Planning a Safari can be very challenging especially when you are planning a safari to a country you have never been before! Knowing all the dos and don’ts, where to go, when to go or even how to get there might seem an impossible task.
This is why we have curated this simple yet very useful guide to kickstart your planning chore and make it easy. If you are planning for a Safari in Tanzania know that is one decision you got right!! Let’s explore other tips that will make your Safari a moment to remember.
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time to visit in Tanzania is between July to October.This is because it is a dry season and hence many animals found in both the northern and southern parks can be seen.
It is also the best time to visit because of the good weather during this time of the year (little to no rainfall).
The peak season for tourists in the northern circuit parks is between months July to March, and for the southern circuit parks is between months July to October.
WHERE TO VISIT
Serengeti National Park: wildebeest migration & year-round game viewing
The Serengeti is the best for the most dramatic game viewing experience populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino) that can be visited all year round, with the most peak season from July to March.
Great Wildebeast Migration at Serengeti National Park, Image Source: James H via Flickr
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Its main feature is the astounding Ngorongoro Crater which is famous for being the largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera in the whole world. It harbors a wide range of globally threatened species and incredibly dense wildlife.
African Buffalo at Ngorongoro Conservation, Image Source: Lesklaw Kula via Flickr
Arusha: Centre of the Northern Safari Circuit
This is the city center to go when you are in the northern circuit of Tanzania and there you will enjoy the people you meet, restaurants, souvenirs and other cultural related activities.
Uhuru Monument Arusha, Image Source: Jonathan Stonehouse via Flickr
Kilimanjaro national park
Home to Africa’s highest mountain, this is a definite place to visit especially for those who are keen into mountain climbing and hiking. There is no better feeling than a feeling you get after you come eye to eye with this majestic bold and big mountain!
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Image Source: Alex Saurel via Flickr
Selous game reserve
This is arguably the largest game reserve in Africa and it will never disappoint you. It has a very wide range of game viewing. It is a game reserve which does not get highly populated even during the high season and hence you will enjoy your time there.
Elephants Swimming at Selous Game Reserve, Image Source: Mooneclipser via Flickr
It is the largest national park in Tanzania, and one of the few wilderness areas where one can get the best of both worlds, i.e game viewing experience and fascinating landscape. It is also one of Tanzania’s bird’s paradise with the highest number of different species of birds. If you are a sucker for birds, then we advise you fly along quickly.
Little Bee-Eater, Ruaha National Park, Image Source: Markus Trachsel via Flickr
WHERE TO STAY
Tanzania offers a wide range of vacation accommodation from budget friendly lodges to luxurious hotels.
Here are some of the type of accommodation you could use:
- Camps and Lodges
- Private Villas
- Beach side Lodges and villas
WHAT TO PACK
It is time to board that plane and start your Safari. But before that, what are the essentials that you should pack to make sure you have the best time in your trip? Here is a peek of what you should absolutely pack to have the best time.
- Essentials – This will include all your toiletries (don’t forget your favorite toothbrush), simple basic first aid kit which will include among other things a mosquito repellant especially when your safari include camping out.
- Clothes and shoes – Nights and Mornings can get cold hence make sure you bring a light sweater or a light fleece, and during the day you can wear a long sleeve shirt or dress and trousers which will protect you from the sun as it gets really hot during the day. You will also need a simple comfortable walking shoes and/or boots since much of your safari happens within the safari vehicle.
- Beach wear – with so many beaches and beachfront accommodation this is one item you should not forget to bring.
- A backpack – this is a more easier, manageable and handy for your important things you carry with you.
- Gadgets – It is no secret we can not escape completely from technology thus you may need to bring your gadgets whether for staying in touch, capturing moments or just to snap pictures. Hence, do not forget your camera, smartphone, chargers, memory cards and batteries (for your camera), flashlight, etc. Important thing to remember is that you will need a converter plug for your mobile devices, cameras and personal appliances.
- Miscellaneous – These include everything else you think you will need to bring to make your experience memorable not limited to hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, a good book, binoculars, etc.
To conclude, there is so much information on the internet that will definitely make planning your trip easier. But, in the end this is your trip hence make sure you are prepared mentally as much as you are preparing for the physical trip. Since it is going to be a new environment, different cultures, different races and etc etc…, it is good to be open minded and take each experience as a learning curve.
With that being said, you can book now your Tanzania Safari with Experience Zanzibar tours today and browse through our trips to choose which one you like the best, and we promise to make your trip the most magical and memorable one!