FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • What is the best time of the year to visit Tanzania?

 

Tanzania is beautiful all year round. We understand you'd like to avoid the rain season, but with climate changes happening all over the world it is difficult to give any guarantees about when the rains will fall. And it has it's advantages to travel during quieter months because there are no waiting times at entrance gates and it can feel like you have the entire wildlife park for yourself.

 

  • Is Tanzania a safe country?

 

Yes it is. Unfortunately this cannot be said of the whole African continent. But Tanzania has a very stable political situation. Some people like to see changes to the way it is governed, but if there are (peaceful) protests this usually happens around election time which is in 2020.

Tanzania depends for a great deal on tourism and the government works hard to keep tourists safe.

Nevertheless it is never advised to walk outside alone in the dark (especially in the cities) carrying valuables. This is a country with many people living in poverty and it's better not to tempt someone.

But if you are careful with your belongings we are comfortable you will feel very safe during your stay.

 

  • How do I get my visa for Tanzania? What are the costs?

 

It is quite easy to get a visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania. On board your flight you will receive a form that should be filled out prior to landing. They are also available at the airport building.

You will be directed to a queue for people travelling without a visa. Once you reach the immigration officers' window you hand over your passport, the immigration form and 50 USD in cash for citizens of most countries or 100 USD in cash for Americans. This will get you a tourist visa. A multiple-entry visa is 100 USD, including for Americans.

 

  • Which insurance do I need?

 

A normal travel insurance for the duration of your stay in Tanzania is sufficient for going on a safari. If you have plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, go diving off the coast of Zanzibar or do any other 'extreme' activities we strongly recommend you to talk to your insurer and to follow their advise.

 

  • What are the various types of accommodation you offer?

 

We offer (budget) camping safaris, midrange and luxurious tented camps and lodges. For your pre and post accommodation we can recommend a local hostel to keep the price down, or a 5star lodge with swimming pool and anything in between.

 

(Budget) camping safaris:

For these safaris we bring our own tents, matrasses, sleeping bags, pillows and table and chairs.

And depending on the location of the campsite (outside of the parks tents are usually set up, inside the parks we do it ourselves) you will sometimes be required to help setting up and breaking down our camp. But always under guidance and with assistance from our driver/guides and you will be finished in no time!

We also bring our own chef who will prepare all meals for you.

All campsites have shared bathroom facilities and we would like to promise you a hot shower, but in our experience this is not always the case. It's 'back to basic' and for us that is part of the fun.

 

Tented camps:

Should you wish to have a little more luxury we can recommend staying in a tented camp. Especially inside the parks this is a great option to enjoy the comfort of a normal bed with the adventurous feeling of staying in a tent.

All meals are included and prepared by the staff.

Tented camps have private bathrooms with hot showers.

 

Lodges:

Outside of the parks we usually offer a lodge stay as the more luxurious option. We take great care in finding the best spots with the best deals. And after a few days on the dusty road what could be better than a dip in the swimming pool of your accommodation? The views are often amazing and you will be well looked after by the staff.

All meals are included.

Private rooms or chalets have private bathrooms and hot showers.

 

  • What should we bring with us?

 

Shorts

Track suit

Walking shoes

Light trousers/jeans

Swimming costume

Sandals

T-shirts

Sun hat

Windbreaker

Warm clothes (May – August)

Long-sleeved shirts

Torch

Mosquito protection

UV protection

Camera

Spare batteries

 

  • What time will we be picked up on the first day and dropped off on the last day?

 

This depends on the safari that you booked. If it is a private safari we can pick you up and drop you off at any time you like.

With group bookings we have to collect people from various locations but we aim to leave the city between 7am and 8am.

If you have booked only a 2-day trip we understand you want to make the most of your time and we can leave earlier. Just let us know your wishes and we will make sure you are happy.

Average time to drop you off after safari is between 6pm and 7pm.

 

  • Can you arrange accommodation before and after our safari?

 

Yes we can and we recommend an overnight stay in or outside town if your flight arrives after 12am. It's nice to have a little rest after flying and leaving on safari in the morning fit for a new day. And if you are keen to explore Arusha or do any other activities on your arrival day we are happy to organise something for you.

One of our staff will meet you at your accommodation to give you your safari schedule, the name and number of your driver/guide and answer any questions.

