Custom Wildlife Safaris

Safaris take you deep into the hearts, minds, and homes of locals, one of the most unique experiences when in Tanzania. Embark specializes in custom adventure travel; each group typically has a unique itinerary, works with us to develop that itinerary, and picks the dates of travel. Occasionally we also have pre‐planned departure dates the we can fit individuals into.

A large Africa elephant standing in front of a Serengeti safari cruser
A zebra leaping across a river
A large Africa elephant walking in sunset
A giraffe crossing the road as seen on an Embark Serengeti safari

Highlights

  • Experience real culture as we interact with the nomadic Masai and WaHazabe
  • Safari on remote dirt roads outside of the normal tourist routes
  • Sleep in local villages and experience the nightime culture as one of the only Westerners

Description

Enjoy game drives into unexplored territory will expose you to an animal kingdom that you will fall in love with. Sit nervously with your heart beating intensely as you watch a cheetah track a zebra or fall back down into your seat as the guide drives hurriedly out of the path of a charging elephant; safaris are all of the intensity that you never expected but love upon experience!

Itinerary Summary

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I travel with Embark?

We are a team that lives and breathes travel; we know what our clients want, and as such we see them as travelers, not tourists. We have organized hundreds of adventures around the world, focusing on destinations we know and understand. Ask us for some of our references.

Many companies provide region-standard trips; Embark goes above and beyond. We organize unique itineraries along the roads less traveled, designing adventures that allow our travelers to be pioneers and explore the depth of any given destination.

We focus on finding and training the best guides in the industry, with specialists who are prominent in several fields – mountain guides, historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and much more.

What is being on safari like?

Upon arrival in country, you will be met by an Embark representative at the airport exit and driven by private vehicle to your lodge or hotel.

On safari, we will wake up around 6 a.m. for breakfast, and by 7:30 or 8 we will head out on the game drive. A boxed lunch will be served during the game drive. We will arrive at camp by 6 p.m. for a shower and some rest. Dinner is usually around 8 p.m. When staying at the same lodge for a couple of nights, such as in the Serengeti, you are free to decide if you wish to go out all day with a box lunch or just do a game drive in the morning and come back for lunch and some rest, then head out later for an afternoon game drive. Each evening, your guide will discuss the next day’s plan with you so that you will know wakeup and meeting times.

How hard is it?

You only need to be in good physical shape to go on safari. Our transportation for most game drives is in 4x4 vehicles with seating for 4 to 9 people. Vehicles may be open or closed, and some will have a spotter.

What do we eat?

You’ll be served three meals per day, with plentiful portions. Specialty diets such as vegetarian or gluten-free are available on request. Breakfast – most likely served buffet-style – will be a combination of hot English and continental breakfast with cereals, breads, juices, coffee and tea. Lunches will most likely be box lunches with sandwich, chicken, fruit, desert and juice. Dinner will be buffet style, as well, with chicken, beef or pork, fish, vegetables, rice or pasta, a vegetarian dish, and coffee or tea.

Not included are snacks such as bars, trail mix, and electrolyte drink mixes. If you like to those or other snacks, bring them!

Do I need a visa?

All visitors to Tanzania must have a visa, and there are two ways to obtain a tourist visa. You can get one ahead of time, but we recommend you simply get one on arrival at JRO Airport. The cost is $100, and it is cash-only. Further details can be found online at tanzaniaembassy-us.org.

What is the sleeping arrangement?

While on safari, we will be staying in lodges with running water, flush toilets, electricity, laundry (if we’re staying more than one night), and comfortable beds.

What is included in the trip cost?

Your cost includes transportation, lodging, guide fees, and most meals. While on safari, all your meals are included, although you might want to bring some snacks that you like to have during the day. Before and after the safari you will have some time (and meals) on your own in town. Also not included in the cost is your airfare, souvenirs, and tips for the guides.

How far ahead should I book this trip?

Since there is no requirement for physical training, like on a trek or mountain climb, the main reason to plan ahead for going on safari is lodge availability and airfare. For this reason, we suggest you try to book your trip around six months ahead of time. If you’re looking at less lead time than that, just get in touch with us.

What is the best time of year for weather?

The classic time to go on safari is the main dry season, which runs from July to October. Of course, this is also the most popular time. From November into December is a rainy season, then from December to February is the main calving season, making this another good time – although it’s quite warm this time of year. March and April are the main rainy season and not the best time to visit, although there will be a lot fewer people.

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