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Travel-info to Tanzania

Fakta om Tanzania
  • Dodoma
  • English and Swahili
  • Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
  • 53.5 million
  • 20°C - 30°C
  • Time difference -2:30 hours

We recommend that you read the travel information below in order for you to be well prepared and well informed when planning a safari trip to Tanzania.

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Terms and conditions

We recommend reading our terms & conditions prior to booking.

Flight tickets and itinerary

When the offer is accepted, we will send you the documents regarding your flight tickets, including your itinerary.

It is very important that your name(s) on the flight tickets is 100 % identical with the name(s) in the passport. Once the tickets have been issued, this cannot be changed.

In some cases, it might be necessary for the airline to change the flight times; therefore, it is very important that you – on the day of your departure – check the updated information regarding your trip via ViewTrip. Just enter your booking number from the flight ticket and your last name and press enter.

We recommend that you always arrive at the airport in good time before departure.

Seat reservation

Even though we would love to help, unfortunately we cannot reserve seats on the plane. If you have special wishes regarding your seat, or if you are travelling as a group and would like to make sure that you sit together, we recommend that you enter the homepage of the airline company and pre-book seats for the flight.

On the airline homepage you will find a button saying, “manage my booking” (or likewise) – this is where you need to click in order for you to pre-book seats. Please note that many airline companies will charge a small fee for pre-booking. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your credit card ready. For a small fee, many airline companies also offer seats with extra leg space or upgrades for better comfort.

Each airline company has its own rules on how soon you can pre-book seats on the flight. Usually it is between 72 and 24 hours prior to departure.

Therefore, it might be a good idea to try to complete the pre-booking as soon as possible after having received your e-ticket. If it is not yet possible to pre-book the seats, you will be notified of this, including a notification about when this pre-booking can be done.

Most larger airline companies have an app for your smart phone in which you can usually chose/pre-book seats and also get immediate notifications about time changes.

The best time to visit Tanzania

It is possible to go on safari in Tanzania throughout the whole year.

Serengeti is located on a plateau with an average temperature of 27°C during daytime and approximately 13°C at night.

There is usually a longer rainy period from the end of April until the end of May and a shorter rainy period in November. However, rain in Tanzania usually falls as rain showers, after which the clouds will disappear, and the sun will come back.

Therefore, you can do a safari in Tanzania in all periods of the year; during the rainy seasons the areas are more luxuriant and there are less tourists than in dry seasons.

Welcoming you at the airport

Our local guide will be waiting at the airport ready to welcome you and take you to the hotel.

Checked-in luggage and hand luggage

On your itinerary, you will find information on how much weight you are allowed to bring in your suitcase and hand luggage, respectively. It is important that you pack your bags in such a way that you can still “manage” for a few days, in case the luggage is delayed.

Therefore; remember to pack your passport, money, visa, medicine and maybe a change of clothes in your hand luggage. When luggage gets delayed, it always takes some time for it to arrive.

Transport in Tanzania

All our safari trips in Tanzania are driven in 4x4 Land Cruisers, equipped with a foldable roof which makes it possible to stand up during the safari. This means that you will have a full view to all sides, which makes it possible to take amazing photos of the animals on the safari.

All safaris have a maximum of 6 people in each car, which ensures everybody a window seat.

It is possible to pay for your own car to ensure that no one else will join you on the safari. Please, remember to inform us at the time of booking, if you wish to book your own car.

Having your own safari car costs 2500 DKK (per car) in total for the whole trip, regardless of number of people.

Transport time:
Kilimanjaro - Karatu: 4-5 hours (appr. 200 km)
Karatu – Tarangire: 1,5 hours (appr. 140 km)
Karatu – Serengeti: 4 hours (appr. 250 km)
Serengeti – Ngorongoro: 3-4 hours (appr. 100 km)
Ngorongoro – Karatu: 1 hour (appr. 35 km)
Karatu - Lake Manyara: 30 min. (appr. 30 km)
Lake Manyara – Arusha: 1,5 hours (appr. 80 km)

These times may be longer depending on traffic and weather.

Meals and beverages

Our trips include the meals mentioned in the program. Beverages are always at your own cost unless, of course, you have upgraded to All Inclusive.

Travel insurance

We recommend all our customers to have a travel insurance in addition to a cancellation insurance. Make sure that your insurance covers traveling to Africa.

