Health & Dietary

Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers over 1 year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission (check the internet for details).
Please ensure that inoculations for other tropical diseases, such as cholera, hepatitis, tetanus and typhoid are up-to-date.
Malaria is endemic but preventable. Use insect repellent, sleep under a mosquito net and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor.
If you suffer from a medical condition, please ensure that you have enough medicine to last during the length of your trip.
Bring prescription medicine; spare glasses/contact lenses and their solution; sunscreen and after-sun moisturizer; a first-aid kid, including plasters, travel sickness tablets, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, pain relies tablets, indigestion tablets; as well as a cream for bites/stings and remedy for diarrhea. We remind travelers who have any allergies or an asthma condition, to pack the required medication.
It is imperative to check with your doctor before arrival.
Most dietary requirement can be catered for. Please inform us of any specific dietary requirements and these will be communicated to all properties. Should you require kosher meals, there might incur substantial additional costs as these meals are specially flown in. A two weeks prior notice is r

Insurance – Flying Doctors

It is essential that adequate travel insurance is arranged prior to arrival. This guarantees emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital should you either suffer severe illness or injury. This insurance does not cover the cost of treatment once in hospital, nor does it replace the normal travel insurance.

Money

The local currency is Tanzanian Shilling. Major foreign currencies, especially EURO and USD, are well accepted. They are convertible at Banks or Bureau du Change in the main towns or in any tourist areas. It is not possible to obtain Tanzania Schillings outside the country. Credit Cards are not yet widely accepted and carry a poor exchange rate.

Visa & Passport

EU and US passport holders are required to purchase a Tourist Entry Visa, which is available at Tanzanian Embassies or at any Border Post. The Tourist Entry Visa costs USD 50 per person for Europeans and USD 100 per person for Americans and is valid for 3 months. Visas obtained at any Border Post are payable in USD cash only. We recommend small dollar notes as officials are not in the position to give change.
Visitors from other countries should check with the Tanzanian Embassy or the nearest Visa Service.
Passports are required by all foreign visitors and must be valid for 6 months after the intended length of stay. Please ensure that you have sufficient blank pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport with at least two consecutive/side by side blank pages. If there is not sufficient space in the passport then entry into the country could be denied. Our recommendation is 3 to 4 blank pages.
It is imperative to check visa requirements with the various country embassies/consulates before you travel as visa requirement vary according to your nationality.

Luggage

No formal clothes are required, so we recommend that you keep your luggage to the basics. Traveling light is best as it takes less time to load your vehicle on travel days. Please use soft-side cases instead of hard suitcase.
There is a weight restriction of 15 kg/per person for all domestic flights. Please note that the hand-baggage compartments on the light aircraft’s are only 25 cm.
Bright or dark blue colors attract tsetse flies and black colors attract mosquitoes, so we recommend better khaki or neutral colors.

What to Pack

As a general guide, we recommend that you bring comfortable, casual wash-and-wear clothes on safari. Please note that muted colors are recommended for game-viewing. Game Drives are conducted in the early morning and later afternoon, which can be very cold, especially in winter. The most practical items to pack for safari are:
a jacket/sweater for early morning and evening game drives
lightweight water-proof jacket
comfortable walking shoes
jeans/safari trousers for evenings and cold days
shorts or a light skirt
shirts with long sleeves (even in summer as protection from the sun and mosquitoes)
t-shirts in khaki, green, beige or neutral colors
swim and beachwear
binoculars and camera equipment
sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, moisturizer and lip-salve are all essentials

Flights & Transfers

Check-in is three hours prior to departure for international flights and one-and-a-half hours for domestic flights.
Many scheduled regional flights may involve multiple stops before reaching the final destination.
Electricity
230V/50 Hz, but there are often power failures or surges. It is helpful to bring a universal adapter and flashlight or headlight. For US appliances you will need a voltage converter and plug adapter.
Most lodges on safari use generators. These generators are often turned off during night to reduce noise and fuel consumption. Please be aware that you will not find a plug socket in your room/tent at many of these lodges.
Gifts
Don’t give indiscriminately money, pens or sweets like a wealthy Western Santa Claus. This will just encourage begging. Gifts should be given as a true expression of friendship, appreciation and thanks.

Language

Tanzania national language is Kiswahili, which is spoken by the majority. Additional, there are about 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania of which each has its own indigenous language. English is widely spoken in business related to tourism. However, please do not expect everybody to speak English. A few words of Kiswahili will be very much appreciated.
Hello – Jambo!
Welcome – Karibu!
Please – Tafadhali
Thank you – Asante
Good bye – Kwaheri!

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory, but usually expected as a sign of appreciation for a good service. In Tanzania it is a custom to tip local guides and drivers:
Guide/Driver: USD 20/30 per couple per day
Camp Staff: USD 15 per couple per day

Photography

Please make sure to bring sufficient memory cards and batteries as these are not readily available. Please remember to ask permission before taking a photograph of indigenous people.

Local Courtesies & Religions

Traditional courtesies are a very important aspect in Tanzania culture and polite greetings are expected and welcomed.
Over 40% of the population is Muslim and therefore unsuitable clothing, such as brief shorts or swimwear, is not acceptable in towns and villages away from resorts. Covering of shoulders and legs is particularly for women strongly recommended.