Travelling to Tanzania

PREPARATIONS

Government Document VISA / PASSPORT: Please refer to your Consulate / Embassy for entry requirements.

YELLOW FEVER VACCINE: It is imperative for all travelers to hold a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination

Certificate. Please see your physician for more details.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important to remember that Visa fees are not included. Visas can be obtained in advance from the Tanzanian Embassy or on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Please bring sufficient cash to pay for the visa (approx. $200 for US Passport).

  • Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda fall into the Yellow Fever region in Africa. It is imperative for all travelers to obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination no less than 10 days prior to travel. Your country of origin and other African countries like South Africa will also deny re-entry without the vaccination, after having visited a country with Yellow Fever. Please ensure you obtain your vaccination prior to travel
  • Most itineraries are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Please be sure to carefully check your visa requirements before your intended date of travel, we cannot be held responsible should the necessary visa requirements not be fulfilled.
  • It is mandatory requirement that you travel to Africa with at least two blank passport pages per country visited and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after date of travel.
  • We strongly advise that you take out comprehensive travel insurance covering yourself for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation and curtailment.
  • Please consult your physician before you travel to Africa for advice on precautions against malaria prior to departure.
  • For Kilimanjaro climbs baggage allowance is restricted to 15 kg per person in a soft bag. Any excess luggage may incur additional cost due to additional porters needed. Please note that you can leave some of your belongings that you don’t need on the mountain at our offices hotel for safe keeping at no extra cost. They will be kept safely for you till the day you climb down.
  • Tanzanian National Park and concession fees are charged per person per 24-hour period. For the Kilimanjaro climb all the amount has to be paid before the climb and the Kilimanjaro National Park does not give any refunds for someone who might get sick and has to be forced to climb down.

BEFORE TRAVEL TO TANZANIA

INSURANCE

It is recommended that essential adequate travel insurance be taken out prior to departure. This should cover any medical situation such as hospitalization, as well as cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and baggage.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

  • Passports are required by all foreign visitors and must be valid for 6 months after the intended length of stay. Please ensure that you have sufficient blank VISA pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least two consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey). If there is insufficient space in the passport then entry into a country could be denied.
  • It is imperative to check visa requirements with the Tanzanian embassy/consulate as it may vary according to your nationality.
  • Visas obtained at port of entry are payable in USD cash only and we recommend small denominations of dollars as officials are not in the position to give change.
  • It is recommended that travelers obtain their visas prior to arrival, as there is a likelihood of long queues at all airports.

FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS

  • Check-in is one hour prior for domestic departures and two hours prior for international departures.
  • Many scheduled regional flights may involve multiple stops before reaching final destination.

FIRST AID

Although the guides are equipped with a First Aid kit, we suggest that you bring a small airtight container with a few well chosen articles, such as: plasters, travel sickness tablets, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, pain relieving tablets for headaches, indigestion tablets, sunscreen, eye drops, insect repellent, medication for upset stomachs and after-sun moisturizer. We remind travelers who have any allergies i.e. insect stings, or an asthma condition, to pack the required medication. (you can also consult your physician for mountain sickness tablets but this is not compulsory)

ELECTRICITY

230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin, fused or un-fused

MONEY

  • Banks and foreign exchange bureau are available at all international airports and in all main towns.
  • US dollars are widely accepted; however, notes dated before 2006 are no longer accepted. Ideally, notes post 2006 are the best. Please bring enough cash with you as few places accept visa cards.
  • Traveler cheques are not accepted as a method of payment in Tanzania.

Banking hours:

Monday – Friday 08.30 – 12.30

Saturday 08.30 – 13.00

The currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TSh).

1TSh = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of TSh 10 000, 5000, 2000, 1000 and 500.

LANGUAGES

The national language in Tanzania is Swahili although English is widely spoken.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Please be sure to bring sufficient memory cards, film and batteries as these are not readily available in East Africa.

Please remember to ask permission before taking a photograph of any East African resident. There could be a charge for this. But taking photographs of sceneries and nature are allowed in most places.

Please don’t take photos of government officials or government buildings that are part of the National parks as this might not be allowed. Be sure to ask your guide to guide on places that you can take photos.