is certainly  more widespread throughout Africa – although not in some of the more remote safari destinations (thankfully).

A Travel Tip before you leave home: check with your service provider that your phone is registered for international roaming (and check that the phone you have is compatible with the networks in Africa. Most operate on GSM digital networks, running at a frequency of 900 MHz (and some 3G networks too). If your phone is a dual or tri-band GSM phone it will work just fine.

More and more we are seeing Wi-Fi being offered at safari camps/lodges – some as an extension of that countries communications grid, and some connected via satellite. Check with your Africa Travel Specialist before you leave home about which camps/lodges have WiFi. Better to use WiFi than your mobile phone. Avoid exorbitant international roaming charges!

Please note: Not all conventional communication options (phone, fax, internet and email) are available at the more remote safari camps (and mobile camps particularly). Communications are sometimes only available via HF radio.

6.    Water

Drink bottled water. You are always safe drinking the bottled water that is readily available at all the camps and lodges. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times – including on transfers between camps. If you are at all apprehensive about the quality of water where you are staying, check with the staff. And if the water is not treated or bottled, then avoid ice in your drinks or cleaning your teeth with the tap water. Take water purification tablets for emergency use if you think bottled water will not be available.

The safari industry is making a concerted effort to reduce the use of plastic water bottles – try to work with them.

A number of safari operators are making sterilized water bottles (mostly stainless steel) available for you to fill with purified water at their camps and lodges. This is an initiative that you should adopt wherever possible as this will have a significant and positive environmental impact. By doing away with the factory-filled (sealed) plastic water bottles you will not only save fuel in transporting these bottles to remote regions (by their thousands) but also solve the problem of the enormous pollution to roadsides and towns that these plastic bottles foster.

Caution: Dehydration is a real danger on safari. Make sure to drink at regular intervals and have water at hand at all times.

7.    Dust

In the winter months (June to October), the game reserves can be extremely dusty. Contact lens wearers should bring eye drops and eyeglasses, to avoid eye irritation. Clean camera and video lenses regularly and store in a camera bag, while on safari.

8.    Tipping

Should we tip, and if so – how much?? This is a common dilemma for most visitors to any foreign country! In Africa, tipping is not expected but is customary. The traditional gratuity to safari guides or camp staff is not included in the price of your tour and is completely discretionary.

Bear in mind that what may seem like an inconsequential amount to you may be significant to local African staff and will certainly be received with a display of gratitude that is genuinely humbling.

Most safari lodges will have a ‘tip box’ at reception for the staff – this covers all the ‘unseen’ services you have enjoyed during your stay, including the housekeeper and kitchen staff.

Guidelines: Tip moderately and in accordance with the level and quality of service provided – and only if you are satisfied with that service. Tips can be paid in US dollars or local currency. Use the following guide:

Driver/guide – US$10 and upwards per day.
Private safari guide – US$25 and upwards per day;
Camp staff – US$10 to $20 per day, as a pooled tip to be shared among the housekeepers, waiters, bartender, etc.

If you spend a great deal of time with a single guide, consider increasing the above amounts in accordance with the enthusiasm and effort displayed (or your overall satisfaction level).

9.    Charity on safari

Many visitors to Africa feel a strong urge to help the less fortunate whom they encounter on safari, or when visiting a local village or school. It is best to seek an appropriate opportunity while you are traveling, rather than carry along gifts from home.  Many safari camps and lodges are actively involved in working with their local communities to sustain schools, clinics and other projects. Ask about this when you are there and visit the school, clinic or project if you can.  A donation to something you have seen on the ground will bring you more satisfaction (and directly help the neediest). Contribute in a way that helps a person (or community) help themselves, and enhance their way of life.

Resist the temptation to offer ‘hand outs’ to kids on the side of the road. This only encourages dependency on such generosity and teaches these children that begging brings reward. There is no dignity in begging and the harassment it fosters will not endear you to the next group of tourists either!

10.    General

Most African countries have stringent exchange control regulations and it is illegal to enter or leave the country with anything other than nominal amounts of local currency. To avoid problems, do not exchange too much money into local currency at any one time. There is normally no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that may be imported.

