Monday, September 2, 2013

Tips on traveling in Tanzania, and sukiyaki at UMU at the Dusit Thani Manila.



Tonight, in Manila living a Travelife, I had dinner with a couple who live nearby and who I'm close to.

We'd all been away for the Western summer of July and August.

So it was a big catch-up session over sukiyaki and wagyu steak at UMU, the Japanese restaurant of the Dusit Thani Manila.

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CRAVING FOR THAI TONIGHT

Actually, we wanted to eat at Benjarong, the Thai restaurant of the Dusit Thani, because I was craving for Thai food, for some reason.

But Benjarong was closed today, and so I made the executive decision to book us a table at UMU instead.

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THE SAFARI EXPERTS

This couple is as safari-mad as I am.

And they've been on countless safaris all over Africa, so they really are the safari experts.

They've been going to the best safaris in Africa way before it became a "thing to do" among travelers who have already been all over the world.

TALKING ABOUT TANZANIA



They were telling me all about their Tanzania trips as they've been to all the general areas we're planning to go to.

They've even been to one of the safari lodges on our itinerary -- which they confirmed is absolutely amazing in terms of overall experience.

The husband said: "You'll definitely love it. It's a beautiful lodge."

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ANIMAL SIGHTINGS IN AFRICA

Then we compared the animal sightings in Tanzania to those in South Africa.

South Africa is, of course, the easier safari experience because the overall infrastructure of the country is better, and the environment is not as "wild."



Meanwhile Tanzania is a real free-for-all in terms of nature experiences. There are no guarantees for anything, but the possibility of an upside is very big.

The husband added: "You really get the numbers and the volumes in Tanzania." Meaning, you really see herds of animals in volumes that are rare to see in South Africa.

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SHOPPING IN TANZANIA

Of course, the wife and I also discussed shopping. A Travelife isn't complete without a little bit of it.

She said: "There's not much to shop in most places in Tanzania, except for tanzanite in Arusha and the odd crafts here and there. Your best bet is probably to look in Dar es Salaam."



ONE NIGHT IN DAR ES SALAAM

I smiled and said: "That's why I insisted on including one night in Dar in our schedule."

There's really not much to see in Dar es Salaam and it's definitely not as pretty as Zanzibar.

But I found a really lovely hotel and I have a list of shops to visit -- and that should very nicely complete just another trip in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





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1 comment:

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