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Practical information about Tanzania

On this page you will find answers to all the practical questions that you may have in connection with your booking of one of our Tanzania safaris. Learn more about weather, vaccinations, visa, currency and much more. If you have any other questions, you are always welcome to contact us.

1 Weather and wildlife in Tanzania monthly overview

You can go on safari in Tanzania throughout the year.

January
After a short rain season the terrain is lovely and fresh, wildebeest are now in the southeastern part of the Serengeti, sometimes so far south that it could be difficult to reach them. As all the other animals are in the area, there is still plenty to look at.

February and March
The best time to visit the Serengeti.  It is at this time that the wildebeest give birth to their calves.

April and first half of May
This period is usually the “big” rain season, this does not mean that that you should not go on safari. The rain does not fall in the same way as in the UK. It comes in bursts which last only a few hours and can very often add to the experience freshening up the nature.

The second half of May, June and July
The grass is not too high, so it’s easy to spot the animals, a great time to travel.

August and September
The grass has started to grow high and the first groups of zebras are starting to come from the north to eat away at the grass before the wildebeest arrive.

October and the first half of November
The large groups of wildebeest start to arrive in the Serengeti from the north. This provides plenty of “action” as the predators hunt for their prey.

The second half of November and December
Normally, this is the light rain season, which gives life to the grass.  The Ngorongoro Crater will be filled with lots of animals coming to pay a visit and taste the mineral-filled grass.

Statistics
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Day Temp
27
28
27
25
23
23
22
23
25
27
26
26
Night Temp
14
13
15
16
15
13
12
13
13
14
15
14
Rainfall mm
71
68
151
289
122
27
11
13
12
33
149
106
Statistics Day Temp Night Temp Rainfall mm
JAN 27 14 71
FEB 28 13 68
MAR 27 15 151
APR 25 16 289
MAY 23 15 122
JUN 23 13 27
JUL 22 12 11
AUG 23 13 13
SEP 25 13 12
OCT 27 14 33
NOV 26 15 149
DEC 26 14 106

2 Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from africasafari.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

3 Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

4 Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or family doctor or even a licensed vaccination clinic.
You can read more information on vaccinations to Tanzania here.

Please note that you must bring your vaccination certificate and produce it on entry into Tanzania.

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another African country.

5 Visas

UK citizens must have a valid visa to visit Tanzania. Upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania you will be given an application form for you to complete and pay 50 U.S. dollars in cash / approximately £33. This usually goes fairly quickly. Remember a pen!

Under the point where you have to complete your address in Tanzania, simply type the name of the first hotel or lodge you will be staying at.

If you want to apply for a visa to Tanzania from home, you must do so through the Tanzanian Embassy in London. This requires that you send your passport to London. If you would like to apply for your visa in advance, you can download the form here.
We recommend that you apply for visas upon arrival.

Things that you should be aware of regarding the visa: 

  • You must have your original passport which must be valid for at least 6 months after departure from Tanzania, and there must be two blank pages for entry and exit stamps in your passport
  • 50 U.S. dollars in cash / approximately £33
  • When arriving and departing documentation must be filled out, this can be found at the airport

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

We recommend you confirm the above visa rules as they may change at short notice. You can contact the Tanzanian Embassy in London for more information. For more information please refer to the below contact details:

Tanzania High Commission UK 
3 Stratford Place W1C 1AS 
London, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 207 569 1470
Email: balozi@tanzania-online.gov.uk

If you ordered a combination package with safari in Tanzania ande beach holidays in Mombasa (Kenya), UK citizens must have a visa to enter both Tanzania and Kenya. Visas for Kenya can be arranged upon entry to Mombasa, remember to have 50 U.S dollars in cash ready for this / approximately £33.

6 Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

7 Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

8 Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

9 Suitcases and hand luggage

We use many different airlines to Tanzania, therefore it may vary how much baggage and hand luggage you can carry on the aircraft. Find more information about this on your ticket or contact us if you have any questions.

You and your travel companions should pack so that you can each get by with the contents from each other’s suitcases.

Make sure you have all the important items and information in your hand luggage: passport, visa, airfare, insurance, credit cards, money and prescriptions if necessary.  You should carry information about your specific health condition plus malaria pills, any lifesaving medication (diabetics), anything used to treat allergies or a sudden stomach upset (maybe Imodium) and analgesic aspirin should all be kept accessible to you. Any expensive electrical equipment, such as a camera or computer should be well looked after.

The air-conditioning on board the aircraft can be cold, so maybe take a jacket inside your hand luggage.

10 Transfers to and from the airport

All local transfers to and from the airport are included in the package.

11 Transportation

Our skilled and knowledgeable driver / guide will pick you up in Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and he will also be with you during the daytime. He will take you to the hotel, on safari trips, other sightseeing adventures and of course back to the airport on your last day.

12 Driving Distances on safari

  • Day 2: Kilimanjaro Airport – Highview Hotel = approx. 200 km
  • Day 3: Highview Hotel – Tarangire National Park = 80 km
  • Day 4: Highview Hotel via Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Ikoma Wild Camp 250 km
  • Day 5: Safari in the Serengeti – game drive
  • Day 6: Via Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Highview Hotel = approx 250 km
  • Day 7: Highview hotel to Ngorongoro Crater and back approximately 130 km
  • Day 8: Lake Manyara about 25 km and to Kilimanjaro Airport is approximately, 170 km total approximately 195 km

A total of approximately = 1000 Km – without game drive

Remember all distances and times are approximate, being subject to changes in weather.

13 Safari cars

On safari we drive in 4WD vehicles. All the cars have the option to open the roof during the safari. There can be up to 7 people inside the vehicle.
It is possible to book a private safari car for a surcharge. Contact us to learn more about this.
 

