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COMMON TANZANIA SAFARI QUESTIONS

Before booking a safari in Tanzania, a lot of tourists ask a lot of questions like what is the best time to go. What are the Tanzania Safari accommodation options, and what are the animals that we can spot?

Oserok Trips has prepared some common Tanzania Safari questions (frequently ask questions – FAQs) from our clients. They pertain to the Tanzania Safari but also cover  general questions, and the booking process.

Furthermore, to narrow down your search, click on the blue tabs. If there is a question you have that is not answered here, email us at info@oseroktrips.com

If you still have questions, go to our blog page and odds are you’ll find an article that was written with you in mind. https://oseroktrips.com/our-articles

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So for those wondering What Is the Best Safari in Tanzania, we have the answers for you. It is without doubt the all-encompassing Serengeti which is the key destination for all Tanzania Safaris. Your Tanzania Safari Tours experience would be incomplete without visiting Serengeti National Park. The world’s best wilderness and migratory birds are known to be present in the park. One of the biggest river basin areas in Africa is the Grumeti region and the Northern part of Serengeti National Park.

The most important among the Tanzania Safari Faq’s is the price of these safaris. So if you are still pondering How Much a Tanzania Safari Costs, we have the right estimates for you. The Tanzania Safari Cost starts at USD 450 and ranges up to USD 1650. The factors that affect the cost are:

  • The time of year you travel, as peak seasons have higher costs
  • The level of comfort you prefer at accommodations such as luxury safaris is more expensive than a budget safari
  • Whether you drive or fly between destinations as the domestic flight charges will be applied
  • Extra activities – like hot-air ballooning, spa treatments and cultural tours – that you’d like to add on.

Not to mention the answer to What Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Tanzania is all year round. Tanzania is incredible to visit throughout the year. Many visitors prefer visiting in the warm dry season, which is the Best Time To Visit Tanzania and the cold dry season from June to October and from January to March. A great many people evade the stormy long periods of April, May, and November. When you want the transfers and safari destinations all to yourself, it is better to visit in the off-season like the monsoon season.

Now that you have decided on your Tanzania Safari you must be doubtful about How Do I Plan a Safari in Tanzania? Firstly you can choose from our various proposed Camping Safari, Lodge Safari and Safari & Zanzibar packages followed by finalising the dates of the tour. If you have chosen private safaris, we take the responsibility of organising them. Only you and your travel partner(s) will be on the tour and the transfers. You can contact us for more information regarding your trip and we will proceed with bookings and safari preparations for you.

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We only use 4 x4 safari vehicles, either Land cruisers for safaris. All our vehicles have pop up roof for excellent sightseeing and photography. All our vehicles are also fitted with VHF radios for communication, and all have seat belts. We offer cold water in the vehicles throughout the safari.

Travelling with so much money in your pocket in Africa is not the best idea and Tanzania is no exception. We normally recommend that you pay your invoice by money transfer at least 14 days before arrival, and if you need to settle your balance in cash, then it is advisable to pay as soon as you arrive. You will however need some money in Cash either in small USD denominations or Tanzania Shillings while in Tanzania and Kenya Shillings while in Kenya. These will be handy for settling extra bills in lodges ad hotels as well as tipping in the same places. Generally The Us Dollar is widely accepted allover East Africa. Travelers’ checks can also be cashed in most forex bureaus though they are offered a relatively low rate.

Booking a safari in well in advance is always advisable so as to make sure everything is in place to the finer details before your safari starts. It not only ensures that your safari goes well without hitches but also it helps save some money in case hotels revise rates may be for the preceding year. Once a tour is booked and a down payment made; any price rates hikes that may arise for example in Hotels/lodges do not affect the price your tour cost.

Children are allowed to do a safari. Children do enjoy safaris a lot and we at Oserok Trips will always design itineraries specially made for families on request. Although there are some few lodges/tented camps that have restrictions to admission of children to children less than 7 years, most accommodation properties in and around national parks allow Children. Some of them are so welcoming to children that they have family rooms. Properties that do not have family rooms will always be very happy to host families in rooms with interconnecting doors or rooms next to each other. Anytime you need a safari for you and your family, please contact us.

You will require a passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry. If you are arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), you will require an immunization certificate or health card.

Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU, need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites.

As with all visa matters — contact your local Tanzanian Embassy for the latest information

It is best to drink bottled water when traveling through Tanzania – numerous brands are widely available and served in all restaurants and lodges. Steer clear of ice, raw vegetables, and salads when eating at street restaurants.

High-end lodges and restaurants will clean their produce in antiseptic solution, but to be on the safe side, fruit and vegetables should always be washed and peeled. Try to avoid eating in empty restaurants – the food may have been sitting out for some time – and order your meat well done. On the coast, seafood and fish are usually fresh, but make sure everything is well-cooked.

Not all camps/lodges in Tanzania have mosquito nets. It all depends on their individual location, i.e. altitude, near open water, etc.

