Travel To Tanzania

AFRICA TRIP PLAN

We know many of you are dreaming to travel to Tanzania and are eager to begin planning. You might have a few questions when it comes to plan your safari.You might have a few questions when it comes to planning your Travel to Tanzania. Below you will find some helpful tips, but please remember that these are just general suggestions and information.

Traveling to Tanzania:

The main airline that most people use when coming on safari is KLM and it has one flight in and out each day to Kilimanjaro International Airport from Amsterdam, Netherlands. So, when you are looking at booking your flights keep in mind that it might take two days to get to Tanzania depending on where you are coming from and will most likely go through Amsterdam. If you need someone to help you on flight arrangement, we recommend to you. There are also other airlines that has daily flight to Tanzania.

Arriving in Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

When coming to Tanzania for a safari you will most likely fly in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Once you arrive at the airport your plane will taxi up to the airport. You will disembark the plane and will walk across the tarmac to enter the airport terminal. Here you will either get in the line to get your Visa or you will get into the line for Immigration check, where you will present you passport, along with your Visa, to the agent for verification and you will have your picture taken and will be fingerprinted. once you pass thru there, you will collect your luggage and then head to a security point to have your luggage scanned and walk thru a metal detector before heading outside the airport to meet up with your ANP representative.

Testing/screening on arrival

All passengers arriving in Tanzania will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate upon arrival. The test should be taken within 72 hours of arrival into Tanzania. All passengers travelling to Tanzania must complete an online Traveler’s Surveillance Form ( https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ ). This form must be submitted no more than 24 hours before arrival. All passengers entering Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 including a mandatory rapid test. The cost for rapid testing is 25 USD per traveler which must be paid in cash on arrival. The Government of Tanzania is also implementing temperature scanning for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania.

Departing Tanzania

Prior to departing Tanzania, Covid-19 testing (PCR and/or Rapid Test) will be required for most travelers. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Covid-19 testing costs (PCR Test USD 50$ per person and the costs are the responsibility of the traveler. As your tour operator, we will help coordinate for proper test timing, location, and test payment. We will make the payment on your behalf and you will reimburse this cost to your guide ($50 per person – cash). Since test requirements are subject to change, reimbursement on site will be the most accurate approach. You will also be responsible for the facility fee that will be paid on site. This fee USD 20$ per person

 Vaccines & Medicines:

Currently there are no REQUIRED immunizations for travel to Tanzania, but you should visit with your doctor about all vaccines and medicines that you might need for your trip, but here are some of the recommended vaccines for Tanzania. Also keep in mind that some vaccines are a series of vaccines and will need to be done over a course of time, so please plan ahead and talk with your doctor as soon as possible to make sure that you have enough time to complete any vaccines before you depart for your trip. Another great course for vaccine information is the CDC website. Below is a general list of vaccines that you will want to talk to your health care provider before your trip to Tanzania.

  • Routine vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever

Make sure that you are familiar with how to take your Malaria medication as there are different types, some are daily and some are weekly regimen. You need to make sure that you take them as prescribed by your doctor and start the regimen on time – usually before you leave your home country for your safari.

Make sure that you bring enough of any other medications that you are taking and either a copy of the written prescription or a letter from your doctor certifying the need for you to take them just in case you are asked at customs.

Make sure that you bring any allergy medicine that you might need, such as EpiPen or antihistamine for any reaction that you might have. Please note that Tsetse fly bites can cause an allergic reaction or sever itching especially if you are sensitive to bug bites. Please consult with your doctor prior to your departure about the best course of action you should take if you should react to such a bite. Cortisone cream and/or Benadryl could be a great help if you are bitten, but please consult your doctor first.

Currency & Credit Cards

The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling, but the preferred method of payment is the US dollar, which is widely accepted here. Please note that although the US dollar is the preferred method of payment the issued date must be 2006 or later for them to be accepted in Tanzania.

Credit cards are NOT widely accepted here and where they are accepted, please be prepared to pay an additional fee for using them. And where credit cards are accepted the two major cards accepted here are VISA & MasterCard!

Valid Passport:

If you do not already have your passport, please start the process right away and allow ample amount of time for the passport to process as this might take several weeks. If you already have your passport, please make sure that your passport is valid with an expiration date that is at least 6 months past the day of your schedule return to your home country.

Tourist Visa:

A tourist Visa is required when entering Tanzania. This can be obtained once you arrive in Tanzania, but we strongly recommended that you obtain it before you arrive from the Tanzanian Embassy of your home country. The reason that it is recommended that you get your Visa before you arrive is that it will make your arrival process much smoother and quicker. The line at the airport to obtain a Visa can be quite long and move slowly at times, but if you already have your Visa, you can go straight to the passport and immigration check.

