Wildlife Safari | A quick Guides and Tips in Tanzania

Discover the real wild side of Africa on an adventure safari, choose an exciting tour that will ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime.

When choosing a safari operator, be sure to specify what kind of safari you want. Trips can be tailor-made according to your travel preferences, the time of year, and what you want to see, so don’t hesitate to let your operator know exactly what you want.

While the quality of safaris can vary according to what you will be paying, all visitors should expect the best of their safari team, from competent, well-informed guides to well-served food and comfortable accommodation. Remember that many of these multiple safari options are available in the same areas and parks and that what differs is only the accommodation facilities offered; not the wildlife and the scenery that you will see.

Safaris in Tanzania have something to offer to everyone.  Experience the adventure of budget camping or the opulence of luxury camping safaris.  Enjoy a truly memorable lodge safari, or take it one step further and go fly camping.  Hunting safaris are also possible.

Game drives are the most important part of a wildlife safari

Standard Game Drives

There are several types of Standard Game Drives, which are listed below. With a tailor-made safari and your own vehicle, you are able to choose the types and durations of the game drives you go on. If you are on a group safari, the types and durations are usually predefined and fixed. On safaris where you fly to the game park or reserve, the game drives are normally set and controlled by the lodge or camp you are staying at.

Game drives can be long, hot, dusty and bumpy (ladies don’t forget your sports bra), but are great fun!

Note: Most game drives avoid the heat of the day when many of the animals are sheltering from the sun and it is generally recognized that early morning and late afternoon game drives provide the best opportunities for game viewing, but as the animals go where and when they want, this is not always true.

Early Morning Game Drive

An Early Morning Game Drive starts just before dawn at around 6 am and normally finishes by 8:30 am when you return for breakfast.  Virtually all lodges and camps will have tea, coffee and biscuits etc. available from around 5:30 am, so you can partake of a little light refreshment before you go.

Morning Game Drive

A Morning Game Drive usually starts after breakfast at around 7:30 am and finishes in time for lunch at around 12:30.

Late Morning Game Drive

A Late Morning Game Drive is usually done in tandem with an Early Morning Game Drive and starts between 10 and 11 am, returning for lunch at around 12:30.

Afternoon Game Drive

An Afternoon Game Drive usually starts around 4 pm, returning before dark between 6 pm and 6:30 pm.

En-Route Game Drive

An En-Route Game Drive usually takes place in the morning or late afternoon and as the name suggests, is performed en-route to a lodge or camp etc. The duration can vary wildly depending upon the journey undertaken, and can even be just the short drive from the lodge or camp to the park exit and vice versa.

All Day Game Drive

An All-Day Game Drive, as the name suggests, effectively lasts all day and usually, a packed lunch is provided. They normally start after breakfast at around 7:30 am and return before dark between 6 pm and 6:30 pm. They are usually done in large parks/reserves where you cover long distances, or in the case of the Ngorongoro Crater, to avoid dual entry fees.

Other Wildlife Safari Experiences

Walking Safari

To walk through the African bush is to experience Africa close-up. Smells are suddenly subtle and varied and every sound has significance.

Birds and butterflies are individuals, noticed and studied, not simply rushed past in the race for the bigger game. And when the larger animals appear, they are met at eye level, standing on the same earth. Safety is not an issue – armed, experienced guides and game rangers accompany all walks. Your camp is packed up and transported to the next location by different methods: pick-up truck, porters or donkeys. The camping style tends to be lightweight and extremely mobile. You will walk for several days, travelling like nomads across the African bush often miles from any roads or tracks.

Balloon Safari

Balloon safaris in Tanzania are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning.

Typically, a balloon safari begins between 6 am and lasts for around 1-2 hours, during which you will likely see the magnificent wildlife below over several square kilometres of the game park. Balloon safaris are held regularly only in the Serengeti and take off from designated sites (in the Seronera area) where the disturbance to animals is kept to a minimum. Your safari vehicle drops you off at the take-off site and picks you up from your landing site. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to your memorable flight in the wild. Maximum in a balloon

Wildlife Safari Types & Styles

Budget Safaris

Budget Safaris offer every type of Safari in Tanzania; from large game viewing, short sightseeing tours, to beach holidays & mountain climbing. Budget Safaris take care of everything.

All Tanzania safaris can be customized to suit travellers on a budget or travellers looking for something a bit more luxurious. Numerous accommodation options are provided throughout our safaris, ranging from Budget, Moderate to high-end luxurious lodges

For most people, the terms backpacking and budget go hand-in-hand but this doesn’t have to be the case. However short or long the duration of your holiday, whatever the style of your trip and wherever your choice of destination takes you, your holiday can benefit from a little bit of clever money management.

Low Season Rates

During the low season in Tanzania, you can find excellent rates for the private lodges that stay open during the rains. This gives you to the chance get a top notch safari at a fraction of the high season cost. If wildlife is your priority and your budget sits toward the modest end of the scale. In Tanzania, the rain falls between April and May.

