Frequently Asked Questions
I am interested in a safari. What is my next step?
First of all, take a look at the proposed trip packages found on our website. These trips offer the convenience of a pre-set itinerary and a fixed price, but with flexible scheduling. Travel dates can be chosen by you. We work very hard to only operate private safaris so that only you and your travel partner(s) will be on your tour. This gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of stopping, finding your favorite animals, taking photographs, planning your day to day schedule etc.
Alternatively, you can work with us to develop a totally customized itinerary and schedule. We are always open to side trips, detours, special needs and special plans. You want the Safari to feel like it’s “yours” after all. Feel free to email us, and again, take a look at our proposed packages if you need any inspiration, ideas on pricing etc.
Once you have made initial contact, a representative will be in touch with you within 24 hours (maybe a little longer over weekends). One of us will be assigned to you throughout the booking process – from your initial enquiry, to putting together your ideal program, to booking, to after-safari customer care and feedback. This makes the whole process as personal as possible.
What kind of vehicles do you use?
We use either regular or extended Land Rover (usually Defender) or Toyota LandCruiser vehicles, depending on the size of your party. All vehicles are 4WD, with plenty of space, and a pop-up photographic roof hatch. Windows can all be opened.
Note that none of our vehicles are air conditioned. Air conditioning simply does not work on safari – the roads in national parks are too rough and dusty, and the system does not work. But, air conditioning is truly not necessary – the vast majority of the time you will have the large roof hatch open, spotting animals, and all the windows open to let cool air in. All vehicles feature the following:
• Hardtop Photographic Rooftop (to provide sun protection)
• Seat Belts
• Cooler Box (bottled water provided)
• First Aid Kit
• Radio Communication
• Animal & Bird Handbooks
• Coffee & Tea Basket
• Spare Tires
• Guaranteed Window Seats
• Entrance Aid (on request)
• Seats for Children of All ages
• Three Point Seat Belts for Children
• Guaranteed Window Seats
• Inverters and Power Sockets
What is the best time of year to visit Tanzania?
We can truly say that you can have a fantastic Tanzania safari at any time of year.
December – March: The mass migration of wildebeest moves from Kenya into the Serengeti in these months. This is a very popular time to travel to Tanzania, and can be a spectacular time to visit, with the herds generally attracting a lot of predators and some real wildlife drama!
April and May: There are many happy tourists travelling during the “long rains.” Don’t be put off travelling in these months. It certainly does not rain every day, often the rainfall is at night, and you can still see some amazing wildlife. Moreover, accommodations are cheaper, lodges are less full, and there are less cars in the national parks. It can get a little difficult if you want to travel to really remote areas during rainy season, however the roads between Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti are good and well maintained, and still very much passable even during the rains.
June: Can be dry but is often a little wet too.
July – September: The river crossings of the wildebeest take place in the western or northern end of the park around this time each year, however this is notoriously difficult to predict. It is really just a matter of taking your chances, booking in advance and seeing if you get lucky enough to witness this sight in person! July, August, September and October are usually very busy (particularly July and August due to school holidays). These months are all dry, mild and, as always, great for wildlife viewing!
November: This is the “short rains” Season, and it can be equally enjoyable if you like cheaper accommodations and less cars in the national parks. It can get a little difficult if you want to travel to really remote areas during rainy season, however the roads between Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti are good and well maintained, and still very much passable even during the rains.
What kind of weather can I expect on safari?
Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons, the heavier one being between mid-March to May (the masika rains) and the other in November, December and sometimes January (the mvuli rains). As stated above, though, don’t let this put you off travelling at these times of year! Otherwise, the climate of Tanzania is tropical, so warm and generally comfortable weather throughout the year is standard, with the coast experiencing higher levels of humidity than other areas.
Of course, the mountainous and highland areas of the country are cooler, with temperatures sometimes dropping below 15°C at night during June and July. In this area, it can rain at any time of year (usually in the early mornings if at all).
The island of Zanzibar also receives hot weather all year round, with temperatures ranging from 22-34°C or more. Zanzibar also experiences a rainy season between April-May, when downpours can be quite long and heavy. However, even during the rainy season, there are many burst of sunshine and sunny afternoons, and even whole days.
Can I do a self-drive safari?
Yes you can! We ask that you purchase a travel insurance plan that covers rental car accidents and request you collect an international driver’s license from a provider in your country. Both of these items are very easy to achieve and we can help you coordinate either or both. Note that driving one of our safari vehicles requires prior experience in tough off-road driving in a large 4WD vehicle. All self-drive safaris are accompanied by one of our guides and we will not offer you a program without this service, yet.
I’m traveling with young children – is a safari a suitable holiday?
Yes! We are parents too and always try to find a way to include our twins on our adventures. Maybe not for every parent, but safari can be made suitable for your younglings if you want them in your adventure. Work with us to let us know about any children on your trip, and we will do all we can to make your program as child-friendly as possible.
We can select child-friendly accommodations – this could mean anything from having a great pool, to huge rooms sleeping up to 4 persons, to plenty of space for running round after a long day of game driving. We will plan a program which keeps transfer times to a minimum. We can recommend special activities such as boat trips, hiking and following hunting tracks with bushmen – all great ways to spend some time outside of the safari vehicle.
If traveling with toddlers or infants, we can also provide car-seats for use inside the safari vehicle, and baby carriers.
What about elderly folk?
The whole family is welcome. Safaris can be as active or as relaxed as you want them to be – we can offer anything between a slow-paced “armchair safari”, and an action-packed active safari. We can include accommodations more suitable for those who might not be so mobile. Just ask us!
What is the difference between basic camping, wilderness camping, tented camps and luxury mobile tented camping?
There are several different kinds of accommodations we use whilst on safari. Most are self explanatory, and details are given in your proposed itineraries. However, the differences between the kinds of camping can sometimes be confusing…
• Basic Camping – ground tents, pitched on public campsites, sleeping mats with sheets, folding camp furniture, and all food prepared by a professional camp cook. We can hire out good quality sleeping bags at USD 20 per bag.
• Wilderness Camping – not dissimilar to basic camping, but pitched on private campsites, and with a little more comfort! We provide larger tents, folding camp beds, “proper” bedding, large towels and portable camp showers, as well as the usual folding furniture.
• Tented Camps – semi-permanent tented structures which vary widely in level of luxury. Basic tented camps might be large canvas tents on a plinth or concrete platform, with bed(s), luggage rack, and bathroom. Others might have desks, four-poster beds, luxury outdoor bathrooms, large verandas with coffee table and seating area etc.
Do you offer balloon safaris?
Yes, we can coordinate a hot air balloon safari into our programs. In Tanzania they are available at Serengeti (USD 499 per person), Ndutu (USD 499 per person) and Tarangire (USD 479 per person). Take-off time is at dawn, you will soar silently over the plains for an hour or so, watching the sun rise on a new African day, and land wherever the wind takes you, where a hot breakfast and a glass of champagne will be enjoyed in the bush.
Do you offer Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru climbs?
Yes, we do indeed. For more info on our mountain climbs, please click on any of the Kilimanjaro routes listed on out Trips page.
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Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania