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Climbing kilimanjaro trips
Submitted by M05324
Climbing kilimanjaro success travel tips include choice of suitable kilimanjaro trekking route, preparation of proper climbing gears, some exercise is needed to make your muscles used to stretch some more than usual, drinking more water than usual, hiking slowly just like normal walking and monitoring weather changes and how body adapts to it
Inside the parks/reserves
Submitted by M20989
Please be aware that our safaris may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Our company shall not be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that many safari lodges and camps are not fenced and that wildlife does move freely in and around these areas. Always follow the safety instructions from the lodge or camp's staff with regards to moving to and from your ... view more tent and while on game activities throughout your safari.
People Photography
Submitted by M20989
On your safari you will be meeting a lot of local people along the way, most of them feel offended if their photographs are taken without their consent, therefore please communicate with your guide before, he will advise you on local people photography. Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules, it should be noted that occasionally routes, lodges and camps may be changed while on safari as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields ... view more and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc. Small world of travelers Tanzania LTD shall not be held responsible for such itinerary changes as discussed above.
Dress Codes
Submitted by M20989
Our holidays are generally relaxed experiences with casual dress codes. There are a few places where cultural considerations might dictate conservative dress. This is especially true in Zanzibar and Mombasa. Here, shorts and swimming attire should not be worn outside of the grounds of the hotel or resort. Some lodges and luxury camps request that guests wear "smart casual" attire at evening meals.
Street Beggars
Submitted by M20989
We do not recommend that our clients give anything to street beggars and street children encountered in the towns and cities as this will encourage them to berg forever even for those who have an ability to work.
Children
Submitted by M20989
Many visitors like to bring gifts for the local children. It is more than likely that children will be encountered during the trip and that they will look to visitors to share gifts with them. Confectionery is not a good idea. Gifts such as school supplies or clothes are much better options. We also suggest that gifts and donations be made through local schools and orphanages. This gives our clients a chance to help the local community without reinforcing the culture of begging.
Electric Current
Submitted by M20989
Africa uses 240 volt electric current. Plugs may vary from the UK standard square pin to European standard round pin. Some lodges generate their own electricity and may not generate 24 hours per day. The electric current is subject to voltage fluctuation and power cuts are possible, even in larger cities.

Litter: We request that litter is never thrown from vehicles. This includes bits of food such as banana peels. Also, at picnic sites, all litter should be collected and placed in bins provided. If there is no ... view more bin, the litter should be carried to the next lodge where your guide will dispose of it.

Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle. Smokers will have opportunities for breaks during their trip, but it is imperative that no lit matches or cigarettes be left behind. An accidental brush fire in the bush could cause severe damage to the environment and wildlife.

Clothing
Submitted by M20989
It never gets really cold in Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda, so lightweight clothing is the normal. However in particular Arusha and Nairobi, they experience colder weather in months of June and July. On safari, short sleeve shirts/blouses, and shorts are ideal. A light jacket/sweater may be needed in the evening at higher altitudes. Sensible walking shoes, a hat to keep off the sun, and sunglasses are essential too, but pack a sweater, it can be cold in the evening/morning. If climbing, needless to say, warm clothing is essential.
Food Tips
Submitted by M20989
You should feel confident in eating the meals at the restaurants and hotels that are included in your travel package. Your guide or local representative can give you advice if you are dining on your own. We can assist with special dietary requests given advance notice.
Shopping
Submitted by M20989
You will find woodcarvings, leather goods, batik, souvenirs, jewelry and precious stones in shops inside most hotels and lodges throughout the countries but the prices in the shops in hotel and lodges are fixed. Bargaining is possible along the souvenir shops. Anything you purchase, remember to keep a receipt with you for presentation at customs.
Language
Submitted by M20989
The official languages of Tanzania are Kiswahili and English, and in Kenya and Uganda is English. Kiswahili is spoken and understood by the great majority of East African. There is a wide usage of and understanding of English language, particularly, in the town centers.
Insurance
Submitted by M20989
We require that all clients arrange personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property, and other personal risks for the duration of their safaris.
Laundry
Submitted by M20989
There are laundry facilities at practically all hotels; lodges and safari camps and laundry will often be returned on the same day weather permitting.
Game Viewing
Submitted by M20989
The best times for game viewing are normally in the early morning and late afternoon, as animals tend to hide up during the heat of mid-day but it is also worthy to spend full day out with picnic lunches as you might see great things as well.
Lost Luggage
Submitted by M20989
Should a safari participant arrive without their luggage, a report must be filed with the airline before leaving the airport. If the bag has been locked, it is important that keys and combinations be left with the airline so they can open and clear it with customs. Once luggage has been located, we will work with the airline to help the bag catch up with the safari participant. Should there be any costs for forwarding luggage, the safari member must meet those costs and recover them from their insurance or airline.
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