Travel Tips

A valid passport and visa are required for everyone visiting Tanzania. A visa can be obtained at at any point of entry to Tanzania as well as in any country where there is a Tanzanian Embassy. As of early 2008, the cost is US$50. We advise you to avoid problems by completing these arrangements well in advance of your arrival to avoid possible delays before starting your safari.

In Tanzania we have two basic different climate areas, the coast and the up-country. Most of our safaris are conducted in the high plains and mountains of the Great Rift Valley where temperatures are quite comfortable year round and the humidity is much lower than in the lowlands or on the coast. In the upcountry, the climate is affected mostly by the altitude with daytime temperatures ranging between 24 to 28 °C (75 to 90 °F), but during the night it is quite cold especially in the highland areas.

On the coast, a warm, humid tropical climate is experienced throughout the year. Temperatures range between 26 to 33 degree centigrade (80 to 100 °F) and humidity is over 77%. Two rainy seasons occur annually; the short rains from October to December and the long rains from the end of March to June.

Tanzanian shillings are the country’s currency unit. Both coins and notes or bills are available. Bureau de Changes are all over the towns and cities as well as in all lodges or hotels with good rates. American dollars, Euro and Pounds Sterling are acceptable. but it is advisable to pay for drinks and other services in local currency. The use of traveler’s checks is possible when signed and accompanied by a written address and passport number. Credit cards are occasionally accepted but there may be an additional charge to cover the bank fee. You may find cash machines (ATM) where you can withdraw only local currency. These machines are rare outside of the larger-size towns or cities.

It is recommended to consult with your physician or county medical travel department to obtain a prescription for anti-malaria tablets before coming to Tanzania. This should be done well in advance of your departure as some time is required for your body to build up immunity. There are hospitals in the big cities of Arusha, Moshi, Kilimanjaro. Every lodge in the parks has a medical assistant or doctor. With payment of a small membership fee, the Flying Doctors services are rendered just in case of an emergency while anywhere within the Tanzania National Parks. These doctors can perform an evacuation by flying a patient directly to Nairobi for further medical treatment.

Do to the limited space in the vehicles and small planes, there is limit for the size and weight of luggage. For international airlines, the limit is 20kg (44 pounds) per person, for the local flights, the limit is 15 kg (33 pounds) per person. Our safari vehicles have limited luggage space in order to give you enough space to move around to take pictures on your safari. Therefore, the smaller your bag, the more comfortable it is for everyone in the vehicle. In addition to one bags, everyone is allowed to take a camera and a small backpack. Soft luggage is very much preferred unless you are carrying sensitive camera equipment.

It is advised that you wear clothing that breathes easily. For example, a pair of trousers (jeans), pair of shorts, cotton clothes or similar are recommended. Light cotton shirts or T-shirts, a jacket or sweater, two pairs of light shoes, and light boots will all be handy. A swim suit is needed for those going to the beaches. In the highlands areas such as Ngorongoro Crater or Mount Kilimanjaro, temperatures can be considerably cold, reaching 6 degrees centigrade (40 °F) at night. It is important to bring some warm clothing when going on safari to these areas. By following these guidelines, one can enjoy a comfortable safari with no fear of excess baggage that might be required to be left behind when taking a local flight within the National Parks or to the coast (Zanzibar).

On your safari, camera equipment is allowed and encouraged. But when one takes a picture of people, they often feel offended and may even throw a stone toward the vehicle. They may think that you are going to make money from their picture. Be aware and sensitive of this. It is extremely important to ask permission before shooting photos of people, especially the Maasai people who can get quite upset. Please use your best judgment and ask your guide to assist you to avoid any inconvenience which can occur. The offer of a few coins sometimes makes all the difference.

All of our safaris are normally in four wheel drive (4WD) safari vehicles with a pop up roof built specially for safari. We have transfer minibuses with up to twenty-five seats and smaller vans with eight seats. Safari vehicle seat six comfortably and we do not exceed that number except in an emergency.

The electric current is normally 220-240 volts. While all of the lodges and hotels will have a 120V socket that will enable use of an electric shaver or to recharge camera batteries, it is advised to bring a universal adapter to avoid problems.

It is easy to call directly to your home country or even send a fax. In the remote areas of the National Parks, communication is done by mobile phones, radio calls and at the lodge or hotels there are telephone, fax and internet services. You may want to check with your mobile phone service to see if your particular (GSM) mobile telephone will function in Tanzania and the cost for minutes.

The food is very delicious in both lodges and camps. Most of the lodges and hotels are two or three star level. We recommend that you always drink bottled water throughout your game drive. A variety of soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are generally available for purchase.

Very good handmade souvenirs are available at prices which will depend on the quality of a given item and on the ability of the buyer to bargain with the seller. Wooden carvings, single carvings, precious gemstones such as Tanzanite, unique to Tanzania, and a variety of handcrafts are all available. Purchases can be made in Tanzanian shillings, American dollars, Traveler’s Checks, Euro, Credit cards and Pounds Stirling.

Tanzania is the safest country in Africa. But walking alone after dark alone is not recommended. In the parks, hotels, lodges, beaches basically any where outside of the larger cities it is absolutely safe. There is no doubt that the general level of security in Tanzania is very high.

Tipping is regarded as a normal in Tanzania and an essential part of the safari for any special or personal services rendered. This is true for guides, porters, waiters, etc. .

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