We are two independent travellers for three weeks in Tanzania in August and would like to visit also some cities off the classic turistic circuits, the countryside, if possible go to Mwanza or Kigoma by the lakes, do a safari in the parks (Southern or Northern parks?) and then head for 5-6 days on the islands, Zanzibar and/or Pemba.
My questions: how are bus/train transports, is this feasible in 3 weeks?
for the safaris, we asked a number of agencies and all offer a package of 8-10 days from Dar or Arusha, which is very expensive for our budget.
I understand that we cannot get away from the park entrance fees and guide, however, would it be feasible to get by public transport to cities like Iringa and then get there a guide to go to Ruaha, or go to Morogoro and then hire there a guide to Mikumi, for example, instead of the all inclusive package? would this be less expensive or just more time consuming?
one more question: is it worth go to Moshi to get a view of the Kilimanjaro, maybe one day trek, without going all the way up? is the visibility in August good from Moshi?