Safari Tips you need to know before traveling to Tanzania

Hakuna Matata - You may hear this phrase a number of times from Disney Movies especially THE LION KING. Hakuna Matata is Swahili word which means NO WORRIES. Maybe this word is just a word for many when on a holiday at Disney World, but for an East African Safari it is a Life style. Everyone in East Africa wants it’s esteemed guests (Tourists) to enjoy their time and have No Worries whatsoever during their Safari Time.

Planning to travel to Tanzania? Here are a few safari tips that you should consider before going on a Safari:

Stay Safe

And here comes our very first Safari tip! During game drive in any of the National Parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha and many more - please stay inside your safari Vehicle or your selected Car during the drive; however much you love animals, as it sometimes may not be mutual as you like. The likelihood of you being alone out of the car may also cause them to go wild and attack you, and we all know how life is precious to all. The ideal place to have animals around you and being able to feed them and enjoy would be the Zoo and not on a wildlife Safari.

Safari Tips: Into the midst of wilderness and endless plains in a comfortable Safari Car.

Follow Your Guide

The Big Cats, Lions and Elephants may not be the only Dangerous species out there. There would be a likely case of other tourists ending up to harm you. Some of them are daring and experienced to try out the worst routes with great risks and lead to misguide you. It is thus important to follow your guides and listen to what they tell you. Safari Guides have sufficient experience and over time have the knowledge of the various species out there, routes to take, picnic lunch spots etc for you to make the most of your game drive.

Choice of Clothes

For you to be comfortable on your safari, select lightweight and loose fitting clothes. Make sure they fold up small and that they can also be washed easily in case you get dirty or wet while out on safari. The main target of being on a safari is to spot wild animals - not that they spot you! A Good color choice of clothes include earthy tones and neutrals like brown, khaki and grey. Avoid white, cream and other light colors as the roads can be really dusty. Other colors like black and blue would attract Tsetse flies, hence you would want to avoid wearing that as well. Temperatures can be cool during morning game drives, hot in the afternoons and cold at night. Layers would allow you to remove clothing to make yourself comfortable as temperatures fluctuate.

Safari Tips: Suitable clothing will make you feel and see even better during a Safari.

Stay Quite

Our fourth Safari tip says - Do not make noise whilst on a game drive. At times you may get too excited when you happen to spot an animal, which can scare the animal away. This would result into your friends also missing an opportunity to see the animals and for you to capture good memories by clicking photographs. It goes without saying - do not forget to mute your mobile phones during a game drive. In the past it was recommended for people to leave their phones back at the hotel when going for a game drive. But nowadays mobile phones are widely used for taking pictures and thus you are advised to put your phones on silent mode during a game drive.

Safari Tips: You dont want to scare the animals away. Stay quiet and whisper instead!

Minimum Expectations

Don’t be too Demanding or have very high expectations in spotting all the Big Five on your first game drive - remember that this is a wildlife Game reserve and not a local zoo. Your guides will do their utmost best to find every animal on your wish list, but there's no guarantee that you'll see everything. Parks and reserves are vast with endless plains, the animals are unpredictable as they are always on the move. Make sure you communicate what you are interested in and what you may have seen on previous drives to improve your chances. The best way of making sure you don't get disappointed is to take an interest in the drive and nature holistically and making the most when on a Safari.

Just be calm, follow our Safari tips and everything will be okay as the word HAKUNA MATATA.

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