Tanzania Safari Extensions
While Mount Kilimanjaro is the magnet which attracts the majority of our clients to East Africa, many trekkers take advantage of spending some time on a wildlife safari either before, or usually after, their Kilimanjaro climb.
Tanzania is considered to be the best safari destination on earth. Therefore It would be a shame to come all the way here and not take advantage of the wildlife viewing opportunities. The country has more protected areas than any other African country. More than 25% of its land is comprised of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas.
BUDGET CAMPING SAFARI
We specialize in personalized, tailor-made travel and your holiday will be custom-designed to suit your requirements. This budget safari will take you to the inner part of Safari tour where your wilderness thirst will be cured.
- Want to experience the “Wild Africa” in an authentic way? A camping safari is for you! Tanzania Budget camping safari packages are the most pocket friendly compared to Tanzania lodge safari packages or Tanzania Luxury safari Packages. Many of our visitors choose to stay in tents in order to be close to nature and to the National Parks’ beautiful landscapes.
- Rather camping safari gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy your safari and be very close to the nature.
- In the camping safari, tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, chairs, tables, cooking wear and other camping equipment are provided by Karibu Adventures
Thinking about safety while camping inside the national parks with wild animals
- The tents are spacious enough for two people and they have a mesh on each window to keep off insects. All preparations at the camp are made on arrival at the campsite. We recommend visitors to bring their own sleeping bags. Public campsites provide basic washroom facilities of reasonable hygienic standard for budget camping safaris.
Camping Safari Itineraries
Tanzania Lodges & Tented Camps(private tour)
Travel to Tanzania and explore it all, as our expert Trip Leaders and driver-guides help you seek out the most elusive African game. At night, we retire to unique and varied lodgings, including Tanzanian lodges, private tented safari camp in the Serengeti, where delicious cuisine and first-rate service close out each day of discovery.
- Lodges & Tented Camps – A luxury tented camp is the ideal accommodation for the true African safari experience.The tents are spacious and en-suite. You come away in awe of how comfortable you were, especially seeing as you are in the middle of nowhere!
- Lodges & Tented Camps – Want to go on a Tanzanian wildlife safari Holiday where you can relax in style and comfort? These safari packages are for you.
Lodge safaris are for the traveler who wishes to experience Eastern Africa’s wilderness in comfort and ease. During the day you will be out in the bush exploring the wilderness of Tanzania and in the evenings you will enjoy all the amenities your lodge or tented camp has to offer.
- After an exciting day of game drives you will arrive at your lodge or tented camp here you will be welcome drink and settle in your room or private tent. Take a shower to wash off the dust and prepare for supper.
Lodges/Tented Safari Itineraries
Annual Migration Seasons
With close to 2 million wildebeest on the move, along with thousands of zebras, the annual migration is a spectacular wildlife movement that takes place throughout the year. Most visitors are familiar with the “Great Migration”, which takes place in both Tanzania and Kenya, at the Mara River, where the herds cross every year, to follow the rain and to seek for food. However, for the rest of the year, as the migrating herd move from the Mara River back to Central Serengeti and down to the Southern plains, each season marks an unique pattern, a different landscape, and all kinds of thrilling action.
While the wildlife movement is hard to predict, every year, the migration will typically follow a very similar pattern, in which Karibu Adventures Ltd, we customize our Safari Itineraries according to the migration movement and the 4 Seasons that we have categorized as follows:
Season one: The Calving Season
Late January and March | Southern Serengeti & Ndutu plains (NCAA)
During the calving season, the flat plains makes the migration viewing all the more spectacular, as over a million wildebeests and zebras are estimated to gather in the Southern plains each year. The calving season typically takes place between late January and early March, though it can sometimes be early or late, depending on the rain pattern. This is a spectacular season to visit Tanzania as you will have the opportunity to be amidst larger herds of zebras and wildebeests—as far as the eye can see. The herds gather between Southern Serengeti and the Ndutu plains (Ngorongoron Conservation area) to give birth simultaneously. Due to the mix of volcanic soils of the Southern plains, when the rainfall occurs, a growth of highly nutritional rich grass that is beneficial for lactating mothers will prompt the herds of wildebeests and zebras feed here. As a result, this attracts large groups of predatory animals such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, to prey on the young and the weak. With luck and exceptional guiding, you will have a chance to see thrilling chase and stumbling upon young cubs and the newborn!
Season two: Green Season &Grumeti River Crossing
April to early July | Western& Central-West Serengeti (Ikoma region)
April and May are known to be long rain season in Tanzania, and while many may try to avoid safari during this period, it is in fact a spectacular season to come for a visit. The rainfall rejuvenates the dried-out plains, giving it a brand new, lush green coat, and the parks are transformed into a replenished haven for the animals that dwell within. The rain typically occurs in the early morning and evening, and rarely affects the game drive during the day. Due to the fact that April and May falls into the “low season” in Tanzania, the rates are also the lowest.
As the rain moves from the South to the Western Serengeti, the migration herds will tread into the Western Corridor, where they will cross the Grumeti River. While this is a relatively small crossing when compared to the Mara River Crossing in the next season, it is also one of the most highly anticipated event in the annual migration, as the Grumeti River hosts the Nile crocodile, the world’s largest crocodile, making the crossing a risky decision for the wildebeests and zebras.
The Western Corridor also boasts of a diverse topography, including floodplains, savannahs, open woodlands, scattered forests, small hills and valleys. Aside from the Nile crocodiles, Western Serengeti is also home to the rare colobus monkeys, large herds of elephants and giraffes. Resident lion prides that roam about the region can also be seen throughout the year.
