Why would I choose Tanzania over other safari options?
Tanzania is the most diverse safari destination in Africa, blessed with a stunning physical landscape that gives some of the greatest wildlife experiences on the continent. It is probably most famed for its Northern Parks like Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. Many of these areas are also tribal lands and so you have the added cultural experience to go with the wilderness and wildlife. It is the perfect place to head to if you want to have good mix of game viewing, cultural interaction and scenic diversity.
How do we get there?
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO):
This airport is located in Northern Tanzania. Airlines flying to this airport include: KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, Fastjet, Precision Air, Air Uganda, Air France, Delta Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines.
- Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha town: An approximate 1 hour drive.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) - Nairobi:
This airport is in Kenya but it is just a few hours drive to Tanzania. Flights operating are British Airways, Sabena, KLM Royal Dutch Airline, Ethiopian Airline, Emirates Airline, Gulf Air, Swiss Air, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Regional Air and South African Airways.
- Airport to Nairobi City - Approximate 20minutes.
- Airport to Arusha town - By road: Approximate 4 and a half hours drive with 30 minutes clearance at the Namanga Border (Kenya / Tanzania Border)
Dar-es-Salaam International Airport (DAR):
This airport is in Southern Tanzania. Flights operating are British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airline, Ethiopian Airline, Emirates Airline, Gulf Air, Swiss Air, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania and South African Airways.
- Airport to Dar es Salaam City - An approximate 30 minutes drive.
- Airport to Harbour (Sea port for Hydrofoil Boats to Zanzibar) - approximate 30 minutes drive.
- Dar es Salaam to Arusha by road takes 8 to 9 hours with the Luxury Express TCoach/Bus.
- Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar with a Hydrofoil Boat takes approximate 90 minutes.
Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ):
Flights which operate, are Ethiopian Airline, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Zan Air, Precision Air, Eagle Air and Coastal Air.
- Airport to Zanzibar Stone town or Harbour (Sea port for Pemba or Dar es Salaam Hydrofoils) - approximate 20 minutes drive.
- Airport to Beach Resort - Approximate 1 hour.
- Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by Sea - Hydrofoil Boats: 90 minutes.
How do we travel around the country?
Travel around Tanzania is mainly done in four-wheel drive safari vehicles. You will also most likely fly between some locations on small aircraft as this is easy and maximises you time game-viewing.
If there was one thing I shouldn't miss, what would you recommend?
We would say the Serengeti National Park every time! The Serengeti will always have a surprise in store for you, be it when you are out in the bush experiencing the wonder of the great wildebeest and zebra migration, or when searching for the big cats. There is always so much action here. Together with Serengeti, Ngorongoro is also a highlight of Northern Circuit.
Is Tanzania safe?
Like anywhere it is advisable to keep your valuables with you and not on show. Of course, there are many wild animals and you must always listen to the advice of your guides. On most of our trips you will be looked after by our representatives and will be met and transferred to all locations, so you are well looked after.
Can I drink the tap water?
You should not drink the tap water, but instead drink bottled water. It is always best to check the bottle is sealed when you receive it.
Is English widely spoken?
Yes the majority of people who you will meet will speak English. Although over 100 different languages are spoken across Tanzania, the official languages are KiSwahili (it is definitely worth learning the basics before you go) and English.
Should I expect very basic facilities in all Tanzania hotels and lodges?
This really does depend on where you are staying, but accommodation ranges across the country from basic lodges to the ultimate in luxury hotels.
What is the local food like?
Most of the time you will be eating in your lodge or camp, which will be of a good standard. It’s always better to advise us prior to travel if you have any specific requests, as lodges do need to bring in food especially. Some places are a long way from towns so are unable to get supplies in at short notice.
When you are staying in bigger towns there are normally many eating-out options. Indian restaurants are plentiful, due to the high resident Indian population, and also pizzerias and continental restaurants are numerous. On the coast seafood is normally superb – my favourite and something we always recommend.
Local cuisine tends to be made up a stew, which includes one of the following - rice, chapati, ugali (a kind of maize porridge) or matoke (cooked banana). The most common stews are beef, chicken, goat and beans. Fish is also used in towns near the coasts and lakes. Swahili cuisine tends to be a bit spicier than other Tanzanian food.
If you do eat local food it is best to ask the advice of your guide, but it can be a great experience and one you shouldn’t miss!
How much of a culture shock is travelling to Tanzania?
It really does depend on where you have travelled previously, but Tanzania is a poor country and you will need to be prepared to see poverty as is the case throughout Africa. Although many people have very little, you’ll feel very welcomed and hopefully will learn more about the local cultures and traditions.
How can I contribute to the local economy and conservation programmes?
Buying local foods and produce is a good direct way to contribute to the local economy. Also buying presents for people back home adds to local income. If you are interested in any specific areas - schools, conservation programmes, etc then we can normally arrange for you to visit and find out more.
Do I need to get any vaccinations ahead of travel and/or malaria tablets?
Yes, you will need to speak to your GP or travel clinic to find out what is required. Tanzania is malarial. Remember to do this at least six weeks ahead of travel.
Please note the following applies for passengers traveling to Tanzania:
As Tanzania is a country at risk of being infected by yellow fever Health officials have instructed that from 14th January 2008 all HEALTH SURVEILLANCE DESKS in Tanzania have been reinstalled in all borders, ports and international airports. From Monday 21st January 2008 all passengers travelling To Tanzania will be required to produce a valid yellow fever certificate upon arrival in any entry point in Tanzania.
The vaccination needs to be administered at least 10 days before travel to Tanzania. This will not be applicable for travelers coming directly from Europe to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar Es Salaam International Airport (now known as Julius Nyerere International Airport) on direct flights, such that they did not cross / transit through an endemic country they will not need Yellow Fever Vaccination. (It is recommend that yellow fever vaccination should be administered for self-protection against the risk of exposure to the disease, although it is not mandatory - suggested by WHO).
For all travelers coming from Europe via or transiting through an endemic country, e.g. via Nairobi or Addis Ababa, they will need a Yellow Fever Vaccination card. This also applies to passengers in transit in airports where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission, e.g. clients arriving on an international flight in Nairobi or Addis Ababa and connecting a regional flight within the airport to Kilimanjaro or Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar.
Yellow Fever Endemic Zone in Africa includes Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Togo, Benin, Sao Tome, and Principe, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Republic of Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somali, Sudan and Equatorial Guinea.
Yellow Fever Endemic Zone in America includes Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Bolivia.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION ON ARRIVAL AT Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) & DAR ES SALAAM International Airport
Yellow fever vaccination is provided at Kilimanjaro and Dar Es Salaam airports at a cost of U.S.$ 50.00 per Passenger. This is for passengers who are required to hold a yellow fever vaccination certificate but have none on arrival in Tanzania.
On arrival, international & regional passengers must first go to the health desk then to the Immigration desk; no passport will be accepted at immigration desk without a stamp from Health Desk.
I am pregnant, can I travel to Tanzania?
Again it is always best to consult your doctor on whether and if you should travel.