Tanzania, with an area of 943,400 square kilometres, offers a variety of wildlife habitats and game trophies unmatched by any hunting country in Africa today. The wide diversity of altitude, climate and terrain contrasts from the arid north central Great Rift Valley to the fertile highlands of Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru and the many volcanic craters in that region. The legendary grassland savannahs of the Serengeti and northern Masailand are unique for their diversity of wildlife, while the central and south-western regions consist of woodlands known as miombo forest. The miombo terrain in turn offers an entirely different species of game not found in the northern regions. Tanzania has also many of the greatest and least known river systems on the continent, as well as huge swamplands, lakes and the open plains.
Here you will enjoy the latest 4-wheel drive vehicles and trucks, luxury insect proof tents, refrigerators, freezers, generators, radio, sprung camp beds, foam mattresses, lamps, linen and tableware. We provide a wide variety of international cuisine and are able to cater for the most delicate of palates. Camps are staffed with highly trained gunbearers, trackers, skinners, drivers, cooks, mess waiters, tent attendants and porters. The camps are constructed from local materials where possible, which adds to the ambience. We offer detailed personal attention to each safari. Your safari has the exclusive use of each camp you have booked. Tanzania Big Game Safaris are outfitted to the highest standards of the traditional East African safaris from years gone by.
We have exclusive rights in fourteen of the finest game concession areas which are scattered throughout Tanzania. We operate three companies, Tanzania Big Game Safaris ltd., Tandala Hunting Safaris (1998) ltd. and Tanzania Safaris and Hunting (2003) ltd. Our areas are noted for exceptionally large maned lions, big leopard and excellent cape buffalo. Record class trophies have been taken from these concessions. Our hunting areas are internationally reknown for the outstanding variety, quantity and quality of trophies available.
There is excellent bird shooting in Tanzania. Available species include francolin, duck, geese and guinea fowl in the south. In the north-central areas occur five species of francolin, guinea fowl and quail as well as pigeons, doves and sandgrouse.
All hunting clients as well as non-hunters must register their names and passport details with the Company. Eight passport-sized photographs of each hunting client and four passport-sized photographs for each observer are required for permits. Prior to commencement of a safari, each client is sent an information sheet with the request to complete this sheet. This will assist us with the planning of your safari. This sheet requests firearms and ammunition data, personal details as well as food and beverage preferences. Clients are only permitted to hunt those animals specified on their permits and for which a quota exists. It is important to let us know your trophy priorities well in advance so that suitable areas are selected for your hunt and the proper quotas can be allocated. Kindly remember that hunting licenses are not transferrable.
We offer the opportunity to hunt two or three areas during a 21 or 28 day safari. Safaris start on the day you depart Arusha and end on the day you return to Arusha. Please note that Tanzania government regulations stipulate the condition that a minimum 21 day safari be booked if a client wishes to hunt Royal Game. Please note that some travel time is taken with all mid-safari camp transfers.
The Tanzanian hunting season is from 1st July through 31st December. The long monsoon rainy season is April / May, while the short rains usually fall between November and December. There is a minimal variation in temperature as Tanzania is located close to the equator.
The official language as well as the lingua franca of Tanzania is Swahili. All officials and some people in town speak English as well as Swahili, in addition to their own dialects. Our Professional Hunters speak English, Swahili, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French,German and Afrikaans.
All charter flights are an added expense and are NOT included in the cost of your basic safari rate. The charter flight begins on the first day to the first hunting camp. Clients return by air charter to Arusha from their camp at the end of their safari.
Mid-safari transfers between camps are again by air charter. During the course of a 21 day safari, we suggest you plan at least one mid-safari air charter. In this way, you would have two different camps and areas and the opportunity to hunt the game of two different regions.
All safaris start and end in Arusha, Tanzania. Currently, KLM operates flights in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport, located in Arusha, Tanzania.
Except for guns and ammunition, clients are asked to limit their baggage to 44 pounds per person on light aircraft. Duffle bags are most convenient due to limited space on aircraft. Please bring soft gun cases in addition to hard gun boxes. The hard gun boxes will be stored in Arusha.
The Tanzania government permits each hunting client to import a maximum of three firearms. 200 rounds of ammunition per firearm are allowed. The minimum calibre for dangerous game permitted by law is .375. The minimum calibre for non-dangerous game is .240. Automatic and semi-automatic rifles or shotguns, and all handguns are prohibited.
We request clients to supply us with full and accurate details concerning their firearms, such as serial numbers, calibre, make and exact quantities of ammunition you intend to bring so that we may obtain permits well in advance of your arrival.
We suggest a good medium rifle such as 7 mm. or 300 calibre, fitted with a quality variable scope, such as 3 to 9, e.g. from Zeiss, Swarovski or Leupold. You will use this rifle for most of your shooting, and for all of your plains game. For a 21 or 28 day safari, 160 rounds of soft nose ammunition is adequate for the 7 mm. or the .300.
For a heavy rifle we suggest a .375 magazine or double rifle fitted with a good 4X scope or 3 to 6 or 8. This is the minimum calibre for big game and is mandatory for dangerous game, such as buffalo, lion, leopard and hippo. However this is a personal matter and you should use whatever rifle (magazine or double) you feel most comfortable using.
On a 21 or 28 day safari we suggest you bring 60 rounds solid ammunition and 40 rounds soft nose ammunition. The advantage of using either 7 mm. or .300 and .375 is that ammunition for these calibres is usually available from the safari company if you run short. Ammunition is not locally available for similar continental calibres, including 7X57, 8X60, 9.3X64 or 9.3X74. For clients who prefer to hire locally the charge is $ 250 per rifle per week, excluding the cost of ammunition, which is charged separately.
Clients must insure that their passports are valid and must obtain a Tanzania visa.
The Tanzanian Shilling is divided into 100 cents. Rates of exchange fluctuate constantly. Please note that credit cards are acceptable in some hotels and gift shops but cash is required at most public places.
Please check with your local physician and your Public Health Service for current health recommendations, as well as current anti-malarial prophylactics suggested for Tanzania and East Africa. Malaria prophylactics should be taken prior to arrival and continued after your departure. Please be sure to bring your own medications and prescription drugs. All our camps are equipped with a comprehensive medicine chest and all vehicles carry first aid kits.
MedJet Assist is an annual travel membership program for people who travel for business or pleasure anywhere in the world. As a MedjetAssist member, if you’re ever hospitalized more than 150 miles from home, they will fly you to the hospital of your choice at no additional charge in a medically equipped and staffed aircraft. TBGS highly recommends that you go to their link above and check out the options available to you.
Photographic and coastal side trips are available upon request.