All visitors require a passport valid for the duration of the stay plus an additional 6 months, as well as a return ticket outside of Tanzania and evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of the stay. The principal ports of entry offering visa processing services are :-
Tourist entry visas are readily obtained by most nationalities, upon arrival or can be arranged beforehand , depending on the nationality. A charge of $50 US generally applies to most nationalities with $100 US levied from US and Irish passport holders. For detailed and continually updated visa information and requirements please visit your nearest Tanzanian consulate or refer to www.tanzaniatourism.go.tz
The number of international airlines servicing Tanzania from outside of Africa has very much increased over the recent years, particularly in respect to the touristic destinations of Kilimanjaro ( Arusha) and Zanzibar. The current international carriers connecting with Europe and beyond, with particular emphasis in respect to customized safaris from Arusha are as follows :- Emirates, Qatar, Turkish, KLM, Eithopian, Kenyan and Rwandan Air. After completing their safari, visitors have the opportunity to connect to Zanzibar or any other location within Tanzania by means of a selection of domestic carriers such as Air Tanzania, Fast Jet, Precision Air and Coastal Aviation. As Kilimanjaro ( Arusha) is much closer to Nairobi than Dar es Salaam the frequency of flights in and out of Nairobi to Kilimanjaro is much higher and the cost much more economical. Precision Air runs scheduled flights between Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar which are advantageous in the planning of any itinerary.
Major foreign currencies, particularly the $US are readily accepted in Tanzania and are easily converted in “Banks” and “Bureau’s de Change” in the major centres and tourist areas. At the same time, credit cards are obligatory if directly paying “National Park” entry fees. Higher service fees however can mount up if used for day to day transactions. As we move into the digital age, traveller checks, while still accepted in banks, are becoming a thing of the past. For up to date exchange rates for the “Tanzanian Shilling” with all the major foreign currencies, please refer to www1.oanda.com/currency/converter
The climatic divisions can best be described as “hot and dry” with cooler nights/mornings from June to October with a short rainy season centred around November and longer rainy season from March to May. Travel attire should be essentially lightweight washable clothes with a sweater for early morning game drives with the obligatory hat/cap, sunglasses and sun screen. Long trousers and sleeves help to discourage any insect bites. Conservative shorts are acceptable for women and a wrap to use for protection of legs is always a benefit. If staying at a lodge, bring your swimming attire. For climbing/adventure activities such as Kilimanjaro, our specialists will advise accordingly.
Tanzania is not an un-healthy place, however sensible precautions need to be taken for a short stay in an alien environment. A “Yellow Fever” vaccination certificate is a legal requirement for all visitors. As well, precautions need to be taken against “malaria” by prescribed medication for elevations below 1800m and mosquito repellant should always be close at hand. All such measures can be arranged in your country of origen before departure in consultation with your local travel clinic. Tap water is best avoided while bottled water should only be used for drinking. For additional “Travel and Health” information please refer to www.tripprep.com
While “Swahilli” is the local language, English is widely spoken in all forms of life and widely taught in schools. Tour guides, proficient in other international languages are also available. A few basic words of Swahilli however, are always well received.
While “Tipping” is not as prevalent as in the USA, it is still an important part of the financial structure. As a rule of thumb, a safari driver/guide can expect between $20/30 US per day per group. Tipping is also now common in the service/hospitality industry.
Tanzania can generally be considered a safe country, however as usual common sense should always prevail. Be vigilant at all times, particularly in respect to personal items in crowded public locations such as markets and avoid walking at night time in the towns and cities. Large amounts of cash and expensive cameras should not be overtly carried and all valuable jewellery left at home.
-1 Jan - New Year Day
-12 Jan – Zanzibar Revolution Day
-5 Feb - CCM Foundation Day
-26 April – Union Day
-1 May - Workers Day
-7 July - Peasants Day
-9 Dec - Independence Day
-Easter Friday and Easter Monday are observed.
-Muslim festivals such as Eid and Prophets Birthday are also observed. ( Dates variable as per lunar calendar)