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Travel Facts

Language

English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili will always be appreciated. Most people in the tourism industry speak English plus one other foreign language.

Health

If you are planning a high altitude climb, you are well advised to consult your Doctor to ensure that you are fully informed of the inherent risks of high altitude climbing. Note that while your ability to withstand high altitudes during long treks is not directly related to your level of physical fitness, certainly a good level of fitness will assist in your general stamina.

 It is advisable to take anti-malarial precautions and have a Yellow fever Vaccination before departure.  It is also a good idea to bring some antibiotics with you as a precaution.   Remember, changing of food and altitude may course diarrhea or headache or loss of appetite, so consult your Doctor or Travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.

 Baggage:

Baggage on safari is limited to one soft-sided bag, plus one small piece of hand luggage per person (excluding a camera bag). Ideally, the total weight should not exceed 15 to 20kilos. You are welcome to store any excess suitcases and other heavier items in the city hotels while on safari. Of course if the number of people traveling together with you is minimal, you can choose to keep your luggage with you. In case you lost your bag (s) on arrival please leave this number to the Airline +255 784 310 112, this will help them to send your bag to us and we will keep it or bring to you while on safaris (if necessary)

 Photography: Very important:

Bring plenty of film and camera batteries with you. While on safari, you are strongly advised to keep your camera free from dust and all your equipment and film cool. It is courteous, and appreciated, to ask permission before photographing local people. If you intend to take some pictures of people, it is a good idea to bring an instant camera, so that you can leave a copy with the subject of your photograph. If necessary, you can recharge your camera at a hotel, or in the car, if you have the necessary accessories.

 Tipping:

Tipping is not obligatory, but a customary tip of 10% of the package price for your support staff is always highly appreciated. Road 2 Africa neither limits nor obliges its clients in regard to tips. Needless to say, the services and friendship you receive will influence your decision at the end.

 Local time:   GMT + 3hrs.

 Electricity:

230v.Power failures, surges and troughs are common, so a torch (flashlight) or headlamp may prove to be your most useful travel accessory

 Visas:

Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your country. A visa can be acquired on arrival in Tanzania. Currently the cost is $50 for NON US CITIZEN AND $100 FOR US CITIZEN.  It’s strongly advised to travel with your legal Passport.

Security:

Tanzania is generally a safe, stable and friendly country but don`t invite temptation. Keep your eye on your belongings. Don`t walk in the towns or cities at night - take a taxi. Don`t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, and beware of pickpockets and hawkers especially at the Namanga Border crossing or at the bus stations. Use the hotel safety deposit box to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewelry at home.

 Shopping:

The Tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets. Don`t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (your driver/guide will suggest where to shop and advise you about the best prices). The most sought after souvenirs are wood carvings, curios, and "Tanzanite", A gemstone available widely at souvenirs shops.

 Money:

Major foreign currencies - particularly US dollars and the Euro are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de change in the main towns and tourist areas. Euros are now widely used and generally have good exchange rate. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some Banks offer ATM facilities, such as NBC Bank, CRDB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays` Banks in the major towns and cities. At most banks only VISA is accepted in order to withdraw cash. Don`t change money with unlawful currency traders in the street.

NOTE:Tanzania is no longer accepting US Dollar Currency notes printed before the year 2000. Barclay’s bank in Tanzania will be implementing a new policy whereby they will no longer be accepting US Dollar notes printed before the year 2000. People, who carry US currency printed before 2000, will be compelled to accept a rate of exchange lower than normal.

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