FAQs

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Before you leave the comforts of your house, scheduling your trip is very important. Read through the detailed answers to all of your questions below OR drop us a line for more information.

Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania?
Yes, because no visit to Tanzania is fulfilled without an interaction with the local people: without learning their life and culture. A vast majority of Tanzanians are still living a very traditional life: upholding to the culture and traditions of their ancestors. Mostly you would find the Massai People with strikingly colorful who live a pastoral life with their herds of cattle in better grazing areas. You can also find some other small tribes of hunter-gatherers. Visiting to their villages and interacting with the locals is an experience that lasts in the mind of the visitors for all times to come.
At Backpackers Safaris, we consider the cultural part of any safari to be subtle yet essential. All of our Professional guides are Tanzanian born. They are tremendous resource to help you gain greater insight into the local culture. We don’t promote specially staged dances and tourist-oriented presentations. Instead, on most of our cultural trips, we begin with a visit to a traditional village where you are welcomed as friends of Backpackers Safaris into their lives and invited to get to know them as they get to know you.
As we drive between parks, we pass many villages and Masai Bomas giving you further glimpses into the lives of the Tanzanian people. We also offer a special trip in which our guests travel well off the beaten path to spend time among the Hadzabe people and observe their ancient hunter-gatherer ways.

What if I want a custom safari?
The popularity of the custom Safaris has been growing over the years. People are showing more interest to know about the life and culture of the tribes than viewing games in the National Parks. If you are on a custom Safari we would be highly delighted to work with you to help you with your family, friends by designing a Custom Safari that best matches to your interest and the budget. We are best in organizing such safaris for the professional photographers, honeymoon couples and families.

Can I take my children on safari?
YES! Backpackers Safaris has a personal understanding and deep commitment to meeting the special needs of families. We have designed family safari programs to allow you and your children to experience the wonders of Africa together. You’ll have a chance to deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, discover the many miracles of nature, and at the same time play, laugh, and enjoy the pleasure of one another company. Our trips are well suited for children.

Will I stay in tents or lodges?
Our safaris offer a wide range of accommodation options that must suit your interests and budget. Please visit our sections on Itineraries and Hotels/Lodges for a description of the different types of accommodation we use on our trips.

What the weather like in Tanzania?
Located at an altitude of 5,000 to 7,600 feet, northern Tanzania dry sunny climate is nothing like the steamy African jungle of Tarzan movies. The weather is spring-like year-round, with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, evenings in the 60s. From June until August, temperatures are slightly cooler, ranging from the 50s to the mid-70s. The coastal and lowland areas tend to be more tropical in temperature.

What clothes should I bring on safari?
Safari dress is comfortable and casual layers are recommended. Keep it simple and bring things you don’t mind getting dusty. After you have booked your safari, we send you pre-departure information through emails to help you prepare for your safari.

What’s the food like on safari?
On your safari you would be surprisingly provided the most qualitative food with enormous varieties. Most of the lodges here serve their food in buffet- style, hence you would have the opportunity to choose the food of your liking. The blending flavor of the local cuisine with the western taste would provide you a delicious pleasure. If you are on a camping safari, you would have the fresh meat and the fresh fruits which would be prepared by our expert chefs with the highest sanitary standard. It is amazing to state you that most of the guests returning to our camps only for the delicious food.

Can special dietary requirements be accommodated?
Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can easily be arranged with advanced notice. If you are vegetarian or vegan you may wish to bring along some alternative protein sources. If you have multiple food allergies, you’ll definitely want to bring along supplementary snacks. It is important we know of any possible dietary restrictions as soon as possible

Are safaris in Tanzania safe?
Today modern safari is a far cry from the rugged safaris of the past. After a stimulating day of game viewing, you can relax at comfortable, attractive lodges, with amenities like swimming pools, full service restaurants and en-suite bathrooms.
Located right in the scenic settings of the wildlife reserves, the lodges are close to nature but not too close for comfort. Tanzania is one of Africa most stable countries, where you’ll receive a warm welcome from its gracious people. Every care is taken to ensure your health and safety on safari.

Is it OK to drink the water?
We provide bottled water on game drives and in campsites, and you can purchase good quality bottled water at all the lodges and camps. Don’t drink tape water in lodges or Camps.

Are there a lot of bugs in Tanzania?
There are more bugs in many places in the USA than you will encounter on safari. Again, remember that most of the areas you’ll be visiting are arid (especially from July – November). The bugs you will see are fascinating, but certainly not anything to be concerned about.

How far in advance should I book my safari?
It is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability at the time you wish to travel, especially during the peak seasons (July & August and Christmas time). This is especially important for those wishing to travel on private custom safaris and those adding extensions to the scheduled trips. …

Can I use a credit card to pay for my safari?
YES! we do accept Visa or MasterCard for your safari deposit. The balance is due 21 days prior to departure and is payable through our Bank in Arusha.

What injections should I get?
For medical advice it is always best to consult your doctor or travel clinic. The minimum requirements for entry into Tanzania are a Yellow Fever vaccination and anti-malarial medication. Bear in mind that you will be staying in camps and lodges oriented to meet the needs of American and European guests.

What additional costs can I expect when I travel with Backpackers Safaris?
Our safari packages include all accommodation and meals while on safari, airport transfers, (on request) park fees and services of guides and drivers. It is customary to tip your guide and driver, as well as the cook or camp staff if you are camping during your safari. You will also need to pay for your own beverages and personal items like laundry service and phone calls.
Before you go, you are responsible for any passport and visa fees. We also highly recommend you purchase travel protection insurance. And finally, if you know yourself to be a big souvenir shopper you’ll need to budget

Should you have more questions?? Please feel very free to contact us:
Backpackers Safaris
P.O. Box 16232,
ARUSHA-Tanzania
E-mail: info@backpackerssafaris.com
Tel: +255 754 031701