Yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from susceptible countries; Malaria endemic but is preventable. Use insect repellants, cover up at sundown, sleep under a mosquito net and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Visitors on particular medication should carry ample supplies at all times. It is also advisable to carry wrist tags, physicians Instructions and addresses, and prescription details for emergencies.
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shillings. Major foreign currencies such as US$, English Pound and Euro are accepted. Some Banks in Major cities offer ATMs for Credit/Debit Cards. Alternative payment by MasterCard or Visa cards is accepted.
All year round, Tanzania enjoys a tropical climate due to its position just south of the Equator. The dry season is between June to October, and the green season is between November and May. November can bring a light shower, and late March to May can bring more severe rain, depending on the area.
Swahili is the National language of Tanzania; however, English is widely spoken, but learning a few words of Swahili can be helpful. In addition, the local people will significantly appreciate it.
Tanzania is generally a safe country but does use common sense. Keep an eye on your belongings. Don’t walk in the towns or cities at night – take a taxi instead. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, and beware of pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewellery at home.
International flights serve Julius Nyerere International Airport( Dar), 15 km from Dar es Salaam City Center, Kilimanjaro Airport(JRO), 42 km from Arusha, Zanzibar International Airport(ZNZ), 8 km from Stone Town, and Songwe International Airport is 20km from Mbeya City.
A vast number of international airlines fly direct to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, including KLM, Swiss, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Oman Air, Egyptair, Etihad and Fly Dubai. In addition, numerous regional carriers fly into Tanzania from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comores, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Domestic carriers include Air Tanzania, Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, Regional Air Services, Safari Airlink and ZanAir.
Generally dry and hot with cool nights/morning in June – October; short rains from November to mid-December, and long rains March-May, but the season can vary.
Due to limited space available for storage in safari vehicles, we strongly recommend using soft duffle bags. Some air charters limit baggage to a 10 – 15kg maximum.
Take out travel insurance to cover loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident and medical expenses
Tipping is not obligatory but a tip for exceptional services.
3 hrs + GMT
230 V, but power failures are common. Bring a universal adapter and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.
Local and international cuisine is served in the lodge.
Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, embassy or consulate, or your travel agent.