14 Visit to an orphanage

On day 3 of the program there is the opportunity to visit an orphanage near Highview Hotel. The orphanage receives no support from the state, so they live entirely by donations and contributions. This harsh reality makes it most often food that is required. This can be purchased relatively cheaply at a local market in Karatu.

Donations to the orphanage are of course voluntary. A discussion with guide would be best, since he knows more about what their immediate needs are.

You may also wish to give them gifts of sweets, toys, school equipment and clothes – for example. Headbands, bracelets, beads, soap bubbles, pencils, paper, plasters and footballs are other examples of gifts appreciated.

There is also the opportunity to leave used clothes at the Highview Hotel and have the clothes delivered to those who need it most.

15 Lunch and drinks

There is full board during the whole safari. Drinks you pay for yourself.

16 Currency

Tanzania’s local currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), but it is also possible to pay with US dollars (widely accepted), Euro and British Pounds in Tanzania. On safari we recommend your cash is carried in US dollars. Be sure to have change in small amounts with you (1 to 5 dollar bills) as this can be used for buying souvenirs and the payment of tips or the like.

ATM machines are few and far between in Tanzania, so be sure to exchange your US dollars in the UK before travel. In Zanzibar you can pay by card at the hotel, this also applies for any excursions you wish to purchase. There is an ATM at the arrivals lounge in the airport in Zanzibar and in Stone Town.

17 Tipping

In Tanzania, it is customary to provide guides, waiters and other service personnel a tip.
The personnel expect a tip, but it is of course up to you how much you will give.
Give the tip personally and always have a little change in your pocket.

As a rule of thumb, you can expect the following:

  • 5-10 USD per night or day to the guide
  • 1 USD for the porter who carries your baggage
  • 10% in bars and restaurants
  • 1 USD per day for the maid

18 Time difference

Tanzania is 2 hours ahead of GMT.

19 Mosquito Net

Mosquitoes appear when the sun goes down and the temperature drops. It is in the evenings, when most people get bitten, so it would be wise to wear long pants and maybe a long-sleeved shirt. It would also be wise to make sure any exposed parts of the body are protected with spray.

All of our accommodation in Tanzania has mosquito nets over the bed. Therefore, it is not necessary to buy any such item.

20 Language

Tanzania has English and Kiswahili as the two main languages.  Inhabitants are spread over 130 tribes with nearly as many local languages.

21 Charging of mobile phones and other electrical items

Most hotels and lodges generally have their electricity from generators switched off after midnight. Remember to take a small flashlight with you. The sockets are 240 volts and 3 pin plugs as used in the UK.

22 Check in/check out of the hotels

After a warm welcome, always fill out one of registration cards at the front desk before key collection. Check in after 11am and check out before 10am. When checking out you pay the extra bills for drinks from  the restaurant and bar.

23 Prices of laundry at Highview Hotel

Below you can see a list of prices on laundry at Highview Hotel. Prices are in USD.

Type of clothes Price per item
Suits 3 $ – approximately £2
Coat 3 $ – approximately £2
Jeans 1 $ – approximately £1
Safari Outfit 1 $ – approximately £1
Shorts 1 $ – approximately £1
Shirt 1 $ – approximately £1
Pajamas 1 $ – approximately £1
Boots 3 $ – approximately £2
Underwear 2 $ – approximately £2
Socks 2 $ – approximately £2
Towel 2 $ – approximately £2
Handkerchief 1 $ – approximately £1
T-Shirt 1 $ – approximately £1
Backpack 3 $ – approximately £2
Leggings 1 $ – approximately £1
Duffel Bag 4 $ – approximately £3
Hat 1 $ – approximately £1
Dress 2 $ – approximately £2
Blouse 1 $ – approximately £1
Nightgown 1 $ – approximately £1
Trousers 1 $ – approximately £1
BH 2 $ – approximately £2

24 Luggage which is important to bring

  • Bright summer clothes for safari trips (Strong colours can attract unwanted attention from flies found in certain areas of the parks). It is cheap to get clothes washed, so do not bring much with you
  • Nicer clothes for evenings at the hotel and lodge, such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect you against mosquitoes after sunset and, if necessary, against the sun
  • A good jacket, as it can be cool in the morning and evening
  • Summer Footwear (e.g. sports shoes and cotton socks). Avoid bare feet and legs at night due to mosquitoes
  • Power adaptor with 3-4 sockets – this enables a shaver, trimmer, electric toothbrush and any batteries to be charged via a single adapter
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • Hat that shields against the sun
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • A mosquito repellent for example
  • Nail clippers and file

25 Important items to have in your hand luggage

  • Passports, money, tickets
  • Sunglasses
  • Medication you use at home (always in your hand luggage, just in case you lose your suitcase!)
  • Hand Medicine: analgesic, allergy pills, remedy for diarrhea (maybe Imodium), malaria pills, plasters and disinfectant wipes
  • Binoculars (so you get to see the leopard way out there in the tree!)
  • Camera and memory cards more than you expect to use, including battery charger and a plastic bag to protect the camera from Africa’s fine, red dust
  • Shoulder bag with sturdy strap and zip.  A money belt or good inside pockets that
    can be zipped up
  • A few photocopies of all personal documents such as passports, visas, flights, travel insurance, vaccination card, international debit cards, (Master Card, Visa credit cards etc.) driving license
  • Telephone list for immediate blocking of lost debit card and insurance
  • Mail addresses of those you wish to send postcards or send messages too. There is internet access at Highview Hotel
  • Notebook and pens
  • A good book or something to keep you entertained on the flight