Welcome to the safari section of the website. On this and subsequent pages you can find out almost everything you need to know about our safaris in Northern Tanzania. There are pages on the national parks you can visit, and the accommodation you can stay in while on safari, as well as lots of practical safari advice such as what to wear on your safari, how much to tip, what sort of vehicles we use etc etc. If you have any questions then, as always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll try to answer them as soon as I can.
Tanzania seems unfairly blessed. In addition to having the continent’s biggest – and arguably the world’s most beautiful – mountain within its borders, just a couple of hour’s drive west of Arusha is one of the most awe-inspiring destinations for a safari on this planet: the legendary Northern Circuit.
The Circuit itself comprises of five main parks: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. (This last one is not strictly a national park due in part to the large numbers of Maasai who live within this region, but we’ll ignore that for the moment.) Each of these parks have their own character, topography and wildlife.
Safari lovers will want to spend days or even weeks touring around this quintet; but even those who are constrained by time shouldn’t feel excluded, with four of the parks visitable as a day-trip from Arusha (only the Serengeti lies beyond reach of a day-trip, with a four-day or, much better, five-day safari required to sample the park properly.)
How to book a safari
It should be noted that, unlike a Kilimanjaro climb, there are many more ‘choices’ that you need to make about your safari. How many days do you want to spend intotal on your safari? How many are in your group? What parks do you want to visit? Do you want a private safari? Do you want a balloon ride or spend a day with the Hadzabe bushmen as part of your trip? Do you want a budget, camping safari or an upmarket trip in luxury (or semi-luxury) lodges and permanent camps?
We can certainly advise you on all of these choices based on your criteria – that’s our job (and we’ve been doing it a long time!)
But it does mean that it is impossible to compile a simple table of prices based on all the various choice combinations.
As such, all you need to do is let us know how long you want to go on safari for, what parks (if any) you particularly want to visit, and what level of accommodation you want to use. We’ll then come up with an itinerary that is based on your wishes, and which maximises the game-viewing based on the time of year in which you’re travelling.
In other words:
- You tell us you want to go on safari.
- We ask you how long for and whether you want to camp (the cheapest option) or more upmarket accommodation.
- Once you’ve told us that, we then devise an itinerary and work out the price. The itinerary will be based on your requirements, and will focus on the parks that offer the best game-viewing at that time of year.
One more thing: I think that going on a safari is an exciting and fascinating experience. In fact, it’s pretty much my favourite pastime. But it should be undertaken with the mindset of an ‘adventurer’, with patience required on occasion, together with an awareness of the risks and potential problems (breakdowns etc) that can occur on any foray into wild Africa.