What documents do I need to travel to Tanzania?
You will need a passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry. Citizens of most countries need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on the Tanzanian Embassy website. Visas can also be acquired on arrival. If you are arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), you will require an immunization certificate or health card. Remember to always check the latest COVID travel information. More health information is also available on the embassy website.
Is it safe to visit Tanzania?
Yes, Tanzania is a safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people and are eager to help and assist visitors. We recommend a bit of common-sense caution in big cities such as Dar es Salaam.
Do I need to book in advance?
We recommend you book your trip 3-6 months in advance especially if you are traveling during the high season from June to the end of October. December to February can also be busy.
How much does a safari cost?
Safaris (and mountain climbing) can be expensive. Prices depend on the number of people on the trip, how many days of safari, and the level of comfort. Park entry fees make up a big part of the total cost. These fees pay for the important nature conservation work the TANAPA and other organizations do.
How safe is the water and food in Tanzania?
It is best to drink bottled water when traveling through Tanzania. Steer clear of ice, raw vegetables, and salads when eating at street restaurants. On the coast, seafood and fish are usually fresh, but make sure everything is well-cooked. To be sure, we recommend a nonactive cholera vaccine such as “Dukoral”.
What's the time in Tanzania?
GMT +3. Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and doesn’t operate daylight saving, so there’s no time difference between summer and winter.
How do you call Tanzania?
The International Dialing Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by the applicable area codes (e.g. 22 for Dar es Salaam, or 27 for Arusha). Calling out from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).
What is the Tanzanian currency?
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. 2500 TZS gets you 1 US dollar, but rates may vary. The USD is the preferred unit of currency for all tourist operations. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. Foreign exchange bureaus in the main towns usually offer a better rate on traveler’s cheques than do the banks. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels, and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these can incur up to a 10% surcharge.
How much spending should I take on my Safari?
You should bring little spending money on most safaris as most things are included in your adventure price. Most people carry between $50 and $100 per person per day for all expenses. Credit cards may be used in large towns at restaurants and shops with MasterCard and Visa being most accepted. However, use may be restricted in small towns and country areas and non-existent in small retail shops. We recommend bringing US dollars in cash. Change USD$ at the airport or bank on your arrival in Tanzania. USD$ cash is acceptable in most tourist areas and can be used for tips.
What do you mean by "Game Drives"?
The most common way to see the wildlife of the National Parks and Conservation areas is by car. This usually means big 4×4 safari cars with open rooftops and big windows. The Savanna is huge so prepare for a long drive. Remember to listen to your guides and driver (they know a lot) and don’t step out of the car unless given the go-ahead by your guide. Big game is quite dangerous.
Will there be wildlife roaming at the camps and lodges?
Yes. Wildcamps and some lodges are placed in the habitat of some dangerous animals. Remember it’s their territory and you are the intruder. Follow instructions from guides and rangers at all times and you will be safe.
What about snakes and insects?
They are pretty common but on safaris in a vehicle, they are not an issue. While on a walking safari, wear boots when venturing into bushes or woodlands. Use full trousers and long sleeve shirts to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other fly bites. Use insect repellent to keep them at bay. At high altitudes mosquitos are rare.
What happens if I get sick or injured on safari?
Any health or medical emergency will be attended to. If your condition requires hospitalization, you will be taken to the nearest hospital immediately. Make sure you have travel and health insurance cover. It’s absolutely necessary. Please ask us if you need advice on insurance.
How strong is the Sun in East Africa?
Tanzania and Kenya are very near the equator. So, the sun is at its strongest for most of the day. It can be fierce and cause sunburns and sunstroke. Wear a hat, and shades, and use a high SPF sunblock.
Can I take a walk in the National Parks?
No. Not really. Stay in the vehicle unless you have clearance from the guide to walk or stretch your legs. If you like hiking, there are walking safaris, often in Game Preserves and adjacent areas.