Frequently Asked Questions
Almost all the lodges and camps use generators for electricity. Some lodges and camps provide power 24 hours a day and some cut power at certain times during the day and at midnight. In East Africa 220-250V systems are used, you will need a universal adaptor for charging your batteries, shaving etc. Power sockets also vary but are usually the three-square pin variety.
Roads in Tanzania are generally not paved especially inside the national parks. You should be prepared to ride over rough and bumpy roads during game drives and some transfers. However this is part of your free African massage, which you only get in Africa.
When you book your safari with us, we normally ask tour members of any special need that they may have. Examples are: allergic reactions to certain types of food, a need for full-time electricity at night to run sleeping machine, wheelchairs etc. When we know your specific needs, we can advise you on how best to assist you.
Tanzania offers a lot of locally handmade crafts. During your visit you will have time to shop in various curio shops located along the major roads heading to the national parks. You will see different kinds of carvings, masks, antique, beadwork, paintings etc. If you are fond of jewelry, then Tanzanite, a unique precious gemstone only found in Tanzania, is awaiting for you. It’s a beautiful dark blue stone that travelers must have before returning home. Major credit cards are accepted by most of the larger curio shops and you can negotiate the price for most items.
Most of our trips include visits with some of the local people so you can appreciate their cultures and traditions. During your trip, you’ll get a chance to visit Masai Villages, local markets, local schools, home visits; when possible. At the end of the day, we want you to learn understand and appreciate what the different cultures have to offer.
SAFARI VEHICLES .
You will be doing your game drives in enclosed top-quality four wheel-drive land cruisers with a roof hatch. Each traveler is guaranteed a window seat. We have two choices of land cruisers, one can carry a maximum number of 4 passengers and the other can carry 6 passengers. During a game drive the roof will be hatched up for unrestricted viewing. While most safari companies limit the kilometers that you can do on a game drive, ours are unlimited.
Tour members are restricted to one soft sided duffel bag with a weight limit of 44 pounds when packed and one carry-on bag. Hard–sided suitcases are not recommended for our safari vehicles because they are bulky to store. For itineraries that include a local flight, the weight limit is strictly enforced.
We prefer wire transfer. A 30% non-refundable deposit is necessary when you book your trip. The remaining balance needs to be paid 90 days before the tour’s starting date.
It all depends on the day plan and wildlife pattern at the time of visit. Normally, our game drives start as early as 6:00am, with a picnic breakfast, lunch at noon, a short break, and then go out again for an afternoon game drive at 4:00pm until around 6:00pm. Sometimes we start the drive at 7:30am or 8:00am, have a picnic lunch, then go safari for the rest of the day. In general, our game drive plans are flexible, we work to provide the best sightings and pace so our guests are comfortable.
CLIMATE AND WEAATHER.
A large part of the country is subject to the influence of the monsoon winds; that is, Northeast monsoon in October-November to January-February and southern east monsoon for a great part of the year. The climate in the northern part of the country is generally dry and sunny with day time temperature in the 70sF and 80sF, evenings are between 60 to 65F. From June to August temperatures are a bit cooler ranging from mid 50s to mid 70s during the day. Dar es Salaam and coastal plains are hot, but pleasant, while evenings are cool especially in May-October. High elevation areas such as Ngorongoro highland which is 7300ft, can be as cold as mid 20s in June.
Major foreign currencies such as US dollars, GB Sterling pounds and Euros are accepted and can be converted at banks and ‘bureau de changes’ in major towns and hotels. Credit cards are accepted by lodges, major souvenir shops, big supermarkets etc. Major tourist towns offer ATM facilities for major international credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard. When you draw money, with your credit card, you’ll get local money and not any of the foreign currencies. In Tanzania the money used is Tanzania shillings.
We advise you to consult your physician for a medical checkup several months before your trip. It’s wise to inform your doctor that you’ll be travelling to Africa especially if you have problems with heart, respiratory, diabeties etc. This trip will take you to elevations between 4000-7600 feet. During your medical checkup discuss the vaccines and medicines you may need. MOST TRAVELERS visiting Tanzania get a yellow fever vaccination and anti-malaria tablets. A visit to CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.travel will educate you on different recommendations about preventing illness while traveling.
To protect your trip from any interruption or cancellation we highly recommend to buy insurance before you leave home. This insurance will give you and your personal effects full coverage for things such as accidents, death, theft etc while on your trip. The tour price does not cover insurance.
Most of our safaris are privately operated. We accommodate a minimum of 2 passengers and up to 12 in one departure. However, we accept more than 12 passengers for special requests. We would be very happy to assist you and your family, friends etc, to design the best possible itinerary that matches your special interest and budget. Our set itineraries have been designed specifically to cater what u want to your various interests, however we can discuss how you want your itinerary to be. Tell us your budget and we will be happy to advise you on what your budget would allow.
ZEBRA AND WILDEBEEST MIGRATION.
This unique phenomenon to see the movement of such big herds across the Serengeti woodland and plains. Millions of Wildebeest, Zebras and Thomson Gazelles trek through the Serengeti ecosystem (30,000 sq km in size) in search of fresh pasture, water and high productivity hot – spot zones for calving. If you wish to see the calving of Wildebeest then you should plan to be in the Serengeti around the end of February and the beginning of March (rain patterns are a determining factor). However, the driving force of the herds movement is decided by both weather and rain. The change in the seasonal weather pattern effects not only the location of the migration, but also the size of the migrating herds
Provided the rain pattern does not change (normally), you will have a chance of seeing migration in the Serengeti national park between mid November to end of July depending on what part of the Serengeti you are visiting. In mid-November to April the herds are normally in the south-eastern grassland of the Serengeti. In May and June, the herds will be between the central Serengeti and the western corridor of the Serengeti. In July, the herds will be located in northern Serengeti and will be off to Masai Mara in Kenya at the end of July. If you happen to be in the right place and at the right time, you may see groups of wildebeest ranging between a few hundred to several hundred thousand. You may see big clusters of herds dotting the vast plains of Serengeti, as far as you eyes can see. However mother nature doesn’t give guarantees, so our expert naturalist guides do their best to show any possible herds.