WHEN TO GO
Safari is an exciting and adventurous vacation. Tanzania is in the south of equator, but the climate is very pleasant throughout the year because of the high altitude. A large part of East Africa is savannah.. In June to October , morning and evening can be quite cool. Daytime temperatures often warm up quite nicely. In October to February, afternoon temperatures can climb well into the 90s Fahrenheit. The sun is very strong. The coast is always pretty hot and humid, particularly during the rains, but is cooler and more pleasant the rest of the year. There are two rainy seasons: Long rains in March/May, Short rains in November/ December. Given the influence of global warming, these rains aren’t as regular or as intense as they once were.
Communication in some other areas is difficult, but you will have a good mobile phone network , internet connections are available in some safari lodges and Tented Camps in Tanzania.
- Calling within Tanzania: The "0" in the regional code is used only for calls placed from other areas within the country.
- Calling Tanzania from abroad: To call from abroad, dial the international access number 00, then the country code +255, then the area code, (e.g., 22 for Dar es Salaam), and then the telephone number, which should have six or seven digits.
- Mobile Phones: Vodacom, Airtel Tanzania, Zantel and Tigo Tanzania are the main service providers in Tanzania. The best option is to bring your own mobile phone (if it's not locked to a particular network) or rent a phone and buy a SIM card on arrival. The starter packs for pay-as-you-go cell phones are very reasonable. You’ll have to buy credit for your phone, but this is easily done at shops or roadside vendors.
Telephone service providers
Local time is GMT + 3
Official language: Kiswahili and English
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Malaria is the biggest health threat in Tanzania, so be vigilant about taking anti-malarias and applying bugs spray. Consult with your doctor or travel clinic before leaving home for up-to-date anti-malarial medication. The current anti-malaria drug choice is Malarone, although you should consult your physician for his or her recommendation for you.
Yellow Fever Vaccine is required for entry into Tanzania. Please make sure you obtain this vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in Tanzania. You must carry with you the Immunization card that you are given when you get the vaccine. Visitors unable to show proof of vaccination will most likely be refused entry but it may be possible to be vaccinated on arrival at a cost of approx. US $ 50 per person.
-The International Society of Travel Medicine’s website (www.istm.org) contains the list of travel clinics worldwide where you can go get the Yellow Fever vaccine.
It's imperative to use strong sunscreen: remember you’re just below the equator, where the sun is at its hottest. Stick to bottled water and ensure that the bottle seal is unbroken. Put your personal medications in your carry-on baggage and bring copies of prescriptions.
The Flying Doctors Service offered by AMREF provides air evacuation services for medical emergencies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda or anywhere within a 1,000-km (621-mile) radius of Nairobi. The planes fly out of Nairobi's Wilson Airport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They also provide transportation between medical facilities, fly you back to Europe, Asia, or North America, or provide you with an escort if you're flying on a commercial carrier.
- USA. Embassy (686 Old Bagamoyo Rd., Msasani, Dar es Salaam. 022/229–4000. tanzania.usembassy.gov.)
- German Embassy (Umoja House, Garden Ave. & Mirambo St., Msasani, Dar es Salaam. 022/211–2944. daressalam.diplo.de.)
- Italian Embassy (316 Lugalo Rd., Upanga, Msasani, Dar es Salaam. 022/211–5938. ambdaressalaam.esteri.it.)
- United Kingdom Embassy (Umoja House, Garden Ave., Msasani, Dar es Salaam. 022/229–0000. gov.uk/government/world/tanzania.)
- Police Hotline (112.)
- Medical-Assistance Companies
- The Flying Doctors Service (022/211–6610 in Dar es Saalam; 022/212–7187 in Arusha. flydoc.org.)
The regulated currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh). Notes are 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000. At this writing, the exchange rate was about Tsh 2,100 to US$1.
To avoid administrative hassles, keep all foreign-exchange receipts until you leave the region, as you may need them as proof when changing any unspent local currency back into your own currency at the airport when you leave. Don't leave yourself with any shillings—you won't be able to change them outside of Tanzania.
Please do not bring US dollars notes post dated 2006. Older and torn notes are not accepted in Tanzania. Most large hotels accept U.S and Tanzanian shillings and take all major credit cards at a surcharge of 10%.
