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Tanzania Safari Holidays

Tanzania safari holidays should be perfect and the planning can daunting process – there is a lot to consider, and there are many misconceptions out there!  Here we will tell you what we think you need to know about your planning a Tanzania safari in general, advice not specific to any particular park or lodge… And as always, if you have any particular questions, do call us or pop in for a chat.

Tanzania Safari Holidays - the cost

It is an unfortunate but undeniable fact that the safaris we sell are expensive.  More expensive than e.g. a luxury beach holiday in Mauritius.  However, on the whole, you definitely get what you pay for!
It is possible to find cheaper alternatives, and still do some game viewing.  However, these options tend to be either in very congested public parks where you will see more other vehicles than wildlife, or large hotels catering to the mass market tour operators, or very simple accommodation where the service, guiding and food are properly basic (to put it politely!).
By contrast, our safaris tend to be in small luxury lodges or tented camps, run by the best operators in Africa, all with truly excellent standards of accommodation, service, food and guiding.  These camps are often in exclusive private game reserves, which are not accessible to public day-trippers.   These private reserves give the traveller a much better sense of the sheer scale and magnificence of the African bush, and a far superior and more intimate safari experience overall.
Having said that a safari is expensive, there are obviously various degrees of expense! We sell a wide range of accommodation across our price spectrum.  Whatever your budget, we can help you to get the absolute best value safari experience possible for your money.  We will advise you honestly about where you can scrimp a little and where you really shouldn’t.  And to sweeten the pill just a tiny bit - special offers are sometimes available (low season / long stay / certain combinations of lodges or camps), and we will always do our best to find you offers wherever possible.   Remember -  due to our special relationship with all our safari suppliers, any trip you book with us will almost certainly be cheaper than if you were to book each element yourself directly.

Some of our best safari lodges

Tented safari camp or safari lodge?

For many of us, the words 'tent' and 'camp' conjure up alarming images of soggy sleeping bags on lumpy ground and non-existent, or very basic, bathroom facilities...

Happily, safari-style tented camps occupy a different league entirely.  Usually built on a concrete or wooden base and fabulously appointed inside, the 'tents' are only so-called because the walls are made of canvas.  In all other respects these are luxurious little cottages, fully furnished with proper beds and linens, and fully-plumbed bathrooms with proper loos - although some mobile camps in the Serengeti which follow the Great Migration lack permanent plumbing, and offer bucket showers instead.  
We absolutely love tented camps, and in fact prefer them to more traditional lodges.  They feel much more adventurous and closer to nature – and nothing beats lying in bed at night on your Tanzania safari holiday listening through the canvas to lions roaring, hippos honking and jackals howling!

Tanzania's Safari Parks

How long on safari?

We generally recommend between 3 and 6 nights on safari – you need long enough to 'get' the experience and to see a good range of game, but a safari can be tiring (early starts, long distances, lots of time in the vehicle) and you don't want to get safari-ed out!  Two or three nights in each of two safari lodges, for a bit of variety of landscape and wildlife, also works very well.

What to wear on safari?

On safari, casual and comfortable dress is appropriate.  Days are often hot, and early mornings and evenings are often cold.  Several lightweight layers plus a warm fleece and jacket work well so you can adapt to changing conditions as the day goes on.  Long-sleeved shirts can also be useful to protect you from both the sun and mosquitoes.  Neutral colours are best - khaki, green, beige – not white (which won’t stay white for long!), nor camouflage which is associated with the military and might inadvertently provoke a negative reaction.  Most lodges do not have a formal dress code and there is absolutely no need to change for dinner, although most people like to freshen up a little after the evening game drive.   We will send you a suggested packing list before you travel to help you remember the essentials.

Safari daily routine

While the details vary slightly between camps / lodges, the typical daily routine on a Tanzania safari holiday is broadly as follows:
·    early morning wake-up call (5.30/6a.m.), with a cup of tea/coffee and a muffin
·    morning game drive for 3 hours or so, with coffee stop en route
·    back to camp for breakfast / lunch / relax in camp
·    some camps may offer additional activities such as bush walks, boat safaris etc
·    late afternoon game drive for another 3 hours or so, with a stop for sundowners
·    back to camp in time to freshen up and have a drink before dinner
·    dinner and bed!

Gratuities / tips

We are often asked the 'correct' amount to tip.  There is no hard and fast rule, it is genuinely up to you.  However, as a general guide we recommend a tip in the region of US$15 per guest per day for a safari driver/guide, plus c. $10 per guest per day at safari lodges/camps, and $5 per guest per day at beach hotels/resorts, to be shared amongst the general staff.




Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

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