serengeti camping

What to Expect: Camping in the Serengeti

A visit to the Serengeti is high on any traveler’s bucket list in Africa. Offering some of the greatest wildlife viewings in the world, its endless plains are roamed by the Big Five and many more of the continent’s most iconic animals. On our Overland Safaris, we offer the chance to spend a night in this incredible landscape. And after returning from his recent trip to Tanzania

It’s a team effort

On arrival at our camp, we pulled the tents out of our truck and set to work putting them up. They had simple, cross-pole frames which you clip to the inner tent, before pegging down a fly sheet over the top. The crew helped out those who were having trouble, but once people had finished with their own they’d soon be helping others too.

Surprisingly, there were people on our trip who had never camped before – and they absolutely loved it! When it comes to meals, it’s also a team effort. And whilst some of us helped chop up vegetables and prepare the food, others were on cleaning duty.

The food is delicious

Speaking of meals, dinner was the best by far. Our cook was absolutely incredible, with several people even recommending that he open his own restaurant! Throughout our trip, we’d had curries, stews, and barbequed meats, as well as rice and pasta dishes with loads of vegetables.

After a long day of driving and game driving, then putting up our tents, it was this kind of filling and hearty meal that we needed. There was a choice between a meat and vegetarian dish, as well as bread. And as a vegetarian myself, I certainly did not feel hungry after.

We ate our dinner around the campfire, before enjoying a few evening drinks. Fortunately, there was a cool box on board the truck where we could store a few beers

Facilities are basic

When camping in the Serengeti, expect the facilities to be very limited. What facilities there are might also not be kept to the same standards of cleanliness that you are used to at home.

Our camp had simple toilets and showers, which was all that we needed. And whilst the lack of luxuries didn’t seem to bother anyone in our group, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer are definitely a must.

You’ll see some wildlife

Whilst we’d been having dinner, we’d heard the sounds of lions roaring in the distance and hyenas laughing. The campfire tends to keep most animals away and once it started to go out, it was time for bed. Everyone was slightly nervous about what we might encounter in the night, being in an unfenced camp, but our crew was quick to reassure us and taught us how to spot a predator.

During the night we had both zebras and hyenas walk through the camp. I poked my head out of my tent and saw a group of five hyenas just 10 meters away! It was an incredible experience, and if it was up to me I would have bush-camped every night of the trip.

It gets cold at night

The Serengeti gets cold in the early morning and evenings, so be prepared! You’ll need to pack both summer and winter clothing, such as a woolly hat, gloves, and thick socks.

You’ll also want plenty of warm clothing for sleeping in. I brought a small travel blanket to put around me by the campfire – and it was a great extra layer to my sleeping bag.

Traveler tips for camping in the Serengeti:

  • Don’t pack too many clothes, everything gets dusty and dirty very quickly. So you’ll end up wearing the same thing most days anyway.
  • Use something to cover your face, like a light scarf or bandanna. This helps keep the dust away from your nose and mouth.
  • Bring a pillow! Whilst the camping equipment includes a roll mat, a pillow is a godsend.
  • Pack a good head torch. When you’re camping in the middle of nowhere and need to go to the toilet in the middle of the night, a phone torch is simply not enough.
  • Be open-minded. Overland camping isn’t for everyone, the facilities are basic and you’ll travel through some very poor and undeveloped areas. However, if you come across as polite, happy to get rough and ready, show compassion and use the knowledge of your crew to navigate the local customs, you’ll have the time of your life!


fire tented

How to choose: Serengeti lodges and tented camps

Staying in luxury Serengeti lodges and unique tented camps is one of the many highlights of traveling in Tanzania. There truly is something to suit every traveler. From permanent structures in the middle of the Serengeti to tented luxury safari camps for an unforgettable experience in the wild. But how do you know what’s best for your trip to Africa? We’re here to help! At Tanzania Specialist, we have spent years carefully curating the very best Serengeti lodges and other unique Tanzania accommodation options.

Serengeti lodges or camps: which is best?

Whether you choose to stay in a luxury Serengeti lodge or you opt for a tented camp, you can be assured that you will be treated to a comfortable, safe and,  most importantly, unforgettable experience in the Serengeti. Serengeti lodges are permanent structures in national parks. Often located on vast land areas, they offer privacy and unbeatable comfort for those looking for a more luxurious taste of the Serengeti. 

Tented camps also offer a luxurious experience – albeit with a few more basic facilities. All Serengeti camping accommodation with Serengeti African Tours comes with a private tent and en suite bathroom facilities. The walls may be thin, but they offer a deeply immersive experience of the Tanzanian wild.

Uncompromised comfort in a permanent safari lodge. A private tented resort that’s a little off the beaten track. Sleeping in the Serengeti is the experience of a lifetime. Are you still unsure of what kind of trip would suit your best? Or would you like to combine a tented safari with a luxury lodge? Get in touch with our Serengeti travel experts and get ready to create your dream Tanzania vacation. We hope to see you soon, in a tented camp or a luxury lodge in Tanzania!

serengeti african tours Maasai village

What to expect when visiting a Maasai Village in Tanzania

Visiting a Maasai village is one of the cultural highlights of our traveler’s dream activities in Tanzania. A rare chance to experience a taste of local life and learn about the traditional cultures of Africa, it’s certainly not hard to see why visiting a Maasai village is at the top of the Tanzania must-see list!