Bargaining, especially at marketplaces, is part of the shopping experience. But always be aware of the exchange rate and pay appropriately—you do not want to underpay, but you also do not want to be charged exorbitant "tourist" prices.
ATMS AND BANKS
There are banks and ATMs in all major cities; you can draw cash directly from an ATM in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, and Stone Town in Zanzibar. Most ATMs accept Cirrus, Plus, Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa, and MasterCard. The best place to withdraw cash is at an indoor ATM, preferably one guarded by a security officer. Most machines won’t let you withdraw more than the equivalent of about $200 at a time which you will receive in local Tshs.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Most visitors require a visa to enter Tanzania. You can purchase one on arrival at USD $ 50, or USD $ 100 cash for US passport holders. Passports must be valid for six months after your planned departure date from Tanzania. However, if possible, get your visa ahead of time to avoid the long lines and headaches. . If you plan to fly to Nairobi, Kenya and then travel to Tanzania, then you are required to purchase a multiple entry visa to enter Kenya. Visas are valid for three months and allow multiple entries.You will need a valid yellow fever certificate to enter and exit Tanzania.
It is strongly advised that every client purchase a trip insurance. You can contact any trip insurance company that you choose, and they can answer any questions that you might have regarding the insurance they offer, what is covered and what options would be best suited for your trip.
HINTS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
Tented Camps and Lodges provide electrical outlets for charging digital camera batteries, please remember to bring your battery charger, and charge your battery in the evenings or you can charge them in the vehicle. It is also helpful to travel with an extra camera battery.
Bring several memory cards. It is not unusual to shoot 1GB per day on safari, so the more memory cards you have the better
Telephoto lenses (300mm or stronger) on digital SLR cameras, or point-and –shoot cameras with a least a 10x Optical Zoom will serve you best.
Tripods can be bulky and require a lot of space. Please be respectful of the other travelers in your safari vehicles, who most likely also want to take pictures, and limit tripod use to those occasions when you are in a private vehicle, or in a vehicle with only one or two other people.
In Tanzania, it is illegal to take photos of the president, anyone in official uniform, police, army, military installations and airport facilities.
It is also considered very poor manners to take photos of the local people, including tribes, without their permission, please ask your driver/guide who will advice you on this. There will be many amazing photo’s that you will want to capture along the way on your safari.
THE GATE WAY TO TANZANIA
Dar es Salaam International Airport – Dar es Salaam
KLM, Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, British Airways, Precision Air, Swiss Air, Qatar Air, Emirates
-From Dar Es Salaam International Airport you can connect Precision Air, Coastal Aviation to Kilimanjaro International Airport
- From Dar es Salaam to Arusha by road there are buses departing every morning
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
KLM, Condor Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Kenya, Precision Air
-From Jomo Kenyata International Airport you can connect Air Kenya, Kenya Airways, Precision Air to Dar es Salaam International Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport
THROUGH NAMANGA BOARDER-FROM NAIROBI:
By Shuttle buses from Nairobi/ Jomo Kenyata to Arusha, departs daily twice Morning at 08.00 AM , and afternoon at 2.00 PM
By Shuttle buses from Nairobi/ Jomo Kenyata to Arusha, departs daily twice Morning at 08.00 AM , and afternoon at 2.00 PM
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
The confirmation of a booking for a chosen safari is regarded as a contract between the client and Restoration Safaris, in which the client agrees to the terms and conditions set out therein. Upon confirmation of a reservation, Restoration Safaris will immediately request a 30% non-repayable deposit of the total price for a chosen safari. The contract comes into effect as soon as the deposit payment is received. Up until that point, the correspondence between the Company and the client is treated as a quotation, subject to price increases, eg increases in park fees entrance fees, government levies are subject to increase often without due warning and are subject to change without notice and the availability of the option being quoted for. The balance of the amount to be paid at least 45 days before departure date. All payments are to be made in US Dollars unless an arrangement was made with us for payment in another currency.
Cancellation by you:
A cancellation of a reservation must be in writing by email from the the same individual as on the original confirmation.
- In respect of a cancellation 0-15 days or less prior to departure: 100% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited!
- In respect of cancellation from 16 days to 60 days prior to departure 50% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited.
- In respect of a cancellation from 61 days to 90 days prior to departure: 30% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited.
