TRAVEL TIPS LANGUAGE
English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili can be useful and will be appreciated greatly by locals.
Major foreign currencies particularly US$ and E.U. € and are convertible at banks and bureaux de changes in the main towns and tourist areas. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some banks in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Moshi offer ATM facilities against international credit cards, but ATMs are available in many towns. Visitors may be expected to pay in foreign currency for game parks. Don’t change money in the street.
Yellow fever vaccination is no longer compulsory. Malaria is endemic but is preventable: use insect repellent, cover up at sundown, sleep under a mosquito net and take antimalaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring prescription medicines, spare glasses, contact lenses and solution as well as sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for bites/stings and diarrhea remedy. Drink only boiled or bottled water, bottled or canned drinks, avoid ice cubes and salads. HIV/Aids is widespread, especially in the main tourist areas. (See Mt. Kilimanjaro section for altitude sickness advice.) CLIMATE Generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings JuneOctober; short rains November to midDecember; long rains MarchMay but the seasons can vary. The coastal strip is hot and humid all year round. Temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.
Pack lightweight, washable clothes plus a sweater for early morning game drives, as well as a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in lightcoloured fabrics help discourage insect bites. You can buy clothes in Dar es Salaam and Arusha. Shorts for women are acceptable (but not too short!). Women should carry a wrap to cover legs in the villages and towns as revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and Moslem areas. On the beach and within the confines of beach hotels normal swimwear is acceptable (but not nudity). For climbing on Kilimanjaro or Meru, take thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, rain jacket, good socks and sturdy boots.
Distances in Tanzania are vast, and travel by road can be wearing. Plan to spend more time in fewer parks. You’ll see more and won’t return home exhausted. Keep your distance from animals and be quiet to avoid distressing the wildlife. Follow instructions of rangers or guides. Don’t leave your vehicle in the parks except in designated places. Keep to recognised tracks to avoid damaging vegetation.
Bring film (especially slide film) and batteries for your camera with you. Protect your cameras from dust and keep equipment and film cool. It is courteous to ask permission before photographing local people. If you intend to take a lot of people pictures, be sure to bring an instant camera with you so that you can leave a picture with the people you photograph. INSURANCE Take out travel insurance to cover loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident and medical expenses.
TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN
Tanzanians love children and are especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns. VISAS Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, embassy or consulate, or your travel agent. Visas, if required, can be bought on arrival at all international airports and overland borders.
Tanzania is a generally safe country, but don’t invite temptation. Keep an eye on your belongings. Don’t walk in the towns or cities at night take a taxi. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash; beware of pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewellery at home.
Don’t indiscriminately hand out pens, money and sweets like a wealthy Western Santa Claus it just encourages begging. As anywhere, gifts should be given as a true expression of friendship, appreciation or thanks.
The tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewellery and trinkets. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside curio stalls. TIME 3 hrs + GMT. ELECTRICITY 230V, but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.
Selfdrive vehicles are available mainly for local running or tarmac use. 4×4 vehicles for safaris usually have to be hired with a driver. DRIVING On the left. An international licence is required. Plan long safaris carefully, ensuring your vehicle is road worthy with two spare tyres, an operational jack and tool kit. Carry extra fuel, spares and water.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking. The balance is on 45 days before arrival for the tour program. If the booking is made within 30 days of departure the whole amount must be paid at the time of confirmation. Deposits and balances are payable through swift wire transfers from your bank to ours. Details for transfer are provided when you are ready to confirm your booking.
All cancellations must be received in writing.
Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in number of occupancy are subject to cancellation and no-show fees. Following is the scale for cancellation charges:
35% if cancelled between 45 and 35days prior to arrival
50% if cancelled between 34 and 15 days prior to arrival.
100% if cancelled 14 days and 24hours prior to arrival
Tips, laundry, drinks, personal insurance, and items of personal nature
What you need on safari
Extra warm clothes,
A good sense of adventure
Visa and Passport
A valid passport is required for all foreigners entering Tanzania .Visa requirements vary according to country of origin. Most nationality however, require visa to enter Tanzania. We advise that you check with the nearest Embassy/ Consulate of Tanzania, if traveling to the respective country. Visa can be processed at the airports upon arrival but this can be very slow. We therefore advise clients to purchase them from their countries of origin before traveling.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required in Tanzania if visitors are arriving from a country where these diseases are present. Yellow fever certificate is required in Tanzania regardless of country of origin. We advise that all clients seek advice from their doctors when planning to travel. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended
Tanzanian currency is Shillings. Visitors are advised to check currency exchange rates regularly. Banks gives better rates of exchange than hotels. It is a serious offense to deface or knowingly damage Tanzanian currency. Visitors are strongly advised to avoid street dealers and to transact all currency dealings through banks.
Dar es Salaam, Arusha and most other principal towns in Tanzania have banks with Bureau de Change. Banking hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, also all open between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Tipping is a custome of many people in the world. When some one do or serve something you should show the appreciation. Tippng amount for the Tour Guides and other company team will be addressed while booking.Though for the porters in the lodges/hotels and restaurants varries from 1$ to 10$ depend on the group.
The standard checkout time in Kenya is 10 a.m. regardless of the actual departure time from your hotel. Day room facilities maybe available for clients leaving in the evening or they may allow you keep your room until departure depending on the occupancy of the Hotel. A charge will be payable locally for this service.
Whenever possible we book rooms with private bathrooms on the basis of two persons sharing a double room. Single rooms are available at supplementary cost but neither single room nor rooms with private bath can be guaranteed especially within the national parks and game reserves. Hotels, where mentioned, are named as an indication of category and rooms may be reserved at similar hotels.