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7 SURPRISING FACTS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR FIRST SAFARI IN TANZANIA

Tanzania is arguably the best destinations you can pick for a Safari trip. From the infamous Serengeti – home to the majority of the Great Migration paths, as well as the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Arusha National Parks in the North Circuit and more in the South, Tanzania is a true animal kingdom. And absolute gem not only for wildlife lovers, but also for travelers looking for cultural experience, raw nature and off-road driving.

 

During our unforgettable Safari trip in Lake Manyara area and Tarangire National Park, we had the privilege to experience it all, and discovered some unique sides of the African travel. And want to share some of them with you, as they are as insightful as well as unusual to stumble upon.

 

  1. National Parks in Tanzania are fence-less, with no real barriers for wildlife to pass through the reserves. This way all the animals can migrate from one area to another completely undisturbed. This is also why no guide would ever promise you what exact animals you would see during the safari for certain. It all depends on the season, the prey, and overall migration.
  2. To see all of the Africa’s Big Five, it’s quite of a challenge. The big five stand for 1.Lion – 2. Elephant – 3.Leopard – 4.Buffalo – 5.Rhino. Simply because of the above point, as well as because not all of the species inhabit the same areas. We were extremely lucky to have close encounters with 4 of the 5 in a single day with Furahia Tanzania Safari & Trekking, however this should not be taken as the norm.  Find out why they are called the “Big Five” in this blog post, and read our travel diary from the day here.
  3. During a Safari in any of the parks, no one is allowed to get off from the vehicles. Even climbing on top of them is forbidden, and you could get fined and kicked out immediately. This is for safety reasons, and of course, who wants angry buffalos or hungry lions after their case, right?
  4. Avoid wearing dark colors clothing. All across the parks, you’ll notice hanging black and blue flags, usually put on trees branches. They are soaked in a special solution, and aimed as the fly tsetse traps. Apparently, these two colors in particular attract the insects, and when they fly into the flag, get poisoned. Even though, that it’s more than rare to find fly tsetse in the area, there are not uncommon still, especially given the variety of wildlife around, so worth taking precautions.
  5. All park fees are due to be paid personally by the travelers, and not from any local guides or tour agency. And hold on thigh for this one – CARDS ONLY payments are accepted. This is a government regulation aimed to decrease the corruption and unreported cash flows in the country, so make sure you’ve got a working abroad card handy.
  6. The daily entrance fees are valid per single entry, meaning that if you exit and enter again, a new full payment would be due. For Ngorongoro Conservation area the entrance fee covers 24 hours stay as you can actually spend the night there, nowever once expired, no matter with how little, the full daily fee applies again.
  7. In Tanzania, 40.5% of the country’s land is categorised as conservation area, meaning that over a third of the country’s total area is protected to a certain degree as a national park, game reserve, marine park, forest reserve or the like. Apart of the actual National Parks borders, there’s also the so-called protected areas, which are extremely varied, ranging from sea habitats over grasslands to the top of the Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. This being said, daily fees apply for certain perimeter around the parks, but are usually included in your accommodation or tour for example.

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