Frequently Asked Questions:
Safari in Kiswahili, the language of East Africa, simply means a journey. Today it is synonymous in English with a wildlife-viewing adventure in the African bush. If your primary reason for traveling to Africa is to experience an abundance of African wildlife in unspoiled wilderness, then Tanzania should be your destination of choice. (#1 choice)
The parks and wildlife reserves of Tanzania are inhabited by vast herds of wildebeest spread out across the Serengeti savanna, huge populations of elephant and buffalo, as well as plains game and their predators.
All these animals interact and roam freely, the same as they have for thousands of years. Here you'll witness an incredible diversity of ecology and will find the vegetation and bird life as fascinating as the big game. This is the home to 90% of film series produced on African animals.
Tanzania also boosts a remarkable number of World Heritage Sites.
The vast majority of Tanzania are still living very close to their traditional lifestyles. In the northern circuit most of the people are subsistence farmers. The Maasai people, favoured by photographers for their strikingly colourful décor, live a pastoral existence following their herds of cattle to better grazing areas, still adhering to the traditions and ceremonies of their ancestors. Their "villages" are located throughout northern Tanzania. Other small tribes of hunter-gatherers, living according to their ancient customs and traditions can also be found in this area.
At King of Africa Safaris & Trekking, we consider the cultural component of any safari to be subtle yet essential. All of our guides are Tanzanian born. They are an excellent resource to help you gain greater insight into the local culture. We don't promote specially-staged dances or tourist oriented presentations. Instead, on most of our cultural trips, we begin with a visit to a traditional village where you are welcomed as friends to get to know them as they get to know you.
As we drive between parks, we pass many villages and MaasaiBomas giving you further glimpses into the lives of the Tanzanian. We also offer a special trip in which our guests travel well off the beaten path to spend time among the Hadzabe people and observe their ancient hunter-gatherer ways..
You simply can't beat Tanzania for wildlife concentrations. Most people have heard of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater and the wide array of wildlife dwelling on the crater floor. Most have heard of the vast Serengeti savanna and which host the annual migration of wildebeest and the predators that follow in their wake. This is only the beginning of the natural phenomena awaiting your discovery on a safari to Tanzania. Guests of King of Africa Safaris consistently tell us the wildlife they experienced far surpassed their most optimistic expectations.
Tanzania is home to over 35 species of large four-legged mammals and has over 1,000 species of birds listed. On a typical safari in Eastern Africa you can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, baboon, monkeys, Chimpanzees and a variety of plains game such as wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra, impala and gazelle.
Most people see lion and hyena, and possibly cheetah or leopard. In Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park you may see one of the few remaining black rhino to be found in Tanzania. You'll undoubtedly see several different species of mongoose and some hyrax and other small mammals.
If you're lucky you'll see one or more of the smaller cats, foxes, wild dog or the more restrained antelope like lesser kudu, bushbuck, Oryx or eland.
Every year, over one million wildebeest move through the Serengeti plains in search of food and water. The phenomenon of these animals moving en mass through the African savanna is known as the migration. Their movement is driven by the seasonal rains that water their grazing pastures. It is impossible to predict in advance exactly how or when this progression will take place, but there is a pattern. Generally from mid-December through May the herds are feeding in the southern Serengeti.
During February thousands of calves appear on the plains. Between June and July, the wildebeest begin their annual migration north reaching the Mara River that marks the Kenyan border sometime between the end of July and beginning of August. After the first short rains, usually in the beginning of November, the herds move back into Tanzania's Serengeti and make their way to the southern pastures where they rest and feed through the rains until their search for better grazing leads them to begin their annual migration once again.
Even when the migration moves into Kenya for the summer months, there are many resident herds in the Serengeti and there is always an incredible array of wildlife to experience there. Also, in the summer months, which are the height of the dry season, thousands of elephant congregate around the Tarangire River. This park is at its prime during these months and we adjust our itineraries to take advantage of the prime wildlife viewing there. Each time of the year offers the visitor to Tanzania a special opportunity for wildlife viewing.
We would be delighted to work with you to help you and your family, friends or organization plan the best possible safari to match your interests and budget. We organize custom safaris for professional photographers, honeymoon couples and families.
YES! King of Africa Safaris & Trekking has a personal understanding and deep commitment to meeting the special needs of families. We have designed family safari programmes to allow you and your children to experience the wonders of Africa together. You'll have a chance to deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, discover the many miracles of nature, and at the same time play, laugh, and enjoy the pleasure of one another's company. Our trips are well suited for children.
Our safaris offer a wide array of safari styles to suit your interests and budget. Please see our Itineraries section for a description of the different types of accommodation we use on our trips.
Small. Our scheduled safaris vary in size depending on the nature of the safari. We keep our groups small (the very maximum is 15 people, minimum 2-5 people) to allow a more intimate connection with the African bush.
But for students or volunteers work, we do arrange 15-100 people.
Located at an altitude of 5,000 to 7,600 feet, East Africa’s dry sunny climate is nothing like the steamy African jungle of Tarzan movies. The weather is spring-like year round, with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, evenings in the 60s. From June until August, temperatures are slightly cooler, ranging from the 50s to the mid-70s. The coastal and lowland areas tend to be more tropical in temperature.
Safari dress is comfortable and casual - layers are recommended. Keep it simple and bring things you don't mind getting dusty. After you have booked your safari, we send you pre-departure information through emails to help you prepare for your safari.
You will be pleasantly surprised by both the quality and the variety of the food available on safari. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style so you can choose what you like. The food is prepared according to western tastes, with some curries and local cuisine included. If you choose a camping safari, fresh meat and produce is prepared by our expert chefs to the highest sanitary standards. Most returning guests rave about our camp food!
Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can easily be arranged with advanced notice. If you are vegetarian or vegan you may wish to bring along some alternative protein sources. If you have multiple food allergies, you'll definitely want to bring along supplementary snacks. It is important we know of any possible dietary restrictions as soon as possible.
Today's modern safari is a far cry from the rugged safaris of the past. After a stimulating day of game viewing, you can relax at comfortable, attractive lodges, with amenities like swimming pools, full service restaurants and en-suite bathrooms.
Located right in the scenic settings of the wildlife reserves, the lodges are close to nature… but not too close for comfort. Every care is taken to ensure your health and safety on safari.
We provide bottled water on game drives and in campsites and you can purchase good quality bottled water at all the lodges and camps.
Remember that most of the areas you'll be visiting are arid (especially from July - November). The bugs you will see are fascinating, but certainly not anything to be concerned about.
It is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability at the time you wish to travel, especially during the peak seasons (1-2 month). This is especially important for those wishing to travel on private custom safaris and those adding extensions to the scheduled trips. However, the earlier the better!
Yes, we accept Visa or MasterCard for your safari. Please check with your bank if its possible to make BANK wire transfer with credit cards. As for the remamining balance yes, can do it in our office upon arrival in Arusha OR can bring cash (USD/EURO) for your balance.
Our safari packages include all accommodation and meals while on safari, airport transfers, park fees and services of guides and drivers. It is customary to tip your guide and driver, as well as the cook or camp staff if you are camping during the safari. You will also need to pay for your own beverages and personal items like laundry service, internet and phone calls etc.
Before you depart, you are responsible for any passport and visa fees. We also recommend you purchase travel insurance. And finally, if you know yourself to be a big souvenir shopper you'll need to budget for that!
Visas can be obtained from any Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad, and at main entry points including international airports, sea ports and border posts.
We recommend you email us with as many details as you can so that we can check and see whether we have a room for you or not.