Questions to Ask Safari Company

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Hi!

I am planning a 5-day safari thru the Lake ManyaraNgorongoro, and Serengeti parks and am working with a few different guide companies to plan this adventure. I am a novice safari-er so what types of questions should I ask them for comparison? And aside from price, what sets a safari company apart from the rest?

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  1. Experience how long in operation, guides, the way they set up an itinerary that suits you with lodges and camps that also suit your style and do they listen to your requests or try to put your where they want you to go because of commercial reason ie stay at Karatu instead of ngorongoro crater.
    Put you in locations that don’t suit your time of travel because they are cheap then and you probably wouldn’t know, have you driving all over the countryside getting from place to place without much down time or serious game viewing ie stay at Ndutu when the migration is in Lobo for example.

    being in the wrong place at the wrong time is a major issue listening and not just sending a set itinerary with large hotel chains because it is easier to do.
    Ask if the company employs their own full-time guides, or if they use contracted guides. A company that offers it’s own guides only is preferable to one who will offer contracted guides because the quality and professionalism of the guide will be one of the most important factors in determining the quality of the safari. I would much prefer to have an excellent guide, and sub-par lodging, rather than have the best lodging and a sub-par guide. Ask what minimal level of training and experience the company requires for their guides.
    Also, ask about whether they own their own late model, well maintained safari vehicles. You will spend a lot of time in that vehicle and you want it to be mechanically sound and comfortably outfitted. They can be older, as long as they are well maintained. They should be well stocked with extra seat cushions, a cooler, binoculars, outlets to charge batteries and of-course field guides. Mileage should also be unlimited.
    Lastly, will the company provide you direct contact info for previous clients who can provide a referral? Having a referral source that you can contact directly is better than one that is “passed along” by the company, as those can easily be faked.

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