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Tanzania Travel: Clothing
Submitted by M19373
It never get 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 ... view more 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.
Travel Tanzania: Language
Submitted by M19373
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 ... view more English language, particularly, in the town centers.
The best view of the magnificent Mt. Meru
Submitted by M18552
The best side from which Mount Meru in North Eastern Tanzania can be viewed is from Arusha, just on your way to the native maasai village of Longido.
What to wear while on safari
Submitted by M20989
Please note that bright colors and white are NOT advised whilst on safari. We advise that you wear neutral colored clothes – brown, tan, khaki, green etc. Each client is limited to 44 pounds (20 kilos) baggage on the ... view more 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.
Money and Tipping
Submitted by M20989
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling in denominations of: 10,000 – 5,000 – 2,000 – 1,000 – 500, The United States dollar is the preferred foreign currency and almost anything in East Africa may be ... view more purchased with it. Bring plenty of small notes as the Maasai seldom have change for your souvenir purchases. It is important to have US dollars with the "new" safety features (most bills printed since 2000), as some lodges and shops refuse the older issues.

For security you may want to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks. For travelers checks, be sure to bring your record of purchase as most banks and bureaus of change will ask to see it, along with your passport, for identification. Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania and there are only a few ATMs and then only in major cities.

While on safari you will not have much need for cash except for:
- souvenirs
- art works
- post cards
- books
- drinks in most lodges
- gratuities.

"GRATUITIES" are totally within your discretion; however, they are GREATLY appreciated by all. Our staffs are well paid and committed to serving you. They do very much appreciate any additional money you see fit to offer. Traditionally, an individual on the camp staff receives $5 USD per camp day from the group; While your safari guide may receive up to $40 USD to above at end of your safari (Per day) from the group. If your safari includes time at a lodge or permanent camp, there is usually a staff tip box available; Otherwise you may tip directly the individuals who will assist you, normally around $2 once from the group at a time. Again, tipping is your choice and must be warranted by the success of the safari and the service you receive.

Submitted by M20989
As for Tanzania Photographic Safaris, Wildlife photography is an exciting and challenging safari activity. Whether you do it as a hobby or as a profession, you will find photo opportunities to match your every ... view more requirement. As you know the camera equipment has a lot to do with the quality of the final product. You can use the point-and-shoot for casual photos around the camp or similar settings; however, it takes a much more sophisticated camera and lens to capture that "just perfect" wildlife image. All of our guides have photography as hobby and have worked with many professional photographers. As the result they should be able to offer you good advice about safari photography cameras.

For good wildlife shots a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential, as are spare camera batteries, memory cards and cleaning tissue. If you are passionate about photography, consider the following:

- Two camera bodies (Africa is hard on equipment)
- Wide angle lens – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
- Telephoto lens 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
- A good quality 1.4x converter matched to your telephoto lens (you only lose one stop with a 1.4x)
- A fast 200mm F2.8 (Nikon make a brilliant 80-200mm F2.8) that is very useful in low light.
- A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash
- Our Land Cruisers are well prepared for photography with great vantage points high and low and plenty of positions to rest cameras. We provide bean bags in all our vehicles to help support your cameras

Protect your camera equipment
Submitted by M20989
The sand and dust that you have on safari are deadly enemies of your photographic equipment and often unavoidable so Digital SLR users should bring enough cleaning materials to enable clean your cameras whilst on safari. ... view more You must therefore be extra protective of your equipment and film, we advice you to bring along big zip lock bags so that you can keep your camera equipments away from sand, dust and water. We also recommend to bring a scurf or other dust cover to protect the camera while driving. Tanzania voltage is 220-240 volts with British type plugs. We suggest you bring a 12-volt car adapter for charging your video batteries, as it is often a lot easier than getting batteries charged at lodges.
African Holiday & health safety
Submitted by M20989
Health: All travellers should consult their doctors before travel and get advice as to the appropriate medications and inoculations for their safari. Please note that the Yellow fever inoculation is required in Tanzania. ... view more

Malaria: Certain factors influence the risk of contracting malaria. For example low-lying equatorial swamp will be high-risk all year through, a dry Montana plateau set at subtropical latitude will probably carry no risk at all, and places falling between these extremes often show a marked seasonal pattern – medium to high risk in the wet summer months, low to no risk in the dry winter. Remote areas tend to be lower risk as there are fewer people to act as vectors for malaria. Ask your doctor for his advice. You can also lessen the risk by avoiding being bitten. Wear long sleeves, trousers and socks and douse any exposed skin with a good mosquito repellent shortly before it gets dark, and always sleep under a net when provided. Should you experience any combination of headache, fever, nausea, flu-like aches or disorientation within three months of returning home and get yourself tested immediately.

Sunburn: 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.
Water: 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. While on safari, please do not drink tape, always use bottled water. Most lodges provide bottled water. Please limit your use of water at Hotels, Lodges and Camps by avoiding wastage where possible. If towels can be reused, hang them on the towel rack. Bugs: 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.

General Safety in Africa
Submitted by M20989
Are you unsettled by the bad news you see on TV regarding Africa? Remember two things. Firstly remember that bad news sells and that is why you see so much of it. Secondly remember that Africa is huge. There are trouble ... view more spots in Africa, but the areas in which you will spend time are far away from those trouble spots.

Africa is not different to the rest of the world. So if you are staying in a town or city during your trip, you should ask for advice from the local representative or hotel staff concerning safe places to visit. Walking at night is not recommended. Taxis should be arranged by the hotel and a price agreed before starting the trip. We suggest you do not wear expensive jewellery at any time during your trip spots.

Passports and Visas
Submitted by M20989
All visitors arriving in East Africa must posses a valid passport. Citizens of some countries require visas. One should check with their nearest embassy, high commission of East African Countries, i.e. Tanzania, Kenya ... view more and Uganda.

For most travellers visas may be purchased on arrival at the cost of $50 in Tanzania and Kenya. Visas may also be purchased in advance which will save time on arrival. Travellers visiting Tanzania and Kenya (and other African countries) will need to purchase a visa for each country. Travellers staying less than 2 days in a country may qualify for a transit visa. Generally, travellers arriving in one country, proceeding to another country and returning to the first country may re-enter on the original multiple entry visa unless they have returned to their home country.

Submitted by M20989
Travellers arriving from overseas must comply with immigration formalities on arrival. Travellers going between African countries (such as Kenya and Tanzania) need to complete immigration formalities. Landing cards are ... view more generally provided by the airline in advance and must be completed for each traveller.
Submitted by M20989
On arrival, travellers must also pass through customs. Tourists generally are not questioned; however, customs officials have the right to inspect all luggage. Patience and courtesy are important. Personal effects ... view more including cameras and film may be imported temporarily without a permit. A customs bond may be demanded from visitors bringing in filming equipments, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure that the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit.
Back Up Copies
Submitted by M20989
Safari participants should make copies of their passports, visas (if purchased in advance), itineraries, emergency contact numbers names of prescription medication and other important information and carry the back up ... view more copies in a separate place or have a travelling companion carry them.
Arrival Delays
Submitted by M20989
Should events such as missed or delayed flights mean that a safari participant will arrive late, the traveller or agent should contact local tour operator as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to join other ... view more safari member with their trip. Any additional costs must, however, be borne by the safari participant or airline.
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 ... view more 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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