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- The worst part is that most of the gnus and zebras will have migrated to Masai Mara, in Kenya, looking for green pasture areas, so you'll miss the chance to see huge herds, except on the Ngorongoro (for the animals there stay the whole year). It's best to go Kenya at that time of the year, (which would probably be cheaper, by the way), and wait to visit Tanzania during the rainy season (or at the end of it, when the migration starts).
- If still you decide to go to Tanzania during the dry season, when in Serengeti stay in a hotel in the Northern area (close to the Kenyan border), where the concentration of animals left after the migration is higher. If you can afford it, staying one night at least in a luxury camp (Kirawira Tented Camp). It is a great and unforgettable experience.
- Don't expect to find any rhinos. You'll be lucky to spot some in the distance. They're really shy and so hard to be seen. On the other side, you'll enjoy sights of lions and plenty of giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, gazelles, inpalas, baboons, hyenas, eagles, vultures, etc. If you're lucky enough, you'll even get to see some cheetah and leopard, or some lions or crocs in action.
- Take every precaution with food and specially with water (always use bottled water, even when brushing your teeth), and take with you a medical kit (diarrheas and vomiting are a classic). Make sure to get all the necessary vaccines in advance, and the anti-malaria profylaxis (you have to start taking the pills one week before the trip). And get yourself a powerful mosquito repellent (use it abundantly before sunset and sunrise) and a good solar protection cream.
- Don't miss the visit to a Masai village. It'll cost you 20 dollars at least and altogether it feels rather artificial, but a look inside one of their huts is worth the visit. Also, you'll get to take as many pictures of them as you like (they wouln't let you otherwise, for they believe photographs would steel their soul, although it seems that their soul is safe as long as you pay).
- European travellers should get information about the convenience to take US dollars with them, instead of Euros. In 1994, American dollars were widely accepted, unlike Euros. in 2009 you need notes younger then 2004 and in 2010 you will need notes younger then 2005. Make sure that they are crisp and clean with no tears in them
- Tips are expected at most hotels and other services (drivers, guides, etc). Tip boxes in hotels and lodges can be found in the reception area.
- Don't buy any souvenirs without bargaining to get a good price. They're extremely overpriced.
- You might want to take with you pens, school material, t-shirts or any other objects from home to give away as a present (people, mostly children, will try to get money from you, but those gifts will serve as well). Do not give any money to street children. They will only expect the next person to do this. It encourages stealing and petrol sniffing.
- Finally, don't expect people to hurry up. Tanzanian people don't know the meaning of stress. They're kind and charming, and they'll solve any problems you may encounter during the trip, but their way. You'll hear the expression Hakuna matata (No problem) quite often. It is so popular that there a is song (different from the Lion King movie's, but same meaning). You'll be singing it as well by the end of the trip.
Hope you may find this useful when planning your visit to such a beautiful wild life sanctuary. And if you like the beach, a few days in Zanzibar would be the perfect end for this excellent trip. Enjoy it!