A Maasai village tour is the perfect accompaniment to a Tanzania safari or custom Tanzania vacation. Here we take a closer look at what you can expect from visiting a Maasai Village with Tanzania Specialist, and why you should add a cultural visit to your Tanzania experience.

Who are the Maasai tribe?

The Maasai tribe is one of the most prominent tribes in Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Maasai people ethnically belong to the Nilotic group and have an incredibly rich culture, from their distinct attire to their distinctive Maa language and traditions. Though Maa is the official language of the Masaai, most Maasai people also speak the official languages of Tanzania and Kenya: Swahili and English!

The piercing and stretching of the earlobes is a common practice among the Maasai, with women often wearing colorful beaded ornaments in their ears.

Many Tanzania tourists are looking for a deeper experience in their safari adventure, and wish to visit a Maasai village during their trip to Tanzania. These visits occur during or in between safaris as the Maasai tribe lives close to the national parks – think of lush natural destinations like the vast Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater.

Maasai Cultural Tour: What to Expect

When visiting a Maasai village with your private Tanzania Specialist guide, you will start by arriving at the village with a warm welcome. After an introduction to the Maasai village, you will then step into a couple of Maasai houses and huts. You will be guided by your Maasai host to explore the traditional lodgings of the Maasai and how they live.

The Maasai love to share their incredible culture with visitors. So when visiting a Maasai tribe you can expect to see several Maasai traditions firsthand. This includes celebratory dances and songs and a closer look at the beautiful jewelry made with typical Maasai beads.

What to know when visiting a Maasai tribe

Several Maasai villages host many different tours for international travelers every day. This means you should be aware that you may not be the only tourist in the village! Visiting a Maasai village has become a significant part of promoting Maasai culture for many villages in Tanzania. This not only shares the beauty of the ancient Maasai culture but creates an additional source of income for the tribe.

Do’s and don’ts when visiting a Maasai village in Tanzania

  • Do ask questions! Your Maasai hosts are there to share their culture and welcome questions about their culture and traditions
  • Don’t take photos without permission! Always ask for permission when taking photos of the Maasai village and the Maasai people.
  • Do respect your environment. It’s important to remember that this is not a tourist attraction – it is the home of your hosts.
  • Do purchase souvenirs. The Massai’s selection of handcrafted souvenirs is fantastic gifts and keepsakes to remind you of your time in Tanzania.
  • Do keep an open mind and be ready to learn about this amazing culture!

One last piece of advice when visiting a Maasai village: drink it all in and enjoy every second. Respect and curiosity are all you need to get the most out of this unique travel experience. Ready to get started with planning your ultimate Tanzania travel experience? Get in touch with the travel experts at Serengeti African Tours

serengeti african tours on tanzania map scaled 1

The Main Airports in Tanzania – (With Tanzania Travel Tips)

Tanzania is a country that many people dream of visiting during their lifetime. If you are thinking of traveling to Tanzania, there is likely one thing that you want to know more information about, and that is the airports in Tanzania.

Like many of African countries, Tanzania is filled with natural beauty and a range of animals that many people dream of seeing in the wild during their lifetime.

For people who dream of safari holidays, Tanzania is normally high on their bucket list. But if you want to travel to Tanzania, you need to fly there.

The Main Airports in Tanzania

Julius Nyerere International Airport

The largest airport in Tanzania is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

This airport finished construction in 1954, and since then it has been regularly used by people visiting Tanzania.

It is the largest airport in Tanzania, with 3 terminals, so there are a number of flights in/out of this airport.

It is incredibly modern with recent expansion creating a whole new airport solely for international travel, making the airport even larger!

Mwanza International Airport

In the northern part of Tanzania, Mwanza International is one of the most popular.

It is close to the city of Mwanza, and located near the southern shores of Lake Victoria, so a number of tourists will use this airport during their vacation to Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro International Airport

One of the most popular airports in Tanzania is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

This airport is located to the southwest of Kilimanjaro national park and is incredibly popular among people who visit Tanzania to climb this mountain, or who come to go on safaris in the national parks around Arusha.

Arusha Airport

A smaller airport in Tanzania that still works as a major one is Arusha airport.

Arusha airport is located in the city of Arusha, and it is the go-to airport for any domestic travel within Tanzania.

This is a huge part of what contributes to the popularity of this airport.

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Finally, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is a popular airport among those visiting the Zanzibar region of Tanzania.

This airport is around 5 kilometers south of Stone Town, so it is perfect for flying to if you want to see the beautiful white beaches of this island during your Zanzibar holiday.

Tips for Traveling in Tanzania

Here are some tips for traveling, and staying safe when doing this, in Tanzania:

  • Always travel in groups at night, and never travel alone after dark.
  • Choose the time of year that you visit based on what you want out of the vacation (wildlife viewing, wildebeest migration, etc.)
  • Ensure that you are fully vaccinated with the recommended vaccines before visiting Tanzania.
  • Buy a local SIM card so that you can keep in touch with those back home during your trip.


In short, in this guide, we have taken a look at some of the main airports in Tanzania, and a range of travel tips to help you get the most out of your vacation.


How To Plan Your First Safari Vacation

How To Plan Your First Safari Vacation

Going on an African/ Tanzanian safari vacation is a dream of many, but it is also one of those vacations that requires a huge amount of planning.

Sure, you could fly to Tanzania, rent a car, and just take off into the countryside, but it would be ill-advised to do so, as most roads are unmarked. It is simply better to be with someone who is familiar with the area.

