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What are East-Africa's Main Attractions?

FAQ Most Popular Tanzania Attractions

Tanzania is a country of dramatic contrasts, from Africa's highest point, Kilimanjaro, to the islands of the Zanzibar and Mafia archipelagos and from the game rich plains of the Serengeti, home of the greatest show on earth, to the mountains along Lake Tanganyika, where Africa's best chimpanzee interactions occur. In short Tanzania has it all and can easily be argued as the greatest safari travel destination in Africa.

Iconic Africa

  • Serengeti and the great migration.
  • Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Olduvai Gorge.
  • Kilimanjaro.
  • Zanzibar
  • Maasai culture

Other premier wildlife attractions

  1. Lake Manyara National Park.
  2. Tarangire National Park
  3. Selous Game Reserve.
  4. Ruaha National Park.
  5. Katavi National Park
  6. Mahale Mountains National Park
  7. Gombe Streams National Park

Tanzania World Heritage Sites

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (1979)
  • Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara (1981)
  • Serengeti National Park (1981)
  • Selous Game Reserve (1982)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park (1987)
  • Stone Town, Zanzibar (2000)
  • Kondoa Rock Art Sites (2006)

Other tourist attractions in Tanzania

  • Beaches and watersports
  • Historical sites.
  • Lake Victoria.
  • Lake Tanganyika
  • Hiking and climbing
  • Dar Es Salaam

Trains, Planes and Automobiles in Tanzania

Trains and buses are the most popular forms of travel in Tanzania with most centers around the country connected by road and rail. Of the two the trains are the safer option, although somewhat slower. It is important to arrive at the departure point a while before the departure time to secure a seat.

There is the option of express or ordinary buses with express being safer although a little more expensive. Dalla Dallas or minivans are found on shorter routes, such as in the cities and towns. They can be packed.

Tanzania Border Posts

Tanzania is bordered by Uganda and Kenya to the north, Rwanda and Burundi in the west and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south - with all being borders serviced by border posts.

Tanzania Airports

International flights arrive from various destinations from around the world into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Domestic air services operate between the following airports:

  • Dar es Salaam (DAR)
  • Kilimanjaro (JRO)
  • Kishni
  • Zanzibar (ZNZ)
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Maasai wth his Herd

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Olduvai George(acheologic Site).

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lioness at Manyara N.Park

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Northen Circuit Early Sun-rising

FAQ Tanzania Wildlife Photography

What photographic equipment should I bring to Tanzania?

Because Tanzania is very much a wildlife destination, you will see a great variety of animals. Due to the fact that you might not always be so close to the animals, it is recommended to use a camera with a lens of 300 mm to 500 mm if possible. You won't be sorry if you do so.

While some of the vehicles will have laptop and camera recharging facilities, you might not be able to use it while out on the road. Make sure to bring converters for your plugs while staying at hotels or lodges. And make sure to bring batteries and enough film. You will always find something to photograph.

Always ask permission before taking photos of people. Avoid taking photographs of sensitive areas such as military, naval, government and police buildings and procedures.

What wildlife will I see on a Tanzania Safari?

Tanzania has a number of great National Parks and Game Reserves supporting a wide variety of wildlife including Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hippo, Zebra and Giraffe. Chimpanzees can be found on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Tanzania has over 1000 species of bird and 35 species of antelope.

During the annual Wildebeest Migration, when approximately 3 million animals cross the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya, you can watch the Lion and Leopard in action trying to catch a meal. The three biggest lakes in Africa also border Tanzania; Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Niassa/Malawi.

How to book with us

  • Booking Procedures

    Booking with us is easy!

    Place a booking enquiry with us by submitting your personal information and contact details on the electronic enquiry form. Alternatively, call (?+255 789 148 604). Our expert booking agents will find the best available package for your booking and contact you within 24 hours.

    Credit Card

    You can confirm the booking and make a payment with us via wire transfer or credit card.

    Complete Your booking

    Finalise your booking and print out your confirmation voucher - for presentation on arrival at the accommodation place.

  • Check-In

    Arrival and check-in

    Be sure to have the following documents ready: your passport (for overseas visitors).

  • Malaria

    Malaria Vaccine

    Guests are advised to take precautions, malaria prophylaxis is recommended, but please talk to one of our agents for more information. We also offer numerous safari options in non-malarial areas.

Tanzania Safari Normal Frequently Asked Question

You will require a passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry. If you are arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), you will require an immunization certificate or health card.

Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU, need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites.

As with all visa matters -- contact your local Tanzanian Embassy for the latest information.

Tanzania is a safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people and are eager to help and assist visitors. As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as locking valuables in the hotel safe, do not carry a lot of camera equipment especially in the major cities, do not wear too much jewellery, do not carry large amounts of cash on your person etc.

Guides will monitor your safety in cities and in the game areas. From time to time generalized travel statements are issued concerning travel conditions in the area. For current Department of State announcements and Consular information see http://travel.state.gov/.

It is best to drink bottled water when travelling through Tanzania - numerous brands are widely available and served in all restaurants and lodges. Steer clear of ice, raw vegetables, and salads when eating at street restaurants. High-end lodges and restaurants will clean their produce in antiseptic solution, but to be on the safe side, fruit and vegetables should always be washed and peeled. Try to avoid eating in empty restaurants - the food may have been sitting out for some time - and order your meat well done. On the coast, seafood and fish are usually fresh, but make sure everything is well-cooked.

The food served in the safari camps/lodges varies, but is tasty and delicious. Gourmet cooks bake fresh breads, and produce soups, salads, and entrees that could easily grace tables at the top restaurants around the world. Meals are international in flavour with soups, salads, cold meats, pasta dishes, meat and fish dishes, and breads. Your day normally starts with tea and biscuits before your morning activity.

Returning to your lodge or camp late morning, brunch is enjoyed - cereals, fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, and toast. Buffet lunches are typical with a warm dish such as stew served with salads, quiches and cold meats. Dinner consists of an appetizer followed by meat, fish and pasta dishes served with assorted vegetables and sauces. Dinner is followed by coffee/ tea, cheeses, and stunning desserts.

In Tanzania's towns and villages, the food is usually simpler. Plain grilled meat, nyama choma, is very popular, and often served with sauce, rice, chips, or ugali (cornmeal). Indian cuisine is also wide spread. The locally brewed beer is good, including Serengeti, Safari, Kilimanjaro, mbege (homebrew from the Chagga people) and banana beer; imported beers (e.g. Tusker from Kenya) and wine are also excellent.

Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). Tanzania does not operate daylight saving time, hence there's no time difference between their summer and winter months.

The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by the applicable area codes (e.g. 22 for Dar es Salaam, or 27 for Arusha). Calling out from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).

The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued as TSh10,000; 5000; 1000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins are issued as TSh100; 50; 20; 10, 5 and 1.

The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. Foreign exchange bureaux in the main towns usually offer a better rate on traveller's cheques than do the banks. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a 10% surcharge.

You will need very little spending money on most safaris as the majority of meals and activities are included in your package cost. Most people carry between $50 and $100 per person per day for all expenses. Bills may be settled by US cash, by travellers check, or by credit card (accepted at most lodges, camps, hotels).

Credit cards may be used in large towns at restaurants and shops with MasterCard and Visa being most accepted. However, use may be restricted in small towns and country areas and non-existent in small retail shops. We recommend bringing US dollars cash. Change USD$ at the airport or bank on your arrival into Tanzania. USD$ cash is acceptable in most tourist areas and can be used for tips.

Mountain Frequently Asked Questions

On the pages about our trekking offer we have hopefully already answered most of your questions. In the following we have nevertheless collected a few answers to the questions we are frequently asked. If you would like to discuss further things with us, please feel free to contact us any time.

  • Frequently asked questions

    1. Challenges of an ascent
    2. Daily routine / Typical day on the montain
    3. Your Team
    4. Equipment
    5. Luggage transport
    6. Costs and tips
    7. Meals
    8. Accommodation
    9. Entry and Visa
    10. Method of payment
    11. In addition

Mountains Frequently asked questions

  • Challenges of an ascent

    Kilimanjaro is one of the few mountains of this altitude that can be mastered without previous knowledge and outstanding technical skills. The technical requirements are moderate, especially compared to the other Seven Summits. However, this should not obscure the fact that a good physical fitness and willpower are highly recommended for a successful ascent. Your condition should be sufficient for daily hikes of three to twelve hours. No matter what your background is, we would recommend a basic health-check to every traveler before the trip. Here you find several articles regarding the preparation phase. The increased exertion due to thinning air as you walk higher should not be underestimated. For all routes we therefore recommend the longer ascent option, if there is the possibility to choose. Here you can find more articles on the topic of dealing with the altitude and altitude sickness. Sure-footedness, even in wet, frozen and slippery terrain, is an important prerequisite. The handling of the altitude and the numerous new impressions require a good degree of flexibility, open-mindedness and tolerance. If you keep that in mind, and behave accordingly, your journey is guaranteed to be uniquely impressive

