Africa is renowned as a magical continent. As one of the last places one earth where larger animals roam free in the wilderness. An African Safari is a unique experience. Ask anyone who has been on Safari and most will agree, it can be almost life changing. However, most will also agree that even a budget safari can cost a substantial amount of money. Doing your research is a great way to ensure your money is spent wisely – The right time, the right place, the right price.
The Right Price
The average Africa tours safari can cost between a few hundred to more than a thousand per night. This is an average and it must be noted that while Africa is an undeveloped country, the resorts and hotels are not! Of course, safari tourism is the key here. In the list of “best hotels”, you will find some of the most luxurious accommodation available throughout this vast continent. How much your budget is will of course dictate to a notable extent accommodation. The huge plus in Africa is that even “economic” accommodation is of an excellent standard!
The Right Place
The wilds of Tanzania and Kilimanjaro does not have the large volumes of tourists like some regions. Western Kilimanjaro, being more off the well beaten “tourist track”. Tanzania national park has around sixty thousand visitors a year. Mount Kilimanjaro is part of the national park, one of the highest mountains in Africa, and so a major climbing destination. This is the perfect region for climbing enthusiasts and hikers alike – Kilimanjaro has seven official routes for hikers. During the rain slopes become slippery and the going can be tough. Unless a tougher course is what you are looking for, the best time of year for these activities is the dry season.
The Right Time
Monthly year round, average temperatures range from between fifteen and 32 degrees in the Kilimanjaro region. The hottest time of year in East Africa is usually January and February. Temperatures really start to hit the high-notes! The heavy rain comes from around the middle of March to May, although temperatures average at twenty-four degrees during the day and above ten in the evening (certainly not cold for many Europeans!). By the beginning of June through to October the region dries up substantially, after the heavy rains. The clouds dissipate and the humid ground of before becomes arid and dusty once again. November and December are usually dry, although short rains do fall particularly in November.
There is so much to see and do on an African Safari. Even planning your safari days can be very exciting! For those looking for somewhere a little more unique, away from the big resorts and a bustling tourist trade, the region of Kilimanjaro is well worth a look. Indeed, more than worthwhile. The prices are competitive, and adventure awaits. Let your curiosity get the better of you and try something a bit more exceptional!