Tanzania

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Why Tanzania?

The outstanding diverse landscape, the cultural multiplicity, the exciting history and the excellent conditions for watching animals have made Tanzania to one of the most popular destinations for visitors of East Africa. Whether by car, by foot, by boat or from a hot-air balloon, whether on camping sites or in luxurious lodges – everyone who visits Tanzania will experience astonishing diversity and a real piece of Africa. Indeed, Tanzania is no destination for self-drivers, but it is outstandingly suitable for guided individual travels in pairs or little groups. Individually compiled “modules” result in an diversified journey.

 

Tanzania being an ideal destination has many reasons:

– Easy availability with only with only little time difference: the difference to Middle Europe is +2 hours during winter and +1 hour during summer
– Very good flight connection by direct flights from Air Berlin and Condor
– Uncomplicated entry regulations: valid passport, chargeable visa for inhabitants of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
– A delicious cuisine with traditional African influences
– Diversified nature, culture and animal kingdom
– Tailor-made for everyone
– Friendly and hospitable people
– Can easily be combined with the neighbouring countries Kenya and Uganda

The best travel time

Best travel time:
January, February, July, August, September
Good travel time:
December
Small green season:
October, November
Green season:
March, April, May
     

Hints prior to Departure

Security fee

From October 1, passengers traveling in Tanzania must pay a security fee at the country's airports. This is for international flights five dollars and for domestic flights two dollars on the ticket price. The new levy is to be invested in the security infrastructure of the airports.

Entry

Germans, Austrians and Swiss need a passport which has to be valid for at least 6 more months after their departure from Tanzania, a return ticket and a visa. For Germans, the chargeable visa can be acquired in advance at the Tanzanian Embassy in Berlin or – for a non-recurring entry – directly at the airport. Visas can also be applied online before arrival to Tanzania. You can apply for visa on the website https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ . Please register online as a visitor, the payment can be done by credit card. After a handling time of maximum 7 days you will receive your visa online in your account. Please print the visa and present it together with your passport (validity of 6 months beyond departure date is required) upon immigrations control at the airport. Please note that you will be referred to cashless payment by credit card (VISA card) and cash will no longer be accepted on arrival in Zanzibar. The visa for non-recurring entry is valid for a maximum of 3 months on the date of entry. The same visa requirements apply to children. If children are not registered in the passport of their parents, they may enter the country with their own passport. Embassy of the Republic of Tanzania, Eschenallee 11, D-14050 Berlin (Charlottenburg), Tel.: (030) 303 08 00 With effect from 01st June 2019, plastic bags are banned in Tanzania. There are large fines for everyone who brings them into the country after this date.

Health

As the hygienic prescriptions differ from country to country it is important that a visitor informs himself about the prescriptions applying for his home country before travelling to Tanzania. Where necessary he should obtain immunisation certificates if these are essential for the return in his home country. The medical care can’t be compared to Europe and is often a problem in technical or hygienic ways. However, the „Aga Khan Hospital“ in Dar es Salaam offers an excellent care. We strongly recommend an adequate health insurance with return transport insurance which is valid world-wide. Please don’t forget to take a first-aid kit with you. It is recommended, to review the standard vaccinations and to bring up to date. When entering the country directly from Europe, no immunisation is stipulated. In the case of a previous stay in countries with yellow fever according to WHO (during the last 6 days before entry) an effective immunisation certificate for yellow fever is required (not required for children under the age of 1 year or travellers who have not left the transit room during 12 hours stay, within the infected country). For entry to Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania, evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required.

Currency

The local currency of Tanzania is the „Tanzanian Shilling“(Tsh.). 1 TZS = 100 Cent. There are bank notes worth 10.000, 5.000, 2.000, 1.000 and 500 TZS.

Banks

The National Bank of Commerce and all authorised exchange offices change foreign currencies (US-Dollar and EURO). Partly, foreign currencies can also be changed at the hotels. In the touristic centres you may also pay with US-Dollars. Opening hours are from Mon. – Fri.: 08:30 am- 12.30 pm, partly till 04:00 pm; Sat. 08.00 am - 01:00 pm.

Time difference

The time difference compared to Central European Time is plus 2 hours. During our summer time (end of March till end of October) it is only one hour.

Climate

The temperature fluctuation in Tanzania is minimal. The hottest months are October till February. The high plateau has a moderate climate with hot, dry days and cool nights. At the coast as well as on Zanzibar and the other islands there is a warm humid climate with an average day temperature of about 30° Celsius. The main rainy season occurs during the monsoon period. The long rainy season lasts from March to May, the short rainy season from November to December. Due to the wind, a stay at the coast is the most enjoyable from June to September.

Luggage/Clothes

We recommend light cotton summer clothes. For your safari, please don’t forget comfortable shoes as well as a warm pullover for the evenings. Also remember to take enough film and photo material with you as well as binoculars. Sun cream with high sun protection factor and good sunglasses are essential. Please take a preferably soft travelling bag (maximum 15 kg pro person).      