Are you ready for your safari adventure?

We hope these 10 Travel Tips have been helpful to you. For more information or to book, Contact Us. It is our pleasure to assist you with your safari plans.

27 Sep 2019

World Tourism Day Cerebration 27th September 2019.

                                  WORLD TOURISM DAY 27th  SEPTEMBER  2019

                                                        NEW DELHI, INDIA

World Tourism Day 2019 is being celebrated at Friday, on 27th of September.

Host Country of World Tourism Day 2019

Host Country of World Tourism Day 2019 today at 27th September 2019  is “India”. It is for the first time World Tourism Day is hosted by India with the theme ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’.

 NEW DELHI, INDIA:

World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 every year. This date was chosen as the Constitution of the World Tourism Organization was accepted on this day in 1970. On this global day, Indian leaders have urged the youth to explore India and its diverse cultural heritage. Chief Ministers of various states have also invited various people to visit their states. This year, the theme of World Tourism Day is “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”. India is the hosting country for World Tourism Day 2019.

VENKAIAH NAIDU (Vice President India)

The Vice President of India, urged the youth to visit tourist destinations in the country on World Tourism Day. “On World Tourism Day 2019 I call upon the youth to visit tourist destinations in the country to understand the rich cultural heritage of India. Travelling teaches many things. It introduces us to the diverse cultures of the world,” the Vice President of India President tweeted.

“India has many scenic and pilgrimage destinations with relevance to Indian history, culture, mythology and heritage. I urge schools to organize students’ visits to monuments, historical places, and archaeological sites,” he added.

World Tourism Day 2019 Special

  • India has got the privilege of hosting World tourist day for the year 2019, which not only encourages tourism but also makes people familiar to the art, culture and history of the country.
  • The theme for 2019 is ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’, the whole world is facing the problem of unemployment and tourism is one of the best sources of employment, especially for youth and women. This will not only increase enthusiasm among the people but will also help in developing the nation economically.

There is a program organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Where the auditorium will witness the presence of various famous personalities and the India National Tourism Awards of the year 2019 will be distributed. They will discuss various topics like economic development, tourism, private and public tourism sector and how to develop human capital skills in tourism, etc to promote tourism.

Why World Tourism Day is Celebrated?

This day is celebrated every year having particular theme for making aware the people all over the world. The theme of 2011 event celebration was Tourism Linking Cultures and of 2012 was Tourism and Energetic Sustainability. May be the theme of year 2013 will be highlighting the tourism role to a brighter energy future. The day is celebrated every year on September 27th each year aiming to aware the people about the importance of the tourism.

A message is sent to the general public every year by the UNWTO Secretary-General to participate in the occasion. It is celebrated with the great interest by the various tourism enterprises, organizations, government agencies and etc. Varieties of competitions are held at this day such as photo competitions promoting the tourism, tourism award presentations including free entries, discounts/special offers to the general public.

Tourism has become the continuously growing and developing economic sectors worldwide because of the occurrence of various attractive and new destinations for the tourists. So it has become the main source of income ‎for the developing countries.

Explore the Themes of World Tourism Day since 1980

> The theme of 1980 was “Tourism’s contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding”.

> The theme of 1981 was “Tourism and the quality of life”.

> The theme of 1982 was “Pride in travel: good guests and good hosts”.

> The theme of 1983 was “Travel and holidays are a right but also a responsibility for all”.

> The theme of 1984 was “Tourism for international understanding, peace and cooperation”.

> The theme of 1985 was “Youth Tourism: cultural and historical heritage for peace and friendship”.

> The theme of 1986 was “Tourism: a vital force for world peace”.

> The theme of 1987 was “Tourism for development”.

> The theme of 1988 was “Tourism: education for all”.

> The theme of 1989 was “The free movement of tourists creates one world”.

> The theme of 1990 was “Tourism: an unrecognized industry, a service to be released”.

> The theme of 1991 was “Communication, information and education: power lines of tourism development”.

