On Safari in Tanzania

April 02, 2016 4 min read 0 Comments

On Safari in Tanzania

What a Safari in Tanzania is Like

Have you ever thought of going on safari? Here’s what a safari in Tanzania is like…

I am in a jeep on my way to the Serengeti and I couldn’t be more excited.

This Safari was planned through a local agency, Africa Scenic Safaris. It was five days. 

I went with a group from work and we booked well in advance, thinking 5 days sounded about right.

I’ll be honest with you, that was probably too much time.

I know it sounds crazy but on safari, you spend most of your time in a car. I’d suggest breaking it up a little with more hikes or excursions or consider doing something like 3 days instead of 5.

The Cost of a Safari in Africa

The group I was traveling with is frugal. Meaning, we all want to travel as much as possible but none of us are into luxury travel.

That being said, this trip was luxury. We stayed in amazing hotels and had 4-course dinners provided.

I would also say, we didn't expect that and didn't know what to expect.

We booked African Scenic Safaris (I'm not an affiliate), because they were in the mid price range and had great reviews. 

That being said, the cost of 5 days and 6 nights was around $1,960. 

I know that's a lot and I cringe a little typing it out. But it was 100% completely worth it.

We had a great experience. I think we had the best guide there is. It's also a lifetime dream so when you consider all that, the cost is more attainable.

What to Expect

Once you get on safari, you will see way more animals that you probably anticipated. I thought we would see some zebras, maybe a giraffe, but didn’t have to many expectations.

However, the first day in the Serengeti we saw more than I ever thought we would.
Lions, leopard, cheetah, elephants, ostriches, zebras, wildebeest, impalas, gazelles, topi, giraffes, hippo, hyena, mating lions and a cheetah chase. 

Awwww!
Reptiles inspired by Lisa Frank.

You will spend A LOT of time in a vehicle.

I sat in the front most of the time with our Guide/Driver Tom.  Tom used to be the guide for those hostel safaris I would’ve seen myself on.  Now he works for one of the bigger companies here.  His English was great so he and I could joke all day while I helped copilot.  

And by help, I mean, I did next to nothing but I still got the title so that was cool.

 

Best pilot

While we drove from place to place I was amazed at how whatever or whoever the creator is, how amazing and imaginative that force is.  If someone were to tell me, there is a horse out there, that is black and white striped, I’d assume they were exaggerating.  I’d assume it was tan and brown and somewhat striped, but here I am with a zebra in front of me, as distinct as possible.  It’s just amazing that it exists.

A lion watching us watch her.

What’s more incredible, is we saw so much.  

We saw a stampede.  

We saw lions mating (enjoyed more by some members of the group than others).  

We saw hippos running.  I cannot imagine being a hippo and thinking, okay, I’m going to run, for fun.  

You get the point though, it was just humbling and inspiring

what a safari in Tanzania is like
I loved watching the elephants.

Staying in Hotels

We decided not to camp since the majority of the group spent all of last week climbing and camping on Kilimanjaro.

What it’s like staying in hotels on safari in Tanzania, is much, much nicer than expected.

We booked lodges with very low expectations. We’ve been surprised to see the lodges around the park are luxury retreats straight out of a Cialis commercial.

Not only that, but we did not go out an book the most expensive safari option. Most of the group I travel with is pretty frugal so we chose a company with good reviews and a moderate price.

And here we were in these amazing hotels with 4 course dinner included every night.

what a safari in Tanzania is like

what a safari in Tanzania is like
The pool which overlooks Ngorongoro Crater.

I went on safari with the expectation that I would see some of the animals, but not expecting to see all of them.  I was totally blown away though.  

We got to see some of everything.  It was 5 days in a vehicle, which was a bit much for me.  I needed to get out and walk for about 10 hours by the time it was all done.

But I would also say, if you ever have the opportunity, it’s worth the money.  Just go.

Just do it.

Yeah, unfortunately, it’s going to cost you. But what would be more valuable than experiencing what a safari in Tanzania is like?

what a safari in Tanzania is like
Ngorongoro Crater

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