Tanzania Travel Tips and Advice
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Passport & Visa:
All visitors to Tanzania require a return or onward ticket and a valid passport with an entry or re-entry visa, duly endorsed. Visas are not required for visitors from some Commonwealth countries and other specified countries. Visas can be obtained from any Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad, and at main entry points including international airports, sea ports and border posts.
Don't walk in dark areas, especially in and around the cities. It is preferable and usually more enjoyable to walk in groups or better take taxi. Taxis are available at a reasonable rate, but the rates are not fixed, therefore you should be able to negotiate before the start of the trip. However, hotels can arrange taxi on request.
Be aware of the possibility of pick-pockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas, please do not carry large sums of cash in your pocket or display expensive jewelry. Most hotels offer safety deposit box service, so don't leave money or valuables stuff in a hotel room.
Visitors originating from or transiting through countries endemic with cholera or yellow fever may need valid vaccination certificates. Visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets and make use of mosquito nets and insect sprays where provided.
Don't forget to visit your doctor before you travel.
Buy trip insurance (for international medical/dental) from an independent trip insurance agency; be sure to get trip cancellation and medical evacuation coverage.- Make sure you have flight insurance coverage (for lost luggage, delay, or cancellation).
Currency and banking:
Bring as many cash as you wish and in any currency, but mostly used are US$ or UK £ or Euro €.
Please change your money to an official banks and/or bureau de change. We don’t recommend you to change money on the street.
Shopping and bargaining:
Bargaining is particularly used in markets and curio shops. Requesting for the final best price is almost expected and starts off knowing you are being charged tourist prices and end up paying what you think the item is worth to you.
It is a common courtesy to tip your driver guide and porter/waiters. Tip is just an expression of thanks - as always you should tip based on your satisfaction/budget. Driver guide: US$5-10.00 per person per dayPorters / waiters / room stewards: US$2-4 per service
Power supply is 220/240 volt. Plugs are usually 13-amp 3 pin square (British type)
Personal effects including binoculars, cameras, film, may be imported (temporarily) free of duty. A custom bond may be demanded from visitors bringing in professional video/filming equipment, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit that should be obtained in advance. Visitors buying local handicrafts must keep cash sales receipts and ownership certificates for wildlife trophies for presentation to Customs officials on departure.
Safari vehicles and small aircraft provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might not be taken on board.
Light tropical clothes, especially cotton slacks, shirts and skirts are most suitable. Some warm clothing is needed in the higher altitude areas around Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha, especially in the evenings and early in the morning. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended on safari and guests are advised to carry some insect repellents.
Flying doctors membership:
King of Africa Safaris & Trekking Ltd are members of The Flying Doctor's Society of Africa. In that respect all our clients are covered with an aero-medical evacuation insurance.