Wildlife Safaris Faqs
Q: How safe to book a tour with Karibu Adventure?
Karibu Adventures & Safaris Ltd has been operating safaris since 2013. They are an accredited member of the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) and are licensed to operate mountain Climbing by the Tanzania Tourism Licensing Board (TTLB) and have what is called a TALA License.
Q: When is the best time to go safari?
No hard and fast rule. Tanzania’s northern circuit is usually excellent during the whole year although we don’t recommend late March through ending of April because of heavy rains. This can make traveling a little slow and vehicles may get stuck. However, this is also an excellent time to see the large herds of wildebeest and zebra in the southern Serengeti.
The two busiest tourist periods are mid-July to end of August and mid-December through to mid-March.
Q: How many days should be spent on a safari?
If your time is limit you may do day trip although we do recommend to do safari in three days will be sufficient to visit Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. A more realistic time period is 4 to 5 days.
Q: The good time to see the migration in the Serengeti?
The movement of the big herds of wildebeest and zebra are:
January to mid-May: southern Serengeti.
May to June: central Serengeti: Ikoma, Banagi, Seronera.
July to October: western Serengeti, Grumeti and northern Serengeti (Lobo).
November to December: central Serengeti: Ikoma, Banagi and Seronera.
Q: What are the best national parks to visit?
The times given below will vary quite a bit depending on local weather conditions. Exceptionally, they can be as much as six weeks out.
Tarangire: excellent mid – July to late October.
Serenget – south: January to May.
Serengeti Np– north: July to October.
Serengti – west: July to October.
Serngeti central: June to July and November to December.
Lake Manyara: good all year round.
Ngorongoro Crater: good all year. During rainy season vehicle movements may be restricted.
Lake Natron: main breeding ground for lesser flamingos.
Note: Wildebeest Migration calendar is not perfect always this is because of changing weather conditions, please ask us where the current migration is or where will it be during your safari and we will inform you.
Q: Etiquette of game viewing?
Be considerate of both the animals you are watching and of people who are watching them. Don’t make hasty movements in the vehicle and don’t get out of the car when animals are within 100 metres. If you do get out of the vehicle, look very carefully for hidden animals in long grass. You don’t want to surprise a lion or a hyena.
Q: Is there any danger from wild animals?
Very little. Don’t be out of your car if within 100 metres of an animal. It is extremely unlikely that you will be confronted with a dangerous situation but if you are it will be entirely unexpected. Animals can move incredibly quickly – don’t try to race a lion back to the car and don’t go close to the water’s edge if there are crocodiles around. If you are on a walk, follow the instructions of your guide or ranger. Buffaloes and Hippos are the most dangerous especially if you happen to be between them and the river. Lions seldom a threat, but a lioness will not tolerate any threat to her cubs. Hyenas eat anyone and anything – don’t leave any clothes or belongings outside your tent, especially shoes.
In some of the permanent camps animals will be roaming around at night. There is no danger from them providing you stay in your tent. Do not disturb them as other people may be watching them.
Q: How is the difference between fly, budget, de luxe and luxury camping?
Camping is borne out of necessity. If no accommodation is available, one must camp.
- Fly Camps: very basic. Suitable in remote areas where vehicle access is difficult e.g. walking safaris in Ngorongoro Highlands.
- Budget camping: basic. Probably the cheapest way to go: you – pays – for – what – you – get. Not recommended for the fastidious. Takes time to pitch and strike camp. Vehicle can be limited for space. Food good, but limited to what can be carried. Public camp sites crowded; limited toilet facilities.
- De Luxe / Classic Camping: serviced camp of high standard. Spacious tents, camp beds, shower, toilet. Good food. Support vehicle and camp crew.
Q: What is the standard of lodges and permanent camps like in Tanzania?
Lodges: There are number of large hotel groups operating in the national parks.
- Serena Lodges; Located in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Arusha and Zanzibar.
- Sopa Lodges; In Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Masai Mara.
- Hotels & Lodges; Lobo, Seronera, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Zanzibar.
They are comfortable, affordable and eco-friendly. Good value. Large self – contained tents. Small bar and dining room. E.g, Tangayika Wilderness Camps, Ang’ata Camps, Nasikia Camps, Kuhama Camps and Lemala Camps Groups.
Q: How are the driver – guides?
Fantastic Karibu Adventures driver – guides have a sound knowledge of animals, birds and plants as well as being knowledgeable about the various tribes of Tanzania. They will be happy to discuss politics and social matters.