Also, much of the accommodations are tented camps. These tents tend to be tightly sealed and zipped tight avoiding the need for mosquito netting. Furthermore, at most camps/lodges, while you enjoy dinner, housekeeping will complete a turndown service and spray the rooms with mosquito repellent. Regardless of mosquito netting, you should always bring insect repellent with DEET, trousers/slacks, sports/long sleeved shirt and/or blouse and dress/skirt for ladies.

We are sure you’ll feel very safe here, we’re sure you’ll feel very welcome. As with everywhere else in the world, just use a bit of common sense, don’t flaunt any valuables and you can enjoy the natural wonders, the culture and the people of Tanzania.

Whilst most of our visitors will come to Tanzania for our wildlife experiences, they often leave with a much wider and richer experience than they could have ever expected. Why? Part of that is due to our friendly, welcoming, colourful people. Tanzanians are a true mix of many ethnicities, different religious beliefs and all live together in harmony in what is one of the African continent’s safest destinations.

For cash, we advise you to bring US Dollars with you from home, as these are accepted in most places.

If however you do need to withdraw cash while in Tanzania, then there are several ATM machines in Arusha City and these are where you should withdraw any additional cash before your safari or trek begins. Please note that you cannot withdraw US Dollars from ATM Machines, and there is a maximum limit of 400,000TSHS which is less than 200 USD. So bear that in mind when withdrawing cash.

Please also note that in many small towns or beach hotels there are no ATM machines, so you should have sufficient cash before you depart for remote areas or the beach.

If you are booking with Oserok Trips, then your package will include all accommodation, park fees, meals and game drives if on safari.

It will also include your transfers between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport, however if you have chosen a different airport to arrive at then this will not be included.

You will need to include money for international flights, domestic flights (unless agreed with us as part of your programme), insurance, tips for your driver-guide or staff at your accommodations, drinks purchased at hotels/bars/lodges/tented camps, laundry services, phone calls, any additional activities, visas or any shopping. As these will not be included in your package.

Every guest has different spending habits, so we cannot advise as to how much you will need. You should budget, taking into account the above items and the length of your safari trip.

Prices are usually based on room-sharing however if you are looking to have a room to yourself, we can advise you on a single supplement cost.

Prior to booking please let us know what your accommodation preference is so we can ensure we incorporate this into the accommodation options.

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Tanzania

Whether the appeal of a safari revolves around the wildlife, such as watching the Great Migration or spotting the Big Five, or you want to mark a special occasion, we can create an itinerary to match your tastes. We’ll suggest ways to tailor it depending on your interests, such as added time on the beach or experiences geared around your family.

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Our luxury trips are designed with responsible travel principles that prioritise travel experiences that are both good for you and good for the planet.

