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Safari with or without driver????? and why?

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1. Posted by ykimweb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Wy it's so dificult to rent a car without driver in Tansania? Is it to dangerous, or to???? They have someone how has experience in safaris in Tanzania? many thanks

2. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

the only reason is because it is big business there.
ive just been talking to couple yesterday about it..they go there alot,she actually said its a good way to avoid being bribed for everything!!!
but i dont really know enough to give you any real info

3. Posted by achnab (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

The main reason is that there are not many companys who trust their large investment (vehicle) to anyone who says i can drive :-)
The roads are not what most people are used to, and in case of a breakdown the recovery is not easy, or the problem of having some stuck out in the Serengeti with no knowledge of fixing something minor.
The advantage of having a local driver is he know where certain wildlife is to be found and has local knowledge and contacts when help is needed, also a good guide has a wealth of local history.

4. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

Are you talking about just renting a car in general or taking a car into the parks to go on a safari? You can't really do a safari without a driver I wouldn't's also probably not safe. Parks, such as the crater and the serengeti are extremely large and you wouldn't know safe locations to camp, etc.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

You can drive through certain parks on your own.

The biggest argument for having the driver, though, is that you can without much extra cost. In general, the prices for a safari with a driver and all the other items versus trying to organize on your own are almost the same. When you organize on your own, you have to figure out all the park fees and camp site fees, plus the cost of gas and the car.

The driver is also good, because they have a better knowledge of the parks and where to see specific animals than you will, and therefore can maximize your wildlife viewing. It also allows you to keep your eyes on the wildlife, and not worry about where you are driving.