Practical information

On this page you find practical information about our safaris and expeditions in Tanzania.

Africana Travel's goal is that when you travel with us to Tanzania is should be the trip of your life. We want you to experience all that is exciting, amazing and inspiring with Tanzania but it should in the same time be easy and secure. We work hard to ensure that everything works as it should on our arrangements in Tanzania so that you can focus entirely on what to see and experience without the worry of practical details.

When you have booked a trip with us, you get a confirmation (reservations voucher) and invoices via email. On your voucher, you have all the information; domestic flight, itinerary, hotel accommodation, meals, transfers and contact information for African Tours & Safaris in Tanzania and in Sweden

Bring your reservations voucher
Pack the reservations voucher in your hand luggage and keep it with you throughout the trip. You will not receive separate vouchers for each hotel, the reservations voucher and your flight ticket for a domestic flight (if you have booked one) is the only travel documents you receive from us. 

Domestic Flights
Flight tickets for domestic flights in Tanzania will be emailed to you when you have made the finale payment on your trip. Please print and bring a copy. 

Vaccinations
Prior to traveling to Tanzania, you should go to a vaccination clinic and advice on the vaccinations you need. All medical advice should be given by medically trained personnel. African Tours & Safaris staff does not give medical advice.

Yellow fever
Tanzania and Zanzibar no longer require proof of vaccination against yellow fever unless you travel to Tanzania via a country that has yellow fever (like for example Kenya, Ethiopia and/or Uganda). If you do a stopover of less than 12 hours in a yellow fever country and do not leave the airport you do not need to be vaccinated against yellow fever. Please note that regulations regarding yellow fever vaccinations have changed several times over the last few years and we strongly advice you to ask about yellow fever when getting vaccinations to make sure you have the correct information at the time.

Remember that if you travel to Tanzania via for instance Kenya or Uganda and therefore need to be vaccinated against yellow fever you need to show your vaccination certificate upon arrival to prove that you have Yellow fever vaccination so remember to pack your vaccination certificate in hand luggage!

When you have made the finale payment for your safari we will email you your voucher and you flight tickets (for domestic flight, if you have booked any with us) and we will also email you our pre-travel information letter. Our pre-travel information letter contains information about Tanzania, things you need to bring, what we suggest you pack, tips, practical stuff like what kind of wall plugs we use in Tanzania, what the weather is like when you travel and so on.

Citizens of most European, North American, South American and Asian countries need a tourist visa to visit Tanzania. For cotozens of most countries it is possible to get a visa upon arrival. In most countries it is also possible to get a visa from your nearest Tanzanian embassy or high commission before you travel. Please contact you r nearest Tanzanian embassy for detailed information about rules regarding citizens of your country. 

Visa upon arrival
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar Es Salaam) and Zanzibar Kisauni Airport, you can obtain a visa. In the arrival hall there is a form you must fill in. The form asks for your address in Tanzania, here you write the hotel you stay on the first night. After filling in the form you get in line for purchasing visa. You do not need a photo of you as you will be photographed at the desk. Have your passport and US $ 50 in cash available. After you have received your visa  you proceed to pass immigration.

Visa before departure
Visa before departure is obtained from your nearest Tanzanian embassy or High Commission. Visas are valid for three months from the time they are issued so do not send it to the embassy too early.

Remember!
Remember that your passport must be valid for at least six months after the day you leave Tanzania for you to be allowed entry to Tanzania. Check the validity of your passport well in advance of departure so you have time to get a new passport if you need to.

African Tours & Safaris does not sell or convey cancellation insurance or travel insurance. For travel insurance and cancellation insurance we recommend that you:

  • Check what coverage you have in your existing insurances
  • Pay your safari with a credit card. Many credit cards are a good travel insurance. NOTE! the conditions of various cards differ check what is included in your cards carefully. We accept Mastercard and VISA
  • If you need extra protection, you are advised to buy additional travel insurance from an insurance company

Upon arrival in Tanzania, you will be met by African Tours & Safaris staff in the arrival hall at the airport with a sign that clearly says “African ours & Safaris and your name. You then go out to the waiting van at the airport’s parking and you are driven to your hotel. Usually it is not your safari guide who will meet you at the airport. You meet your safari guide on the morning of your first safari day. 

Passports and vaccination certificates
When you arrive in Tanzania, you will need to show your passport and your vaccination certificate. Have these readily accessible in your hand baggage

Tanzania is in Eastern Africa just south of the equator. The climate is mainly tropical and dominated by monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean. Tanzania has one of the driest climates of all areas this close to the equator with distinct dry and wet seasons. The country is large (about twice the size of France) and has significant differences in vegetation and altitude so the climate varies between different parts of the country and the description of the climate below is a simplification.

In general Tanzania has three seasons.

The dry season stretches from mid- to late May until early November. During this season rain is uncommon. The beginning of the dry season is the coolest period of the year but for every month the weather gets warmer and in general September and October are quote warm. Max/min temperatures in June are on average around 25/18 in Serengeti and Arusha, slightly warmer in low lying parks such as Lake Manyara and Tarangire and along the coast and in Zanzibar. In October the max/min temperatures are around 30/20, again slightly warmer in Lake Manyara, Tarangire and coastal areas, including Zanzibar.

