10 Things You Need to Know About a Tanzania Safari

Tips you need to know about a Tanzania Safaris: View the sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro in the Serengeti or witness great wildebeest along in the Great Migration to Tanzania safari or seat at white sand of Zanzibar beach. Go step by step in our latest travel advice and know when to go for a safari in Tanzania.

Tanzania Safari holds a remarkable wildlife experience and is without a doubt one of Africa’s best destinations to have the best safari experience.

Flights + Other accessibility

Search the flights and compare the prices, early booking leady to low price avoid last-minute booking because of costs you a lot of money.

Tanzania is an East Africa country offering unique Safaris with huge amazing National parks, Mountain (Kilimanjaro + Mount Meru + Oldonyolengai), and beach holidays!

A Northern Circuit Safari a popular safari hub can be accessible/ reach through the flight to Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport Even a bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha or Shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha!

Tanzania Safari-Visa

To enter Tanzania, you’ll also need to have a passport with at least six months of validity remaining.

If you are looking to get a visa upon arrival it’s possible but your passport must have a space for visa stamp.

There are countries that have to obtain visas on arrival and others have to get a referral Visa first before traveling to Tanzania. 

Nowadays you can apply for your Visa online before traveling to Tanzania for you Safari see here.

Visa applications will be processed within ten days. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to respect the time allowed when submitting their application.

You can find price lists and costs of Visa as well see for example:

Business visas allow Americans to stay in Tanzania for up to three months and cost $250. Single-entry visas are valid for up to three months for tourism, students, and business and cost $50. Multiple-entry visas are valid for up to twelve months for business or tourism and cost $100.

Tanzania Safari-Money

The tour money required to be in USD/ EURO/ POUND, because of all safari/ trekking entry fees bills in USD.
The exchange rate of USD to Tanzanian Shillings is approximately 2250 shillings for $1 USD although this rate can fluctuate often, so it is best to check in advance.
If your paying Tanzania safaris in Shillings you have to check the exchange rate is equivalent to buying a dollar.
In Tanzania ATM machine you can only withdraw Tanzania Shillings but in some banks inside you can take a USD.
If you are looking for paying a Tanzania Safari in cash make sure that you bring new USD for 2009 because for the 2006 year some bank is not accepted or may be accepted but with lo exchange rates.

Tanzania safari-Vaccination

Before you leave for Tanzania you should consult your physician, who will be able to give you the most up-to-date information. Our advice below can help to inform you before your trip but should not replace a consultation with your doctor. It is advised to take malaria prophylaxis – usually Doxycycline, Lariam, or Malarone. All three are different – again, ask your doctor for more advice.

Many areas of Tanzania have malaria; please check with your medical practitioner for the latest advice re prophylactic treatments. To avoid malaria, it is best to take precautionary steps to limit being bitten by a mosquito. Wear long-sleeve tops and long pants at night. Use bug spray. The majority of lodges and safari camps have fitted mosquito nets around their beds to reduce the risk of bites.

Tsetse flies, often found in heavily wooded areas. They can be a nuisance as their bites can be painful. Generally, they prefer moving targets, so the more you move about and flap at them the more they will bite. Your guide will remove you from the area if they are becoming too much of a problem, as usually the flies are found in small forest pockets during the day.

As of 2016, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for ALL visitors coming to Tanzania.

It is always prudent to take out travel and medical insurance before traveling to ensure that if there should be an unexpected problem, you are covered.

Travel Insurance

When planning to travel to Tanzania for your holidays you should consider travel insurance which tour operator will not responsible for!

Select the company with a good insurance rate, well reputable, excellent all-time 24/7 support in your country.

Climate Suitable for Tanzania Safari

Usually, the best time of year to go for a  Tanzania Safaris and the best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania is during the Dry season from late June to October.
The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and the end of August and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February.
Also, the best time for mountain climbing (Kilimanjaro, Moun Meru) is January-March and June-October.

Tanzania Safety and Security

Overall Tanzania is safety country to visit for your holidays with a strong and stable government in the world. Tanzania is in general a safe, hassle-free country. That said, you do need to take the usual precautions and keep up with government travel advisories. Theft and pickpocketing are relatively common in big cities. Avoid isolated areas, especially isolated stretches of the beach. In cities and tourist areas take a taxi at night.

Tanzania Wildlife

The national park in Tanzania has huge wildlife in natural habitat moving place to place for free no restricting for them. Tanzania National is not fenced that is why animals are free to move place to place.  One of the unique things to do in Tanzania is wildlife safaris, mountain trekking and beach holidays. During your wildlife safari, you don’t require to feed animals and you must observe rules and regulations set by the government in National Park. There is always the option of walking safaris and flying safari in some parks. You can book with us online and we will revert back to you about the price costs. The top popular destinations you must visit for your holidays at least once in a year in Tanzania Africa is like!

Serengeti  National Park

A top Safari National Park in Africa with a huge wildlife adventure. Welcoming a great migration between July and August every year. December and February is calving season in southern Serengeti National Park time of giving the newborn offspring. There are a lot of top things/activities to do in Serengeti National during your visit such as wildlife game drive, walking safaris, picnic site, visit Olduvai Gorge, Moru Kopje, hot air balloon rides, etc. In Serengeti National Park expect to have limited phone coverage on the Serengeti.  Therefore expect to have low coverage during your Tanzania safari holidays as well as the internet.

