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FAQ

How much will my adventure cost?

Despite the recessionary times we live in, prices for high-quality safari experiences have risen steadily in recent years. Guest numbers are limited and demand remains high, particularly during peak season. There is, however, significant variation in prices throughout the year. During peak season, mid-range accommodations are between US$300 and US$450per person sharing per night. During the low season (or “green season”) months, rates can fall to US$200 per person sharing per night. Top lodges can be as high as US$800 per person per night during peak season and US$500 per person per night during green season. These rates are normally fully inclusive.

Transfers between the lodges (normally by light aircraft) are an additional cost. Other local costs to consider are airport taxes, visa costs (if applicable), and any gratuities.

What is included in the safari price?

In general, all lodgings, meals, guides, driving and transfers are included. Our trips are tailor-made to suit your individual requirements, and you will be advised prior to booking what is included and excluded from the trip price. In general, all lodgings, meals, guides, driving and transfers are included. However, all of our prices do NOT include: international flights to/from Africa, visas, passports, vaccination costs, excess baggage charges, optional excursions, spending money, tips, and local and airport taxes.

When should I go on my safari?

Careful planning is required when choosing your departure date. Please consider the following, so that you get the best value for your money:

  • Accommodation style
  • The parks and reserves you wish to visit
  • Length of your expected stay
  • Travel partners—group, couple, family, honeymoon, etc.

You should also consider the season you’re traveling in:

  • “High season” (more expensive) typically runs from July to mid-November
  • “Low season” (less expensive) typically runs from November to June
  • Low-season prices will save you at least 25% on any safari. You can avoid the crowds all looking at the same lion kill, but rain means that the animals don’t have to cluster around a few water sources, which means you may see a lower density of animals.

Each season and month holds different wonders in the bush. You should choose the time of your safari based on the type of experience you want:

  • December to March: This is an excellent time to visit for the Great Migration in southern Serengeti. By January/February, calving season has begun, so there are many young plains animals, as well as predators, out and about. This period is also known as the light rainy season, where “short rains” pour each day, usually followed by clear sunshine. The rich mineral plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro provide wonderful sources of iron and zinc for the wildebeest and zebra. Mount Kilimanjaro climbs are also recommended during this time.
  • April to June: The month of April and May is very wet and slow but value for low season accommodation rate. Because of the long rains, travel is more difficult during these months. However, wildlife can still be seen, and safaris are generally an excellent value for the money. In June everything open up and the migration can be seen in central and western Serengeti.
  • July to November: By July, the migration has moved to central and northern Serengeti. These months are peak season for Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Manyara. Tarangire National Park surrounds a long river valley, which is best known for its massive elephant population and ancient baobab trees. The Tarangire River is the only source of water in the area during these months, making it a haven for massive herds of thirsty animals. Kilimanjaro climbing season is also at its peak from August to November. This is the dry season, so the climate during these months is hot and dry with very low humidity.
  • Regardless of the time of year, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro are worth a visit. Lake Manyara’s secluded location and plentiful resources provide a rich habitat for animals and make it ideal for game viewing during all seasons. Similarly, nearby Ngorongoro Crater provides an abundance of wildlife encounters that are difficult to surpass.

What type of clothing should I wear?

The weather in Tanzania is unpredictable, so bring clothes that will prepare you for all climates. Different altitudes and landscapes produce differing climates and the temperature can drop significantly, especially in the highlands. Try to keep the color of your clothes neutral so as not to disturb the animals.

How much cash should I take with me on safari?

It is advisable to bring enough cash to tip your cook and guide and to pay for minor expenses, such as snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. ATMs are difficult to find while on safari. It is possible to access ATMs in the towns and cities between national parks and in Stone Town in Zanzibar, but there are no ATMs in the parks themselves.

Will we have to share a car with other people?

If you go on a private safari with Safari Guide Experts, you won’t have to share a car with anyone. You and your partner/friends/family will have your own vehicle and driver guide. This allows you to explore at your own pace rather than being tied to a group schedule. However, if you are a solo traveler or a couple on a budget, it can be more cost effective to share a car with other small groups. Safari Guide Experts can work to schedule safaris with other travelers so everyone can enjoy their safari at a more reasonable price.

Should I choose tented or lodged accommodation?

We carefully select the lodges and camps for our safaris according to the highest standards, and you can mix and match as you like, guided by our recommendations. Basic camps are very comfortable, but things like electricity or flushing toilets may not be available everywhere. Luxury camps, on the other hand, can include complete accommodations with features such as en-suites. A lodge is like a small, boutique hotel, designed to give you a taste of Tanzania. Staying in lodges ensures an intimate experience. We try to avoid the mainstream lodges to make your experience as individual as possible.

Can my children take part in activities? What age is suitable?

As a general rule, we do not recommend our activities for children under six years of age; however you know your child best. We recommend that you plan your itinerary to suit your child’s needs and abilities. For further queries, feel free to contact us at any time.

How much should I tip on safari?

Tipping is done completely at your own discretion, but it is essential in Tanzania. It should be factored into your budget for your trip and should not be regarded as part of the safari price. Tips should be paid locally to the safari or climbing team.

Tipping rates per day, per group, per staff member are recommended to be US$50 for the guide/driver, US$30 for the trekking guide, US$15 for the cook, and US$10 for a potter or local Maasai guide.

Again, these are just recommendations and can be done at your discretion.

How can I create my own experience with Safari Guide Experts?

We take time to learn about your personal interests and design your tour accordingly. All you need to do is give us a rough outline of your intended itinerary and budget, and we will handle the rest! We are available to answer any queries you may have at any time, so all you need to worry about is having a good time.

What else can we do with Safari Guide Experts?

We can arrange a multitude of activities, such as hiking, cycling, canoeing, cultural exchanges, volunteering, and soaking up the sun in Zanzibar. Just browse through our itineraries and find whatever suits you. We want to make your trip as memorable as possible?