What is a private safari?
Many safari companies cut costs by grouping strangers together in the same vehicle and on the same itinerary. At Kaya, all our safaris are private and itineraries are custom-tailored by you (click here for our booking system). Your safari vehicles and guides will be exclusively yours, giving you greater flexibility and comfort.

What's included in the price?
The price quoted at the top of the Kaya Safari booking page includes lodging for each night of your stay in Tanzania, 3 meals per day, transportation (by land and/or air, as appropriate for your destination and choice of comfort level) in Tanzania for the duration of your visit (including from and to the airport). The price does not include travel from your point of origin to Tanzania. However, we are happy to advise on flights to and from Tanzania.

When is the best time for a safari?
Tanzania is gorgeous year-round, but each of the two seasons (Dry & Green) have their own unique landscapes and features. 

Dry Season (June - October)
The Dry Season provides ideal conditions for animal viewing since vegetation is scarce and animals such as Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras & Buffalo often congregate around waterholes. The Dry Season can be dramatic as all animals compete for scarce resources and predators such as Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards take advantage of high concentrations of prey. In Serengeti National Park, the Great Wildebeest Migration is at its peak in June & July, and in all parks many animals are on the move as they search for water and food.

  • Temperatures range from an average of 28-30C (82-86F) in the day and 20-24C (68-75) at night
  • Skies are mostly sunny and clear with little to no rain
  • The dry conditions mean fewer mosquitoes
  • Some parks can be busier during the Dry Season (especially Ngorongoro Crater), and due to high demand, prices can increase significantly

Green Season (November - May)
The Green Season presents the landscape of Tanzania in all its glory, welcoming many new arrivals as Elephants, Wildebeest, Giraffes, Zebras and other animals give birth to their young. The Green Season can also be an excellent time to see predatory animals, such as Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs as they take advantage of young prey. Although animals tend to be more visible in the Dry Season, there is still plenty of action in all the parks (see information about individual parks for details). 

  • Temperatures range from an average of 30-34C (82-86F) in the day and 21-25C (68-75) at night.
  • Rain mostly arrives as short afternoon showers, and more than 60% of days during the Green Season see no rain at all
  • Parks are less busy than in the Dry Season, and prices can be significantly lower.
  • Birding conditions are excellent during the Green Season, particularly November - December & March - May.
  • Many lodges are closed in April, and we do not take bookings during this month.

Winter Holidays (December 20 - January 3)
Conditions during the Winter Holidays are like the Green Season, but prices are higher due to increased demand.

Where should I go on safari?
Well, Tanzania is a great general answer to that question. It consistently ranks as the No. 1 safari destination, among travellers and travel experts.

The classic Tanzanian safari is the 'Northern Circuit,' which includes (from East to West) Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & the Serengeti. If you’re up for a challenge, you can add a Kilimanjaro climb, and it’s always a good idea to relax with a beach holiday in nearby Zanzibar as well.

For a more unusual experience, the south of Tanzania is simply incredible, and rates very highly among safari experts. We offer safaris to Ruaha, Selous and Katavi, all of which offer unique experiences.

For more details about safari destinations (including the wildlife you can expect to see), visit our destination pages (click here).

Which hotels or lodges will I be staying in?
At Kaya Safari, we have relationships with the best hotels & lodges in Tanzania. We make the process easy by selecting the right options, given your timing, itinerary and budget. Using our simple booking system, you let us know where you’d like to visit and when you’d like to travel, and we’ll take care of the details. Before you travel, we will confirm exactly where you will be staying, and we are happy to take requests if there is somewhere in particular you would like to stay!

How do I get to Tanzania?
Depending upon your itinerary, you will fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (near the city of Arusha), to Julius Nyerere International Airport (in the capital, Dar Es Salaam) or to Zanzibar.  

There are direct flights to Kilimanjaro (airport code: JRO) airport from:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (with KLM, part of the Sky Team group)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (with Turkish Airlines, part of the Star Alliance group)
  • Frankfurt, Germany (with Condor)
  • Doha, Qatar (with Qatar Airways)
  • Nairobi, Kenya (with Kenya Airways)
  • Kigali, Rawanda (with Rwand Air)
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with Ethiopian)
  • & Zanzibar (with various regional carriers)

There are direct flights to Dar Es Salaam (airport code: DAR) from:

  • Cairo, Egypt (with EgyptAir, part of the Star Alliance group)
  • Dubai, U.A.E. (with Emirates)
  • Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (with Etihad)
  • Johannesburg, out Africa (with Interair)
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (with KLM, part of the Sky Team group)
  • Doha, Qatar (with Qatar Airways)
  • Zurich, Switzerand (with Swiss International Airlines, part of the Star Alliance group)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (with Turkish Airlines, part of the Star Alliance group)


What should I pack?
Casual, comfortable clothing which can handle getting a bit dusty. It’s best to dress in layers, as temperatures can vary greatly from day to night. Sturdy shoes, with a good tread and closed toes are a must. A hat is strongly recommended.

Immunisations & malaria medication
We recommend you consult your doctor and government health advisories. Vaccinations are not required by law in Tanzania, unless you arrive to Tanzania via another East African country, in which case you are required to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination.  The Center for Disease Control rates the malaria risk for travelers in Tanzania as ‘moderate.’ Most people take anti-malarial medication during their safari. We recommend you consult your physician for the right treatment for you.

For most visitors, a visa is acquired at the airport upon arrival for a fee which varies depending upon your country of citizenship. For a complete list of visa requirements by country, click here for the website of the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs. An ‘Ordinary’ visa can be acquired upon arrival in Tanzania, while a ‘Referred’ visa requires a visit to a Tanzanian embassy before you travel.


What is the weather like in Tanzania?
Tanzania has two distinct seasons, Green & Dry, which cause dramatic changes to the landscape. You can read more about temperatures, wildlife viewing conditions etc. by clicking on More Information in the ‘When’ section of our booking page.

What is the food like?
Tanzania has excellent tourism infrastructure, including the food. Depending on the level of luxury you select, you can expect fare that ranges from solid to sublime.

What about dietary restrictions?
No problem. Just let us know what you’re after – whether it’s vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or anything else – and we will do all we can to accommodate your needs. Additional costs may apply, but we’ll let you know up front.

What if I become sick or injured?
We carry travel insurance for all our guests, including medical evacuation insurance. However, we strongly recommend that you purchase your own insurance as well.


When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
Ideal conditions are usually found from August to October and from January to March.

What's the best way to combine safari & a Kili climb?
We recommend you start with a Kili climb, and then head out on safari. We can make sure the accommodation on safari includes a relaxing massage to help you recover from the climb! 

How tough of a climb is it?
Although the altitude is formidable, the climb itself is relatively gentle. The guiding principle is ‘pole, pole’ or slowly, slowly, and a summit usually take 5-7 days in total. A basic level of fitness is necessary, but the greatest challenge is dealing with the altitude. It’s difficult to predict how an individual will react to the altitude, but our guides are all highly experienced and the route and pace will be chosen based on your desired level of challenge and your fitness.

What if I can't, or don't want to, summit?
Then you'll still have an amazing adventure! If you don't have time for a summit, or if you'd rather stay at lower altitudes, we can still arrange an unforgettable climb through a unique landscape.

What should I pack?
In addition to the clothing recommended above, for Kilimanjaro climbs, we recommend thermal underwear, a warm jacket and good socks and hiking boots.


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