A passport is required that is still valid for at least six months after the date of departure. A visa is required and costs approximately EUR 50.00 or USD 50,00 per person. The visa can be obtained at the Tanzania Embassy in your country or upon arrival at one of the international airports of Tanzania (not applicable to all nationalities). For a visa application in Tanzania, you do not need a photograph or a copy of a ticket, which are required by the embassies.
For more information on Embassy and Consulates of Tanzania please visit www.embassiesabroad.com
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling. You can take cash Euro's, Pounds or Dollars and exchange these at the airport or in your hotel or lodge for Tanzanian Shillings. In many locations like in your accommodation or in souvenir shops people prefer payments in U.S. Dollars, you will get back your change in U.S. Dollars or Shilling mostly with a normal exchange rate. In most places payments with credit card are also welcome. In the bigger cities there are also opportunities to get money through an ATM (cash machines), but when you are on safari there is often no opportunity and it is better to make arrangements in advance. When buying a souvenir in Tanzania it is customary to bargain a good price with the seller.
When you travel to Tanzania, there are no mandatory vaccinations, but you are urgently advised to get some of them.
The following vaccinations are recommended:
DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio): If you are previously vaccinated (such as in childhood) it is sufficient to have one injection every 15 years. When this is not the case, you should get two DTP injections with at least an interval of four weeks before you leave and get third one after six months. The duration of the protection is 15 years.
Yellow fever: At least 10 days before departure the injection must be obtained. The duration of protection is 10 years. When you travel to multiple destinations in Africa a stamp for proof of vaccination is mandatory.
Hepatitis A: one vaccination for hepatitis gives protection for a year and can best be obtained two weeks before departure. When another vaccination is administered after half a year of the first one the protection lasts ten years.
It is also increasingly advised to include Hepatitis B to your vaccination list as well. Most of Tanzania is also considered a malaria area and you can take various types of anti-malarial drugs for prevention. The recommendations may change and it is important to speak to a specialist for the exact information that applies to you.
By far the best way to prevent getting malaria is to make sure mosquito's simply can not bite you. We recommend that you bring along a good anti-mosquito repellent with a high percentage of DEET. For the tours we organize, it is not necessary to bring a mosquito net with you, unless specifically stated otherwise.
During the safari it is usual to wear informal casual clothing, preferably of cotton. During the day shorts are a good choice and after sunset long pants are recommended to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. A sweater or jacket can be very pleasant for the early mornings and cooler evenings. In addition comfortable shoes are also recommend. For female travellers we advise a strong and comfortable bra. The roads are not always as good as somebody wishes and a solid bra can certainly be useful. Most places have a pool, so do not forget your swimsuit. Tanzania is located directly on the equator and the sun can be very powerful. It is sensible to take a hat or cap, as well as sun cream with high protection and sunglasses on safari with you.
Internet: Tanzania is a country where in many places Internet is available and also in daily life using the web is integrated. At various accommodations you can use a computer with internet, but the speed may not always be what you are used to. When you are really on safari you must keep in mind that you cannot often make use of the Internet. Mobile telephones: in Tanzania there are 3 different networks (Safaricom, Zain and Orange), which together have created a pretty strong network. It is surprising that even in the Serengeti or in other remote areas you can be reached by mobile phone. However, if you travel to remote areas do not count on an available network range. In and around cities you usually have excellent opportunities to make a mobile telephone call. When you arrive in Tanzania you can buy a mobile sim card at the airport and make calls in East Africa for a good price.
International calls: when you want to make a call abroad during your visit to Tanzania it can be pretty expensive, especially at the hotels. It is often a better idea to call with your own mobile phone.
It is recommended to avoid drinking tap water and to be careful with the use of ice cubes. Boiled water and water sold in sealed bottles are perfectly fine to drink. It is important to drink a lot of water especially in dry and hot areas. Africa Miracles only uses good quality services and accommodation so you can safely eat everything offered in the accommodation. However you should still be careful when out and about.
A journey through East Africa is an introduction to another culture and also meeting with a great variety of different people. You certainly want to capture these encounters on photo or video. Sometimes the local people consider this as an intrusion to privacy. Showing respect, a not too obtrusive attitude and asking if you may take a photograph before pulling out your camera, creates a lot of 'goodwill'. This way the contact with the local people will be a bigger experience then when you are only shooting pictures from a distance. You can charge the batteries of your equipment in most places, but keep in mind that some accommodation does not have power all day.
The accommodations in Tanzania have a voltage of 220-240 volts. The voltage can greatly vary, be careful with sensitive equipment. In addition you need a three-legged plug. If you do not have this then a good idea is to buy a world plug. This allows you to use it worldwide.
It is quite usual in Tanzania to reward someone with a good tip, however of course only if you feel the person deserves it. The salaries in Tanzania are relatively low and what you may consider to be a small tip can be a large amount for the receiving person. For a porter a tip between 800 and 1000 TShs is highly appreciated and a good guideline. In a restaurant leaving a tip of around 10% of the total amount is also custom. If your stay is all-inclusive, you can often use the tip box to make a nice gesture. Again the tip is to be seen as a reward and you determine the amount, but as a guide approximately between 5 and USD 10 per person per day. If you wish you can also give an individual something extra for doing an excellent job. For your guide during the safari a guideline for a good tip is around USD 5 to USD 10 per person per day, but a more personal gift like a good book or a new pair of shoes will certainly also be appreciated.