Travel tips Requirements to get into the country:
Visas are compulsory for all visitors, and cost from $50. Visas are obtainable at the airport when you arrive, but rather have one before you land, as officials tend to “not have change”. Visas are obtainable from the Tanzanian Embassy. Please contact us should you want the Embassy address in your area. You need a passport valid at least 6 months from the date when entering the country. If you plan to enter the country for more than one occasion you might need to apply for multiple entry visa.
US and Chinese passport holders pay 100$ for standard entry, double entry and multiple entry visa. Canadian passport holders pay 75$. EU citizens and most other nationals pay 50$ or 50EUR
Websites for Tanzanian Embassies
Lists of all embassies: http://www.tanzania.go.tz/embassies.htm
Yellow Fever inoculation certificate
The inoculation is obtainable from your nearest travel clinic or from your local physician. Staple it into the front of your passport if you are afraid of losing it. Most African countries require this certificate, so don’t ever be without it when traveling in Africa.
Most of Tanzania regions are situated in a malaria zone, so it is recommended that you consult your physician on the prescription right for you. Pregnant women are not allowed to take Malaria prevention drugs, and are cautioned before entering any malaria area. To set your mind at rest, we stayed in Zanzibar for 2 years, and fortunately never contracted malaria. This is not to say you won’t get it. JUST BE CAREFUL.
Insect/ Mosquito repellent
Mosquitoes, like little vampires, favour night conditions. Be sure to take a repellent, and cover all exposed areas of your body (e.g. neck and arms). We recommend that you wear trousers at night and long sleeved shirts should you be outdoors. If the heat is too much and you wear a short sleeved shirt, make sure you smear/ spray your arms with repellent. At night before you go to bed, make sure your mosquito net is either touching the ground, or is tucked in, and your exposed areas (especially your ankles) are protected with repellent.
For those irritating bites
AMREF Flying Doctors air evacuation service
We would like to recommend all our clients to book a membership with the AMREF flying doctors of Africa. You can also get the membership stickers from our office in Arusha, please contact our staffs when you needit.
Incase of medical emergency there will be one free air ambulance evacuation service from all Tanzania wilderness areas to Nairobi hospital. There is also a free 24hrs Flying Doctor’s emergency response telephone for medical advice.
The costs are as follows:
500km radius from Nairobi (includes all northern Tanzania national parks, Kilimanjaro and Kenya) 15US$ per person valid for 14days and 25US$ for up to 2months.
1000km radius from nairobi(includes all Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Pemba and Mafia and Kenya) 30US$ per person for 14days and 50US$ p.p for up to 2months
All hospitals costs medical treatment, medicines etc and are not included in this service, so it is strongly advisable that additionaly to AMREF you hold adequate travel health insurance
Please note your contract for this service will be directly with AMREF, not with kili slope tours and safaris
AMREF website http://www.amref.org
Tipping while on safari and Kilimanjaro
The most popular and well known form of local transport in Tanzania is the Daladalas(simply, small buses) which operate within and around most of the towns. They have a average fare ranging from around Tsh 200-Tsh 500 (around US$0.25- US$0.41) as long as you aren’t going too far. Although these can sometime be slightly daunting for newcomers to Tanzania so if you find it isn’t the transport for you there are taxis readily available for a reasonable price according to your destination. Although as a precaution some drivers will try to charge a higher price then deserved of the service provided. In order to avoid being overcharged we advise you simply to have an estimate of the recommended price for your journey and to negotiate and set a reasonable fare with the driver before getting in the car. If it is transport from the airport you require then taxis should be available outside most airports. These will all have a set rate, depending on the length of your journey and normally the drivers will not budge from this price. But at kilidove we can provide a secure form of transport for you on your arival with a personal transfer at a rate of 50US$-100US$ also depending on journey length. Feel free to contact us for more information
Traveler’s cheques and cash are accepted at hotels and Bureau de Changes. US$ are the preferred currency. If you plan on taking cash, make sure you take large bills (e.g. $50 or $100) as these for some unknown reason always get a better rate. Don’t go running to the first Bureau you see at the airport, as these, along with the hotels and resorts, normally have the worst exchange rate. If you are planning on taking a taxi into town, rather pay the fare in US$ and go to a bureau in town. There are many all over town. Try to negotiate a better rate, you never know.
Try to pay for as much as possible in the local currency (Tanzanian Shillings), always bearing in mind the exchange rate. If the locals see you have foreign currency, they will try to relieve you of it. ALWAYS haggle or bargain and try to pretend you know what you are doing. Remember to keep some of your home currency for your return, just in case.
It is imperative that you have travel insurance. Even though they do not check any certificates when you enter the airports, for your own peace of mind, make sure that you are adequately covered.
There are many Internet cafes in major towns and at some of the hotels and resorts, so in a non-emergency, this is the best form of communication. Charges range from Tsh1,000 to Tsh5,000 (about $0.5 to $5) for an hour’s connection. The local telephone company TTCL is inadequate, so if you need to phone internationally, best you ask at the Internet café. They usually have facilities, or they will be able to direct you to someone who has.
This is the same as the UK and in South Africa, being 220/230 V. Do not leave appliances plugged in all day, as there are many power fluctuations which might destroy them. If your plug does not match, then enquire at a local shop, they should be able to assist. .
As with all cities in Tanzania is not free of crime. Unfortunately it has been on the increase, so make sure you do not take valuables on holiday with you. If you do take expensive jewelry, make sure it is either locked up when you go out, or hidden from sight.
Be careful not to walk the streets at night alone, this invites trouble. If you are confronted, do not resist, and try to report the matter to the police as soon as possible. The police are sometimes rude and arrogant, but an attempt will be made to recover your property. Come Tanzania, Book here…
We are member of: Tanzania Association of Tour Operators(TATO), Africa Travel Association(ATA) and we are also recognized by Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) as A registered and licenced Tour Operator in Tanzania