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TRAVEL ADVICE

updated March 2016


Please note that this page is offered as help, we are not expert travel advisers;
and that especially in the case of medical and health matters, you should always consult your Doctor.

Safari Advice - great tips from Chris Dunford

General

Visas and Embassies

Documents and Customs

Money Matters

Medical and Health

What to wear

Weather

 


GENERAL

Language
English is widely spoken but a few Swahili words are always appreciated.

Tipping
In restaurants a tip for exceptional service - a maximum of 10% - will be appreciated.

Airport tax
For International flights an Airport tax of US$ 30 is levied, which  may be included in the price of an air ticket.
When leaving on domestic flights from Dar or Zanzibar, an Airport tax of USD 5 is usually charged.

Religions in Tanzania
Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, predominantly Muslim in Zanzibar

Time
GMT + 3 hours
Time in Tanzania now:

Opening hours in Tanzania
Government offices: 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday
Banks: 09:00 - 16:00
Businesses: 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.00pm Saturday
Shops often close for lunch and sometimes on Friday afternoons for mosque services.
Many are open for part of Saturdays and Sundays.

International Dialling Code
+255

Radios
BBC KHz: (daytime) 17885,11940,9770, (evening) 21470,11940,6005

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VISAS

In the United Republic of Tanzania (which includes Zanzibar) visas are required by almost all nationalities.
The cost can be as high as USD 70, depending upon your nationality.
Tourist visas usually have a one month validity, unless you request a longer period.
Visas can be obtained before travel, from Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions around the world.

Tanzanian Embassies & Consulates around the world

Belgium : T 02 640 6500 F 02 646 8026 : 363 Ave Louise, 1050 Brussels

Canada : T 0613 232 1500 F 0613 232 5184 : 50 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 8J4

France : T 01 53 70 63 70 F 01 53 70 63 66 : 13 Ave Raymond Poincare 75116 Paris

Germany : T 0228 358051 F 0228 358226 : Teaterplatz 26, 53177 Bonn

Italy : T 06 321 0923 : Rome

Japan : T 03 425 4531 F 03 425 7844 : 21-9, Kamiyoga4, Chome, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo 158

Kenya : T 02 331056 F 02 218269 : Continental House, Corner of UhuruHighway/Harambee Ave, Nairobi

Mozambique : T 258 1 490110 : Ujamaa House, PO Box 4515, Maputo

South Africa : T 012 342 4371 F 012 430 4383 : PO Box 56572 Arcadia 0007, Pretoria

Switzerland : T 022 731 8920 F 022 732 8255 : 47 Ave Blanc, CH-1201, Geneva

Uganda : T 256 41 256 292 F 256 41 242890 : 6 Kagera Road, PO Box 5750, Kampala

United Kingdom : T 0207 569 1470 F 0207 491 3710 ; 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS :
Tanzania High Commission UK visas

USA : T 1 202 939 6125 F 1 202 797 7408 : 2139 R Street, NW, Washington DC 2000

Zambia : T 260 1 253320 : Ujamaa House, 5200 United Nations Avenue, Lusaka

Zimbabwe : T 26 3 472 1870 : Harare

If you have been unable, or have not had time to procure a Visa in advance, it is possible to obtain a tourists'
single entry visa at Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Kilimanjaro International Airports, and also at
the Namanga entry point (Tanzanian-Kenya road border point) subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements. You will need to carry USD in cash to pay for these. (USD 50 - 100 depending on your country of origin)

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DOCUMENTS

Driving Licence
If you intend to drive in Tanzania, international driving licences are required. Failing this you can use your national licence
to get a temporary Tanzanian licence from the traffic police, but this is much more hassle.

Health Card
Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever must produce international certificates of vaccination.

Customs
It is illegal to export shells, coral, ivory and turtle shell. Please don't do it.

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can take into the country although sums over $10,000
must be declared. The amount of local currency you can take out of the country is restricted to 2000 TZS.

Visitors arriving at Zanzibar pass through local Immigration and Customs, even if arriving from mainland Tanzania.


BAGGAGE

It is a good idea to have smaller cases rather than one large one, if you are planning to take internal flights
around Tanzania. Some safaris/air charters limit baggage to a 10 - 15 kilo maximum.


MONEY MATTERS

Please note that none of our properties - Manze, Impala, Mdonya, Fanjove Private Island can take payment for drinks and extras using a credit card. Kindly ensure you take enough funds to pay for any bills incurred at the camps. USD can be used, and TZS.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). Note denominations are 10,000, 5,000,
1,000, 500, 200 and 100 shillings
and coins of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.

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Changing money

It is best to carry your hard currency in US Dollars.

PLease note that in Tanzania US Dollar notes from 2003 or earlier are no longer legal tender and cannot be accepted by Tanzanian banks.
We cannot accept them as payment for drinks and expenses in our hotel and camps - so please check that you are not carrying any with you to Tanzania.

You can change hard currency, travellers cheques in plenty of places.
You can not change travellers cheques for USD.
Keep hold of your changing receipts so that you can change your shillings back to hard currency
when you leave.

