Tanzania What to Expect

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Traveling with Children in Tanzania 
Mwanza, Northwestern Tanzania, Tanzania
It's no problem to traval for a single women but don't be afraid if you have a few children running after you calling you Mzungu, they do it to all foreigers.
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Kendwa, Tanzania
this is probably one of the best beaches i have ever visited.

the kids here selling fruit charge a little too much...
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Moshi, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
If you are travelling to Moshi then you are more than likely going to hike Kilimanjaro or are on a safari of some description. If you are going to be visiting or meeting the local children for whatever reason I wouldadvise that you bring some school copies, pencils etc for them as gifts. While hiking through the jungle at the foot on Kilimanjaro children appeared out of the forest as they had been collecting firewood and asked for these things. All we could give them were some sweets. School copies etc would have made better gifts.
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Arusha, Northeastern Tanzania, Tanzania
Arusha is a dirty and for the unwary dangerous town. Don't stay any longer than you have to. Don't go to any safari company with a tout you will get ripped off 100%. Book before you arrive and only a recommended company. Any one who talks to you is a thief, in your home town you would consider it strange to just walk up to a stranger and start talking, well guess what? In Arusha the normal residents do as well. Do not give immigration any reason to talk to you, you will find this an extremely unpleasant experience. If you are lost the cops will generally try to help you, don't stop someone on the street and never let some one guide you. never walk alone, take a taxi with a white number plate as at least they are supposed to be registered. Food, as with every town, if its full of locals it's probably good and the food will usually be fresh. Booze, be carefull. Bar characteristics can change by the day, one day friendly the next... Football bars are often very friendly, lots of banter just be careful you do get the odd fanatic and it can turn nasty in seconds. Bars are full of plain clothes police and immigration so if you prefer a chemical high you are playing a dangerous game. Stay out of Kaloleni, again? Stay out of Kaloleni. It is dangerous if you stay there or drink there after this warning and get mugged, robbed, assaulted and/or raped I can only say 'I told you so.' and I'll have my little laugh at your expense. Remember, stay out of Kaloleni.
A local, any local who speaks to you has, whatever you think or your pc thoughts deny, a different thought process to you. Their only real interest in you is your wallet. That handsome witty Rasta who walks up and down town hand in hand with a different young white girl every week has a wife, kids and a girlfriend, you are just an ATM for him. The same goes of course for the lovely little dolly girls. If you accept that and want to play it is not racist to take your prospective toy to a clinic and test. It will save you a lot of grief later.
Homosexuality is regarded as a white mans disease and is punishable with 30 years inside. Discretion is defenitely the order of the day, order a twin room not double etc, do think about two men leaving a room with an empty condom wrapper in it. Room staff are probably so far removed from the thought of gay men they won't bat an eyelid at two men sharing a twin room but once they suspect the will have the police on you in seconds.
Change money with a licensed bureau, There is no black market so any other deal is a rip off. Be aware of who is around on the way in and out. Count your cash, the staff do try to rip you off not the owners. Once you leave, tough.
The best hospital is Selian, just ask the Taxi to take you there, the town one not Ngaramtoni. If it is serious go th Nairobi Aga Khan.
Enjoy!!
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Gay/Lesbian Travelers 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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Dangers & Annoyances 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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Tanzania Health 
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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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Climbing Kili? If you can afford it take an extra day to acclimatize, especially if you are climbing routes with less chance of success. One extra day can increase your chances from 75% to 95% for making it to the top of Africa!
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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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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
Arusha is a dirty and for the unwary dangerous town. Don't stay any longer than you have to. Don't go to any safari company with a tout you will get ripped off 100%. Book before you arrive and only a recommended company. Any one who talks to you is a thief, in your home town you would consider it strange to just walk up to a stranger and start talking, well guess what? In Arusha the normal residents do as well. Do not give immigration any reason to talk to you, you will find this an extremely unpleasant experience. If you are lost the cops will generally try to help you, don't stop someone on the street and never let some one guide you. never walk alone, take a taxi with a white number plate as at least they are supposed to be registered. Food, as with every town, if its full of locals it's probably good and the food will usually be fresh. Booze, be carefull. Bar characteristics can change by the day, one day friendly the next... Football bars are often very friendly, lots of banter just be careful you do get the odd fanatic and it can turn nasty in seconds. Bars are full of plain clothes police and immigration so if you prefer a chemical high you are playing a dangerous game. Stay out of Kaloleni, again? Stay out of Kaloleni. It is dangerous if you stay there or drink there after this warning and get mugged, robbed, assaulted and/or raped I can only say 'I told you so.' and I'll have my little laugh at your expense. Remember, stay out of Kaloleni.
A local, any local who speaks to you has, whatever you think or your pc thoughts deny, a different thought process to you. Their only real interest in you is your wallet. That handsome witty Rasta who walks up and down town hand in hand with a different young white girl every week has a wife, kids and a girlfriend, you are just an ATM for him. The same goes of course for the lovely little dolly girls. If you accept that and want to play it is not racist to take your prospective toy to a clinic and test. It will save you a lot of grief later.
Homosexuality is regarded as a white mans disease and is punishable with 30 years inside. Discretion is defenitely the order of the day, order a twin room not double etc, do think about two men leaving a room with an empty condom wrapper in it. Room staff are probably so far removed from the thought of gay men they won't bat an eyelid at two men sharing a twin room but once they suspect the will have the police on you in seconds.
Change money with a licensed bureau, There is no black market so any other deal is a rip off. Be aware of who is around on the way in and out. Count your cash, the staff do try to rip you off not the owners. Once you leave, tough.
The best hospital is Selian, just ask the Taxi to take you there, the town one not Ngaramtoni. If it is serious go th Nairobi Aga Khan.
Enjoy!!
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