Tanzania Safari Guide - The Ultimate Guide to Planning A Safari In Tanzania

We understand how stressful it to plan a long vacation of over a week in a foreign land that you have never visited. In our comprehensive Tanzania Safari Guide we will put forth the basic requirements and things to be kept in mind while planning for Tanzania Safari Tours.

When to Plan a Tanzania Safari

Before we get started with - How to Plan a Safari in Tanzania we need to understand the specific times of the year which are popular for tourist visits:

Calving Season - December to March

  • From December to March more than a million Wildebeests offspring take their first steps in Ndutu.
  • Less crowd compared to peak season
  • The weather and is the spectacular Wildebeest Migration in Ndutuis guaranteed
  • The main drawbacks of this period is that the lodges are expensive as it is the time around Christmas and New Year's

Green Season - April and May

We are most often asked by our clients - How to Choose a Safari in Tanzania? Depending on your interests our safari experts will guide you to choose the right set of itinerary or design your personalised travel itinerary as per your requirements. If you are a person who likes to travel in fewer crowds you can visit Tanzania in the green season.

  • If you wish to have access to all the luxury lodges at a greatly reduced rate this time is highly recommended.
  • However do not choose tented camps and camping as they are not ideal in the wet conditions during this time.

Peak Season - June to September

Lifetime Safari's Tanzania Safari Guide suggests you to choose the Peak season that is from June to September as it is the peak period of safari inTanzania.

  • This is the best time to watch river crossing at Grumeti or the Mara River
  • This period offers higher prices and more crowd due to the peak season

Shoulder Season - October and November

For a quite Tanzania Safari Experience you can choose the period from October to November.

  • In this period as the lodges aren 't affordable and the crowd is less during this period.
  • This period is perfect for exploring parks such as Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and the Serengeti without the crowds.

How much is it going to cost?

Although safaris in Tanzania are quite expensive, with our comprehensive and detailed Tanzania Safari Guide you will be able to save lot without missing on the excitement and fun. The cost of Safaris depends on various factors like:

  • Park fees: The highest park fee is that of Serengeti National Park.
  • Accommodation type: Luxury, standard or budget stays
  • Safari Vehicle: A large 6-8 seated vehicle for group tours
  • Safari Guide: Knowledgeable and well trained guides of the national parks.
  • Safari Tips in Tanzania: Tipping the safari staff like cook, driver, etc.

How much your Tanzania Safari Tours would cost depends on the following factor:

  • Number of people
  • Type of Accommodation
  • Duration of Safari

Approximately a 4-Day Tanzania Budget Camping In Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks can cost you anywhere around $855 US to $1500 depending on the above mentioned factors.

Amazing activities to enjoy on your Tanzanian Safari

Are you wondering - What To Expect on Safari In Tanzania? There are numerous things you can do in Tanzania that make it a fun destination attracting a huge footfall of crowd every year.

Canoe Safaris

We offer canoe safaris in Lake Manyara National Park and Arusha National Park that will bring you closer to the nature as you can watch the Big 5 from a unique perspective.

Walking Safaris

With our trained guides you can take guided walks in Arusha National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area that are extremely adventurous and thrilling

Cycling& Cultural Tours

Cycling is accompanied in most of the game drives we offer near the Lake Manyara National Park and in villages surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro. You can also take a cultural tour to experience the lives of various tribes of Tanzania and observe them closely in your Tanzania Cultural tours.

Plan your Tanzania Safari in advance

To perfect your Tanzania tours you must plan your safari in advance. Get your Tanzania Travel Insurance ready. Apply for Tanzania Visa at least two months in advance. Take the necessary vaccinations of Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Cholera, etc. Consult your personal physician for any other health ailments and immunisations or shots. Pack the right equipments for the safari trip to not miss out the essential requirements during the tour.

Experience the best Tanzania Safari of your Life – Lifetime Safaris

Our safari tour experts have explained in great detail describing the Beginners Guide To Tanzania and how they should plan for their Tanzania Safaris. You can contact our travel guides to take few interesting Tanzania Safari Tips that may be necessary during your travel. In your safari tours, these well aware and knowledgeable guides will provide you with Tanzania Safari Facts that you would have never heard of before.

Choose Lifetime Safaris for the best Tanzania Safari experience, with premium services, one that you would have never witnessed. Call us now to book your adventure safari tour package or for any other queries.

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Lifetime Safaris Guide

Lifetime Safaris is not only about organizing your Tanzania Safari Tours, we also aim to be a positive force in the development of our local society here in Tanzania! Sustainable traveling and tourism is one of the guidelines for Lifetime Safaris. All our arrangement is put together with the concern of the local environment and with a respect for the wildlife and the people living around the areas that we visit.


Tanzania Safari Frequently Asked questions

Lifetime Safaris Practical Guide To Planning A Trip To Tanzania

  • 1
    Can I make my own itinerary?

    Yes! You can definitely plan your own personalised travel itinerary with Lifetime Safaris. We provide private Tanzania Safari Tours which are customised according to your needs. For planning a perfect Tanzania Safari itinerary, you can speak to our Travel experts who will guide you about the destinations of your choice. We also take utmost care of the safety, hygiene of our clients. The Food will be of your choice requested as per your recommendations during the time of safari bookings.

