You have booked one of the cheap African safaris online and the excitement is growing as the day of your departure draws near. At the same time your holiday could feel a little daunting, it's a foreign country and you may not know what to expect.
There are a few things you need to consider before setting off on your holiday to ensure you are getting the best from your safari tour. Your Tanzanian safari will most likely consist of a number of game drives throughout which you will see many animals. You could be staying in very remote areas and you will meet friendly locals. You need to be prepared for any situation that may arise.
To make the best of your holiday it is advised that you unplug yourself from the modern world. That's right switch off your phone, sit back and relax while taking in the African wildlife around you. Enjoy the unspoiled wilderness without having to worry about the fast-paced modern society you left behind.
The US Dollar is a widely accepted currency throughout Tanzania, vendors along the roads have priced all their souvenirs in US Dollars as opposed to local currency. It is recommended that you exchange roughly $150 for one Dollar bills as many roadside vendors do not carry enough change for larger bills. If you opt to exchange US Dollars into local currency do so at a local Bureau de Change rather than a bank. Avoid exchanging more Dollars than you may need. Most local businesses also accept major credit cards.
Packing for your trip
Make sure that you have packed all the essential items before you leave. Here is our checklist of the most important items"
- Anti-Malaria Medication.
- Comfortable closed shoes.
Packing for your game drive
There are a few key items you need to pack before setting out on your game drive. Pack these in a separate backpack, to ensure you are not running around moments before your drive, gathering items.
- Camera, additional memory cards, and batteries.
- Hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes.
- Insect repellent.
- Travel sized first aid kit including over the counter medications.
While on your safari, ask the tour guide or park ranger to stop momentarily if you would like to take a few photographs. Always pack a few extra memory cards and batteries. The last thing you want happening when you see a herd of elephants is to find out you have no more memory to take photographs or your battery has died. There are also no convenience stores situated in the bush.
A great local guide will be very knowledgeable when talking to guests about the animals which are seen. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Often guides will go out of their way to ensure guests get to see all the animals available. Always listen to the instructions given by the guides, their main responsibility is to ensure the guests are safe at all times. Never get out of the safari vehicle, remember wild animals are exactly that, wild, and they are unpredictable.