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Introduction

Tanzania is country so wealthy that it would practically take years to document all the resources. Not only is the country proud to bear witness to the highest and largest free standing mountain in the world but also to the rich and diverse wildlife concentrations, mineral and other resources available. If Africa’s tourism opportunities were to be summarized by one single country that country would be Tanzania.

Tanzania fact file

 

Tanzania, the largest of the Eastern African Countries (Kenya and Uganda) boasts of a land area of 945,097 Square Kilometres (of which 25% is gazetted as protected areas). To bring your picture a little closer, Tanzania is four times larger than Great Britain, seven times larger than England, or a little larger than Texas. 

Population:  Tanzania has a population of around 35,922,000. Native Africans constitute 99% of the population.

Climate: Tanzania has a tropical climate along the coast but it gets temperate in the highlands.
April & Mid – May = Long rains (Green Season)
June – Sept = Cool season
Nov – Dec = Short Rains
October – March = Hottest season
The range of Temperatures in Tanzania is fairly limited and always hot, running from 25 to 30 degrees C on the coast while the rest of the country apart from the highlands run from 22 to 27 degrees C.
Time: GMT + 3 hrs
Electricity: 240 Volts AC, 50 – 60 Hz
Language: Kiswahili & English
Currency: Tanzania Shillings; however you are advised to carry American Dollars. Money changers do accept major convertible currencies including the EURO and the Japanese Yen. Travellers Cheques may be acceptable in some places, but not in the remote countryside, Major Credit Cards may also be acceptable in some large Hotels, however it is advisable to carry Cash US Dollars, which you will change on arrival.
System of government: Tanzania is a multiparty democratic republic.

Capital: Dodoma, with a population of around 325,000, is the official capital while

Dar-es-Salaam, with a population of nearly 4 million, serves as the administrative capital of the country.

Tanzania Visas

 

Do I require a visa?
Visas are required to enter Tanzania as of other East African Countries – Kenya and Uganda. They can either be obtained in advance through the various Embassies/High Commissions abroad, Consulates or at the airports or other ports/borders of entry.
The process is fast and easy and all one requires to have is a valid passport (at least six months). 

Where and how can I apply? – see Tanzania VISA section

Transport

 

Airport and Arrival Information;
Three International Airports, Dar-es-Salaam, now know as “Julias Nyerere International Airport – JKIA” and “Kilimanjaro International Airport – KIA” and Zanzibar International Airport. See flights coming to Tanzania and Zanzibar – see flights coming to Tanzania 

To begin safaris in Northern Tanzania, most visitors are advised to book with Airlines whose Arrivals & Departures are at KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KIA) which is 45 minutes drive from Arusha town. See International Airlines such as AIR TANZANIA, KLM Royal Dutch with daily Flights out of Amsterdam into Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam, GULF AIR, KENYA AIRWAYS, ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES and Emirates. It is also possible to get flights arriving to Nairobi (Kenya) from where you can make arrangements to transfer to near city of Arusha.

Ferries: Boat and Ferries to Zanzibar and Mafia, see ferries to Zanzibar

Immunizations / Vaccination

 

What medical precautions should we take?
Vaccination requirements change from time to time. We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department for information on the latest health precautions. Currently, shots against Yellow fever and cholera are recommended but not mandatory. As a precaution we usually advise anti-malarial drugs to be taken before, during and after your visit to East Africa. Also, if you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply to last the duration of your stay and a copy of your prescription(s). 

Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription ant-malarial drug for details concerning risk and preventive medications.

What I should know for Safari?
Everyone agrees that there is substantial planning required by those considering a safari in Africa. 

How far in advance should I book my safari?
It is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability at the time you wish to travel, especially during the high/peak seasons – June to Oct and Christmas/New Year season.

What should I take on safari? (Should be used as a guide only)
As you will want to capture as much as possible of this amazing tour, don’t forget a camera, camcorder with lots of films, tapes, and replacement batteries for all these. A torch light would come in very handy.
Sunglasses, hat, sun lotion, lip-balm, insect repellents and your own toiletry requirements, small first-aid kit, a spare pair of glasses or lenses if you are using one.
Don’t forget a swimming costume and you might want to include a good book for the relaxing hours. Sleeping-bags and towels if you are planning for camping safaris must be included.

What should I take for mountain climbing? (Should be used as a guide only)
Sunglasses/Snow goggles, Rucksack & day pack, 3-4 season sleeping-bag, Insulation pad, Balaclava or woolen hat, Long sleeved shirt, Several pairs of socks, Gloves, Waterproof trousers & jacket, Warm sweaters, Anorak/raincoat, Gaiters, Water-bottle, Wooden walking stick, Hiking boots, Pair of light walking shoes, Warm scarf, Toiletry requirements, Flashlight with batteries, Sun protection cream, Small first aid kit, Lip salve, A whistle and some plastic bags.

Baggage Limit: 1 bag 15kgs maximum. It is advisable to have your own insurance covering, travel, medical, baggage and personal injury.
Persons undergoing medical treatment should obtain approval from their doctor prior to booking the trek. The trek is taken at the clients own risk.

What kind of food do I expect during the trip?
The quality and variety of food available on safari will be a pleasant surprise for our clients. Most lodges serve meals in buffet-style. The food is prepared according to the western-tastes, and includes some local cuisine too. If a camping safari is chosen, fresh meat and produce is prepared by the expert chefs accompanying the clients to the highest standards.

Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can be easily arranged with prior notice. A vegetarian or vegan may wish to bring along some alternative protein sources. Persons with multiple food allergies, it is advisable to bring along supplemental snacks. Please notify us of any possible dietary restrictions along with booking confirmation

Is drinking water safe?
In some places tap water is safe, but generally, it is not advisable to drink or brush your teeth with tap water. Bottled water is available everywhere and in almost all Lodges and Hotels and all super markets. On treks and safaris, it is better to carry sufficient bottled water.

What Type of Clothes to take? :
For safaris, especially in Northern Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha), during the day, light clothing is recommended with sturdy shoes and canvas hats. During the night in areas like Arusha and the Ngorongoro Highlands; where the altitude is between 1500 – 2500 Metres; a cardigan or pullover may be essential. In the same pack, remember your sun cream, lotions, sun glasses, a pair of binoculars, and a camera with rolls of film.

What would be the accommodations like?
Wide range of accommodations is available to suit your budget, lodges, hotels, tented camps, permanent camps to name a few. Most hotels are a nice blend of luxury, ambience, offering picturesque views. Once an inquiry is submitted, we provide you with a detailed list of accommodations available to suit your requirements.

Advise regarding photography?
For wildlife photography, a 200 mm zoom lens is the smallest that you should use, A 300-400 zoom is preferable. For bird-watchers, a 500mm or larger is necessary, and a wide-angle lens would be ideal for scenic shots. Bring extra camera and flash batteries and plenty of film – you may find these quite expensive and difficult to obtain locally.

Shopping Around
Locally made products are widely sold at reasonable prices. Ask your local Guide for the best offer to buy your self or your friend items like; Batiks and Tingatinga paintings, Ebony carvings such as cutlery, bracelets, furniture and sculptures. Others include Maasai belts, rings and necklaces made of colourful beads, Khanga for women’s wrap around and Jewels to include Tanzania’s special Mineral – Tanzanite.
Do I require Travel Insurance?
We strongly recommend that you take out all of the necessary Travel Insurance before commencing on your journey.
What is the best time to visit Tanzania?
Climate in Tanzania is always wonderful, though you might have to avoid rains from mid April to end of May to climb Kilimanjaro; however the following prediction is based on the movement of animals. It is the best time for game viewing. 

Northern Tanzania
all year round except April and May.

Southern Tanzania
June through October

Zanzibar , Pemba and Mafia
June through October; December through March

National Park & Game Reserve Fees as of 21 November 2010
Arusha NP, Tarangire and Manyara NP Adult above 16 yrs $ 35  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $10 and children under 5 yrs free
Katavi, Mikumi, Ruaha, Rubondo, Saadani, Kitulo, Mkomazi,Udzungwa Adult above 16 yrs $ 20  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $ 5 and children under 5 yrs free
Serengeti National Park Adult above 16 yrs $ 50  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $10 and children under 5 yrs free
Kilimanjaro National Park Adult above 16 yrs $ 60  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $10 and children under 5 yrs free
Gombe national Park Adult above 16 yrs $ 100  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $20 and children under 5 yrs free
Mahale National Park Adult above 16 yrs $ 80  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $30 and children under 5 yrs free
Selous Game Reserve Adult $ 50
Children (3 -15 Years) $5
Children (0 – 3 Years) Free
Ngorongoro Conservation Authorities Adult above 16 yrs $ 50  Children between 5 – 16 yrs $10 and children under 5 yrs free 

More information.

Kindly visit Tanzania Parks fees for more information

Were are Tourism Information Offices Located?
Dar-es-Salaam Arusha
Tourist Information Centre
Samora Avenue Road
Matisalamat Building
P.O. Box 2485, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel.: (255) 022 2131555
Fax: (255) 022 211642 

tic@tanzaniatourism.go.tz

Tourist Information Centre
47E Boma Road
P.O. Box 2348, Arusha, Tanzania.
Tel.: (255) 027 2503842 / 3
Fax: (255) 027 254 8628
bma@tanzaniatourism.go.tz
Filming in Tanzania ?
Filming permit in Tanzania, please write and aquire information and licences from Tanzania Tourist Board [address above] or email to info@tanzaniatourism.go.tz Managing Director, TTB.
Guidelines on Tourism Licenses and Forms – TALA

The guidelines for tourism licenses contained in this booklet issued by the Tourism Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism will very much assist tourism business operators in the country.
I anticipate that all those engaged in the tourism business will be made aware of these regulations and that it will receive enduring support from all the tourism operators.
With that they shall abide to all other Laws and Regulations set by the Government to operate in this business.
TALA – Guidelines and Forms

Contact Information

Contacting us by post Tanzania Tourist Board
IPS Building, 3rd Floor
P.O.Box 2485
Dar-es-Salaam
Tanzania.
Contacting us by email info@tanzaniatourism.go.tz
Contacting us by telephone
General +255 22 2111244/5
Marketing 2111345
Tourism Services 2128472
Mobile +255 788420050
+255 755430050
Contacting us by fax +255 22 2116420

Did you know!

That "the name Selous game reserve originates from Captain F.C Selous, an English man lived in the area some many years back who was killed by Germans in the First World War and buried in the same area?

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