  • 2
    Can I take my children on safari?

    Yes you can surely bring your children on Safari. But you must be aware of the minimum age restrictions at various national parks and lodges which is about 4 and 12 years of age. As all safari activities are not open to children, you must check with our travel exerts regarding the age criteria at the different destinations planned in your itinerary.

  • 3
    Will I stay in tents or lodges?

    Whether you stay at tents or lodges depends on the type of packages you have purchased like luxury safaris, budget safaris or a standard Tanzania Safari where we will bring our own tents, camping, a cook to prepare your meals, food and other cooking equipments.

    You can choose to upgrade your accommodation, to enjoy a more comfortable and luxurious experience as well.

  • 4
    What size are your safari groups?

    In a safari group in Tanzania we take anywhere around 4-6 people in our vehicle depending on the type of safari you have chosen. In group tours six people are taken at max. While for a private tour less than three guests will accompany in the safari vehicle.

  • 5
    What Kind of vehicles do you use?

    The safari vehicle provided by Lifetime Safari is a 4×4 safari vehicle. Mostly we accommodate around six guests in throw rows of seating in our closed safari vehicles which has a pop-top roof hatch that will allow you to view wildlife Form a height. These safari vehicles can also be minibuses or 4X4 Land Cruisers or 4X4 Land Rovers.

  • 6
    I am interested in a Tanzania safari… What is my next step?

    It's a great choice to choose Tanzania safari as your next travel or vacation destination. As you have already made up your mind for visiting this spectacular country, we suggest you to call our Lifetime Safaris travel experts to inquire about and book a suggested itinerary of your choice. You can accompany us in our group safari trips or even plan a personalised private Tanzania safari which offers flexible dates, location and safari durations. After selecting your package or travel itinerary you can proceed with booking the safari.

  • 7
    Will I have a chance to interact with local people of Tanzania?

    Tanzania for many years has been a home to thousands of native tribes and people of different origins, and culture. Tanzania is the home of 120 African ethnic groups and more than 26 million people live in this East African country. You will be amazed to encounter and closely interact with the Maasai people of Tanzania who will show you how to light a fire without any combustibles. Other lesser-known tribes like the Datoga and Chaga and their rich cultural tapestry can be explored in your Tanzania walking or cultural tours

  • 8
    What additional costs can I expect when traveling in Tanzania?

    In your Tanzania Safari Cost the following expenses are not included in your safari package:

    • Airport departure taxes

    • Travel Insurance

    • Excess baggage fees

    • International Flight Travel expenses

    • Tanzania Visa or passport costs

    • Medical expenses, meals or activities included in the safari package (up gradation of stay or additional activities included after travel bookings)

    • Tips to drivers/guides/tour leaders

  • 9
    How far in advance should I book my safari?

    It is advisable to book your international flight tickets at least three months in advance if you do not wish to face problems getting seats on British Airways or KLM. If you are planning your trip in the peak season, it is advisable to book your safari to Tanzania at least nine months before.

  • 10
    Can I use a credit card to pay?

    Yes you can use credit cards to pay your bills however these are only accepted in big hotels or restaurants. However in other local markets only Tanzanian Shillings are accepted. There are ATM machines in Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar where you can get local currency with your Visa or MasterCard.

  • 11
    Should I bring some cash with me?

    Yes you can bring cash around in either Tanzania Shilling (TSh) or American dollars as cheques and cash are acceptable in many places here around town.

  • 12
    What will my means of transport be?

    Uber is the least expensive means of road transportation in the Tanzanian town as for 30-40 min ride they charge a minimum of $3.50. There is affordable public bus transportation in Tanzania called Dallas-Dallas, which can be difficult to navigate in town, as the bus stations don't have any name on it and you will have to ask around for directions. To go around the towns you can take the Rapid Transit System as well but these do not go into the peninsular areas.

  • 13
    What about Tanzania Safari Tips?

    Tanzania Safari Tipping is not compulsory but customary. Lifetime Safaris recommends you to tip moderately depending on the level of satisfaction you have received from the services.

    • Safari guide(s) US $10 per day;

    • Cook US $7,

    • Camp staff US $3 $5 per day.

  • 14
    Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

    To enter this marvellous country of diverse wildlife and unique culture, some countries like USA, Australia, UK, require a Tanzania Visa which cost around $50 US cash for non US citizens and $100 for US citizens. You can obtain this visa on arrival at the airport as well.

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    What Are The Entry Requirements?

    The various documents needed to enter Tanzania are listed below in the Tanzania Travel Requirements :

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months

    • Two Blank Passport pages

    • A Tourist Travel Visa for entry

    • Yellow fever vaccinations are required if travelling from a yellow fever endemic country. You can consult your physician for any other vaccine requirements.

    • Can I get a visa upon arrival?

  • 16
    Can I get a visa upon arrival?

    Yes you can purchase a Tanzanian Visa on arrival at the Airport upon entry by paying $50 after some document verifications (which is a 30 min procedure only). American citizens need to pay 100 US$, and get only a multiple entry Visa (since September 2007).

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