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Tanzania Safari Guide

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PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography 3, Climate 4, History 4, Government and politics 17, Economy 17, People 18, Language 19, Religion 19 Chapter 2 Natural History Habitats and vegetation 21, Wildlife 21 Chapter 3 Practical Information When to visit 51, Highlights 52, Itinerary planning 54, Tourist information 62, Tour operators 62, Red tape 65, Embassies and diplomatic missions 65, Getting there and away 66, Safety 68, What to take 70, Money and banking 72, Getting around 74, Accommodation 75, Eating and drinking 77, Public holidays 79, Shopping 80, Media and communications 80, Cultural etiquette 81 Chapter 4 Health Before you go 89, Common medical problems in Tanzania 92, Other diseases 95, Dangerous animals 97 PART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 5 Arusha History 102, Getting there and away 104, Orientation 105, Getting around 106, Tourist information 106, Safari operators 107, Where to stay 111, Where to eat 115, Entertainment and nightlife 121, Shopping 121, Other practicalities 123, What to see and do 124, Around Arusha 127 Chapter 6 Tarangire and the Central Rift Valley Tarangire National Park 141, Babati 147, Mount Hanang and Katesh 149, Kondoa rock art sites 153, Dodoma 166 Chapter 7 Lake Manyara and the Northern Rift Valley Lake Manyara National Park 169, Lake Eyasi and the Yaeda Valley 178, North of Manyara 181 Chapter 8 Ngorongoro and the Crater Highlands Karatu 191, Ngorongoro Conservation Area 197 Chapter 9 Serengeti National Park History 211, Wildlife 215, Seronera, Ndutu and the southern plains 217, The western corridor 223, Lobo, Loliondo and the north-central Serengeti 227, The Mara River and far northwest 229 Chapter 10 Moshi and Around Getting there and away 234, Tourist information 235, Where to stay 235, Where to eat 238, Nightlife 239, Shopping 240, Other practicalities 240, Around Moshi 242 Chapter 11 Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Geology 253, History 253, Vegetaton and biology 254, Climbing Kilimanjaro 255 Chapter 12 The Usambara Mountains Lushoto and the Western Usambara 269, Amani Nature Reserve and the Eastern Usambara 284 Chapter 13 Tanga and the North Coast Tanga and around 289, Pangani and Ushongo 301, Saadani National Park 311 Chapter 14 Dar es Salaam History 315, Orientation 319, Getting there and away 322, Getting around 323, Tourist information 323, Tour operators 324, Where to stay 324, Where to eat 328, Entertainment and nightlife 330, Shopping 331, Other practicalities 333, What to see and do 334, Beach resorts south of Dar 339, The coast north of Dar 340, Bagamoyo 342 Chapter 15 Kilwa and the South Coast History 351, Getting there and away 357, Kilwa Masoko 357, Kilwa Kisiwani 359, Kilwa Kivinje 362, Songo Mnara Island 364, South of Kilwa 365 Chapter 16 Zanzibar History 369, Getting there and away 371, Getting around 375, Zanzibar Town 376, Around Zanzibar Town 396, Islands close to Zanzibar Town 400, Northern Zanzibar 402, The east coast 413, The west coast 426, Pemba Island 432 Chapter 17 Mafia Archipelago Climate 444, History 444, Economy 445, Religion and culture 446, Natural history 446, Getting there and away 449, Getting around 450, Where to stay 451, Activities 451, Around Mafia Island 454, Chole Island 459, Juani Island 463, Jibondo Island 463 Chapter 18 Selous Game Reserve History 467, Getting there and away 470, Where to stay 471, What to see and do 474 Chapter 19 Morogoro, Mikumi and Udzungwa Morogoro 477, Mikumi National Park 480, Udzungwa Mountains National Park 484, Kilombero Valley 491 Chapter 20 Ruaha National Park and Iringa Iringa 493, Ruaha National Park 498 Chapter 21 Mbeya and the Southern Highlands Mbeya 505, Tukuyu 513, Matema Beach 516 Chapter 22 Lake Tanganyika and the Western Safari Circuit Tabora 519, Katavi National Park 521, Lake Tanganyika 527, Kigoma 529, Gombe Stream National Park 534, Mahale Mountains National Park 540, The lakeshore south of Mahale 548 Chapter 23 Lake Victoria Mwanza 551, Rubondo Island National Park 557, Bukoba 562 Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Further Information

About the Author

Philip Briggs has been exploring Africa since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. He has returned several times, researching and authoring the first Bradt Guide to Tanzania, and working on all subsequent editions. He has visited more than two dozen African countries and written about most of them for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. He still spends at least four months on the road every year, usually accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen, and spends his rest of the time in the sleepy village of Bergville, in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region of South Africa.


'The best travel guide to Tanzania.concise, well-informed and entertaining.' Weekly Mail, South Africa 'Thoroughly researched, with wide appeal to upmarket and budget travellers, the text combines practical advice with extensive background information.' Travel Africa 'Best guidebook.' The Sunday Times 'Philip Briggs' Tanzania belongs firmly in the 'don't leave home without it' category.' Africa Geographic 'An interesting and well-written book, providing a great deal of information on where to visit, places to stay and how to get around.' Geographical

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