TRIP PREPARATIONS TIPS

We wish to highlight some key preparation tips and important information for travelers to know before embarking on a safari to Tanzania. These are:-

Health and Safety

chanjoTravelers to Tanzania should visit their physician or a travel clinic at least one month prior to departure. All travelers are required to have received vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever prior to admittance into Tanzania. Shot records are required at Tanzania’s points of entry. It is also recommended that travelers get boosters for Polio, MMR, and Tetanus-Diphtheria if their vaccinations are not up to date. It is important to maintain a malaria prophylaxis regiment during the course of your trip. Commonly prescribed anti-malarials are Lariam, Malarone, or Doxycycline.
Although most trips to Tanzania are very peaceful, travelers should be wary of petty theft in big cities. Travelers should be cautious when walking in the streets. Do not carry large cameras or wear expensive jewelry and always walk with another person. It is also important to take licensed or hotel taxicabs when you need transportation, especially at night.

Visas for Tourists

visaA passport and visa are required for entry into Tanzania. Visas can be purchased before you leave for your trip or at any point of entry into the Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. Be sure to get up to date information from Across Africa Nature or the nearest Tanzania Embassy or Consulate because visa requirements can change anytime. Though required, travel insurance is not included in our packages charged to our clients.

Important Safari Equipment

cameraFor your safari to be enjoyable and memorable, it is advisable to bring with you a camera which could include the following accessories, extra batteries, telephoto lenses (200-400mm), Battery charger (12V or 220A for video cameras), memory card, Lens cleaning equipment, Film as per your need, Lead bag for film, Camera bag, Zip lock bags, Beanbag. Also, have a notebook to record your day’s adventures while it’s still fresh

Moreover, carry with you a Safari Binoculars. This is very essential for a successful trip to enable you to view wild animals or objects of interest even if they are far from you. Flashlight or headlamp, Small calculator (or if you’re taking your mobile phone) for currency calculations are also important. Other equipment are Money belt, hand sanitizer, plug adaptors, Lighter/waterproof matches, mini combination locks (keys get lost), mini sewing kit and travel alarm clock.
Other equipment such as camping if you are going for camping shall be provided by our company.

nguoClothing for Safari

Tropical clothing is worn throughout the year, but in the cooler season, from June to September, jackets and sweaters may be needed, especially in the evenings. Clothing appropriate to temperatures below zero is required on the higher slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. Also note that it can get very cold at night on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater which receives quite a lot of rain and is very cold during evenings and mornings due to its high altitude (about 2300m/7545ft). Thus, early morning game drive could be very chilly. Lower lying parks, such as Manyara, Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha, Gombe, Mahale Mountains and Katavi, are slightly hot but much less humid than Arusha- especially at night. The rest of the interior is much milder and cools down significantly at night. Tanzania does not have real winter and summer because of its proximity to the Equator. The average annual temperature in Arusha is 73 F/23 C. Generally, you are advised to wear loose cloth for the safari and avoid carrying too many items.

Tips Giving

dolaIn Tanzania, giving tips is usually not mandatory but many visitors choose to give tips to staff like driver-guides as a way of saying thank you for the service.

Safari Insurance

travelWe strongly recommend our clients to purchase own insurance to cover for travel/safari, for luggage, for valuable items, for medical, accident and life. Remember the famous saying, “if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.”

Photo Taking

In Tanphotozania, when you want to take a photo of a person, it is usually advised to seek consent from that particular individual before taking any photo. But when you are taking wildlife, birds and scenery photos you do not need consent but you are required to be quiet so that you do not stress animals.