WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON FOR A SAFARI?
Just about any time of year (see the information on climate in the About Tanzania section). However, the most popular seasons are mid December to mid March and July to mid September. This is because of the demand for Christmas and winter holidays and the summer school breaks. An increasing number of visitors are realizing that June and October is ideal, benefiting from lower visitor numbers.
Gideon Tanzania Safari offers some safaris with greatly reduced or no single supplements in the months of April and May. Also, we may well be able to offer some good discounts for larger groups during this period – please contact us for details.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I SEE THE GREAT MIGRATION?
The millions of wildebeest and zebras are always somewhere, but they are not always in large herds and on the move. Their location is largely dependent on the weather, which can vary considerably from year to year. In general the herds assemble south of the Serengeti during January and February, the season in which they give birth to their young. Starting around March they begin moving north and west in search of fresh grazing through the Serengeti Park.
They can move in enormously long single file lines or in huge herds. The bulk of the animals reach the Masai Mara in Kenya, where they tend to remain during July and August, before starting their return trek southward, back through the Serengeti in November.
CAN I HAVE A PRIVATE VEHICLE?
Yes. All safaris can be booked with the exclusive use of a vehicle for your party. A custom safari for two clients is significantly more expensive per person than seats on a similar small group safari. However, on a custom safari with an exclusive vehicle, the cost of the vehicle and driver/ guide is divided by the number of clients sharing the vehicle. Therefore, the per person cost of a custom safari reduces the more clients that are sharing the vehicle (maximum in one vehicle is 7).
CAN I HAVE MY OWN ITINERARY?
If you are arranging an exclusive vehicle (custom) safari, then you are free to arrange whatever itinerary you choose, within logistical constraints. Gideon Tanzania Safari presents a small selection of proven itinerary favorites in this website. We can arrange any required itinerary subject to practical and logistical considerations and will be pleased to discuss and quote for your special requirements.
SHOULD I TAKE A CAMPING SAFARI?
Gideon Tanzania safari provides luxury mobile camping and Gideon Tanzania Safari Tented semi-permanent camp. Both of these options are more expensive for groups less than four. Luxury mobile camping works out to be almost twice the price of regular lodge – based safaris. However, there is a popular option combining top lodges with permanent tented campsites in an exclusive vehicle safari which works out at a very competitive price. Please see LUXURY LODGE & CAMPING SAFARIS.
CAN I TAKE A SAFARI AS A SINGLE TRAVELLER?
Because of the size of its organization and volume of customers, Gideon Tanzania Safari can easily include single travelers on most set date safari departures, subject to there being at least one other booking on the date chosen. There is a supplement to cover the additional cost of single accommodation. However, there is no single supplement (or a greatly reduced one) on most safaris in the low season months of April & May.
ARE SAFARIS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
A safari is a wonderful trip for any child old enough to enjoy and appreciate the experience. On most safaris there are quite long trips on rough roads, and these cannot really be recommended for babies and very young children.
Children under 12 will benefit from reduced fares on scheduled airlines, and many lodges will provide an additional bed for a child sharing a room with parents at a reduced cost. Sopa/Serena Lodges all have large rooms with two double beds as standard. Some luxury small capacity tented camps do not allow children younger than 12 years old.