The safari questions you have always asked
Is there a best time to go on safari?
As Africa straddles the equator and the two tropics, East Africa is a safari destination to visit at any time of the year. Some of the best safari destinations are in northern Tanzania, known for its high concentration of wildlife. Places to visit are like the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, known for its wide array of wildlife dwelling on the crater floor; and the Serengeti savanna, famous for the annual Migration of Wildebeests.
What is the standard food on safari?
The standard of food is generally high even in the remotest lodges and camps. Most lodges and camps have qualified chefs on hand and most accommodations will be able to accommodate you to your preferred meal options. If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand at the time of booking, so we can advise the lodgings accordingly. If you require any special health supplement, kindly bring it with you.
What to bring on safari?
Safaris are casual vacations meant to be enjoyed. As you will be spending most of your safari adventure in the safari vehicle, dress comfortably in loose-fitting and light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors like black and dark blue as these tend to attract insects such as Tsetse flies.
What is included in a safari package?
We include the following in our safari packages:
- All airport, hotel and ground transfers
- All meals and accommodations per the particular safari package
- All national park and reserve entrance fees
- Private services of a professional, knowledgeable and English speaking driver-guide
- Unlimited game drive with no restriction on mileage or fuel
- Unlimited drinking water provided in a small refrigerator in the safari vehicle
- Exclusive use and transfer in a specially modified 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof to maximize wildlife viewing and comfort.
- Full support from our operational office in Tanzania before and during your safari.
Special needs and requirements can be communicated with our operational office and be included in the safari package.
What is excluded in a safari package?
The following are excluded in our safari packages:
- Visa fees and application
- All international and local flights
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities and items of personal nature
Do I need to be physically fit for safari adventure?
Although there is no high level of the physical level required while traveling on safari, overall good health is essential. We recommend preventative measures like medical checkups and consultations while preparing yourself for your trip. Please note, health concerns or dietary restrictions should be made available to Karibu Africa Safaris before leaving for your safari.
Will I be guaranteed to see lions on my safari tour?
Most of the known national parks have lions, but this does not guarantee that you will see them. However, the chances of seeing lions in these parks are higher than anywhere else. Like all wildlife, sighting depends on the movement of the animals and nothing is sure.
What type of accommodation can I expect on my safari?
The nature and type of accommodation in your safari depends on your budget and preference. Lodges and camps in our safari packages are classified into the budget, mid-range, and luxury safari. We have inspected and continue to monitor them to provide accommodations that meet our clients’ expectations. When inquiring about your safari trip, it is best to state your expectations regarding accommodations so that we can assist you in meeting your needs.
Are there Bathrooms/toilets in the bush?
Need not to worry. Throughout your safari, there are various areas with public bathroom facilities such as ranger stations, museums, visitor centers, and picnic sites. These facilities are well maintained and have running water. In case of any requirement or need of assistance, our driver-guides are sympathetic to bathroom dilemmas and will ensure you are comfortable and accommodating to your needs.
How much do I tip my safari driver-guide?
The recommended currency for tipping is in USD cash, and it is customary for the clients to tip at the end of their safari. The amount we recommend is 20 USD per day and all are at the discretion of the client.
Can I charge my camera batteries while on safari?
Most lodges and camps have facilities to charge batteries for cameras and video recorders, but it is advisable to bring spare batteries as back up. Tanzania’s electrical sockets are identical to those found in the United Kingdom, the 3 rectangular pins. The electrical voltage is 220V. Many accommodations have the necessary adapters to fit all international plugs, but it is advisable to bring your adopters.
Is there Internet access in lodges?
Wi-Fi is available at select lodges and camps, though not all. The internet speed and reliability in the bush may also vary.
Do camps in the bush provide 24 Hr electricity?
Many camps and lodges are solar-powered, or running on generators, and turn off their generators after dinner until dawn. Please inquire upon arrival at each accommodation as policies vary.
Contact us for more information to help you plan your next safari to East Africa.