Driving safaris are the most popular and effective way to see the African bush and the fabulous array of wildlife which call it home. There is some confusion when it comes to driving safaris; let us untangle the different kinds for you!
On a tight budget, many people like to tick of the northern Tanzania highlights as part of a small group driving tour with other travellers, stopping for a night at various budget lodges and carrying on to the next location.
However, there is a reason why these trips are inexpensive! Your driver will be more of a driver than a knowledge safari guide. We as a company do not provide this style of safari. We believe that guiding is make or break from your trip, so it is imperative your guide is firstly an experienced guide, and then also drives you! Also, this kind of quick one-night stop itinerary does not leave room for enjoying the wildlife you see along the way as you will likely be rushing to get to the next stop before nightfall… Not very relaxing or worthwhile!
The trips we organise cater more towards those who want to “fly in” to their specialist safari lodge for a few nights, and really feel at home there. The driving safaris consist of one morning drive, and one afternoon drive.
This style of trip allows you to fully enjoy a relaxed game drive pace and gives you the flexibility to spend more time admiring the animals. One exception to the “fly in” rule is if clients are going to see the Ngorongoro crater. We feel the drive from Arusha is not too lengthy, so you are not rushing too much and it is also more cost effective than flying, especially if you are a big group. Also, the drive is beautiful. For this though, our cost would include a completely private vehicle and your guide will be of the highest calibre – we make sure of that!
Game drives at a safari-mad camp offer a fantastic educational experience and at Tanzania Odyssey, we know how to, and who does this right!