Then what’s the right strategy?
With the strategy above, we were able to
- visit a Masaai Village (which was my favorite and I did not want to leave) 🙂
- climb the lowers slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and see a 150m waterfall, see how coffee is grown and get to know the entire process, try banana beer and banana wine freshly made
- go on a 1-day safari and see another city
- visit the Hot Springs oasis
- visit an unknown Monkey Forest (and during that visit also see the slums, the landfill (which was very interesting and eye-opening) and see the rice fields and how people work there
- participate in the Kilimanjaro marathon – only the 5k fun run, but it was something we will remember forever 🙂
- spend an amazing month in the orphanage and get to know the wonderful children and help them with many different projects
- get to know the real Tanzanian life and culture with all its ups and downs
- and much more, all for about 15% of the cost we would have had to pay if we had booked these trips in advance (and I’m sure with the touristy guides we wouldn’t even have seen and experienced half of the things we were able to)
What have been some of your experiences that you wish you hadn’t paid for? Where have you traveled without any pre-made plans and what did you end up doing?