FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST SAFARI, YOU’VE PROBABLY GOT SOME QUESTIONS. HERE IS A LIST OF THE MOST COMMON ONES.
WHY BOOK A PHOTO SAFARI? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The main difference between a regular and a photo safari is that you will be traveling in the company of fellow photographers and a professional who will help hone your camera skills and photo techniques while photographing the most extraordinary wildlife Africa has on offer. Photo safaris offer the best hands-on, in-field wildlife photography training experience possible. Our goal is to help you achieve yours!
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF YOUR SAFARI GROUP?
Our photo groups are limited to six participants and the instructor. We can vary the number of participants and instructors for larger groups traveling together.
HOW MANY ARE IN A VEHICLE?
There are three photographers per 7-seater safari vehicle, each occupying a row of seats, allowing plenty of room for themselves and their camera bag.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?
In East Africa, the best time for wildlife photography and game-viewing is during the dry season – July through October. This is high season and it is important to book well in advance.
The first half of November is generally during the short rain period (20-30 minutes/day) and is also an excellent time for viewing wildlife that is more spread out due to increasing sources of water. The grass is short and green and the young newborns are easy to see. This is low season with few tourists.
HOW IS THE WEATHER?
At the height of the day, the temperature in Tanzania hovers around 70°F. It can be cooler in the mornings and evenings – particularly at the higher altitudes. It is recommended you bring a fleece or lined jacket. You’ll definitely need one for early morning safaris.
WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHING SHOULD I WEAR?
You’ll receive a complete packing list 90 days prior to your safari. But for the most part you’ll want to wear khaki, olive and earth tones that will increase our chances of getting closer to wildlife and will also hide the dirt. There is a 50 lb weight restriction on internal flights – and this includes your camera gear – so don’t be tempted to over-pack. There are laundry services included along the way.
DO I NEED A VISA?
Visas are required for visitors to Tanzania from most countries. Whereas they are available at the airport upon arrival, this can change at any time and we request that safari participants get their visas ahead of time. We will assist you with the relevant information upon registration.
WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS ARE NEEDED?
In most cases you will not need any immunizations if you are coming directly from the US, Canada or Europe. It is recommended that you contact your local travel doctor or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for up-to-the-minute advice and travel recommendations. Some may recommend malaria tablets that need to be started in advance of your travel. Do not wait until the last minute!
WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?
All of our accommodations are carefully selected, not only for their rating of excellence, their amenities and their safe environment, but for their location in regards to the migration and the other wild game. On some of the safaris we are opting for tented camps – some permanent, some mobile – as these offer us the greatest chance of being in the right place at the right time.
WHAT SORT OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT?
Foods prepared by our lodges and camps are top quality. They are a varied mix of continental cuisine and local specialties prepared under strict hygienic conditions.
Both lodges and camps are informed well in advance of any dietary restrictions and do everything within their power to cater to individual dietary needs.
IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS?
Internet service is sketchy at best. It is available in most of the lodges and some of the tent camps, but you should not depend on reliable internet to keep in touch with family. A list of emergency contact numbers will be given you prior to your departure on which family can contact you if absolutely necessary.
IS THERE CELL PHONE COVERAGE THROUGH THE SAFARI?
Like the internet, cell coverage in Tanzania is sketchy. You’ll need to check with your provider for their overseas coverage. As a courtesy to others, we would ask that you turn off your phone during safaris and restrict your calls to private time.
You’ll be given emergency contact numbers that you can pass on to family members. If there is an emergency where you need to contact home, we can arrange for that as well. Should it be through one of the lodges or camps, you may incur a surcharge.
WHAT IF I NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION WHILE TRAVELING?
Most of the lodges have in-house doctors or contact with local English-speaking doctors who can assist in your needs. For extreme cases, the safari includes the Flying Doctor Service – a group of qualified physicians who use aircraft to tend to emergencies and evacuate patients to the nearest hospital if necessary
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SAFARI COST? WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
Our safaris are all-inclusive. You shouldn’t have to spend a cent once you arrive in Tanzania.
INCLUSIONS are all accommodation, meals, alcohol (house cocktails and house beer and wine only; call drinks are extra), transport, park fees, guiding and driving fees, photography instruction, internal flights, VAT, and tips.
EXCLUSIONS are international flights between the guests’ domicile and Kilimanjaro Airport, spending money for personal items and souvenirs, and the Serengeti Balloon Safari which is an optional extra as some guests may not wish to participate.
WHAT IF THE DATES OF YOUR TRIPS DON’T WORK FOR ME?
We are adding new safaris all the time. However, if you can’t find one that fits your dates, let us know and we can either design a custom safari for you or put you on a waiting list to combine with other photographers in the same predicament.
DO YOU HAVE UNESCORTED TOURS?
Our photo safaris are always escorted. However, we can arrange a private safari for any size group. Please see our CUSTOM SAFARIS for further details.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
At the bottom of the page of your chosen safari, you’ll find a Registration Form. Submit the completed form and we’ll contact you with further details.
Once your placement has been confirmed, you’ll need to submit a deposit, either by check or credit card, to hold your place.