Your Tanzanian Questions & Answers

Tanzania wildlife is a great bet – and when you plan to do a safari to Tanzania and Zanzibar, there are more questions to ask!

Please see below some answers to those frequently asked questions in Tanzania, and if there is anything you think we are missing or you would like to know – please get in touch.

Most countries are able to buy a visa on arrival at the airport or another border crossing, the fee is between 50 – 100 USD depending on which country you are from. If you have doubts about visas you can contact the embassy or we can help you get the information. Visa can only be paid in USD cash.
Before you pay for a safari, do arrange to have travel insurance from your local insurer, also make sure it covers your payment in case you are unable to travel for any reason.
If traveling from a high-risk country, or if traveling through a high-risk country, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine. If you do not have one, you can get one at the airport for a fee.
For safari you can wear khaki or any other colored clothes, on safari you will be in the safety of the vehicle so the color is not a big issue, you would want to avoid Blue and Black and this attracts Tsetse flies in Tarangire and some areas of Serengeti. For your Kilimanjaro or Meru climb, you will need hiking boots, thick winter socks, warm long underwear, trousers, T-shirts, sweaters, coat, gloves, hat, sunglasses, walking stick, and a small backpack to carry your lunch and water, you may also bring power bars. All these items are available for rent, but try to at least bring your own hiking boots as they will be more comfortable.
Be sure to drink much especially on hot days to avoid de-hydration, we provide drinking water during safari so be sure to drink it.
You may visit Tanzania any time of the year, the peak seasons are around Christmas and New Year, February, July & August, October, and Easter. The long rains are from March to May – you can still go on safari and hotels offer a low season rate. Short rains are in November and early December.
Tanzania uses two currencies, USD and Tanzanian shilling, you can get shillings from ATMs or you can change local forex shops in towns. Few places do accept credit cards but usually with additional bank charges.
It has become normal to give tips, for Kilimanjaro climb we suggest 150 – 200 USD per climber as you will have 2-3 crew per climber on a 5-6 day trip it nowadays expected for Kilimanjaro climbs, for driver guides we recommend 15 – 20 USD per day, however, this is optional and the amount may be determined by the service received. USD notes should be printed on or after the year 2006.
Upon confirmation of your trip, a 50% deposit will be needed to pay for the hotels, this payment is done by Telegraphic transfer via your internet banking or via your Bank, the rest can be paid a month before arrival, or by cash or credit card on arrival, if paying by credit card there will be a 6% bank charge added to the balance. The deposit is treated as non-refundable.

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