> The theme of 1992 was “Tourism: a factor of growing social and economic solidarity and of encounter between people”.

> The theme of 1993 was “Tourism development and environmental protection: towards a lasting harmony”.

> The theme of 1994 was “Quality staff, quality tourism”.

> The theme of 1995 was “WTO: serving world tourism for twenty years”.

> The theme of 1996 was “Tourism: a factor of tolerance and peace”.

> The theme of 1997 was “Tourism: a leading activity of the twenty-first century for job creation and environmental protection”.

> The theme of 1998 was “Public-private sector partnership: the key to tourism development and promotion”.

> The theme of 1999 was “Tourism: preserving world heritage for the new millennium”.

> The theme of 2000 was “Technology and nature: two challenges for tourism at the dawn of the twenty-first century”.

> The theme of 2001 was “Tourism: a toll for peace and dialogue among civilizations”.

> The theme of 2002 was “Ecotourism, the key to sustainable development”.

> The theme of 2003 was “Tourism: a driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony”.

> The theme of 2004 was “Sport and tourism: two living forces for mutual understanding, culture and the development of societies”.

> The theme of 2005 was “Travel and transport: from imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st century”.

> The theme of 2006 was “Tourism Enriches”.

> The theme of 2007 was “Tourism opens doors for women”.

> The theme of 2008 was “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change and global warming”.

> The theme of 2009 was “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity”.

> The theme of 2010 was “Tourism & Biodiversity”.

> The theme of 2011 was “Tourism Linking Cultures”.

> The theme of 2012 was “Tourism and Energetic Sustainability”.

> The theme of 2013 was “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.

> The theme of 2014 was “Tourism and Community Development”.

> The theme of 2015 was “Millions of tourists, millions of opportunities”.

> The theme of 2016 was “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”.

>The theme of 2017 was “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”.

>The theme of 2018 was “TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROTECTION”.

>The theme of 2019 is “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”.

 

18 Sep 2019

Top Tanzania Safari National Parks you should visit.

Travel makes the world a better place to live, expand life testimony and also provides a wider room for more interaction with different people from countries in the world.

It’s almost always an impulse that when one thinks of going on a safari adventure, the top choices will always include Tanzania as if we’re all programmed to think of it. Well, it’s natural, really; and there is absolutely no surprise why. Aside from being a staple safari country, visiting the top safari parks in Tanzania is always a great adventure, whether you’re a safari neophyte or a wildlife enthusiast at that.

Therefore, if you’re looking into exploring the best of the best safaris, here is a list of the top Tanzania safari parks you shouldn’t miss.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Wildebeest Migration http://shengena Adventure. 

Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably the most popular and most photographed wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania also is among the Seven Wonders of the World. It is easily an absolute favorite among all who come to visit for a safari due to its unrivaled adventure and mystery as well as the mind-blowing Great migration, where two million strong wildebeests along with hundreds and thousands of zebras and gazelles stampede across the Savannah in search for better grazing and water. But, to only recognize Serengeti National Park because of the Great Migration would be unjust. In fact, it is believed that even if you take the migration out of the park, it would still be the finest safari park in Africa. Serengeti National Park demonstrates an amazing mixture of ecosystems ranging from open grasslands, swamps, rocky terrains and gorgeous woodlands. It is also home to the highest concentration of large mammals in the world, including the famous Big Five; and the highest concentrations of predators in Africa, guaranteeing spectacular, adrenalin-filled predator against prey actions. Plus, its birdlife is so impressive; you wouldn’t want to put down your binoculars.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Ngorngoro Crater.

Often referred to as “The Wildlife Eden” Ngorongoro is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the northern circuit of Tanzania, continuous to the world-famous Serengeti.

It is best known for its resident Big Five and endangered black rhinos and also the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, Ngorongoro Crater. While at Ngorongoro Crater you will have an opportunity to take a long breath to the beautiful Picnic site known as Ngoitoktok while enjoying wildlife accompanied by Lunchbox.

