FAQ About Safari & Trekking
- Health & Safety
Are safaris in Tanzania safe?
You bet they are. Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of wildlife viewing, rest up at handpicked camps and lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences.
Is it okay to drink the water?
We provide free bottled water during all wildlife-viewing drives. You can also purchase bottled water at all lodges.
Are there a lot of bugs in Tanzania?
There are more bugs in many places in the U.S. than you will encounter on safari! As in North America, deet-based repellents and citronelle-based products work well if you encounter mosquitoes or other small insects.
What shots should I get?
For medical advice, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Most travelers receive a vaccination for yellow fever and antimalarial pills. Keep in mind that you’ll be staying in camps and lodges designed to accommodate American and European guests.
- Wildlife Viewing
Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Africa?
Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world. The vast plains of Serengeti National Park also host a myriad of wildlife, especially during the wildebeest migration.
What kinds of animals will I see on safari in Tanzania?
All kinds! You will see the animals you’ve always dreamed of encountering on safari—zebra, elephant, hippo, giraffe, lion, warthog, wildebeest, and so much more.
When is the best time of year to go on safari in Tanzania?
Tanzania has the best year-round wildlife viewing, and we adjust our itineraries, departure dates, and accommodations based on wildlife migration patterns. In Tanzania, any time is a wonderful time to be on safari. Of course, there are seasonal variations, but you’ll always see a lot of animals.
What is the Great Migration?
The Great Migration is a year-round phenomenon where vast herds of mammals, mainly wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, move around the Serengeti in search of food and water. The driving force of the migration is rain, making it difficult to predict.
What if I don’t see the Great Migration during my safari?
Hakuna matata! No worries! Plenty of awe-inspiring moments present themselves whenever you travel in Tanzania. Even if you don’t happen to see the Great Migration, you’ll still see an abundance of wildlife.
- Clothes, Food & Weather
What clothes should I bring on safari?
Dress in comfortable, casual attire that you don’t mind getting dusty. We recommend wearing layers. After you’ve booked your safari, we’ll mail a detailed packing list to help you prepare.
What’s the food like?
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food on our safaris. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style. The food is often prepared with western palates in mind (some local dishes are included). At the Nyumba Camps, chefs prepare fresh soups, breads, entrees, and desserts daily.
Can special diets be accommodated?
With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform us when booking your trip.
What’s the weather like in Tanzania?
Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. December through March is warmer (70ºF – 80ºF) with a higher chance of occasional rain. May through November is cooler and drier (60ºF – 80ºF). April, like in North America, usually brings more rain so we do not operate scheduled trips during that time.
Will I have a chance to interact with local people of Tanzania?
Many of our trips provide opportunities to visit local villages and interact with the people. However, if your itinerary does not include these visits, you’ll still gain valuable local insight from your expert guide, a native of Tanzania.
Can I make my own itinerary?
Absolutely. Just contact us to start the process. We’ll listen to your needs and give expert recommendations based on your interests, timeline, and budget. Leave the details to us!
Can I take my children on safari?
Of course! We think taking your whole family on safari is a wonderful way to learn and grow together. That’s why we offer family safaris designed for families traveling with kids six years of age and older.
Will I stay in tents or lodges?
At Joica Tours & Safaris, we know how important choice is when planning a trip. That’s why we offer an array of accommodation options. Do you want to stay in all tents? All lodges? A combination of both? It’s completely up to you. Make sure to check the accommodations section of our itineraries to see what’s offered.
What type of vehicles do you provide?
We use 4 or 7passengers, 4×4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers, all with viewing roofs for the safaris.
What is included in prices?
Our prices include hotel accommodations before and after the climb, transportation from the hotel to the trail and back, transportation from the airport to the hotel and back, Government tax, all park entry fees, 18% VAT on tour fees & services, Guide, porters and cook salaries, Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees, equipment like tents and chairs and tables, and meals on the mountain. Prices do not include flights, lunch, dinner or beverages at the hotel before &after climb, personal gear and equipment, or tips. Our prices are listed in US Dollars.
How many people are in a group?
Our group limit for climb is 10 people for those who book different to form a group.
Can you explain the dates of your group climbs?
If you are not spending any extra days before or after the climb, you should book your flight to land on the “Arrival Date” and leave on the “Departure Date”. The “Arrival Date” is the day before the climb begins. It represents the latest date you should be in Moshi. We have our trip briefings at 6:00pm at your hotel on this day, though we can schedule a personal trip briefing for you later in the evening or the next morning if you arrive late. The “Departure Date” is the day after you climb ends, after spending the night at the hotel.
What routes do you offer for group?
We have group climbs on the 8 day Lemosho route, 7 day Rongai route, and 7 day Machame route. We specialize in Lemosho and Machame route so most of our group climbs are on these routes.
What is the difference between private climb and group climb ?
