TRAVEL TIPS

TANZANIA FACTS
  • Capital city and administrative capital: Dodoma
  • Commercial capital: Dar es Salaam
  • Official Languages: Kiswahili and English
  • Time: GMT + 3
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh or TZS)
  • Credit cards (MasterCard, Visa) are accepted in certain larger hotels and restaurants.

Please note: Where credit cards are accepted, the payments will normally be recorded in US Dollars, regardless of the card’s default currency

  • Traveller’s cheques in US
  • Dollars are highly recommended and only those minted after the year 2003, although Euros are also generally accepted.
  • Banking: Banks and forex bureau are available at airports and in all major towns. Banking hours are from Monday – Friday 08:30 – 15:00, Saturdays 08:30 – 12:30. In major towns some branches will be open until 16:00. Please note all banks are closed on Sundays.

CLIMATE

  • Tanzania’s climate is predominantly tropical. For the whole country, the hottest months are from October to February. The long rains are from mid-March to late May, and the short rains from November to January.  The coolest months are June to August when the nights and early mornings can be cold. In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro, temperatures can fall below freezing. Coastal areas are hot and humid with an average daytime temperature of 30c. Sea breezes make the climate very pleasant from June to September.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid passport; a valid visa for those not exempted (US$ 50 per person and Americans pay US$ 100 per person per multiple entry visa. Valid for 3 months.  Allows re-entry to Tanzania after visit to Uganda or Kenya).
  • If necessary, single entry visas only can be purchased upon arrival at the immigration desk. Please have the correct money in US Dollar cash and be prepared for queues.
  • The visa can be obtained in advance from any Tanzanian Embassy or consulate.

HEALTH

  • An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is no longer required to enter Tanzania if you are coming in from Europe and the Americas.   As requirements and regulations are subject to change at short notice, visitors are advised to contact their nearest Tanzanian Embassy or their travel health advisor well in advance of their intended date of departure. Visitors arriving from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever must produce international certificates of vaccination.
  • Malaria protection is essential. Please consult your doctor for advice on prophylactics.
  • Most camps / lodges do not have medical facilities and their staffs are not medically trained. Therefore, clients should bring their own necessary medications with them.
  • It is important not to underestimate the power of the Equatorial sun: a hat, sunglasses and high factor sun protection cream are strongly recommended at all times to combat the heat and bright light.
   

FOOD & WATER

  • We recommend that clients drink bottled water during their stay in Tanzania which is available at in all lodges and camps.
  • Before you embark on your holiday, please also advise us of any allergies and dietary requirements.

INSURANCE

  • Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also recommend trip cancellation cover.
  • We do provide safety in case of emergency with medical evacuation covers and is booked in advance of your trip as full names as appeared on your passports.

VOLTAGE

  • 220 volts/AC50Hz. Facilities are available in camps for the charging of video and digital cameras. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Lighting in most camps is from solar power, with generator back up. 
  • In lodges, depending on their location, they are connected to mains electricity but should this fail, they have a back up generator.

TIPPING

  • Tipping is not expected, but is enthusiastically received.
  • A guideline, and dependent on how happy you are to tip waiters and porters
  • It is quite normal to tip your driver guide separately at the end of safari

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Ensure you bring enough camera film with you for your entire stay – and them some more. Film is not always available, and specialist films are very hard to get in Tanzania.
  • Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform. If you do not get permission then do not take a picture. If in doubt, don’t photograph it!
  • Please make sure permission has been sought before photographing local people, and their villages. They may charge for pictures to be taken. Please check with your guide.
  • No flash photography is allowed when viewing the chimps at Gombe Stream and Mahale. High-speed film is recommended.

COMMUNICATION

  • International Direct Dial is available. The country code for Tanzania is +255. The outgoing international code is 00 for the United States, and 000 for all other countries. Several cellular phone networks operate in Tanzania, and roaming lines work in most major cities, and towns.
  • Costs for telephone calls are generally high, so make sure you check the rate before making the call.
  • There are satellite telephones available for client use at some accommodations. Usage charged at current rates.

INTERNATIONAL / DOMESTIC AIRPORTS

  • Dar es Salaam International Airport is located 15 kms southwest of the city, and takes approximately 25 minutes by car. Airport facilities include a duty-free shop, car hire, post office, banking and bureau de change, and a bar and restaurant.
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport is located 55 kms from Arusha and takes approximately 1 hour to reach by car. Facilities include curio shops, a post office, and a bar.
  • Zanzibar International Airport is located 7 kms from the centre of Stone Town, and takes approximately 15 minutes to reach by car. Facilities include a cafeteria and bureau de change.
  • Arusha Domestic Airport is located on the outskirts of Arusha town. Facilities include a curio shop, and a snack bar.
  • Airstrips in your safari destinations are usually not made of tarmac and do not always have facilities like toilets.