The Park is a paradise of woodlands and crater lakes that provide habitats for abundant wildlife. It raises high above the plains of the Serengeti with Lake Natron in its northeast, which is a breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes, Lake Eyasi in its south and Lake Manyara in its east.

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

It’s hard to Miss Kilimanjaro National Park in postcards and cover photos of Africa since it is where you can find one of Africa’s most iconic features, Mount Kilimanjaro.

At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. It has a year-round snow-capped peak that looms over the Savannah, almost calling out for visitors to explore its splendor. Surrounding the mountain is a lush forest that hosts a wealth of mammals including endangered species like Abbots duiker.

For adventurous and physically fit travelers, a trek to the “Roof of Africa” will be an amazing opportunity to tick that off the bucket list. Luckily, there are several routes winding around the mountain (some routes are even beginner-friendly!), allowing travelers to discover the beauty of Africa from 5,895 meters high.

 

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Tree Climbing Lion at Lake Manyara National Park http://Shengena Adventure

A popular stop on the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara is an absolute scenic gem with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. It stretches for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold vast high Rift Valley escarpment and offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

The park boasts of diverse wildlife including buffalos, giraffes, hippos, antelopes and one of the thickest baboon and elephant population in Africa but what Lake Manyara is very famous for are the thousands of flamingoes by its soda lake, huge elephant herds, and the tree-climbing lions.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Lions at Selous Game Reserve

Known as Africa’s largest natural reserve covering a vast wilderness area of over 50,000 km² plus the Rufiji River, Selous Game Reserve offers magnificent wildlife and highly untouched, less crowded scenery.

It is located in southern Tanzania and it is popular for its unique wildebeests and numerous endangered wild dogs. Selous Game Reserve is also home to the largest population of buffalos in the whole of Africa, hosting about 150,000 of them which is more than twice the entire buffalo population in all of Southern Africa.

 

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

A neighboring park to Lake Manyara, but often skipped by tourists because it is quite off-route to the string of northern circuit safari parks, Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania. It boasts of a stunning forested landscape with baobab and acacia trees peppered around it and it is famous for its migrating herds of elephants that come around June to October, which is the perfect season to see a lot of elephant mud baths.

Speaking of the dry season, Tarangire National Park also has a lake that attracts about 250,000 mammals during this time. The Big 5, sans the rhino, can also be easily spotted around the park as well as impalas, wildebeest, and zebras. When it comes to birding, Tarangire will not disappoint. It holds one of the highest numbers of birds in Tanzania, making it a paradise for twitches, photograph lovers and first-timers alike.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Located in the southern circuit, Ruaha is known as the second largest national park in Tanzania. It is one of the most remote parks and is one hundred percent untouched. The park is famous for its immense concentration of lions, elephants and wild dogs.

Although not very accessible, many visitors to Ruaha say they would go visit the park again in a heartbeat. So if you fancy having the wild “all to yourself” and experience a more raw kind of adventure, Ruaha National Park should definitely be in your itinerary.

17 Sep 2019

What to wear when Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

 

It is said that the trek from the gate to the peak of Kilimanjaro is like walking from the equator to Antarctica. The temperatures you may encounter on Mount Kilimanjaro can be over 100 degrees to well below zero. Therefore, it is important for all climbers to understand how to best dress to cope with the mountain weather.

By following Ultimate Kilimanjaro’s comprehensive gear list, you already have everything you need to stay comfortable and warm throughout your journey.

 

So what do you do with all of the gear?

We use layering to achieve our goals. Layering is a systematic, logical approach to wearing multiple layers of clothing. It is the best way to keep your body in the desired temperature range no matter what the environment is.

The advantages of layering are that it is versatile, thermally efficient and space efficient. By having layers, a climber can add or remove pieces of clothing to adapt to changing weather, activity level and body temperature. It is easy to adjust and let you dial in with small incremental changes. Scientifically, it is warmer to wear multiple thinner layers than an equal thickness single layer because the air between layers provides insulation. Furthermore, it takes up less space in your backpack or duffel to have the thinner layers and a thick one.

