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Tanzania Facts

  • Capital city and administrative capital: Dodoma
  • Commercial capital: Dar es Salaam
  • Official Languages: Kiswahili and English
  • Time: GMT + 3
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TSH or TZS). Credit cards (Access, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Euro card and Diners) are accepted in certain larger hotels and restaurants. Traveller’s cheques in US Dollars are recommended, although Euros are also generally accepted.
  • Banking: Banks and forex bureaux are available at airports and in all major towns. Banking hours are from Monday – Friday 08:30 – 14:30, Saturdays 08:30 – 13:30. In major towns some branches will be open until 1600. Please note all banks are closed on Sundays.

Climate

  • Tanzania’s climate is predominantly tropical. For the whole country, the hottest months are from October to February. The long rains are from mid-March to late May, and the short rains from November to January. The coolest months are June to August when the nights and early mornings can be cold. In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro, temperatures can fall below freezing. Coastal areas are hot and humid with an average daytime temperature of 30° C. Sea breezes make the climate very pleasant from June to September.

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport; a valid visa for those not exempted (US$ 50 per person per single entry visa. Valid for 6 Months)
  • If necessary, single entry visas only can be purchased upon arrival at the immigration desk. Please have the correct money in new US Dollar cash and be prepared for queues.

Health

  • An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required to enter Zanzibar. As requirements and regulations are subject to change at short notice, visitors are advised to contact their nearest Tanzanian Embassy of their travel health advisor well in advance of their intended date of departure. Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever must produce international certificates of vaccination.
  • Malaria protection is essential. Please consult your doctor for advice on prophylactics.
  • Hidden Treasure of Tanzania Safari camps does not have medical facilities and our staffs are not medically trained. Therefore clients should bring their own necessary medications with them.

Insurance

  • Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also recommend trip cancellation cover.
  • Hidden Treasure of Tanzania Safari does not insure for medical evacuation, but can organise membership with the “Flying Doctor” service. NOTE: this must be booked in advance of your trip.

Airport Tax

  • Domestic tax on scheduled flights is US$ 6 per person from all Government airstrips.
  • International departure tax: Tanzania is US$30 per person. Kenya is US$ 20 per person.

Voltage

  • 220 volts/ AC50 Hz. Facilities are available in camps for the charging of video and digital cameras. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs.

Tipping

  • Tipping is not expected, but is enthusiastically received
  • A guideline, and dependent on how happy you are, we suggest approximately US$10 per person per night at each camp. This goes into a main pot and is divided between all the staff. It is quite normal to tip your guide separately using the same guidelines.

Photography

  • Ensure you bring enough camera film with you for your entire stay – and them some more. Film is not always available, and specialist films are very hard to get in Tanzania.
  • Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform. If you do not get permission then do not take a picture.
    If in doubt, don’t photograph it!
  • Please make sure permission has been sought before photographing local people, and their villages. They may charge for pictures to be taken. Please check with your guide.
    No flash photography is allowed when viewing the chimps at Mahale. High-speed film is recommended.

Communication

  • International Direct Dial is available. The country code for Tanzania is +255. The outgoing international code is 00 for the United States, and 000 for all other countries. Several cellular phone networks operate in Tanzania, and roaming lines work in most major cities, and towns.
  • Costs for telephone calls are generally high, so make sure you check the rate before making the call.

International / Domestic Airports

  • Dar es Salaam International Airport is located 15kms southwest of the city, and takes approximately 25 minutes by car. Airport facilities include a duty-free shop, car hire, post office, banking and bureau de change, and a bar and restaurant.
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport is located 40 kms from Arusha and takes approximately 1 hour to reach by car. Facilities include curio shops, a post office, and a bar.
  • Zanzibar International Airport is located 7kms from the centre of Stone Town, and takes approximately 15 minutes to reach by car. Facilities include a cafeteria and bureau de change.
  • Arusha Domestic Airport is located on the outskirts of Arusha town. Facilities include a curio shop, and a snack bar.

What to bring

  • Shorts, lightweight trousers, short & long sleeved shirts in neutral, bush colours. Sweater or fleece during the colder months.
  • Swim suit/sarong
  • Comfortable lightweight walking shoes or boots.
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • High factor sun lotion
  • Camera plus plenty of film.

Dress Code

  • The island of Zanzibar and the beach resorts on the mainland are predominantly Muslim, so recognition of Traditional courtesies is important. Unsuitable clothing such as swimwear or brief shorts, are not acceptable in town and villages away from the main tourist resorts.

Recommended Reading

  • Richard D. Estes – The Safari Companion
  • Richard D. Estes – The Behavioural Guide to African Mammals
  • Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe – Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa
  • Collins Field Guide – Mammals of Africa
  • Johnathan Kingdon – The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
  • Michael Blundell – Wild Flowers of East Africa
  • Sasol – Birds of Prey of Africa
  • Paul Joynson-Hicks – Tanzania – Portrait of a Nation
  • Javed Jafferji/Graham Mercer – Tanzania: African Eden
  • Carlo Mari/Harvey Croze – The Serengeti’s Great Migration
  • Mitsuaki Iwago – Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain
  • Reinhard Kunkel – Ngorongoro
  • Reinhard Kunkel – Elephants
  • Peter Matthiessen – Sand Rivers
  • Peter Matthiessen – African Trilogy
  • Thomas Pakenham – Scramble for Africa
  • David Read – Waters of the Sanjan
  • Charles Miller – Battle for the Bundu
  • John Reader – Africa: Biography of a Continent
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah – Paradise
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah – By the Sea

Adresses

German Ambassy Dar es Salam
physical address:
Umoja House
Garden Avenue und Mirambo Street
Daressalam

postal address:
P.O. Box: 9541
Dar es Salaam

opening hours: Monday to Friday
from 8.00 a.m. – noon

How to reach the Embassy during working hours:
Tel: +255 – 22 – 211 7409 -15
Fax: +255 – 22 – 211 2944
Fax Visa Department: +255 – 22 – 213 8838

How to reach the embassy after working hours:
In case of emergency after working hours or on a public holiday you can
reach the emergency service of the German Embassy using the following
phone number: 0713 – 455209

Honorar Consul Arusha
German Honorary Consul in Arusha
Ulf A. Kusserow
physical address:
Msumbi Estate Ltd.
Ngaramtoni ya Chini
(after International School Moshi, Arusha Campus)
Arusha postal address:
P.O.Box 15066
Arusha
opening hours:
Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00
Thursday 16:00 to 18:00

How to contact Mr. Kusserow during opening hours:
Tel/Fax: +255 – 27 – 2508022
Mobil: +255 – 754 – 789603
Mobil: +255 – 787 – 789603