 

After safari we can drop you at KIA or Arusha airport or at any location in or outside of Arusha. And we can also book your post safari accommodation for you before you proceed with your journey.

If your time allows it one of our staff will meet you to check everything went well and you are happy with your trip.

 

  • Do you offer airport pick up and drop off?

 

Yes we do. For pick up from and drop off at KIA airport we charge 50 USD per trip. And for Arusha airport 20 USD per trip. We greet you with a sign with your name so you can't miss us and you will have a stress-free trip to your accommodation or to catch your outbound flight.

 

  • Why are you more expensive than other (low) budget safari tour operators?

 

The entry prices for the national parks of Tanzania have increased a lot over the last year and the VAT of 18% that was previously included, is now excluded from the price for tour operators. That means safaris have become even more expensive than they already were. We are sad about that development because we would like everyone to have the opportunity to experience the wildlife and nature of Tanzania. But we have to be positive in the government's efforts to bring/keep the parks in a good condition and fight poaching.

We work very hard to keep our prices as low as possible, but we are not the cheapest out there. That is because we don't want to compromise our quality by lowering our standards.

There is a big difference in budget camping safaris. Some companies try to take shortcuts to drop their prices. They rush their jobs and take risks not having included any budget for emergencies or servicing their cars. We don't want you to get stranded in the Serengeti for hours and hours waiting for a back up vehicle (if you're lucky!). And we take pride in offering comfortable camping equipment. Freshly washed sleeping bags, large tents, chairs with armrests so you can really relax after a long day on the road.

Travelling on a budget doesn't mean it shouldn't be a stress-free holiday for you.

We strive to give you the best experience and offer value for money.

 

  • What is our back up if a safari car breaks down during our trip?

 

The roads inside the parks are not always in a good condition. This means we have to change tyres on a regular basis. But our driver/guides can all do this with their eyes closed and you will be back on the road in no time.

Our driver/guides all take very good care of their cars and we service them prior to each safari. Should there be any problem we are lucky to know good mechanics everywhere, even inside the Serengeti. And if we think it will take too much of our time together we use our extensive network to send you a back up car so you can proceed with your safari as soon as possible.

 

  • Do you offer safaris with driver/guides in other languages than English?

 

Group safaris are usually in English. But if you want to book a private safari we can offer other languages as well. Let us know if you are interested in a foreign language safari and we will arrange it for you.

 

  • Do you offer special diets?

 

Yes we do. Lodges and tented camps always have a variety of dietary options and we communicate your wishes with them well in advance. And for our camping safaris we have chefs who take great pride in offering all kinds of food. Kosher, halal, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, you name it, we've got it!

 

  • What is the difference between a private and a group safari?

 

A private safari is arranged only for you. You can go alone or with as many people as you like. Our cars fit a maximum of 6 clients but if you want to bring your family we just use more cars! You will have your own driver/guide whose only aim it is to give you the best time. Prices for a private safari are higher than group safaris because the cost for the car is shared between clients. There is more flexibility with the schedule and changes can be made on the day should you wish that.

 

Group safaris are a good option if you're on a budget and happy to share your car and trip with other clients. It is a great way to meet with new people.

When you ask us for a group safari we cannot always confirm your booking on the same day. It helps if you are a little flexible with your dates and with the parks you want to see. We work with other companies to find clients for group tours and almost always manage to find a group for you to go with. If this isn't the case we let you know well in advance so you have plenty of time to make other arrangements if necessary.

 

  • Is it safe to take my kids on safari?

 

Yes it is. Seeing wild animals in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience. But it has to be a good one and therefore it is not allowed to exit the car inside a national park unless your driver/guide tells you it is safe to do so (usually at picnic sites, restrooms and at your campsite). For kids it can be a stretch to spend days upon end inside a car and we therefore recommend including some down time. We know very nice swimming pools and can arrange among other things a walking safari with ranger, a bike tour in a local village or a visit to the Hadzabe, a tribe where you can learn about their hunting lifestyle. Together we can build an itinerary that will make all of us happy!

 

  • Can I charge my phone and camera during the safari?

 

Yes you can. Our cars have inverters and you can charge all you want during the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information or more questions? Contact us!

 

 

Phone: +255 (0) 766 269 661 / +255 (0)688 325 061

Email: info@magufwa-safari.com

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