Planning a Trip to Tanzania

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Tanzania Tourist Information  
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
If you're planning to do Kilimanjaro there are 3 things I recommend. 1. take walking poles! if you use them it helps to save your legs just that little bit more, and it helps when you are coming back down because if you're anything like me you will fall over - a lot! 2. eat as much as possible! You'll need it! 3. drink as much as you can! I know the toilets are disgusting but they are much better than altitude sickness and dehydration!
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Tanzania Internet & Communications  
Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Travel tips, car hire,safari information and kilimanjaro climbing in Tanzania. tanzanitesafaris.com-http://www.kili-tanzanitesafaris.com
Travel tips and wildlife safari information

(A) Travel, vacation holidays to Tanzania. The most stunning tourist attractions in Tanzania are those natural resources available in Tanzania which are unique and found only in Tanzania.
(i) Mount Kilimanjaro National Park: The highest mountain in Africa 5895m/19340ft, with its peak covered with snow throughout the year. It is a volcanic mountain and easier mountain for normal people (without technical expert) can climb successful. There are six routes named Marangu, Rongai, Machame, Shira, Umbwe, Londrosi/Lemosho. You can climb through one of the routes to the Summit.
(ii) Serengeti National Park, with the Great Wildebeest Migration, Kopjes (where cats hide there), Great Rivers like Grumeti (where crocodiles survive), and large plain.
(iii) Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Ngorongoro Crater). – NCA: NCA is often called ‘African Eden’ and the ‘Eight Wonder of the Natural World’, Man and Biosphere Reserve.
(iv) Zanzibar spice Island (Unguja and Pemba).
(v) Selous Game Reserve. There are more details on selected Most Top Tourist destinations, go on reading.
(B) Adventure Activities to be done in Tanzania. -Safaris, wildlife safaris. This is a tour to National parks and Game reserves to view wild animals, plants and geographical features like Rivers, Lakes and so on. -Climbing, trekking, and mountaineering. Mountains Kilimanjaro, Meru and Oldonyo Lengai -Walking Safaris, birdwatching and ecotourism. Nature lovers would like also to go deep to come close to nature. -Night game drives safaris, canoeing safaris. This is another optional safari in Tanzania. -Beach holidays. Tour to areas with beach for swimming,snorkeling, scuba diving, dolphin tour, fishing and water sports. Zanzibar island, Mafia island, Dare salaam and Pangani Tanga coasts. Also Lake Victoria coast. -Cultural Tourism: to learn their custom and tradition and interfere with local people. Example Maasai in Ngorongoro Crater and Chagga near Mount Kilimanjaro.
- (C) Helpful travel Tips and information about Tanzania. Exclusive, new dimension helpful info-travel tips for tourists moving to Tanzania. Currently many people from abroad/overseas are seeking information about Tanzania.These people are Tourists/Travelers, Investors, Business people, Researchers, Students, and other group of people.
How to get in to Tanzania; Several major Airlines get into Tanzania; KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines),Condor Airlines and Ethiopian Airways get into lands at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA/JRO) and Dar es salaam International Airport (DIA) daily. British Airways and Swiss Airlines lands at DIA at least twice a week. Other Airlines are South African Airlines (SAA), Emirates, YEMENAIR,Oman Air, Qatar Airways, and Kenya Airways. We have domestic flights network covering all tourists’ destinations in East Africa.Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Zan Air, Coastal Aviation, Regional Air and other small charters.
Hint: Have you heard of Tanzanite Gemstone/jewel? Undoubtfuly you have heard. Tanzanite is a famous and most beautiful blue gemstone found in one place and only in Tanzania. Tanzanite jewel is found sold many places in most countries in the World. When a Traveler get chance to visit Tanzania is high time you have a good luck to purchase Tanzanite in relatively low prices. Just consult your Tour Operator to help you find registered Gemstone Dealers or Jewel Agents.
Immigration: An onward ticket and sufficient funds are required when entering Tanzania. Visas required by all visitors except citizens of the Commonwealth, Scandinavian countries and the Republic of Ireland. It is very easy to get a visa at any Tanzanian embassy abroad. The visa fee depends on the type of passport held. A visitor’s pass is required for all travelers. This can be obtained free from any Tanzanian diplomatic mission or point of entry. It is advisable to get one before you leave home.