You need professional help to plan out how you will spend your safari and to have proper, safe transport.

However, you needn’t rely on professionals to plan out your entire vacation. Your vacation should be your own, plan as much as you want, but don’t forget the professionals know what’s hot.

Choosing the right time and place can make or break an entire vacation. This is especially true when it comes to an African safari vacation. So, how do you plan out your first safari vacation?

Why Go On An African / Tanzania Safari?

Safari ventures are full of vast skies, open horizons, and giving yourself over to the wild world. You get more up close and personal with wildlife, you will meet new people and discover new things.

Here are the reasons you may want to go on a Tanzania safari.

Experience African Culture

Safaris are not all about wildlife, a big part of safaris is enjoying an introduction to new cultures. You get to engross yourself more with African cultures and try unique foods of native taste.

You could interact with a local tribe and experience a different way of living. You leave the vacation with a whole new perspective on life and living, seeing the world and society from a new view.


Most of us have seen wildlife on television or in movies, however, things are very different when we get to see these animals face to face.

Seeing a herd of elephants right before your eyes is very different from seeing them in a documentary.

A pride of lions walking by you, or watching a hippo enjoy a bath like you would is so much more awe-inspiring than when you see these things on TV. These animals are in their natural habitat, with minimal human interference.

Not only is it more honest and true to see them this way, but there are no breaks in the action and no fences.

Change Of Scenery

Any Tanzania vacation is a break from the stresses and chaos of everyday human life, and it takes you back to nature. You get to have new scenery, a change of culture, and a new lease on life in a different place for a short while.

The Serengeti, Tarangire National Park, Mikumi National Park, and more places will leave you breathless and amazed by how beautiful our world can be.

When we have a moment to catch our breath and enjoy what mother nature laid down in front of us.

Sense Of Adventure

Any trip away brings a sense of adventure. Adventure is something that most of us seek outside of our day-to-day lives, excitement, joy, seeing, and learning new things. A safari will bring this long-craved sense of adventure.

Out in the middle of the Serengeti, there is little else but adventure, sure, you will be on a guided tour with a professional guide, but it is enough to awaken the fascinated kid in your heart.

Once In A Lifetime Experience

Not many of us get a chance to venture out of our homes and into the wilderness for more than five minutes. For the majority of people, going and seeing lions or elephants usually means a trip to the zoo.

However, when you get the opportunity to see lions and elephants in their natural habitat, no bars, no glass, face to face, in their home, it is different. These kinds of trips are not things that we get to do more than once, so it is well worth it.

For most people, the only things on their doorstep are a Starbucks and a bunch of cars, but to wake up and have a safari right there is something we all have to experience, at least once.

What To Consider

You can’t just pack up, and go on any old safari, vacations need planning, and safaris even more so, so, what do you need to think about?

Review Your Budget

No vacation will be cheap, however, safaris can be on the pricier side of things. The best thing you can do if you want a lovely safari vacation is to save up before you book.

The daily cost for a safari vacation can be anywhere from $200 to $1,000 per person per day.

This would include travel between camps, however, it doesn’t include your flights and you are expected to tip. So, look over your budget and make sure that you can afford it first, or at least save up.

Types Of Accommodation

Consider where you want to stay: a lodge, perhaps a tent? Note that pretty much every National park will offer visitors tented camps or lodges.

Don’t forget to always check what types of accommodation are on offer before you book!

Each national park will have its own set-up for visitors. For example, Sangaiwe Tented Camp in Tarangire has spacious canvas thatched rooms with a private bathroom and even a swimming pool.

On the other hand, if you were to visit Arusha National Park you have plenty of lodges to stay at, or if you prefer things in the style of the traditional holiday-maker, you could stay at a hotel!

If you wanted a long stay vacation you could look at a Northern Tanzania Safari going from Arusha to the Serengeti through Tarangire and more. You could take this 8-day vacation and enjoy a wonderful Safari in comfortable accommodations.

An 8-day vacation is an ideal option for those who want to soak up a new environment. Attending a Safari like this and staying in a National Park tent camp or lodge is a great way to do this!

Thankfully most parks will offer you lodges or tents.

Consider A Guided Tour

Guided tours might seem like a bit of a droll idea if you are the type of person who adores venturing out on their own, but guided tours can be one of the best choices you will make.

They come as a package deal, and the bigger your group is the cheaper it will work out for you. You will get knowledge of the area, and the experience and wisdom of someone who spends most of their time out on the safari.

Not to mention that the experience is all the more immersive this way.

  • Better Visibility

Many safari agencies will give you a guide who will take you from camp to camp.

One of the best things about having a guide with you is that they will have a radio to have contact with other guides who will contact each other to confirm where the animals are.

They will be able to give you better visibility of the safari than simply relying on the chance that a pack of hyenas or a pride of lions might show up.

Do not forget that you can travel with a guide in an open-air vehicle and soak it up. It’s better than taking your car!

  • Better Knowledge

When you are taken on a tour by your guide you also get the knowledge of the guide. Following riders on the journey can enrich your whole experience with their knowledge, and having some company.

You learn more from conversing with the guide and your fellow riders than you will from a booklet or an audiobook, and you will maybe learn some facts that a book or audio tape could not be able to provide.

  • Provides Expertise

The expertise of a guide is a cherished thing on safaris. A guide will know the area very well, and since they will likely be communicating with other guides as well, their wisdom of the area is greater.

