Before You Go

Before You Go

For your own safety

• Having comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended in case of medical emergencies, emergency travel expenses and unexpected trip cancelations.

• Please follow all the necessary precautions to avoid medical problems and to avoid contacting malaria. consult your doctor for more information on how to ensure you are protected against malaria though our national parks are low risk malaria zone.

• If you are travelling to Tanzania from yellow fever endemic countries/regions (or if you have a transit in an affected area of more than 12 hours and/or leave the airport), please note that you will be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival. This certificate must be obtained no less than 10 days prior to travel.

Administrative preparation

• Please be sure to carefully check your visa requirements(hyperlink)before your travel plans begin.If you are getting your visa on arrival, please remember that we only accept USD notes that are accepted from 2009 or newer, Visa fee range from $50 to $100 per person.

• It is a mandatory requirement that you travel to Africa with at least two blank passport pages per country you plan to visit, and that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after your date of travel.

• Flights and road transfers are typically quoted on a shared/scheduled basis. Please note that the travel route may vary on the day.

• Scheduled charter flights may stop at airstrips/airports en route to your destination to collect or drop off other guests or to refuel. Guests may also be required to change planes at some of these stops. Because of these stops, flight durations may vary.

• Tanzanian National Park and concession fees are charged per person, per 24-hour period when your inside the park.

• The currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). Notes are in denominations of TZS 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500.Banks and foreign exchange bureaux are available at all international airports and in all main towns. US dollars dated 2006 and traveler cheques are not accepted.

Climate

Before you get started on your packing, make sure you know what the weather is going to be like. What time of the year are you visiting? You can expect to find rain in March, April, May and November. June, July and august are the colder months of the year, and the weather is hot and humid on the coast and on islands. Temperatures are generally pleasant, ranging between 15ºC (59ºF) and 26ºC (78ºF) during the day, and sometimes rising above 30ºC (86ºF) in the warmer months.

Clothing and footwear

Make sure that the clothes you bring along are casual and comfy. Safari game drives are in the early morning or late afternoons, which can be cold sometimes, so make sure you bring few warm clothes too! Here is a checklist for you when start packing: 

  • Camouflage and neutral colours
  • Dark blue and black clothing should be avoided as it attracts tsetse flies
  • Both long sleeve shirts and t-shirts. Long sleeve shirts will protect you from the sun, mosquitos and tsetse flies.
  • Comfortable Shorts or skirts
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • Jacket and sweaters, including something lightweight and waterproof
  • Swimwear and beach gear
  • Comfortable walking shoes that you can walk in for a long period
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, moisturizer and lip salve
  • A strong insect repellent
  • Binoculars and camera equipment
  • A universal plug and adapter for square three-pin plugs, fused or unfused.

First aid

It is highly recommended that you bring a selection of first aid necessities. This includes bandages, antiseptic and antihistamine creams, sun screen and after-sun. Remember to bring the right medication along, especially if you suffer from headaches, if you have a weak stomach, allergies, or any other medical condition that requires prescribed medication.