Tanzania Safari Planning- Key information Tanzania Safari FAQ

How much does a  Serengeti safari?

  • Budget Safaris average around 200 to 350 USD per night.
  • Mid Range Safaris average around 490 USD per night.
  • Luxury Safaris are around 750 USD per night.
  • Seriously Top End Safaris can be over 1700 USD per night.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Northern Tanzania destination must visit during your safari stay in Tanzania. It’s home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildebeests and zebras traverse its plains during their annual migration. Livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals.

Big5 Safari in Tanzania

Tarangire National Park Park

Tarangire is the best park compared with abundant with animal life, especially elephants. In the first afternoon there, we saw elephants, zebras, warthogs, Cape Buffalo, mongoose, giraffes, ostriches, lions, monkeys, baboons, a leopard, and a huge variety of birds. Baobob trees add to the landscape. Game drive and a walking safari here are very common with the best scenic see the game viewing. Stay in the picnic area during your lunchtime you will visit by the monkey and hearing the amazing sound of different birds.

Budget Tanzania Safari Tours

Tarangire National Park for Budget Tanzania Safari Tours

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. It is administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority and covers an area of 325 km² including about 230 km² lake surface.

Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, small known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbing pranks. This used to be a special character of the park which is not the case today. Regarded as Africa’s largest, huge herds of baboons park. 

Lake Manyara National Park

Tanzania Camping Safaris

There is a huge different safari accommodation option in Tanzania. In basic budget camping safari you will stay in tents (small iglo) providing you with sleeping bags, mattresses. Here you will have to share a toilet,  bathroom, and no hot shower and power. You can camp inside the part or outside depending on which park you visit. Northern Tanzania a budget camping in Tarangire and Lake Manyara National park you will sleep outside the park. In Serengeti National and Ngorongoro crater you will camp inside the park where you will experience the elephant/hyena cross your tents an authentic adventure you will never find elsewhere. For Serengeti camping safari you will find your phone limited with the network internet and even WiFi.  The Tanzania budget camping safari average costs range from $195 – $350 and up depending on the number of tourists going on safari itself.

Tanznaia camping safaris

Tanzania  Lodge Safaris

In tented lodge or lodging, there is comfortable beds, hot shower, privacy, and private toilet as well as start-up generator/ solar power 24/7. Enjoy exclusive authentic and romantic lifetime safari adventure from start at the airport till the drop off for outbound flight back home.  The top-notch northern circuit destination offers comfort to high-end luxury safari tours.  You can find some lodges inside the National park except Lake Manyara where all lodges/ tented camp and basic camping are outside the National park. The cost for such safari adventure starts at $490-2500 per person per night depending on the accommodation you choose during your trip to Tanzania.

Accommodation in Serengeti National Park

What’s to bring for Tanzania Safaris

If you want to climb Kilimanjaro without any hassle, then packing the gears carefully can give you great success.

The packing list includes the below-mentioned things as follows:

A Large Duffel bag (33lb or 16kg) to carry most of your luggage items.

A 15-25L Hiking Pack will be on your shoulders to carry the essentials that you need immediate access to on the trek

Sleeping bag. Ensure your sleeping bag is for cold weather and thicker with more padding has a sleeping bag liner

Ultra-lightweight rain covers- To keep your packs and things dry.

Non-disposable water bottles or a camelback- Hydration is important when negotiating high altitudes.

Hiking poles- To balance and leverage on the steep trails

Portable Charger- For charging your smartphones and flashlights Headlamp/Flashlights – Extremely useful and necessary tool when navigating in low visibility

Plastic bags- Your dirty clothes and waste go into it.

 

Clothing

Insulated Jacket

Fleece Jacket

Rain Jacket

Short-Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric

Long Sleeve Shirts, moisture-wicking fabric

Hiking Shorts

Hiking Pants

Fleece Pants

Rain Pants, side zip recommended

Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

Sports Bra (women)

 

Headwear

Wide Brimmed Hat or Cap

Warm Hat or Beanie

Balaclava or Buff

Bandana

 

Handwear

Gloves, thin

Gloves, warm, waterproof

Footwear

Hiking Boots, waterproof

Shoelaces, extra

Hiking Socks

Foot and hand warmers

Personal Care Recommendations

Sunglasses, full coverage

Sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher

Lip Balm, SPF 30 or higher

Insect Repellent, containing DEET

Body and face wipes

Toothbrush/Tooth Paste

Toilet Paper, full roll

Hand Sanitizer

Energy bars or energy drink supplements

Towels

Pillows

Medications- Diamox, Antibiotics for gastrointestinal infections, anti-malaria, painkillers, and your regular medications water purification drops, band-aids, antibiotic creams.

Tanzania Safari Price & Costs

Tanzania Safari Average cost based on accommodation level, the recommended average cost per person per day is about US$350 budget camping Tanzania safari, US$450-550 Mid-range safari, $ 650-2200 high-end safaris in Tanzania.

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