    Daily routine / Typical day on the mountain

    The ascent of Kilimanjaro is varied and offers travelers all sorts of new impressions. Nevertheless, there are also certain routines during the several-day hike. Therefore, here you will see what a typical daily routine on Kilimanjaro looks like

    Your Team

    Most travelers have no idea of the size of the team accompanying them during the ascent of Kilimanjaro before the start of the trip. It was the same for us. We give you the details here, so you can well prepare and have an idea what to expect (the size of the team depends on the chosen route and the duration of the ascent):

    During a 7-day ascent of Kilimanjaro via Machame Route, a guide and an assistant guide, a cook and seven to eight porters will usually accompany a group of two people. In total your team thus consists of 10 to 11 people. It is quite easy to explain why a group of two people requires around 11 companions:

    • Guide and co-guide: each group should, if possible, count the same number of guides and co-guides as travelers. Regardless of the group size it is always possible that travelers need to end the trip early and descend the mountain for health reasons (especially altitude sickness). Travelers must never hike the national park unaccompanied. Consequently, every early descent requires one guide or co-guide to descend together with the traveler. If a group of ten people is accompanied by only two guides, the whole group needs to descend the mountain as soon as a second traveler ends the tour early.
    • Cook: to make sure that you get a balanced nutrition also during the climb, the accompanying cook prepares warm and cold dishes several times a day. Important components of the meals are potatoes, rice, noodles, meat and fish (dried or from cans), bread and different types of vegetables.
    • Porters: you have the chance to enjoy nature at its best for about one week. Everything you need such as sleeping materials, fresh water, foodstuffs and cooking utensils incl. a camping stove etc. thus need to be carried along the entire trip. No porter must carry more than 20 kg in total. Therefore, the number of porters is easily explained.

    In general, if you travel with a group of more than two travelers, you will usually be accompanied by three porters for each traveler, as well as at least two (assistant) guides and a cook. For example, a group of four travelers will be accompanied by at least 15 team members.

    For tours that are shorter than a week or include overnight stays in huts such as the ascents of Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route or Mount Meru, however, the teams are smalle

    Equipment

    Good equipment and clothing are indispensable for a successful climb of Kilimanjaro. Some of the items listed can also be rented on-site, such as a sleeping bag with a comfort range of at least minus 10 ° C or telescopic / trekking poles. Camping mats are provided in any case and therefore do not need to be brought along. Dust- and water-repellent bags or protective covers are also recommended. Here you find an extensive packing list with important information about the topic, to make sure you don’t forget about anything

    Luggage transport

    During the hike on the mountain, a carrier takes up to 12 kg of your luggage. This includes your sleeping bag, clothes and everything you do not need during the day hike. For this purpose your objects will be put into large water-repellent bags, which will then be carried by the porters. It is best to pack your utensils separately into smaller bags first. This guarantees that your luggage is well protected from moisture and dust and you can simply open each smaller bag at the end of a day without having to dig through the entire bag

    The remaining luggage will be transported in your daypack. The porters walk apart from you, so you will not have access to the main baggage during the day. Anything else that is or could be relevant during the day, such as an umbrella, clothing, water bottles, cameras, and snacks for the breaks, you thus carry in your daypack. Try to take only what is really necessary, as light luggage is a factor for a successful ascent. We therefore recommend that you carry a maximum of 7 kg as day baggage.

    In an article about our trip, you will find more information about luggage before, during and after the hikeIn an article about our trip,

    Costs and tips

    The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro varies noticeably. For example, each day in Kilimanjaro National Park costs about 100 USD. The amounts are paid directly to the National Park Operator (Tanzania National Park Authority, TANAPA). In particular, the duration of the ascent, but also the chosen route, the number of participants and the equipment required therefore influence the final price of an ascent. Thanks to our structures and cooperation on site, we can offer you ascents starting from 1,580 USD. For an individual offer just send us your request.

