All you need to Know about Tanzania Safaris
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 tour 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 safari 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.
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.
At Shizi Safaris we have guaranteed departures at regular intervals for the most popular parks. We would like to see you experience the best of Tanzania by joining one of our upcoming group tours. Kindly see more about joining a group at Shizi Safaris