Important information on Tanzania & the Safari Experience
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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