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All safari travelers to Africa require a passport, valid for the duration of their tour or vacation in Tanzania. Entry points in Tanzania currently offering visa services on entry are Dar es Salaam port and airport and Kilimanjaro International airport, and Namanga entry post on the road border between Tanzania and Kenya. Some nationalities do not require visas, so it is advisable to check with your local Tanzanian Embassy.

International Flights
British Airways fly three times weekly direct from Heathrow to Dar-Es-Salaam. Total flying time is 9 hours 40 minutes. Other carriers operate to Tanzania via Europe: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (from Amsterdam) to Dar-Es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro; Swissair (from Zurich) to Dar-Es-Salaam. Gulf Air serves Dar- Es- Salaam and Zanzibar via Muscat or Abu Dhabi. Emirates serves Dar-Es-Salaam via Dubai. Tanzania can also be reached via African gateways served by Air Zimbabwe, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways. Regional carriers into Tanzania include Air Tanzania with frequent services to Dar-Es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro International from Johannesburg, Nairobi and Entebbe in Uganda; and to Zanzibar from Johannesburg and Mombasa. Precision Air, operate from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, to Kilimanjaro; and Air Kenya, operate from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Domestic carriers Air Tanzania, Precision Air and Regional Air Services link major cities, tourist attractions and game parks in Tanzania.

International Airports
International flights serve Dar-Es-Salaam (DAR), eight miles from the city centre and Kilimanjaro (JRO), 31 miles from Arusha, which now boasts a new, air-conditioned, Hotel. Zanzibar (ZNZ) airport is five miles from Kisauni.

English is widely spoken in Africa, but a few basic words of Swahili is always greatly appreciated in Tanzania.

Currency and exchange
The local unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling which these days is freely convertible within Tanzania for the US$ and other currencies. There are numerous banks and bureau de change in towns, and most lodges and hotels will exchange currency or travelers cheques at reasonable rates. It is not possible to obtain Tanzanian Shillings outside the country, and it is illegal to export more than a small amount. Many items or services are priced and paid for in dollars, so do not convert more funds into the local currency than you need for incidental expenses. Credit cards are accepted at an increasing number of establishments in Tanzania but by no means everywhere. It is not generally possible to obtain cash on a credit card in Tanzania, so it is recommended that visitors carry sufficient funds in the form of travelers’ cheques.

Check with your doctor to get the current recommendations and advice. At present, yellow fever inoculation is compulsory. Malaria exists below 1,800m in malignant falciparrum form. All visitors are advised to use appropriate prophylactic drugs. Private health insurance is recommended. Anti malarial tablets are strongly recommended. Although the Kilimanjaro climb is often described as available to any reasonably fit person, the combination of strenuous exercise, cold and high altitude can have adverse effects. If in doubt please consult your doctor in advance.

Safari Clothing and equipment
*These clothes should be light, comfortable and not too brightly colored. There is little or no requirement for anything formal. A light jacket or sweater may be needed in the evenings at higher altitudes; comfortable walking shoes are an essential, as is a hat to keep off the sun, and sunglasses.
*Do bring your own insect repellent sprays.
*A flashlight is always useful.
*You might want to bring a little short-wave radio or Walkman if you want to keep up with world events or listen to some music.
*Most people bring binoculars and/ or cameras and video equipment with plenty of tape or film.
*Zoom or telephoto lenses are likely to be useful. Film is also available at most lodges/camps but can be expensive.
*Remember that safari vehicles and light aircraft have tight limits on the size and weight of luggage carried. Depending on your itinerary, it may be possible to leave some luggage in your hotel in Arusha for the duration of your safari.

Not obligatory, but a tip for exceptional service (max 10%) will be appreciated, $20-$25 per day for driver or tour guide. Electricity230v, but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.

Our Company requests that all clients arrange personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property and other personal risks for the duration of their safari. Temporary one month membership of AMREF's Flying Doctors' Society may be purchased with your safari arrangements. This cover provides the services of light aircraft and skilled doctors for emergency treatment and evacuation to Nairobi resulting from accident or medical emergency in Kenya and Northern Tanzania. This is supplementary to and not a replacement for a standard travel insurance policy.

Food and drinks
There is a good mix of African, European and International cuisine. Fresh vegetables, seafood and meats make it an exceptional culinary experience to travel here. South African wines are sold everywhere, and are excellent. Tap water is not drinkable in most areas, only bottled water should be consumed.

Most hotels and lodges have gift shops with a selection of local crafts and souvenirs. There are also a few roadside stalls and shops that you will pass en route. You will find some interesting woodcarvings, paintings and batiks. Precious stones and jewellery are also a specialty.

When to visit
The Tanzania climate is tropical. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights, while the northwest highlands are cool and temperate. June to September is the cooler season. The long rains are from March to May and the short rains are between October and December. The hottest months are between October and February. On the coast, it rains in November and December and from March to May. Coastal areas are hot and humid although sea breezes cool the area pleasantly between June and September.

Public Holidays

1 Jan - New Year's Day
12 Jan - Zanzibar Revolution Day
5 Feb - CCM Foundation Day
26 Apr - Union Day
01 May - Worker's Day
07 Jul - Peasant's Day (also called Saba Saba, which mean 7-7)
09 Dec - Tanganyika Independence Day

Muslim Festivals, including Ramadan, and Prophet's birthday, account for four days of public holiday, and their precise dates depend on the lunar calendar. Good Friday and Easter Monday are also observed.

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