Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park
In this tour we will cover the most popular destinations in Tanzania – Serengeti National Park,Ngorongoro Crater,Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park. Tour starts and ends at . With our experienced driver guides, it will be a trip of a lifetime!
Tour Summary: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Day 1 – Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
Day 2 – Arusha – Lake Manyara
Day 3 – Lake Manyara – Serengeti
Day 4 – Serengeti
Day 5 – Serengeti
Day 6 – Serengeti – Ngorongoro
Day 7 – Tarangire
Day 8 –Tarangire– Kilimanjaro International Airport
This private Tanzania safari offers you the flexibility to travel at your own pace with a private safari vehicle and knowledgeable, English-speaking guide. The impeccable hotels and safari lodges included in this Tanzania luxury safari belong to our Classic of Africa accommodation. Looking for a touch more luxury? Opt for our Luxury or Premium hotels during your 8 days Tanzania safari.
Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro – Arusha
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, where you will be greeted by your Royal Climb and Safaris private guide. Upon arrival at your first luxury lodge in Arusha, take the rest of the day to relax, restore and enjoy your first taste of Africa. Your private safari guide is an expert on all things Tanzania
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
Accommodation at Arusha
Accommodation at Arusha
Mid-Range Accommodation Arusha at Green Mountain Hotel
Luxury Accommodation Arusha Serena Hotel
Premium Accommodation Arusha at Gran Melia Arusha
Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara
Pick up at 8:30 AM from your hotel in Arusha and depart for Lake Manyara National Park with a picnic lunch for a full day game drive. As you enter the national park, lush forests of Acacia and Mahogany trees begin to set the mood for what is waiting ahead. The game drive will go on till evening with a small break for picnic lunch. During the game drive watch out for buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, baboons and the blue monkeys. Another spectacle of Lake Manyara National park is the tree climbing lions, however spotting them is a game of luck. In the right season, you can see the shoreline turning pink with millions of flamingos flocking there. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you.
Meals: Breakfars, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation at Karatu
Accommodation at Arusha
Mid-Range Accommodation Merera Valley Lodge
Luxury Accommodation Ngorongoro coffee lodge
Premium Accommodation Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Day 3- Lake Manyara to Central Serengeti
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation at Serengeti
Mid-Range Accommodation Zawadi Serengeti Camp
Luxury Accommodation Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Premium Accommodation Ole Serai Luxury Camps
Day 4-5 Full day Central Serengeti
You can either have a relaxed breakfast and depart for full-day game drives around 9:00 AM with packed lunch and return back to the lodge late afternoon around 6:00 PM. Or you can depart at 6:00 AM on an early morning game drive. Later return to the accommodation for breakfast and relax for a bit and depart on an afternoon game drive with packed lunch. You will explore the central portion of the Serengeti National Park today. The legendary Serengeti National Park is the most renowned safari destination for its incredible population of lions and leopards. The central portion of the Serengeti – known as the Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. During the off-season of the migration, one must really look out for the many lion pride that thrive in this region. The interactions and survival of these lion pride provide an excellent game-viewing experience all year round. Along with a picnic lunch during the full-day game drive, the day will come to a close by around 5 PM. The long day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation at Serengeti
Mid-Range Accommodation Zawadi Serengeti Camp
Luxury Accommodation Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Premium Accommodation Ole Serai Luxury Camps
Day 6- Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you will have a morning game drive in Serengeti National Park. Later depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and descend to the crater floor for a game drive(5 hours). You can expect to see lions, elephants, Zebras, Hippos, Flamingos, Jackals, Rhinos Antelopes, and many birds. The birds seen here include eagles, vultures, and flamingos in the Crater Lake, storks, bats, giant vultures, sacred ibis, kori bustards, blacksmith plover, long-necked heron, and the cattle eagle. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. With a 2hr drive left to your accommodation in Karatu, the day will come to a close. Freshly made delicious dinner is kept ready for you at your chosen accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation at Lake Manyara
Mid-Range Accommodation Manyara Best View Lodge
Luxury Accommodation Manyara Best View Lodge
Premium Accommodation Ngorongoro Lion’s Paw
Day 7- Tarangire
Your day will begin after breakfast by about 8 AM with a full-day game drive in Tarangire National Park ahead of you. The national park is extremely famous and special for its diverse landscape and nine different vegetation zones. As you begin your game drive, you will be welcomed by the ancient and gigantic Baobab trees, which make even animals like the giraffe look tiny. The game drive goes on till about late afternoon and includes a small stop for a picnic lunch. The 3,000 Sq km park gets its name from the Tarangire River that flows through it. The river attracts a lot of diverse animals and you should be able to spot a lot of elephants, giraffes, lions, antelopes, and zebras. If it’s your lucky day, you might be able to spot the tree-climbing python and the long-necked Gerek. The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants, which offers a unique chance for you to observe interactions between elephant families. Don’t forget to capture this beautiful scenery with your camera ready at hand. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you. Have a good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s adventure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation at Tarangire
Mid-Range Accommodation Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
Luxury Accommodation Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
Premium Accommodation Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Day 8- Tarangire to Kilimanjaro Airport
The final day of your safari will begin as usual by 8:00 AM after a luscious breakfast. The destination for today is Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro Airport where you will have a half day game drive. Tanzania’s third largest National park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. By mid afternoon, you will branch out and head towards Arusha where you will be dropped off to your preferred location by about 6PM in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.
