If you’d like to see the wildebeest migration spread out across the Serengeti plains, we’ll recommend you travel in the green season stretching from December to April. This is especially good for the calving season. As the migration moves North from June onwards the Northern part of the Serengeti and river crossings into Kenya’s Maasai Mara is the best area. Whatever month you travel, we will build your itinerary to ensure you’re located in the right parks and the right regions for best wildlife viewing. We can make suggestions about the best areas to visit and build the safari around the time of you wish to travel, interests and budget.
If you love elephants and would like to see large herds, we recommend visiting Tarangire National Park in the height of the dry season from July to September when massive herds congregate around the Tarangire River. If you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro prior to going on safari, we’ll suggest you avoid travelling in April and May when the long rains will make trekking difficult.
The parks located in the popular northern safari circuit are located at a high elevation making the climate pleasant for game viewing even during midday. The average temperature in the Serengeti during the warmer months of October to March can range from a high of 29C to a low of 17C, and during the cooler months of April to September a high of 26C to a low of 13C. The rim of the Ngorongoro Crater has an elevation of over 2,200 meters and the night time temperatures can drop below freezing. It is always advisable to bring warmer jumpers or a light jacket for evenings and early mornings.
accommodations. We can book on short notice, however, your safari will be subject to availability of
rooms in the various accommodation and lodges.
The best time to visit the Serengeti is from June to September being the dry season; it’s better to be equipped for cool or cold temperatures at night, especially at higher altitudes. In September the temperatures begin to increase, and it can get a bit hot at lower elevations. During the month of October, the short rains season begins.
In June, the herds of wildebeest are located in the northwestern park of the park, in the area of the rivers Grumeti and Mara (Mara Region) where you can watch them when crossing rivers, while in July they move to the Masai Mara. At the end of October or in November, the wildebeest return to the Serengeti, when, the short rain season begins. As for other seasons you can choose.
January and February, in the "short dry season", when they are in the southern part of the park or in nearby Ngorongoro, and are in breeding season.
Cancellation Policies & fees:
More than 90 days a fee of US$ 150.
89 to 40 days before the safari or tour begins 30% off total price.
39 days to 20 days before the safari or tour starts 50 % off total price.
10 days or less 100 % of total costs or No Show.
If you are coming from China, we recommend flying Ethiopian Air to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
If you are planning a visit to Zanzibar after your safari, we recommend that you either (i) arrange your flight so that you arrive at JRO and depart through Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR) or consider arriving into Tanzania through DAR and then take a connecting flight to JRO to start your safari.
Zanzibar flights are available from Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha airport and also from various locations in the Serengeti.
The flight between JRO and DAR is approximately about one hour.
Please confirm all international flights and seating prior to departure.
The tourist visa fee is US$50 with the exception of the following citizens: Pakistan (US $ 200), USA (US$100)
Since its independence in 1961, Tanzania has been a politically stable country and one of the safest countries to travel to in Africa.
We highly recommend that you consult with your physician or a travel medical doctor for advice several months in advance of your trip as you may need a series of vaccinations. Please ensure that you indicate that you will be travelling to Tanzania on safari. Your doctor will be able to suggest which vaccinations and medications are advisable. Anti-malarial medication is strongly recommended and should be discussed during your doctor’s visit.
All vaccinations are voluntary for entry into Tanzania with the exception of Yellow Fever vaccination. If you are entering Tanzania from Yellow Fever infected country such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, you will be required to show a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate upon arrival in Tanzania. Please ensure you carry this Certificate with your passport. If you are entering Tanzania from Europe, you will not be required to show a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
Although the currency in Tanzania is the Tanzania Shilling (Tsh), the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. However please note that for larger U.S. dollar denominations ($20, $50 and $100), only bills issued after 2006 will be accepted in Tanzania due to counterfeiting and fraud.
Major credit cards are accepted at larger safari lodges and major souvenir shops and larger tourist towns offer ATM bank machines where you can withdraw cash using your bank card or credit card. Please note that ATM bank machines only dispense Tanzanian shillings. Please note that some lodges may not have visa facilities for payment.
Traveller’s cheques are hard to cash and not recommended.
Taking an African safari with your children can be a very rewarding experience, creating some unforgettable family memories. It will also instill respect in your children at an early age for our beautiful planet and the wildlife that inhabit it, which is a very important factor for conservation efforts. Family safaris are a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about wildlife and participate in cultural activities and interact with local children. We can tailor your safari to visit a local primary school or orphanage to see how other children live, learn and play. Please note that most safari lodges and camps are not fenced and wildlife move about freely. Never let a child out of your sight or wander around unattended under any circumstances. Please listen carefully to all safety briefings from your safari guide and lodge staff and follow instructions especially concerning moving to and from your tent/room after dark.
