Prepare for the trip of your dreams!
A trip to Tanzania is an amazing opportunity, but foreign travel can pose unique challenges that should be incorporated into the planning process. For your safety:
- Consider purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance policy in case of medical emergencies, trip emergencies, or unforeseen cancellations. If your credit card offers travel insurance, verify with your card company that all possible scenarios are covered.
- Follow all quoted precautions to best prevent against any regional medical problems, including malaria transmission. Please contact our team or your doctor to be sure you have the most up-to-date information regarding malaria prevention and protection.
- Come prepared with a yellow fever vaccination certificate dated within 10 days of your trip if you are coming from or traveling through yellow fever endemic countries or regions. If you have questions about qualifying areas, we are happy to advise you.
Arriving in Tanzania
International travel has many logistical requirements that may go above and beyond your prior experiences. In order to enjoy your trip without delay, please make sure you are in full compliance with the following rules and policies.
- Check visa requirements fully before planning your trip, and note that different nations may have different regulations. If you plan to purchase your visa upon arrival, be aware that all US dollar bills must be dated 2009 or later.
- African passport restrictions may be different than other locations that you have visited. To guarantee entry, all passports must have at least two blank pages for each country you plan to visit. Additionally, passports should be at least six months from expiration.
- Quoted flight and road transfers are on a shared or scheduled basis, and may be subject to change. Additionally, some charter flights may not be direct. These flights often stop for fuel or to drop off other customers. As such, flight times may vary. Please plan accordingly, and let us know if you have questions.
- All tourists to Tanzania National Park are charged per person and per 24 hour period.
- The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS) and is available in denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000. Exchanges can be made at all international travel hubs as well as most banks. US dollars (after 2006) are also widely accepted throughout Tanzania, but travelers' checks are not.
The Climate of Tanzania
Boasting beautiful weather all year round, Tanzania is a wonderful place to visit. However, climate can vary from one season to the next, so let us know if you have any questions about the weather during your trip.
Rain is most prevalent in March, April, May, and November, with June, July, and August serving as the cooler months. Due to Tanzania's diverse geography, temperatures are often pleasant, averaging 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit), with highs reaching 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) during the warmest part of the year.
Packing for Your Tanzanian Adventure
Tanzania is a vibrant country with much to offer. In order to enjoy your trip as much as possible, packing accordingly is very important.
On your safari trips, you will be spending a lot of time outside, so comfortable clothing is a must. While the afternoons and evenings are warm, mornings can be quite chilly, so come prepared with both hot and cold weather clothes for all-day enjoyment.
For a successful excursion, be sure to include:
- Clothing in camouflage and neutral shades; avoid dark blue and black, as these colors can attract tsetse flies
- Both long and short sleeved shirts; short sleeves will keep you cool during the day while long sleeves will protect against sunburn, mosquitoes, and tsetse flies
- Comfortable shorts or skirts that are easy to walk in
- Jeans or safari pants for cooler evening events
- Lightweight, waterproof sweatshirts and jackets
- Swimwear and beach attire
- Comfortable walking shoes that can be worn for hours without irritation
- Sun protection, including sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and SPF lip balm
- Strong insect repellent, enough to last the duration of your trip
- Binoculars and camera equipment
- A universal plug or adapter for square three-pin plugs
In addition to clothing and equipment, first aid supplies are also highly recommended. Pack with prevention in mind, including bandages, disinfectant, over-the-counter pain medication, allergy medication, anti-nausea medication, gauze, and any other basic medical supplies that could be necessary during your travels. If you take any prescriptions, please be sure to bring enough medication with you to cover the entirety of your trip.