Please note that this Tanzania – 8 Days tour ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 17.30 hours. Your departure can only take place today if you have pre-booked a domestic flight which leaves from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 19.40 hours or after, or an international flight which leaves at 21.00 hours or after. Otherwise, you will need to book an extra night’s accommodation (not included in the tour price) and take a flight the following day.
Post Tour ExtensionAfter your exhilarating time on safari, you may want to extend your Tanzanian holiday with time on Zanzibar’s wonderful beaches. Please contact us for details.
Day 1 – Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha takes about 52 min (39.2 km)
Day 2 – Arusha to Lake Manyara takes about 2 hr 48 min (159.0 km)
Day 3 – Karatu to Serengeti take about 4 hr 39 min (243.4 km)
Day 6 – Serengeti to Ngorongoro 3 hr 15 min (179.7 km)
Day 8 Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro Airport 4 hr 39 min (230.4 km)
Note: These are estimated drive times. Because of the traffic, location of the accommodations, and several other factors, actual drive times may vary. Driving distances are approximate and do not account for exact places.
This price includes:
- Pickup Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to the lodge
- Transfer from the lodge to Kilimanjaro Airport
- All accommodation
- Full board
- English speaking
- private guide during the whole safari
- Luxurious private 4×4 Safari Jeep specially designed for high-end safari game drives
- Twice daily game drives through
- National Parks Park Fees for all National Parks
- 24/7 service from our local office in Tanzania
This price excludes:
- International flight tickets and visa
- Travel insurance
- Where is Tanzania and how do I get there?
Tanzania is located in East Africa and is bordered by the Indian Ocean on its eastern side, by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south.
Arrival in Tanzania is normally at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam (640km, or 2 hours flight from Arusha City), or at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (45 minutes drive from Arusha City.)
- Is it safe for me to visit Tanzania? Most of our visitors come to Tanzania for our wildlife, but by the time they leave their experience is much wider and richer than perhaps they had expected. Why? Part of that is due to our friendly, welcoming, colorful people. Tanzanians are a true mix of many ethnicities, and different religious beliefs and all live together in harmony in what is one of the African continent’s safest destinations. We are sure you’ll feel very safe here, and we’re sure you’ll feel very welcome. As in everywhere else in the world, just use a bit of common sense, don’t flaunt any valuables and you can enjoy the natural wonders, the culture, and the people of Tanzania.
- What language is spoken in Tanzania? Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania, and most of our people speak it. Just as well, as we have well over 100 different tribal languages! You will be pleased to know that English is widely spoken in the larger towns and places where visitors frequent. At Easy Travel, we have a team of driver guides who can speak languages such as English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
- Which is the better safari destination – Kenya or Tanzania? If your budget was unlimited, then you might choose to combine both of these destinations on your safari trip to East Africa. For many visitors, it is a question of making a choice. Many people are very keen to see the Great Migration as part of their trip, so choosing your destination country is important. The migration spends eleven months of each year in Tanzania, and it is only in September that the herds cross the Mara River and spend their time in the Maasai Mara – which is, of course, in Kenya. Even in that month, there are thousands of wildebeest who prefer not to cross the river, spending their time grazing instead in the Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. When making your decision, you might also consider that Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has twice consecutively won the World Travel Awards’ coveted ‘Best African National Park’ award (2019 and 2020).
