- Luxury Travel
- Budget Travel
- Trip Coach
13 Flares 13 Flares ×
We entered Tanzania in quite possibly the most difficult, unorthodox, and (in hind-sight) rewarding ways possible. After our four-day overland haul we were rewarded with Zanzibar’s white white-washed Swahili architecture, lush spice plantations, and total luxury on the eastern white sand beaches. Then we made our way inland, staying with friends in Arusha, helping a bit at Living Water orphanage, and going on safari in Serengeti’s Ngorongoro Crater. From the remote border towns to the depths of the crater, we experienced a number of wacky and wonderful things that will let You Know You Are In Tanzania When….
- Pole Pole (meaning “take it slow” in Swahili) isn’t just a traffic signal, it’s a way of life.
- Even your capital city has topless tribal pedestrians (no photo, but you can ask Anne for more details).
- Your borders are patrolled by 18-foot long crocs and angry hippopotamuses.
- Your immigration officials are so nice they will negotiate a loan to help you secure an entry visa.
- Your in-boat entertainment consists solely of MTV Islam
- The only way to serve your PB&J is on chapati.
- All your street food comes on a (news)paper plate.
- When you crack open a Kilimanjaro beer because…”If you can’t climb it drink it.”
- You boast more spices than McCormick.
- Where a beach cover-up literally covers you head-to-toe (*Zanzibar is 97% Muslim)
- Your sultans over-zealous claims lead to the shortest war on world history (*38-minutes.)
- The doors of Zanzibar are such works of art you are almost afraid to knock.
- More often than not, people clarify where Americans are from with the phrase…”Oh, you’re from Obama-Land!”
- The Serengeti is so spectacular that over 5 million animals make the annual pilgrimage.
- You take up bird watching because you’ve already spotted the Big Five before lunch.
- The term “run-flat tires” takes on an entirely new meaning… especially when you literally have to run from lions (FYI: Our guide had over 15 large scars on his arm and shoulder from a lion attack).
- You find yourself on a bus full of Maasai and you are the one who stands out.
- When standing room only includes the bus’ bumper (photo taken on the way to Arusha at 80km/hour).
2. Get the HoneyTrek Newsletter
4. Keep in touch on Facebook
5. Latest from @HoneyTrek
6. Check out our supporters
7. Popular Postsarchitecture beach best of biking boat chile City Guide city living culture elephant elephants festival fish fishing food friends glacier hike Hikes hitchhike homestay hotels in transit islands Jungle kayak lake motorbikes mountains natural wonders packing river road trip safari temple temples trek trekking Trip Coach trip planning Videos vineyards Water Adventures wine You Know You're In...