Safari Guide Experts uses modern, custom-built 4WD Toyota Land cruisers (both short and extended). Each vehicle is specially designed for comfort, with extra legroom and plenty of headroom. Extra large windows and an open roof are perfect for panoramic game-viewing and provide optimal opportunities for photography. Each visitor is guaranteed a window seat for wildlife drives.
Our off-road safari vehicles are specifically designed for your adventure, whether you choose to stay at lodges, luxury tented camps, or campgrounds. Each is fully equipped with water, cooler boxes, a complete field kitchen, tables, and chairs. All of our vehicles and equipment are inspected fully before departing on safaris.
We recommend that you pack light because you will probably be moving between various modes of transportation (airplanes, cars, light aircraft, truck, boats). Suitcases with wheels don’t function well in the African bush, but they are adequate if you don’t mind carrying them. A day pack is handy for carrying the items you need while driving around in the safari vehicle or walking through the bush.
Please bring soft-sided luggage like duffel bags, NOT hard suitcases. Charter flights within Tanzania strictly limit passengers to a total of 44 lbs including carry-ons, so the key is to pack as light as possible.
It’s a good idea to put essential medications in your carry-on bag, in case your checked baggage is delayed. It’s also a good idea to put an approved lock on your checked bags.
There are ATMs in most towns in Tanzania, and the most convenient way to get money here is to bring your ATM card. You can also exchange cash – dollars, Euros and other currency – at change bureaus. Larger denominations ($50 – $100) are best, and dollars from 2006 and after are strongly preferred. Many banks and vendors will not accept bills from before 2006, and will give a lower exchange rate if they do. Travelers’ cheques are not recommended. They can be difficult to cash, and get an unfavorable exchange rate.
Phones and Communication:
It’s nice to unplug and immerse yourself in the experience of your safari without digital distraction; but many travelers find it essential to be able to communicate home. Tanzanian mobile phones work on the same GSM network as European phones; so any phone that will work in Europe will work here.
If you have an international calling plan on your phone, you should be able to use it here for emergencies, though it can be very expensive if you make frequent calls. If your phone is unlocked you can buy a SIM card in Tanzania very inexpensively, and use pre-paid vouchers to pay for calls and data. Most of Tanzania has 3-G data service, and smart phones work here.
In town, most hotels have Wi-Fi internet. In remote parks, internet service is typically not available, though there is usually phone service.
It’s not necessary to bring special safari clothes, although there is some convenience and comfort associated with quick-drying nylon travel clothing. Washable, light-weight clothing works fine. A few things to consider:
One last comment: although standards of dress for tourists are somewhat relaxed (especially on safari), people dress conservatively here. If you spend any time walking in towns or villages, short shorts, tank tops, and similar clothing will cause you to stand out and may cause embarrassment to yourself or others. Around the pool at the hotel, you don’t have to worry about it; but for venturing into town it’s recommended that both men and women cover themselves from shoulders to knees.