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Travel Tips for Tanzania Visitors
Travel Tips for Visitors to Tanzania
Tanzania's average year-round weather
Serengeti Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 16 16 16 16 16 15 14 15 15 16 16 16
High (°C) 29 29 29 28 27 27 26 27 28 29 28 28
Low (°F) 61 61 61 61 61 59 57 59 59 61 61 61
High (°F) 84 84 84 82 81 81 79 81 82 84 82 82
Passport and Visa Requirements
You need a valid Canadian or American passport with at least four consecutive sides by blank side pages. If there is insufficient space in the passport, you will be denied boarding. Your passport should expire six months after your intended departure date from Tanzania; Even a day difference will deny you boarding.
Canadian and American Passport Holders purchase a Tanzania Tourist Visa to be paid upon arrival exact cash USD 100 per person. Other passport holders, please consult your local Tanzania Embassy.
Please note fees/regulations are subject to change without notice.
Guaranteed Departures
All our departures are guaranteed. Upon booking, we guarantee the departure and price.
Itinerary
Please ensure that the name on your airline ticket matches the information in your passport exactly.
Please review your dates of travel and your flight itinerary as soon as it is provided to you.
Please read the invoice confirmation that was provided at the time of booking very carefully. You are required to return this document to us with your signature of approval.
Our tours do not require vouchers or itinerary to provide services, all you need is your confirmation invoice to assign your airline seats, you need to call the airline or go online; you will need your airline reservation code listed on your electronic tickets. Please note airlines do charge fees for advance seat assignment, and some may not offer it at all.
If your electronic ticket details your flight as "Operated by" another Carrier, the airline listed on this box is the Check-in Counter you will go to at the airport.
Please arrive at the airport three hours before your scheduled International flight.
Please ensure your luggage is being checked in to your final destination.
Airline Fees
Airline seat assignment. Advance seat selection is subject to airline fees, paid directly to the airline at the time you select your seats.
Please note that airlines reserve the right to change/cancel the pre-selected seats due to schedule changes or Flight equipment change.
Note that there also some airlines that they do not allow advance seat selection.
Checked Baggage Fees. Many airlines have checked baggage fees; once you receive your tickets contact the airline with your airline reservation code for specific charges + terms and conditions.
You can also visit the airline's website, for more details: Click Here >>
Airline tickets are 100% non-refundable/ unchangeable. If the airline allows a change, the change is always subject to change fees that vary from USD250 and up + the difference in fare; charges are per ticket, and every airline has specific policies and fees.
Airline flight schedules are always subject to change, we will always try our best to accommodate to these changes, but we are not responsible for any losses incurred due to missed-connections, flight cancellations or flight schedule changes. Is strongly recommended you purchase Travel insurance to cover these circumstances.
Vaccinations
Travellers arriving into Tanzania from a country that is listed as endemic for yellow fever are required to show proof of vaccination. Although North America and Europe are not listed as endemic, you will have to show proof of vaccination if you are traveling between Kenya and Tanzania or the coming/have visited the following Countries: Angola, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Congo, Cote d Ivoire, Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Tanzania, and Venezuela.
If you are traveling to another Country after your Tanzania Tours such as South Africa, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Turkey or Israel, you will need a yellow fever certificate to enter those Countries.
It is recommended that you have the yellow fever inoculation four to six weeks before you travel to Tanzania.
A yellow fever inoculation certificate only becomes valid ten days after inoculation - after which it remains valid for ten years.
Please note yellow fever regulations and list of Countries are subject to change without notice. Is strongly recommended you visit a Travel Clinic to assess your individual needs.
Some Tips to keep you healthy while traveling in Tanzania
It is always recommended to drink plenty of fluids while you are traveling, especially for those who have had long flights.
Only drink bottled water during your stay in Africa.
Always ask for advice from your local representative or Hotel Staff if you would like to visit any areas of the City, we do not recommend to wander on your own. The Hotel should arrange taxis and always agree on the price before the trip. Please do not wear expensive jewelry or purses.