- How do I organize my Tanzanian safari? Just let us know when you want to visit, how long you want to be on safari, how many people will be in your group, and give us an idea of your budget. That’s all we need to design a trip of a lifetime for you. Let us send you our proposal, for you to consider, and we can make any adjustments. Just contact us!
- When is Tanzania’s rainy season? Tanzania has two rainy seasons, with the so-called ‘long rains’ from the end of March to May and the ‘short rains’ from late October/early November through to mid-December.
- What weather can I expect in Tanzania?
Of course, weather seasons can vary every year, so you have to be prepared for anything. The Tanzanian dry season usually starts at the start of June and continues until the end of October. After that, the ‘short rains’ begin from late October/early November until mid- to end December. There is then a respite from late December to Mid of March, and then the ‘long rains’ start at the end of March and last until May.
Most visitors choose to visit the National Parks in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. Because many of these are at altitude, the temperature is usually pleasant for a safari even at the hottest part of the day. The seasonal variations in temperature are perhaps less than you might expect. For example, in the popular Serengeti, the high in the warmer months (between October and March) is usually around 29C while in the other months, a maximum of 26C can be expected. The respective lows would be 17C and 13C. One exception is up on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater (altitude 2, 200 meters) where the temperature can plummet below freezing at nighttime. Visitors to Ngorongoro are therefore advised to bring some warmer clothing.
Health and Safety
- Is there malaria in Tanzania? Yes. With its tropical climate, there inevitably are mosquitos in Tanzania. Visitors should take advice from a medical practitioner well in advance of visiting, as courses of antimalarial drugs usually have to begin before your visit start. You should bring mosquito repellent and wear neutral-coloured/khaki clothes. Some accommodations will provide anti-mosquito measures such as mosquito nets or spray your sleeping quarters with repellent.
- Will I need a first aid kit when I visit Tanzania?
Safety is always our first priority at Royal Climb and Safaris Our driver guides are all trained in first aid and our vehicles are all equipped with a first aid kit. Nevertheless, we suggest that you bring your own first aid kit: your doctor can advise you on what your kit should contain. Of course, you should always bring any prescription medicines, sufficient to last your entire trip. Remember that we will be spending a lot of time in very remote locations, so you should be prepared for any eventuality.
- What procedures do you have in place, if I get injured or become sick while on safari?
All Royal Climb and Safaris tours are inclusive of Emergency Evacuation Service in conjunction with AMREF Flying Doctors (http://www.flydoc.org). This service provides immediate evacuation for guests from the nearest airstrip to the nearest hospital (usually in Nairobi, sometimes in Arusha). This service operates in daylight hours only. When you are ill, but the symptoms and severity do not require immediate evacuation, there are other hospitals and clinics in Serengeti and Karatu. Our guests are strongly advised to buy comprehensive travel insurance.
- What is the best way to avoid tsetse flies?
The tsetse fly is present in woodland areas of Tarangire and in certain parts of Serengeti. They are most active during daylight hours. You can help to avoid these biting flies by choosing to wear neutral-coloured clothing (khaki, beige, green, olive, light brown) as the flies are attracted to bright colours. Most people suffer no adverse reactions to the bites of these flies, but a few suffer from itchiness and swelling.
Booking,Price and Payment
- How far in advance should I book my Tanzanian safari with Royal Climb and Safaris? Peak season (December to February) and high season (June to October) put pressure on the availability of accommodation, so booking well in advance is strongly recommended. We at Royal Climb and Safaris suggest that you book your safari trip between six months and one year in advance, as this helps secure the accommodation choices and allows us to sort out all other logistics. We welcome inquiries for last-minute bookings, but the availability of the accommodation will determine if we can provide your last-minute desired safari package.
- What is included in the price of the safari package?
The price agreed for your safari package includes all lodging and meals throughout your trip as detailed on your itinerary, all park entrance fees, the services of an expert driver-guide, game drives in a 4×4 safari vehicle, 1ltr of bottled water per person, per day during game drives only.
- The following things are NOT included in the price:
Any international flights, any domestic flights (unless specified and agreed as part of your package), any travel and medical insurance, entry visa to Tanzania, (you should obtain this before you arrive; you can get a visa on entry to Tanzania, but this involves standing in long lines between 30-45 minutes or sometimes more), soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, gratuities for your driver-guides or any other Royal Climb and Safaris staff, gratuities for any camp/lodge staff, Maasai Village visit, any extra activities not pre-booked and paid for, emergency evacuation service (unless pre-booked and pre-paid) and any other items not mentioned in this list.
