The list of reasons to visit Tanzania is never-ending. The fascinating history, the beautiful coastline and of course, the magnificent scenery.
The one major attraction that overwhelms others is the wildlife. It a prime country for game viewing.
The most famous are the Serengeti as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. These are the highlights of the national parks and conservation areas mosaic.
In total there are 16 National Parks. More are most likely to be gazetted with additional conservation areas too. There are marine parks and forest reserves as well as significant assessable conservation areas
Natural resources include minerals, flora and fauna; and the largest concentration of animal species in the world
Guide to the Safari Venture
Once a safari destination in Tanzania is decided upon, examine flight routes that are available from your place of departure.
Remember that whatever you manage to save on flights can be kept for your accommodation and Safari.
Choosing a tour operator for your safari
You will require a guide that will be able to drive you around the game reserves and view the wildlife.
You can opt to choose for a private tour or join a tour group. This links to costs. Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.
Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.
If you choose a personal guide there is freedom to travel according to your personal preferences.
- If you decide to spend a longer time at a certain site you are more drawn to, it is your choice.
- You may alter itineraries and change the plans if you feel like. For instance, you may decide to lengthen your time in Serengeti.
Connect personally with the guide, as this will enhance the safari energy and experience. This is critical. The guide will be your ears, your eyes and with you for the coming days. They can either make your experience or break it. To have a guide that is knowledgeable adds more to the safari experience.
Guides that can share knowledge about plants, birds and wildlife habitat will be amazing
Read reviews. Make inquiries. Get different quotes. There are various sites including 'Explore the Splendor in Tanzania' , 'TripAdvisor', 'Travelink', and 'Travellerspoint' or 'Your Local Cousin' to research reviews
Narrow down your searches to the 3 companies from your search. Ask for a quotation depending on the number of days you are planning and analyse the offers.
There will be a variety of packages to choose from. Budget lodges and other exceptional ones
Some tent camps have simple necessities while others are far better than hotel rooms! They have built in showers and incredible views with elephants and giraffes in short distances.
Splitting time between lodges and camps allow you experiencing both ways. Lodges have a great atmosphere and you get to socialise with other travellers on safari while sipping drinks at the poolside, looking over the area you plan to venture the next day.
There are many mobile camps available in Serengeti. They are like little tent hotels with the private bathrooms and eating area and a bed.
The tents are large is hardly about ‘roughing it up’ in the outdoors. Yet right outside your tent, there could be a hyena, elephant or a lion!
You are escorted to your tent room each night as barriers do not exist and next, you may just spend an exciting night when the hyenas visit!
Budget lodges allow you to camp in public sites. It is recommended to get a guide, as it is easy to lose your way if you are not very experienced.
Safaris do not come cheap, but there are many ways to cut down costs.
- Book cheaper accommodation. There is no need to overdo accommodation as you will be away on Safari all say anyway. You may book budget hotels as an alternative.
- Buy snacks and enough water at a nearby local market before you start your safari venture. Hotels will charge more than local markets. Stock up before your journey and you will be sure to save.
- Limit the safari days. Many book safaris that may last for many weeks visit multiple parks and game reserves. That can really be great, but expensive.It is possible to enjoy safaris in just a few days in the same way.
- Limit parks that are visited. Each park has entry fees payable . This may vary depending on where you may be, but remember by visiting four parks, you are paying four times the fee.
Safaris are lifetime experiences to savour for many.
Make sure you plan. Do the research and do not merely settle for the very first quote you get,Negotiate and to save on the trip and you will not regret seeing the most amazing animals in the world.
Keynotes for planning a camping group safari
- Find out the number in the group. Small groups tend to work out as they are more personal.
- Get guides that are more knowledgeable and find out which languages they are most comfortable with.
- Interact with locals
- Get a detailed itinerary
- Check out the type vehicle to ensure the best vision
- Vehicle equipment, camera stabilisation storage for cameras and
- Is there a canopy
- Roof openings on car
PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Follow all the parking rules and regulations.
- Attempt to keep noise levels down
- Donate to schools and charities rather than individuals.
- Respect and understand customs and culture.