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Preparation

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Croy African Adventure will do their utmost to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday and see the best of Tanzania. To enable you to enjoy your stay to the full, we have set out a few suggestions and comments below that we hope will help you to prepare for your holiday.

The most important thing to do when you go out to Africa is to relax and drop down a gear or two. Nothing can be hurried and it must be remembered that Tanzania is a third world country.

Airport control and border crossings all take time and cannot be rushed. When you get impatient or cross, it only aggravates the situation. Where possible have all the documents you need ready. Always smile, be polite, friendly and relaxed.

The roads are not always good and can in some places be very slow, and dusty. As a result of badly graded roads, punctures can happen and guides will always appreciate understanding and help in these situations.

Passport & Visa

A valid passport is required to enter Tanzania. It should be valid for at least six months from your expected entry date. If it is not you must have another passport issued.

Check with the nearest Tanzanian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission to see if a visa is required for your nationality. If so, please apply for your visa before you travel to Tanzania. You should allow plenty of time for processing before your departure.

You may want to use the services of a visa processing company to assist with procuring passport, visa etc. The internet is a good place to look for these companies.

It is possible to obtain a tourist visa for a single entry at one of the following entry points in Tanzania. This can be a time-consuming and hectic process; therefore, we recommend that you procure your visa before departing.

Dar-Es-Salaam International Airport

Zanzibar International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Namanga Boarder (Tanzania-Kenya border)

A visa costs currently $US 50 for European citizens and $100 for US citizens

Insurance

It is a condition of Amazing Tanzania that all participants be fully insured with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation insurance as a condition of travel. Please see your travel professional or research the internet for providers of this type of insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is essential in the event you are unable to travel due to illness. Most policies also provide for cancellation in the event of illness of a family member.

Health

Please consult your doctor or Health Travel Advisory Service to get up to date advice on vaccination and malaria prophylaxis. You should travel with your own personal first aid kit including any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you regularly use or may need. Eyeglass wearers should bring an extra pair and contact lens wearers should bring glasses as well. There is a lot of dust and glare on safari that can affect sensitive eyes. A good pair of sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen are also essential, as is a broad-brimmed hat.

Vaccinations

Commonly recommended vaccinations:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis

Currently you do need to have a valid Yellow Fever certificate.

Please allow plenty of time to obtain the necessary immunizations.

Malaria

Malaria is a serious tropical disease that affects millions of people each year, mostly locals. Most areas in Tanzania are within a malarial zone, notably the coastal areas and lower elevations; and there are strains of malaria present that can be resistant to certain anti-malaria drugs. It is recommended that you take anti-malarial tablets before, during and after your stay in Tanzania. Please contact your doctor or International health clinic to get the best advice on which anti-malarial to take.

Malaria is spread by one species of mosquito (Anopheles gambiae) that feeds from dusk to dawn. The best way to prevent contracting malaria is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Follow these suggestions:

  • Use insect repellent
  • Cover exposed skin after dark
  • Use a mosquito net when provided (at the coast and low elevations)
  • Water and Food

While in Tanzania you should drink only commercially bottled water, which is available throughout the well-travelled areas. Whilst in our camps we take the utmost care in choosing and preparing all food to a high standard. We can cater for most dietary requests if given ample notification.

Security

As with travelling to any part of the world use common sense with your money and belongings. Please leave all valuable jewelers at home.

Money

Tanzanian currency

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling – TZS or /= , which comes in denominations of: 10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500 notes

Change is always a problem, so when buying items like drinks and curios make sure that you get the right change.

Exchange rate

Rates fluctuate considerably and also fluctuate within the country, becoming higher in more remote areas. For the current rate

You can exchange currency at most hotels and lodges as well as banks and bureau de change in Arusha. Always count your money when cashing foreign currency, even at banks. If possible, wait to change money in Arusha rather than on arrival, jet-lagged, from a long flight.

Which currency to bring

US dollars are preferred and almost anything in Tanzania can be purchased with US currency. Bring plenty of small notes for tips and incidentals but fifties and hundreds get a better rate of exchange.  Please make sure all notes are more recent than 2006, as many establishments and banks do not accept notes older than 2006.