Climbers should follow the layering principle when suiting up for Kilimanjaro. The technical clothing you bring on the mountain can be categorized into the following types of layers: base layer, mid layer, and outer shell. Each performs specific functions and together it will protect you from the peak’s harshest weather.

Base Layer

A base layer is moisture-wicking item that is worn against the skin. By moving sweat away from your body, the base layer should keep you dry and provide some insulation. They are available in different thicknesses, although light-weight is recommended for its versatility over medium-, heavy-, and expedition-weight clothing.

Base layers can be worn alone in warm weather, and can be doubled-up (worn on top of one another) during cold weather. Several types of fabric or blends of fabric are used to construct base layers, including silk, wool, and polypropylene, which are usually sold under registered trademarks by outdoor gear companies. All of these materials work well, so the ones you choose are based on personal preference.

Try them on and see if you like or don’t like the feeling of them against your skin, because you will spend the entire time on the mountain with base layers on.

Cotton is not a good base layer material! It does not have any moisture-wicking properties, does not dry quickly, and will actually increase your heat loss when wet.

Do not wear cotton shirts while you trek, and accordingly it’s best you avoid cotton rights and underwear as well.

  • 2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • 3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • 1 – Bandana (optional)
  • 1 – Balaclava
  • 3 – Sock liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn underneath to prevent blisters
  • 1 – Gloves, light, thin, synthetic, worn underneath for added warmth (optional)
  • 1 – Arm Warmers, synthetic (optional)

 

Mid Layer

The primary purpose of a mid layer is to provide warmth. Therefore, while searching for mid layers, you should look for those that have good insulating qualities. Insulation is best created by materials that trap tiny air pockets, or dead air, between you and the elements. Wool or

Synthetic fabrics can be used as a mid layer in cool weather. However, for cold conditions, use fleece, down or heavier synthetics.

Fleece provides good insulation because it is relatively thin, fast-drying, comfortable, and light-weight, but lacks wind protection.

Down is the most efficient insulating material, with respect to its warmth per ounce ratio, but loses its insulating qualities when wet. It is very compressible for packing, but bulky when worn. Therefore, select lightweight down products when used as a mid layer.

Note that a heavyweight down jacket can be used as an outer layer. It can be worn over a thin mid layer, such as fleece, or over an outer layer, such as a hard shell.

Synthetic insulated jackets are not as warm or light as down, but they function even when wet.

  • 1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • 1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
  • 1 – Fleece Pants
  • 3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
  • 2 – Hiking Pants* (convertible to shorts recommended)
  • 1 – Shorts* (optional) *considered mid layers simply because they are worn on top of the base layer (underwear).

 

Outer Layer

The outer layer is designed to provide protection from the wind, rain and snow.

Some outer layers have built in insulation, but we recommend obtaining each layer separately for greater versatility.

  • 1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
  • 1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
  • 1 – Knit Hat, for warmth
  • 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
  • 1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
  • 1 – Hiking Boots, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
  • 1 – Gym shoes, to wear at camp
  • 1 – Gloves (waterproof recommended)

With the above listed gear, you should be able to withstand whatever weather conditions Mount Kilimanjaro has in store for you. It is important that you be cognizant of changing conditions as you hike and adapt accordingly (unzip/shed layers before you sweat, zip up/add layers before you get cold, wear waterproof gear before you get wet, etc.)

 

17 Sep 2019

The best 2 volcanic mountain you may opt to climb while in Tanzania

 

Tanzania has much to offer those willing and brave enough to venture to this beautiful continent. Many activities are at every tourist’s disposal, including safaris deep into the Serengeti, shopping in the many local markets and bazaars, or even a visit to one of the many pristine beaches found in Tanzania.

All of these are great options to consider during one’s trip, but nothing will be quite as memorable as a climb to the top of some of the most beautiful volcanic Mountain this side of the world has to offer.
The most well-known Kilimanjaro is talked about and often frequented by climbing enthusiasts from around the world.

Below are the 2 best volcanic mountains you have to climb during your next trip to Tanzania.

