Dream Land Safaris

Safari in Tanzania

Questions you should ask yourself

Tanzania is arguably the best safari destination in the world, this view is shared by many who have had the opportunity to visit this great country but echoed with great attractions found in the country, many say visiting Tanzania is like visiting 3 different countries in one holiday

Factors making Tanzania the best safari destination

    1.Vast wildlife parks,

    with over 21 national parks in Tanzania two of them Serengeti & ngorongoro crater being the stand outs & two of the most popular wildlife destinations, the Serengeti being famous for its vast savannah plains & the great wildebeest migration (talking about over 1.2m wildebeest & 250000 zebras) and the ngorongoro crater which its landscape, scenery & wildlife density is one to take your breath away, But there are other parks like ruaha located in the south, ruaha is the largest park in Tanzania shelter to over 10% of world’s population of lions(Tanzania having 50% of worlds lion population), also minor parks like kitulo which was primarily established to protect its fauna, it is also referred as the Serengeti of flowers

    2.Vast wildlife,

    with all of African big 5 animals (including the black rhinos who are expected to go extinct), Tanzania surely have these animals in abundance, having the highest population of lions in the world over 50% of worlds lion popultaion, second highest number of hippos, almost all of the wildebeest population (we however share them with Kenya for 2 months when they head to masai mara), over 70% of flamingoes, it is said Tanzania has more wild animals per square kilometer than any other country in Africa

    3.Landscapes,

    scenery, authenticity of Tanzania parks, these parks surely do have great landscapes from plains to crater, also while other countries have modernized their infrastructure Tanzania parks remain authentic giving you a memorable experience from bumpy dirty roads to muddy & slippery roads hence safaris in Tanzania are more adventurous

    4.Vast safari types,

    yes it is not all about game drives in Tanzania they are other safari types like balloon safaris, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, fly in safari options, chimpanzee trekking so you can tailor Tanzania safaris to your safari style

    5.Less traffic,

    Tanzania safaris is quite pricey than other safari destinations this is because Tanzania parks are considered better than other so a higher price standardize the traffic and traveler heading to this parks

    6.Other attractions,

    such as archaeological sites (earliest man’s footprints & skull), the deepest & largest lakes in Africa, the diversity in vegetation’s, beaches, waterfalls, hot springs all can be possible add on’s & areas of interest

    Other considerations icing Tanzania as the best safari destination

    Possibility to see Mount Kilimanjaro, with your northern circuit safari in Tanzania you stand a chance to see the highest Mountain in Africa, of course this mountain is shy, usually hides behind clouds you should be proud witnessing a clear view of it

    bush to beach

    a beach stay in Zanzibar or mafia is perfect icing on the safari, after an exciting safari in the dusty plains & bumpy roads a relaxing session at the beach is a need not a want, but Tanzania offers you not just a beach but Zanzibar or mafia still preserved with nature these beach are clean & having clear waters

    culture, language, food, natives

    Swahili language, unlike many countries in Africa who are widely integrated to the western languages, Tanzania prides its Swahili culture, the Swahili cultures is diverse from mixture of Hindu, Arabic , bantu tribes (over 100 tribes in Tanzania) most Tanzania speak Swahili as there 1st language, you will however have plenty of people to speak with in other foreign languages but it is just great travelling & hearing a new language a different dialect, but this language is none other than Africa’s popular language

    -Food,

    Tanzania food like its culture is highly diverse from native dishes to mixtures of Swahili Arabic & Hindu dishes

    -natives,

    if you are looking to explore local African tribes in Tanzania you get to meet the famous Masai & the bushmen still authentic & proud of their ways & traditions you will surely enjoy visiting them of course you can meet the masai in the parks & learn how & why these famous warriors used to go against the lions with spears, machete & guards

    the people,

    in Tanzania people are very friendly you will always feel warm & welcomed & not just because your tourists & supposedly with money, it is just Tanzanians we are friendly to one another & always willing to help each other which is something embodied to us from traditions of our fore fathers

    the country,

    forget what western media shows you of Africa, most African countries are peaceful & safe but hey welcome to the island of peace, with no any political instigated violence’s or riots Tanzania seals it title as the island of peace with the only post-colonial war being against Uganda’s famous dictator idd amini (1977-78), Tanzania army lined up to battle in a mission to destroy idd amin & rebuild Uganda, in a much needed war Ugandans were freed of the oppression & to date both countries enjoy an excellent relationship

    Things to consider while you choose your safari in Tanzania

    destinations

    Simply divided in circuits, the northern, southern & western circuits which combine attractions you can visit in a region, this circuits are far from each other would require a flight in between or at least 10hours drive, so with short time you will have to decide the destinations you want to visit so below is a brief elaboration of the circuits & what they are famous for