Credit cards (visa or master card) are accepted in Tanzania. There are often additional charges and high rates of exchange associated with their use.

Getting a cash advance on a credit card is only possible at Barclays or Exim Banks. ATM machines are available at most banks and shopping centers in larger towns/cities. Do not rely on credit cards for anything other than an extreme emergency backup. Bring enough $US cash.

Whilst safe, traveler’s cheques are more and more not accepted by banks/hotels, and offer very bad exchange rates.

What you may need cash for:

  • Depending on your type of safari, most things are included in your trip. Below are some of the things that you may need money for:
  • Drinks while staying in lodges
  • Souvenirs and curios
  • Books and postcards
  • Gratuities

Tipping

Although tipping is optional and totally up to your personal discretion, it is a safari tradition. Our staff is well paid but they do appreciate reward for excellent service.

Typically, we recommend US$ 5 per client per day for the camp crew.

Safari guides typically receive between US$ 20-100 per day from the group, depending on the level of satisfaction.

If there is a lodge stay included in your safari you may want to consult the lodge for the tipping guidelines. Many lodges have a staff tip box. As a rule about $5 per person per day is perfectly acceptable.

Minor tips eg. bag carriers, waiters, barmen, $1 is perfectly acceptable.

Packing List

We suggest that you pack all your gear into one soft-sided medium sized duffle bag. You can use a small daypack as your carry-on that will work well in the safari vehicle and be useful on a walking safari.

Essential Items

  • 2 pairs trousers
  • 2 sweat shirts/jumpers
  • 1 fleece or warm jacket
  • 4 shirts – preferably long sleeve for sun protection
  • 2 pairs shorts (preferably long shorts for women especially if visiting Zanzibar)
  • Sun hat/ cap that covers your ears.
  • Socks and under clothing
  • Light weight thermal if you really feel the cold
  • Light weight rain jacket or wind breaker
  • 1 pair flip flops or ‘Teva’ style sandals for around camp and showers
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 good torch/flashlight with extra batteries
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen and lip salve
  • Personal first aid kit and all medications including malaria tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun glasses
  • Spare camera batteries/ battery charger
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Binoculars (10 x 42)
  • Camera (300mm lens)

Walking Safari Essentials

Light-weight boots that breathe (well broken in)

Comfortable padded socks

Blister pads or moleskin

Heavy duty water bottle

Daypack

Optional Items

 

  • Zip lock bags (good to keep the dust off your camera)
  • Note book and pen
  • Guide books (see reading list)
  • Gadgets are always interesting – GPS, Leatherman, etc.
  • Beach attire if heading to the coast

Most light scheduled and private charter flights have a strict luggage allowance of 15 kilograms (33 lbs) per person for your safety. This includes carry-on and camera gear. It is essential to pack light and in soft-sided bags. Laundry service is available in lodges and while camping, so there is no need to bring more than a few day’s worth of clothing

Photography

Most people want good photographic memories of their safari. Good equipment is essential for this. Don’t rely on a “point and shoot” to give professional results, although they can provide fun snapshots of people, places etc. Do bring a digital or video camera, whatever suits your interest and skill level.

Cameras

For good wildlife shots a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential.

If you are passionate about photography, consider the following:

  • Two camera bodies (Africa is hard on equipment)
  • Wide angle lens – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
  • Telephoto lens 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
  • A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash

Our Land Rovers are well prepared for photography with great vantage points high and low and plenty of positions to rest cameras. We provide bean bags in all our vehicles to help support cameras

Binoculars

It’s absolutely essential that every member of the safari have a pair of binoculars. If you only buy one thing, get a good pair of binoculars, its well worth the investment.

Time Zone

Tanzania is + 3 GMT. This means the local time is three hours ahead of London, eight hours ahead of New York and eleven hours ahead of Los Angeles. Tanzania does not observe daylight saving time so the difference changes by one hour in the European and North American summer.

Voltage

Tanzania voltage is 220-240 volts with British type plugs.