 

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, nicknamed as the roof of Africa, has earned its name for good reason, if you reach the top of this mountain, you’ll be at the highest point in all of Africa. Not only is the highest mountain, Kilimanjaro is Africa highest dormant volcano.

Kilimanjaro is a great place for intermediate climbers since technical skills or special equipment is not a requirement to be able to complete the climb. Rather, one must simply be in great physical condition and be able to undertake extreme physical exertion during this climb.

Starting at the bottom, you’ll have six different routes you can choose to take, all of which include their own level of difficulty. Choose accordingly, as not only the difficulty varies, but also the scenery you’ll be taking in during your climb to the top.

There are different routes one can take, which are all different with fantastic scenery and features, there are Machame route, Umbwe Route, Marangu route and Rongai route. choose to climbe with Shengena Adventure you won’t regret your precious time.

2. Mount Meru

Known as Kilimanjaro’s neighbor, Mount Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania measuring in at nearly 4,565 meters high. Living in the shadows of Kilimanjaro’s legacy, Mount Meru offers an excellent climb with both impressive views and a diverse rainforest that will accompany you for most of your journey.

For climbers who wish to climb Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is an excellent starting point to first become accustomed since both ranges are quite similar to one another. Expect the full climb to require between 3-4 days.

There is a lot to enjoy in Tanzania based on trekking, Culture and Wildlife Safaris.

16 Sep 2019

Tanzania wins international Tourism awards

The World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) has named Tanzania’s Elizabeth Mwakajila among three winners of the Tourism Star Award slated for Lucerne Switzerland between May 1 and 3 this year after winning a World Tourism Forum essay competition, as one of three winners of the Tourism Star Award. The other two winners are Gechson Khun, founder of Kek Soon’s Cuisine &Culture Tours in Cambodia, and Gursharm Singh, manager of Taj Hotels in India. They will also receive global recognition and be awarded at the WTF Lucerne in Switzerland together with Elizabeth.

Ms Mwakajala who is also a project Coordinator at Thomson Safaris, will be honored by the World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) in collaboration with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for documenting inspired story about destination Tanzania and its array of natural resources as well as issues pertaining to sustainable tourism through environment protection and sustainability of natural resources.

Speaking shortly before presenting her with the national flag ahead of her flight to Lucerne City,
Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) Managing Director, Ms Devotha Mdachi said Ms Mwakajila will be honored for her altruistic effort in putting the country’s natural resources on the global map. “Elizabeth has managed to beat 300 other participants in the Tourism Star Award 2019, something that the country should be proud of “pointed out Mdachi, noting that the young lady will be a good envoy for the sector. According to Ms Mdachi, the award nominee efforts were in line with ‘Tanzania Unforgettable’, a brand campaign to boost the country’s international appeal and visibility.

TTB Board Chairman, Judge (rtd) Thomas Mihayo said the board is all the time open to receive ideas and always to support all Tanzanians daring enough to come up with ideas that will help promote the country and its attractions overseas. Describing her achievement, Ms Mwakajila said she was able to convince WTFL jury with her
commitment and passion for the work she does in taking the country’s tourism sector to next level. She said she didn’t take the awards too seriously after it was advertised online, not until she attempted penning down the success stories about Tanzania’s tourism and what the government was doing to promote industry.

More than 500 International industry leaders, decision makers, investors, ministers, professors, start-ups, young talents and next generation leaders are expected to gather in Lucerne, Switzerland, for the 6 th World Tourism Forum Lucerne gala scheduled to take place from 2nd to 3 rd May 2019.

16 Sep 2019

When is the best season for Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania and Kenya.

The Great Wildebeest Migration – the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a truly spectacular event. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern. This is surely one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

Great Migration Safari Holidays: the basics

You can see the Great Migration in Tanzania all year round – they migrate in a circular motion around the Serengeti National Park as such it is an ongoing event. Below we will dissect where the wildebeest usually are at different times of the year.