Day of Departure

Flight

The flight time from Europe depends on the respective flight path but takes about 11 to 14 hours, partly with 1 – 2 hours stopover. Dar es Salaam can be reached from Germany via Amsterdam, London, Dubai, Zurich and Addis Abeba. Direct flights from Germany approach the airports “Kilimanjaro“ and “Zanzibar“. The private airlines “Precision Air“ and “Coastal Travel“ offer multiple domestic flights. Normally, these flights are steady, but you should always ask for changes in the flight schedule. Visitors have to pay an airport tax when leaving the country by air. We will be glad to inform you about prices for Comfort/Business Class. For a fee of 40,- EUR we reserve your preferred seat. On request, we also reserve cheap parking spaces at your airport in advance.

Security advice

Please keep in mind that you should arrive at the check-in counter of your airline at least two hours in advance. We will be glad to send you information on your respective airport. In all cases, please don’t put any sharp objects like nail scissors into your hand luggage.      

At your holiday destination

Arrival

After having arrived at the airport in Tanzania, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and accompanied to your hotel. The Government of Zanzibar has recently announced new infrastructure tax and levy which will affect all visitors and be effective from 01 st July 2015 (1,- USD per person/night to be paid directly by guest at hotel on arrival).

Population

The official languages are English and Kiswahili, a so-called Bantu language with Arabic elements and the most popular and most common language in Africa. However, there are more than 120 other languages within the country, affected by the four different language groups: Khoisan, Kushitish, Nilotish and Bantu. There are different religions in Tanzania: about 35% of the inhabitants are Muslim (on Zanzibar even nearly 100%), about 35% are Christians due to the proselytization during the 19 th century and about 35% are followers of natural religions. The Hindu population is clearly outnumbered. The customs and practices of the Islamic population should be strictly respected, especially concerning clothing.

Safaris/Excursions

We offer you an interesting variety of safaris and excursions. We recommend booking in advance as during the high season many safari lodges and camps are fully booked which would cost you valuable time of your holidays.

Nature

The country’s vegetation reaches from vast mangrove forests at the coastal areas to cloud forests at the higher areas. Due to the climatic conditions you will also find wet and dry savannas with the plant cover that is typical for the deserts. The country’s fauna offers a great diversity: Besides huge herds of hoofed animals like antelopes and zebras, there are also lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. The rivers are populated by crocodiles and hippos. Additionally there is a great variety of birds. There are lots of reserves and national parks in order to save the big game. Serengeti and Kilimanjaro belong to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Security

It is wise to be as careful in major cities as you would be in any other metropolis. Never leave your luggage unattended in front of the hotel or in the lobby. Deposit your valuables at the hotel safe, don’t walk alone through the streets after sunset, always lock your car and keep doors and windows closed. Please deposit your money, jewellery as well as your documents in the hotel safe, don’t carry unnecessary things around and keep an eye on your handbag and camera. After nightfall we recommend to use taxis instead of public transport.

Power supply

The voltage is 230 Volt. Due to fluctuations of current between 150 and 300 Volt, we recommend a voltage regulator for sensible equipment. The power outlets vary a lot in Tanzania, therefore a multi adapter may be useful. The power supply in big and smaller cities normally is ensured, except for the dry seasons where the current entry is often switched off for several hours a day by the biggest waterworks. In any case, power breakdowns are no rarity. Smaller localities which are located far away from the main cities and are therefore not linked to the state-run electric circuit use kerosene lamps or candles in the evenings. You should always take an electronic torch and batteries with your.

Telephone

The international area code from Europe to Tanzania is 00 255, followed by the area code and the phone number. From Tanzania to Germany you dial 00 49, to Austria 00 43, to Switzerland 00 41.

Diplomatic missions

German Embassy Daressalam: Umoja House, Corner Garden Avenue and Mirambo Street, Daressalam Austrian Embassy Tanzania: Msasani Peninsula, Slipway Road, Daressalaam Swiss Embassy Tanzania: Kinondoni Road 79, Daressalaam

Tip

Depending on the standard of the service, the tip is discretionary to the guest. It’s not stipulated, but a little tip for waiters (10% rule) and porters (1,- US$ per piece of luggage), drivers or tour guides (ca. 15-20 USD per day per group) is always welcomed.    

Return Trip

Departure / Check-in

You will be brought from the hotel to the airport in time for the check-in. Please have your filled-in exit visa at hand fort he passport control.

Your opinion is important to us!

As our guest satisfaction is paramount we always try to keep our quality, standards and the satisfaction of our guests as our main goal, and we welcome any kind of proposal or constructive criticism. We would therefore be glad if you could take your time and fill in our feedback questionnaire after having returned from Tanzania. All returned questionnaires will participate in a drawing for a journey to Kenya! We wish you an unforgettable stay in Tanzania!