Cancellation by the Company:
Though is very rare for the company to cancel a safari already booked. But if Restoration Safaris has to cancel your safari in any other circumstances before departure, we will do our best to offer you a safari to equivalent standard or will give you a full refund.
Restoration Safaris shall take due care in the conduct of its business in respect of:
-the preparations made for each safari and / or reservation
- the correctness of each itinerary
- the selection and supervision of services rendered by others
- the proper execution of its duties as specified in the Contract.
CHANGE OF PLANS:
No refunds will be made for a change of itinerary during the trip or for services reserved but not utilised. Clients should be insured for such instances. Restoration Safaris will charge US$ 25 per person (subject to change) for every amendment and/or change to an already confirmed booking.
WHILE ON SAFARI
PASSPORTS, DOCUMENTS AND VALUABLES
Please make sure that you keep your passport, documents and any other valuables with you at all times! We recommend that a copy of these documents should be made and kept in another safe place in case something happens to the originals. Never leave valuables alone and remember you are on safari, so expensive and valuable jewellery is not necessary.
Every area (anywhere in the world) can be unsafe at times. Please take common precautions at all times and never walk alone especially at night or in run-down areas. The animals in the bush and the ones that you may see on safari are wild and should not be approached! Animals may roam freely around so be observant and cautious when walking from place to place. As for photographers don’t get too close to the animals when trying to get a clear shot.
Please be on time when you meet your vehicles for the game drives. If you run late you may delay the rest of the trip or miss something wonderful!
In built-up areas the water is safe to drink , however, some areas it is not safe to drink the tap water at all! So we rather recommend that you drink bottled water at all times to prevent any illness. Do not use the tap water to rinse your mouth when brushing your teeth! Every lodge/camp provides bottle water in the rooms. Ice is generally fine to consume, but sometimes it is better to be cautious. We advise you to rather drink bottled water at all times in Tanzania!
FOOD AND DRINKS
Africa is famous for its fruit and fresh vegetables, which can be enjoyed all around in Africa, Fruit and Vegetables should be peeled before eating. Food on safari is good and plentiful. You will find plenty of food varieties in the buffet in the hotels/ lodges/tented camps. In camping you will have your cook who will prepare all your meals. Vegetarians or others with dietary restrictions can be easily be accommodated with advance notice. . Drinks (including spirits) and cigarettes can be bought in most areas but are normally quite expensive.
A lot of areas in Africa are affected by Malaria – we strongly recommend that you take your anti-malaria medication. Take your medication exactly as its prescribed and directed, don’t skip any medication!
POWER AND ELECTRICITY
Most places (hotels, lodges) have electricity. But we always recommend that you should take a flash light with you on safari. Always remember if you plug something in (e.g.: One of your appliances) there may be a different voltage! The usual voltage is 220V-240V. If your appliance does not match this voltage you need to bring a converter with you as some lodges may not have a converter for you to use. Our safari vehicles have a built in invetors for you to charge your phones and camera batteries
Earth tones like khaki , green or tan are preferred colors for walks and game drives on safari because they help you blend in with the environment, trousers, long sleeves shirts, jacket for the evening to protect you from the cold and mosquito bites. Windbreak jackets , lightweight comfortable shoes (like sneakers) boots for walking/biking, also sandals , sunglasses, hat, sunscreen lotion also insect repellent with at least 30% DEET or equivalent.
Tipping is common in East Africa, and for services rendered. Driver/guide, the suggested amount is USD$ 25 to US$ 50 per couple per day, if he has gone out his way for you then you may wish to give him more, Camp Cook $ 25 per couple per day. For a two or three stay at a lodge or hotel, a tip of US$ 8 to US$ 10 per day for room steward. Porters US$ 1 or more. In some of the lodges/Tented camps there is a staff tip box, for Cooks, dishwashers, laundry , US$ 5 to 10 per traveler per day, a Normal tipping is 10% of the bill for drinks and food. It's a good idea to carry a number of small-denomination bills U.S. dollars are acceptable almost everywhere, but if you're planning to go to more remote places, then shillings are preferred.
Your driver/guide is complete with experience, information and knowledge of all the areas that you will travel to. Be sure to ask them lots of questions and feel free to chat with them about anything regarding your safari.