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WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE IN TANZANIA?
Summer: September to April. Temperature: 20°C to 30°C.
Winter: May to August. Temperature: 19°C to 25°C.
Rainfall: April-May (long rains) and November to mid-December (short rains).
WHAT LANGUAGE IS SPOKEN IN TANZANIA?
Swahili is the national language of Tanzania, but many tribal languages are spoken amongst the 120+ ethnic communities in Tanzania. English is considered the de facto official language. It is widely spoken by those who work in tourism and hospitality.
DO WE NEED A TOURIST VISA TO ENTER TANZANIA?
A valid visa is required for travel to Tanzania. A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months prior to expiry is required. A single-entry visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Visas-on-arrival are available at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)for US$50. (For U.S. Citizens, the cost is US$100 for a multiple entry visa.) However, it is advised that visitors travelling from a country where visa services are available should obtain a visa prior to arrival in order to avoid potential delays at the airport.
WHAT CURRENCY SHOULD WE BRING TO SPEND IN TANZANIA?
The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency of Tanzania. The exchange rate is roughly 1 USD = 1600 TZS. Credit cards are not widely accepted. However, USD is accepted in most places visited by tourists. Please note that US bills printed before 2003 are not accepted in Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in the country.
WHAT ARE THE VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER TANZANIA?
Yellow Fever inoculation is mandatory for visitors transiting through Central and East Africa (e.g. Kenya) and coming from People's Republic of China or certain endemic countries in South America. Otherwise, there is no mandatory inoculation required to enter the country. Precautions for malaria are always recommended. Please consult a travel clinic physician for additional recommendations.
WHAT VOLTAGE IS USED IN TANZANIA? CAN WE CHARGE OUR CAMERAS AND PHONES WHILE ON SAFARI?
The standard voltage throughout Tanzania is 220-240V, 50Hz. The primary socket type is the “Type G” grounded 3-prong British BS-1363. Most camps and lodges have outlets available for charging cameras and mobile phones. Our safari vehicles are also equipped with electrical outlets. SIM cards can be easily purchased for mobile phones and internet usage. Many camps and lodges also have wireless connectivity available at an additional cost.
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE TIP?
Although not mandatory, tips are highly welcomed to show appreciation. The suggested amount is US$15-20/day for a safari guide or a mountain guide, US$10-15/day for a cook or assistant guides, and US$8-10/day for porters. Please note that this is only a suggestion. We recommend our clients to tip according to how they feel after the service has been delivered. Whether you wish to tip more, tip less, or not to tip at all, it’s entirely up to you!
WHAT SHOULD WE PACK FOR SAFARI?
Comfortable clothing, wind/rain coat, light jacket/sweater, socks & underwear, walking shoes & sandals
Mosquito repellent with DEET (Most camps/lodges already have mosquito nets set up over the bed.)
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Camera, spare batteries, spare memory cards, converter
Toiletries, tissue, wet wipes, hand sanitizer
Personal first aid kit, medicine (in case of cold, stomach upset, headache)
DO YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAFARI CLOTHING?
Wear light-weight, natural clothing that are comfortable. Avoid colours such as black and blue as they might attract tsetse flies. Bring a waterproof layer or wind jacket for evenings/early mornings.