Do and Don'ts
PASSPORTS & VISA
All visitors to Tanzania require a return or onward ticket and a valid passport with an entry or re-entry visa, duly endorsed. Visas are not required for visitors from some Commonwealth countries and other specified countries. Visas can be obtained from any Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad, and at main entry points including international airports, sea ports and border posts.
Visitors originating from or transiting through countries endemic with cholera or yellow fever may need valid vaccination certificates, but it is not mandatory. Visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets and make use of mosquito nets and insect sprays where provided. Health insurance through your travel agent or any other agent is recommended.
An international Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required if you are arriving from an infected area. Check: Yellow fever endemic zones in Africa. Vaccination is a relatively cheap one and it is valid for 10 years. And don't forget, that yellow fever is a deadly disease.
Safari vehicles and small aircraft provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might not be taken on board.
SAFARI DRESS CODE
What to wear, when and how. For both men and women, dress is important. You will have fewer difficulties, and be met with more respect and openness, if you are considerate of local sensibilities and dress modestly and reasonably neatly. Bare-legged or bare-shouldered travelers, or those warring excessively tatty clothing are often regarded with disdain. For women, comfortable cotton clothes in town, while on Safari comfortable Safari clothes Jeans, trousers, tops, t-shirts, scarf, hats, & open flat shoes, sports shoes ready for adventure. For men, while in town or Safari comfortable cotton clothes, shorts, t-shirts, & comfy open shoes or sports shoes.
Light tropical clothes, especially cotton slacks, shirts and skirts are most suitable. Some warm clothing is needed in the higher altitude areas around Ngorongoro Crater, Mt.Kilimanjaro, and Arusha, especially in the evenings and early in the morning.
Several international airlines operate in and out of Tanzania through Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airports. Travel within the country is by the national airline, Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Fast Jet, Coastal Air, Auric Air and many more charters.
International VISA cardholders can get local currency 24 hours a day/7 days a week at the Most of the Banks ATM in Mwanza. (Maximum draw: 400.000 Tanzania Shillings, but again depends on what card Travelers hold's with limit of withdraw from their bank).
BANKING AND CURRENCY
Money can be changed freely at authorized dealers, banks, or bureaux de change - but for safety insist on a receipt for the transaction. There are a few foreign banks in major towns, but local banks operate far into remote districts. The basic unit is the Tanzania Shilling. Notes: TSHS 1.000, 2.000, 5.000 and 10.000. Coins: TSH 100, 200, and 500. It is advisable to carry American dollars. Moneychangers also accept the major convertible currencies including British Pounds, Euros, Danish Kroner and Japanese Yen etc.Traveller's cheques are still exchangeable in some places (In Mwanza at Bureaux de change).
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM (8:30 - 16:00)
Saturday 9 AM - 12:00 PM (9 - 12:00)
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM (8:30 - 17:00)
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM (8:30 - 17:00)
CELL (MOBILE) PHONES
Several cellular phone companies operate in Tanzania and roaming lines work near major cities and towns. Your modern GSM mobile phone, brought from your home country, will work without problems on the Tanzanian network, but coverage is limited to main urban areas.
International direct dial is available to and from Tanzania. The country code for incoming calls to Tanzania is +255.
Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and more) are accepted at hotels, supermarket, at the Ndabakage gate and some of travel agency - ask how high the fee is.
Power cuts occur with some frequency, although they generally don't last very long.
EMAIL & INTERNET
Tanzania has got the largest number of Internet cafes in sub-Saharan Africa. fee is 500 - 1.000 Tanzania Shilling per hour (1.000 TSH = 1US$).
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, take a spare pair and your prescription, as well as any necessary lens solutions, as these aren't available locally.
Medical insurance, including coverage of emergency medical air evacuation, is strongly recommended. The passengers/clients who intend to travel by road to go for game parks or any destination in Tanzania or by air as advised to insurance themselves, in case of any adversity, Serengeti expedition is not responsible for any claims.
English and Kiswahili are the two official languages in Tanzania. English is mainly spoken in major towns, businesses and in the administration. Kiswahili, "the language of the coast", played a key role in mobilizing and uniting Tanzania during the struggle for independence and later became a symbol of national identity. In addition to the two main languages spoken, there are 130 or more listed as living languages, all spoken by the different ethnicities, tribes (e.g. Kisukuma in Sukumaland) and foreigners in the country.
GMT plus 3 hours. There is no daylight saving.
From 11 AM you will find Tanzanian English-language dailies include the Guardian, The Citizen, East Africa, Daily News and Procurement News all over town. International magazines available are Newsweek and Time Magazine.