Protect yourself from the Equatorial Sun, hats, sunglasses, SPF lip balm, and sunscreen are strongly recommended. Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
If you take medications is recommended you bring a copy of your prescription preferably with the active ingredient listed; since brand names may differ from country to country.
Safari Safety Tips
Always follow your guide's instructions and guidelines. Stay in the car during game drives except at designated areas where you are allowed to get out of the car. Don't stand up in the car, hang out of the window or sit on the roof. Never walk away from your vehicle.
Don't talk or laugh too loud. Watch your step while walking in the bush. Never run or jog in a wildlife area as it entices predators to attack. For the same reason, never run away from a predator when confronted. Instead, ask your guide for help and instructions or slowly walk backward while facing the predator. Most lodges do not have fences; is common for the staff at the lodges to escort the guest to their rooms.
Cover your arms and legs in the evening and use insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes. The repellent should contain at least 20-30% DEET. Wear a hat, use sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. Don't wear clothes that are too bright and colorful or too much perfume.
Please note there is no smoking allowed while on Safari Game Drives.
Language
There are numerous different languages spoken in Tanzania; the most commonly spoken are Swahili and English.
Currency
The local currency in Tanzania is the shilingi. One shilingi is divided into 100 senti.
The US Dollar is the commonly accepted in Tanzania; Traveller’s cheques are not accepted. You can use Visa and Mastercard in many establishments although there may be a fee for using them.
ATM Machines are only available in major Cities or Towns and will issue only local currency. It is recommended you bring a mix of small and larger bills; please note that USD cash must be issued after 2006 to be accepted.
Clothing and other suggested items
Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft-sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65x46 cm. You are allowed only one bag per person.
If your tour includes domestic flights, please note that luggage weight restrictions are strictly enforced to 15kg including hand luggage.
Laundry facilities are available at the Lodges and is generally inexpensive.
While packing, please keep in mind the standard regulations for liquids/gels and sharp objects allowed in your carry on.
Please keep in mind the possibility of luggage delays or luggage lost, keep essential items in your carry on that includes medications and a change of clothes.
If traveling to culturally sensitive areas such as Zanzibar or Mombasa, shorts or swimming attire should not be worn outside of the grounds of the hotel.
Suggested Clothing List:
T-Shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts.
Collar shirt/golf shirt.
Smart Casual blouse.
Smart Casual dress (optional).
Shorts.
Long pants.
Smart Casual pants.
Underwear and socks.
Swimsuit/cover-up.
Sleepwear.
waterproof Lightweight jacket.
Warm sweater or fleece jacket for early mornings and evenings.
Sturdy Comfortable walking shoes.
Shoes that will be appropriate for evening dinner.
Sandals.
Hat/windproof, and a brimmed hat.
Good Quality Sunglasses.
Sunscreen including SPF lip balm.
Toiletries including moisturizer.
Insect repellent that contains DEET for safari areas.
Personal medication and prescriptions copy in case of need to refill.
First aid kit / over-counter essentials.
Extra Eyeglasses/contact lenses.
Antibacterial gels/wipes.
Suggested Travel Essentials:
Valid Passport for six months past your return date with blank pages (blank two-sided), please note insufficient blank pages will deny you boarding.
Travel Insurance/numbers who to call for emergency assistance.
Vaccination Certificate if required.
Copy of Medical prescriptions (may be saved on your phone).
Flight Tickets.
Trip invoice confirmation. Please note our trips do not require vouchers.
Photocopy of passport.
Money (cash/debit/credit cards) copy of your credit cards.
Money belt or pouch.
Pens.
Small Binoculars.
Electrical adapter.
Phone and camera chargers.
spare zip-lock bags.
Water bottle.
Electricity
In Africa you will find outlets that use 240v electric current, plugs may vary from the UK square pin to the European round pin. Some lodges and camps may experience power outages.
Internet and Phone services
Although internet and WIFI are available at many of the Lodges, please note there are many times connectivity issues and services may be not reliable. Long distance phone charges may be expensive if needed is suggested to purchase a phone card locally instead. Phone calls thru your cell phone are not recommended due to to the very high roaming charges that will apply. You call also purchase a SIM card locally for your cell phone.
