Travel advices

Travel advise

·         When travelling to an exotic country like Tanzania there are some precautions you should take whilst preparing for your trip. The first thing you should do is to visit your local travel vaccine office and get information on all the vaccines that you need in Tanzania. If you are on prescribed medication, make sure you get a list of these with authorization from your doctor to take with you to Tanzania. Make sure you take the adequate medication to cover your whole stay here and keep them in your hand luggage in case of lost luggage. You also need to have your vaccination card with you in case they ask for it at the border/airport in Tanzania.

·         There are some visa requirements in Tanzania, so make sure that you check these out at the embassy of your country. For most countries you can thus get the visa issued at the airport in Tanzania and there are fees of USD 50 for most countries (USD 100 if you are from USA and a few other countries). Make sure you have this with you in cash.

·         Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after you return from Tanzania.

·         It is wise to bring a good amount of American dollars (this is the foreign money most frequently used in Tanzania) as well as a visa card. 

·         Mosquito spray for tropical mosquitoes. Even if you are taking prophylaxes against malaria getting bitten of mosquitoes is not pleasant. You can, however, buy good mosquito stuff for a small amount of money most places in Tanzania as well.

·         High protection sunscreen for the strong African sun and a good Aloe Vera body lotion, sun cap and sun glasses.

·         Small medical kit with basics like antibacterial  cream, plasters, Imodium against diarrhea, antibacterial hand wipes, cotton pads, moisturizing eye drops for dusty conditions, a pair of good tweezers to remove clinging insects etc.

·         Torch, a pin knife, money belt for carrying hard currency, passport and other documents, light natural fabric clothes, good pair of walking shoes, light sandals, hat or cap to protect from the heat, some short sleeve t-shirts and skirts or trousers that covers your knees as there are huge Muslim populations in some areas and it is considered offensive for women to show knees, shoulders and big cleavage in these areas. Be especially aware of this in rural areas and during the Ramadan period. 

·         Avoid to travel to Tanzania in the rainy season (March-May) if you do not like heavy rainfall. Also be aware of heavy wind in December.

·         It is advisable that you have a full coverage travel insurance. We are not liable for any damages, personal or otherwise, and we can not offer travel insurance, although we can refer you to an appropriate insurance company here.

·         Although we will try our very best to ensure that you will see all the animals and wildlife that you expect to see in Tanzania, we can not guarantee it as it is not a zoo and we cannot control the nature life and weather changes.

·         It is a good idea to learn some few greeting phrases in Kiswahili before your visit as this is a great ice breaker when speaking to the locals and a gesture that shows that you want to get to know the people and the culture.


Some cultural things worth knowing:

·         Only use your right hand when shaking people`s hands. The left hand is considered dirty as it is used to clean after toilet visits.

·         Do not smell the food before you taste it. This is a grave insult to the cook (or the host if you are invited home to a local family for dinner).

·         Do not kiss and show too much affection in public if you are not in a very touristy area.

·         Sunbathing topless is illegal in most places in Tanzania.