Important information on Tanzania & the Safari Experience

Visa Information

Visas are required for US passport holders. You can visit the respective African Embassy web sites or

purchase them at the respective African airports upon arrival. Please note, at time long lines do occur at

some of these airports. As of November 2013, the Tanzania visa costs $100 USD.
 

Immunizations

We recommend that you contact the Centers for Disease Control to learn current information regarding

travel to Africa. You can contact the CDC through their website at www.cdc.gov/travel. Prior to any

inoculation or taking medicines, you should discuss this with your personal physician who knows your

medical history. A course of anti-malarial medication will also be recommended for individuals traveling to

these countries. Check whether your insurance company will reimburse for travel related immunizations

and/or medicines, but don’t be surprised if they won’t.

 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommends the purchase of a Tour Protection Plan. This plan provides protection for your

non-refundable tour costs and cancellation fees should you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to

unforeseen circumstances. It also provides important medical benefits and assistance while traveling.

Inquire with us regarding your travel insurance needs.

 

On Drinking Water 

Water is generally safe in urban areas and established hotels/resorts. It is best to drink sealed bottled water,

which is available throughout – hotels, lodges and camps. This same sealed bottled or purified water is what

is used by hotels, lodges and camps to make ice cubes, so they are safe; but if you are not comfortable

doing so, avoid the ice cubes. Bottled water should also be used for brushing your teeth.

 

Electricity in Tanzania 

The electricity supply is 220 / 240V AC, 50 Hz. and can be round 2-pin or flat 3-pin plugs. If you use

electrical appliances (shaver, hair dryer, curling iron, etc.) that are not compatible or at least dual-voltage, it is

suggested you bring a converter and appropriate adapter plugs. If for some reason your appliances do not

work properly, do not hesitate to contact Reception, who will likely have an appliance for your use.

 

English In Tanzania 

Tanzania, with 120 different tribes and as many languages, both Kiswahili and English are the official

languages. An English speaker should not encounter too many problems in being able to communicate in

this former British Colony.

 

 Currency in Tanzania

The Tanzania Shilling is the official state currency. For up to date exchange rates, we recommend that you

visit this website: www.xe.com/ucc/

Cash – US Dollars are widely accepted. We recommend you bring cash in $1s, $5s, $10s & $20s (no older

than 4/years) in good condition – not torn, folded or taped bills.

 

Extra costs in Tanzania 

Most costs will be paid for prior to your departure. At some lodges/camps there will be a charge for bottled

waters, soft drinks, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. Of course, any items of a personal nature such as

phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. are your responsibility.

 

On Gratuities/Tipping 

Gratuities/tipping should always be at your discretion, based on the level of service received from your

guide/driver, lodge/camp staff and hotel staff in cities. For your guide/driver consider $5-$10/per person/per

day; trackers at $5/per person/per day; camp staff (porters, housekeeping, chefs, waiters) is shared and

placed in a “tip box” found at Reception at $3-$5/per person/per day. And remember the porters at city

hotels at $1/bag, housekeeping at $2 per night and meals ranging from $1-3 per person per meal.

 

On Luggage 

Since you don’t have to pack much in the way of formal clothing, the ideal piece of luggage is a duffle bag

or soft sided luggage. These are easy to pack, easy to transport in safari vehicles, and a “must” if you are

taking any internal flights. As many roads will kick up lots of dust, it is recommended that you secure your

cameras in zip-lock plastic bags.


On Connectivity 

Most lodges/camps communicate to their home base, usually the closet major city. Some of the lodges

might have telephone service and some accommodations might have Internet services which can be used

for a small fee, but transmission speeds are often slow. Except for some hotels in cities, there are few

lodges/camps in the bush that have hook-ups for your personal laptop. Mobile (cell) phone service is

available, clarity will vary. We suggest you contact your local provider regarding International use of your

mobile device.