- What are the Royal Climb and Safaris booking terms and conditions?
Once we have agreed on your safari trip itinerary with you, you will be required to make an initial deposit of 20% to us. This allows us to be able to confirm your booking. The full balance must then be paid 30 days before the start of your safari trip. For any last-minute booking made less than 30 days prior to your proposed arrival date, we require payment of the full amount to be made when booking.
- What methods of payment do you accept?
Flight, Insurance,Visas and Entry Requrement
- Are there direct flights to Tanzania? Several airlines fly directly into Tanzania, either daily or three times per week. Among those with direct flights are KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Condor Charter Flight, and Rwandair which fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Other airlines such as Emirates, South African Airways, Etihad Air, and EgyptAir fly into Dar es Salaam International Airport daily.
- Does Royal Cimb and Safaris also organize domestic flights?
Royal Cimb and Safarisl can organize domestic flights to Zanzibar and to the Northern and Southern National Parks of Tanzania. Visitors should be aware that the aircraft employed are light aircraft that land and take off from small airstrips either inside or close to the relevant National Park.
- Is there a maximum weight limit for luggage carried on domestic flights?
Yes. The luggage limit, including hand luggage, is 15 kg. The only exception is where an airline uses ATR aircraft on flights between Arusha or Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam: on such flights, there is a 20kg weight limit. On internal flights, the weight limits are strictly enforced and any excess weight will be subject to a charge of $5 per kg. You should also be aware that there is no guarantee that excess weight will be accepted, especially in peak season. Safety will always be the pilot’s top priority. Passengers are advised never to check in high-value items such as cash, jewelry, cameras, laptops, etc.
- Can I leave some luggage with you and then collect it at a later date during my trip?
Royal Cimb and Safaris are happy to look after your luggage, free of charge, if you leave it with us at our Arusha offices. This can be particularly convenient for those visitors who are climbing Kilimanjaro and then following it with a safari or beach holiday.
- Do I need to obtain travel insurance before traveling to Tanzania?
All visitors must obtain adequate travel insurance before they depart for Tanzania. Insurance policies must be comprehensive, covering for any reason, medical evacuation, cancellation, curtailment of arrangements, and loss of baggage.
Extra Activities on Safari
- Can Royal Climb and Safaris organize for us to have a balloon trip as part of our safari experience? Yes, we can organize this, though the balloon trips are undertaken by a separate company. The lower age limit for balloon rides is 7 years. Many visitors take advantage of this amazing opportunity to see the incredible wildlife of Serengeti, Tarangire, or Ndutu from a totally different perspective. A balloon trip will normally involve a one-hour flight, followed by a full champagne breakfast. Your balloon trip will also be commemorated by the award of a certificate. Visitors should be aware that, as safety is always the priority, the pilot will take the decision to cancel the flight in the event of bad weather. In such a case, you will be moved to a subsequent flight the next day (subject to availability) or given a refund if there is no such availability, or if your safari itinerary does not allow you to take a subsequent flight.
- Will there be opportunities for cultural visits during my trip? Of course! Although our wildlife is fascinating, we know that many of our visitors are equally interested in the lives and culture of our people. So, we offer the opportunity of a cultural tour during the safari trip. This normally involves a tour of Mto wa Mbu village, which includes a visit to a rice farm, banana plantation, a tasting of the local village brew, and a look inside a traditional house. Please note that the cost of this activity is additional to your trip cost. If you are interested, please ask when booking your safari so we can schedule it in your itinerary.
- After my safari, can I add a trip to Zanzibar, Pemba, or the Mafia Islands? Royal Climb and Safaris can organize an add-on trip to Zanzibar, Pemba, or Mafia. Accommodation options in Zanzibar are plentiful, although those in either Mafia or Pemba are much more limited.
Pre trip day in Arusha
If I have a pre-trip day in Arusha, what is there to do? A pre-trip day can provide an excellent chance to experience life in one of Arusha’s villages. We would recommend a half-day (3.5 hours) tour, the Ilkiding’a Village Cultural Tour. This includes a visit to a Maasai Boma (traditional enclosure of mud huts), a coffee plantation, a farm tour, and an opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of Arusha City. You will also experience a tasty traditional Tanzanian lunch.