Please be aware that a cancellation insurance needs to be booked before paying the deposit.

Visa

As an Indian citizen you need a tourist visa when travelling to Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Visa can be issued upon arrival to the airport. The price is 50 USD per person and must be paid in cash. This visa is also valid for Zanzibar.

You can save time by applying for visa online. In order for you to do this, you need to create an e-Visa account on https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa and pay right away with either VISA or Mastercard. Don’t forget to print the confirmation and take it with you to Tanzania.

We recommend that you apply for visa in good time before departure but take note that the visa is valid for only 3 months and needs to be valid throughout the whole trip/stay in Tanzania/Zanzibar.

Furthermore, the passport should be valid for 6 months after returning home from Tanzania/Zanzibar and there should be at least two empty pages for stamps.

If you are not an Indian citizen, we recommend that you contact the embassy to find out which rules apply for you.

e-Visa

Vaccinations

We recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding vaccinations for Tanzania.

Don’t forget to bring documentation that your vaccinations have been given; you might need to show this on arrival.

If you are travelling through another African country before arriving to Kenya, you should be aware of the rules about yellow fever. Also talk to your doctor about this.

How to dress for the safari

Usually we recommend that you wear summer clothes for the safari – pale colours, preferably, because strong colours will attract tsetse flies.

When it becomes dark, more mosquitos will come out. Therefore, we recommend that you wear a long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt. Besides, it might be a bit chilly early in the morning and in the evening, so it is a good idea to bring a warm sweater or fleece jacket.

Hand luggage

We recommend that you pack the following items in your hand luggage:

  • Passport
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit card and cash
  • Malaria pills
  • Vital medicine
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Mobile phone, charger, and other electronic devices
  • Clothes for a couple of days in case the suitcase is delayed
  • Pills against diarrhoea

Plastic ban in Tanzania

When travelling to Tanzania, you must take notice of the ban on plastic that took effect on June 1st, 2019.

In an attempt to limit the amount of environmentally harmful plastic, a law has been passed, which illegalizes all sorts of use, import, export, manufacturing, selling and storage of non-degradable plastic and plastic packaging.

The only exception is the small zip-lock bags used for packing toiletries in the hand luggage during the journey. It is expected that you store and keep these bags throughout the whole trip and only throw the bag away once you have left Tanzania.

For all other types of plastic bags, you can either leave it in the plane or drop off the bag at one of the designated desks in the airport.

Of course, the government does not intend to make the stay unpleasant for visitors and tourists; they strongly encourage tourists and other visitors to respect this new law and think about how they pack their belongings, so the officials can enforce the ban without any unnecessary inconvenience for tourists.

Therefore, think about how you pack and avoid, if possible, to pack things in plastic bags and plastic packaging.

Currency

When travelling to Tanzania, you should bring US dollars to pay for drinks and likewise on the trip. Make sure to bring 20, 10, 5, and 1-dollar notes. In Tanzania, you cannot pay with dollar notes older than 2003.

Also, be aware that not all accommodations accept credit cards. If it is possible to pay with card, however, there might be a small fee for this, so we recommend that you use cash.

Tips

In many places around the world, tips are a common part of the salary. This is also the case in Tanzania.

It is a good idea to make sure that you have small bills. As a guideline for tips, we recommend 1 USD per bag that the staff carries and 6-12 USD per person per day for the safari guide.

Of course, tips are voluntary and should be given personally to the guide/porter. In addition, if you think that the driver/guide is doing a good job, he would appreciate some tips ongoingly.

Time difference

Tanzania is 2:30 hours behind India.

Language

The population of Tanzania is about 52 million and Kiswahili (or in English simply "Swahili") is the official language. English is also a main language and is spoken primarily in the bigger cities and tourist areas.

Mosquitos

Remember to bring mosquito spray for your trip to Tanzania and make sure to spray your body – particularly legs and hands – to keep the mosquitos at a distance. Most accommodations also have mosquito net in the rooms.

Electricity and charging of e.g. cell phone

Most hotels and lodges in Kenya get electricity from their own generators, which are usually turned off during night-time. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring a flashlight or mobile phone with light.

In Tanzania, they use three-legged sockets with 240 volts (English sockets).

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