Frequently asked questions:
We travel in safari-customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers with an opening roof for prime game viewing and undisturbed wildlife photography opportunities. Each vehicle carries up to 5-7 passengers, each passenger is guaranteed to have a window seat.
The cars have sockets for charging your devices, a radioset, a refrigerator with drinking water, and a pair of binoculars.
For transfers in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania we use modern Toyota Alphard Minivans. Our vehicles are regularly serviced and are always in a ready condition to hit harsh off-road.
The rates for domestic flights can vary enormously depending on the season, the number of free available seats in an airplane, the airline, the type of airplane, etc. We try to be the best safari operator in Tanzania. We are not in the business of reselling airplane tickets and we don’t want to add unnecessary costs.
Our travelers stay in comfortable and authentic hotels, lodges and tented camps, all with en-suite bathrooms. Tented camps are permanently set-up spacious and furnished canvas tents, where you will enjoy all the amenities of a hotel or lodge while feeling as close to the wilderness as possible.
Adventurous camping safaris can also be arranged for you upon request. The your will be provided with all the necessary camping gear, our special chef’s service and use of shared shower and WC facilities. We cater for any budget and any travel wishes, but your safety is guaranteed whatever kind of accommodation you choose.
Yes. If you are traveling alone, we will advise you to join the closest scheduled departure of a small group (usually up to 5, sometimes up to 7 members) in order to make your trip less pricey and more fun.
Yes. We are child-friendly company. We recommend to travel with children of 5 years old and above, since most safari itineraries imply quite long time spent in a vehicle.Although if you are sure that your children under 5 are used to traveling long distances, they are certainly welcome, as soon as you are responsible for their well-being during the trip.
From our end, we are happy to adapt the tour for you if you are traveling with a toddler or a young child by designing an itinerary with shorter road trips, accommodating you in family rooms. We provide favorable discounts for children and teens under 15 years old.
Upon your reservation we will email you a universal packing list (with clothing, footwear, etc.) and give more detailed advice according to the season of your journey and the type of trip that you have booked.
Please be aware that some items can be rented upon your arrival (such as Kilimanjaro climbing gear, snorkeling accessories, etc.) – and we are of course happy to arrange that for you. In other cases (for example, a camping safari), camping gear is already included in your package.
Officially no vaccinations are required if you travel to Tanzania, including Zanzibar (as well as to all Southern African countries), unless you come from an endemic country (WHO-list of endemic countries). There is no reported yellow fever cases in Tanzania since 1992.
If you travel to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, then a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required. Please note that yellow fever certificate is valid for 10 years, so it might make sense to get vaccinated if you plan to explore African and South American countries further.
Vaccinations against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio or Hepatitis A&B is not a requirement, but we recommend to make sure you have them up-to-date.
In some regions of Tanzania malaria is a concern, so we advise to take simple precautions. Wear long-sleeves and long pants in the darkness hours, use mosquito repellents and mosquito nets while sleeping. Prevent mosquito bites, but do not panic if you get a mosquito bite – not all of them, but only a certain kind of mosquito transmits the disease.
In case of sudden symptoms like fever, headache, nausea, muscle pain, report to our guide and travel consultant, and we will arrange a consultation of a health practitioner. To tell the truth, nowadays malaria is quite a rare occurrence among travelers in Tanzania and Southern African countries, and it is easily and quickly cured before the patient even feels really sick.
Safari packages we offer typically cover all your major costs, such as transportation, accommodation, meals, drinking water and all activities stated in the itinerary as included. You should bring some cash money for extra alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, meals that are stated as not included, souvenirs, tips and items of personal use. After you book your trip, if you need, we can help to estimate the amount of pocket money in your case.
Cash is typically much more welcome than bank cards. Please make sure to have USD bills issued not earlier than 2009, since older bills will not be accepted in African countries. We also advise you to exchange part of your cash into local currency (Tanzanian shillings or another one) – this tip will help you to save on small expenses.
Giving tips on safari is customary and very encouraged in Tanzania and other African countries. We recommend around $10-15 per person per day for the safari driver guide, and around $200-250 per person to the mountain crew for the entire climbing program (or equivalent in euro or in a local currency). Gratuities to other staff and tribespeople during cultural excursions is at your discretion.
We ask our guests to bring a reusable water bottle (of any material: plastic, metal, silicone, glass), preferably of 700-1000 ml volume, which you will be filling with drinking water that we provide for your safari.
We do this for the purpose of reducing plastic waste. Imagine how many disposable plastic bottles would have to be thrown away otherwise!
Not to mention that empty disposable plastic bottles pile up in your safari jeep and cause your extra unnecessary inconvenience.
In our private safaris, either they are budget, mid-range or luxurios, we do not use popular lunch boxes.
This is for two reasons:
1) we want guests to enjoy full hot lunch of local Tanzanian cuisine (or other cuisines, upon prior request) instead of dry and unhealthy snacks that are usually out into lunch box. We also provide variety of fresh seasonal fruit
2) we avoid unnecessy waste such as carton boxes, disposable plastic cutlery and plastic packaging. We serve the lunch with real plates and cutlery. It is almost like a restaurant experience in the wheart of the wilderness.