    In addition to the costs of flights, possible equipment and the trip itself there are further costs for tips, which are not included in the travel package. The tips are not compulsory, however, a traditional part of every hike and will be handed over to the team at the end of the trip. Due to the low income of the local staffs, we strongly recommend to hand over tips. For more information on tipping, visit the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) website. Tips are graded as follows:

    • Chief Guide: around 20 USD
    • Assistant Guide: around 15 USD
    • Cook: around 10 USD
    • Porter: around 8 USD

    All numbers indicate the amount per day per person. For example, the chief guide gets a tip of about USD 120 on a 6-day tour (in total from the tourist party, not from each person individually). Since, for example, for a group of two people climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame Route for 7 days, the entire team consists of 10 to 11 members (find out more here), we recommend that you leave a tip of about 300 USD per traveler. If you climb Kilimanjaro alone or in a larger group, the amounts change accordingly and are usually between 200 US$ and 350 US$ per traveler.

    The tips are usually handed out to each member of the team on the last morning after the farewell ceremony. It therefore makes sense to take banknotes in small denominations on the journey

    Meals

    Eating and drinking sufficiently is extremely important during the ascent of Kilimanjaro. All meals are therefore included in the package price during the tour. Half-board is included during the days before and after the tour.

    Meals at the Lodge

    Breakfast is “intercontinental”, i.e. you get fruits, various egg dishes, bread, jam, honey, pancakes, and fruit juices among others. For dinner you can choose from a variety of African and international dishes.

    Meals during the tour

    During the hike, there is a tent for taking meals, equipped with chairs and a table. If the weather permits, you can eat at a table outside in front of your tent and enjoy the sunshine. Breakfast changes daily, and you can expect to get some toast, porridge, pancakes, egg-dishes, sausages, bacon, butter, jam and different types of fruit such as mangoes and oranges. Drinks provided comprise tea, coffee, water and fruit juices. In addition, you will get snacks for the time during the hike (cereal- and chocolate-bars) and lunch boxes with your lunch. Lunch changes daily, and you can expect to get sandwiches, fruit, dried meat and bread or potatoes. After completing the day’s stage and arriving at the next camp, you will receive an afternoon snack (popcorn or peanuts) and hot drinks. For dinner, there is a soup in advance, in addition to local and international dishes consisting of meat, eggs, potatoes, rice, pasta and various vegetables. Also, Spaghetti Bolognese are included! If you have food intolerances or if you lead a vegetarian / vegan lifestyle, this is of course considered. Just let us know the time you book

    Accommodation

    All accommodations during the tour are included in the package price.

    Accommodation at the lodge

    Before and after the ascent of Kilimanjaro you will be welcomed in Ambureni Coffee Lodge if you choose to climb Kilimanjaro via Machame or Lemosho Route. The lodge is surrounded by banana plantations, and offers beautiful views of the countryside. The rooms are spacious and lovingly decorated in the Tanzanian style. Ambureni is a very nice place to stay and linger. If you decide to travel via Marangu Route, you will be welcomed in Honey Badger Lodge. The lodge is situated in a quiet location only a few kilometers outside the city center of the small town Moshi. In both accommodations you will be served delicious local and international dishes, and staffs are

    Accommodation during the ascent

    During the ascent of Kilimanjaro, you spend the night in tents which are equipped with sleeping mats

    Entry and Visa

    Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Tanzania. You can apply for a visa at the Tanzanian embassy in the capital of your country before you start your journey. Alternatively, you can obtain the visa when entering Tanzania at the country’s international airports, the Zanzibar seaport or the major border crossings. The visa costs 50 USD per person, which is usually paid in cash. A conversion to purely cashless payment (e.g. credit card) is planned and is already being implemented at some entry points. Due to frequent disruptions with cashless payments, however, it is recommended to carry enough cash with oneself. In any case, we recommend that you take a look at the website of the Federal Foreign Office before of your country before you commence your trip.

    Method of payment

    Our goal is to make the organization and preparation of your trip to Kilimanjaro as easy and convenient as possible. Accordingly, we keep the deposit to be paid after booking low at 15% of the total travel price. You transfer the remaining amount only 30 days before the start of your trip. Moreover, you can decide whether you prefer to pay by bank transfer or PayPal

    In addition

    If you still have questions, you will find more helpful information on our page under “Practical Tips“, for example, on issues such as money and means of payment, on-site communication, seasons to climb Kilimanjaro, health care, altitude sickness and much more. In addition, you can always contact us by email, telephone or via our live-chat.

Malaria

Malaria Vaccine

Guests are advised to take precautions, malaria prophylaxis is recommended, but please talk to one of our agents for more information. We also offer numerous safari options in non-malarial areas.

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