FAQ's about Tanzania Safari
Below are the few general FAQ's that you need to know before travelling to Tanzania. In case there is anything you can't find then please send us an email and we will get back to you with the answer.
Which airport should I fly to?
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is approximately 60km (60 min) from Arusha city centre. Kilimanjaro International Airport is the closest International Airport to Arusha.
Arusha Municipal Airport (ARK) is on the outskirts of Arusha but only operates domestic flights (Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Serengeti).
Other options include flying to Dar es Salaam and then catching a domestic flight to Kilimanjaro or Arusha. You can also fly to Nairobi (Kenya). International flights to this destination are often cheaper. You can then fly from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro or take a bus from Nairobi Airport to Arusha (approximately 7 hours).
What vaccinations do I need?
You will require vaccinations for your trip. All travellers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic about 3 months before departure. Ask your doctor about vaccinations recommended by your government before travelling to Tanzania. Yellow Fever Vaccination is compulsory and to be taken at least 10 days before arriving in Tanzania. Ther other recommended vaccinations are Tetanus, Polio and, Malaria (prophylaxis).
What is the VISA procedure?
Please check with the relevant Embassy in your country for up to date visa and passport information. Make sure your passport is not going to expire within six months of your trip (i.e. if your trip is in September make sure your passport is valid until at least March of the following year) and that it has at least 3 clear pages.
You can obtain your visa online https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/, or at the point of entry (border/airport).
The time taken to clear immigration is roughly the same, regardless of whether you already have your visa. The cost of most tourist visas is U$D 50 per person and U$D 100 for American citizens, to be paid in cash.
How can I pay the balance for my safari?
Cash in USD before the tour start.
Pay by card before the tour starts with a 5% card processing fee. (Applicable throughout Tanzania)
Pay by bank transfer at least 4 weeks in advance.
You will have to do this at least 30 days in advance as International Wire Transfers will take 10-14 working days to reach our account.
What currency should I bring?
What is the weather like in Tanzania?
The weather varies greatly, depending on where you are. Whatever time of year you come, please bring some warm clothes! It gets really cold in some places because of the high altitude, especially in June, July and August. It can also get very hot during afternoon. We advise dressing in layers. Typically, the long rains are March, April, and May. The short rains are in November / early December.
How much luggage can I carry?
What clothing should I pack?
There are no specific types of clothes for safari. Pack for hot days and cool nights. Tanzania can be hot and dusty by day but it is often cool and crisp by night. Layers are ideal for safari days. Pack clothing that is able to keep you cool but protect you from the sun and biting insects. Choose mid-tone colours and avoid white or bright colours that may distract the animals and dark colours like black and blue as these can attract tsetse flies. The best colours are the safari classics: olive, green and khaki. For evenings at lodges, you can stay in your casual wear as even the luxury lodges do not expect smart wear out in the bush. Check the temperature before you travel to make sure you have clothing that is warm enough. It is always a good idea to bring a waterproof coat, whatever date your travel.
What footwear to wear/carry?
As you want to be careful not to overpack, you need to think carefully about what shoes to take. As long as you are not going on a safari that requires a lot of walking, you will be fine with some light hiking boots and some sports sandals (sandals are also great for walking around the camp at night). You may also like to take flip flops for the showers.
Should I bring a First aid kit?
Will there be access to Wi-Fi?
Most lodges and tented camps have Wi-Fi in common areas such as lounge, reception and restaurant. The signal strength is variable and is often weak. It is possible to buy a SIM card with data that can be used (in Arusha) and some places in during safari. If you want to use it in your phone, you will need to make sure it is unlocked. There are Vodacom and Airtel shops in Arusha that will be able to help/advise with this.
Will I be able to charge my devices in the safari vehicle?
All our safari vehicles have power/charging points. Please bring Universal Travel Adaptors to ensure they are suitable for your appliances/devices. The vehicles and most accommodation in Tanzania use UK sockets.
What safari vehicles do you use?
Our Safari vehicles are 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser with pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography. The vehicles are serviced and maintained to a very high standard before, during and after every safari.
What happens if the vehcile break down?
All the roads in safari are rugged so there might be rare cases of a breakdown. If the vehicle does break down and it cannot be fixed on the road, we will request a rescue jeep that will come for you so that you can continue your safari with minimum impact. Whilst every effort is made to prevent this from happening, the driving is rough and the vehicles do take quite a pounding!
Can we do walking safari?
Yes, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Please ask your Safari Consultant for more information.
Is there a possibility of doing a night game drive?
Can I visit a Maasai village?
It is possible to visit one of several Maasai villages during your safari. However, these villages are close to the main roads and whilst you will meet many Maasai, have a tour around their village and have an opportunity to learn about their culture, some clients have given the feedback that the experience felt a little uncomfortable. It costs $25 per person and during the visit, you will be encouraged to buy some of their jewellery/craft (this is by no means compulsory). It is inevitable that over time, the experience has become less authentic and we are in the process of sourcing alternative options for our clients. You are very welcome to visit, but we wanted to be open and transparent about the kind of experience you can currently expect.