Tanzania Safari Travel Advice
Most countries are able to buy a visa on arrival at the airport of other border crossing, the fee is between 50 – 100 USD depending on which country you are from. If you have doubts about visa 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 travelling from a high-risk country, or if travelling 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 coloured clothes, on safari you will be in the safety of the vehicle so the colour 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.
Time to Travel
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 ATM or you can change a local forex shop 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 2000.
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.