For one, if you're going there to photograph the best views of the wildlife, you should know that the best lighting is during the morning and the afternoon. Make sure you schedule your Tanzania safari tours during these times so you won't lose out on the entire great site. You should also get a Tanzania safari guide who has positioning expertise so you can drive up as close to the animals as possible without risking your safety.
If you're photographing people, don't take shots before asking for their permission. Some tribes find this very offensive, especially the Maasai. You will be given time to take photographs of natives during the tour, although you might be asked to pay a certain fee for this privilege.
Are you interested in the variety of wildlife in Tanzania, and then you should hire a guide whose an expert in this. A lot of Tanzanians are, but you want to look for a team you can trust with your life. Bring a good pair of binoculars and let these guides lead your Tanzania safari tour. They're not only good at telling you about the culture of Tanzanian tribes and the habits of these animals. They're also pretty good at spotting wild animals which you won't be able to see if you were alone and just looking through your binoculars.
There are a lot of accommodations available in Tanzania. During your safari tour, you can ask to stay in lodges, permanent tents, or mobile tents. While some of the lodges offer top accommodations, you should still bring health necessities. Make a list of your medicines and make sure you didn't leave them behind. You should also bring medication against malaria and diarrhea. The animals in the Tanzania aren't the only ones that run wild. You should also protect yourself from insect bites by wearing a strong repellent. The suns also harsh, especially at noon, so don't forget your sunscreen.
You won't go hungry on your safari trip because most travelers find the native food pleasing. There are also lodges that offer western meals, so you'll feel right at home. Just watch out for the temperatures because they range from 50 degrees to 80 degrees C, depending on what time of the day it is. If you really want to see a lot of action during your Tanzania safari, go there during the dry season because it's when most animals come out to hunt for food.
Responsible Tourism in Tanzania has become a marketing tool for the safari industry. The welfare of our communities may, at times, be of genuine concern to the safari company although, sadly, many times it is not. Can you, the traveler, do anything toward changing the safari companies to support responsible tourism? Indeed, yes it is possible to make a difference. Responsible Tourism should give back to the community and you the tourist can and should change the industry; it is your money after all.
Responsible tourism is an attitude of mind to which every traveler should all aspire. To choose a company that supports the community in deed and not in word only is the key; by employing some discernment this task should not be difficult. Your travel agent or Safari Company might not have a real presence in Tanzania. They may confidently spout fair trade values and a responsible tourism ethos, however, the very fact they are not present in Tanzania makes it difficult for them to do as they claim. Always insist in knowing who the ground operator is and check them out. Look carefully at what they claim they are doing.
When visiting Tanzania it is possible to visit the community projects that are being supported by your presence in the county. Alternatively, after choosing the correct operator, you prefer just simply relax and enjoy your safari, then do just that.
Charities are increasingly looking to become self-finding, this means becoming leaner and becoming more responsible;
Some charities have become very good tour operators. These professionally run charities or tour operations allow the community to build itself a brighter future on the back of tourism. These companies offer boutique style safaris and specialize in showing clients the real Africa in style, comfort and safety. All the profits remain in Tanzania and all the profits go into the community.
When on safari and you are amongst local people - remember you are their guest - treat them with the regard a visitor should show toward the host. Many of the National Parks are home to people whose economy is based on livestock; respect the local customs and traditions and dress code. Often we see the tourist has little respect for the dress code of other cultures. It is not pretty to see tourism interfere with the native peoples work and private lives; use common sense and remember what is acceptable in your culture may not be acceptable in a more traditional culture.
Tanzania has over the past few years risen from relative obscurity and now enjoys tourists in ever increasing numbers. There are good reasons for this. There is no tribalism in Tanzania; it is safe. Tanzania is gentle and friendly and peace loving.
Tanzania has Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Selous and Zanzibar. This remarkable country does not stop at these few destinations either; so much more is on offer. Tanzania is a country to visit, for fauna, flora, culture and to experience real Africa in a safe environment.