Tanzania safaris & Travel Tips

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Welcome to your Tanzania safari planning journey!

This guide is designed to describe the 6 major tips of planning for a successful Tanzania safari.

This includes anything from;

1: How much does a Tanzania safari cost?

No one doesn’t like the best deals whenever the transaction is concerned!

Hey even myself, I like best deals and value for my money. And looking for the best prices doesn’t mean that you’re poor. It doesn’t mean you’re broke either!

However, you should not confuse the best price at the cheapest price. In fact, avoid the cheap, low budget operators; they are downright dangerous.

On the other hand, do not assume high priced operators are better simply because they charge more.

Tanzania safari should be somewhere from $300 to $600 per person per day. Don’t settle for anything less or more.

2: Covid-19 Safety Measures

It’s a confusing time for all of us. With some countries still on lockdown, travel bans around the world, travel is pretty much challenging at the moment.

However, signs are tourism will sooner be back on the map. Thierry Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner said “We all need a break, especially after this confinement, we want to enjoy summer holidays, we would like to see our families and friends even if they live in another region, in another country”

With that, it is important to make sure that you get all the insider safety measures from your operator before travelling.

In our country, for example, National Standard operating procedures for managing COVID – 19 has introduced strict measures like;

  • Thermal scanning at airports, hotels and other entry points
  • Vehicles sanitization after every transfer
  • 14-day quarantine for staff in all tourism facilities
  • The use of protective gears (mask & gloves)
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3: Where to go & Things to in Tanzania

The good (and bad!) thing about visiting Tanzania is that you never run out of parks and sights you really “must-see” and “must-do”. You could spend a week—or even two—and still not come close to seeing it all. It’s one of the reasons so many people return to time and again.

That being said, there really are a few things that should top your first-time-visitor list; I’m going to share my list, developed over years of listening to what our own guests enjoy the most, over 1000 guests, to be exact.

  • Arusha National Park – closest to Arusha city which is likely to be the starting point of your safari, the park has beautiful scenery with Mount Meru, the 7th highest peak in the continent standing majestically behind it. In clear days, Mt Kilimanjaro can be viewed beautifully.
  • Lake Manyara National Park – alongside tree-climbing lions, there is no better place to viewing flocks of flamingoes and uncounted migratory birds from Europe & Asia than in this small but beautiful park.
  • Tarangire National Park – Another closer to Arusha city park which offers excellent wildlife viewing with a chance of viewing herds of up to 300 elephants as well as lion, buffalo & leopard.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Seeing the Big 5 in one day can be regarded as a miracle but not in Ngorongoro. Alongside big 5, you will also learn how wild animals & human beings co-exist in this area with harmony.
  • Serengeti National Park – The fact that this park was voted the best safari park in Africa says it all. Alongside world-renowned greatest wildebeests migration, Serengeti is home for the big 5 (4 can be spotted easily with exception of rhino).
  • Zanzibar Island – After an exciting game drive in some of the above parks, Zanzibar is a beautiful place to enjoy the cerulean waters of the Indian Sea.
Where to go & Things to in Tanzania

4: When to Visit Tanzania?

Is your Tanzanian vacation coming into focus yet? I’m sure you’ve begun to narrow down your destinations and light on a few activities and experiences you simply must try. Now I want to take you through on the best time to go.

Truly, some parks in Tanzania like Ngorongoro and Serengeti are best to go in the whole year-round. However, wildlife watching across the country is at a premium during the dry season which starts from June all the way to November.

5: Where to stay in your Tanzania safari

May I make a recommendation? Even if you are an experienced traveler and trip planner, accommodations in Tanzania flights to Sicily can be an entirely different beast. I always suggest that you ask your tour operator, if you have one, for a suggestion before you book—and here’s why:

We (and most other tour operators) have relationships with the local properties and understand the market very well. We often find better deals and better connections than you can find on your own and many times, our prices will be better than anything you’ll discover using hotels finding sites or even the hotels’ websites themselves.

So do yourself a favor and just ask. Then you can make an informed decision before you hand over your credit card.

6: What to Expect From a Tour Operator

Well, my friend, we’ve come to the last leg of our tips…

I’m not going to lie—a Tanzania safari is a major investment, both of your money and your time.

That’s why it’s so important to book your tour with a company that will protect your investment and give you the best possible value for your money.

