Going on a Tanzania safari holiday is usually something that not everybody gets the opportunity to do. If you are lucky enough to be one of the people to be able to go on safari in Africa, then uk49s you will want to make sure that you will be getting the most out of the experience. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your safari in Tanzania.
What type of safari are you interested in?
There are essentially 3 types of safaris available to you:
Luxury safaris – These are higher end safaris, and suit those with a large budget and big expectations.
Private safaris – This is the most common type of safari, it ensures you have a choice over which parks you visit, which accommodation you stay at, and which dates you travel on. You will also have your own private vehicle.
Shared group safaris – This means that you join a pre-arranged safari with other people and go on safari with them. This is recommended for those on low budgets, and solo travellers looking for a social element.
Which parks should you visit?
If you are a first time safari goer, or are new to Tanzania, then I would suggest visiting the Northern circuit of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. However, if you have already accomplished the Northern circuit in a previous trip, then I would recommend venturing South to Selous Game Reserve – and taking your time to explore that expansive surrounding area.
What types of accommodation are available to choose from?
There are 3 main types of accommodation which you can choose from, they are:
Camping – The cheapest option by far, but should not be taken up by those scared of being out in the bush with little protection. A definite choice for those who like to get as close to nature as possible though.
Tented camps – These camps are usually pretty luxurious, and are build with solid bases and canvas roof’s. It is a common misconception that tented camps are budget options – they are not. It is just a way to feel close to nature, whilst feeling comfortable – a popular choice for many safari goers.
Lodges – Lodges are generally very nice places to stay, however you will not always get the closeness to nature feeling that you get with tented camps.
What are the most essential items to pack?
You should pack SPF 50+ sun lotion, sun block, UV protected sun glasses and a large hat for protection from the sun – which can result in burnt skin or sun stroke if you are over exposed to it without being protected.
You should pack beige coloured clothing and should pack at least 1 pair of long trousers, and 1 warm fleece, you should also have a comfy pair of walking boots, as well as a pair of trainers or flip flops to slip into during the evenings.
A camera, pair of binoculars and guide books are all items which will also help you to get the most out of your safari experience.
Are there are health precautions you need to take?
You are required by law to have a yellow fever vaccine and bring the certificate to prove it to enter Tanzania. Apart from that, you should ask your g.p what they recommend in terms of any other vaccines they deem necessary. Taking malaria tablets is essential, and you should not takes chances with this extremely dangerous illness which is spread by mosquitoes.