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Tanzania Safari FAQ’s

Traveling alone is an adventure in itself that allows you to grow and explore your inner self! It’s one of the best ways to rediscover yourself and explore the beauty around you. Pack your bags, hop on a plane and come straight to Tanzania because this is your ideal solo travel destination. Keep reading to discover ten exciting things that you can do in Tanzania ALONE!

To ease your mind of the numerous questions you have about Tanzania, we have combined the most important Tanzania Safari FAQs regarding the most awaited Tanzania Safari Tours adventures of your dream. 

5 Days Northern Tanzania Safari

Have a look at the some of these basic Q/As

“A Tanzania safari can be booked throughout the year, but the best time depends on your interests. If seeing the wildebeest migration is the main focus of your visit, you will have to plan carefully. June to October is the best period to see the migration in the Serengeti, but you’ll have to stay in different areas of the park at different stages of the migration, and as this all depends on the rain, this isn’t completely dependable. If you want to get away from the crowds, you should book your accommodation in the Serengeti away from the wildebeest migration. The wettest months are March to May, and any safari might be compromised at this time.”

“Tanzania is the quintessential safari destination, offering both quality and quantity. The wildlife viewing is superb and there is just so much choice in terms of places to visit and things to do. In fact, it would be hard to experience all of the highlights even in three Tanzania holidays, let alone one. 

There are three distinct safari circuits: the most popular Northern safari circuit includes famous places such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The lesser-known Southern circuit centers on Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) and Ruaha National Park. 

The off-the-beaten-track Western circuit includes Katavi National Park and the chimpanzee reserves on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Avid mountain climbers might be surprised to learn the highest peak in Africa is in Tanzania. Mt Kilimanjaro lies between Kenya and Tanzania but is climbed from the Tanzanian side.”

“Tanzania is the quintessential safari destination, offering both quality and quantity. The wildlife viewing is superb and there is just so much choice in terms of places to visit and things to do. In fact, it would be hard to experience all of the highlights even in three Tanzania holidays, let alone one. 

There are three distinct safari circuits: the most popular Northern safari circuit includes famous places such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The lesser-known Southern circuit centers on Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) and Ruaha National Park. 

The off-the-beaten-track Western circuit includes Katavi National Park and the chimpanzee reserves on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Avid mountain climbers might be surprised to learn the highest peak in Africa is in Tanzania. Mt Kilimanjaro lies between Kenya and Tanzania but is climbed from the Tanzanian side.”

“Tanzania has a slick and experienced tourist industry, and a Tanzanian safari overall is very safe. That said, there is a lot of petty crime in big cities such as Dar es Salaam, so walking around alone isn’t recommended. 

Tourists sometimes get targeted in Arusha and other urban tourist hot spots, but most of the time the hassle is benign and is really just touts wanting to sell things (anything from safaris to beaded necklaces).

 Being firm and standing your ground is usually all it takes to diffuse any situation. In any case, most people on Tanzanian tours don’t spend very much (or any) time in urban centers, so none of this is likely to be a concern.”

“Tanzania is a popular African safari destination and many large reputable operators working in Africa sell Tanzanian holidays. Most operators offer pretty much the same packages and the differences will mostly lie in the quality of the guides and vehicles. 

If you have a special interest, you might want to do some research and look for operators catering to that; for example, some packages are more geared toward walking safaris or fly camping (where the whole camp gets set up for you at a special private campsite). 

You can compare Tanzania safari prices and packages on SafariBookings.com. Always read the reviews as they will give you a good indication of reliability and the quality of the guides.”

“The safari industry in Tanzania is well established and there is a good variety of accommodation on offer. Going with an outfitter offering comfortable camping safaris is not only the most budget-friendly way to travel, but it also adds to the sense of adventure. 

If real camping isn’t your thing, but you like the romance of tented accommodation, there are tented camps (with actual beds and flushing toilets inside) offering different levels of luxury. 

For those visitors that prefer to spend their evenings in less of a bush environment, there are hotels that provide a total disconnect from the countryside, which also means less chance of creepy-crawlies in your room. The current trend, however, is toward exclusive designer lodges blending into the environment and offering an unparalleled level of luxury and service. The sky is the limit!”

Guests may travel to the Serengeti by vehicle (transfer, self drive or guided safari) or by flight on a light aircraft to one of the Serengeti airstrips in the national park. Your journey usually starts from the town of Arusha -which is considered to be the gateway to the Serengeti- or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). For more information please see our ‘getting here‘ page.