Children on Safari
Are safaris suitable for children? Most children absolutely love the safari experience, if they are old enough to fully benefit from what is a holiday of a lifetime. There can be nothing better for children to be so close to our amazing wildlife, so much better than watching it on TV or merely reading a book about it. And of course, we at Royal Climb and Safaris can advise on child-friendly accommodations and ensure that you get a family-friendly room. It is essential to be realistic, however. A safari involves a lot of driving over rough terrain, and we would not recommend a safari trip for children under 2 years old.
- What is the cost of a safari to Tanzania? The cost of a safari to Tanzania depends on a number of different factors, principally the accommodation style you choose, the number of days your trip lasts, and how many people will share your vehicle. Once you discuss your requirements with us, we will devise an itinerary for you and advise you of the exact cost.
- What are the accommodation options and what are they like?
Royal Climb and Safaris, safaris are available with four different choices of accommodation styles to suit your taste and budget. We offer Classic (Mid Range), Luxury, and Premium style accommodation options.
Royal Climb and Safaris, selects the best available accommodations in each category. Basic style accommodation is on public campsites, with shared bathroom facilities. In the other three categories, accommodations include private bathroom facilities. The rooms in these three categories are spacious, furnished with either twin beds or king-size beds, a dressing table, and a wardrobe where you can store your luggage. Lodges and tented camps located within the National Parks use generators for power. Please note that although some accommodations have hot showers available 24 hours per day, others only have hot showers at set times in both morning and evening.
- Does the wildlife come close to the camps and lodges? Perhaps the best thing about a Tanzanian safari is that you get really close to the wildlife, and sometimes it might seem that the wildlife actually wants to get close to you. There are no fences around most camps, so the animals wander in and out as they wish. These are wild animals, not tame pets: you have to be cautious and of course, we at Royal Climb and Safaris take your safety very seriously. Attacks on visitors are very rare, but you have to act sensibly. In particular, those with children should never let them out of sight or let them wander alone. You will often be escorted from your tent to dinner, and back again, particularly at the smaller tented lodges. Any concerns you have about safety should immediately be raised with a staff member or camp manager.
- Are mosquito nets provided at all camps and lodges? Those who choose our Classic / Luxury style accommodations (tented camps) will find them equipped with mosquito nets. Although not all camps/lodges in Tanzania have mosquito nets, during the nightly turndown service the bedrooms are sprayed with mosquito repellent. We also encourage visitors to bring their own insect repellent and use it during the safari.
- Will I be able to do my laundry at the camps and lodges? Most of the lodges and camps are able to offer laundry services, at extra cost to yourself. In our Classic-style accommodations, please note that all laundry is done by hand, and drying relies on sunlight. Please only ask for laundry services when you are staying more than one night. This ensures that there will be sufficient time for your clothes to dry before you depart the camp.
- What types of cuisine are available? You will find that both Western-style and local cuisines are available on our safari trips. A vegetarian choice is offered at each meal. Royal Climb and Safaris can cater to special dietary requirements, with advance notice.
- Can you provide me with a single room? Prices for safaris are based on room-sharing, but you can have a room to yourself, at additional cost. Please let us know what your accommodation preference is when making your initial inquiries.
Food and Drink
- What can I expect to eat for lunch when out on safari?
One of the great things about a private safari is the flexibility it offers you. When it comes to food, you can make the daily choice of whether to enjoy your breakfast and lunch in the comfort of your tented camp or lodge or enjoy a picnic box out in the bush. In the morning, you may want to enjoy the stunning sunrises by taking an early game drive and then return to your accommodation for breakfast, or prefer to have breakfast at your lodging first and then set off on your day’s game drive with no need to return to your accommodation at mealtimes.
For breakfast, a picnic box will typically include coffee, bread, pastries, juice, a banana, an apple, a hardboiled egg, bacon, or sausages. A lunchtime picnic box might contain chicken, bread, sandwiches, banana, apple, juice, muffin, and chocolate. Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated – just let us know in advance.
- Are you able to cater to visitors with special dietary requirements?
We ask that our guests give us advance notice of any special dietary needs when planning the safari trip. We then passing this information on to your accommodation choices, to ensure that your requirements are met at each place you visit.
- Do you provide drinks in the safari vehicles? Of course – you will need refreshments when out on safari, and we offer you bottled water, soft drinks, juice, coffee, and tea. And our safari vehicles are all equipped with a small cooler to ensure your drinks remain chilled during the safari.