When to Visit; Tanzania has a Tropical climate. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights, while the north-west highlands are cool and temperate. June to September is the cooler season. There is no winter here. Temperatures in northern Tanzania range between 60 – 70 degree Fahrenheit during the day and 40 -50 degree Fahrenheit at night from May to October. From November to March, the day –time temperatures varies from70-90 degree Fahrenheit and from 60 – 75 degree Fahrenheit at night.The ‘long rains’ are from March to May and the ‘short rains’ are between October and December. The hottest months are between October and February. On the coast, it rains in November and December. From March to May, Coastal areas are hot and humid although sea breezes cool the area pleasantly between June and September.
Safari Dress; in wildlife lodges and country hotels, the emphasis is on comfort and informality. For ladies light, easy to wash, drip –dry blouses, skirts dresses, light khaki trousers and bush jackets go well. For evenings, light dresses or trouser suits are suitable. For men, drip –dry casual shirts, short khaki trousers and bush jackets are ideal. Evening attire in towns can consist of light suits or long sleeved shirt and tie.Bright colours should be avoided while viewing wildlife. Visitors to Ngorongoro are advised to carry a pullover as it can be chilly after sunset. A bush hat or a scarf for protection against the sun and dust is a must. It is very useful to carry a pair of sunglasses, insect repellent, suntan lotion and a flashlight.
Photographing; It is advisable to ask a permission before photographic any event relating to certain tribes like Maasai, Hadzables, Datoga. These tribes are very conservative and have maintained their original traditional customs. They still do primitive pastoralism, wild fruits gathering and wearing local made materials covering part or half of body. Some Government Institutions and Organizations don’t allow any photographic action to them or near to them. These are Military Camps and Bank of Tanzania just for security purpose.
When on the road and hear traffic hail don’t continue driving or walking, if you have the car park aside or if walking step aside. This is the signal that the top Government Leader is passing like President, Vice President and Prime Minister. Mountain Climbing-Kilimanjaro, Meru and Africa safari packages- Price fluctuations;Park fees entrance to National Parks and Ngorongoro Crater fees has increased but still there is only slight change of price for Travel Packages.
Health: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential if arriving from yellow fever infected areas. Anti-malaria tablets are recommended. Take prescribed drugs a few days prior to arrival, during your stay, and for a short period after returning. Boil or sterilize drinking water and milk. Cook or peel vegetables. Private health insurance is recommended.
Currency; There is no restriction on the importation of foreign currency. Foreign currency can be changed at the bureau de change which offer better rate than the banks. Insurance; you are strongly advised to have your own insurance cover to cover baggage, personal accident and medical expenses.
Tipping; Tipping is not obligatory. Tipping is at the discretion of the visitor and the following should only be used a guideline.
PORTERAGE: US $ 1.00 per bag.
DINING ROOM STAFF: US $ 5.00 per person.
Driver Guide; US $ 15.00 per day.
Mountain climb Guide; US $ 15.00 per day. For outstanding personal service, you may decide to give a higher tip.
Helpful travel tips; Tanzanians are generally very friendly people.
We would like you enjoy your stay in this country therefore : i- Don’t change money in the streets even if you are given a good rate as you might be cheated. Go to bureau change.
ii- Don’t go to too cheaper Tour Operator the services might be too disappointing or vehicles used can broke in the middle of safari, or poor accommodation or any mishap pens like any cheating. Just try to compare prices, and choose, accept the standard prices.
iii- Always ride in registered taxis
iv- Don’t take fastest buses.
v- Never walk unaccompanied at night in poorly –lit streets or along deserted streets.
vi- When shopping in streets bazaars, always bargain. However some prices e.g in restaurants are fixed and you might be mistaken for miser if you start bargaining.
vii- Always choose a guest house or lodge that has a working telephone. I hope above information will give you hint on how to ask specific questions
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Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Safari operators in Arusha abound. Most offer similar itineraries and packages, i.e. the ones that do 'group' safaris as opposed to the more expensive 'private' safaris. Some can, of course, be better than others at keeping their promises - and this can indeed be a basis for selecting. Ask around for their track record if you can. An example is the 'group' they promise - they could, for instance, promise that you would be in a group with a, b and c but you may well find on the day of your safari that you are with x, y and z. This is common in both Tanzania and Kenya. But usually all the ingredients of the safaris are similar, the campsites are common, and guides and drivers are often interchanged between safari companies. So if you are not too fussy, you can pretty much pick up a group safari within a day or so of your arrival in Arusha or Nairobi. I think the whole thing about pre-booking a safari over Internet months in advance is a bit overhyped.