However, in the instance that something dangerous could happen, they know how to deal with it, and you are not left in a panic unsure of your safety.

If your guide tells you to stay still, it is for a reason, they will give you directions to keep you safe.

If you went without a guide, this is one of the main things you would be lacking.

  • More Accessibility

Some safaris may allow you out without a guide, however, in many areas you won’t be able to access the best parts unless you are on a full safari vacation with a guide. You will see things you wouldn’t be able to see from a normal road.

These guides know the tracks, the good spots, the areas where the animals are best found, and the things that will amaze you the most.

Most of the safari will be accessible for you to witness when you choose a guided tour, having a professional with you comes with perks.

When To Go

Another factor that many of us forget to consider is when we should go on a vacation. We might think that with Africa on the equator, it will always be lush summer weather.

In comparison to those of us who live in obviously seasoned climates, this may be true.

However, Africa has its seasons. All the East African regions will have a wet season and a dry season. Not only this but when you go can also dictate the price and what you will see. Let’s consider what is best for you.

December, January, February, and March

The dry season is from June to October and from December to March. These are probably the most popular times to visit Tanzania.

If you want to see something spectacular, then the first two months of the year are the best time to travel to Tanzania.

However, in January and February, you may be blessed to see some babies, as it is this time of year when the wildebeest tend to calf.

See this in Ndutu, or return later from July to October to the Serengeti and Masai Mara to see the crossing, and watch the journey the calves have to make.

It is also the high season which is worth noting.

April, May

April to May is the rainy season, there will be lots of greenery and prices will generally be much lower. This is due to fewer people going to Safari’s the prices will be cheaper than the rest of the year.

However, you will miss out on the birthing of the calves, and the crossing of the Masai Mara. Yet, the wildebeest are always on the move, so you will still see part of the great migration.


June is part of the dry season which is not so popular. It is a time of year in which it is ideal to visit the central Serengeti.

This is the perfect month to visit if you want to visit during the dry season, but do not depend on the high season.

July, August, September, and October

Safari-goers will typically visit during this season, and there are plenty of reasons why it is so popular, from the wildlife being in obvious spots.

With pleasant temperatures, fewer biting bugs, and with comfortable traveling conditions, there is not much you can complain about.

The great wildebeest migration is the largest migration of mammals in the world. It is also one of the seven wonders as well. You see millions of wildebeest, gazelle, and zebras run across the plains of the Serengeti.

Timing this and getting to experience it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for certain. While the beginning of the year is great if you aren’t focused on seeing the calving, consider July to October.

The herds will be around the Mara River at this time. This is when you will be most likely to see the Mara River Crossing happening. You can see this migration all year around, however, the Mara River crossing is one of the most popular.

However, it is not all sunshine and roses, and you should consider much about it. It is peak safari season, with many tourists going at this time of year since the wildlife will gather around waterholes. This makes them easier to spot.

But there are also fewer mosquitos, clear skies, cooler evenings and mornings, and it is the best time to see the wildebeest.

If you get a chance to witness this incredible act of nature, you will watch the herds cross the river. Fighting fast-flowing rivers and hungry crocodiles. It is an intense sight to see.

Sadly, because these months are the best to visit, prices are higher, meaning that if you want to go at peak season, you can be certain you will pay more for it.


November is also part of the rainy season, meaning that there will also be a great deal of greenery around. Much like the rainy season earlier in the year, it is much quieter.

People tend to visit during the dry seasons and to see events like the calving and the crossing of the Masai Mara. So, the wet season is usually quieter, so you get better prices, and will still get to see part of the great migration.

Where To Go

Africa is packed with epic locations, but which is best for you?

Eastern Africa

Eastern Africa is filled with plenty to see and much to enjoy, but each country has something special for you.


Tanzania will let you witness the great migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya. If you time it right, and the rainfall comes at the right time it will be beautiful.

But sporadic timing does mean you can see many aspects of this occurrence.

You may see the calves being born in the early months of the year, or river crossings in the summer.

The herd will be followed by cheetahs, wild dogs, lions, and hyenas, so you may see a bit of everything.


Kenya will bring you the Masai Mara river crossings, where you witness an enormous herd of wildebeest crossing a crocodile-infested river in hope of getting to the other side.

However, you can also visit one of their 24 national parks. However, if you travel between September and October you will get to enjoy the dry season, with cooler weather. Of course, these are also the months of the Masai Mara migration.

It is a great opportunity to see wildebeest, gazelle, zebras, and even lions and cheetahs in their natural habitat. It does get costly, as this is a popular event and one of the wonders of the world, but it is worth it.


Uganda will give you mountain gorilla treks. You need to head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, this place is a rainforest in which around half of the world’s mountain gorillas are known as home.

The best time to travel here is the summer months, from June to September. However, if you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, November is a brilliant time to travel and beat the competitive competition.

March and April are the low seasons, and they are also worth it, as you can trek the gorillas in tiny groups


If you fancy going on a Safari in Rwanda, it is best to go in their dry season, this time of year is also a popular time to start booking gorilla treks too, due to sunny conditions and clear skies.

The gorilla treks here take place around the rainforests, especially in Volcanoes National Park. You will also see chimpanzees as well as colobus monkeys living in the trees.

This place, however, is a gorilla habitat by default and so it is wet, and you will never be able to avoid rain here, no matter how hard you try. But, know that even after a heavy downpour the skies will open up to the bright sun.