Almost all hotels, car hire, diving, safari operators, airlines etc. will require you to pay in US Dollars currency.
Travellers cheques are usually changed at around 5% to 10% lower than cash. Credit cards are accepte
in many hotels etc. but a charge of up to 20% may be levied.
Sometimes airport tax is only accepted in USD, which means you must have some with you.

In Dar, Zanzibar and Arusha you can get cash against Mastercard and Visa cards, at the Coastal Travels Offices.
The exchange rate isn't great though and there is a TZS 4000 charge. Exchange here is limited to USD 600 per day.
There are no cash machines in Zanzibar.

There is no black market of any note. Ignore offers on the street - it's probably a set-up.

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MEDICAL AND HEALTH

General
Don’t drink tap water - bottled water is widely available and should be used at all times.

Malaria
Malaria is endemic to the region, especially on the coast. It is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
You are advised to take preventative medication  Ask your doctor about prophylactic pills.
Remember that mosquitoes are most active during the evening and night

wear light coloured clothing - mosquitoes don't like to be seen

wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in the evening

use mosquito repellents, preferably with natural ingredients, as some of the chemicals used in some brands
can give unpleasant side-effects

avoid wearing perfumes or aftershaves

If infection is suspected medical advice should be sought immediately. Malaria is detectable with a simple
blood screen, but the sample is best taken during a high cycle of the fever, when the infection is at its most active.

VACCINATION TABLE

Type

Vaccination Duration

Comments

Cholera

 

No longer recommended.
Only necessary if travelling from infected countries.

Diptheria & Tetanus

10 year booster

For long stay visitors, rural travel

Hepatitis A

Up to 10 years

Recommended

Hepatitis B

 

For extended travel or high risk

Polio

10 year booster

Recommended

Typhoid

Up to 10 years

Recommended

Meningitis A & C

3 years

Long stay visitors, rural

Rabies

 

Long stay visitors, rural travel

Yellow Fever *

Up to 10 years

Recommended - now necessary if coming from area where this is endemic

Modern Medical services are available in Dar es Salaam, at the Aga Khan Hostpiatl, the IST Clinic and the Nordic Clinic.
Visitors are advised to bring their own personal medicines with them.

* inoculation against Yellow Fever is required in Tanzania only if arriving from the Yellow Fever Endemic Zone
which includes the following Countries:

  Angola

Benin

    Bolivia

   Brazil

  Burkina Faso

  Burundi

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

   Colombia

  Congo

  Cote D’Ivore

Democratic Republic of Congo

   Ecuador

   Equatorial Guinea

  Ethiopia

   French Guiana and

Gabon

  Gambia

  Ghana

  Guines Bissau

   Guyana

  Kenya

  Liberia

Mali

Niger

   Nigeria

   Panama

   Peru

  Rwanda

Sao Tome and Principe

  Senegal

Sierra Leone

  Somali

  Sudan and

   Suriname

Togo

  Uganda

United Republic of Tanzania

   Venezuela

Zambia

Travellers who happen to be on transit in any of the Yellow Fever Endemic Countries will be exempted
from the requirement of inoculation against Yellow Fever. Inoculation service, in case required upon entry in Tanzania,
will be offered FREE OF CHARGE at Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro Airports.

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WHAT TO WEAR

It never gets really cold in Tanzania so lightweight clothing is normal.
On safari avoid brightly coloured clothes, they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges and khaki
are preferred. Short-sleeved shirts or blouses, and shorts are ideal but do pack a warm sweater,
it can be chilly in the early morning and in the evening, especially in northern Tanzania.
Wear a hat to avoid sunstroke and don't forget sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit. Shoes should be sensible for walking in the bush.
Shorts for women are acceptable - but not too short. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs in
towns or villages as revealing clothes can cause offence especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas.
On the beach, and within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity is not.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High
84 84 81 77 72 70 69 72 76 80 81 81
Low
77 76 75 74 72 68 67 67 67 70 73 76
Temperature (Celsius)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High
30 31 30 29 28 28 27 27 28 30 30 30
Low
25 24 23 23 22 20 19 19 19 21 22 24
Precipitation
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches
2.8 2.5 5.0 10.6 7.2 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.9 3.3 3.7
Centimeters
7.0 6.0 12.0 26.0 18.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 8.0 9.0
Morning Humidity
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Percent
93 92 96 97 96 96 96 97 97 97 96 94
Evening Humidity
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Percent
64 60 67 73 67 59 56 54 54 57 60 65

Arusha, Tanzania
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 84 84 81 77 72 70 69 72 76 80 81 81
Low 50 51 53 57 52 48 49 48 47 51 51 50
Temperature (Celsius)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 36 37 35 33 30 27 27 28 32 34 38 35
Low 10 8 8 11 10 7 7 7 8 9 10 10
Precipitation
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches 2.3 3.3 7.0 14.5 8.3 1.3 0.6 0.8 0.8 1.4 4.4 4.0
Centimeters 5.0 8.0 17.0 36.0 21.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 11.0 10.0
Humidity
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Percent 82 84 95 95 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 94 98 91

 
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