WHEN TO GO
Safari in Tanzania is an exciting and adventurous vacation. Tanzania being just a little south of the equator , the climate is very pleasant throughout the year because of the high altitude. A large part of East Africa is savannah.. In June to October , morning and evening can be quite cool. Daytime temperatures often warm up quite nicely. In October to February, afternoon temperatures can climb well into the 90s Fahrenheit. The sun is very strong Tanzania has two rainy seasons: Long rains in March/May, Short rains in November/ December. Given the influence of global warming, these rains aren’t as regular or as intense as they once were.
Communication in some other areas is difficult especially the rural areas/wildernesses,(those are the few) but you will have a good mobile phone network , internet connections are available in most safari lodges and Tented Camps in Tanzania
- Calling within Tanzania: The “0” in the regional code is used only for calls placed from other areas within the country.
- Calling Tanzania from or out of Tanzania: To call from abroad, dial the international access number 00, then the country code +255, and then the telephone number, which should have six or seven digits.
- Mobile Phones: Vodacom, Airtel MTN, are the main service providers in UGANDA. The best option is to bring your own mobile phone (if it’s not locked to a particular network).
Local time is GMT + 3
Official language: English & kiswahili
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Malaria is the biggest health threat in Tanzania, mostly the type brought by mosquitoes so be vigilant about taking anti-malarias and applying bugs spray. Consult with your doctor or travel clinic before leaving home for up-to-date anti-malarial medication. .
Yellow Fever Vaccine is required for entry into Tanzania. Please make sure you obtain this vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in Tanzania. You must carry with you the Immunization card that you are given when you get the vaccine. Visitors unable to show proof of vaccination will most likely be refused entry but it may be possible to be vaccinated on arrival at a cost of approx. US $ 50 per person or more.
The International Society of Travel Medicine’s website (www.istm.org) contains the list of travel clinics worldwide where you can go get the Yellow Fever vaccine.
It’s imperative to use strong sunscreen: Stick to bottled water and ensure that the bottle seal is unbroken. taking plent of fluieds and water will helpyour body to keep most. Put your personal medications in your carry-on baggage and bring copies of prescriptions.
- Police Hotline (112, 999.)
- IST Clinic – 24hr doctor +255 754 783393
Tanzania’s unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling.
The country has a cash-based economy. U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Major credit cards are accepted on a very limited basis, mainly only in the largest shops, hotels and lodges. ATMs are available in larger city centers like Arusha and Dar es Salaam, but less frequent in remote areas.
Exchange money only at authorized outlets such as currency exchange kiosks, banks and hotels. Only exchange what you feel you will need while visiting. Save all receipts from any currency transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
We suggest travelling with some U.S. dollars to be exchanged for local currency and at least two major credit cards. Because of Tanzania’s cash-based economy, we suggest you bring enough cash in USD $ (in smaller denominations), to finance your gratuities, purchases and other incidentals.
The regulated currency is the Tanzania Shilling (ush). Notes are 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000, 20000,. we have coins from a 50,100,200 and 500 .At this writing, the exchange rate was about tsh 2267.99 to US$1.
Kindly do not bring US dollars notes post dated 2006. Older , written on and torn notes are not accepted in uganda. Most large hotels accept U.S dollars. euros and uganda shillings and take all major credit cards at a surcharge of 10%.-30%
Bargaining, especially at marketplaces, is part of the shopping experience. But always be aware of the exchange rate and pay appropriately—you do not want to underpay, but you also do not want to be charged exorbitant “tourist” prices.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
In order to enter Tanzania as a citizen of the United States, you will need:
A signed, valid passport and a tourist visa*. Your passport must remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip.
It is also imperative that your passport has at least 2 blank visa pages available for entry and exit stamps. Additional blank pages are always a prudent precaution.
If you are not a citizen of the United States, your entry requirements may vary. Please consult your nearest diplomatic or consular office of the country or countries you will be visiting.
Tourist visas for Tanzania can be purchased either on arrival or by applying in advance through a visa processing service. While there are additional costs involved in using these services, we encourage you to obtain your visa ahead of time, as long lines can be common. The current cost for obtaining a Tanzania visa is USD $100 (subject to change without notice). Tanzania currently only issues multiple-entry visas to U.S. passport holders. For those planning on obtaining their visa upon arrival, the visa fee must be paid in cash and can be paid in U.S. currency.
It is strongly advised that every client purchase a trip insurance. You can contact any trip insurance company that you choose, and they can answer any questions that you might have regarding the insurance they offer, what is covered and what options would be best suited for your trip. Most of the insurance polices in Uganda cover the car and theird parties, in case of any thing you should carry your own insurance for travel to be on a safe side.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
The confirmation of a booking for a chosen safari is regarded as a contract between the client and gorilla walking safaris ltd, in which the client agrees to the terms and conditions set out therein. Upon confirmation of a reservation, gorilla walking Safaris will immediately request a 30% non-refundable deposit of the total price for a chosen safari. The contract comes into effect as soon as the deposit payment is received. Up until that point, the correspondence between the Company and the client is treated as a quotation, subject to price increases, eg increases in park fees entrance fees, government levies are subject to increase often without due warning and are subject to change without notice and the availability of the option being quoted for. The balance of the amount to be paid at least 45 days before departure date or on ariival. All payments are to be made in US Dollars unless an arrangement was made with us for payment in another currency.
Cancellation by you:
A cancellation of a reservation must be in writing by email from the the same individual as on the original confirmation.
– In respect of a cancellation 0-15 days or less prior to departure: 100% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited!
– In respect of cancellation from 16 days to 60 days prior to departure 50% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited.
– In respect of a cancellation from 61 days to 90 days prior to departure: 30% of the total price of the safari shall be forfeited.
Cancellation by the Company:
Though is very rare for the company to cancel a safari already booked. But if gorilla walking Safaris has to cancel your safari in any other circumstances before departure, we will do our best to offer you a safari to equivalent standard or will give you a full refund if their was hotel booking and permits those monies must be deducted .
SAFARI DRIVER GUIDES
Your driver/guide is complete with experience, information and knowledge of all the areas that you will travel to. Be sure to ask them lots of questions and feel free to chat with them about anything regarding your safari.
A Mount Kilimanjaro climbing trek involves the cooperative work of not only your Head Guide (Expedition Leader) and Assistant Expedition Leader, but also many behind the scenes support staff such as porters, cooks and camp staff, which you may never actually encounter during your trip as they travel ahead of the group carrying gear and setting up camp for your arrival. While decisions regarding tipping rest entirely with you, we suggest the following gratuities (noted in U.S. dollars) for the Mount Kilimanjaro portion of any Climb to Kilimanjaro or Tailor Made journey.
Total suggested gratuity amount per person for the entire mountain trek: USD $420-$480
The entire amount should be presented to the Expedition Leader on the last day of the climb. He will then distribute among the staff as follows:
Safari Driver-Guide on acclimation day-trip to Arusha National Park and beyond $15 per person