Wildlife Safari

Safari Resources

Frequently asked safari questions

• When is the best time of year for a Tanzania safari?
• When is the wildebeest migration?
• What are the different types of safari accommodations?
• What to wear on safari?
• What are the tipping customs on safari?

Find below other important information for our wildlife safaris. Click on a box to toggle open the content. 

SENE Safari

Private Bespoke Safari
By combining our expertise and your interests and objectives, we build a custom private safari according to your preferences for number of days, destinations, activities, and types of accommodation.   You may be as involved in the planning process as you wish – discussing each detail or just answering a few basic questions and letting our expert safari planners create your adventure.

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.

The SENE safari group
Your private group will be accompanied by your SENE guide, a trained expert in East African wildlife and ecology.  The guide is also the driver of the vehicle.  All of our guides are fluent in English, have many years experience on safari, and have taken several wildlife courses.   Our safari vehicles hold a maximum of 7 people (plus guide), so if you are fewer in your group, you will have plenty of seating choices!

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.

SENE safari guides
When you are on safari you don’t want a driver who finds animals by looking for the traffic jams of other vehicles. You want a guide and naturalist who knows wildlife habits and locations from training and experience. Our safari guides have what it takes to give you the type of wildlife safari you want in the uncluttered wilderness of Tanzania’s beautiful national parks.

Meet SENE’s safari guides

Safari vehicles
We use exclusively four-wheel drive Land Rovers and Toyota Land Cruisers – safari-ready with large sliding windows, pop-up roofs, padded seats, cooler boxes, and charging outlets.  A comfortable window seat is guaranteed for every person.

 

WILDLIFE VIEWING & Game Drives

Other safari activities
Yes.  When not on game drives or relaxing at your lodge or camp admiring the landscape, beautiful sunset, or brilliant night sky, there are a number of physical and cultural activities available.

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.

Bush walks
A bush walk is a nature walk or walking safari inside or near a national park. A bush walk can be a leisurely stroll or strenuous hike and ranges in length from thirty minutes to several hours. We can tailor a bush walk to your interests. If you are a bird lover, we will take you to excellent bird-viewing areas. If you want to see wildlife on foot (and at a safe distance), we can arrange a bush walk in a national park (these walks require an armed guard).

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.

Safari roads
The main roads between Arusha, Moshi, Kilimanjaro, and the entrances to national parks are all tarmac and well-maintained.  The roads inside the national parks and through villages are mostly dirt or gravel, and may have some bumps and dips.  During the dry season roads can be dusty, while during the rainy season roads may be muddy.  On game drives our guides drive slowly to ensure a comfortable ride and for maximum opportunity to spot wildlife.

Food

Safari cuisine
 Safari lodges and tented camps offer a wide assortment of excellent western and traditional African dishes with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are camping you can expect the same nutritious, delicious, and filling meals that our expert SENE chefs serve on our climbs.
Special diet requirements
Yes!  Safari lodges and camps can accommodate most dietary requirements.  Most offer buffet meals or a wide selection of options at all meals.  Please indicate your diet restrictions on your registration so that we can make any arrangements as necessary.
Drinking water on safari
 No, we provide bottled water on all safaris, but because we are trying to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles we invite you to bring your own reusable water bottle.

You will be able to fill up your reusable water bottle with purified water for drinking at every lodge and camp during your safari. Tanzania is moving away from its addiction to single-use plastic and the safari industry is leading the way as all lodges and camps, in lieu of doling out bottled water, are providing clean safe drinking water for all guests.