If you want to embark on a memorable adventure in Tanzania to frame the African “big five” then here we are presenting a brief Tanzania Travel Advice which will lead you to experience the best Tanzania Safaris. It will also give you insights into the culture of the native Maasai people. You will be discovering the iconic, wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and the undulating golden plains of the Serengeti.

Advice To Plan A Trip for Safaris Tanzania:

Pick A Suitable Time Very Carefully:

  • Before starting your journey, to Safaris In Tanzania, you must pick your Best Time For Safari In Tanzania for a happening Safari life.

  • It is all fine to bump into Tanzania during any month of the year but still we recommend visiting Safaris Tanzania during the dry season.

  • The headline attraction of Tanzania is the Great Migration, which is seen all the year-round across the Serengeti. Many people visit there, between July and September to get a chance to witness huge bunch of wildebeest, zebra along other species crossing the Mara River and the fear ensues as they try to evade the jaws of crocodiles and other predators waiting to attack.

  • If you like quitter environment then Tanzania’s ‘green season’ which falls between November and March, is a good choice.

  • There will be a chance of rain showers that it’s a fantastic time for birds watching as during this time thousands of migratory species arrive in Mara River.

  • You will also get a chance to witness the Great Migration herds with their new born calves.

Choose Your Itinerary:

  • You should select your desired activities in Tanzania and accordingly choose your Tanzania Safari Packages.

  • Morning and afternoon game drives are the basic safari activities, but if you want an excursions like night game drives or guided bush walks or hot-air balloon safaris, then you must be clear before that these facilities are only allowed in some certain camps and areas.

Go Private:  

  • If you want exclusivity, then head for the Tanzania’s private reserves.

  • The accommodation is superb there along with the classic game viewing such as the main parks, and some extra safari activities are offered occasionally.

What To Pack For Tanzania?

  • When it comes about packing your bags for your Tanzania Safari, you must bring some light casual clothing, natural colors and jacket for warmth for evening game drives.

  • When you are visiting Zanzibar, it is very important to dress modestly in main towns for giving respect to Muslim cultural beliefs.

  • T-shirts long skirts and capri pants are basic options than tank tops and shorts.

  • Beach wear and bathing costumes are good for the beaches and in resorts. But you cannot sunbathe topless near the beaches.

Getting Into Tanzania:

  • There are various areal routes for Tanzania Communication. All the visitors to Tanzania require a Tanzania visa.

  • You must contact the relevant issuing authorities basically, several months in advance, to determine the entry requirements to Tanzania and to arrange the necessary permits and visas.

  • We strongly encourage all travelers entering Tanzania through Kilimanjaro International Airport to obtain their visas at Tanzania Immigration Departmentbefore entering Tanzania.

  • If you are opting for E-visas then it can take 2 to 3 weeks to be issued.

Landscapes In Tanzania:

  • Falling in between the two coasts of the Great Rift Valley which is the central plateau that is bounded on the west by African lakes, the north by Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean in the east.

  • Most of the areas are covered in grassland and savannahs and open woodlands, but significant patches of rainforest falls in remote mountain ranges.

  • Tanzania is a home to 20% of the total large mammals of the Africa and it is one of the continent's best game viewing destinations.

  • Most of the visitors head towards northern Tanzania, where the most popular and accessible animal reserves are situated.

  • But at the south and central Tanzania you will find huge, virtual savannah and rainforest reserves that projects genuine off-the-beaten-track of Tanzania Safaris.

People & Culture of Tanzania:

  • Tanzania contributes more than 120 ethnic groups to the African population, with a noteworthy numbers of Asians, Europeans and Arabs too.

  • Tanzania has promoted a pleasant national culture, and that is based on an elusive but strong social code of politeness and respect.

  • Swahili and English are the official languages in Tanzania.

  • Religious belief is very strong in Tanzania that includes Christianity and Islam in majority.

  • Most Muslims live on the coast of Zanzibar. So you should be aware of the conservative nature of these areas, especially the Stone Town, Zanzibar. And your dress and behavior should be accordingly.

  • Tanzania History & Economy says though Tanzania has a very weak economy, the people of Tanzania are well-known for being harmonious and friendly people, however.

Tanzania Safari Cost & Price Recommendations:

  • The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling, but our Tanzania Travel Advice is to bring US Dollars only and bring as much cash as you can.

  • Credit cards and traveler’s cheques is not a good option as it surges transaction fees. ATMs are found in the major towns and cities of Tanzania only, but not in the national parks or game reserves.

  • Your total Tanzania Safari Cost depends on the itinerary you chose and the places or activities you desire to perform.

  • So a basic Tanzania Safari Packages starts with $1000 and above. But if you are opting for a Tanzania Luxury Safari, it will cost almost $3000 and above.

  • Tipping lodge staff and drivers and Safari guides is an expected for good service on a Tanzania Safari.

  • Tipping is always an addition to the price quoted by one operator and the tipping amount varies depending on the level of luxury and the size of your group on the Tanzanian safari.

Get The Real Tanzania Travel Advice From Lifetime Safaris:

Tanzania Safari is not only about finding a variety of animals and birds in the parks, but also several colorful flowers, butterflies along with many reptile species. For enthusiastic divers there is also an option for vibrant underwater diving in the world of marine life on the reefs of the Indian Ocean. On your Safaris In Tanzania, you will also learn the facts and history of the different culture tribes and cultures found in East Africa. Choose Lifetime Safaris as your travel companion to experience the soothing and safe touch of Tanzanian wilderness. We are so focused about your dreams and we do all the necessary arrangements to make your Tanzania trip the best which makes us distinguished among all.

For any reference for your Tanzania Safari Tours do contact us and get your query solved by our experts.

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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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