Tanzania's Travel Information

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Tanzania's Travel Information

TRAVEL TIPS

Language

English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili can be useful and will be appreciated greatly by the locals. Below are more Tanzania Travel Information that you may need to know.

MONEY

Major foreign currencies - particularly US$ - and traveler cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de changes in the main towns and tourist areas. Credit cards are not wildly accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some banks in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Moshi offers ATM facilities against international credit cards, but ATMs are not available elsewhere. Visitors may be expected to pay in foreign currency for game parks. Don't change money in the street.

HEALTH

Yellow fever vaccination is no longer compulsory. Malaria is endemic but is preventable: use insect repellent, cover up and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring prescription medicine, sparse glasses, contact lenses and solution as well as sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for bites/stings and diarrhea remedy. Drink only boiled or bottled water, bottled or canned drinks, avoid ice cubes and salads.

CLIMATE

Generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings June - October; short rains November to mid-December; long rains March-May but the seasons can vary. The coastal strip is hot and humid all year round. Temperature on Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.

CLOTHES

Pack lightweight, washable clothes plus a sweater for early morning game drives, as well as a sun hat, sun glasses and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in light-colored fabric help discourage insect bites. You can buy clothes in Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Arusha.

Short for women are acceptable (but not too short!!) Women should carry a wrap to cover legs in the villages and towns as revealing clothes can cause offense, especially in Zanzibar and Moslem areas. On the beach hotels normal swimwear is acceptable (but not nudity) for climbing on Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, take thermal under-wear, light layers, sweater, rain jacket, good socks and sturdy boots.

ON SAFARI

Distances in Tanzania are vast, and travel by road can be wearing. Plan to spend more time in fewer parks. You will see more and won't return home exhausted. Keep your distance from animals and be quiet to avoid distressing the wildlife. Follow instructions of the rangers or guides. Don't leave your vehicle in the park except in designated places. Keep to recognized tracks to avoid damaging vegetations.

INSURANCE

Take out travel insurance to cover loss of of baggage or valuables, personal accident and medical expenses.

TIPPING

Not obligatory but a tip for exceptional service (max 10%) will be appreciated. $10 - 15$ per day for a driver or tour guide.

TIME

3 hrs. + GMT

ELECTRICITY

203v but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.

CAR HIRE

Self-drive vehicles are available mainly for local running or tarmac use. 4x4 vehicles for safaris have be hired with a driver.

DRIVING

On the left. An international license is required. Plan long safaris carefully, ensuring your vehicle is road worthy with two spare tires, an operational jack and tool kit. Carry extra fuel, spare and water.

TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN

Tanzania love children and are especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns.

VISAS

Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzania High Commission, embassy or consulate, or your travel agent. Visas, if required, can be bought on arrival at all international airport and overland borders.

SECURITY

Tanzania is a generally safe country, but don't invite temptation. Keep an eye on your belongings. Don't carry cameras or large amount of cash; beware of pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewelry at home.

GIFTS

Don't indiscriminately handout pens, money and sweets like a wealthy Western Santa Claus - it just encourage begging. As anywhere, gift should be given as true expression of friendship, appreciation or thanks.

SHOPPINGS

The tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets. Don't be afraid to haggle at roadside curio stalls.

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