Before you go on your safari, volunteer or internship trip, there is a lot to think about and plan for. Here is a list of tips and things for you
to think about in order to make it easier to prepare for your trip.
1. Money and Banking in Tanzania
Local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) but US dollar and the Euro are easily changeable. Payments in TSH may offer you good rate. Large hotels and lodges accept credit cards. There are major banks, forex de change and ATMs in major towns. It is important to have some cash for emergency and convenience but never carry large amounts of cash and never put all your cash money in one place at any time.
2. Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
Most foreign nationals must have a visa when visiting Tanzania and different rules apply for tourist and business visas. Tourist visa cost 50 USD (Note: for US citizens tourist visa fee is 100USD) and can be obtained at the big airports or point of entry including the Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam/JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Zanzibar International Airport, the Tanzania – Kenya (Namanga and Holili/Taveta border posts- when arriving through Nairobi Airport) and Tanzania-Malawi border post. You will need to have a valid passport. You must have Yellow Fever vaccination certificate/card and proof of return ticket. Check with your nearest Tanzania embassy, Consulate or High Commission to see if a visa is required for your nationality, and where possible please procure your visa before departing as it can be time-consuming to obtain visa on arrival.
3. Health and hygiene
When visiting Tanzania, proof of vaccination of yellow fever is required. Other vaccinations that are commonly recommended (not mandatory) include Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis B and Diphtheria. Mosquito or insect repellents and hand disinfectants are quite useful. Drink commercially bottled water. It is advisable to carry a small medical kit with first aid measures for example pain killers, anti-histamine(for bug bites, wasp stings), anti-diarrhoea medication, malaria prophylactics, Band-Aids, eye-drops, blister pads, antiseptic cream and the like. Please, plan for emergencies so remember to arrange for your Travel Insurance.
4. Safety and Security
Tanzania is generally a safe country to travel and roam around with friendly and hospitable people but this does mean that you should remain completely unmindful. Be friendly but also cautious. Do not share taxi with a stranger for whatever reasons. There have also been numerous cases of deadly road accidents involving cross-country public transport buses so plan how you get around carefully.
5. What kind of clothes are suitable for safari?
Comfortable, loose fitting, casual clothes that can be easily washed are the most suitable for safari. Cloth with khaki, brown, green or grey colours are particularly good because they are inconspicuous to animals and also conceal the obvious dust. Strong colours including blue, red, white or other brightly-patterned colours might scare animals. May-July has colder mornings and nights and in areas with high altitude it gets even colder so pack a couple of warm clothing. In the early morning game drives it can be quite chilly so layers are advisable. For walking safari you will need strong and comfortable footwear. Open sandals are okay as it can get warm but for trekking you may need strong hiking boots. Laundry services are available in most lodges and tented luxury camps so you may not need to bring many clothes.
6. Can I use my cell phone and access the internet?
Some telephone service providers allow international roaming at a charge. You can also buy an international standard local SIM cards for use with your phones but you will need to register your SIM card to activate it. It is usually simple. Most telecommunication companies provide access to internet via mobile network.
7. What kinds of accommodation are available in Tanzania?
There are luxury lodges and safari hotels with full service facilities including fine private rooms with private en suite bathrooms, restaurants, room service, WiFi, lounges, and swimming pools. Some luxury lodges and tented camps are located near or inside national parks in exclusive locations for better wildlife viewing and close to nature experience.
8. What is tented mobile-camping safari?
Mobile tented camps are camps that are moved and perched from one specific location to another as you proceed with our safari adventure, They can vary from basic camping(sleeping bag) to spacious and luxurious tents with real beds, flush toilets and en suite bathrooms . Their advantage is their huge mobility particularly when it’s about trailing the Serengeti migration into the heart of the Serengeti wilderness. As you do game drives or walking safari, your mobile camps move with you from one handpicked location to another and they are set in a nice atmosphere to give you a feeling of being close to nature. The camps offer comfortable facilities, delicious meals and excellent guiding.
9. Laws and regulations
Follow the rules and instructions communicated to you by your guide or national parks authorities. Report serious crimes or booking fraud to the police and Tanzania National parks authorities. You are generally free to take photographs of things but in some communities, there are still extraordinary beliefs about taking someone’s photo. Be kind to ask when you want to take a picture of someone.
10. Local Food
Try the local classic: nyama choma (meat barbeque) with ugali (maize polenta).
11. What is the voltage of electricity supply in Tanzania?
Electricity in Tanzania is 200-240 volts with British type plugs.
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