The costs are getting higher, so if you see a deal for gorilla treks in Rwanda, it is best to get the deal while you can!

Top Tips

Plan A Trip That Is a Minimum of 8 Days In Tanzania

Africa is very big, and each country inside this continent is just as big. A week’s holiday may seem ideal for some, but if you try to pack everything into just 7 days, including your flights you will be too rushed to enjoy it.

We recommend visiting for 8 days, plus your flight days as well. Doing it this way means you can enjoy everything the country offers and then have some time to relax as well.

Take A Hot Air Balloon Safari

While normal safari trips are awesome, going to Tanzania for a long enough period of time can bring you other opportunities as well. Sure, go on the standard safari and experience everything up close and personal, but then do something else.

Take a hot air balloon safari as well. You now get to see everything from really far away as well. Take in the landscape in its full beauty from a bird’s eye view. If you can do both of these, you will have some sights you will never forget.

Visit A Maasai Village

Take the time to visit a Maasai village in Tanzania. Maasai present a very colorful sight in how their traditional dress stands out, with their rather ubiquitous spears in hand.

The Maasai are nomadic sheep, cattle, and goat herders, and over time they have needed to adapt to modern ways. Most of whom have turned to agriculture, and some even turned to living in cities.

Some of the Maasai villages will be open for tourists to visit, and they will entertain you with dances, including the infamous udumu.

Relax On A Tropical Island After Your Safari

Once you are all done and dusted on your safari trip, why not take a chance to enjoy a different kind of nature?

Tanzania has some of the most beautiful tropical beaches you will ever find in the world, and most of them are on the Tanzanian Islands.

Mafia, Zanzibar, and Pemba are all ideal pieces of heaven where you can unwind before or after your safari mainland venture.

On these islands, you can craft your itinerary to how you want it to be, including the island of your voice. Build your own trip, post safari, and relax by the ocean.

Be Openly Minded

Always keep an open mind when it comes to safaris, each trip will be unique and therefore, it is hard to predict anything. Do not stress over the things that you cannot control. You may not see a lot, or you might see everything.

The journey could be excessively long, or maybe it is a bit too tough. Setting expectations is never a good idea when faced with mother nature.

Be Flexible

You should also be flexible when it comes to safaris, and be prepared for warm or cold weather, blazing sun, or cool winds. Prepare for mosquitos and flies, for a rough ride, and more.

You will often be driving over sand and gravel, but the driver may cross a river, a field of stones, or just drive into the brush. You never know, be ready for anything that may come your way.

Follow Safari Rules

Always follow the rules on a safari, rules are there for a reason, it is not a playground, and it can be very dangerous.

Do not approach elephants too closely, do not make a noise, keep hands and cameras inside the vehicles when near big cats and never stand between the water and a hippo.

We all know these rules. They are there for a reason, ensure that these rules are followed, and they are there for your safety after all.

Ask Questions During Tour

Do not be embarrassed to ask as many questions as possible during a safari, the guides will be very wise and knowledgeable, and you will be able to learn a great deal about the animals and their behavior.

Make use of the information stored away inside your tour guide’s brain, and ask away, even if you think it is a silly question, it is not.

Ask To Stop During the Tour

You may not want to make requests, maybe you are shy or anxious. Well, we are telling you to ask those things. See something in the distance and want to get your binoculars out for a better look, ask to stop.

Want another picture of that hippo? Go for it. You are paying for the safari, and the guides are there to give you the best experience, if you want to stop, ask.

Take As Many Pictures As Possible

You may think that you won’t want to keep the pictures because, by the time you’ve seen 18 giraffes, you won’t be taking that many anymore.

It is always good to take as many photos as you can, you never know when you may capture something you don’t want to forget!

You never know if you will get a chance to get a picture that good again, so keep on going.

On your first trip you may see so much, so take as many pictures as you can, because the wildlife may be more sparse next time.


Safaris are one of the best and most exciting types of vacation, sure, they are also one of the most costly, but they take you into the heart of a place you will never forget, and may never go to again.

These places are the heart and soul of the natural world, they are wonders that climate change could easily take away from us, so going out there and experiencing the beauty of what it is, is priceless.

Take the opportunity, and see these exotic wonderful animals in their true, natural homes by taking your first African safari!




5 Days Tanzania Safaris, Waterfalls And Coffee Tour

Why Lions Do Not Attack Tourists While On Jeep

Lions are natural predators. In the wild, they must hunt for their food, and this is why they are usually at the top of the food chain.

While it can be difficult to think of these beautiful creatures as hunters, this is part of nature, and ultimately part of the great circle of life.

If you are visiting any African countries where lions reside, it is likely that you will want to do a game tour to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

But you might be anxious about the chance of a lion attacking you during this tour.

Read on to find out why lions do not attack tourists while they are on jeeps.

Why Don’t Lions Attack Tourists On Jeeps?

It is incredibly unlikely for a lion to attack a tourist jeep during a game tour.

While attacks have occurred in the past, they are incredibly rare, and this is why this style of tour is so popular.

The main reason why lions do not attack tourists on jeeps is because of the predator-prey instincts that keep lions alive in the wild.

While a single human being isn’t seen as a predator to a lion, and instead is seen as something they could easily attack, the same cannot be said for a jeep.

Any motor vehicle that has 4 wheels is usually perceived as a threat by lions, simply due to the size of these vehicles.

But a jeep is seen as even more of a threat due to the large size of these vehicles.

