Travel Tips

Travel Tips

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling / TZS. It comes in denominations of: 10,000; 5,000; 2,000 1,000 and 500 aka “notes.”

Which currency to bring? US dollars are preferred and almost anything in Tanzania can be purchased with US currency. Bring plenty of small notes for tips and incidentals but fifties and hundreds get a better rate of exchange and be sure your US Dollar notes have a year of 2006 and newer. Old notes are sometimes a problem to cash and often you won’t get the exchange rate posted at the bureau, so it is advisable to bring a mixture of traveler’s checks and cash.

Bring your proof of purchase papers when bringing travelers checks, as banks may want to see these.Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania and there are often additional charges and high rates of exchange associated with their use. Getting a cash advance on a credit card is nearly impossible. Do not rely on credit cards for anything other than an extreme emergency back up. Bring enough US cash or travelers checks with you. ATM cards are widely accepted in the larger cities.

This is a list of things that you may need money for:

  • Drinks while staying in lodges
  • Souvenirs and curios
  • Books and postcards
  • Art, if shopping in Arusha
  • Gratuities

International visitors require a passport that is valid for at least six months; together with your travel documents. Passports should have a minimum of 2 clean pages per country visited, for visas and entry/exit stamps (some visas take up a full page). In Tanzania there is a possibility of obtaining visas at entry points like airports and boarders. Tanganyika Ancient Routes ltd, recommends you obtain your visa ahead of departure. This will provide peace of mind and no congestion at the airport after your flight. We do provide that service for you our traveler – please contact us if you would like assistance.Keep copies of your documents and vital information as well as a few passport photos in your luggage, and leave a few with friends at home (passport, insurance docs, bank and credit card details, traveler’s check numbers, 24 hour emergency contact number, contact details of relatives or friends).

Most African airports charge departure taxes, most often payable in US cash. The amounts vary from $3 to $50 USD per person. Ask us for assistance if you need it.

Are you unsettled by the bad news you see on TV regarding Africa? Remember two things. First remember that bad news sells and that is why you see so much of it. Secondly, remember that Africa is huge. There are trouble spots in Africa, but the areas in which you will spend time are far away from those trouble spots. Tanzania is SAFE, PEACEFUL and WELCOMES all visitors.Africa is no different to the rest of the world. If you plan to spend time in a city, take precautions as you would in your home country.

Safety tips for cities:

  • Don’t wander around the streets after dark.
  • Ask your hotel about unsafe areas and avoid them.
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home and wear a cheap plastic watch.Camera’s, video recorders, expensive cell phones should be kept
  • Undercover and out of sight of the general public.
  • Don’t carry valuable things where you feel unsafe.
  • Keep your money and passport in a money belt and out of site or in a safe at your hotel.
  • Modest dressing is best as to not draw attention to yourself.

Our final comment regarding safety: You will spend most of your African holiday in a relatively remote and wild area that is safe and enjoyable.

Travel insurance is vital for travel anywhere in the world. Make sure your insurance package includes cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods.

Transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito, Malaria is a genuine risk and can be potentially fatal. Certain environmental factors make an area susceptible to Malaria endemics. Low lying swamps are extremely conducive for malaria mosquitoes while areas at elevated altitudes of 2000meters or more are risk-free zones. Regions lying in between these altitudes show a marked seasonal pattern – with risks varying from medium to high risk in the wet summer months, low to no risk in the dry winter. Remote areas are less prone to due to reduced number of people to act as vectors for malaria.

We strongly recommend having your malaria prophylactic course before heading to malaria-prone regions To avoid getting bitten use mosquito/insect repellent spray with DEET.Wear full sleeved clothes as protection be particularly guarded at dawn and dusk as the Anopheles mosquito is most active at these times. Sleep under a mosquito net and in case you experience symptoms like a headache, fever, nausea, flu-like aches or disorientation within three months of returning home, get yourself tested immediately – malaria responds best to treatment when detected early.

The African sun is very strong and harmful. Use lots of sun block and a hat particularly if you are on foot, in a boat or in an open vehicle. That tan may look good for a few days after you get back from safari, but skin cancer is a high risk for everybody – especially fair-skinned people.

It is very important that you drink plenty of water to limit the effects of dehydration, especially during the warmer months. Note that tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages act as diuretics and can actually contribute to dehydration. Most lodges provide bottled water.

You will probably be bitten by lots of bugs and get lots of itchy swellings (tsetse flies in certain areas are the worst culprits). A good anti-histamine cream usually reduces swelling and itchiness. Check your body for ticks after every bush walk and at least once a day even if you are not walking.Tanganyika recommends you contact your family physician for all immunization needs. You may also refer to the CDC for recommendations and communicate this with your family physician.

Each client is limited to 44 pounds (20 kilos) baggage on the aircraft. Your baggage should be packed in soft duffel bags to fit into the small luggage compartments of the aircraft and vehicles used within Tanzania.It is easier to travel on safari packing two bags; one containing clothing and equipment to change/use in the evenings at camp, and another smaller bag for items needed during the lunch stops: – camera, sunscreen, scarf, raincoat and so on.

  • Good quality sunglasses – preferably polarized.
  • Sun hat
  • Golf-shirts, T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers/slacks
  • Underwear (sports bra recommended on game drives as the roads can be bumpy and uneven) and socks
  • Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
  • Sandals
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm anorak or parka, scarf & gloves (it can get cold at night and early morning)
  • Light rain gear for the rainy months
  • Camera and video equipment and plenty of film and spare batteries we recommend 300mm lens
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case your eyes get irradiated by the dust
  • Binoculars highly recommended
  • Relevant bird book if you are a keen birder
  • Personal toiletries
  • Malaria tablets
  • Moisturizing cream, lip balm & suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream
  • Anti-histamine cream etc)
  • Tissues/”Wet Wipes”
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money and important documents.
  • Waterproof/dust proof bags/cover for your cameras.
  • A good torch and spare batteries.
  • Padlocks for your luggage during international and regional flights.

Please note that bright colors and white are NOT advised while on safari. We advise that you wear neutral colored clothes – brown, tan, khaki, green.

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