For Tanzania Entry Visa apply online – https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

  • When applying for a Visa, your host in Tanzania will be AFRICA NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AND SAFARIS, and THE HOST IDs NUMBER IS 133555.

Language:

Swahili is the native language spoken in Tanzania, but English is the second official language of Tanzania and is spoken most everywhere. All of the ANP team are fluent in both Swahili and English.

Laundry:

Laundry services are available at all camps and lodges for a reasonable fee.

Luggage:

You are allowed one suitcase, a camera bag and a small computer bag. Try and keep your one suitcase as small as possible, 16″ wide by 28″ high is recommended.  We recommend a soft sided duffle bag that can be squished as the luggage has to fit in the back of the safari vehicle and also in the underbelly of the bush plane (look at www.tombihn.com for suitable safari luggage, backpacks and other travel accessories. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND SUIT CASES. Remember that laundry services are available so you only need to pack clothes for four or five days. You will also want to bring a small day pack that you can take with you every day while out on safari that can hold passport, money, medications & personal toiletries. (Please see Suggested Packing List for more information.)

In the unlikely event your luggage gets routed incorrectly, the airlines will find us in the bush and deliver your bag. I highly recommend packing all medication, toothbrush and extra clothing in your carry on, just to be safe. Day Pack – In addition to your camera bag, a day pack can be brought when we go on game drives.

Electricity:

Please be advised that electricity is limited at some of the camps and lodges. If you have any medical equipment that requires electricity, please let us know, so that we can find accommodations that will allow for such devices to be used when needed.

Please also be aware that Tanzania uses 220-volt power and 3-flat prong plugs (British style). You will want to bring an adapter and possibly a power strip as well. (Please see Suggested Packing List for more information.) (A standard U.S. 110V power strip will fry, so please make sure that any power strip that you bring is compatible with 220V.)

Health Insurance:

Check with your current health insurance provider to see if the you are covered outside of your country. We do provide emergency evacuation with AMREF Flying Doctors, which will transport you to a Nairobi hospital. Any further medical expenses that are not covered under AMREF will be your responsibility.

General Health:

It is advices that you get a general health checkup from your doctor, along with a dental checkup from your dentist before you came, to reduce the possibility of any issues while on safari.

Bathroom breaks:

There are very few ‘bathrooms’ while out on safari. So, you will need to try and plan ahead for any bathroom breaks, as you might need to wait a while until we are in a safe area to do so. This will usually mean swatting behind the vehicle or bush. When nature calls, please inform the drive that you need to use the “Happy Bush”.

Food allergies and/or dietary restrictions:

Please advise us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions as soon as possible so that we can notify the camps and lodges. The chefs at each camp/lodge will do their best to meet your needs.

Travel Documents:

It is advised that you make a copy of all travel documents and leave them with a family member or friend. This might include copies of passport, flight information, list of immunization and medications, and any credit cards that you might bring with you.

Clothes:

Please see suggested packing list for general ideas about what clothes to bring. But please note that camouflage clothing is reserved for Tanzanian police and army and is prohibited for tourist and non-government officials.

Water:

It is not safe to drink the water from the tap in Tanzania. You should use bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth and to since your toothbrush with. Some lodges/camps provide purified water in camp, please use personal discretion on whether or not to drink or use that water. You can always take bottles of water from the vehicle to drink or use for brushing of teeth if it is not provided and you don’t feel comfortable using the purified water.

GENERAL PACKING

Clothes:

Enough clothes to get you by for 4 or 5 days. (Laundry services are available at the lodges and camps, usually for a small fee.)  Try to stick to the lighter colored, “bush colored” clothes. Try to avoid dark blue & black as tsetse flies are attracted to those colors. Also, reds and oranges can be bother some of the animals. You will want cotton or breathable fabrics.

Jacket:

lightweight and water-resistant

Warm sweater or fleece: for early morning and evenings when the weather can be much cooler.

Safari hat or nothing with a large brim to protect you from the sun.

Sunglasses

Scarf/Bandana hair ties or scarves for those with longer hair to keep hair from blowing in your face while on game drive. Washable undergarments & socks

Swimsuit (optional) – some camps and lodges do have a swimming pool

Shoes:

comfortable or sturdy walking shoes, but ones that can be removed quickly, as you will be standing on the seats some of the time and shoes are not allowed on the seat. Casual or sandals for around camp in the evenings

flipflops or sandals to be used in your tent or room at night (optional)

Personal toiletries:

such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (try to avoid highly fragrant items) feminine hygiene items and anything else you might need.

