The idea of this guide is to help you decide where in Tanzania you should go. We know that clients can easily
get bamboozled by too much information. We hope this short guide will be enough to set you on the right
course, without being too detailed, and as such it is not meant to be definitive. For further details we strongly
recommend that you look at our vast website which discusses all the national parks, beaches and islands and
hundreds of different lodges, all with in depth reviews, prices, and often videos. Since we have personally
visited every lodge in Tanzania we can really give you the best advice!
So saying, nothing beats the personal touch so we strongly recommend you either you give us a call or send us an email.
PASSPORTS & VISA
All visitors to Tanzania require a return or onward ticket and a valid passport with an entry or reentry 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.
ONLINE VISA : You can now apply for Tanzania Visa Online
The Tanzania Immigration Services have announced that visitors can now apply for an Online Visa to visit the United Republic of Tanzania (both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar). You are required to fill in the online form, make payment, and submit your application online. Your form will be internally reviewed and processed.
Applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether their applications have been accepted or rejected. They may also track their application status through the online system. Applicants may as well be required to visit the nearest Tanzania Mission or Consulate for interviews.
To apply your visa online visit the Tanzania Immigration website at the following link: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
For details on Entry Requirements and Visa Information that need to be considered before processing your application click the following link: http://www.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information
Visitors originating from or transiting through countries endemic with yellow fever need to have valid vaccination certificates. Visitors arriving directly into Tanzania from say. Europe, the USA, Japan and other non-yellow fever areas are not required to produce vaccination certificates to gain entry. Visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets and make use of mosquito nets and insect sprays where provided. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended before travel.
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.
The unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TShs) which is divided into 100 cents. Visitors can bring with them any amount of foreign currency but it is against the law to import or export Tanzania Currency. Foreign currency in cash or in travelers cheques may be exchanged at the commercial banks, authorised dealers, or at the bureau de changes operating at the international airports, major towns and border posts.
An airport tax of USD 30 is levied on all visitors departing the country by air. In many instances, this fee is included in your airline ticket. Baggage is weighed at check-in counters and may be inspected by Custom officials. Airport departure tax for domestic flights is about USD 6. All fees are subject to change.
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.
The climate is tropical. The coastal areas are hot and humid with an average day temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights. In the northwest highlands around Arusha and Ngorongoro, the climate is temperate and cooler between June and September. The long rains are from March to May and the short rains fall between October and December. The hottest months are between October and February.
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. Visitors in Zanzibar are expected to dress modestly – avoid swim suits, miniskirts and other revealing clothing outside hotels, beaches and resorts.
The national language is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the language of the tourist trade and other international businesses. Leopard Tours, however, boasts quite a few multilingual operations staff and driver-guides.
Several international airlines operate flights into Tanzania through Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airports. Travel within the country is by Air Tanzania (the national airline), Precision Air, Air Excel, Coastal Aviation, Zan Air, Regional Air, Tropical Air, Fastjet, and Auric Air.
FLYING DOCTOR MEMBERSHIP
A temporary AMREF Flying Doctor membership is recommended to cover air medical evacuation to Nairobi. Participation fees are: USD 5 for air ambulance coverage of Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya (AREA 1), and USD 9 covering Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi (AREA 2), all valid for a period of up to 30 days.
TIME – Tanzania has only one time zone. Local time is GMT + 3 and Daylight Savings Time is not used. ELECTRICITY – 215 – 240 Volts, 50 Cycles AC
When to go
The climate in Tanzania is equatorial, with little seasonal variation in temperature, however rainfall does vary
considerably. The best time to travel is July to October, when Tanzania is hot, dry and sunny with low
humidity, and the game viewing is great. The short rains come in November and the long rains in April and
May; in between the rains (December to March) is another good time to travel.
Where to stay?
The next consideration is which park will offer the best game viewing and activities for your travel dates – this
is especially critical if you want to witness The Great Migration. Each park has a good range of
accommodation to choose from according to your budget and personal taste, including mobile camps, small
tented camps, permanent lodges and large hotels. Tented camps can still be extremely luxurious (often with
private plunge pools and all the bells and whistles), though the semi-permanent mobile camps that track the
path of the migration do lack permanent plumbing.
Budget and timings
Safaris are not cheap, and although the beach hotels are considerably cheaper than the safari lodges, the
beach hotels are quite expensive compared to other beach locations in, say, Asia. Roughly speaking, safari
lodges in the South of Tanzania tend to cost between $450 and $1,000, those in the North between $750 and
$1,500, and beach hotels between $200 and $600 – all prices in US dollars per person per night. It is also
important to note that safaris are tiring and we only recommend up to about a week on safari.
Whether it is your honeymoon, holiday of a lifetime, birthday celebration, or a family reunion, we will plan it
with you and ensure that it is a memorably superb trip. Hot-air ballooning over the plains of the Serengeti,
diving with whale sharks, tracking lion on foot, chartering your private jet, or simply relaxing on a private
island – whatever your dream, we can make it happen.
Tanzania is wonderful for romantic holidays and honeymoons for so many reasons; it is one of the easiest
countries in Africa in which to combine a first-class safari with beach time on an idyllic Indian Ocean island,
and its assorted highlights can be easily combined in a neat itinerary with minimal flying time.