English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili can be useful and will be appreciated greatly by locals.
Major foreign currencies US$- and travelers cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureaux de change in the main town and tourist areas. Credit card are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. ernational credit cards, but ATM are not available elsewhere. Visitors may be expected to pay in foreign currency for game parks. Don’t change money in the street.
Yellow fever vaccination is no longer compulsory. Malaria is endemic but is preventable: use insect repellent, cover up at sundown, sleep under the mosquito net and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring
prescription medicines, spare glasses, contact lenses and solution as well as sunscreen a first aid kit, cream for bites/stings and diarrhea remedy. Drink only boiled or bottled water, bottled or canned drinks, avoid ice cubes and salads. HIV/Aids is widespread, especially in the main tourist areas. (See Mt. Kilimanjaro Section for altitude sickness advice.)
Generally dry and hot with cool night/mornings June-October; short rains November to mid December; long rains March-May but the season can vary. the coastal strip is hot and humid all year round. Temperatures on Mount
Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.
Pack lightweight, washable clothes plus a sweater for early morning game drives, as well as a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in light-coloured fabrics help discourage insect bites. You can buy clothes in Dar es Salaam and Arusha short for women area acceptable (but not too short!). Women should carry a wrap to covers legs in the villages and town as revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and Moslem area. On the beach and within the confines of beach hotels normal swimwear is accepted (but not nudity).
Distances in Tanzania are vast, and travel by road can be wearing. Plan to spend more time in fewer parks. You’ll see more and won’t return home exhausted. keep your distance from animal and be quite to avoid distressing the
wildlife. Follow instruction of range or guides. Don’t leave your vehicle in the parks except in designated places. Keep to recognized tracks to avoid damaging vegetation.
Bring film (especially slide film) and batteries for your camera with you. Protect your cameras from dust and keep equipment and film cool. It is courteous to ask permission before photographing local people. If you intend to take a lot of people pictures, be sure to bring an instant camera with you so that you can leave a picture with the people you photograph.
Take out travel insurance to cover loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident
Not obligatory, but a tip for exceptional service (max 10%) will be appreciated $10- $15 per day for driver or tour guide. An excessive tip can make it difficult for the next customer.
3 hrs + GMT.
230V, but power failures, surges and toughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.
TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN
Tanzania love children and are especially helpful to mother. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns.
Check current requirement with the nearest Tanzania High Commission, embassy or consulate, or your travel agent. Visas if required can be bought on arrival at all International airport and overland borders.
Tanzania is a generally safe country, but don’t invite temptation. Keep an eye on your belongings. Don’t walks in the town or cities at night- take a tax. Don’t carry cameras orn large amount of cash; beware of pickpocket. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable Jewellery at home.
Don’t indiscriminately hand out pens, money and sweets like a wealthy Western Santa claus- it just encourages begging. As any where, gift should be given as a true expression of friendship, appreciation or thanks.
The tourist areas and hotel sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelley and trinkets. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside curio stalls.