Tanzania Safari FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
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Tanzania Frequently Asked Questions
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You probably have a lot of inquiries about what to anticipate if you’re organizing a safari in Tanzania. Tanzania safaris FAQs have been gathered to assist you in getting ready for your vacation.
What passport/visa documents will I need?
For UK citizens, a visa on arrival is currently available at the Tanzanian border; you may also apply in advance via their e-visa service, which you’ll need to do if you need a multi-entry visa. Any traveler to Tanzania must have a passport that is valid for at least another six months after the intended stay. Any traveler entering Tanzania is required to have a passport with at least two blank pages. If you’ve recently traveled to a country affected by yellow fever, don’t forget to bring your certificate of vaccination against the disease, as they may inspect it at the border. Before leaving, make sure to verify with the relevant authorities because they may have changed.
Am I guaranteed to see the migration in action?
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Everything you do see on a safari is a wonderful surprise because nothing is certain and it is best to go with modest expectations. Although the herds move across Kenya’s Maasai Mara and the Serengeti all year long, most people associate migration with the river crossings that happen between around June and October, depending of the rainy season. Herds have been known to congregate on river banks for hours or even days before moving, so, like with most safari sightings, being in the right spot at the right time is crucial. The greatest advise is to see river crossings as a bonus rather than the main reason for traveling.
Do safari camps/lodges have water and power?
There will always be access to water and, typically, electricity, wherever you choose to reside. If you are staying in a high-end lodge, you don’t need to be concerned, and even the most distant mobile bush camps have surprisingly modern facilities. Even though the tent just has a basic “bush shower” that consists of a shower bag, the water can be heated.
It’s a good idea to charge your batteries before going to bed because bush camps frequently use a generator that is shut off at night. You can recharge your batteries during wildlife drives thanks to the chargers included in many safari vehicles.
Type D and G power outlets are used in Tanzania. Both the standard voltage and frequency are 230V and 50Hz, respectively.
What are the vehicles and guides like?
Compared to Southern Africa, East Africa’s safari vehicles are slightly different in that they’re not all open-sided Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. There are a lot of closed 4×4 vehicles that are better suited for driver-guides who must go on roads outside of national parks; they frequently feature a pop-top so you may stand up. Open-sided vehicles, which are much better for a safari, are frequently available at the higher-end camps and are normally parked in the parks.
Although there isn’t a set need for safari guides in Tanzania, the majority of the drivers work as them full-time. In place of a formal qualification, several of the best safari firms do offer their own training program for safari guides. However, in general, guides will be knowledgeable about the geography, wildlife, and routes. Don’t be hesitant to ask questions; it will help you get to know your guide better and will help them determine your areas of interest.
Will I have a chance to interact with local people?
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There are numerous tour companies and lodging options that offer excursions to nearby communities. You can take a half-day trip for a reasonable price, frequently with a local guide who can explain the culture and serve as a translator for your inquiries. The option to snap photos is also included in the cost, but you should always get permission.
Be aware: Many of these outings have the impression of being “human safaris.” Be respectful and consider whether you would appreciate tourists snapping pictures of you or your kids when they stroll through your hometown. Try to purchase any handmade items that are for sale, such as jewelry, as these visits can be a fantastic way to help the people financially.
Participating in an activity, such as honey hunting with the Hadza, which some camps assist organize, or going on a bush walk with your Maasai guide, is frequently a less embarrassing approach to learn about a culture.
Can I take my children on safari?
Although it’s definitely not the best activity for infants or toddlers, a family safari is a wonderful way for everyone to learn together. Always double-check the age restrictions with your lodge or camp before making a reservation, as some of them may demand that you reserve a private vehicle. Family-friendly camps may include childcare services or kid-focused activities. Typically, only people over 16 may go on a bushwalk.
Will I have to carry lots of cash?
On a safari, nearly all costs (meals, activities, and frequently soft drinks) are included in the cost of lodging, which you’ll typically have agreed upon before leaving. Visa and Mastercard are typically accepted for on-site payments, but make sure before you go. Tipping is typically done in cash, preferably in the local currency, however US dollars and occasionally Euros are also acceptable (and are simpler to acquire in advance of travel).
Are safaris dangerous?
Typically, no. On a safari, it’s likely that you’ll see and hear animals that has become accustomed to safari vehicles. Before your first game drive, you’ll receive instructions: keep calm around the animals, and only stand up or exit the car when your guide indicates that it is safe to do so. While attacks on people are relatively uncommon while on safari, wild animals can never be completely predicted. On a walking safari, the guides will be armed, however this is only a last-ditch measure and is infrequently necessary. The guides are educated to read animal behavior at reputable camps and lodges.
Never leave your tent or room after dark without your guide since at your tented camp or resort it’s common for wildlife to roam through as there are typically no boundaries.
Are antimalarials and vaccinations required in Tanzania?
Malaria is arguably the most significant health issue. Wear long pants and sleeve shirts, especially at dawn and night, and consider taking medicine as a prophylactic step (consult your doctor or at your neighborhood travel clinic). Although mosquito nets and insect spray are typically provided at camps, it doesn’t harm to carry your own.
Hepatitis A and tetanus shots are advised (consult your doctor; individual health recommendations may vary). If you’ve recently traveled to a nation where there is a danger of transmission, you might need a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Make sure you have enough health insurance because there aren’t many medical facilities and medical treatment can be pricey.
What food is served on a safari?
The safari experience revolves around food, so get ready to eat a lot.
The majority of upscale safari lodges and camps serve excellent food, some of which have set menus that wouldn’t be out of place at fine-dining establishments. These meals typically include fresh bread and pastries, soups, salads, and ice cream.
For breakfast or brunch before or after your game drive, most camps serve cereals, fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, and toast. The day typically begins with tea or coffee and biscuits. A light(ish) lunch consisting of chicken and salad or perhaps quiche is expected for lunch. There will be some light sweet and savory nibbles available before your afternoon activities, perhaps including brownies and samosas. Dinner will often consist of three courses: an appetizer, a meat, fish, or pasta meal, and a sweet dish like cake for dessert.
Is the water safe to drink in Tanzania?
You can drink purified water at camps that are either provided in sealed plastic bottles or, ideally, in reusable glass bottles that have been filtered. Although most individuals can safely use the tap water to brush their teeth, avoid drinking it.
Is there internet access while on safari?
Many lodges and campers now offer internet connectivity, often for a modest cost. You might anticipate it to be slow and possibly unreliable. You won’t likely obtain a signal while on a game drive, but your guide can use their radio to contact the lodge. Consider a safari as a chance to disconnect.