To Call USA or Canada from Tanzania, you need to dial 000 followed by the Country Code (1) + area code + number.
If you need operator assistance, you dial 0196.
Shopping
Traditional African crafts and souvenirs can be bought at popular tourist centers and main roads near game reserves. Items of interest include African drums, batiks, basket-ware, soapstone knick-knacks, beaded jewelry, decorated gourds and the distinctive red-checked blankets worn by all Maasai men.
Bringing children on a Safari in Tanzania
An African Safari is an experience that will stay with your children forever. Safaris in Tanzania is something the whole family can enjoy, as you can interact with incredible wildlife and tribal cultures. Our Safaris require Children to be seven years old and older.
Please note on most safaris there are quite long trips on rough roads, and these cannot be recommended for babies and very young children. Some luxury small capacity tented camps do not allow children younger than 12 years old.
If you wish to take a Safari with children younger than seven years old, we could organize a private Safari Tour; quotes are available upon request. It is recommended to keep children hydrated and with proper sun protection, dress them comfortable wearing sturdy shoes. Making sure they get proper nourishment, and plenty of sleep is necessary.
Cuisine
The local cuisine of Tanzania is diverse and varied between different regions, but many dishes include plenty of vegetables, rice, bananas, grilled meat, and fish. Game lodges will offer buffet style meals with a variety of options. Some of the traditional dishes you may encounter are Matoke (steamed green bananas), Ugali (Maize Porridge), chapati (bread), Nyama Choma (Grilled Meat), and ndizi-nyama (Plantains with Meat).
Photography
There will be many opportunities to capture remarkable photos during your trip; it is advised that you respect the privacy of locals before taking photos in certain places. In certain cases, your guide will be able to assist you in negotiating a fee to take photos in some locations.
Tour Guides
Game drives provided with a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide.
Always stay with your tour guide, especially on safari. It is very dangerous to leave your tour vehicle, as wild African animals are very unpredictable and can act threatened if you get too close.
Travel Insurance
It is very highly recommended that you get travel insurance before you travel. Once purchased our packages are 100% no refundable, no one expects to have a medical emergency away from home or to have to cancel a trip due to an emergency but these events happen, and they can be disruptive and expensive.
Medical emergencies while on vacation can be very costly. Travel Insurance is also very useful to cover any expenses you may incur due to missed connections or flight delays.
Airlines do not cover expenses due to delayed or lost luggage, but most insurance policies do cover expenses of that nature. Please note airline tickets are not refundable and unchangeable; Travel insurance is also useful in the event you may need to interrupt your trip while on destination.
Ask your traveler counselor at the time of booking about purchasing travel insurance.
Tipping Guidelines
Drivers/Guides
Safari Driver - USD 5 Per day
Safari Guide - USD 10 per day
Balloon Safari pilot - USD 5 to 10 per person
Transfer drivers - USD 2 to 3 per transfer

Hotel Staff
Porters - USD 1 per bag lift
Food Servers - USD 1 per meal
Room housekeeper - USD 1 to 2 per night

Kilimanjaro Climb Staff
USD 35 to USD 40 per climber per day
Delayed or missed Flights
Should these events occur let us know as soon as possible at: 1-800-842-6943 from the USA and Canada only, or e-mail us at savemore@traveldiscounters.ca. To call long distance dial: 416-481-6701.
Lost or delayed luggage
Airlines revise luggage policies frequently and often without notice; therefore we urge you to check with your airline before traveling to determine current weight and size restrictions. You can obtain this information online.
Make sure you purchase travel insurance that includes Baggage delay/loss protection.
If your luggage does not arrive with you upon landing make sure you get a case report with time/date before leaving the airport since you will need that for any insurance claim.
Hotels Check-In
The check-in time for most Hotels is 15:00 and check-out time 11:00 am, regardless of your arrival or departure times. Check-in/check-out policies differ by Hotel and will therefore vary. Passengers wishing to make arrangments for a late check-out/check-in and baggage storage must negotiate this service directly with the Hotel. Our Local Representatives will do their best to assist you in this matter. Guaranteed early check-in/check-out can be arranged by paying the applicable fees in advance before departure.
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