Jeeps are much larger than a single lion, and when you combine this with the number of human beings that a jeep can hold at once, it is easy to see why lions see jeeps as a threat.

On top of this, lions do not tend to attack tourists on jeeps simply because they do not tend to approach these vehicles.

On the odd occasion when lions do approach jeeps, tour guides tend to take precautions for the safety of their passengers.

This will typically include asking passengers to stay still and quiet while the lions are close by.

A combination of these factors is the reason why lions generally do not attack tourists on jeeps.


In short, lions do not attack tourists on jeeps because they see the jeep as a threat due to the size of the vehicle.

This is why game drives during your safari in Tanzania are generally very safe in areas where lions reside.



safari packing list tanzania

What To Pack For A Tanzania Safari (Safari Packing List)

Whether you are experienced when it comes to safari tours or it is your first time, it is important to know exactly what you need to bring with you in order to not only get the most out of your safari in Tanzania but also to make sure that you- and any other guests that are going with you such as if you are going on a family vacation-, are as well-prepared for any possible situation that you might come across.  If you are struggling to think of absolutely everything that you will need to bring with you, have no fear, as we are here to help you out!

If you need more information about What to Expect: Camping in the Serengeti you read more here

Safari Packing List

In this Tanzania safari packing list, we will go through all the items you need to take with you and explaining as to why you should bring them with you.

Let’s get started.

Travel Documents and Currency

This might seem like an obvious item to take with you, but it can be very easy to forget them if you are in a hurry. The documents and currency that you will need are as follows:

  • Passport: This is a no-brainer, but it can sometimes be tough to remember to pick up your passport on your way out of the door. Make a note about remembering your passport somewhere that you can be sure that you will see it- such as on the fridge or on the bathroom mirror- to help you keep it in mind. You will also need to make sure that your passport has a minimum validity of six months.
  • Plane Ticket: Another obvious necessity, but again, it can be easy to forget them when you’re in a hurry.
  • Visa: E-visas are recommended as they can be ordered in advance, and they can be useful when it comes to avoiding any potential issues with obtaining a physical visa once you get to Tanzania. However, if it is necessary, they are available upon arrival in the country.
  • Travel Insurance: This insurance will keep you covered for issues that might pop up during your trip to Tanzania, such as cancellations, flight delays, evacuations, theft or loss of property, and any necessary medical expenses.
  • Currency: It is best to be as prepared as possible when it comes to the money that you bring with you, so a mixture of debit or credit cards as well as cash is going to be your best bet. When it comes to what currency you are able to use in Tanzania, you can use US dollars so long as they are dated after 2006 as they are accepted in most major establishments in the country. You will also need to make sure that you have some Tanzanian shillings, as they will often be used in smaller establishments.

Versatile Clothing

Clothing can be a tricky element of a safari to pin down, as you never know exactly what you are going to get when it comes to the Tanzania weather.

Tanzania experiences both wet and dry seasons, with the dry seasons falling between January and February and then from June to October and the wet seasons lasting from March to May (this is the more prominent wet season), and then November and December.

For a safari in the dry season, you aren’t likely to see any rain, but it is best to pack a few jackets just to be sure.

Otherwise, light clothing will suffice. The wet seasons will call for heavier clothes, such as scarves and thicker jackets.

There are also general clothes that you will want to make sure that you pack no matter what season you travel in, such as the following:

  • Long Sleeved Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • T-Shirts
  • Socks
  • Warm Sweaters
  • Swimsuits
  • Hats

As whole, lightweight outfits in neutral colors are a practical choice for a safari, but remember that layering is your best friend!

Sturdy and Comfortable Footwear

You might be doing a fair amount of walking during your safari (especially if it is a walking safari specifically) and so comfortable footwear is a must.

A pair of sneakers that you are willing to let get dirty is a great idea, whilst hiking boots that are sturdy and offer a great deal of ankle support are also a necessity.

If you are planning on doing some relaxing at the beach as well as embarking on your safari, don’t forget your flip-flops or sandals!

Medical Kit

A basic first aid kit will help to avoid any unexpected mishaps or illnesses on your safari.

From regular painkillers to medications to avoid sickness and diarrhea, you will definitely want to make sure that you are stocked up on the essentials so that you can continue to enjoy your trip even if you have to deal with any medical problems.

Some of these essentials include:

  • Antibacterial medicines
  • Anti-malaria medications
  • Antidiarrheal medications
  • Band-aids
  • Gauze and Bandages
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Eye Drops
  • Nose Spray

Even the smallest first aid kit will suffice, as long as you have the right tools to deal with any cuts, bruises, or reactions that might occur!


When it comes to toiletries, you will want to bring the same kind of items as you would on other vacations, such as the following:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Travel Towels
  • Hairbrush
  • Lotions
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (if necessary)

A safari is also going to be prone to insects, so make sure that you also get yourself some strong insect repellent as well as these essentials in order to avoid being swarmed or bitten

Sun Protection

You will also need to keep in mind that you are going to be outside for a long period of time whilst on safari, so protection from the sun is crucial.

As well as sunscreen, and bring some after-sun lotion as well.

Electronics and Gadgets

As well as your phone, there is no doubt that you will want to capture the moments you experience during your safari, so a camera is sure to be on your list of essential items.

Don’t forget the charger for your camera (that goes for your phone too!) and spare batteries, as well as an extra memory card. Universal plug converters and binoculars are a must too!

Don’t forget to keep any electronics protected at all times, especially if you are planning to be in Tanzania during the rainy season.

