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During the safari you will discuss each day’s game drive and activity plan with your SENE guide, making adjustments and tweaks as the adventure unfolds. All SENE game drives are unlimited in time and distance (within the constraints of park restrictions and safety).
We feel this freedom produces a more intimate, personalized, and richer safari experience for your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
If you choose a standard camping safari, you will also travel with a SENE chef, who will prepare all of your meals while in the bush.
We at SENE only join clients on a shared safari with pre-approval by all safari-goers. This is done only on request by clients who may wish to safari with a group (for example, a solo traveler) or as a way to share some expenses of the safari. SENE is not a wholesale safari company – we provide customized trips only for our clients and partners.
WILDLIFE VIEWING & Game Drives
In northern Tanzania, the dry seasons generally last from mid-June through October and January through mid-March. During the dry seasons brush and grasses are low and animals tend to congregate around permanent watercourses – for easier spotting. These are the high seasons for game viewing in Tanzania, and the number of tourists and prices reflect that.
During the light rains of November to December and long rains from late March through early June the savanna bursts into green, previously dry rivers flow, and wildlife disperse. These “green seasons” find fewer tourists, lower prices, and a landscape that seems more alive, yet still plenty of wildlife sightings under the expertise of SENE guides.
Bird-watching in Tanzania is spectacular any time of year. As with animals, visibility increase with the dry season, but Tanzania also has many migratory bird species that are resident during the northern hemisphere winter.
The general pattern of the migration is as follows. During the months of December through March, the wildebeest are amassed in the nutrient-rich southern grass plains of the Serengeti, around Lake Ndutu, and into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where nearly half a million calves are born annually within a two-week span (usually in February). As the young calves gain strength and the long rains fall in March, April and May, the animals are on the move. The migration will split into several sub-groups roaming northward to find fresh grasses. With June and July the herds can be found throughout the Western Corridor and Seronera areas and approaching the Grumeti River, the first of many dangerous river crossings. The swollen rivers have deep water, swift currents, and hungry crocodiles lying in wait. From July through October the herds press northward where green grass persists as the dry season reaches its pinnacle. They cross the Mara, Bolongonya, and other rivers in search of grazing land in the far northern Serengeti and Maasai Mara. With the short rains of November and December, the migration returns southward, passing through the eastern Serengeti areas of Lobo and Namiri, as well as back through Seronera.
We will endeavor to prepare your custom safari itinerary so that you are in the prime migration viewing location for the time of year you are traveling.
To see more details about the different walks and hikes, as well as the cultural interactions, historical sites, and special activities such as spa treatments and flights by balloon or light aircraft, please see our Safari Activities Page.
There are many walks that mainly explore the beautiful environments within or around the parks. If you are interested in Tanzanian culture, we can guide you on a cultural walk. SENE is proud to offer a cultural experience in which you stay in cottages on SENE owner Simon Mtuy’s family farm in Mbahe Village and get to know the surrounding village with exploratory walks.
As with any tipping situation, if the service was of particularly high quality, we encourage you to give generously; if the service did not meet your expectations, adjust the tip accordingly.
Please note that all SENE crew are paid a fair living wage so that no one relies on tips as their only source of income. However, tips provide valuable additional financial assistance to the crew and invaluable interpersonal benefits to all.
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ACCOMMoDATIONS & Food
Tourist lodges in Tanzania are similar to those you might encounter in North America or Europe. They are full service facilities with private rooms or cottages, all with private en suite bathrooms, and have restaurants and lounges. Some have swimming pools. Many lodges are architecturally stunning – made with local materials and inspired by local designs and the surrounding environment. Some lodges can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Tented camps are permanent or semi-permanent camps sited in areas of excellent game viewing. These provide all the comforts of a lodge within private spacious canvas tents with beds and private bathrooms connected to the tents, and gourmet meals. The tents at permanent camps are built on wooden foundations and may be raised off the ground. Tented camps are more intimate than lodges as they generally accommodate 12 to 20 guests.
On a standard camping safari guests sleep in private car-camping size tents in designated campsites in or near national parks. Our safari crew sets up the camp and prepares all the meals. Whenever possible, we use more remote campsites to make your camping experience more private. There are permanent toilet and hot water shower facilities at most of the campsites.