The Great Wildebeest Migration is rarely in the Masai Mara Kenya; the herds only ever venture there as an extension of their grazing lands in the northern point of Tanzania if they need to for fresh pastures. You can only find the migration in Kenya within a few months of the year when they head towards the border, and even then, most of the herds are still mulling around the northern parts of the Serengeti anyway…

The Annual Migration overview: the best times to visit The Serengeti Migration

July – October: This is when the wildebeest are in the northern Serengeti plains, and you have a chance of seeing up to thousands crossing the great Mara River. As the sight of the wildebeest crossing the so dramatic, it is considered by many the most desirable time to see the migration.

December – March: Currently the wildebeest are in the southern area of the Serengeti, more specifically in Ndutu which is actually in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and it is calving season. Along with the river crossings, this is a real highlight of the wildebeest’s journey and a fabulous time to see the herds congregate on the dramatic sweeping plains of the south. February is the only time of year when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds all together as they always come south for calving season.

The rest of the year: In November, April, May and June the migration is “in between” locations and as such these months are slightly transitional times to see the herds. November is the short rains, April and May are the long rains and as such the grass is green in these months across the Serengeti, so the wildebeest are more dispersed than in the prime time of July – October and December – March. Thus, you don’t get as many of those condensed big herds which people get excited about!

For more details, if you can face difficulties in understanding this migrations or you need explanation via mobile, please call/WhatsApp +255789197161 Shengena Adventure Company Limited.

Wildebeest facts: Why does the Great Migration occur & why do the Wildebeest Migrate?

The wildebeest migrate around the Serengeti, and into the Masai Mara for the sole purpose of following the rainfall. For their calving from December – March they always begin their cycle in the Southern Serengeti area of Ndutu and follow wherever the grass is greener… Whilst we have a good idea of where the wildebeest should be at any given time of year, it really does depend on where the rain falls. The wildebeest are notoriously unreliable, as although they generally all head from south to north Serengeti and back around again, they often zig-zag along the way, making it sometimes impossible to predict where the big herds will be at any given time.

The type of Migration the Wildebeest make the migration is an annual event which sees one and a half million wildebeest accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and numerous other antelope species as they search for pastures greener. The animals follow a clockwise movement through the Serengeti following the rains for the lushest of grass.  The five hundred kilometers is fraught with danger with many predators such as lions, cheetahs and crocodiles preying on the animals. It is a truly amazing spectacle.

Although we do our best to be as informative as possible, it really always is best to give us a call and chat to an expert who can give you the low-down on where the wildebeest are right now.

16 Sep 2019

Is it possible for an old man to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

First of all, We would like to inform you that, it is possible for an old man to climb Mount Kilimanjaro up to the summit regardless of the age.

The inspiration from 85 years old man, who made to the summit of mount Kilimanjaro.

85-year-old might be bed-ridden, awaiting death. At best they could play with their grandchildren and perhaps even manage some gardening.

Dr Robert J Wheeler, then aged 85 years and 201 days, did somewhat better when he became the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania on 2 October 2014.

At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. In contrast to most people, Wheeler probably prefers to round his age up. Wheeler proclaimed, “I wanted to demonstrate that older people can remain active despite health problems.” He certainly did that. Guinness World Records has now acknowledged the deed.

Wheeler was accompanied by his son, William, who is known as Jack. The expedition commenced with a three-day, 20-mile hike via the Marangu route, which is the most popular, to a base camp 15,500 feet up Kilimanjaro. Two days were spent acclimatizing before the nine-hour climb to the summit – what Wheeler called “the tough part.”

Wheeler had previously climbed Japan’s Mount Fuji (12,388 feet) and Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua (22,837 feet), the highest peak outside of Asia.

Wheeler, who hails from Webster Groves in Missouri, found this latest jaunt to be the hardest thing he had ever accomplished due to his age. He previously served in the army, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, and as a professor of psychology at Saint Louis University. He has three children.

The trip was organized by Adventures within Reach of Boulder, Colorado, whose owner described Wheeler as “an inspiration … to all of us.”