Some extra protective coverings or waterproof bags to keep them in might prove useful.


Make sure that you have all of the different kinds of storage necessary for all of your belongings. This could include the following:

  • Backpack
  • Waterproof Duffel Bag
  • Day Pack
  • Zip Lock Bags

Utilizing these different kinds of baggage will make it easier to decipher your everyday items from your specific safari items.

Final Thoughts: what to pack for your Tanzania Safari?

So there you have everything that you will need for a safari trip to Tanzania!

As long as you stay well organized and make a thorough plan before you leave, you are sure to remember all of the essentials and have an incredible experience on your journey!


kilimanjaro climbing via lemosho route

The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Knowing the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is an important consideration before the attempt. It does not only affects your successful hike but also your overall experience. To your benefit, we have created a list of things for you to consider so as to make a good decision on what time you should hike Africa’s highest mountain.

Factors you should consider when choosing when to hike Mount Kilimanjaro (best time to climb mount Kilimanjaro)

Weather is the ultimate factor, the Kilimanjaro being near the equator faces only dry or wet(rainy) seasons with dry season favoured as it makes the hike less challenging and on the other hand having more success chances. However, the rainy season is less favourable as you will slog through very deep mud in the first days, at a higher altitude and you will have to fight your way through ice, snow, fog with moisture in your clothes, and the gears. In fact, you will not only be facing a challenge to the summit but risking your health through the process.

Tip: bad weather on the Kilimanjaro will ruin your overall experience, in the same way as your photos, and will also make the hike twice as hard.

See the table below to know more about the month by month temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, and crowds.

best time hike



month by month, weather (temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, crowds)

Number of people on the mountain, many hike enthusiasts are on the mountain in favourable weather, but if you prefer a hike with fewer visitors you should opt for the low season and carefully choose a route

Budget, on the peak season there are many group hikes and of course, this will slightly reduce the cost of the trek.

The views, if you prefer to have a certain experience like summiting on a full moon, a snowy summit, stunning sunrise, and sunset views, therefore dates are to be considered as it will influence these aspects.

  • summiting on a full moon is possible within each month, however, some months are less cloudy so you get an even better experience, as a result, peak dry season (August) is the best time for a clear full moon. we also have estimated full moon dates worth to consider
  • A snowy summit, in some months the Kilimanjaro can have less snow meanwhile other months can be very snowy. For instance, you can favour a snowy summit (peak wet season) or a summit without snow. In fact, this will be down to the dates & your decision on when you should hike Kilimanjaro.
  • Sunset and sunrise views, during the dry season, there it is less cloudy and you will have an even better view of the sunrise and sunset.

Month by month weather on the Kilimanjaro, the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Below, is a month-to-month breakdown of the weather and other things you should consider before deciding when to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.

Late March – mid-June.

The rainy/wet season is usually from April to May, however, late March and early June are what we consider as a grey area. In fact, it can rainy or dry with weather changes. Normally, rainy seasons can start earlier in late March and end in mid-June

Late June – August

It is expected to be past the rainy season, yet, the weather on Kilimanjaro will be dry and a bit colder, therefore, June is quiet but the number of hikers will increase as the year progresses.

August – October

August and September are the peak season for hikers on the Kilimanjaro. During this time, the weather is good with many clear days and it is a bit colder. So, these conditions are good and will last until mid-October before the buildup for the short rains begins.


The number of hikers starts dropping in late October to November. Thus, the weather is more unpredictable as short rains may have started or looming, this short shower rains. However, it will last for short spans in the day but, as long as you are equipped you will withstand the occasional rain showers which wouldn’t present any major problem to you.


short rains will last up to December. And with a few situations, they will be prolonged to early January. In the same way, the temperatures will have dropped and the shower rains will make it more challenging. Therefore, You should be equipped.


The four to six weeks around Christmas and New Year are the second peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro. There will be many trekkers despite the high chances of rainfall and thick clouds in the lower regions.


Mid-January to mid-March is a good time to hike the Kilimanjaro. The weather is reasonable, not too cold, not too wet, and there aren’t as many climbers. The days are mainly dry, beautifully clear with few clouds and occasional brief showers. This period is the warmest with clear skies from morning to evening.

Tips you should consider if your preferred time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro does not fit your travel period

Finally, You may find that your travel period is at a less perfect time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to fit your preferred considerations being weather, number of hikers, views, budget while this happens you should not stress out here are tips you should consider

–              Consider the Rongai route, this route is on the northern side of the mountain. It is much drier than other Kilimanjaro routes

–              If you prefer fewer crowds you should consider Rongai, Shira, and lemosho routes which are less crowd

serengeti migrations

Best Time to Visit Tanzania for Safari and Adventure

Like many other travellers, you are out to have the best experience on your vacation and great timing does the trick, so you now have this question in your mind “when is the best time to visit Tanzania?”

The best time to visit is largely dependent on what you want to visit & how you want your visit to be. All this can be largely influenced by the weather at your time of visit

Throughout the year you can visit Tanzania attractions but it is during the dry season (June to October) that is regarded by many as the best time to visit Tanzania

Why June to October is the best time to visit Tanzania?

