Tanzania safaris & Travel Tips
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;
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.
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)
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 being 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tanzania is absolutely beautiful in the springtime, you know