If you have any special needs or requirements, please let us know when you book your safari. Whether its some equipment you need like binoculars or photography bean bags, wheelchair accessibility or allergy to specific foods, we can plan your itinerary accordingly.
All game drives are conducted using a either 4-wheel drive extended Landcruiser which can accommodate up to six passengers. Each traveler is guaranteed a window seat. Some of our vehicles have WIFI which is available on your safari but reception can be intermittent depending on the landscape. We have no mileage restrictions on game drives. For safety and communication, our vehicles are equipped with a long distance radio.
Be prepared for bumpy and rough road conditions during game drives and transfers within the national parks and conservation areas. The main roads to and from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate are completely paved but the roads within the national parks and conservation areas are not. Remember, traversing rough roads and tracks are a part of the excitement of the African game driving experience. If you suffer from back problems or other conditions which may be aggravated by driving long distances on rough roads, please let us know.
Our safaris are tailored to suit your preferences and budget and offer a wide choice of accommodation categories from standard, deluxe to luxury hotels, lodges and tented camps. Each property will have its own unique character and all of them are clean, comfortable and includes bathroom facilities.
Most meals on safari cater to western tastes and some lodges also offer a sampling of local Tanzanian food. A vegetarian choice is typically available on every menu. We ask that you notify us of any special dietary requirements in advance of your safari.
Tanzania offers a variety of locally handmade crafts such as exquisite wood carvings, masks, antiques, woven baskets, colourful Maasai beadwork, paintings, etc. and you will have plenty of opportunity to shop during your visit.
Many curio shops are located along the major roads heading to and from the national parks, most hotels, lodges and camps have gift shops and in Arusha there are multitudes of souvenir shops and markets to choose from, the largest and most popular being the Cultural Heritage and the Maasai Market located near the Clock Tower. Prices are negotiable at most curio shops and markets with the exception of Cultural Heritage and some hotel gift shops. The larger curio shops, hotel & lodge gift shops and Cultural Heritage accept major credit cards. Additionally, both the Kilimanjaro International Airport and Zanzibar International Airport also have gift shops that carry a good selection of items for your perusal while waiting for your flight.
If you are fond of gemstones and jewellery, then the rare and precious Tanzanite may be of interest to you. Tanzanite is a beautiful dark blue gemstone unique to Tanzania and only mined near Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are interested in purchasing Tanzanite, please let us know and we will take you to visit a Tanzanite specialist for certified gemstones to ensure good quality and value.
Most lodges and camps use generators for electricity and many do not operate their generators 24 hours a day; the power may be turned off during the day when most clients are out game driving and again late at night. Please inquire at check-in as policies vary with each lodge or camp.
Electrical sockets in Tanzania are three-square pin, same as in the United Kingdom and the electrical voltage is 220V.
There is mobile or cellular coverage in many areas of the national parks and conservation areas but reception may be inconsistent and network signals weak and in the remote areas of the Northern and Western Serengeti there are no signals, however, many of the lodges and camps will have a telephone or email access on the premises (for a fee) to communicate with friends and family back at home.
Casual, comfortable and easy to wash clothes are recommended. The goal is to pack lightly as most lodges and camps will launder clothes for a small fee. Safaris are informal and there is no need to dress up. Do plan to dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes as early morning game drives can be quite cold depending on the time of year while day time temperatures can get quite warm. Stick to neutral or khaki colours and avoid wearing dark blue or black clothes as these colours tend to attract tsetse flies. Wide brimmed hats, sun glasses, sunscreen, insect repellent are a necessity. After sunset, we recommend that you wear long pants, long sleeved shirts and socks and spray insect repellent to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Recommended safari clothing:
T-shirts and tank tops
Long-sleeved shirts (for protection from sunburns)
Light long pants or convertible long-short pants
Warm fleece pullover or jacket
Cotton socks and underwear
One pair of comfortable walking shoes
One pair of sandals or flip-flops
Wide brimmed hat
Bandana (for dust)
Heavy sweater, gloves and toque if travelling in the cold season (June – August)
Clothing for Zanzibar – Please dress modestly when sightseeing in Stone Town or visiting anywhere outside of the beach resorts in Zanzibar. Women should not wear sleeveless or revealing tops and short skirts or thigh high shorts (Capri trousers or at least knee-length shorts are fine). Men should wear shirts, pants or knee-length shorts.
