Top 5 safari prep questions I get asked all the time

1. Do we need to get any vaccinations?

Yes. Vaccinations are great and you should get as many of them as you can. Precisely which ones you will need depends on your travel history and how up to date your previous vaccinations are. Go and see your local travel nurse and they will give you the latest information and check your records. Hepatitis, typhoid and rabies are the common ones. Likewise, get your anti-malarials at the same time. Remember often you need to start taking these before you leave.

2. Do we need travel insurance?

Yes. Our safaris include emergency medical evacuation. This will get you to a hospital in case of emergency but will not cover any medical expenses you have in country. Your travel insurance should also cover things like lost baggage and electronics. It’s not expensive and you can get it through work, your credit card or any number of places. We insist on it.

3. Do we really need to bring warm clothes?

Yes. When people read about the strict 15kgs luggage limit on bush planes, the first thing they think about leaving behind is sweaters and jackets. Big mistake. Especially in the winter months (June-August) and the rainy season (December-April) it can get chilly. Remember most of the camps we use are very open and you’ll be out on the back of an open truck most mornings. Bring some longs for the evenings to keep off the mozzies and because we don’t want to see your hairy legs all the time.

4. Will someone meet us at the airport?

Yes. We book our safaris end to end, and we handle everything in-between. This is not an internet package deal where you turn up and no one’s there, or the hotel don’t know who you are. When you emerge outside there will be a nice friendly person with your name on a big sign board who will look after you. We can organise airside meet and greets as well.

5. How much cash do we need

Not much. You don’t need any Tanzanian shillings, unless you are doing some days in town or some local community activities in which case you can use any local ATM. Hotels, camps and lodges now largely accept credit cards, even in the remotest of places. So you can pay for extra bush walks, your drinks bill or presents that way. USD cash is useful for these extras and also for tipping, which is a whole other story, but $500 for 10 days on average is plenty (if it’s a privately guided safari your tip needs commas in it).