Sunday, November 16, 2014

How To Plan For Safaris To Tanzania

By Christa Jarvis

Tanzania is arguably one of the best kept secrets in Africa playing host to some of the best national parks and game reserves in the region. There are many natural highlights found on different safari circuits, a notable one being the recently classified eighth wonder of the world: the great wildebeest migration. Furthermore, there are many excellent places to stay within incredible wildlife areas. With the right choice of a tour company, itinerary and season, safaris to Tanzania can be a fulfilling experience.

Tanzanian safaris can be classified into many forms depending on your preferences, experience and inclinations. Most tour companies specialize in providing customized safari packages to their clients. Whether you are a backpacker or a luxury tourist, you should be able to find a suitable itinerary that suits your budget.

Before contacting the operators you have located, consider reading their reviews on reputable travel websites. Get to know what other people who have recently used their services have to say. You can also visit their website and check their packages and if there is a dedicated section for client reviews. If you establish that most reviews are negative, save yourself by looking for another service provider.

When dropping them an email, do not be afraid to ask them about their registration credentials and experience in the industry. If you have already come up with a circuit you want to explore, ask about their experience with that circuit, since there are many companies dedicated to specific circuits. A validly licensed company that has been active for a couple of years is a safe choice, to avoid chances of you being a statistic in cases where visitors are swindled by con companies.

Consider getting itineraries from at least three companies. Experienced and reputable companies will ask you for your preferences, interests and what you expect to achieve before drafting an itinerary. Such a company can come up with three sample itineraries that you can choose one which best suits your safari goals. If you will be wishing to include a mountain climb and a visit to the beach, then consider starting with a climb and then wind up with the beach.

Another important thing you should check is the cost of safari. Experienced service providers are able to come up with an itinerary that fits your budget, however tight it might be. For a very low cost safari, tour companies can join you with a group of other travelers and give you a tented camping option.

After getting a list of prospective companies, the first thing you need to check is how long they have been in the business and if they are licensed by the government to provide these services. You do not want a situation where your safari is cut short by the tourist police or tax department. Ask to be given an itinerary and then evaluate it.

Planning a safari can be an expensive and potentially confusing venture. You stand to have a wonderful experience in east Africa only if you select the right service provider. Do your research well and gather all the relevant information and then select a tour company that is reputable and is able to customize your safari to suit your needs.

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