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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Travelling With Us

We provide a full information pack for guests travelling with us but here are some basic questions answered about Tanzanian Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs and Zanzibar holidays.

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You can climb any month of the year. At lower elevations, April, May and November are quite wet while March and June are transition months. August and September are the coldest and driest months. January, February, July, August and September are all popular climbing months.

Serengeti Migration

migrationSee our handy map detailing where the animals are meant to be, Maps and illustrations showing the path of the migrating herds should be used as a general guide and a good way to choose the location of your hotel, camp or lodge. However, as with anything in nature, the actual day to day pattern is unpredictable. Wildebeest are remarkably unpredictable!

First of all, you can take a look at our special offer safaris here on our website. These trips offer the convenience of a set itinerary and a fixed price, but with fixed departure dates. These are cheapest as you share the vehicle with other guests.
We also organize private safaris. That means that only you and your travel partner(s) will be on the tour. This gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of stopping, finding your favorite animals, taking photographs, planning your day to day schedule etc.

Alternatively, you can start from scratch and work with us to develop a totally customized itinerary and schedule. We are enthusiastically open to side trips, detours, special needs and special plans.

Feel free to email us, and again, take a look at our special offers if you need any inspiration, ideas on pricing etc.

• International flight
• Other activities – other than those mentioned per itinerary
• Meals which are not listed
• Cold drinks
• Gratuities for cook and safari guide
• Personal expenses
• Items of personal nature (towel, binoculars etc.)
• Personal trekking equipment (trekking shoes, walking sticks, head torch etc.)
• Laundry service
• Cost of medical insurance
• Visas
All aspects of your safari are taken care of and that’s why one of our safari cooks accompanies you if camping and he will cook you three filling meals: there is a nice English breakfast, a hot lunch or a lunch box (this depends if you are on a game drive for a full day or if you would like to come back to the camp for your hot lunch). Then there is a delicious warm dinner with soup of the day, main dish and some fruits, pudding or fruit salad as a dessert. The cook does not accompany you on your game drive; instead staying back at the campsite. His job of course is cooking, but he is also security for your luggage and all the camping equipment. This means you don’t have to worry about anything during your game-drive; you just relax, feel free and comfortable.
Our double tents are quite roomy, a far cry from the tents we used to use as youngsters.You are able to stand in all our tents, so once you are inside, you have no problem changing clothes and there is even space to put your entire luggage in. The sleeping section of the tent is made of mosquito gauze, to protect you from mosquitoes and other crawling creatures. There is a camp bed inside the tent with a sponge mattress on top and we’ll give you a blanket to keep you warm at night. If you prefer a sleeping bag, we do rent for a small fee (because of the complicated washing process), only 2 Euro per night. In the camps we will provide you with a camping table and camping chairs, so it really is a comfortable way of enjoying the peace and serenity of the African bush.
There is mobile or cellular coverage in many areas of the national parks and conservation areas but reception may be inconsistent and network signals weak and in the remote areas of the Northern and Western Serengeti there are no signals, however, many of the lodges and camps will have a telephone or email access on the premises (for a fee) to communicate with friends and family back at home.
Always follow the instruction of your safari guide. Many of the wildlife may seem harmless and almost tame, especially those that have been habituated to safari vehicles in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater but they are wild animals and potentially extremely dangerous.
Most of the safari lodges and camps are not fenced and wildlife move freely about. Please follow all safety instructions provided by the lodge or camp regarding moving to and from your room/tent after dark. If you have young children, do not let them out of your sight or wander alone under any circumstances.

You are responsible for your own safety, if you are unsure of anything, please do not hesitate to ask your safari guide or lodge/camp staff.

Our itineraries are tailored to seasonal game movement patterns so wildlife viewing is excellent year round. So the best time to go on safari is really dependent on your interests, places you wish to visit and activities that you may want to do.
For example, if you love elephants and would like to see large herds, we recommend visiting Tarangire National Park in the height of the dry season from July to September when massive herds congregate around the Tarangire River. If you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro prior to going on safari, we’ll suggest you avoid travelling in April and May when the long rains will make trekking difficult. If you’d like to see the wildebeest migration spread out across the Serengeti plains, we’ll recommend you travel in the green season stretching from December to April. Whatever month you travel, we will build your itinerary to ensure you’re located in the right parks and the right regions for best wildlife viewing.
For more people we tend to recommend a route that sees most of the mountain – this is normally a once in the lifetime trip and so selecting a route that sees more of the mountain is an obvious choice. Hence the Machame route or the Lemosho routes are among the prettiest routes available. The mountain is generally quite busy on most routes and so choosing simply on the basis of how crowded a route is can be a bit of a misnomer. So, for those with less time we recommend the Machame 7 day trip (we have departures on the luxury specification or lightweight specification) and for those that want the ultimate trip then the 9 day Lemosho is the best route to be had. For those that are more interested in culture and wildlife we even have a Plains to Peak trip which is a Lemosho with 2 added nights in a private reserve in West Kilimanjaro – the ultimate Kilimanjaro trip. For those that are very fit and have experienced altitude before then the Umbwe route is great fun!
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    Isaac our guide, was always on hand to show us his expertise and we were well taken care of with his charming, polite and friendly manner. Also the organization was really good, always in time, and chef Markus enchanted us with his food.  the wonderful food, cooked from Markus. For sure I will recommend this agency to others and I am already thinking about my next safari with Paradies Safaris. PARADIES SAFARIES.
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