TANZANIA WILDLIFE SAFARI
Going on an organised safari is the way most travellers visit Tanzania’s national parks. Safari to Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park are best arranged in Arusha, where Shizi Safaris can plan a trip for you. Kilimanjaro National Park is the exception here, with climbs best arranged in Moshi (see more about Kilimanjaro Climb). Visit Saadani Game reserve, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game reserve are the best arranged in Dar-es-salaam while those to Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains national parks are best arranged from Kigoma where local aircraft is the best means to get there.
SAFARI FROM ARUSHA
Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania, and Shizi Safaris offer a range of possibilities to suit all tastes and pockets. Cost and reliability vary widely, and to a large extent, you get what you pay for.
The safari available vary from just one day to 15 days. A one-day safari takes you to either Arusha national park or Tarangire National park and a two-day safari takes to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National park. Most travellers, however, prefer longer safaris from 4 to 7 days on average. You need a minimum of three days and two nights to tour Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, four days and three night to tour Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Tarangire or Lake Manyara National park, and six days and five nights to tour Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. These are absolute minimum tour lengths. If you can afford to stay longer, do so. You will see a lot more and you won’t come back feeling that half the driving time was taken up just getting to and from Arusha and between national parks. A longer tour will also enable you to make more economical use of the park entry fees.
If you want to have a good look at Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Serengeti, plan on five to six-day safari. On a seven day safari, you could see Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Tarangire at a relatively leisurely pace. On a ten-day safari, you could take in all the places mentioned plus Lake Natron and Lake Eyasi, but not many companies offer safaris of that length but at Shizi Safaris we organized and help you experience long and off-beaten truck tours that carry all tastes of African Safari.
SAFARI FROM DAR ES SALAAM
Safaris to Mikumi typically last two to three days, to Mikumi and Ruaha five days, and to Selous five days. though weekend visits are also an option on the latter. Safaris which take in all three parks last for around nine days.
The possibilities of camping in these parks are much more limited than in the northern parks and there are no public campsites in the Selous. On most safaris, you will stay in the lodges or permanent tented camps.
SAFARI FROM KIGOMA
Most travellers prefer to visit Gombe Stream and or Mahale National park as well as Katavi National parks, all these parks are located on the West side of the country and are easily reachable by using domestic flights. If you are doing backpacking safari, it is recommended to start your safari in Kigoma town and Mwanza and Bukoba if you are visiting Rubondo Island and for a more high-end safari you will need to fly in from Dar-es-salaam to Kigoma and start your safari there or take small domestic flight to one of the National parks you want to visit.
The cost of a safari depends on two main factors: whether you camp for the night or stay in a lodge or permanent tented camp, and how many people are on safari.
The two factors are closely linked, but a camping safari is obviously cheaper than on which uses lodges for overnight accommodation. The exact cost depends partly on how long you want to go. In general, it is true to say that the longer you go for and more people, there are in your group, the less, proportionally, it will cost you per day. At Shizi Safaris all of our prices are all inclusive and we have selected the best accommodation options that will result in the best safari experience. Our prices are affordable and reflects betters services and facilities.
All this means that, whatever sort of safari you want to go on, there is no substitute for legwork. Collect as many leaflets as you can, decide where you want to go, compare prices, work out what’s included and what isn’t and then make your choice.
One last thing to remember is that prices are based on the assumption that you will share accommodation (a tent room) with one other person. If you don’t want to do this you will have to pay what is called a single room supplement. This can be up to 50% above the daily per person rate. Read More About Safari Cost.
Camping out in the bush is, of course, the authentic way of experiencing an African safari. There’s nothing quite like having just a sheet of canvas between you and what you would normally see only on the residents’ side of a zoo. Full-on contact with the bush along with its potential dangers and rewards is surely what you are looking for. Anything more luxurious than this is going to dilute the experience and remove the immediacy of it all.
It’s true there are some beautifully conceived and constructed game lodges and, if you have the money, it’s probably worth spending a night or two at one or another of them though it’s probably true to say they are mainly for those who prefer to keep the bush at arm’s length and a glass of ice-cold beer within arm’s reach. Or for those who are simply on a package tour or short holiday and prefer creature comforts and predictability to the rigours of camping. Read More About Safari Accommodation.
Regardless of whether you go on a camping safari or a lodge safari, the driver/guide and the cook (where provided) will expect a reasonable tip at the end of the journey. Be generous, you may think you have paid a lot of money for your safari but most of it will have gone to national parks, transport and accommodation. The wages of the driver and cooks will have been minimal hence most of them will highly depend on gratuities. Most of the guides will receive USD $ 15 and cooks USD $ 10 per day per group during a safari and it is always appreciated to give more to anyone who made your safari trip more exceptional and with the best experience.
