HI, as a first timer to Africa i'm excited and apprehensive, my boyfriend and I are visiting Tanzania in October and would like to do a safari (however long we can afford) and experience as much of the culture as we can and we then plan to go to Zanzibar for about a week. This is all completely new to me so i have a few questions id love some help with;
1: Should we book our safari before we go to Arusha or should we wait and book on arrival, i am aware that there is a list of reputable tour operators in the town hall but would love some current / recent recommendations, i would like to keep it below €1000 and although i'm not overly keen on camping i'm aware for that budget we may have to.
2: We plan to visit Zanzibar for a about a week and are keen to see most of the island however my boyfriend is keen not to be restricted by having reservations and would like to be a bit more spontaneous while i like to be a bit more planned around things like that, should we book before we go?
3: Also on a practical level, i would love to hit the shops for a new wardrobe but am aware this isn't going to be one of those holidays that i need 10 pairs of shoes for so can any ladies recommend the essentials i need to get / bring.
4: Also any recommendations on a good guide book that is current would be very helpful too or any must see or do things would be most appreciated.
Thanks for any help you can give this apprehensive but very excited traveller!