1. Support at all phases of your trip

A good tour operator is happy to help you before you ever touch the ground in Tanzania—helping you find the best flights and accommodations, assisting you with creating an itinerary, and selecting the right activities, anything you need.

And once you’re here—well, they’re with you every step of the way with a knowledgeable bilingual guide who can make recommendations and decisions to enhance your safari. They’re available if you have a question, concern, or emergency.

2. Local knowledge is key

We are Tanzanians—we know the area, the best safari parks, accommodation, and places to visit. We offer custom tours that we design around your unique wants and needs.

Ever heard a guide can make or break your Safari?

Safari Field Guides are the people who are the critical link between the guest and the game experience, as they can either make or break your Tanzania safari. Your clients to the Tanzania national parks want an overall good experience and a trip to remember.

With that in mind, don’t settle for anything less.

3. A good reputation is worth its weight in gold

There may be some operators in Tanzania who are new to the business and are very good—but you know what you’re getting when you work with a company with a long history, a company that has achieved remarkable accolades due to its good work.

In this regard, it’s also important to check testimonials from reliable third-party review sites. Guests testimonials on the company’s website are one thing, but do some research for reviews on independent sites like TripAdvisor, Google reviews, Facebook and SafariBookings to really find out how a company treats its customers.

4. Others are;

Alongside the above 3 key traits that a good tour operator should have, also make sure about;

  • A number of vehicles – Number of Vehicles, new or old? Forget that, Maintenance is the Key
  • Liability insurance – Unplanned happens, what is the operator’s insurance ability (if any)
  • Health safety & secure payments — Are they measurable?
  • Compliance & recognition – If an operator is compliant, has he been recognized by any important organization?

We’ve covered a lot of ground in our guide —and I hope I’ve given you all the information you need to confidently plan for a perfect tour in Tanzania.

Of course, I hope you’ll choose us when that time comes. Private tours of Tanzania designed especially for travelers like yours are all we do and I believe we do it better than anyone else.

Why not take the first step today to making your African dream a reality? Just fill the form below and myself, or one of our travel experts will be in touch to help you start planning your tour.

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Customers Reviews

We’ve been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2017 following our tested and proven top notch African safari tours

We had an amazing experience. Here are our highlights:

-Deo was very responsive on whatsapp before our trip and helped create a perfect itinerary with his local knowledge
-we had to send a wire transfer beforehand and had no issues with this
-most impt part of trip is your guide and our guide Gilbert was the best. Other travellers on other safaris even acknowledged their guides were telling them gilbert is the best. Since earthlife is smaller the quality of their guides is better than the bigger companies
-accommodations at the tanzania bush camps were great

Overall no complaints, thank you Deo and Gilbert!

places to go kayaking in AfricaBy Jaydeep M

In June, 2019, my wife, my son, and his 13 year old son began planning a trip to Tanzania including a safari that we arranged through Earthlife Expeditions. We began planning months in advance and during the planning process there were many changes we requested in our itinerary. Caudence was patient and accommodating through all these changes and terrific to work with. Our experienced guide/drive, Moison, was knowledgeable and articulate during our safari and was especially great with the 13 year old boy. The lodges we stayed in were wonderful…beautiful. At the end of our trip to Tanzania, we ran into problems with our airline and, again, Caudence and the entire staff stepped up and saw us through the problem. I would heartily recommend this organization.

3 Day Safari, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro & TarangireBy Marc T

Don’t hesitate to schedule your safari trip with Earthlife Expeditions. From the very first contact, Caudence was very patient and worked with us to address our needs and select right accommodations. The whole trip went very smooth and our guide, Abu, made our journey very special. A safari guide can make or break your trip. Abu knows a lot about all animals, their behavior and habits, and he made sure we saw as many animals as it was possible. He would spot a lion on the tree that other guides could have missed… He was also an excellent driver and the car was sparkling clean every morning. This is an excellent, honest, and ethical company that I highly recommend for your Tanzania safari trip.

4 Day Tanzania SafariBy Alex

I went with a group of 4 to celebrate my mother’s 60th birthday. We had a wonderful experience with Earthlife Expeditions!!

To book the trip, I reached out to 5+ agencies in the area, and Caudence from Earthlife was the most responsive and helpful. She was flexible in our travel arrangements and was able allow us to see everything in a short period of time. She was also very helpful in providing different ways to flex on price and have options to upgrade/save some money. In general, felt the booking process was very straightforward, honest, and informative.