Small Day Pack

One that you can take out with you on game drives that will hold all of your personal items that you might need during the day. Any of the items listed below that you might need while out on drive.

Insect Repellent

For both mosquitoes & Tsetse flies (DEET is good for tsetse flies). If you are really sensitive to bites you might want to consider long sleeve shirts and pants.

  • Sunscreen
  • Wipes or Wet Ones
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Chap stick
  • First aid kit: which might include – band aids, itch cream, Neosporin, Imodium, etc.
  • Tissues and/or toilet paper for use while out on game drive
  • Binoculars for game view
  • Small flashlight
  • Electrical adapters – Tanzania uses UK three flat prong plug outlets.
  • 220V multi-plug power strip if you will be bringing multiply electronic device that will need to be charged on a daily basis.
  • Alarm clock – make sure that it is battery operated.
  • Do NOT bring/wear fancy clothes or flashy jewelry

GIFTS (Optional)

School supplies are in great need in Tanzania. You may wish to bring school supplies with you and present to a local school while on your safari. There are schools in Arusha as well as between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Some items you may wish to consider bringing include pens, crayons, exercise books, composition/spiral books, small back packs, coloring books, colored markers, chalk, chalk board and world maps. Please note that our guests are increasingly being hassled to pay duty upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport on donated school supplies. Accordingly, we recommend distributing school supplies among your regular clothes and luggage to reduce the chance of being asked to pay duty. A better alternative to bringing school supplies to Tanzania would be to bring a little extra cash and we can take you to a school supply shop in Arusha to purchase supplies and then assist you with delivering them.

PHOTOGRAPHY PACKING LIST

DSLR camera and backup/secondary camera if possible. This will allow you to have two different focal lengths ready at one time without having to change lenses. Also gives you a backup in case something goes wrong with your first camera.

Lenses:

Long zoom lens, with a maximum zoom of 400-500mm will do. If you have a much bigger lens, please do not leave it at home. Bring it with you. Fixed lens will be ok, but zoom gives you more flexibility as the animals move in and out. Medium-wide angle zoom lens, something around the 24-105mm range, works well for landscape and capturing the animals in the natural environment. Also, for getting pictures of the animals when they come close to the vehicle.

  • Spare batteries with extra charges

 Make sure that you have plenty to see you thru the day. Make sure that you charge all of your batteries each night!

  • Memory cards – a minimum of 64 GB of memory cards is recommended. Please keep in mind that it is not uncommon to take around 500, or more, images in a single day. (Plan on taking more than you thinks you will.)
  • UV or clear filter for each lens that you bring with you to protect the front elements from damage.
  • Lens/filter cleaning kit – including brushes, clothes and lens pens
  • Camera cleaner air blower
  • Sensor cleaning gear
  • Hood Loupe – for viewing images on the back of your camera in the bright sunlight
  • Bean bags for stability – There are always some on ANP vehicle.

Bring them empty, beans will be provided free of change before you head out on safari.)

  • You will take more pics than you think so plan ahead. Flash / Mag Mod – very important / Batteries – Bring extra Batteries

For low light situations or fill flash. (Optional)

  • Camera and flash manuals
  • Laptop or other device for downloading images each night
  • Portable external hard drive to back up your images
  • Memory card reader

UDMI fast card reader is recommended for quicker downloads

  • Electrical adapters

Tanzania uses UK three flat prong plug outlets. 220V multi-plug power strip – so that you can charge all of your batteries and electronic devices at the same time. Make sure that it is a 220V power strip as the standard 110V U.S. power strip will fry with the 220V output.

TIPPING

WHY ARENT TIPS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.

Tipping may seem like an old-fashioned tradition to some, but like other service-oriented business (restaurants, etc) it remains a cornerstone of the safari industry. Paying out tips ahead of time, even though it may be more convenient for guests who don’t want to travel with cash, really robs tipping of its original purpose.

TIPPING GUIDE.

Tipping is just one way for guests to give back to the local people of Tanzania. It is true that tipping has become a customary and integral part of the safari industry, but it remains an excellent way to recognize one’s appreciation for excellent service. Many guests express a desire to understand ahead of time what amounts and methods are appropriate or customary. We will be happy to recommend tipping guidelines to you and your group.

AMREF FLYING DOCTORS SERVICES.

AMREF Flying Doctors provides air evacuation services in medical emergencies across East Africa, as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities. Membership Card is available to all our travelers and we will handle it to you on your arrival.