BASIC TRAVEL TIPS

Passport & Visa

All safari travelers to Africa are required to have a passport valid for the duration of their tour or vacation in Tanzania.  Some nationalities do not require visas, so it is advisable to check with your local Tanzanian Embassy before embarking on your adventure.

 

Language

English is widely spoken in East Africa.

 

Currency

Major foreign currencies, particularly US$ and the Euros, and travelers cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de changes in main towns and tourist areas. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates.

 

Health

All visitors and travelers are required to present an International Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate upon arrival. It is also advisable to take anti malarial precautions before departure or consult your doctor or travel clinic before you plan your African safari adventure.

 

Hospitals and Clinics

For minor medical attention, there are hospitals and clinics available around the country to care for you and prescribe any necessary medications.  Doctors are also on-call to assist with medical needs while travelling through the parks at some of the major lodges.  For emergency care, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi both have hospitals that provide excellent care.

 

Climate

Generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings from June-October, short rains from November to mid-December, long rains March-May. However, always be prepared, as the seasons can vary.

 

Packing

Lightweight, washable clothes plus a lightweight jacket, long-sleeve shirt, or sweater for early morning game drives, as well as a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  Long sleeves and trousers in light-colored fabrics help discourage insect bites.  Although women can wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, etc., please be respectful of wearing anything too revealing, and bring something to cover yourself in heavily populated Muslim areas, such as Zanzibar.

 

Safari and Wildlife Photography

Bring with you camera, lenses, batteries, chargers, etc. for your camera; maybe one per person (just sayin’).   It is always courteous to ask permission, however, before photographing the local Tanzanian people.

 

Electricity

Electricity is 230v, but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.

 

Security

Tanzania is generally a safe country, but don’t invite temptation. Don’t walk in towns or cities at night, and take a taxi. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, and beware of pickpockets and hawkers. Use hotel safety deposit boxes and obtain a receipt to safeguard valuables. Of course, leave all valuable jewelry at home.

 

Shopping

The Tourist areas and wildlife lodges sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry, and trinkets. Don’t hesitate to haggle at roadside stalls (Your driver/ guide will advise you where to shop and what are reasonable prices). The most popular souvenirs are wooden carvings, curios, and a famous love stone which is the well-known gem “Tanzanite” which are all widely sold at souvenir shops.