tanzania safaris, off the beaten tracks, tanzania
beautiful wildlife destination!
Web guide about beachs holidays and African safaris
Please remember that I am an African wildlife photographer and not a tour or ground operator. However my extensive experience in these regions enables me to advise you on the best tour and ground operators - those who live in the area, who will take care of you best and for the best prices.
Safaris are very expensive! This is why I recommend directly contacting local tour operators who live on site in Africa; they alone know the tours really well (they are at home).
The best optionUsing my advice you choose a local tour operator, a professional (who speak and write English) who lives on site in Africa, a member of the association that monitors tours operators , i.e. TATO (Tanzania association of tour operators) for Tanzania and KATO (Kenya association of tour operators) for Kenya. These agencies that I recommend have vast safari experience, climbed Kilimanjaro, Masai etc. - sometimes for 30 years. Feel free to ask me about my ground operators !
Remember that there are generally 2 kinds of tanzania safaris
1°) the "holiday camp" where 6 or even more people are loaded into a 4wd (plus the driver) and off you go on the "tourist route", with
no option for changing this route as everything has been planned for maximum profit, despite the intermediaries who take their cut! In fact, your hotel does
not provide safaris itself, but it sells them! You should budget $180 for every actual day in a reserve. Your driver's tactic is to drive for longer outside
the tanzania reserves, as this will cost you less, but you will see fewer animals! Remember that a safari is a privilege shared with nature, and if you are
sharing your vehicle with noisy people good luck on your tanzania safari!
2°) Genuine tanzania safaris, off the beaten track that will not cost more than those run via intermediaries! Allow around $200 per actual day in a tanzania reserve per person if there are only 2 of you in the vehicle and $160 if there are 4 of you. You will be taken on a private safari in a 4x4 vehicle, as Fred has an agency in Diani, and will be able to come and fetch you from outside your hotel. Either Fred or another driver guide will take you on tanzania safari. Fred often goes out on tanzania safari, which enables him to fully meet his clients' requirements.
If you want to see what I propose for Kenya.
Tanzania and Zanzibar - magnificent beaches on the Indian Ocean
As well as nature and animal game reserves
Why are tanzania safaris expensive?
They are expensive not because of the local tour operators' margins but for various reasons such as park entry taxes (Euros 30 per day and per person) as well as the prohibitive prices of 4WD vehicles in a good condition, important for safety (rental costs approximately 1,300 Euros per week) and if you want to camp, you must pay taxes. In lodges budget for 140 to 400 Euros or $ per night, depending on the lodge's reputation comfort etc. everything is very expensive! One Euro = 1,3 dollar August 2010 !!