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Travel guide to Tanzania + Zanzibar

Your passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you may be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas ($50 pp) are compulsory and should be purchased at the airport on arrival, but please be aware this may involve very long queues.  An e-visa can theoretically be purchased on-line in advance of travel, but this is currently impractical as it is only valid for 30 days from date of issue (not date of entry) and takes up to 2 weeks to be issued – meaning if you buy one in good time, it will have expired by the time your holiday finishes. If you do get an e-visa, remember to print it out & take a copy with you.
There are no compulsory health requirements, but malaria tablets are recommended. A yellow fever vaccination is not compulsory, unless you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (eg Kenya or Uganda), in which case a valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory & must be presented at the airport to gain entry. Airport transits of < 12-hours are exempt. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before travel. If you are over 60 years of age and your doctor advises against a yellow fever vaccination, you must carry a letter from your doctor that states this. As dengue fever is present, a good insect repellent and anti-histamine are advised. The mosquito that spreads dengue bites during the day and is more common in urban areas. Tsetse fly is found on the mainland only and is associated with cattle. There is no tsetse fly on Zanzibar Island. If you are prone to travel sickness, remember to take preventative tablets before any light aircraft flights. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB). Consult your doctor regarding the suitability of altitude sickness tablets if you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tanzanian Shillings (TZS) – but USD dollars dated from 2006 onwards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants and shops that cater for tourists, so it is not necessary to travel with local currency, unless you are planning an extended stay in one of the towns or cities. Take small denominations, as you may not always be able to get change and these are also useful for tipping. Dollars dated before 2006 are not accepted anywhere in Tanzania. VISA & Master cards are accepted at many hotels & restaurants, but often with a 5% surcharge. American Express & Diners Club are not generally accepted. Always ensure you carry cash when travelling in the countryside, as some places may not accept cards. If you want local currency, this can be purchased at the airport on arrival in exchange for £, $ or € bank notes (debit/credit cards are not accepted) but be aware that you will not be able to swap back any surplus currency afterwards.
English + Swahili
Time Zone
GMT + 3 hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
Baggage – if you are flying on a light aircraft, your luggage must be packed in soft sports bags, usually restricted to 15 kg. Rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods and will be left behind. 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security, as any device that does not switch on cannot be check and may need to be surrendered. 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and if you plan to use travel apps such as Google Translate or Google Maps, ensure you check your data package with your provider in advance. Alternatively turn off date roaming to avoid large phone bills. Be aware that some rural areas may not have mobile or WiFi coverage. 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. 
Clothing – pack in layers according to the season, including lightweight but long sleeved shirts and long trousers to protect against mosquitos (safari clothing is ideal for this). Neutral colours are best – khaki, green & brown. Avoid white & bright colours as these increase your visibility to the animals, dark blue as this attracts the tsetse fly, and black which can get very hot. Take a generous supply of insect repellent to spray on your neck, wrists and ankles and avoid using perfume, as this attracts insects. Take a day pack, good walking shoes, T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen & flip flops for the beach. Also take a fleece, as it can get very cold at night in Ngorongoro & the highlands, even in summer. Rain gear is needed during the wet season. Sanitising hand cleaner and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses & a 'shewee' is invaluable for ladies in the bush. Free laundry is offered by many lodges, but you are expected to wash your own underwear. 
Medicines - if you travel with prescription drugs, carry an adequate supply in their original bottles/packaging & keep them in your hand luggage, as if lost they may be difficult to replace. 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). We suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. Please note that it is a criminal offence to fly drones anywhere in Tanzania. 
Plastic Bags - thin plastic bags including duty free bags, bin liners & dry-cleaning bags, are now banned in Tanzania for environmental reasons. You will need to surrender any in your possession on your arrival. Only durable 'bags for life', paper bags, cloth & woven bags are permitted. 
Plugs – type G (flat 3-pin, same as UK) and type D. Pack a universal adapter as well as a hand basin plug/stopper, as these are not always provided. 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
Water – tap water is safe to brush your teeth, but drink only bottled water. 
Food – European food is served throughout the country. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for. 
Taxis – in cities only use regulated taxis, which are best ordered through your hotel. 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left, although we do not recommend self-driving in Tanzania. 
Zanzibar local customs - The mainland follows Christian customs, but remember that Zanzibar is Muslim island, so do not expose your body when away from your hotel - eg when visting a village, in Stone Town, or on a spice island tour. Wear loose fitting non-transparent clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs. Beachwear is for the beach only and topless sunbathing is not permitted. Public displays of affection (eg kissing) are considered offensive & alcohol cannot be consumed outside hotels, bars and restaurants. It is illegal to remove turtle products or corals from the island. 
Safety – take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash, passport and a spare credit card in your hotel safe. 
Wild Animals – attacks by wild animals are rare, but we cannot guarantee that attacks will not occur so observe all sensible precautions. We cannot be held responsible for injuries caused during an incident with a wild animal. 
Indemnities - please be aware it is likely you will be required to sign indemnities for safaris and any other potentially hazardous activities. 
Drones - it is illegal to use a drone in East Africa. Doing so can lead to criminal charges with heavy fines and/or imprisonment. 
Pack for a Purpose - if you have a little space in your suitcase, local schools & communities always appreciate gifts of English reading books, pens & pencils, stationery, deflated footballs etc. Specific requests from communities can be seen on the 'Pack for a Purpose' website. 
Tipping – this is not compulsory, but if you wish to tip because you have received good service, we suggest the following per couple: 
- driver/guide: $10 per day (can be reduced for longer stays). 
- rangers: $5 per game drive 
- waiters: 10% (if not already added to your bill) 
- porters: $1 per bag. 
It is not necessary to tip drivers doing short transfers (eg to the airport). 
Zanzibar - a hotel tax of $1 per person per night is payable locally, as well as an airport departure tax of $1 per person. 
Displays of Affection - please be aware that same sex relationships are illegal in Tanzania, so public displays of affection should be avoided at all times, including in your hotel. We advise all our clients, gay and heterosexual, to be sensitive to cultural differences. 
FCO Travel Advice - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.