Practical Information For Tanzania Safari
Below is general information about the destination. For detailed information about a specific trip, please refer here to the information accompanying the trip itself.
During your tour, you will stay in carefully selected hotels and lodges that best suit the experience of the trip and the destination. We always take into account the service and quality that you can expect from FOX. The unique location, the atmosphere, the service level, the quality or the style of the accommodation always play a part in our selection. As a result, the hotels may differ in quality on the way. Occasionally, the reason for this is that there are no better hotels available or available.
Your room is always equipped with a bathroom with a shower/bath and toilet and many hotels have a swimming pool. There may be sometimes a power failure and a lack of hot water.
In Tanzania safari, you sometimes also stay in so-called ‘tented lodges’, a great experience! These are spacious safari tents at standing height, equipped with every comfort and with real beds, electricity, a complete bathroom with shower and toilet, and cupboard space. The tents are placed in such a way that you have enough privacy. Most ‘tented lodges’ are located in the middle of the reserve, so you can experience the real ‘Out of Africa’ feeling!
On average twice a year, all tour hotels are visited by us and checked for service and quality.
Best travel time
Tanzania is located just south of the equator and therefore has no large temperature differences. However, there is a rainy period from March to May, in which the parks become green and the roads are less accessible. In October and November, there is a short rainy season. In these months there can be a heavy rain shower in the evening and at night, after which the sky is often bright blue again in the morning.
The best travel times are from June to September and December to February, because of the drought you have the best chance of spotting wildlife during these months.
A well-known natural spectacle in Tanzania safari is the Great Trek, also known as the Great Migration. One and a half million wildebeest and zebras migrate all year round between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya. This phenomenon is motivated by the rains. In July / August this thundering mass crosses the Mara River from Tanzania to Kenya to stay here until September / October. When the grass is eaten bare, the wildebeest cross the river again in October / November on their way to the fresh grasslands in the south of the Serengeti in Tanzania. In May, the herds start moving again to cross the Mara River again in July / August.
The electricity is 230 volts. You need an English 3-pin adapter to use the sockets.
In tented lodges, generators are often used for electricity. These are usually turned off at night. A flashlight is advisable to take with you, but you will also find it in your room.
Food and drink
Tanzania Safari has excellent international and local cuisine. In safari lodges, a large buffet is usually presented or there is a choice menu and the coastal region is known for its tropical fruit and seafood.
The Tanzanian kitchen traditionally consists of heavy meals with beans and a thick sauce with meat. This fills the stomach quickly and is very cheap, which is seen as a great advantage by many Tanzanians. What is eaten a lot is nyama choma, grilled goat meat. The main ingredients of the meal are potatoes, rice or ugali, a type of oatmeal. Irio is a mixture of peas, potatoes, and corn; very filling. Ugali and Irio are mainly eaten with stewed meat. Fish dishes in Tanzania are fine, especially shrimp, tilapia and trout are very good here, especially on the coast. In short: traditional Tanzanian cuisine is not exactly exquisite and is not geared to vegetarians.
During our group and individual trips, you eat in the lodges during your safari. Usually, this will be in the form of a buffet or choice menu, with various international dishes and with little local influence. The quality of the food is particularly good. Breakfast is mainly English, with eggs, sausages, cold cuts, bread and lots of fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner are extensive. You will find soups, salads, a lot of meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, rice or potatoes on the buffets. Desserts are sweet and powerful, but you can also choose fruit.