About traveling to Tanzania
Is it safe to travel to Tanzania?
Tanzania is, in general, a very safe country, but you should of course take precautions as when you travel to any foreign country. Be attentive to your personal belongings, stick to your guide, do not walk alone at night, etc.
How are the local people of Tanzania?
Tanzanian people are known for their hospitality. Tourism is an important source of income for the country, and therefore Tanzanians welcome visitors with open arms to experience their beautiful country.
Is it a must to tip in Tanzania?
Yes, it is common courtesy to tip your guides and drivers (and porters if you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro), when touring with us. We will include tipping guidelines in your practical information pamphlet so you can budget and prepare for your trip in the best way possible.
When is the best time to travel to Tanzania?
The best months to visit Tanzania is from June to November and late December to March. These are considered the dry months, but also peak-season, so the weather conditions make for a perfect trip, but there are also more tourists, which means slightly higher prices for government fees and hotels. In the rainy season, it might be a wet trip, but nature is amazing as it is very lush and green.
Is it possible to pay by card in places or what is the best way to pay?
Most places do accept credit cards, but usually with a small percent surcharge. Technology in Tanzania can still be a bit unstable, so we recommend that you carry some cash with you. The local currency is Tanzanian Shillings and can be withdrawn from any ATM. Places in touristic areas will also accept USD (only bills printed after 2006).
Do I have to obtain a visa to visit Tanzania?
Yes, a tourist visa is required and can be obtained online before departure, or you can get it on arrival. A tourist visa costs 50 USD per person (100 USD for US citizens)
Do I have to be vaccinated to visit Tanzania?
In regards to COVID-19, there is no mandatory vaccination to visit Tanzania, but if you are not fully vaccinated then you have to have a negative PCR result within 72 hours of arrival (as of March 2022).
In regards to other vaccinations, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is officially obligatory if you have spent more than 12 hours in a high-risk country on your way to Tanzania. For other vaccinations, please consult with your physician.
Do I have to take preventive malaria medication?
It is recommended to take malaria medication when traveling to Tanzania, but please consult with your physician for medical purposes.
About going on safari
Is it guaranteed that I will see all kinds of animals on my safari?
As the animals are in the wild, and not in a zoo, it can not be guaranteed, but with our experienced guides, we will try our best to succeed.
How do I dress the best for my safari?
Please refrain from wearing bright colors (you do not need to make yourself noticeable) and black clothes (because it attracts tsetse flies). It is best to wear neutral colors, like beige, green and white. But do not worry, we will send you all this information and everything else we recommend that you bring on a “how to pack for my safari” list.
About climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
What happens if I get sick or injured on the mountain and I have to get down?
If you have gotten altitude sickness, another illness, or an injury, you will have to descend with a guide, where you will get picked up and taken to the hospital.
What gear do I need for my climb?
We will send out a comprehensive list of everything you need for your climb.
How do I carry my luggage with me on the mountain?
A porter will carry your luggage for you, but please note that their weight limit is 15 kgs, so only pack the necessary items. You will carry your day pack yourself with water, a snack, etc. Carrying a daypack of a maximum of 9kgs is recommended.
Do I need to be fit to climb Kilimanjaro?
Many levels of physique successfully summit Mount Kilimanjaro, but we do recommend putting effort into your training for at least 2 months before, incorporating long hikes if possible, and even better if you can do some hikes that test how well you handle the altitude. You can be a very fit person, but altitude sickness can still get to you. Trying to avoid this is key to a successful summit.
What is the best way to avoid altitude sickness?
It is not always unavoidable, but some tips to try to avoid it are to walk slowly, drink lots of water and eat enough food. You can also consider bringing Diamox if you know for sure that you have a tendency to get altitude sickness.