Travel Insurance Policy & Emergency Contact Numbers
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (if applicable)
U.S. dollars in large and small denominations ($20, $50 & $100 bills should be issued after 2005)
Credit cards and ATM bank cards
Sunscreen and lip balm
Small flashlight or headlamp
Eye drops and extra contact lenses or spare glasses (if applicable)
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
Tissue paper and small travel towel (washrooms in Tanzania often don’t have toilet paper or paper towels)
Camera, extra memory cards, batteries and charger, if applicable
UK plug adapter and transformer/voltage converter, if applicable
Zip lock bags for toiletries, camera equipment, snacks, etc.
Small first aid medical kit including Tylenol or ibuprofen, antimalarial pills, cold and allergy medicine, itch medication, band-aids, stomach ache remedy, antibiotic cream, diarrhea medicine, prescription antibiotic for travelers diarrhea (Ciprofloxacin) and any prescription medications.
We strongly recommend that you carry-on all important items such as prescription medication, camera equipment, essential toiletries (please keep in mind many airlines have liquid restrictions) and one or two changes of clothes in case of checked luggage delays or loss.
What time does an early morning game drive start?
For best sightings, we recommend that you leave the lodge or camp at 6:00am sharp for early morning game drives. Many animals are most active in the early morning hours between 6:00am to 9:00am. Your safari guide will arrange breakfast boxes with the lodges so that you can make the most of the early morning hours when game will be most active and lighting is best for photography.
We can include a variety of activities which will allows you to meet with local people to appreciate their culture and tradition. From a Maasai village tour to a visit to a local primary school and orphanage or shopping at a local market, these activities can easily be incorporated into your itinerary.
Always follow the instruction of your safari guide. Many of the wildlife may seem harmless and almost tame, especially those that have been habituated to safari vehicles in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater but they are wild animals and potentially extremely dangerous.
Most of the safari lodges and camps are not fenced and wildlife move freely about. Please follow all safety instructions provided by the lodge or camp regarding moving to and from your room/tent after dark. If you have young children, do not let them out of your sight or wander alone under any circumstances.
You are responsible for your own safety, if you are unsure of anything, please do not hesitate to ask your safari guide or lodge/camp staff.
Tsetse flies are present in Tarangire National Park and also in the Western Serengeti and some parts of the Northern Serengeti. The plains of the Southern and Eastern Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and southern Central Serengeti are tsetse free.
Tsetse fly bites are painful and there are no effective insect repellents. When driving through tsetse infested areas, close your windows and cover up wearing long sleeves and pants and avoid wearing dark blue or black as those colours seem to attract tsetse flies. Some people have allergic reactions to tsetse fly bites and the bite area may become itchy and swell. Benadryl will help with the swelling and irritation.
The common fly will also be present on safari. They are harmless and do not bite and are more of an annoyance than anything else. If you notice a lot of flies around, it probably means the migration is nearby.
The mosquitoes which carry malaria are active in the evening and we highly recommend you take precautionary measure even if you are taking anti-malaria medication by covering up well after sunset with long sleeves, pants and sock and using mosquito repellent which contains Deet.
Be prepared for dusty conditions. Even in the rainy/green season, the plains can dry up quickly and the fine soil and the wind can cause dust problems. In the dry season, the conditions will be worse. We recommend that you bring a bandana. Cameras, video and other electronic equipment need to be protected from the dust and we recommend bringing a camera bag that can be easily opened and completely sealed to protect against dust when the camera or video equipment are not being used.
We feel that the gratuity system on safari is not only customary, but to a certain degree obligatory. In Tanzania, a tip is not so much a bonus for particularly attentive service but rather a payment to supplement their base salary.
The majority of Tanzanians who work in the tourism industry support many extended family members through the tips they earn, common in African culture, so please consider it a way for you to kindly and generously give back to the local people.
Please see below for recommended tipping guidelines for your safari:
|Safari Guide:||$20 per person per day|
|Park Ranger or Maasai Guide For Walking Safaris:||$20 per vehicle per walk|
|Maasai Village Visit:||$20 per vehicle|
|Transfer driver in Arusha:||$10 per vehicle|
|Porters/Baggage Handlers:||$1 to $2 per bag|
|Lodge/Camp Staff:||$10 per group per day using tip box (read below)|
At most safari lodges and camps a tip box will be located in the reception area and we recommend that you use the gratuity boxes rather than providing individual tips to the staff that directly assist you. There are many behind the scenes staff ensuring your pleasant stay (cooks, room attendants, house keepers, security guards, etc.) and by using the gratuity box, your tip will be shared equally amongst all staff.