In Tanzania we have essentially three types of safari accommodation:
Budget Camping Safaris
Camping safaris are designed for those who don’t mind eating and sleeping outside. Campsites consist of sleeping tents with mattresses and pillows and tables and chairs. During some safaris we include additional equipment such as shower and toilet tents.
During a camping safari, the cook and driver will pitch the tents; cook the food and setup camp. Guests relax while snacking on popcorn, peanuts and fresh fruit.
Tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are always available at the campsite, and guests are encouraged to make special meal and snack requests. Usually, a hot breakfast is served in the morning before leaving on the game drive.
If you are going on an early morning game drive, we serve tea and coffee before you depart and then a hot brunch around 10:30am.
Lunches are a combination of picnic lunches in the park and hot lunches at the campsite. Dinner is generally served just after sunset, allowing you to have a couple of hours before the meal during which you can explore the campsite on foot. Most private campsites have shower and toilet facilities while the public campsites maintained by the national park generally have pit toilets and no showers.
Tents can sleep from two to six people and we tailor tent sizes based on your group’s needs. We recommend that families with small children share our large family tent. Because the campsites are often in areas with wildlife, you may hear and sometimes see wildlife close by. It is recommended that campers visit the bathrooms in pairs and that they refrain from leaving their tents after dark.
Camping Safari includes:
4X4 fully serviced Land rover or Land cruiser with viewing roof hatch, fuel, national park entry fees, government taxes, rescue fees, transit fees, services of a professional English speaking driver/guide, bottled water, campsite fees, tents, sleeping sleeping pads, tables, chairs, three meals a day, the services of a professional chef and any local community donations .
Safari lodges provide facilities comparable to international three, four or five star hotels. All are located in stunning locations inside and outside of the wildlife areas and some provide a swimming pool. The lodge service we book for our guests is always full-board – all meals and bottled water.
Lodge Safari Includes:
4X4 fully serviced Land rover or Land cruiser with viewing roof hatch, fuel, national park entry fees, government taxes, rescue fees, transit fees, services of a professional English speaking, driver/guide, bottled water, lodge fees (three, four or five) on a full-board basis.
Tented camps are set up in remote but equally stunning locations. They can be either permanent or semi-permanent sites. Tents are spacious and offer a level of comfort you would wish for on your dream safari. Solar lighting, heated water, bathroom, comfortable beds, ‘room’ service, bar, restaurants and some with swimming pool.
A supplement per vehicle per day may be included on the overall cost if there are less than 2 people booking and sharing the vehicle. We reserve the right to add people to the vehicle, unless a private safari is requested and an agreement is reached to pay the supplement.
Each safari trip has a single supplement fee for solo travelers. This is due to the cost of running the safari car. However, if you are traveling alone and would like to share a car, every effort will be made to match you with another traveler. We will bill you for the single supplement initially, but delete the charge from your bill if you are matched with a travel mate.
Not included in Safaris are:-
- Airport transfers (Kilimanjaro airport)
- Hotel nights and meals before and after the safari
- Internal air or road transfers (e.g. Nairobi, Dar es Salaam etc)
- International travel visas
- Personal travel insurance
- Alcohol, sodas
- Items of a personal nature
- Sleeping bags for camping safari (for hygiene reasons)
Laundry Gratuities (tips).
Safaris are priced individually based on the wildlife areas visited, the chosen accommodation, the number of people booking together and the number of days on safari.
The most expensive northern wildlife safaris areas to visit are Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater