Where is Tanzania?
Tanzania is located in East Africa just south of the Equator bordering the Indian Ocean. Kenya and Uganda border to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of the Congo border to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique border to the south.
Do I need a passport to enter Tanzania?
Yes. A passport is required valid for at least six months with two blank pages.
Is a visa required for entry in to Tanzania?
Depends. There are about 50 countries that citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Tanzania. For US and EU citizens, a visa is required. The cost for US citizens is $100 for a multiple entry visa valid for one year with stays no more than 90 days per entry. Costs for citizens of other countries may vary some. When you book directly through us, we can provide specific costs per your citizenship. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport, but lines and wait times can be long, so we recommend getting your visa online prior to departing for your trip through this link: https://eservices.immigration....
Are vaccinations necessary for entry in to Tanzania?
Recommended and required immunizations include: Hepatitis A & B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, Mumps and rubella (MMR), tetanus, polio. We recommend speaking with your doctor or travel health agency several months before travel to determine which vaccinations you need before your trip. You can also search Google for more information on vaccinations and where to get them.
Is Tanzania safe for tourists?
Yes, Tanzania is considered a safe country. As with travel to any country, take the usual precautions and check current government travel advisories.
What currency is accepted in Tanzania?
The official currency is the Tanzanian shilling, but USD and credit cards are accepted in most places. USD bills must not be older than 2009 and have no tears or marks. We recommend bringing crisp new bills.
What languages are spoken in Tanzania?
Swahili and English
When is the best time of year for a wildlife safari in Tanzania?
Anytime is a good time for a safari in Tanzania! That said, Tanzania does have a peak, shoulder, and off season. Peak season and the best time for the Great Migration is June, July, August, and September when the wildebeests and zebras are crossing the Mara River into Kenya and back in Northern Serengeti. Off season is usually during the rains, mid October to mid November and April into May. Shoulder and off seasons are still good times for safari with less crowds and costs.
What is the weather in Tanzania?
Temperatures are fairly stable throughout the year in Tanzania with highs in the low to mid 80's in Fahrenheit or 28 degrees in Celsius and lows in the mid to upper 60's in Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius at night. Tanzania has two rainy seasons, the short rains are in October/November and the long rains are March, April, and May. July is the coldest month in Tanzania.
Is malaria a risk in Tanzania?
Yes, malaria is a risk in most of Tanzania. We recommend talking to your doctor or travel health agency for the best anti-malarial medication to take.
What should I pack for my safari?
Pack light earth tone colored clothing. Bright clothing can scare away animals and dark colored clothing can attract the tsetse fly which has an unpleasant bite. Loose long sleeve shirts and long pants are better to avoid mosquito bites. Comfortable shoes that provide good support. Insect repellent, deet or picaridin work best. Because we include laundry, you can pack light for a few days. We recommended packing clothing for three or four days so you aren't burdened with a lot of luggage. You will need international travel adapter(s) for East Africa, but don't worry if you forget, we will provide for you. Of course, pack any medications, phone charges, and things of personal nature. And don't forget your camera!
Can special diets or food allergies be accommodated?
Absolutely! When you book your safari you will be asked to provide this information and we will arrange for this accommodations with the chefs.
Is the water safe to drink?
No. It is not safe to drink water from the tap or when brushing your teeth. You will be provided bottled or clean water for drinking and brushing your teeth. When showering, it is best to avoid swallowing water. We will provide a stainless steel water bottle for your safari and refill it with fresh water whenever you need. At the end of the trip, the water bottle is yours to take home as a souvenir.