With a group climb, you will be in a party of up to10 climbers who have booked with us separately. Group climbs are scheduled for set dates on set routes. In a private climb, you will be in a party of people you specifically booked with (friends, family, etc.). Private climbs can be scheduled on any date you choose and on any route. There is no maximum number of climbers for a private climb. The service on the mountain is exactly the same.
If I am a single climber, do I have to share a room and tent with someone else on a group climb?
We pair same sex single climbers to share a double room before and after the climb and to share a three person tent during the trek. You can get a single room and single tent for yourself by paying for a single supplement. Single supplements must be arranged at the time of booking.
Which routes do you recommend?
We recommend the 9 day Northern Circuit, 8 day Lemosho, and 7 day Rongai routes. These routes offer the best balance of high success rates, beautiful scenery and smaller crowds. 7 day Machame is a nice route as well, but has a lot of other climbers on it.
What is the best way to increse my chance of making it to the top, befor the trip?
First and foremost, choose a longer route. 7 days should be the minimum and 8 or 9 days is even better. Next, put effort into your training and do it for at least two months, incorporating some long hikes if possible. Third, assemble the right gear for your climb. Lastly, consider using a high altitude training system to pre-acclimatize
What is the best way to increase my chance of making it to the top, during the trip?
Avoiding altitude sickness is key. Do this by walking slowly. Drink lots of water and eat enough food. Go on all optional acclimatization hikes. Consider taking Diamox. Also prevent other illnesses by disinfecting your hands after every time you use the bathroom and before any meals.
What gear do i need for my climb?
There is a variety of technical clothing and equipment you will need for your climb. A detailed gear list click here http://www.joicatours.com/safari/tips/kilimanjaro-packing-list
How much of my gear can my porter carry for me?
The weight limit is 20kgs .The sleeping bag is included in the limit. Porters will carry your duffel bag in a waterproof bag.
How much should my pack weigh?
Try to keep it under 20 lbs. In fact, try to keep all of your belongings to under 40 lbs.
How should i dress for kilimanjaro?
You should follow the layering principle when you dress. Layering is a systematic, logical approach to wearing multiple layers of clothing. The layers you will have are: base layer, mid layer, and outer shell.Learn how to use these layers
What rental gear is available?
We have all trekking gear and equipment for rent. You do not have to reserve them. You can acquire your rentals and pay for them at the trip briefing.
What is the best time to climb kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro is best climbed when the weather is dry. There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania. The long rainy season is from mid-March to early June. The short rainy season is from November to early December. Therefore the best times to climb Kilimanajro are mid-December to early-March, and mid-June to end of October.
If i climb during the dry season, do i need rain gear?
Yes. It can rain and snow all year round. The base of the mountain is in the rainforest. A quality waterproof jacket and pants is 100% must.
How cold does it get on the mountain?
In general, expect to sleep in temperatures as low as 20F and to hike in temperatures as low as -20F. It can be even colder. Be prepared.
What kind of food is prepared on the mountain?
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, which consist of western style meals.
Can you cater to special diets?
We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. For more specific requirements, we will try our best but please contact us to discuss.
How do i use the bathroom on the mountain?
Each campsite has public “long drop” toilets. If you need to use the bathroom on the trail, find a spot behind a tree or rock. We recommend bringing pee bottles so that you do not have to leave your tent multiple times during the night to urinate. Also we do arrange private toilet tent, which contains a plastic toilet for extra charges $ 70 if requested
How do i shower on the mountain?
You don’t. You can use wet wipes if you like to towel off. We also provide wash bins with soap for you to wash your hands and face.
What safety measures are taken by staff?
Our guides are highly experienced to manage altitude sickness, which is the biggest obstacle on the mountain. They are certified Wilderness First Responders. They conduct twice daily health checks to measure your oxygen saturation and pulse. A rescue plan is in place in the event of an emergency. Bottled oxygen, Ox-meter and a first aid kit are carried on every climb.
What happens if someone in my group needs to descend?does the entire party also have to descend?
No. We bring multiple guides on every climb so that when a climber needs to descend, it does not affect the rest of the party.
If i have to descend early, are the additional nights at the hotel covered?
Additional hotel stays are not covered and must be paid in country.
What do i need to enter Tanzania?
You will need a passport that is valid for at least six more months. You will also need a flight card which you will receive on the plane. Finally you need a Tanzanian visa.
Can i obtain my visa at the airport?
USA, Canadian, British and most European citizens can obtain their visas upon arrival at Kilimanjaro National Airport. The cost is $100 for USA passport holders and $50 for others. If you are a citizen of a different country, please check with your embassy whether you can obtain a visa upon arrival.
Where do i fly into?
Our climbs begin and end in Moshi. Moshi is about 25 miles from Kilimanjaro National Airport (JRO). You should fly into Kilimanjaro National Airport and we can arrange for pick up.
Do you assist with flights in and out Tanzania?
We do not book flights.
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