A guide to self-drive camping safari in Tanzania

In case you are planning to go on a self-drive camping safari in Tanzania you will need decent preparation and planning. You have to put it in mind that you will be visiting remote areas of the country which can only be accessed by a strong 4×4 vehicle, where it could be hard to get fuel, food, and drinking water. You may regularly be driving on dirt roads slippery in national parks and conditions there will be totally different from those you are used to in your home country.

On that note, it’s advisable at least to carry all the food prerequisites that can take you through the trip. Take no less than 20 liters of water for each individual, ideally more; camping during the dry season to dry destinations like Serengeti National Park, it’s advisable at least to carry something like 40 – 50liters of water per person depending on the time you going to spend there. When it comes to fuel, don’t forget to carry at least 100 liters of fuel in metallic fuel jelly-cans. In addition to that, make sure the camper vehicle you hire has at least two good spare tires just in case you get a flat tire when you are deep in the wild.

So in case you hiring a 4×4 car for a camping safari in Tanzania make sure the vehicle is well equipped and strong enough to go through the bad roads in Tanzanian national parks and you have to choose the right car rental company that can offer reliable and well-maintained vehicles.

Since most camping sites within the national parks and game reserves in Tanzania are not fenced, it’s advisable for campers to take essential careful steps to guarantee their safety when they are in the wild, and to follow the rules and regulations given by wildlife officers in the park.

The following camping rules should be put in mind when planning and choosing a place where to camp;

It’s advisable to camp on designated camping grounds

At night make sure you sleep in your tent, vehicle, or rooftop tent and make sure it’s zipped up well.

When sleeping in the tent, it’s strictly recommended to not sleep when you have left your hand or leg outside of the tent

Camping in Tanzania

It’s also advisable to don’t litter on the camping ground and you should use the rubbish bins at the campsite; in case there is no one, keep all the rubbish until you get to the nearest town.

Cigarette butts should be well smashed and extinguished and put in a waste bin, not thrown on the ground.

Campfire must be well extinguished after use in the evening and cover with sand.

Avoiding camping on animal paths, most especially for animals like hippos and elephants
Don’t try to swim or drink from water bodies in the park, there is a danger of bilharzia and some of them have crocodiles and hippos.

All faecal matters should be buried well and all the used toilet papers should be burnt completely.

Children should always be supervised, and they should not be left alone at the campsite and also you should not leave the child to sleep on the ground or in an open place.

Always when planning to leave a walk in the bush or doing an evening walk in the park make sure you go with a ranger guide.

Driving in Tanzania is on the left-hand side of the road and the maximum speed limit on tarmac roads is 100km/h and in town centers, it’s 50km/h. While driving in Tanzania expect to find domestic animals on the roads you should be extra careful about that.

In the national park you should maintain a maximum speed of 45km/h and avoid off tracks, you should stay on the established game drive tracks in order to avoid misfortune.

The main and general rule for self-drive camping safari in Tanzania is – take only memories and leave only footprints.