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Tanzania safari Information

Tanzania will introduce you to a wealth of natural attraction. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, is situated in the northeast, near the tourist hub of Arusha. The nearby Tanzania game parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire receive most of the visitor volume on Tanzania Safari. Other notable game parks that Tanzania Safari package can include are Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the south and Gombe National Park in the west. Further to the west are the Great Lakes, Lake Victoria (Africa's largest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (the world's deepest lake) can be a part of your itinerary while on a Tanzania safari tour. The capitol city of Dar Es Salaam is located on the eastern shore. But the main attraction is the exotic island of Zanzibar lying just offshore, with its Swahili architecture, spice plantations and white sand beaches. Anybody on a Tanzania safari must make it a point to visit this amazing place.

Country info
Capital - Dodoma.
Language - Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Religion - Muslim, Christian, Hindu and traditional beliefs.
Time - GMT + 3.
Electricity - 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs may be round or square three-pin, fused or unfused.
Telephone - Country code: 255. IDD is available. In some rural areas, international calls must go through the operator. There are many public call boxes in post offices and main towns.
Mobile Telephone - Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies.
Coverage is limited to main urban areas.
Internet - E-mail can be accessed in Internet cafes in main urban areas.

Weather
The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. The rainy season lasts from March to June. The central plateau is dry and arid. The northwestern highlands are cool and temperate and the rainy season here lasts from November to December and February to May.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.

Tanzania Visa
US/Canada/UK/Australia; Passport valid for at least six months required and evidence of yellow fever immunization are required. Visa may be purchased on arrival at the airport. Single entry visa is $50 per
person ($100pp for US citizens), payable in cash (no credit cards). Visas may also be obtained in advance through a visa service. Dar es Salaam International (DAR) is 13km (8 miles) southwest of the city (journey time - 30 minutes).
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is 50km (31 miles) from Arusha. Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) is 8km (5 miles) from Kisauni. The following items may be imported into Tanzania without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 50
cigars or 250g of tobacco; one bottle of alcoholic beverages; 570ml of perfume.

 

Health
Health insurance is essential. ToKenya.com clients are covered by East African Flying Doctor Services included in the tour price. This coverage guarantees that any member injured or ill while on safari will be airlifted back to Nairobi to the international hospital. Yellow Fever - A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of all travelers over one year of age traveling from infected areas and travelers coming from countries considered to be endemic by the Tanzanian authorities. All visitors to Zanzibar require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

NOTE - recent changes to health legislation has made yellow fever shots required for all visitors transiting through Kenya, even if only landing at the airport. If your flight or any part of your itinerary passes through Kenya, you DO require a yellow fever shot. You must have this shot 10 days prior to arrival at the Tanzania border.
 

Cholera - According to 1973 WHO guidelines, a cholera vaccination is no longer required for entry into Tanzania. However, there are regular outbreaks of cholera throughout the country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.

Typhoid - Vaccination against typhoid is advised but not required.

Malaria - Risk exists all year throughout the country below 1800m (5906ft) - however most of the Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Arusha area is above the malaria zone. Mefloquine, doxycycline or atovaquone/ proguanil are recommended.

HIV/AIDS - There is a risk of contracting AIDS if the necessary precautions are not taken. It is advisable
to take a kit of sterilized syringe needles for any possible injections needed, as well as drip needles for
emergencies.