FAQ About Safari
Q. Is it safe to go to Africa?
The answer is absolute yes! The areas where safaris are organized are safe and free of political chaos. Blessing Safaris conducts safaris in countries which are politically stable to assure our clients’ safety and enjoyment.
Q. Are we safe from the animals?
Our Professional Safari Guides are well trained about wild animal behaviors and they have enough experience to lead our clients in the wilderness. Our vehicles are 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rovers with a hutched roof to give maximum visibility of a game.
Q.What kind of accommodation can I expect?
The lodges and mobile tented camps in Africa are essentially hotels in the bush…They provide most of the facilities found at a hotel (i.e., restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, etc.,) while located in scenic locations allowing clients to remain close to nature. These accommodations offer the same luxuries you would find in a city hotel with fresh linen, towels/face cloths, good lighting and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets. (Coffee pots/ refrigerators in rooms)
Mobile tented camps consist of large tents for up to 2 people set in the most beautiful locations Tanzania has to offer. Our mobile tented safaris provide the perfect balance of comfort and adventure, offering all the essentials services while providing you with the experience of camping in the African bush…Set up by our camp attendants prior to your arrival and situated in secluded settings in Tanzania’s wilderness areas and parks, our camps will provide you with some of the best memories of your safari.
Meals are prepared from fresh produce by a trained cook and served in a separate and spacious dining tent…They include a selection of salads, soups, meats, fish, vegetables, pasta, rice, and fresh fruits…A fridge and deep freeze are brought along to provide cold drinks; ice and bottled water are supplied and available at all times.
Our tents are designed for two people to sleep and each one is equipped with its own bed with foam mattress, pillows, blankets, mosquito nets on the doors and windows, rechargeable neon lights, and feature an awning with chairs for taking in the view…Fresh linens and towels are provided and changed every day, Plus the staff can take care of your laundry requirements and are always on hand to attend to your needs as required.
Our clients are able to enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of camping in the Tanzania bush in the safety and comfort of a modern camp that does not scar the land.
Q. What will I see on safari?
African safaris guarantee unlimited sightseeing; millions of animals, birds and plant life, are the core characters of the African savanna. You roam across the countryside in search of Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Cape buffalo and Leopards (the so-called “Big Five”). On any given day, you will encounter Blue Wildebeests, Zebras, a large variety of antelope species, Gazelles, Giraffes, Baboons, and Hippos. The bird life is fantastic – in some areas, up to 400 bird species have been identified! Think of the majestic Baobab tree (some tribes believe that the tree was indeed planted upside-down!), and there are hundreds of varieties of thorn trees! You will also see the acacia-dotted landscape, endless plains, majestic mountains, and the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises one could ever imagine! Think of a late afternoon thunderstorm, short but violent, and then the beautiful rainbow.
Q. What about snakes and bugs?
This aspect is much overstated. You will rarely see a snake, but if you do, it will most likely be from the safety of your safari vehicle. Tents and lodges all have bug screens fitted to windows and doors. In most areas where bugs or mosquitoes are prevalent, rooms and tents are also equipped with mosquito nets, adding to the idealistic ambiance. Bear in mind that malaria is a threat in most wildlife areas, and it is necessary to consult your doctor for advice before embarking on your safari.
Q. When should I go?
– The times to visit the Northern Tanzania National parks – March to July
– The times to visit the Southern Tanzania National parks – March to June
– Zanzibar and the coast of March to June
– Western Tanzania June to October and December to February
– The times to climb Mt: Kilimanjaro July to September, December-February
– The times to climb Mt: Meru June to September
Q. When is the wildebeest migration?
– Wildebeest Migration
The endless plains of East Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – nearly 3 million wildebeest migrate annually from the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Best time of the year is September and November.
*Note – the migration is a natural event and the timing varies month by month; year by year.
Q. What is the difference between a mobile and a permanent tented camp?
Around the turn of the century (until the ’30s and ’40s), mobile tenting was the only option, and “camp as you go” was the standard practice. Over the years the luxury connected with the traditional mobile tenting safari has increased. By the same token, one can understand that the cost of having a “luxury hotel” following one around in Africa is expensive. However, most people settle for tented camps which are permanent. Because they are “permanent” they can be equipped with flush toilets and traditional bathroom fixtures and conveniences. Don’t be misled by terminology – a permanent tented camp offers the comfort of a 5-star hotel but with the romance and adventure of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of Africa.
Q. What about language barriers?
Although more than 2000 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa, this presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa
Q. What shall I pack?
(We suggest you remember) insect repellent (the best way to prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases), sunscreen ,cap or hat, sunglasses ,binoculars, detergent powder if you want to wash some clothes yourself , hand-wipes small flashlight, aspirin, diarrhea medicine, rain jacket, poncho or collapsible umbrella , plastic bags (for wet clothes, swimsuit and for keeping dust away from camera equipment), Kleenex/toilet tissue a neck chain for eyeglasses if you take them off to use binoculars and cameras , any medical prescription you need, masking tape or labels for marking exposed films cans , film, extra camera batteries.