We recommend you visit your doctor, local health centre or a travel clinic at least 2 months before your trip to be advised on any vaccinations or medications needed for your’ trip.
Your doctor, health centre of a travel clinic can give advice different medication available to protect against malaria.
You may like to visit the Fit For Travel website by the UK NHS which provides thorough & up to date travel advice or the travelhealthpro.org.uk website.
Need to Know - Tanzania
Tanzania has 3 distinct seasons; the “Dry season” which runs from July through October; the “Green season” which runs from December through March and the “Rainy season” which is April & May. During the dry season with not much water around, wildlife tends to congregate around lakes and rivers making viewing easier. However, the experience may be shared with a lot more people as July & August are traditional holiday times for many. The green season has less guests and many animals have their young during February each year which can be a magical time to visit.
Perhaps the holy grail of wildlife viewing is the famous great wildebeest migration which takes place in the Serengeti in the north of the country. Thousands upon thousands of wildebeest move in a clockwise direction from the Mara river in the north of Serengeti (July through October) down to the South east of Serengeti which we call Kusini (December through March) and then across to the western corridor, a narrow part of western Serengeti which runs along the Grumeti river (late May to early July).
What to bring on Safari
It is hot in Tanzania so we recommend light, comfortable, lose fitting clothing. Shorts & shirts or t-shirts are great during the day. Long trousers and sleeves are necessary in the evenings to protect against mosquito and other insect bites. Natural colours are good so you blend into the scenery and don’t startle the wildlife.
A few travel essentials include: High factor sun cream, a wide brimmed hat, sturdy trainers or footwear for foot safaris, sandals, a light shawl or scarf to keep the sun off, insect repellent, a small personal first aid kit, any personal medication, a few books (see below) and of course your binoculars and camera.
The power supply is 230v with a frequency of 50hz. There is a mix of power sockets in Tanzania. UK style square pin (Type G) power plugs are widely used and three round pin sockets (Type D) are sometimes used.
Please note that many safari camps (all of those belonging to A Tent With A View) run on solar power. As such, we don't allow the use of hairdryers and we encourage recharging of batteries during daylight hours.
Visitors from the UK, Europe and the USA require a visa to visit Tanzania. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of your visit to Tanzania. Please allow plenty of time to renew your passport if it has less than 6 months validity.
The cost for a single-entry tourist visa is US$50 for UK and continental european citizens and US$100 for USA passport holders. For UK citizens a visa can be obtainable on arrival (payable in cash in US$ only), or prior to departure online via the Tanzanian High Commission https://tzhc.uk or via various visa agencies such as www.visahq.co.uk or www.thevisamachine.com.
If buying a visa on arrival we recommend you bring 4 passport photos and while credit or debit cards are sometimes accepted, we recommend you bring cash to pay for your visa.
Double entry visas are available in advance from the Tanzanian High Commission and from visa agencies but are not available on arrival.
For more information we recommend visiting the UK government travel advice website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania
For anyone who is planning to become an expert birder we recommend the ‘Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa’ by Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe.
If you are looking for something different to or in addition to an identification guide and you are keen to learn more about animal or bird behaviour and a bit of anatomy, you might want to try these very clear and well written books by Trevor Carnaby:
Beat about the Bush: Mammals
Beat about the Bush: Birds
Beat about the Bush: Mammals & Birds (Not as in-depth as the above two books but still a fantastic book!)
The currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling although US dollars are widely accepted in hotels and tourist areas. You can change Dollars to Tanzanian Shillings in many hotels and there are many currency exchange shops in cities and on Zanzibar where you can change Dollars, Euros or Sterling.
You cannot buy Tanzanian Shillings in Europe or the USA. We recommend you bring US Dollars to Tanzania. Credit and debit cards are accepted in many hotels and some shops but a commission will often be charged on credit cards.
US $ bills printed before 2009 are generally not accepted in Tanzania.
Here you will find some information to help you plan your visit to Tanzania. Of course you can contact us if you have any questions. Below you will find information on when to visit, average temperatures & rainfall, health advice, money, what to bring, wildlife books, power plugs and visas for Tanzania.
All guests are briefed in each camp about A Tent With A View's tipping protocol. There is a tip box in each camp and guests can put a tip into the box during or at the end of their stay if they are happy with the service. There is no obligation.
We discourage the tipping of individuals because there is a team of hard working individuals behind the scenes who do not get the opportunity to meet guests. We then distribute all tips equally amongst the team at the middle of every month