  • First of all, the skies are clear and most day is sunny (perfect weather for your stay)
  • Secondly, animals are easier to spot as with water shortages the vegetation weakens thus improving the visibility of animals who will be concentrated at water sources
  • Furthermore, this period will cover the two highlights of the migration “The Grumeti river crossing” and “The Mara river crossing”
  • Easy mobility, moving around is easier when it is dry unlike rainy season
  • Moreover, it is the perfect time to hike The Kilimanjaro as it’s favourable weather and more summit chances
  • fewer mosquitoes unlike the rainy season which is a favourable condition for mosquitoes
  • easier to do group tours, group activities, and greater parties
  • lastly, there are plenty and more options for activities to do during the dry season

Few considerations against this period

  • Prices are high
  • Many travellers as it is peak season, if your preference is a quiet trip
  • Very dusty roads

Other favourable times to visit Tanzania

November to March


  • it is expected to be dry, sunny and with fewer travellers so it is a great time for a visit
  • little chances for short rains which are expected in December & January


  • the great wildebeest migration herds are back in the Serengeti
  • weather will be between sunny and short rain showers (to reduce the dust)
  • the scenery starts to get greener & beautiful
  • small peak season around festival season

January to February

  • the great wildebeest migration calving season, this is yet another highlight of the migration with about half a million new-borns through this period
  • it is also an excellent time for predator action
  • the scenery is green and beautiful


  • this is a grey time, not clear if it will be dry or perhaps the rainy season will begin
  • almost end of wildebeest calving season

April to May

this is probably the least favourable time to visit Tanzania as it is expected to be the rainy season therefore very difficult to move around or enjoy the sun

but there are some advantages for this period

  • lower rates
  • green and beautiful
  • migratory birds are present and bird watching is at its best
  • fewer travellers (low season)
kilimanjaro climbing via lemosho route

10 Reasons Why You Should Hike Mt Kilimanjaro

Why do 40,000 people a year seek to hike the world’s highest freestanding mountain and highest in Africa?. The mountain is so popular, now well known as “Everyman’s Everest”.

Below, are the top ten reasons why you should hike Mt Kilimanjaro, from the most practical to the most profound:

1. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest point and one of the seven summits. It needs no technical skills or climbing equipment to conquer the summits. In other words, a beginner without any experience on big mountains can safely and successfully make it to the top.

Note: Technically, the easiest to climb of the world’s Seven Summits is Kilimanjaro.

2. A week’s walk from the equator to the north poleKilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain on the equator. Climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the equator to the North Pole in a week. It provides dramatic changes in vegetation and animal life day by day. Making it one of the world’s greatest wonders

3. A world on its own. Did you know? while the entire United States enjoys 7 climatic zones, Mount Kilimanjaro enjoys 5?. The Mountain guarantees an experience that is out of this world, scenic changes in vegetation and climate creates that feeling of “traversing through different worlds within just a few hours.”

Kilimanjaro’s 5 climatic zones.

Cultivation: Farmlands, small villages, coffee and fruit plantations.

Rain forest: Most wildlife is be found here.

Heather-Moorland: Shrubs and unique flora are everywhere.

Alpine Desert: Unique landscapes featuring volcanic rocks in varied shapes and sizes, and also extreme temperatures.

Glacier Summit: An arctic zone.

4. Kilimanjaro is a pristine getaway to connect with nature. Staying a minimum of four nights of camping and walking through different vegetation is refreshing and will make you reconnect with nature especially when coming from major cities.

5. The mountain that inspires. Whether you want to inspire yourself or others towards a cause hiking Kilimanjaro can be it, Kilimanjaro belongs to Tanzania, the first nation in East Africa to win independence from colonial powers (it was then called Tanganyika). Before independence in 1959, soon-to-be President Julius Nyerere said: “We, the people of Tanganyika, would like to light a candle and put it on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro which would shine beyond our borders giving hope where there was despair, love where there were hate and dignity where before there was only humiliation.” Today, the summit is called Uhuru Peak–Uhuru is the Swahili word for “Freedom.”.

Fact: President Nyerere went on to inspire freedom & liberate east & southern African countries

6. A hot spot for studying climate change, global warming is one of the most debated topics with many arguing for & against it, from prominent global leaders to young activists all with great conviction to their arguments. The Kilimanjaro shrinking glaciers have been used for so long as evidence to support arguments for global warming therefore it is one of the best places for you to clear your doubts and take a stand.

7. Hiking Kilimanjaro is not very difficult but also not an easy task with many hikers claiming it is one of the most challenging tasks they have done both at a physical and mental level. Climb Kilimanjaro, stand on the roof of Africa and see the world in a different way. A mountain top is a place for vision, inspiration, and a new beginning. As the famous song by Juluka goes: “I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro, I can see a new tomorrow. I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro. I cast away all my sorrows.

Tip: Kilimanjaro is a worthy accomplishment to brag about.

8. Kilimanjaro, Picturesque & Stunning. the scenery from the trail start to the summit is amazing, from its green vegetation, the kissing rock to the summit. You will be rewarded with great scenes, views of sunrise, sunsets, the summit and if planned well great view of the full moon

Other reasons why you should consider hiking the Kilimanjaro

9. Africa’s best safaris, as you will already be in Tanzania a safari to Serengeti & Ngorongoro crater is a worthy extension one not to miss considering these wildlife destinations are arguably the best in the world. However, they are just the tip of the iceberg with over 26 national parks in Tanzania

Tip: Tanzania is home to half of the world’s lions.

10. Beach extensions, Tanzania has a large coast but the archipelago islands of Zanzibar are the most known for clean, crystal waters and stunning beaches.