Do lodges and camps have mosquito nets?
Not all camps/lodges in Tanzania have mosquito nets. It all depends on their individual location, i.e. altitude, near open water, etc.
Also, much of the accommodations are tented camps. These tents tend to be tightly sealed and zipped tight avoiding the need for mosquito netting. Furthermore, at most camps/lodges, while you enjoy dinner, housekeeping will complete a turndown service and spray the rooms with mosquito repellent. Regardless of mosquito netting, you should always bring insect repellent with DEET, trousers/slacks, sports/long sleeved shirt and/or blouse and dress/skirt for ladies.

What should I wear on safari in Tanzania?
When travelling to foreign destinations it is always respectful to dress modestly and we suggest the emphasis is on comfortable clothing.
It is often warm on the plains and at lower altitudes but cold in the hilly and mountainous areas; a rain jacket, fleece and good quality walking shoes/boots are essential.

What is the difference between fly, budget, de luxe and luxury camping?
Camping is borne out of necessity. If no accommodation is available, one must camp.

Fly Camps: very basic. Suitable in remote areas where where vehicle access is difficult e.g. walking safaris in Ngorongoro Highlands.
Budget camping: basic. Probably the cheapest way to go: you – pays – for – whats – you – get. Not recommended for the fastidious. Takes time to pitch and strike camp. Vehicle can be limited for space. Food good, but limited to what can be carried. Public camp sites crowded; limited toilet facilities.
De Luxe / Classic Camping: serviced camp of high standard. Spacious tents, camp beds, shower, toilet. Good food. Support vehicle and camp crew.
What is the standard of lodges and permanent camps like in Tanzania?
Lodges: There are number of large hotel groups operating in the national parks. It is recommended to book through Swala Safaris in order to get the best rates.

Serena Lodges; Located in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Arusha and Zanzibar.
Sopa Lodges; In Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Masai Mara.
Hotels & Lodges; Lobo, Seronera, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Zanzibar.
Permanent Camps: Some retain the traditional camp ambience, others are more like tented lodges. They are comfortable, affordable and eco-friendly. Good value. Large self – contained tents. Small bar and dining room. E.g, Tangayika Wilderness Camps, Ang’ata Camps, Nasikia Camps, Kuhama Camps and Lemala Camps Groups.Tented Lodges: Large self – contained tents. Bar and dining room.

What is the best time of year to visit?
Generally the dry months, late June to October, give better wildlife sightings, but they are also the most crowded months to visit. The “green” season before and after the rains, offer a substantial difference in prices and usually coincides with the arrival of migrant birds. The game is more widely dispersed, at this time due to there being more water available, but can still offer rewarding safaris. The country has low and high seasons in different areas at different times, due to the movement of the animals and the rainfall. When booking your safari it is a good idea to ask your travel consultant the best time to visit according to what your specific needs are.
On the coastal areas the climate is hot and humid, as you move inland towards the highlands the temperature becomes cooler and temperate.
There are two rainy seasons, which usually occur from mid March to early June for the long rains and from October to December for the short rains.

Are there any language requirements in Tanzania?
The official languages are English and Swahili and most of the people that you meet on a safari can speak some English. Tanzanians, on average have a great ear for languages and can quickly learn some new phrases from the tourists that they meet. Generally much faster than visitors learn Swahili phrases. Many guides can speak more than three languages.