Backpacking is a low budget, independent way of travelling, which can be local or international, and requires the traveller to be on the road for several weeks, or even more. The special experience allows for a unique perspective, and the traveller gains a lot of knowledge and adventure. In Tanzania, they can visit the heavenly beaches, immerse themselves in the local culture and environment, with local life, and enjoy a special, unforgettable travel experience!
One of the best destinations for backpackers is the Serengeti, which offers safaris, the amazing sight of the Great Wildebeest Migration, game drives, hot air balloon rides, and wonderful displays of wildlife such as lions, elephants, leopards, and zebras. A milestone that any backpacker would like to reach, is climbing the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. The Ngorongoro Crater is favorable for backpackers who are more energetic and like adventures such as climbing. There are numerous groups on local social media where it is easy to find other solo travellers wishing to share the expense of Safaris, as well as businesses looking for solo travellers to join their own group.
Zanzibar is one of the most backpacker friendly locations in Tanzania. The destination has a rich culture, exquisite cuisine, scenic views, and exotic flora and fauna, all of which can be explored by backpackers. It caters to the needs of low budget travellers by offering cheap bars, parties, and experiences, as well as affordable yet comfortable lodges. Backpackers can relax on the pristine beaches, experience sailing, diving, and kayaking adventures, discover the culture, or go on walking tours of Stone Town.
An important piece of information that tourists must remember is that they need to be culturally sensitive. Backpackers should not display racism or Islamophobia, indulge in crimes, appropriate local culture or offend the sentiments of the people.
The budget for backpackers can be around 20-30 US Dollars per day, excluding excursions and experiences, but including $1-5 for meals, $4-10 for accommodation, and an average dollar per hour rate for buses and public transport. Foreign ATMs are available in most big cities. Public transport is cheap and the low fares are favorable for backpackers. Tourists can suit their budget by choosing specific guesthouses which offer facilities such as free communal kitchens. Local food and restaurants are cheap and generally healthy. Street food is mouth watering, and can be even cheaper.
Backpackers should be aware that such experiences can also be unsafe, overwhelming, and uncomfortable. Such trips can be as tiring and exhausting. When there are longer periods without rain, dust can be a nuisance. Backpackers must carry sunglasses to protect their eyes. Roads can be rough in places, making the ride bumpy and uncomfortable. However, road conditions are gradually being improved. Backpackers might suffer from rashes, dry skin, bruises, and insect bites, so they must always carry sunblock, moisturizer, and mosquito repellant, as well as a first aid kit!
They are also advised to carry toilet paper, wet wipes, water, torch, batteries, and a power bank. Clothing must be according to the weather, and in colder seasons, they should carry an extra layer. It is safe to keep maps to avoid getting lost and ending up in unwanted situations. Backpackers should also learn a few local words such as greetings and basic questions to make communication easier.
Backpacking in Tanzania is not easy but is a wonderful, unique experience which brings both peace and excitement. With a well planned trip, and all required items, backpacking in Tanzania can be a magnificent experience!