He saluted Wheeler for proving that with determination, people of any age can “put one foot in front of the other.” Wheeler returned the compliment: “Our guides did a great job, making it possible for us to summit.” Adventures within Reach, which specialize in customized and affordable adventures, also supported the previously oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro, Dick Byerly.

Wheeler has written a book, Mountains and Minds, which details his climbing experiences, interspersed with detail of research into why people pursue arduous tasks such as mountain climbing. His Kilimanjaro experience will make for an interesting new chapter in the second edition.

Therefore, you also can climb Mount Kilimanjaro regardless of your age, Shengena Adventure can take you for this wonderful adventure to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It doesn’t matter you come alone or else, you will be guided safely and made it.

14 Sep 2019

When is the best time for safari in Tanzania.

The Northern Circuit Parks, including Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro offer some of the most exhilarating safaris in the premier wildernesses of Tanzania. They can be visited all the year round but get heaving at peak times. Millions of wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates, brave predators and swollen rivers, drought and exhaustion on their annual Great Migration, followings the rains from their mass calving in southern Ndutu from December onwards, and baby drops peaking by February in a three week birthing marathon, to the distant northern Mara River from July to October. During the other months from March to June, you can also follow their epic journey through south central to western Serengeti and then north where the cross over to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Shengena Adventure can arrange an unforgettable wildebeest migration vacation in northern Tanzania for you to coincide with their passage. Predators and herbivores are easier to track and spot during the dry season from June to October when they gather at permanent water sources and when the vegetation is most sparse. November to May coincides with the two wet climatic seasons in Tanzania (short and long rains) but is best time to go to Lake Manyara and Tarangire for birding trips, but not canoeing on the Momella Lakes unless you do not mind getting drenched while kayak gliding on the alkaline lake.

January and February is the clearest time to see the glistening peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and acclimatize yourself by climbing Mount Meru with Uhuru Trails by Shengena Adventure before tackling the highest African mountain and the world highest free standing mountain. The weather during this time is also humidly hot and partly dry with pockets of short rain showers in January and February that started in November, or from July to September when it is dry, but colder to climb. January and February, or July to October are most popular Kilimanjaro trekking months but also on days of the full moon. Tarangire teems with migratory wildlife including elephants from June to October when the primary river is the only source of water since the surrounding waterholes have dried out. Selous and Ruaha are isolated Southern Circuit Parks which are rarely busy compared to the northern parks, but game viewing is better in the dry from late June or early July to October as the foliage is less dense and congregating wildlife arrive at central water sources. Many lodges close in the wet during from middle of March to end of May. Mikumi is more easily accessible all year round. From December to March, it gets hot and humid, especially in less crowded parks in southern and western Tanzania, but the finest time to trek the mountains in pursuit of chimpanzees in the Western Circuit Parks of Gombe and Mahale is during the dry season, that initiates from late May to early October but peaking to the best in the months of June to September. This is also a superb time to spend time on the beach and in the waters of Lake Tanganyika or on a fishing tour around Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria from July onwards.

Remote Katavi presents its most impressive dramas in the most dry, from August to October, when crocs and hippos battle for cooling mud in shrinking rivers. Kitulo, the Garden of God, riots with wild flowers between December and May. Coastal Sadaani in the east is great in January and February after the short rains, or from June to August, when wildlife stays in the park. Mkomazi is best for large mammals in July and August, although its avian beauty is at its height from March to June. The Tanzania east coast of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa and the off-shore islands of Zanzibar, Mafia, Pemba, Fanjove, Lazy Lagoon, Mnemba, Chumbe and Chapwani offers year-round warmth and humidity tempered by Indian Ocean breezes and monsoons along with similar wet spring seasons in November and December (short rains) while middle of March to early June welcomes the awaited long rains. The beach shores of Tanzania sets a rich enlightenment experience to many historical sites including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Stone Town and Ruins of Kilwa punctuated by cultural festival like Sauti za Busara in February or the Zanzibar Film Festival in June. The safari-cum-beach holiday choices and logistics are complex, but Shengena Adventure can make it simple and hassle free by guiding you through the best travel season experiences in pursuit of your African dreams in Tanzania.

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