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A valid passport and visa are required for all visiting Tanzania. Nowadays, it has been made possible to obtain a visa at any entry point of country. It costs US$50. However, we still advise that these arrangements be done well before your arrival.
The Tanzania currency unit is called the Tanzanian Shilling. It is available in both coins and notes/bills. There are Bureau De Change in various parts of Arusha and Dar es Salaam where you can get a better rate. Although the American dollar is largely acceptable, it is advisable to pay for drinks and other services in local currency. The black market has generally disappeared after the introduction of a liberalized economy in the region. The use of Credit Cards is still very minimal and subject to additional charge. Also, don't expect to find many cash machines!
Basically, we can talk two different climatic areas; the coast and the upcountry. Most of our Safaris are conducted in the high plains and mountains of the Great Rift. Here the temperatures are quite comfortable year round and the humidity is much lower than in the lowlands or on the coast. At the Coast, tropical climate is experienced throughout the year, very warm and humid. The temperatures range between 27 & 32 degrees centigrade and humidity is over 75%. There are two rainy seasons; the short rains from October to December and the long rains from April to June. Upcountry, the climate is largely affected by the altitude. The diurnal temperatures range between 23 & 27 degrees centigrade. During the night it is quite cold especially in the highland areas.
It is recommended that one takes anti-malaria tabs before coming to Tanzania. It is advised that one consults a physician for a prescription on this treatment well in advance of your departure. There are hospitals in the big cities of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi, and Mwanza. With a small membership fee, the Flying Doctors services are rendered just in case of an emergency while anywhere within the National Parks. These doctors will do an evacuation by flying someone directly to Nairobi for further medical treatment.
Due to the limited space and ability to take everything on the go, there is normally a luggage limit. For the international airlines, the limit is 20kg per person. For the Local flights, the limit is 10kg per person. Our safari vehicles also have limited space. Therefore, the smaller the baggage, the more comfortable it is. Besides bags, one is normally allowed to take with them a camera, and a small backpack. It's best to avoid bringing hard luggage unless you are carrying sensitive camera equipment.
It is advised that you wear clothing that breathes easily. For example, a pair of trousers (jeans), pairs of shorts, cotton clothes, or similar are recommended. T-shirts or light cotton shirts, a sweater/jacket, two pairs of light shoes, including. Light boots. A swim suit for those going to the beaches. In the highland areas with an altitude of over 1500meters, lie Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, etc, temperatures can be considerably cold, reaching 5 degrees centigrade at night. For this it is important that one takes some warm clothing if going on safari to these areas. By following these guidelines normally one does his/her safari comfortably with no fears of excess luggage that could be left behind in instances if taking a local flight within the National Parks.
Our safaris are normally done in 4x4 safari vehicles. Transfers are through our own private minibus, or with leased 25 seat coaches.
Normal camera equipment is allowed in without any problem. When one takes a picture of the people, they normally will feel offended. So it is extremely important to ask permission before doing so. In particular the Massai people can get quite upset at this offense, so please use your best judgment.
The electric current is normally 220-240 volts. Generally all the hotels and lodges will have sockets that will enable one to use your electric shaver, or recharge your camera batteries. It is recommended that you also bring a universal adapter to avoid problems.
Telephones and Fax
In Dar es Salaam an Arusha it is easy to call directly to your home country or even send a fax. In the remote areas of the national parks, communication is done by radio.
Water & Food
Food is very good in both lodges and our mobile camping safaris. A better part of the hotels are mainly of a standard level, two or three star. We recommend that you always drink bottled water throughout your stay. A variety of soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available. During the safari the accommodation is normally on a Full Board basis except drinks which one has to pay for directly.
Meals in the Camp
Delicious 3 course meals cooked in open air are served in a spacious mess tent. Selection of salads carefully washed with boiled water (and served with vinegar dressing), soup, meat, fish and vegetable, pasta or rice, fresh fruits and cakes for dessert are part of our menus. A selection of local beers is available as well as mineral water and soft drinks. It's suggested that clients bring their favorite hard alcoholic beverage or purchase in Arusha before beginning the safari.
One stands to buy very good souvenirs whose prices depend on the quality of a given item and on the ability of the buyer to bargain. Wooden carvings, single carvings, precious gemstones and a variety of handcrafts are all available. Buying can be done in both Tanzania shilling and the American Dollar.
Although the security level is nowhere near that of western cities, it is advisable to take some precaution. This is mainly with the big cities. Please avoid walking in the dark alone. In the parks, hotels, beaches, basically anywhere out of the larger cities it is absolutely safe.
Tipping is regarded as a normal and essential part of the safari for any good service rendered. This is not different from the American style. This is with waiters, guides camping staff, porters etc.
The Fourways Difference
At FOURWAYS, we personally design and lead all our safaris. Thanks to our knowledge of Tanzania, we can offer our clients the possibility of escaping routes and crowded tourist lodges. We allow you plenty of time to absorb the magic of Africa and live the adventure of the open spaces. Our guides are famous for their all day game drives, knowledge of wildlife and experts at seeking out the rare sights of Africa.
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