Road and National Parks
- What road conditions can I expect while on safari? There is no point in denying it: road surfaces in our National Parks can be rutted and rough, especially after rain. Our driver guides are expert drivers, but you will definitely feel some bumps along the way! If you suffer from back problems, you should seriously consider if a safari is right for you. Let us know and we can provide extra back cushions to minimize discomfort. You should also keep your safety belt fastened at all times, keep your valuables secure (to avoid damage) and hold on when standing up to view the wildlife out of the pop-up roof.
- Will the safari be dusty? As well as the wildlife, you are guaranteed to see some dust when you visit Tanzania! Between June and October – the dry season – the dust is at its worst. But even in the other months the dust can be a slight irritation and visitors should expect this. Some visitors like to wear a bandana over their mouth/nose to combat this, and if you wear contact lenses you may need extra lens fluid. It is also advisable to ask your driver-guide to close the vehicle windows. Remember that dust can also affect sensitive camera and video equipment, so storing these in a suitable bag when not using them is a good idea.
- How do the National Park entrance fees work? The entrance fees for the National Parks on your itinerary are of course included in the cost of your safari package. All these entrance fees are valid for a maximum of 24 hours of single entry, your itinerary is carefully planned and arrangements for entering the parks are made – and often paid for – in advance. Each evening, your driver-guide will brief you about the following day’s schedule. Overstaying the time limit for any stay in a National Park incurs a penalty, and if this is a result of visitors wishing to stay beyond the permitted limit, then the visitor will be wholly responsible for that penalty.
- What is the availability of washroom facilities out on safari? Rest assured, bathroom facilities are available at many places throughout your safari trip. These are located at lodges, camps, park ranger stations, visitor centers, and picnic areas. Of course, a lot of time we are out in the wilderness, so there will be plenty of times when there will be no nearby toilet facilities – and no other visitors or vehicles in sight. That means that you will be able to simply get out of the safari vehicle in privacy to attend to your toilet needs, out of view of any of your fellow travelers. This is what we call the ‘bush bathroom’ and most of our visitors adapt! Our driver guides are sensitive to this issue and will always make sure that it is dealt with professionally and discreetly.
Who will accompany us on our safari? Each safari trip is accompanied by one of our expert driver guides. As well as being a safe and expert driver – essential qualities on our tough terrain – he is also an encyclopedia, full of incredible knowledge about the Tanzanian wildlife, people, terrain, and culture. If you choose one of our Basic Level safaris, you will also be accompanied by a Safari Chef, responsible for setting up your tents and providing you with excellent tasty meals during your trip.
Can Royal Climb and Safaris arrange an airport pick-up for us from Nairobi City or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)? Of course, Royal Climb and Safaris are happy to organize either a Private or Public Shuttle transfer to Arusha from Nairobi City or JKIA.
Please note that the cost of this transfer is not included in your trip cost, nor is the return transfer back to either Nairobi City or JKIA at the end of your trip. For Royal Climb and Safaris to arrange transfers for you from/to Nairobi City or JKIA. All you have to do is let us know your flight number and arrival time and make the appropriate payment to us in addition to the price of your trip.
Two daily public shuttles operate from JKIA to Arusha, with one departing at 08.00 hours and the other at 14.00 hours. The price for a single ticket is $40 per person and the journey time is between 6 and 7 hours. The price for a private shuttle is $400 per vehicle, one way, so will usually only be suitable if you are arriving in a group. Whichever airport you arrive at, we strongly advise that when you approach the driver (who will be waiting outside the baggage reclaim area) that you ask him who he has come to collect, rather than giving him your name. (Our driver will display your name on an Royal Climb and Safaris signboard.) By following this advice, you will be sure that you are picked up by the correct driver, rather than by an airport taxi driver who is just looking for business.
- What vehicles do Royal Climb and Safaris use for their safari trips? What luggage can I bring?
Royal Climb and Safaris use Toyota Land Cruiser 4 x4s, which are recognized by many as the best and most reliable vehicles for the rough terrain of Tanzania. Each of the maximum 6 passengers enjoys the benefit of a window seat. The Land Cruisers are fully equipped, featuring: a pop-up roof for excellent game viewing; a radio call facility for optimal communications; a mini cooler box for keeping drinks cool (while the vehicle engine is running); a UK-Type socket for charging your mobile phone, camera battery or laptop; guidebooks and binoculars.
Due to restrictions of space, all passengers are limited to one softshell, duffel-style bag, and carry-on bag. Please note that hardshell suitcases are not advisable on safari, as they take up too much space.