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Tanzania Photography  
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar & Pemba, Tanzania
The city is clean and well kept. Pleasant walks and plenty of opportunities for great photos. Visit the fort. Walk around in the muslim market. Go on one of the trips arranged by local tourism to see the dolphins out in the sea. Includes usually a nice drive and walk in local typical villages. Highly recommended. Get mosquito spray, these are annoying as hell;.and bring malaria (take the profilactic tablets before coming here; talk to your local travel clinic).
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Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
If heading to Ngorongoro Crater near Arusha, bring a wide angle camera lens to capture the huge size of the crater! Be sure to stop at the top for some cool pictures looking down into the "bowl" full of animals.
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Tanzania
I don't know the restrictions for other countries, but Canadians need a visa to get into Tanzania. You have the option to buy it at home or when you get there. If you buy it in Tanzania, you'll pay in $US, so depending on the exchange, you might save money one way or the other. However, if you already have a visa when you get there, you can skip most of the lineup and go straight through while everyone else waits for their photos.
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Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Leopard

In August 2000, I was on Safari in Tanzania, at the lip of the Ngorongoro volcano crater. The crater is about 10 miles across and has some 30,000 large mammals in it. This has got to be a main highlight of any Safari on the northern circuit in Tanzania. After a short map orientation at the park visitors’ center, we drove on up to a scenic overlook. Although usually foggy, from here you can see all the way across the crater. Three million years ago, this was the largest mountain in Africa – then it blew its top.

Normally the guides keep you in you vehicle any time you are outside of camp. While you are in the vehicle, the predators leave you alone. They see the vehicle as one really big, strange animal, but if you leave the vehicle, you are just another part of the food chain. So, it was unusual when the guide let us out at the overlook. You do really have to get out to see the crater, and this is the point where everyone exits the vehicle to get a gander of the park.
I was videotaping the crater – panning from one side to the other – when the guide said: “Everyone back in the Land Rover.” I turned around, and there was a leopard walking down the crater lip road towards us, its tail up and swishing back and forth.

My instant reaction as a photographer was not to get back in the vehicle, but to tape a little of the leopard slipping up from behind. I have enclosed the photo.
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Tanzania Visas & Permits 
Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Stay safe Arusha is a moderately safe city by African standards, though all normal precautions should be observed. Caution should be taken when walking around the central, tourist district during the day as bag-snatching and camera thefts have been reported. Increasingly tourists are being held up at machete point, even during the day. It is not advisable to walk at night, alone or in groups - cabs are plentiful but fares should always be agreed upon at the start of a journey. When walking in any part of the city beyond the central district, it is advisable to take a guide.
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Stone Town, Zanzibar & Pemba, Tanzania
When visiting Stone Town, try to stay in one of the smaller hotels in the old city near the fortress. The city is safe during the day, but avoid walking around alone in the night. People are friendly and of course trying to sell you everything.. 
For the best sun set, go to the Afrika House and enjoy the view with a nice drink. 
For food: there are many nice places to eat; go at least once to the small beach to have dinner. Overall, the food is inexpensive and of a good quality.
There are only a few banks in the old town and that's where you have to get/exchange money. There are no ATM's in the town other than in the bank. 
When visiting during Ramadan, take the customs into account (dress modest, no eating and drinking on the street during the day) and you will receive lots of respect from the local population.
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Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania
be prepared to haggle bring visa cards, not mastercards cover yourselves suncream
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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Traveling to Africa was amazing. I've always wanted to go there. Keep in mind, you have have to have an open mind as far as ways and quality of life compared to what we are used to in the states. Climbed Mt. Kili which was a challenge but worth the effort; however did get every symptom of altitude sickness. Definitely recommend taking the altitude pills (can't remember the name of them) The sky is beautiful, especially at night. After the climb, we stayed off the rim of Ngorogoro Crater and depending on the day, going into the crater can be exciting (it's just like shown on tv) with the lions, elephants, hyena, zebras, monkies, you name it. It is here where I learned my new favorite animal is the cheetah. They are so lean and exotic looking, especially when one crosses your path. Experienced bargaining with the locals, and being entertained by tribes of the area (mainly Masai and Chaga in the area). Buy in bulk...it is a big difference in price and although they do take card, paying in cash is way cheaper. Begging are common practice for some, but for the most part, I found the people content with their way of life. Don't be mistaken, they will do any kind of work for a quick buck but overall, they are just living like the rest of us. If traveling to Tanzania/Kenya area, I would recommend staying at least two weeks, and still that probably will not feel like enough time. Also, you must have shot records with you. Molaria pills are good to have and I believe yellow fever shot is required when traveling through Kenya. Also, I recommend printing out how much it cost to get visa for the country because I knew it to cost $50 and customs definitely doubled the price when I arrived so it is good to know that sort of thing in advance.