Words From Our Happy Clients

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Beata O
Beata O
2024-03-07
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Oserok Trips will guarantee your trip to Tanzania is a magical, once in a lifetime experience! If you have been considering a trip to Tanzania, and are still on the fence, I am here to tell you not to worry and go for it! It is a magical place, not only because of the incredible animal and plant life, or the amazing landscapes, but above all, because of the wonderful and friendly people. The man who will guarantee this trip will be an incredible, once in a lifetime experience, is Alpha and his great team at Oserok Trips. Even if you only have a few hours, Alpha will fill them with activities as best as possible, and if you are on a two-week vacation, your time will be organized in great detail according to your needs and interests. Alpha is a wonderful guide and companion for whatever kind of trip you have envisioned. He will pick you up from the airport, arrange accommodation with local residents, answer your questions, take care of you as best as he can, take care of all your needs, and dispel any concerns. Oserok Trips can also recommend various activities in each area you visit, but beyond that they will also show you the details that could easily go unnoticed by visitor. As I write this, I already want to go back, explore the places I didn’t have enough time to see, and smell grass of the Serengeti again. My husband, daughter and I traveled around Tanzania for two weeks. We spent the first eight days with Alpha and his great team, the next with his wonderful life companion and guide Dominika. We drove through Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area under the care of Alpha, a skilled driver, and a cook who prepared incredible meals for us even in the middle of the wilderness. There was no moment when we did not feel safe, even when a dozen lions were hunting a buffalo a few meters away from us. We joked that even this amazing event was planned by our guides for 4:06 pm on January 23, 2024. Witnessing such a hunt, of course, can never be guaranteed, but with a team like Oserok Trips, their expert eyes will point out every lion's ear in the waist-deep grass. After some time you too will learn to spot whole groups of animals thanks to their experienced eye! Don’t let the fatigue of travel, the dust and mud, and everything that deviates from the routine of your everyday life, dissuade you from taking this trip. Don’t delay (like us) and the rest will be taken care of by Alpha and his team at Oserok Trips.
Lucy_Anne_Mel
Lucy_Anne_Mel
2024-01-24
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Great local community option for those after an authentic experience Communications prompt and accurate - pay attention to the description to ensure it is for you. I had a fantastic day visiting a Maasai tribal village and surrounds but be aware this is not the sort of tour where you "attend a show" of the lifestyle - you join the tribe members for part of their day which I found really interesting and informative despite the language barrier. Employs local staff and supports the community which for me is a bonus. Wouldn't hesitate to book for a longer tour in the area if I get the chance.
Kabi K
Kabi K
2023-12-25
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A nice day to remember Alpha, the manager is very friendly and patient. I had one day for a trip in Arusha with my niece and a small budget and he accommodated my needs. We went to the hotsprings and visited a park that isn't in his offer, but he was able to arrange it. I did not had to take care of anything. In addition, Alpha is.keen to exchange about his rich culture and his full of interesting histories, but he also left us enjoy the activities and understands when you need privacy, I appreciate that. In a nutshell, I really recommend the Oserok trips.
Triana H
Triana H
2023-10-15
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Unforgettable experience! Great experience I highly recommend anyone who would like to enjoy a safari in great company! They made the whole experience for me and my family something we’ll never forget and they became part of the family ???? Ashe naleng’ Thanks a lot, the whole family wishes you all the best
Mary M
Mary M
2023-10-05
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Waterfalls and coffee My dad and I went on the waterfalls and coffee tour with Alpha and the oserok team this summer. The tour was perfect from start to finish, alpha organized everything better than we could have imagined. He picked us up and took us on a beautiful drive up the mountain and explained/ answered questions about the landscape as we went. On the hike we were with Lebahati, he was a wonderful and charming guide. He was able to keep us going at an enjoyable pace and told us many fun y and interesting facts on the way! The lunch after the hike was great too- many different dishes and we had so much fun learning about local kahawa!! I could’t recommend any other company more!!
Jan M
Jan M
2023-09-22
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Absolutely wonderful experiences. Highly recommended! We did the Kilimanjaro, 4 days safari and a coffee plantation tour - all with Alpha and his team at Oserok Trips. We are so lucky that we chose his company (based on recommendation from a friend), as our journeys was absolutely wonderful! On Kilimanjaro, they was so helpful making sure that we reach the summit. The food on the mountain was so delicious thanks to Salim - the chef. The whole crew was perfect - always cheering us up, always smiling. And then the safari - Alpha made sure that we get a solid guide/driver who knows everything there is to know about the animals. Always in a good mood, and he spotted animals that we would definitely miss. We saw so many lions, some of them eating their prey and one time we saw the hunt for zebras! We even saw a family of cheetahs. The safari was one of the best experiences of our lives, I'll definitely come back if I ever have children, so they can see it too. And it'll definitely be with Oserok Trips again. Highly recommended, you won't make a mistake!
Nancy G
Nancy G
2023-08-26
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Excellent guide! Nous avons fait deux daytrips avec Alpha : Chemka hotspring et Materuni+Coffee tour. Nous recommandons fortement cette agence locale détenu par un maasai. Nous avons appris énormément sur la culture maasai, les plantes et la vie à Moshi durant ces excursions. Pendant la randonnée pour aller à Materuni, il a pris le temps de nous faire découvrir les différentes plantes sur le chemin. Alpha a été à notre écoute et n’a pas hésité à tout mettre en œuvre pour nous satisfaire. Il nous a fait découvrir la nourriture locale, excellente expérience. La bonne humeur et la zen attitude de Alpha sont tellement contagieuses. Et il est aussi un excellent photographe pour ceux qui aiment les jolies photos pendant les excursions ????
marco c
marco c
2023-08-10
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Trek con Alpha, la miglior guida masai di Moshi! Alpha è un’ottima guida, nonché un personaggio simpatico e affabile, ci ha portati alle falde del Kilimanjaro in un trek in famiglia molto interessante fino alla cascata Materuni. Abbiamo mangiato un pranzo delizioso preparato per noi dalle donne di un villaggio Chagga dove abbiamo poi assistito alla cerimonia del caffè, partecipando anche. Giornata divertente, con Alfa che è colto e preparato, lo consigliamo a tutti.
Eline E
Eline E
2023-07-22
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Inoubliable !! C'est la 2éme fois que nous faisons appel à Oserok Alpha a été très convivial et bienveillant avec tous les membres du groupe. Les guides sont disponibles et attentionnés. Nous avons apprécié ce circuit de 2 parcs avec une une nuit au campement Kizumba, tout était impeccable. Belle surprise avec des déjeuners à table tout confort en face du bassin aux hippopotames. Alpha est vraiment précautionneux, il a été très disponible en amont pour la préparation de ce voyage (voyage associatif pour 12 personnes) Rapport qualité prix au top.
Kristina D
Kristina D
2023-03-16
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Materuni waterfall and coffe trip we went to Materuni waterfall and on a coffee tour with Alfi as guide☺️ It was a fantastic experience with beautiful nature! Alfi gave us extensive information along the way about the place and the flora. We later got to make coffee with the local population, which was great fun and educational. The day also included a traditional Swahili lunch which was very good???? Really recommend! not a crazy price either!

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