Safaris are possible at any time of the year. We adapt the exact locations for game viewing to the yearly migration of wildlife. For instance in the months of December to March, the animals are rather in the Eastern part of the Serengeti, and in April and May they move to the Western part. Other National Parks don’t have any migration scheme at all.
For safaris, there are two rainy seasons: The November rainy season typically starts at the end of October and has short (maybe just an hour of rain every three days), but strong rains. During the April/May rainy season it is possible to have 1-2 consecutive days of nonstop rain. Some roads may be impassable during rainy season.
Please notice that at ZARA, the complete months of October and November, April, May, and from the 1st – 15th of June are low season and we offer discounts and special itineraries!
During peak season (Christmas to middle of January) prices are highest and it might be hard to find hotel rooms.
For safaris, you can choose the standard of accommodation. The cheapest and simplest option is basic camping.
Of better standard are the ZARA properties (Springlands Hotel, Highview Hotel, Tanzania Wildcamps) and the Wildlife lodges, which are 3-star category. These hotels are clean and comfortable. The tents at the Wildcamps have en-suit toilets and hot showers.
The ZARA properties provide best value for money in Tanzania and provide reasonable class European service.
If you expect 5-star luxury accommodation, it is best for you to choose luxury lodges.
Vehicles used are generally Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers, as they are most suitable to the terrain. For larger groups we use 4WD buses as it is more convenient for our clients to be all together in one vehicle only, and it is also more economic and better for the environment.
Most of the drivers we use are full-time employees. They have been trained by us in customer relationship, tourism-related topics, environmental issues and vehicle maintenance. They are very familiar with the routes we take. Some drivers, especially on the less frequented routes are contract drivers, who work part-time for the company. These drivers are always experienced, reliable and very knowledgable of the areas they will take you.
All groups and individual travellers will be provided with an English speaking Tanzanian guide. Some of the guides also speak Spanish or German. They are trained and experienced in leading trips and knowledgeable about the fauna, flora and many more aspects of their country. Often they become life long friends with the travellers. Interactions with staff are often the highlight of people’s trips. It is a great way to get to know the real life of Tanzania.
It is important to keep luggage to the barest minimum when on trek, as this will ease the burden of the drivers, vehicles and porters. Baggage should be of the round squashy type rather than hard suitcases that are difficult to fit into jeeps. Try to use something that is both lockable and water proof as luggage can often end up sitting on the roof of the vehicle.
It is a good idea to bring another smaller bag so that unwanted clothes can be kept in it at the hotel when you go on trek. This also helps to keep city clothes clean and free from dust. You should also bring a small day pack which can be carried while hiking or riding or can be readily accessible when you are traveling in the vehicles on long drives.
On camping trips all equipment will be provided except for a 4-season sleeping bag. You do not need to provide any other camping gear; only personal belongings. See our Kilimanjaro packing list and Safari packing list.
It should be noted that the luggage limit per person on domestic flights is 15-20 kg per person (checked-in and hand luggage).
On your inbound flight, don’t check in items that you absolutely need (such as medicines), as it is not uncommon that checked-in luggage gets misdirected and arrives in Tanzania a couple of days after you. It is better to have such items in you hand luggage.