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Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Travel tips, car hire,safari information and kilimanjaro climbing in Tanzania. tanzanitesafaris.com-http://www.kili-tanzanitesafaris.com
Travel tips and wildlife safari information

(A) Travel, vacation holidays to Tanzania. The most stunning tourist attractions in Tanzania are those natural resources available in Tanzania which are unique and found only in Tanzania.
(i) Mount Kilimanjaro National Park: The highest mountain in Africa 5895m/19340ft, with its peak covered with snow throughout the year. It is a volcanic mountain and easier mountain for normal people (without technical expert) can climb successful. There are six routes named Marangu, Rongai, Machame, Shira, Umbwe, Londrosi/Lemosho. You can climb through one of the routes to the Summit.
(ii) Serengeti National Park, with the Great Wildebeest Migration, Kopjes (where cats hide there), Great Rivers like Grumeti (where crocodiles survive), and large plain.
(iii) Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Ngorongoro Crater). – NCA: NCA is often called ‘African Eden’ and the ‘Eight Wonder of the Natural World’, Man and Biosphere Reserve.
(iv) Zanzibar spice Island (Unguja and Pemba).
(v) Selous Game Reserve. There are more details on selected Most Top Tourist destinations, go on reading.
(B) Adventure Activities to be done in Tanzania. -Safaris, wildlife safaris. This is a tour to National parks and Game reserves to view wild animals, plants and geographical features like Rivers, Lakes and so on. -Climbing, trekking, and mountaineering. Mountains Kilimanjaro, Meru and Oldonyo Lengai -Walking Safaris, birdwatching and ecotourism. Nature lovers would like also to go deep to come close to nature. -Night game drives safaris, canoeing safaris. This is another optional safari in Tanzania. -Beach holidays. Tour to areas with beach for swimming,snorkeling, scuba diving, dolphin tour, fishing and water sports. Zanzibar island, Mafia island, Dare salaam and Pangani Tanga coasts. Also Lake Victoria coast. -Cultural Tourism: to learn their custom and tradition and interfere with local people. Example Maasai in Ngorongoro Crater and Chagga near Mount Kilimanjaro.
- (C) Helpful travel Tips and information about Tanzania. Exclusive, new dimension helpful info-travel tips for tourists moving to Tanzania. Currently many people from abroad/overseas are seeking information about Tanzania.These people are Tourists/Travelers, Investors, Business people, Researchers, Students, and other group of people.
How to get in to Tanzania; Several major Airlines get into Tanzania; KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines),Condor Airlines and Ethiopian Airways get into lands at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA/JRO) and Dar es salaam International Airport (DIA) daily. British Airways and Swiss Airlines lands at DIA at least twice a week. Other Airlines are South African Airlines (SAA), Emirates, YEMENAIR,Oman Air, Qatar Airways, and Kenya Airways. We have domestic flights network covering all tourists’ destinations in East Africa.Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Zan Air, Coastal Aviation, Regional Air and other small charters.
Hint: Have you heard of Tanzanite Gemstone/jewel? Undoubtfuly you have heard. Tanzanite is a famous and most beautiful blue gemstone found in one place and only in Tanzania. Tanzanite jewel is found sold many places in most countries in the World. When a Traveler get chance to visit Tanzania is high time you have a good luck to purchase Tanzanite in relatively low prices. Just consult your Tour Operator to help you find registered Gemstone Dealers or Jewel Agents.
Immigration: An onward ticket and sufficient funds are required when entering Tanzania. Visas required by all visitors except citizens of the Commonwealth, Scandinavian countries and the Republic of Ireland. It is very easy to get a visa at any Tanzanian embassy abroad. The visa fee depends on the type of passport held. A visitor’s pass is required for all travelers. This can be obtained free from any Tanzanian diplomatic mission or point of entry. It is advisable to get one before you leave home.
When to Visit; Tanzania has a Tropical climate. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights, while the north-west highlands are cool and temperate. June to September is the cooler season. There is no winter here. Temperatures in northern Tanzania range between 60 – 70 degree Fahrenheit during the day and 40 -50 degree Fahrenheit at night from May to October. From November to March, the day –time temperatures varies from70-90 degree Fahrenheit and from 60 – 75 degree Fahrenheit at night.The ‘long rains’ are from March to May and the ‘short rains’ are between October and December. The hottest months are between October and February. On the coast, it rains in November and December. From March to May, Coastal areas are hot and humid although sea breezes cool the area pleasantly between June and September.
