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Safari Tips

MONEY & SPENDING

  • Tanzania’s unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling but our advice is to use US Dollars only – and in cash: credit cards and travellers cheques (although accepted in most establishments) incur hefty transaction fees.
  • ATMs are found throughout the major towns in Tanzania but in case they are out of service you should always have a supply of back-up cash.


FLIGHTS & GETTING AROUND

Dar-es-Salaam International Airport: Tanzania’s main airport is the gateway to the Indian Ocean coast and Zanzibar as well as Selous Game Reserve.

Kilimanjaro International Airport : Tanzania’s second international airport serves the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. 

Arusha Airport: located 30km from Kilimanjaro Airport, this is the gateway to northern Tanzania’s fly-in safari airstrips. 

CLIMATE

  • Average summer temperatures: 18°C to 29°C
  • Average winter temperatures: 15°C to 26°C
  • Rainy season: mid-March to May (“long rains”) and November to December (“short rains”).
  • Refer to “best time for Safari in Tanzania” for climate, details on the best wildlife-viewing times and when to witness the Serengeti migration.

ETIQUETTE

Religious belief is strong in Tanzania with Christianity and Islam dominating. Most Muslims live on the coast and in Zanzibar; visitors should be aware of the conservative nature of these destinations and dress and behave accordingly.

Tanzanians are renowned for being friendly and harmonious people; however it is courteous to ask permission before photographing people.

Best Time For Safaris in Tanzania

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JUNE TO OCTOBER – DRY SEASON

Best time to go:June to October (All parks), June-July and January-February (Serengeti for the wildebeest migration & calving)
High Season:July to March (northern circuit parks; they get crowded), July to October (southern and western circuit parks; they don’t really get crowded any time of the year)
Low Season:April and May (northern circuit parks still get quite a few visitors unlike the southern and western circuit parks, where many lodges close down)
Best Weather:June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather:March and April (Peak of Wet season)

NOVEMBER TO MAY – WET SEASON

 

  • Late January to February is the time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti. This is an excellent time to see predator action.
  • The scenery is green and beautiful. It’s low season, meaning lower rates and less crowded parks.
  • Although wildlife is easier to spot in the Dry season, you’ll still see plenty and most northern circuit parks offer good year-round game viewing. 
  • Migratory birds are present and bird watching is at its best.
  • Except for March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your trip.
  • March to May is the peak of the Wet season.
  • Most big wildlife has migrated out of Tarangire NP and game viewing in Katavi, Selous and Ruaha is clearly better during the Dry season.

Safari Packing List


Documents

  • Passport & correct visas
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Africa travel insurance policy
  • Extra passport photos
  • Copy of your passport, kept in a separate place than your passport
  • Medical history
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable especially if you recently tied the knot

Clothing

  • Wear neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid bright colours and white for improved game viewing
  • A safari jacket  
  • Comfortable short and long sleeved shirts (2 or 3 of each
  • Comfortable shorts and long trousers (2 or 3 of each) 
    About 5 sets of underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Swimming costume
  • Flip-flops or sport sandals (public showers, airing feet)
  • Comfortable safari hiking/walking shoes (not white).
  • About 5 pairs of socks
  • Extra shoelaces

Equipments


  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Camera, memory cards, extra batteries, battery charger and lens cleaner
  • Money belt
  • Washing powder/travel soap for laundry
  • Plug adaptors – generally in Africa it’s 3-prong round or square
  • Lighter/waterproof matches
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Mini combination locks (keys get lost)
  • Mini sewing kit


Supplies

  • Insect repellent/Mosquito Coil
  • Sunblock and after sun lotion
  • A travel towel
  • Skin cream
  • Malaria tablets
  • Citronella or other body soap/shower gel
  • Sunglasses – make sure they have polarised lenses.
  • Wet wipes/hand sanitizer or no-water/antibacterial soap – very handy in the safari vehicle.
  • Pocket Knife with scissors
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner
  • Tweezers
  • Lip balm
  • Q-tips & cotton balls
  • Razor & shaving cream/gel
  • Sanitary requirements (shops are sometimes few and far between, and very basic)
  • Band aids
  • Painkiller
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine
  • Re-hydration salts
  • Pen/pencil
  • Plastic bags (wet washing/muddy shoes/organise clothes in suitcase)
  • Small compass
  • String/rope (washing line, tying sleeping bag, etc.)
  • Cold/flu tablets
  • Allergy remedy
  • Some people take a basic antibiotic in case
  • Sterile needles (in case you need an injection and don’t trust the hygiene conditions)
  • Prescribed medicine
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