Travel tips

Travel tips



INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

The international flight serves Dar es Salaam (Dar) 8 Miles from the City Centre and Kilimanjaro (JRO) 31 Miles from Arusha. Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) airport in 5 Miles from Kisauni.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

Most visitors require visas with the exception of citizens of certain countries of the Commonwealth. It is advisable to obtain them in advance from Embassies and High Commissions as several airlines insist on them prior to departure. They can also be obtained on arrival at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport and at the Namanga Gate on the Tanzania/Kenya border.

Requirements may change, so you are advised to contact the appropriate Diplomatic or Consular Authority before finalizing your travel arrangements. Although part of the Union of Tanzania, Zanzibar remains independent, so passports/Tanzania visas are required even on a day’s visit.

IMMUNISATION AND HEALTH

Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow fever must produce international certificates of vaccination; this is particularly relevant for those traveling from neighboring Africa countries. The UK departments of Health recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Polio, and Typhoid. It is essential for

visitors to take a course of anti-malaria tables commencing two weeks before travel.

Modern medical services are available in Dar es Salaam and other major centers. These are only a limited number of chemists in the country, so visitors can be advised to bring their own medicines with them.

WHAT TO TAKE

Don't forget the camera, camcorder, and binoculars and take a torch for finding your way around your camp at night. Stock up with replacement batteries for all these goods. Take sunglasses, hat, sun lotion, lip balm, and some insect repellant. It is better not to get stung even if you are taking anti-malaria tablets. It is best to take any medicines required for the duration of the visit.

A spare pair of glasses or contact lenses is also a good idea. Take plenty of films; it is difficult to obtain outside the main centers. Banking facilities in remote areas are restricted, so take plenty of cash.

TRAVEL LIGHT

Some safari/air charters limit baggage to a 10 – 15 kilos maximum.

LANGUAGE

English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili are appreciated.

CURRENCY

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shillings, which is divided into 100 cents. Visitors can take in any amount foreign currency no currency declaration is required but import and export of Tanzanian currency are illegal. Most major currencies particularly US Dollars and travelers' cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de change in the main towns and tourist areas.

Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. DO NOT change money in the street however favorable the rate appears.

ON SAFARI

Distance in Tanzania are vast and travel by road can be tiring. It is wise to spend more time in a few parks. You will see more and won't return home exhausted. Keep our distance from animal and be quiet to avoid distressing them. Always follow the instruction of your ranger or guide. Don't leave your vehicle in the parks except in designated places. Keep to recognized tracks to avoid damaging vegetation.

WHAT TO WEAR

It never gets really cold in Tanzania so lightweight clothing is the norm. On safari avoid bright colored clothes they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges, and khaki are preferred. Short sleeve shirts/blouses and short are ideal, but pack a sweater; it can be chilly in the early morning and in the evening.

Wear a hat to avoid sunstroke and don't forget swimsuit shoes should be sensible for climbing Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru the thermal underwear, a rain jacket, good socks, and sturdy boots. Short for women are acceptable but not too short. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs in towns or villages as revealing clothe scan cause offense, especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas. On the beach, and within the confines of a beach hotel, normal swimmers is acceptable but nudity certainly is not.

TIPPING

Not normally obligatory but a tip for exceptional services will be appreciated. Tip US$20- US$30 per day for drivers or tour guides but remember an excessive tip an make it difficult for the next customer.