Safari Dress; in wildlife lodges and country hotels, the emphasis is on comfort and informality. For ladies light, easy to wash, drip –dry blouses, skirts dresses, light khaki trousers and bush jackets go well. For evenings, light dresses or trouser suits are suitable. For men, drip –dry casual shirts, short khaki trousers and bush jackets are ideal. Evening attire in towns can consist of light suits or long sleeved shirt and tie.Bright colours should be avoided while viewing wildlife. Visitors to Ngorongoro are advised to carry a pullover as it can be chilly after sunset. A bush hat or a scarf for protection against the sun and dust is a must. It is very useful to carry a pair of sunglasses, insect repellent, suntan lotion and a flashlight.
Photographing; It is advisable to ask a permission before photographic any event relating to certain tribes like Maasai, Hadzables, Datoga. These tribes are very conservative and have maintained their original traditional customs. They still do primitive pastoralism, wild fruits gathering and wearing local made materials covering part or half of body. Some Government Institutions and Organizations don’t allow any photographic action to them or near to them. These are Military Camps and Bank of Tanzania just for security purpose.
When on the road and hear traffic hail don’t continue driving or walking, if you have the car park aside or if walking step aside. This is the signal that the top Government Leader is passing like President, Vice President and Prime Minister. Mountain Climbing-Kilimanjaro, Meru and Africa safari packages- Price fluctuations;Park fees entrance to National Parks and Ngorongoro Crater fees has increased but still there is only slight change of price for Travel Packages.
Health: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential if arriving from yellow fever infected areas. Anti-malaria tablets are recommended. Take prescribed drugs a few days prior to arrival, during your stay, and for a short period after returning. Boil or sterilize drinking water and milk. Cook or peel vegetables. Private health insurance is recommended.
Currency; There is no restriction on the importation of foreign currency. Foreign currency can be changed at the bureau de change which offer better rate than the banks. Insurance; you are strongly advised to have your own insurance cover to cover baggage, personal accident and medical expenses.
Tipping; Tipping is not obligatory. Tipping is at the discretion of the visitor and the following should only be used a guideline.
PORTERAGE: US $ 1.00 per bag.
DINING ROOM STAFF: US $ 5.00 per person.
Driver Guide; US $ 15.00 per day.
Mountain climb Guide; US $ 15.00 per day. For outstanding personal service, you may decide to give a higher tip.
Helpful travel tips; Tanzanians are generally very friendly people.
We would like you enjoy your stay in this country therefore : i- Don’t change money in the streets even if you are given a good rate as you might be cheated. Go to bureau change.
ii- Don’t go to too cheaper Tour Operator the services might be too disappointing or vehicles used can broke in the middle of safari, or poor accommodation or any mishap pens like any cheating. Just try to compare prices, and choose, accept the standard prices.
iii- Always ride in registered taxis
iv- Don’t take fastest buses.
v- Never walk unaccompanied at night in poorly –lit streets or along deserted streets.
vi- When shopping in streets bazaars, always bargain. However some prices e.g in restaurants are fixed and you might be mistaken for miser if you start bargaining.
vii- Always choose a guest house or lodge that has a working telephone. I hope above information will give you hint on how to ask specific questions
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Costs in Tanzania 
Zanzibar City, Zanzibar & Pemba, Tanzania
If you want to relax at a beautiful, quiet beach without any tourists, go to Matemwe. It is marvellous and a Place where I'd like to go on Honeymoon ;)
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Stone Town, Zanzibar & Pemba, Tanzania
If you know to avoid the papasi (touts) - a lot better to do in the rainy season- Stonetown can be a wonderfully relaxed town, with small streets, beautifully delapitated buildings and great, great food. For the latter, check out the food market that starts every night around 7, currently in a little streat near the Fortress. Maybe not the best place to eat lobster (though still not bad at all), but certainly the most atmospheric one!
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Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Arusha is not a good place to go without a car and a guide driving it, really dangerous, people there aren't nice and you might get robbed if you don't pay attention!
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Stone Town, Zanzibar & Pemba, Tanzania
When you arrive in Stonetown off the ferry, don't pay any attention to the guys who tell you the hotel you want to stay in is full. Just ignore them and keep going to wherever your destination was. Most of them are trying to get commission.
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Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Stay at L'Oasis Lodge. Management and staff are fantastic. It's like a home away from home.
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