Tanzania Travel Tips
Best time to visit is over the Dry season –June to October
There is very little rainfall during the whole winter and humidity is very low. When water becomes scarce, wildlife will gather around predictable water sources.
June, July, August, September & October – Afternoon temperatures are usually between 20°C/68°F and 30°C/86°F and vary greatly according to altitude and location. Most days have a fine, clear sky and sunny weather. It cools off at night; be sure to pack warm clothing because morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold- especially in the northern parks. These are the coldest and least humid months and the most pleasant time of the year to visit the coastal areas. There is very little rain in most of the country.
Recommended; see websites below for more detailed immunization advice:-
- Australia – www.travelclinic.com.au
- Canada – iamat.org – Vaccinations / Malaria
- Ireland – www.tmb.ie
- New Zealand – iamat.org – Vaccinations / Malaria
- United Kingdom – www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
- United States – wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
High risk throughout the country except in high altitude mountains over 2000m including the Ngorongoro Crater rim, Mt. Kilimanjaro and parts of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Most safari parks are high-risk zones. The highest risk of transition is in the rainy season from November to May.
Hospitals and doctors
Medical facilities are limited in Tanzani. In case of real emergency, the nearest major hospital, fully staffed and equipped, is the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi and Mombasa (Kenya).
Travelers can go to one of the private medical clinics where staff speaks English and the service is usually better. This costs around US$50 per consultation, but all fees should be covered by your travel insurance. The medical centers also have pharmacies selling medicines and other supplies. Flying doctors emergency evacuation cover is a service air evacuation services in medical emergencies across East Africa, as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities from the point of incidence to the nearest large hospital. The service costs USD 10 per person and covers both Kenya and Tanzania.
Country is supplied with 220-240 Volts AC with standard 13amp three square pin plugs.
Swahili is the national language and English is less widely spoken in the rural areas.
Tipping is appreciated though not mandatory. Guides should be tipped at the travelers’ discretion since most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge to the bill.
The official currency is Tanzania shilling with written abbreviation as Tsh. Foreign currency can be changed at banks, forex bureaus, hotels and airports. All major international credit cards are accepted by many hotels, travel agencies, safari companies and up-market restaurants throughout the country.
Please note that US dollar notes older than the series 2000 are not accepted in Tanzanian banks and forex bureaus.
There is good mobile coverage countrywide; though a bit spotty in the game parks. It is possible to buy a local SIM card from either Vodacom/Tigo/ Airtel quite easily. Check with your mobile service provider for roaming capabilities and costs.
Tanzania has less internet coverage than Kenya with internet mainly accessed at cyber cafes/ major hotel in the cities such as Arusha, moshi and Dar Es Salam. Some lodges / luxury tented camps have Wi-Fi (available at a cost if you are not residing at particular property).
General Packing list (camping tours):-
- Sleeping bag (3 season)/ travel pillow
- Money for personal spending and tipping (at the end of the tour) approximately Tsh.45,000/ USD 20 a day
- Back pack or soft bag as storage space is limited [maximum 20kgs]
- A pair of long trousers and fleece for the cool mornings and evenings in addition to plenty of light clothes for hot days (avoid white),safari hat/cap, swim suit, trainers, sandals.
- Head torch, sunglasses, suntan lotion/spray, insect repellent/spray
- Additional mineral bottled water and beverages (can be bought from Arusha/ main towns)
- Camera, batteries, memory cards, binoculars, maps, guide-books, reading book
- Additional toilet paper, towel, wet wipes, soap and toothbrush/paste/ personal toiletries
- All personal travel/ medical insurance