- Will we have to share our safari vehicle with others? Those booking one of our private tours will have exclusive use of the safari vehicle
Clothing, Camera and Equipment
- What should I wear on my safari? Our recommendation is to bring neither dark clothing (no black or dark blue clothing), nor bright/white clothing. The former attracts tsetse flies, and the latter is unsuitable for the often dusty conditions. Khaki is the recommended color for safari trips. Bringing layers of clothing will give you maximum flexibility, and you should bring clothing made from lightweight, quick-dry fabric. Remember that a safari holiday is informal, you do not need super-smart clothing. Put the emphasis on comfort and practicality, not fashion! For your feet, bring a pair of decent-quality walking boots or shoes. In higher altitude regions, such as the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, it can be cold in the evenings, so bring a warmer layer. A light rain jacket is also a good idea. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are all essential.
- Do I need to bring any special equipment or gadgets?
It’s always nice to forget about the developed world when you are enjoying your ‘wilderness experience’ out on safari, but a few modern devices will maximize your enjoyment and ensure that you can take home some special memories.
First of all, you will need to bring a converter plug for any devices you bring. Note that electricity in Tanzania is 220 to 240 volts (50 hertz) and our Tanzanian sockets are of the British type with three rectangular blade pins. You will no doubt want to take loads of photos, so a lightweight camera with a good zoom or a suitable mobile phone, plus extra memory cards, batteries, and/or chargers are essential. You may also want to bring a small, powerful flashlight as some camps have little lighting. You can share the binoculars provided by us in the safari vehicle, though many visitors choose to bring their own to make sure they don’t miss anything.
- Are credit cards acceptable? Most lodges accept credit cards, but if you want to pay by cash instead, you should use US Dollars. Please note that all dollar bills should be dated from 2009 onwards. For credit cards, you should bring either MASTERCARD or VISA.
- Am I able to withdraw cash from an ATM while in Tanzania? For cash, we advise you to bring US Dollars with you from home, as these are accepted in most places. If you need to withdraw cash while in Tanzania, then there are several ATM machines in Arusha City and these are where you should withdraw any additional cash before your safari begins. Note that in many small towns or beach hotels, there are no ATM machines, so you should have sufficient cash before you depart for remote areas or the beach. Any cash withdrawn from ATM machines will only be issued in Tanzanian Shillings (Tshs) and there is a daily limit of 400,000 Tshs per card/per day
- Will I be able to use foreign currency? The local currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling (Tshs), but please note that you cannot take this currency either in or out of the country. It is however convertible freely for the US Dollar, Euro and other currencies within Tanzania. If you have to change money in Tanzania, there are several banks in Tanzania where you can exchange your money. Do not change money on the street: you should only exchange your money in hotels, banks, bureaux de change or with your tour operator. Always get a receipt for currency exchanges.
- What additional costs might I incur when travelling in Tanzania? Your safari package with Royal Climb and Safaris includes all your accommodation, game drives, park fees, services of driver guides and meals as set out in your programme. It also includes your transfers between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport, but not if you choose to arrive at another airport. Your package does not include international flights, domestic flights (unless agreed with us as part of your programme), insurance, tips for your driver-guide or staff at your accommodations, drinks purchased at hotels/bars/lodges/tented camps, laundry services, phone calls, any activities not included in your safari package, visas or any shopping. Every guest has different spending habits, so we cannot advise as to how much you will need. You should budget, taking into account the above items and the length of your safari trip.
- Should I bring gifts to give to local children? It is not advisable to randomly hand out pens, money and sweets. Our experience is that this just sets unrealistic expectations and encourages begging. Royal Climb and Safaris appreciates visitors’ desire to express their generosity and we have connections with schools and orphanages which can responsibly distribute any gifts to those who need them. Do let us know if you would like to make a gift and we can organize this for you and advise what might be an appropriate gift/donation
- What souvenirs can I buy in Tanzania? During your safari, there will be opportunities to purchase handicrafts, gifts and souvenirs on your way to and from the National Parks. Examples of items you will find include wood carvings, masks, antiques, beadwork and paintings. Those visitors who like jewellery might be interested in Tanzanite, a unique precious gemstone which can only be found in Tanzania. Tanzanite is a beautiful, dark blue stone. Major credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are accepted by most of the larger curio shops. Prices are negotiable for most items.
Posted insafari, Trekking
Posted insafari, Trekking