    Northern circuit,

    -this is the most popular home to famous parks, Serengeti, ngorongoro crater, great acidic lakes (home to flamingoes), Mount Kilimanjaro (highest in Africa), Native tribes (masai & bushmen) & other minor attractions likes tarangire, lake manyara, mount Oldonyo lengai “the mountain of god” still volcanic active, Mount meru, waterfalls & chemka hot springs
    if you want to focus on the great migration (wildebeest migration) or migratory birds like flamingoes the northern circuit is your option

    Note:

    these circuit is popular also the most accessible you can fly directly to Kilimanjaro international airport only needing a local flight to Zanzibar for the beach stay

    -Southern circuit,

    with parks such as mikumi, selous, ruaha (largest park, also home to over 10% of world population of lions & highest number of elephants in Tanzania), these parks are great but with accessibility not as easy in comparison to the northern circuit, these parks will require you to fly to dar es salaam international airport & take a second flight to the region

    -Western circuit,

    having chimpanzee treks in gombe national park & kitulo national park which was primarily established to protect its fauna “the Serengeti of flowers” this parks provide a unique experience however like the southern circuit it is less accessible would require a second flight after you land in to dar es salaam international airport

    comfort “your safari style”

    You need to know which safari suits you best & of course your budget, below are different safari styles

    -Private or shared tour

    A private safari is one you do yourself or with your group with our guides while a shared safari is one you get mixed with other travelers and be in a group (mostly group of 6) Why a private safari or a group safari?
    Private safari Group safari
    -very comfortable
    - can be slightly uncomfortable as there is more luggage, persons but same space
    -guaranteed departure at any chosen dates
    fixed departures or need to request guarantee on departure
    -can be customized, you can tailor your trip to your requirement
    -limited customization (you chose one of the packages)
    -Slightly expensive option
    -slightly cheaper option
    -same schedule, same accommodation, same program
    slight changes can be made in schedule, timings to fit group set up e.g. an itinerary set to start to park a, then b & lastly c can start with park c, then b & lastly a (if some clients opt for 2 parks but on same date)
    organized & operated by safari soles
    - in some circumstance as cancellations tour can be operated as a joint operation with affiliate companies especially in low season
    -luxury of your own space
    -pros & cons of sharing space with other travelers
    -for lodging tours we can quote lodges of your choice & you can get back to lodge for rest during the day
    -for lodging we quote lodges near camp grounds incase rest of group is camping & you can’t go back to lodge during day unless all group stays at same lodge & decides too

    -Accommodation place,

    are you going to sleep inside the park or outside the parks Sleeping inside the parks provide a better experience as animals are more active when it is cooler thus in the early mornings & late evenings which is almost not possible to experience while sleeping outside the parks as game drives are done on park regulated time frame (can’t check in the parks or out beyond a certain time)

    Note:

    only 1 of our packages has zero nights in the parks, all packages going to Serengeti will camp or lodge inside the parks
    Sleeping inside parks Sleeping outside parks
    Better experience enjoying early & late evenings
    Limited experience with early morning & late evenings
    High costs (camping fees is 35usd, lowest lodging cost 150usd in Serengeti, 200usd in ngorongoro ,120usd in other parks with concession fee 59usd (concession fees is the equivalent of camping fees for those staying in lodges)
    Costs are relatively lower as lodgings & camping outside are cheaper & no park camping or concession fees

    -Accommodation type, where you want to sleep

    Camping: this is an adventurous & budget accommodation style you will be provided with equipment such as tents, sleeping bags and mattress on the park grounds
    Things to know about camping -bathrooms are shared and under park authorities, so like any other shared bathrooms it can lack toiletries, warm water & have less sanitary conditions
    -camp grounds are not fenced meaning animals may come really close or just out of your tent at night “yes, adventure”, best to visit washrooms just after dinner before everyone sets in his/her tent
    -safe, camp grounds may not be fenced but it is safe unless you go provoking animals who will then attack when feel threatened but park rangers are also available & armed.

