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One of the prime draws of eastern Africa and Tanzania is the opportunity to see the African wildlife up close in their native habitat. Whether you are a first timer who wants to see the "big five" of the leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino, or a hard-core birder who wants to see some of Africa's avian life in flight, Tanzania has some excellent parks for the traveller. The most visited parks are in the north, near the border with Kenya. A combination of both countries is possible and gives you the opportunity to cross into the national parks of Masai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli in Kenya. Of course, a safari can be combined with other activities and sights as well, like climbing the Kilimanjaro mountain or lazing on a beach on the Indian Ocean coast, for example on the island of Zanzibar.
Tanzania has a lot to offer when a real African safari is your main goal. Safari actually means trip/travel in Swahili language. The north is the most visited part of Tanzania, but in the more central parts of Tanzania are some spectactular parks as well, less visited but at least as impressive and with some possibilities to see different wildlife compared to the north as well. Getting there, on the other hand, can either be time consuming or expensive, or both.
More information on Tanzania's national parks can be found at the official website by following this link: Tanzaniaparks.com.
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There are a few decisions to be made about your safari before you book.
The dryest months are January and February and then again from July to September, the latter periode being the cooler and more popular one, also because of the school holidays in Europe and North America. There are two rainy seasons, the long rains from March to mid June and the short rains from October through December.
The Wildebeest migration moves through the Serengeti National Park from December until July, but actually the migration is a continuous proces and if you visit outside these months you might be able to see the migration in some part of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
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For time, you can have as long or as short a safari as you want. Gernally first timers might want to think about a 5-day safari. This would give you enough time to ensure that you see a lot of interesting stuff, but wouldn't be so long that you get sick of spending your days cruising around bumpy roads in a car.
A group safari is a safari where you go with other people that you don’t know. A private safari is where just you (and your private group go). Booking a group safari can save anywhere from US$200 to $300 to thousands of dollars (depending on the iternary). However, often companies will book a safari with promises of other travellers, but the other travellers aren’t real. In the worst case, this means delaying the safari until real travelers can be found, which can be an issue. A private safari is where you pay the entire cost of the safari, but then you have to pay more.
Camping safaris are where you stay in tents in camp grounds. Lodges are hotels or tent camps that are nicer, and usually have better immentities, but cost more. In Tanzania, lodges would add about $US150 a night onto your cost for the cheapest places (which were still pretty nice), and could cost upwards of $US600 for really nice places.
Check out the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (website) to find a company. You will save some money for sure by dealing with a local company and not having to go through a middle-man in your local country.
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Safari's can be booked directly with a tour operator from the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (website), through a 3rd party tour company or in Tanzania in either Arusha or Dar es Salaam. The difference in cost between booking directly with a tour operator or booking in Arusha is small. 3rd party companies generally charge more.
Costs can range between $100 and $1,000 a day, depending on the itinerary and type of lodging you select. As for Spring 2008, minimum prices for camping safaris are $150 a day per person.
Costs should include park fees, guide and cook, food, water, vehicle and gasoline.
Additional tours like visiting a Maasi camp or seeing the Olduvai gorge are typically extra. Maasi camps are $10 - $20 per person. Olduvai gorge is $3 per person.
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