 

The per person park fee currently is US$ 70.80 per adult per day (valid up to 30 June 2021). High season park fees (US$ 82.60 per adult per day) apply between 1 July 2021 and 14 March 2022, and between 16 May 2022 and 30 June 2022. The park fee for children (aged between 5 and 15 years old) is US$ 23.60 per day, regardless of the season. Children below the age of 5 may enter the Serengeti free of charge. All main entry gates accepts credit cards.

The Serengeti is best known for the wildebeest migration (also known as the Serengeti Great Migration): the world’s biggest mammal migration on land. 

An estimated number of 1.5 million wildbeest, 300,000 gazelles and 200,000 zebra trek through the Serengeti – Mara ecosystem in search of greener pastures. This massive herd of ungulates supports vast numbers of large predators, including lion, leopard, and cheetah. 

It truly is a race for life, in its most untamed, rough and beautiful form. This is exactly the reason why so many wildlife documentaries and nature movies have been recorded here.

The Serengeti offers outstanding wildlife viewing all year round. However, most travellers prefer to include the chance to witness the Great Migration. Winter is the best time to see the herd in Southern Serengeti, while the Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti are the best places to spend the summer and autumn months. 

However, the park becomes rather busy in peak periods and accommodation prices come at a premium. Most Serengeti lodges offer substantially lower rates (often referred to as ‘green season’ rates) in April and May. Moreover, outside peak periods the Serengeti is far less crowded, whilst wildlife viewing options are still superb. So… the best time to travel really depends on your personal preferences.

 That being said: most travellers (and so many people can’t be wrong) pick the dry season (late June – October) for a Serengeti safari. This is the time that the Great Migration is at its absolute prime and your chances of witnessing a river crossing are at their best. Read all about when to travel to the Serengeti.

In wildnerness areas, such as the Serengeti, specific animal sightings can never be guaranteed as wildlife roams freely in a massive area. Consequently, we are unable to tell you in advance whether you will be seeing leopards, cheetahs, lions, or other wildlife species.

However, as you are well aware, Serengeti National Park is world-renowned for its incredible wildlife numbers, big cats, and the biggest wildlife event in the world: the Great Migration. 

Serengeti National Park boasts all Big Five species (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard) and your chances of seeing these species are good. The Serengeti ecosystem is home to more species and individuals than any other wildlife area in Africa.

Serengeti National Park is home to a myriad of accommodation options in the form of safari camps & lodges. These range from permanent semi-tented bush camps to ultra luxurious design properties to mobile tented camps and anything in between.

A staggering number of 540 bird species have been recorded in Serengeti National Park. You will find all the ‘usual suspects’ here, including ostrich, rollers and eagles, but also local specialties such as the grey-crested helmet shrike and Schalow’s turaco. Read all about Serengeti bird species.

Ngorongoro has two major seasons. Rainy season and dry season. Each season has its beauty; it only depends on what you need to see as all the seasons are enjoyable.

Rainy Season which is November to April is more attractive as it is the time for wildebeest to breed and the breeding attracts large number of predators. Even more so in late February and March it’s the best time to see Wildebeest migration than in other months of the year.

It is a time when migrant birds from other continents of the world come to many parts of Ngorongoro; multi-colored flowers bloom which in turn draws the butterflies and makes the area becomes more stunning and beautiful.

Another thing that can surprise and fascinate you is the clouds. A thick cloud in the morning seems to cover the edges of the crater and sometimes the crater itself; and On the plains and especially the area’s leading up to Ndutu; you’ll notice it’s like clouds are pouring into the ground and as you approach them you encounter rain; you will see as the clouds form themselves and become rain.

The short grass plains namely Ndutu and Ngorongoro are very interesting during this period. However, they are periods when rainfall is present in different areas and therefore you should be prepared and especially advised to use a four-wheel drive to avoid getting stuck in muddy areas.

Dry Season which are the months of May and October are also interesting for game viewing. In Africa it is common to do tourism during the dry season as animals are mostly in areas with water sources.  For Ngorongoro this is absolutely true because first of all what makes animals present in abundance in the crater floor is plenty of food, water and grazing areas. However, in Ngorongoro there are those animals that they do not migrate; they are always there so not seeing them is very rare.

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Vehicles allowed to decent down the crater are the one with four wheel drive. However; other vehicles can access the area.

You can do a game drive inside a crater in one day and enjoy it much better than any other place in Tanzania.

No booking required for Simba “A” campsite as it is a public campsite. You will only recurred to pay for it and you have to come with you camping gears.

Not necessarily though recommended. You will enjoy more if accompanied by a guide.

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