Our Safari Fleet are modified Landcruiser 4WD and well designed to give the best safari experience. The fleet (safari jeep) have the pop-up roof, big windows, a cooler box for keeping your cold drinks and 220 Volt electric sockets for battery chargers that will ensure your phones and camera are in full charge during all the safari trip and hence never miss a moment. All our fleet vehicles are always going a routine service after every safari which makes them durable and safe. Safety and comfort are of the utmost importance for us.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Tanzania with no doubt a safe country to visit and even more safe when you travel with reputable and registered Tour company. Millions of travellers visit Tanzania each year and there are very rare incidents. At Shizi Safaris all our clients travelling are covered by Kilimanjaro Sar Flying Doctors which makes them safe and secure during all the time of safari.
When you are alone and wish to walk around, make sure you do not go to isolated areas or beaches also we are strongly encouraged to use registered taxis with a label or hired drivers from the hotel or other reputable sources for town transportation.
Visitors entering Tanzania will require to have a Visa either for single-entry which cost $ 50 and valid for three months or multiple entries for $100 which also last for three months. The following citizens have no visa requirement to enter Tanzania: Botswana
The Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As long as you have the cash you can always purchase a Visa at a mentioned price above when entering Tanzania. A visitor will suppose to declare any international currency value more than $ 10000 when entering or exit from Tanzania.
YELLOW FEVER REQUIREMENTS
You should consult your doctor for a few months in advance as you may need a series of vaccinations. For complete advice on vaccines and medications, do not forget to tell your doctor that you are travelling to Tanzania and participating in an Adventure trip (wether Safaris or Kilimanjaro Climb). Tanzania only calls yellow fever vaccine for travellers from countries that are infected with yellow fever, such as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. It may be necessary for you to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate, which must be kept at all times.
However, if there is a health officer present at the passport control for Tanzania (sometimes they are not present), they will ask for your vaccination record and if you do not have it, they will administer it locally. If you come from Dubai, Nairobi and Ethiopia, definitely there will be a health representative there. Therefore, it is important that you have a yellow fever vaccine.
No further vaccinations are required to enter Tanzania at present. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Tanzania. While high altitude malaria is not common, malaria medication is strongly recommended for all visitors to East Africa. You should discuss this with your doctor before travelling. Read More About Health in Tanzania.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TYPICALLY DAY SAFARI
Every day before going to bed you will have a discussion with our guide on how the day went and how to go about the next day. You can always decide what you wished to experience or see and our guide will give you the best advice on that. At Shizi Safaris we do not restrict our customers b mileage or distance to be covered, you will have the freedom to choose according to your itinerary.
You can start a day early in the morning for the early game drive and your guide will be pointing animals while teaching and explain to you about their behaviour and nature around them. At 10 am you can go back to the camp or lodge for the brunch and after that, you can opt to take a rest in the lodge or continue for a game drive until noon where you will have your lunch box if you are far from the lodge/camp and continue with a game drive until evening where you will get back to your accommodation ready for the dinner and around 9:30 pm is the perfect time for getting to bed which is after a briefing for the next day by your guide.
WHAT TO BRING ON SAFARI
Remember to collect your sunglasses, hat and lip balm since most of the time you will spend outside and also it is sunny most of the time especially during the dry season from June to October.
Make sure you bring your camera and phone for taking pictures since there will be a socket inside your safari fleet which you can use to charge your gadget all the time of the safari but most important remember to bring your binoculars since sometimes animals might be very far from the road and especially in Serengeti since it is a vast plain and it is always advised to have binoculars for the best game viewing.
You should also bring less in terms of clothes and toiletries especially when it is not camping safari which toiletries are must to bring. Prefer to bring more of no bright coloured clothes since they can attract tsetse fly. Bring casual but comfortable clothes like t-shirt or blouse with long sleeves and collars help to keep you away from mosquitos or tsetse fly as well as a pair of safari trouser and comfortable walking shoes or open sandals. Read More About What to Bring.
FOOD ON SAFARI
We know that food is paramount during your safari in Tanzania and add good experience.
During your safari, you should expect breakfasts usually with buffet “British” breakfasts, which most of the time served with a different type of an omelette, potatoes, bacon or sausage toast and cereals.
For Lunch, you will have a hot meal or if you are still on a game drive and it is not relevant to go back to the lodge then you will have your lunch box meal which usually contains cold chicken, yoghurt, juice, hard-boiled eggs, raw veggies and baked cake.
During dinner, you can have different taste of cuisine with meat, potatoes or pasta, sometimes you can also have a local Swahili dishes which can be a good experience for you to have a local meal.
Since all Chefs and lodges are taking consideration of all intolerances, allergies and if you follow a special diet then you can communicate this with us before starting your safari trip. Read More About Food Guide in Tanzania