Budget Safari Lodges

Tanzania has accommodation ranging from larger safari hotels or resorts to smaller, more exclusive lodges. The larger ones are less expensive in general, but they don’t quite provide that ‘hidden in the bush’ feeling of the more intimate lodges. Of course, the wildlife is there no matter where you stay, so you’ll still get the safari experience of a lifetime, wherever you opt to stay.

Travel By Road Rather Than By Flying

Using a driver-guide instead of flying into your chosen safari lodge is now a popular safari option in Tanzania. It’s easy to see why because it’s a great way to keep costs down.
With a private driver-guide, you literally ‘hire’ the services of a professional guide for the duration of your safari, together with the exclusive use of a 4×4 or safari minivan vehicle. Your guide will be your personal safari chauffeur, and all your game drives (and any travelling in between) will be taken with him rather than with the lodge’s own guides. He’s likely to be your new best friend at the end of your safari holiday!

At first glance, this kind of personal attention probably makes it sound like the more expensive option. And that’s a brilliant thing. Travelling with a private driver-guide actually has some real cost advantages. Firstly, you’ll avoid paying for return flights per person to your lodge, which can be a sizeable expense. Secondly, you can book the less expensive full board rate offered by most safari lodges and camps, which only includes your meals and accommodation. You won’t need game drives to be included, as your driver-guide will lead these personally.

Luxury Travel

“If one were limited to a single word when defining ‘luxury’ travel, that word would be accommodation.

Where will you put your head to pillow after a day’s touring adventure? Be it on safari, by rail or by private vehicle, there simply are magnificent choices in all regards. Thereafter, one should decide upon joining a group with very limited membership or choose customized travel, with a private driver and guide.

The luxury of a custom tour allows one to choose to spend more or less time at a particular site and to end the day when they so, please. Add to that the undivided attention of one’s private guide.

“People’s travel aspirations are changing, and this is true throughout the market. The new definition of luxury is no longer a 6-star hotel with flunkeys and banquets and ever more exquisite spas but is an experience created for your own personal preferences that combine enrichment, enjoyment and education, with the time to appreciate your surroundings at a price that represents value for money.

Wedding Safari

Wedding safaris Begin your big day with a game drive or walking safari, arrive at the altar on horseback and get married to Mt Kilimanjaro in the background and local Maasai as witnesses.

The choices are endless and there are many companies who are happy to work through the plentiful African red tape to ensure you have an unforgettable wedding day – and legally binding marriage.

Camping Safari

Camping conjures up many different images for different people – memories of scout and guide camps as a youth or perhaps family camping trips – but for the purposes of the safaris offered by TATO members, there

Budget Camping

Budget camping involves travelling with all your camp equipment, your guide and possibly a cook in your vehicle with you. Once you get to camp everyone helps cook and set up. This is economical and fun but does mean that you spend valuable time in the evening organizing your camp and food when you could be out on game drives. These services typically use the less expensive shared or public campsites, but exclusive camps’, or campsites with shower and toilet facilities outside the parks, can also be booked and used. Beds are usually mattresses on the floor of a small tent.

Fly Camping

Fly camping involves setting up small, temporary camps for a night under the stars, more often than not in a remote part of the bush. Fly camps are the ideal end to a day’s walking safari or game drive, with many unexpected comforts – a canvas washbasin with hot water, fresh towels, hurricane lamps and delicious food cooked on the fire. At night, the sensation of sleeping in light or just under a mosquito net, as the moon shines down and the noises of the African night begin, is the highlight of any safari holiday.

Luxury Camping

Imagine feather pillows, soft towels, gin and tonic on the rocks and four-course gourmet meals in a candlelit dining tent as far from civilisation as you can get. This is what luxury camping is all about. The tents are roomy and comfortable, with a veranda in front and a bathroom with hot-water shower, washbasin and toilet directly behind the tent. The luxury tents have a bedside table, gas or solar lamps, chairs and a wardrobe for your clothing. A deep freeze will supply your drinks with ice and keep speciality food items fresh. Laundry is done daily. A large staff will ensure that your meals are gourmet and all your needs in the camp are met. Luxury camps are often situated so that you can enjoy the same area for several days.

Lightweight Luxury Camping

Like the luxury camps, tents will have metal or wood-frame beds, standing headroom, a veranda and small en-suite toilets and hot showers. However, the tents will be smaller and maybe the traditional A’ shape with a central ridge pole. The camps are fully staffed and meals will be three-course affairs served by a waiter in a lantern-lit mess tent, or on a table under the stars. Pick-up trucks, rather than lorries often move these camps, so they don’t have luxuries such as a deep freeze. There will usually be wine, beer and soda on ice in camp. Lightweight camps like this can be moved overnight and offer an amazing degree of comfort while maintaining the flexibility of a lighter camp.

Night Game Drives

The bush is a completely different world at night which is what makes night drives so special. Manyara National Park is currently the only national park that allows this activity, an exciting once in a lifetime experience. At night animals

The bush is a completely different world at night which is what makes night drives so special. Manyara National Park is currently the only national park that allows this activity, an exciting once in a lifetime experience. At night animals

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