For the actual safari, our guide was Jeff, and he was AWESOME! Very knowledgeable about the history, geography, and animals in the region. Also, just amazing at spotting animals and getting us positioned to take great photos – he has the craziest eagle eyes and can see a tiny spec of an animal that is half a mile away. He is able to crack jokes to keep everyone laughing and then also know when we’re all tired and give us some time to nap and quietly appreciate the nature. He went out of a way to give us a WOW experience, even arranging a last minute birthday cake in the bush for my mother, something that she will never forget.

I would 100% recommend Earthlife and Jeff! We went in August for the Great Migration, but will have to go back for the calving season in February, which is supposed to have more “action”, if you were debating the two!

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We were a couple and we booked our trip with Earthlife Expeditions from July 25 to August 6, 2019. From the first contact, Angel was very friendly and worked with us to find the itinerary that would meet our expectations. We also worked together to select the best accommodations. Deo J. Haule, the Managing Director, was always present and helpful.
We met Joseph, our guide/driver in Arusha. He went with us to Tarangire National Park, Central and North Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Joseph was exceptional! His vision is amazing and he is able to identify animals from kilometers away. He has a long experience in safaris and his knowledge of the African flora and fauna is great. Sometimes, he used his traditional Masaai dress.
We were able to see over than 60 lions, over than 20 cheetahs, 5 leopards, many, many others animals like elephants, gnus, zebras, giraffes, impalas, hyenas, and so one… plus many different birds.
The highlight was the great migration we saw twice!! Unbelievable!
We had a perfect and magical experience thanks to Earthlife Expeditions.

Safari For Kids, African GiraffeBy Sandra M

Our family of 13 will always remember our safari with Earthlife Expeditions. Our guides Paul and Salim were both knowledgeable, thoughtful and organized. Each guide also drove, so we fit in 2 well equipped land rovers. Tarangire amazed us with diverse animals; Manyara with elephants and predators; and the migration across the Mara, after driving through thousands of gathering wildebeests and zebras. Accommodation was wonderful! Sopa lodges, and also the mobile camps. This was the trip of a lifetime.

Tourists looking at the male lion during a safari in AfricaBy Kpanfil

Earthlife was everything we could have asked for and more, and the entire experience was magical.

Herman, our guide, was knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and the animals. He was flexible and revised our plans at our request. He was interesting to talk with, easy going, respectful and delivered beyond our expectation.

Tarangire Safari LodgesBy Terry M Romley

Don’t hesitate to schedule your safari trip with Earthlife Expeditions. From the very first contact, Caudence was very patient and worked with us to address our needs and select right accommodations. The whole trip went very smooth and our guide, Abu, made our journey very special. A safari guide can make or break your trip. Abu knows a lot about all animals, their behavior and habits, and he made sure we saw as many animals as it was possible. He would spot a lion on the tree that other guides could have missed… He was also an excellent driver and the car was sparkling clean every morning. This is an excellent, honest, and ethical company that I highly recommend for your Tanzania safari trip.

By Osnv

We made last May 2019 a private 2 people photography tour with amazing Herman from Earthlife.
We spoke with Herman after a recommendation from my friend Adi.
I told Herman that I have 5 days only for this trip.
Herman knew exactly what plan to offer me after I explained him my photography needs.

We booked everything very fast and spontaneous with no problems.

When we arrived to the airport Herman was waiting there for us and welcome us with super big smile.
He helped loading the car with all our photography gear and luggage.
The 4×4 car was big and comfortable, cold water supply for all trip with fridge inside the car.
We stoped at the supermarket to buy some things for the way, than started our trip.
All rides was pretty long but was very fun and interesting with Herman explanations about everything.

We went to Serengeti park, we hat great time there and got amazing photos thanks to Herman patients.
In car there are few bags to put on open roof for the lens safety and stabilisation.
Few days after we been in Ngorongoro for last day and back to airport.
We been in 3 lodges that the were perfect with perfect breakfast and dinners.
I highly recommend Earthlife and Herman as your guide!
Thank you!

By Or M

Our 10 day Tanzanian safari hit all the marks with amazingly beautiful flora and fauna. We saw everything we had hoped to see and more. Our guide, Herman, was a wealth of knowledge and a pleasure to be around. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide or a better safari outfitter.

By Nancy L