    Essential items to pack going for a camping safari & why

    -warm clothing the night in ngorongoro gets cold, so long sleeve trousers & sweaters are essential

    -Body wipes in lieu of a shower, bathroom wipes & other essential toiletries, park authorities provide park grounds with wash/bathroom facilities but they are not well taken care of or in the best sanitary conditions so these items are essential

    -torch, head lamp, camp grounds rely on solar panels for lightning but mostly get off just after dinner so a torch can be essential when you want to visit the washroom at mid night

    Lodges:

    these options are present in the parks, with brick walls its different to the tented lodges but with running costs & licenses it will cost at least 220usd a night for single room & about 400usd double room at this price just basic facilities lodge, you will have to pay up to 350usd for single room & about 600usd for double room to have lodge with swimming pools & other none basic facilities. Also some luxury lodges can have facilities priced to over 10000usd per night e.g. The Serengeti four season lodge

    Tented lodges:

    this lodges are made up of tents (large tents) so you have the luxury of lodge (private bathroom & beds) but adventure of camping (hearing animal’s sounds). A common misconception is that there is a massive difference between tented camps, and non-tented options. The assumption is that tented lodges are “basic” whilst wooden structured, solid lodges are more luxurious. In truth, some of the most luxurious camps in the country can have a canvas covering… As well as a pool, amazing food and all the amenities in the world. Budget tented lodges from 170usd single & 300usd for double rooms these with limited amenities. Luxury tented lodges from 400usd single & 700usd for double rooms will have more facilities

    Seasonal/mobile tented lodges:

    like tented lodges but they are specially used or stationed seasonally to follow the migration in the Serengeti & ngorongoro conservation area (locations Ndutu & lobo). As a result of being stationed up seasonally these tented lodges don’t have facilities like swimming pools & electricity is limited to their solar panels. budget from 250usd single & 400usd for double rooms

    3.Tour length

    How long for is enough for safari? this is dependent on what you want to see & the season but a minimum of 4days & maximum of 8days is usually great time, the exact difference on days will depend on what you want to see (great wildebeest migration), how many parks, go to the flamingoes or archaeological sites, you will surely need to discuss this with us

    4.Ad on & option

    What should I add to my safari experience, what ad on I should know of

    With options such as

    -fly in safaris (fly into air strips in the parks & start game from there)

    -walking safaris

    -archeological sites

    -horse back safaris (in Arusha national park)

    -night game drives (in lake manyara & tarangire)

    - balloon safaris (599usd)

    -masai village stop (10usd)

    -bush lunch

    -canoeing safari

    Note: Most ad on can only be possible with private trips as matching these particular interests & of course involve spending more will be difficult for us

    5.Budget

    After knowing the options lets know the costs so you can match what you really want with the amount you are willing to spend, these figure are not very precise but can help to understand the range

    Group & camping safaris – 200usd to 250usd

    Private & camping safaris – 250usd to 450usd

    Private & lodging safaris – 350usd to 700usd

    Luxury safaris – over 1200usd

    Tipping – 15usd – 20usd per day, per person on group tour

    - 25usd – 50usd per day, per person on private tour

    Prices above are per person per day (so to get actual range just do price * number of days needed)

    Prices above are in range meaning lowest range is if many people & high range if solo

    Balloon safaris – 599usd (per person per session)

    Getting to Tanzania

    You can get to Tanzania by landing to 3 major international airports (Kilimanjaro international airport, Dar es salaam international airport, Zanzibar international airport) or through border crossing

    Getting through Tanzania border stops

    Have your valid passport

    -Visa, You can get visa easily on arrival with exception for citizens of some countries (see the list below) see more onimmigration.go.tz - Yellow fever vaccine, You will also be required to have a yellow fever vaccine if you come from some African & south American countries see list yellow-fever-entry (this however do not apply to those in transit for not more than 12 hours), if that’s not the case you can get a vaccine shot at border stops for 50usd

    Cost of a Tanzania Visa

    Visa costs 50usd (with exception for USA citizen which will cost 100usd) if you are paying on arrival consider having USD note bills series above 2006, these visas are valid for 3 months See more on visa types & prices immigration.go.tz Citizens from these countries will require to request visa from any Tanzania diplomatic institution before arriving to Tanzania.
    • 1.Afghanistan;
    • 2.Abkhazia;
    • 3.Azerbaijan;
    • 4.Bangladesh;
    • 5.Chad
    • 6.Djibouti;
    • 7.Ethiopia;
    • 8.Eretria;
    • 9.Equatorial Guinea;
    • 10.The Republic of Kazakhstan
    • 11.The Republic of Kyrgyzstan;
    • 12.Lebanon;
    • 13.Mali;
    • 14.Morocco;
    • 15.Mauritania;
    • 16.Niger;
    • 17.The State of Palestine;
    • 18.Senegal;
    • 19.Somalia;
    • 20.Somaliland;
    • 21.Sri Lanka;
    • 22.Tajikistan;
    • 23.Turkmenistan;
    • 24.Sierra Leone

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