FAQs


Tanzania Safari FAQs

After booking your safari, you’ll receive a pre-departure packet in the mail, which includes trip details and tips. Until then, here are some common questions from our travelers.

Health & Safety


Are safaris in Tanzania safe?

You bet they are. Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of wildlife viewing, rest up at handpicked camps and lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences.

Is it okay to drink the water?

We provide free bottled water at all nyumba camps and during all wildlife-viewing drives. You can also purchase bottled water at all lodges.

Are there a lot of bugs in Tanzania?

There are more bugs in many places in the U.S. than you will encounter on safari! As in North America, deet-based repellents and citronelle-based products work well if you encounter mosquitoes or other small insects.

What shots should I get?

For medical advice, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Most travelers receive a vaccination for yellow fever and antimalarial pills. Keep in mind that you’ll be staying in camps and lodges designed to accommodate American and European guests. 


Wildlife Viewing


Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Africa?

Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world. The vast plains of Serengeti National Park also host a myriad of wildlife, especially during the wildebeest migration.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari in Tanzania?

All kinds! You will see the animals you’ve always dreamed of encountering on safari—zebra, elephant, hippo, giraffe, lion, warthog, wildebeest, and so much more. 

When is the best time of year to go on safari in Tanzania?

Tanzania has the best year-round wildlife viewing, and we adjust our itineraries, departure dates, and accommodations based on wildlife migration patterns. In Tanzania, any time is a wonderful time to be on safari. Of course, there are seasonal variations, but you’ll always see a lot of animals. 

What is the Great Migration?

The Great Migration is a year-round phenomenon where vast herds of mammals, mainly wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, move around the Serengeti in search of food and water. The driving force of the migration is rain, making it difficult to predict.

What if I don’t see the Great Migration during my safari?

Hakuna matata! No worries! Plenty of awe-inspiring moments present themselves whenever you travel in Tanzania. Even if you don’t happen to see the Great Migration, you’ll still see an abundance of wildlife. 


Clothes, Food & Weather


What clothes should I bring on safari?

Dress in comfortable, casual attire that you don’t mind getting dusty. We recommend wearing layers. After you’ve booked your safari, we’ll mail a detailed packing list to help you prepare.

What’s the food like?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food on our safaris. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style. The food is often prepared with western palates in mind (some local dishes are included). At the Nyumba Camps, chefs prepare fresh soups, breads, entrees, and desserts daily. 

Can special diets be accommodated?

With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform us when booking your trip. 

What’s the weather like in Tanzania?

Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. December through March is warmer (70ºF - 80ºF) with a higher chance of occasional rain. May through November is cooler and drier (60ºF - 80ºF). April, like in North America, usually brings more rain so we do not operate scheduled trips during that time.  


Itineraries


Will I have a chance to interact with local people of Tanzania?

Many of our trips provide opportunities to visit local villages and interact with the people. However, if your itinerary does not include these visits, you’ll still gain valuable local insight from your expert guide, a native of Tanzania.

Can I make my own itinerary?

Absolutely. Just contact us to start the process. We’ll listen to your needs and give expert recommendations based on your interests, timeline, and budget. Leave the details to us! 

Can I take my children on safari?

Of course! We think taking your whole family on safari is a wonderful way to learn and grow together. That’s why we offer family safaris designed for families traveling with kids six years of age and older.

Will I stay in tents or lodges?

At Thomson, we know how important choice is when planning a trip. That’s why we offer an array of accommodation options. Do you want to stay in all tents? All lodges? A combination of both? It’s completely up to you. Make sure to check the accommodations section of our itineraries to see what’s offered. 

What size are your safari groups?

We specialize in small group travel (about 14 people or less), but the exact size varies trip to trip. One thing’s for sure: you’ll have plenty of elbow room, access to the pop-up roof hatch, and a guaranteed window seat.


Booking & Payment


How far in advance should I book my safari?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible to ensure your spot. This is especially important for travelers booking private safaris or adding extensions to their trips.

Can I use a credit card to pay?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for your safari deposit. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure and is payable by check, wire transfer, or money order.

What additional costs can I expect when traveling in Tanzania?

Your safari land packages will include all accommodations, meals, bottled water with meals and on wildlife-viewing drives, airport transfers, park fees, and services of guides and drivers.

Additional costs not provided may include: tips for your guides/drivers/staff, bar beverages, laundry service, phone calls, passport and visa fees, souvenirs, and travel insurance (if you choose to purchase).

Please note: Your pre-departure packet includes a visa application form and information on travel insurance and tipping.