SAFARI ETIQUETTE

  • Tanzania offers a treasure of experiences, ecosystems, wildlife and cultures.  We encourage its guests to support our guides by learning and honouring their policies which helps preserve these precious environments.  In order to promote responsible tourism, we request that you join us in observing the following etiquettes.

Whilst on game drive

  • Please do not interfere with animal behaviour.
  • No more than 5 vehicles should be around an animal at one time (please accept the decision of the guide to leave an animal if he feels it is becoming overcrowded and nervous).
  • Please do not get too close to the animals, this may distress them.
  • Please do not feed the animals.
  • Please do not get out of the vehicle without consulting your guide.
  • Please try to be as quiet as possible when viewing wildlife close up. Your guide will turn off the vehicle’s engine whenever possible.
  • Please do not encourage your guide to drive off road.  This is against park regulations and only permitted in certain areas.
  • No speeding!  The limit in the parks is 50 km per hour.

Protect the environment

  • Please do not litter, even cigarette butts.
  • Please do not collect any bones, feathers, stones or plants, they are all mini ecosystems.
  • Please do not buy bones, stones, feather displays or plants.

Cultural Exchange

  • Please do not take photographs of the local people without asking their permission first.
  • Please do not encourage trade or give personal items away to the local people (if we support begging, we promote begging).
  • If you have brought gifts to give to the local people, please give them to your guide for proper distribution.
  • Beware of anyone asking you for gifts or money.  Do not feel obliged to donate anything.
  • Please report back to us if you are harassed.

SECURITY

  • Tanzania as a whole is an extremely friendly country with helpful people.  Much of Tanzania’s population is extremely poor though so please take good care of your valuables, especially money, passports and travellers cheques.  Please do not leave them in your room or unattended in a safari vehicle.
  • If you are walking around any major city or town, please do not wear flashy jewellery and please hold tight to your bags.
  • We cannot accept responsibility for theft.  Most hotels and lodges have a security box for valuables in the rooms for the guest’s use.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Shorts, lightweight trousers, short & long sleeved shirts in neutral, bush colours. Sweater or fleece during the colder months.
  • Swim suit/sarong.
  • Comfortable lightweight walking shoes or boots.
  • Sun hat and sun glasses.
  • High factor sun lotion.
  • Camera plus plenty of film.

Please note there is a luggage allowance of 15kgs on all domestic flights within Tanzania. There can be no exceptions to this rule, unless extra seats are booked in advance.

DRESS CODE

  • The island of Zanzibar and the beach resorts on the mainland are predominantly Muslim, so recognition of traditional courtesies is important. Unsuitable clothing such as swimwear or brief shorts, are not acceptable in town and villages away from the main tourist resorts.

RECOMMENDED READING

  • Richard D. Estes – The Safari Companion
  • Richard D. Estes – The Behavioural Guide to African Mammals
  • Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe – Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa
  • Collins Field Guide – Mammals of Africa
  • Johnathan Kingdon – The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
  • Michael Blundell – Wild Flowers of East Africa
  • Sasol – Birds of Prey of Africa
  • Paul Joynson-Hicks – Tanzania – Portrait of a Nation
  • Javed Jafferji/Graham Mercer – Tanzania: African Eden
  • Carlo Mari/Harvey Croze – The Serengeti’s Great Migration
  • Mitsuaki Iwago – Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain
  • Reinhard Kunkel – Ngorongoro
  • Reinhard Kunkel – Elephants
  • Peter Matthiessen – African Trilogy
  • Thomas Pakenham – Scramble for Africa
  • David Read – Waters of the Sanjan
  • Charles Miller – Battle for the Bundu
  • John Reader – Africa: Biography of a Continent
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah – Paradise
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah – By the Sea

Optional Activities

-Arusha National Park  
-Balloon Safari in Serengeti
-Night game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park for   about 3 hours

 
     

CONTACT US

P.O. Box 11516 Arusha, Tanzania 
Tel: +255 27 250 6776, Fax: +255 27 250 6776
After Hours, cell: +255 (0) 782 985 640
Email: journeysafrica@gmail.com
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