In the months of June and July, the migrating herds will begin to move upwards to Northern Serengeti, passing through the Grumeti reserve and Ikoma area. For those who have a longer itinerary, we would recommend spending time in both the Western Corridor, and the Kogatende area in the Northern Serengeti.
As April and May are part of the long rain season, the rainfall will be sporadic throughout the day, though the heavier rain typically occurs in the early morning and evening time. Contradictory to general belief, the rain doesn’t stop the game viewing; rather, the cool weather after the rain makes the wildlife more active.
Season Three: Dry Season & the Mara Crossing
Mid-July to October | Northern Serengeti ( Lobo, Bologonya and Kogatende )
Typically, from mid-July, the majority of the migrating herds will have arrived in the Kogatende area in time for the Mara River crossing, after depleting the grass and water in the Western Corridor and Grumeti. The Northern Serengeti remains relatively pristine when compared to the Seronera, Central Serengeti, as well as its counterpart; Maasai Mara in Kenya, as tourists have only began to visit this area in the recent years. Depending on the rain pattern, if it is a dry year, then the first herds of wildebeests can be at the Mara River by early July; in a wet year, the herds would move slower, arriving by mid-August. The Northern Serengeti boasts of many kopjes, small hills and thick woodlands, which provide plenty of hiding place for the Big Cats, though the leopards are more elusive in this area. Lions and hyenas can be regularly spotted during the day, as well as cheetahs. Other resident wildlife includes hippo, giraffe, impala, topi, Thomson’s gazelles, as well as large concentrations of elephants.
The Mara River Crossing is indisputably a must-see if you are an avid wildlife enthusiast. The sheer size and scope of this river crossing is astonishing to say the least, and a survival for the fittest as the wildebeests and the zebras attempt to cross the river with predators at every turn. It is important to note for those who plan to visit during this time for the river crossing, that the exact timing of the crossing cannot be guaranteed, as the migration location will ultimately depend on the rainfall pattern. Also, witnessing the crossing does require a lot of patience, as well as how many days you are able to spend waiting by the riverbank. We typically recommend our guests to spend at least two to three nights in the Northern Serengeti on their safari, if they wish to see the crossing during this time. Our experienced driver guides who knows the area inside out will seek out the best location for a good viewing of the crossing, and be there to give you interesting facts and information about the migration and the Northern Serengeti while you wait for the crossing.
Season Four: Short Rain Season
Mid October to November | Central Serengeti & Western Serengeti
As the migratory herds move back into Tanzania, they are scattered into three groups that each take a different route: the Western, Eastern and Central Serengeti. The Central Serengeti will typically have a larger number of the herds, and with the Eastern corridor being less accessible, Central and the Western Serengeti are often the most popular locations during these months.
The Central Serengeti will have plenty of resident game, and with the migration returning, the game viewing will be even more diverse and exciting as the resident predators will have an abundance of food during this time. With scattered forests, the Seronera valley and open plains, this area will allow easier game access with more grounds to cover compared with Western and Eastern Corridor. For those who prefer a more exclusive game drive during this time, Western Serengeti could be a suitable choice for game drive. The Eastern Corridor can be visited when staying in Central Serengeti, as our driver guides can make day trips and visit the area that is typically less crowded.
As November to early December is considered low season in Tanzania, the parks are less crowded, enabling more exclusive game drives compared to the other seasons. The rainfall also makes the game viewing exciting, as it would be the first rain after a long drought during the dry season. The pricing for accommodation is also great for those who prefer to keep the costs down.
Packing list for safari in Tanzania
If this is your first time in Tanzania or your first time on safari, this packing list below can help to be well prepared and comfortable during your adventure in Tanzania
- Valid passport
- Yellow fever vaccination records/ certificate.
- Tanzania visa, available at airport upon arrival, USD $100 payable in cash only for US citizens or USD $50 for residents of UK/European Union and most other countries.
- Copy of flight itinerary.
- Copy of travel and/or medical evacuation insurance.
- Personal medical/dental insurance cards.
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted).
Remember, it’s not a fashion show out there, so be a bit more practical when choosing your safari wardrobe. Try to stay away from bright colours – khaki and other neutral colours tend to work well. It is probably best if you dress in layers since it can get cold, but also very hot.
- Sweater or fleece pullover to keep warm
- Sturdy boots or sandals
- Sun hat
- Sun glasses
- T-shirts or polo shirts (2-5 depending on how often you want to change)
- Long sleeve shirts (light weight)
- Long trousers
- Travel towel
- Thermal underwear, gloves and warm hat (during May – Sept)
- Rain coat and rain trousers (During rainy season Mar – May and Oct – Dec)
- Camera and memory cards
- Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
- Insect Repellent
- Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, eye drops etc)
- Malaria tablets
- Basic first aid kit and prescription medicines
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Chargers and extra batteries for your camera, phone etc
- Power adapter to fit the UK style electrical socket
- Bring soft luggage such as a duffel bag, hiking pack or sports bag. These are ideal for packing into a safari vehicle. Hard suitcases can often be difficult to fit into the vehicles.
- Bring a backpack to carry all of your important items including travel documents, money, camera, medication etc. You should keep this backpack with you at all times.
- Keep luxury items such as hair dryers/ straighteners, expensive jewellery, make up and bulky toiletries to an absolute minimum. If in doubt, leave them out.
- If you plan to bring cash, divide it into different areas of your carry-on luggage, wallet and money belt just in case something happens to one of those carry items.
- Leave some space in your luggage for the all-important souvenirs that you will probably buy.