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Submitted on Oct 17, 2020 Useful Info

Rules and Regulations on a Safari Tours in Tanzania

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You will visit Tanzania Safari Parks or Conservation Areas on your African safari that are managed by a government authority.

Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris Tanzania have outlined the basic rules all are expected to follow to allow conservation of Tanzania’s nature and a fun, safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.


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Tanzania Safari Parks Rules and Regulations

  • Driving in the national parks is allowed between 06:00am and 06:00pm except for night game drives safari if the proper permit has been obtained. You should allow for plenty of time to be out of the park before the gate closures.
  • Vehicles should not exceed the speed limit of 50Km/h (or 25km/h inside of the Ngorongoro Crater). The recommended speed for game viewing is 25km/h.
  • Animals always have the right of way
  • Do not approach too close and disturb birds or animals. Do not make noise, blow your horn, play music, clap, rev engines, imitate animal sounds, pound on vehicles or throw objects to get animals attention.
  • Do not feed animals.
  • Do not litter (inside or outside of the parks). Keep your waste with you in the vehicle and dispose of appropriately at your lodge or camp.
  • Vehicles should only follow authorized roads and tracks. Taking vehicles off road without authorization incurs fines and could lead to the guides license being suspended. TANAPA and NCAA have aerial surveillance in place for this.
  • Be considerate to fellow visitors and do not disturb them or the animals they are watching. It is recommended that a minimum of 25 meters distance should be between any animal and the vehicle.
  • Drivers are expected not to push in front, squeeze through other vehicles, go off-road or shouldn’t try to get as close as possible if it could distract the animals or other guests.
  • Pets or guns are not allowed inside of parks
  • You should not uproot, pick, cut or damage any plant or be in possession of any part of a plant indigenous to the park. The same goes for eggs, bones, trophies and rocks. No animate or inanimate objects should ever be removed or disturbed.
  • Do not start any fires or discard burning cigarettes. The devastation from this could cause great suffering and death. Camping fires should be extinguished carefully.
  • Do not smoke while the vehicle is on the move or whilst on a game drive. Always ensure your finished cigarette is disposed of appropriately and safely and not littered in the park.
  • You should not be more than 25 meters away from your car or exit your safari vehicle within 200 meters of any wild animal. Leaving the vehicle inside of national parks is not permitted unless at a designated stopping point or picnic site.
  • Drones are not permitted inside of any national park or conservation area.
  • Permits are single entry and valid for a maximum of 24 hours only. Please follow the timeline laid out by your driver-guide to ensure no overstaying or delays occur.

Your safari guide will outline some of the most important rules before you enter each park and the list above should cover what is expected from both the driver, vehicle and the tourists.


Please do not encourage drivers to break the rules as this could lead to their licenses being suspended and have a devastating effect on them and the environment.

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