Why travel with Earth’s Wonders Safaris?

Earth’s Wonders Safaris is a tour operator with exclusive focus on tourism to Tanzania. We provide private, customizable, high quality safaris at affordable prices. We work individually with our clients to create unique safari experiences meeting their needs and budget while exceeding their expectations. Unlike other tour operators, our itineraries are based on following the natural migration of the animals without having set dates for any itinerary and limiting the amount of time spent in any location. We customize our itineraries and visit areas of the parks where animal concentrations are at their best that time of year. We will work with you to create the safari of your dreams based on travel dates, budget, and your key interests.

Although the main focus on a safari is usually the extraordinary encounters with African wildlife, we think it is important to experience cultural encounters with the local people, including the Massai tribe and the Hadza bushmen. Our itineraries incorporate extraordinary wildlife viewing with cultural interactions with local villages. We maintain long-standing relationships with tribal elders of the villages and our guests will also meet the friends and family of our guides and employees.
 

Is Tanzania a safe country?

Tanzania is a very secure, safe and tourist friendly country where the risk of crime is minimal. Tanzania is one of the safest countries in Africa and there are currently no travel warnings issued for travel to Tanzania by the U.S. State Department. Tanzania has managed to avoid the internal political upheaval that has plagued many of the other African nations. Although it is one of the most diverse nations in Africa with over 120 tribal groups, we make every effort to assure you have a safe, healthy and rewarding journey in Africa.


When is the best time of year to go on a safari?

At 5,000 feet above sea level, northern Tanzania has generally spring-like weather year round with low humidity. Even in the warmest season, temperatures rarely go above the 80’s, and the dry heat is comfortable providing an environment for excellent wildlife viewing all year long.


Will I be in close contact with wild animals? Is it safe?

An African safari may take you into close contact with wild animals. Although all wildlife can be potentially dangerous, attacks by wild animals are rare. Safaris into the African wilderness cannot guarantee that this will not happen, but by following the instructions given to you by lodge and camp staff as well as driver guides, there is little need for concern. Please be aware that many of the safari lodges and camps are not fenced in which allows wildlife to move freely around these areas. As such, it is important to follow safety instructions with regards to moving to and from your tent at either private camps or at the lodges. Even though a multitude of potentially dangerous species of snakes are indigenous to Africa, very few visitors are adversely affected if common sense is used. Snakes are extremely shy creatures and generally stay away from heavily populated areas. The vast majority of tourists visiting Tanzania rarely see a snake.


What is the weather like in Tanzania and Zanzibar?

Tanzania’s proximity to the equator governs that the seasonal variations in climate are not extreme and all-year round experiences pleasant and comfortable weather. The differences that occur are a result of the location such as the coastal regions, on the plateaus and the high mountainous areas.

Between the months of June to October, temperatures range from 73 degrees on the coast to 50 degrees in the northern highlands. The temperature on the plains and the lower-altitude game reserves during these months are warm and mild. On the coast, these months are some of the most pleasant to visit as guests will experience sunny weather much of the day with cooling ocean breezes in the evening. From mid-December until March, Tanzania experiences a warm summer with hot temperatures with little humidity.

The equatorial climate in Tanzania brings two distinct annual rain patterns which prevail in different areas of the country. In the northern and eastern regions of the country, the rainfall is bimodal, with two rainy seasons. The short rains or ‘Vuli’ come intermittently throughout November and parts of December and the long rains or ‘Masika’ which last from mid-March to the end of May. During the longs rains, heavy showers fall in the early mornings and usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather remaining clear with sunny skies until late afternoon.
 

What are the entry requirements for Tanzania?

A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens travelling to Tanzania . Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months past your arrival date. At the current time, Yellow Fever vaccination is NOT required when travelling directly from the U.S. into Tanzania. Travelers arriving or travelling through countries where Yellow Fever is present will require the vaccination and certificate. For the most up to date recommendations, please visit the website for the Center of Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel/eafrica.htm or call 800-232-4636.

Tanzania visas may or may not be included in your safari price depending upon your safari itinerary. Tourists may obtain visas upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania, but it is highly recommended that you secure a visa before travelling to Tanzania. The cost for a U.S. passport visa fee is US $100 per person. For more Tanzania Embassy information, please go to www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org
 

What is the language and culture like in Tanzania?

Tanzania’s culture is a result of African, Arab, European and Indian influences. The African people of Tanzania represent about 120 different tribal groups. The Tanzanians are friendly people to foreigners and amongst themselves. Politeness, respect and modesty are highly valued. Tanzanians usually enjoy hearing some Swahili greetings and phrases from their visitors. In Zanzibar, it is important to dress modestly out of respect for Muslim cultural beliefs. Men should not wear shorts on the main island, and women should wear pants or dresses that cover their knees and attire that covers their shoulders. Unlike Zanzibar, this does not apply on Mnemba Island.

The official language in Tanzania is Swahili which is generally spoken and hundreds of other various local languages abound. English is the secondary official language and is also the country’s main teaching language for all higher education teaching and for commercial business. Arabic is widely spoken in the coastal areas, particularly Zanzibar.
 

Is travel insurance necessary?

As your upcoming trip involves risks and is a significant investment, we strongly urge all clients to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance plan through a company such as Travel Guard www.travelguard.com or another insurance company you may choose. This insurance plan should cover themselves, as well as any other dependants and traveling companions for the duration of their tour to Africa. The insurance plan should include coverage for including, but not limited to, the following: cancellation or curtailment of safari, medical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, repatriation expenses, damage, theft or loss of personal baggage, money and goods.

 

Facts and Safari Information
Why travel with Earth’s Wonders Safaris?
Is Tanzania a safe country?
When is the best time of year to go on a safari?
Will I be in close contact with wild animals? Is it safe?
What is the weather like in Tanzania and Zanzibar?
What are the entry requirements for Tanzania?
What is the language and culture like in Tanzania?
Is travel insurance necessary?


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