Tanzania is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Its bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north Rwanda, Burundi and the Dr. Congo to the west. Tanzania is a beautiful and peaceful country thus referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”, because of its reputation for calm and stability. Tanzania safaris are both intriguing and exciting, created by a fascinating balance between the wildlife, the stunning landscapes, and the friendly Tanzanian people. Tanzania’s northern safari circuit is renowned for offering some of the finest wildlife viewing holidays and tours in Africa. Its natural abundance of wildlife, along with the annual migration of millions of animals across its northern plains, make up a flourishing eco-system. The amazing views of the Ngorongoro Crater, an undocumented Eighth Wonder of the World cannot be missed at the comforts of your lodge balcony.
Get your visa prior to arriving, this will save you time at the airport upon arrival. It costs $100. Visit www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org.
Choose your malaria prophylaxis carefully. Look at the side effects of the medications and consult your physician and travel clinic. Malarone seems to be most widely tolerated.
No short shorts or halter or sleeveless tops, for girls, boys, men, and women. Lightweight slacks, knee-length skirts, clean tee- or collared shirts are best and include a few long-sleeved tops for evenings. Pack closed-toe shoes. The streets are dusty and dirty and your feet are a perfect entry spot for parasites, bugs, and disease.
RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST
A first-aid kit with a course of Cipro, which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. At the end of your tour, leave what you don’t use with one of your new Tanzanian friends!
Hand wipes and tissues. Many “choos” (latrines) in the bush or rural areas will not have paper or water for washing hands
Binoculars, sunscreen, and hat
If you land in Tanzania after dusk, apply mosquito repellent even before disembarking the plane. This is the perfect time for transmission of malaria. Use a repellent with 100 percent DEET. If you run out, a good local repellent is No Bite, available in many pharmacies. Wear long sleeves and long pants at night and sleep under mosquito nets. Symptoms of malaria include flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and loss of appetite, chills, fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Test kits and treatment medication are available at many pharmacies in Tanzania.
FOOD & DRINK
Don’t drink tap water anywhere, ever. Don’t even brush your teeth with it. Do, however, drink plenty of bottled water. Staying hydrated is important. Most travelers’ discomforts, like fatigue, headache, and even stomach issues, are the result of dehydration. And you may be at higher altitudes than you’re used to. Be careful of fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled as they may have been washed with dirty water. Bananas, papayas, and mangoes are great and yummy options. Stay away from salad unless you are dining in a place that you know is vigilant with hygiene.
Do not leave money, cameras, computers, iPods, etc. in your hotel room. Always carry your passport and money on you in a waist or backpack. Many hotels and lodges have in-room or hotel safes you can use for more bulky items.
Tipping is a big deal. Be ready. Carry lots of small bills. USD is appreciated as exchange rates vary. Be ready to tip your porters, waiters, drivers, cleaning crew and hotel staff, translators, hosts, etc. If you’re traveling with a safari outfitter, they will likely have guidelines for you to follow. If you run out of cash, there are ATM machines in many of the towns that work great with most debit cards.
Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:
Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00
Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00
House Keepers: $ 2.00
Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage
The Tanzanian currency is the “shilling,” TSh. The rate is ~$1 = 1400-1600 shillings (depending on the exchange rate)
Use an Indian or UK plug (230V/50Hz)