The short rains stretch from mid-November until early to mid-March. This season is warm and mostly dry but thunderstorms occur and heavy rains is not uncommon but as the name of the season hints the rains are normally short. Temperatures are like the end of the dry season, but the weather is more humid.

The long rains start in early to mid-March and go on until mid- to late May. This is the season when heavy and often long rains occur. Most often evenings and morning get rain

Safari in Tanzania is carried out normally with private jeep and private guide. Jeeps used are specially built Toyota Land Cruiser or Land Rover. Jeeps are reinforced to withstand rough terrain and they have a roof that can be lifted up to you to stand up and see the animals during your safari tours.

Jeeps suited for four or six passengers. This means that groups of up to six people always travel in a jeep while groups of more than six people are traveling with at least two jeeps.

Your safari guide are professional, experienced and well trained. All our guides speak very good English, and all are very talented both in animals, plants and nature and to be responsive to the traveler wishes and needs.

Soft rugged bags
Safari, we recommend that you pack in soft and rugged bags. Safari jeeps have limited space for luggage and hard suitcases can be difficult to get into. Why soft bags strongly recommended. During a safari as you drive on partly bumpy road and it can at times be dusty. Bags can be torn apart and we recommend that you pack in rugged bags that you are not too worried about.

Your guide is there for you
Each safari is unique and every safari travelers’ preferences and experiences are unique. Your guide is included to give you the best possible safari and they are accustomed to adapting to your wishes. Your itinerary is a framework that must be kept, but within the framework can guide you customize the safari according to your wishes. Are you interested in some animals (lions, birds, lizards or whatever it may be), tell your guide and he will do all he can for you to see what you are most interested in. If you have seen lots of animals and wants to spend an afternoon (or morning) to just sit at your lodge and enjoy the beautiful views, talk to your guide as you plan your day accordingly.

Respect nature and other tourists
When you are on a safari, you are not in a zoo, but really in the wilderness. The enormous protected nature areas found in Tanzania is in many ways unique in the world and tourism is a way to preserve them. It is important for us that you are traveling show respect nature and we therefore ask that you follow some simple rules:

  • Never throw anything in nature. Take with you all the junk for your picnic lunches etc.

  • Never encourage or ask your guide to drive off the road. Driving offroad damages nature and it is therefore important that safari jeeps adhere to the rules and stay on the roads

  • Talk quietly in jeeps when you see animals close to not disturb the animals or other tourists who might also look at these animals.

  • If you need to go to the bathroom during your safari tell your guide, he will stop in a place that is safe

African Tours & Safaris jeep

Jeep in Arusha National Park

African Tours & Safaris use Toyota Landcruisers and Landrovers that are custom designed for safaris. Our vehicles seats 4 or 6 persons. Every passenger has a window seat. All safari vehicles are reinforced with custom suspension to withstand the partly rough terrain on safaris. The jeeps also have seat belts, cooler boxes for cold water and a popup roof so that you can stand up and see animals on game drives.

African Tours & Safaris Safari jeep

African Tours & Safaris safari jeep

Each safari is unique, and every safari traveler’s wishes and expectations are unique. Your guide is there to give you the best possible safari and to do so our guides listen and adapt to your wishes. Your travel plan is a frame that must be kept but within the framework you can, with your guide, tailor the safari according to your wishes. If you are interested in some specific animals (lions, birds, lizards or whatever it may be) tell your guide and then he will do everything he can to make sure you see what you are most interested in. If you have seen lots of animals and want to spend an afternoon (or morning) just sitting by the lodge and enjoying the beautiful views, talk to your guide and plan your day after that. Your guide is there for you.

When  booking a safari with us you will get a detailed list of what you need to pack (and what you do not need to pack) for your safari. 

The currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian shilling (Tsh). However most hotels, restaurants and other establishments that cater for tourists accepts (and in mkost cases prefer) to be paid in US dollars (USD). Unless you plan to go to local restaurants and stores you will not need anything but USD. You cannot change money to Tanzanian shilling in your home country as the Tanzanian currency is not allowed to be traded abroad. If you want Tsh, bring USD in cash and change when you arrive in Tanzania. 

Tanzania’s time zone is Greenwhich mean time + 3 (GMT+3). Tanzania does not have daylight saving’s time so depending on whether your country does or not the time difference between your country and Tanzania may vary between different times of the year. 

Tanzania has many languages and there is not one that a majority of Tanzanians speak as a native language. The lingua franca is Swahili and to a certain extent English. While most people that work in sectors related to tourism speak good english in other sectors and on the countryside many do not. Swahili is more and more becoming the dominant language and many young people have Swahili as their native language even if both parents speak another first language. 

Most of Tanzania is a malaria area and therefore it is necessary to use mosquito nets. Lodges and hotels that we use in all areas where there are mosquitos and malaria have mosquito nets and you do not need to bring your own. 

Do you want to book a safari with us? Fill in the form below and we will contact you within a day. Will will send you a detailed proposal via email. If you want to book this or if you have any questions about the safari you revert back to us with an email. When you book with us you will receive an invoice and a confirmation. Once payment is done you will also receive our pretravel information and your voucher.