What can be expected on a Safari?
A warm and friendly welcome by the local people, little to no humidity, comfortable temperatures, a high degree of comfort, a variety of delicious food and exhausting but exhilarating days.

An average day begins at dawn with tea and a sunrise game drive. Back to the lodge or dining tent (on camping Safaris) for a wonderful breakfast with fresh baked breads, a variety of tropical fruit, local coffee, and your choice of entrée. During the heat of the day when the wildlife is at rest you too may wish to relax around the pool or bar. In the afternoon when the wildlife again resumes activity go out on an afternoon game drive. In certain areas full day game drives, a bush walk, night drive or other activity may be planned. If you are a birdwatcher be prepared to have your list greatly expanded!

In the evening, everyone gathers to exchange stories of the bush while enjoying their favorite beverage. Retire early, as tomorrow will bring-well , we just don't know but we can assure you it will be exciting!
 

What about health considerations?
You will be advised at the time of booking what health considerations are required and recommended for your trip. The only vaccination required for entry to Tanzania is Yellow Fever and is good for 10 years. This can be obtained through your personal doctor or the county health dept. You must check with your personal doctor before taking any medications. Nearly all of our itinerary occurs above 5,000ft. Well above the threat of the Malaria mosquito, therefore Malaria meds are a personal decision. You can rest assured that good medical care is available in the major cities. Hospitals keep up-to-date on equipment and have a high standard of testing. We use only bottled water and make available at all times in our Rovers plenty for your convenience.

* Flying Doctor’s Service

If you find yourself in a life threatening situation within 1,000 kilometers of Nairobi and in need of emergency medical treatment look to the heavens.

When you safari with “Serengeti Photo Safaris” you are automatically enrolled in the “Flying Doctor’s Service” for the duration of your trip. It is East Africa’s largest air ambulance service and has planes fueled and ready to go 24 hours a day, everyday.

Each plane is equipped with trauma nurses and life support systems, so treatment can begin as soon as they reach the casualty. Members are evacuated directly, for free and with no need to consult an insurance agent.

It is important however to carry your own medical coverage recognized in East Africa. Good medical/travel insurance is essential wherever you vacation.
 

What type of camera should I use?
A SLR (single lens reflex) camera with a  zoom lens, such as a 70 to 210mm lens, is probably the best option for shooting a moving subject. The African sun provides excellent lighting, but using larger lenses will require faster film, especially in early morning or late afternoon when the light is softer. In this case, 200-400 ASA film is recommended. (100 ASA for those really bright days at 6,000ft.). We recommend at least 3 rolls of film a day while on Safari. A lens hood and ultra violet filter are advisable. A good bag for your equipment including a dust cover (plastic bag) is essential. I always include a good (Nikon) “point and shoot” also because you never know. Don’t forget a good video camera. It will probably be the single most used camera you will bring along. For 8-10 days carry six-30 minute tapes, two batteries and a battery charger adapter for use in the Land Rover.

What about specific diets such as halaal, kosher or vegetarian?
Most establishments cater for specified diets, although most game lodges are unable to cope with nut allergies. When making your booking ensure we are aware of any special needs and can confirm any specific diet you require.

What are the best times to travel?
All year round, although game viewing varies according to the season. Best months to view "The Great Migration" are March, April and May in the eastern Serengeti corridor. Though these are considered the "long rains" I find it very comfortable with little to no dust and much if any rain occurring only at night. It all makes for green grass and plenty of food for raising babies.

Clothing:
Bring comfortable clothing and dress in layers!

Other items:

Electricity
Tanzania uses 220 watts AC and if you are bringing 110 appliances you will need an adapter as well as the proper plug configuration.

Phone and Internet
Phone calls are expensive and unreliable (approximately $5 per minute to the US and Europe). We do however have access to these communications at most lodges.

Baggage
This is an important one. Soft bags (knapsacks, backpacks and duffels) are the best way to go. Please no hardshell or square bags. And because we often fly smaller internal regional aircraft weight restrictions are imposed. The limit is 15 kilos, or 32 lbs. Don't forget locks for your bags.

 KARIBU SAFARI!

 

 

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