Tanzania

Like its northern neighbour Kenya, Tanzania is a country blessed with the epic landscapes, ancient cultures, abundant flora and iconic wildlife that usually spring to mind when one thinks of Africa.

It's largely untamed and unspoiled and contains an enormous variety of stunning landscapes ranging from deserts and grassy savannas to tropical beaches, fertile valleys and the rugged peaks of the Great Rift Valley.

The country is dotted with national parks known for their spectacular scenery and significant wildlife populations. It's here that you'll have the chance to see Africa's iconic 'Big 5' game animals up close and in their natural environments, and to experience the fascinating culture and traditions of the Masai people.

Head to the Serengeti National Park to witness the awe-inspiring sight of the great annual migration, as millions of wildebeest and other animals make their yearly northward journey into Kenya's Masai Mara; or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest caldera, to find a treasure trove of exotic wildlife including lions, elephants, pink flamingoes and the endangered black rhino.

Challenge yourself with an exhilarating summit of Africa's highest peak, the snowcapped Mt Kilimanjaro; and then escape to the unforgettable island of Zanzibar, where you can unwind on breathtaking beaches and wander the labyrinthine streets of Stone Town, soaking up Swahili culture and trawling busy markets for spices, baskets and textiles.

Check out our range of unique itineraries and start planning your Tanzania adventure!


 

Our all inclusive approach

Featuring quality safari accommodation and wilderness camps, enthusiastic camping crews and porters and private vehicles, our Tanzania adventures provide exceptional value for money. Additionally, we aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as most meals, transferes, game drives, camping services, excursions and national park fees.

Authentic experiences

From summiting Mount Kilimanjaro to witnessing the great migration herds in the Serengeti and experiencing the tribal cultures to watching the sunset over the waters of Zanzibar, our programs are designed to give you a true sense of Tanzania's geographic and cultural diversity.

Kilimanjaro experts

We can organise treks on all the standard Kilimanjaro routes but we prefer to avoid the busiest routes of Machame and Marangu. The less visited camping routes of Shira, Lemosho, Rongai and the Northern Circuit offer the best chances of enjoying Kilimanjaro and actually reaching the summit. A comprehensive medical kit accompanies all our trekking trips and we carry emergency oxygen on all routes.

Quality equipment

You’ll be comforted to know that our camping based treks are supported by quality equipment, starting with tents, sleeping mats, kitchen services, dining tent with chairs and tables and safety equipment.

Experienced local guides

Our excellent trekking guides and camping crews are what make your Tanzania experience special. While our safari guides are skilled in highly skilled at spotting wildlife, our ratio of 2 clients to 1 guide on Kilimanjaro means you will receive the best personal attention and encouragement. Each chief guide has a licence from Kilimanjaro National Park to lead climbs and has his own team of assistant guides and camp staff that ensure an excellent level of service on the mountain.

Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel practice is at the heart of our Tanzania programs. Our adventures provide a true wilderness experience by viewing wildlife in their natural habitat and supporting the protection of endangered wildlife species, diverse environments and local communities.


 

Guide development

Since 2012 we have sponsored a guide every year to complete a scholarship training course through the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation.

Waste disposal and plastic reduction

We carry all of our waste from camp and dispose of it responsibly in the nearest city. Additionally, reusable containers store food our food.

Encouragement of women guides

We actively encourage women to break the male dominated world of guiding. While we have two female guides on Mount Kilimanjaro, we also have a number of female kitchen crew and mountain porters.


Safari lodges

In game parks, national parks and rural locations we use 3 to 4 star comfortable properties that reflect the character of the area. Some may have extra facilities such as a swimming pool or private balcony.

Permanent safari camps

Like a tented hotel room, this is the perfect way to experience the African wilderness. We use 3 to 4 star comfortable properties that reflect the character of the area.

Camping

We offer two styles of camping; fully supported and semi-participation. Both styles feature quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness.

Hotels

In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star, twin share properties that are centrally located, comfortable and reliable.

Mountain huts

Some treks feature camping in a communal dormitory with basic shared facilities.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



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Currency

Tanzanian Shilling (divided into cents)

US dollars cash are by far the easiest foreign currency to exchange in Tanzania. It can either be changed to T-shillings, or used directly (but often at a lower rate). We recommend you only take US$ notes from 2006 or newer, and with the new large-head design. Older or torn notes are not accepted in Tanzania.

Euro can also be changed in many places. However the rate is not always as good.

In Tanzania credit cards are becoming more useful and the quite a few hotels now take payment by credit cards. Please be aware identity theft is common so please be careful when using them for payment, and never allow your credit card to be out of your sight at all times.

There are only a few ATM machines in major cities that are connected internationally and reliability is not guaranteed.

International Dialing Code

+255

Electricity
Type D plug

Electricity in Tanzania is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin types are D (3 pin round) and G (UK – 3 prong).

Visas

Visas are required for passport holders from the following countries:-

Australia

New Zealand

Canada

United States

United Kingdom

Details of obtaining visas are provided in your confirmation kit.

All other nationalities should check with your nearest embassy or consulate.

Multiple entry visas are not issued, however, those who travel between Tanzania and Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will not need a new visa to re-enter Tanzania provided they re-enter Tanzania while the visa is still valid. Those who go from Tanzania to countries other than Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, will need to obtain a new visa at the entry point to Tanzania.

TRAVEL VIA KENYA

Visas are required for passport holders from the following countries:

Australia

New Zealand

Canada

United States

United Kingdom

Details of obtaining visas are provided in your confirmation kit.

All other nationalities should check with your nearest embassy or consulate.

Travellers holding a single entry Kenyan visa can exit Kenya to Tanzania or Rwanda (and also Uganda or Burundi) and re-enter Kenya from those countries without the need to hold a multiple entry visa as long as the visa is still valid. Travellers are still required to have the appropriate visas for Tanzania, Rwanda (or Uganda and Burundi) if required. Please note: Travellers who go to countries other than Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, will need to obtain a new visa to re-enter Kenya or should apply for a multiple entry visa in their home country prior to travel.

A visa is required and is issued prior to arrival (you will need to print this out and present it to an Immigration Official upon arrival). Visa applications can be made online at: http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/ <http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/>

Whilst it is still possible to obtain a visa on arrival into Kenya, we recommend that you apply for your electronic visa online prior to arrival to Kenya. The Kenya eVisa application is simple and quick to complete, and strongly recommended as it smooths the immigration process. You can do it at home, in advance of your trip, allowing you to skip the process of obtaining a visa on arrival or the possibility of being refused entry. You are advised to create an eVisa application at least 7 business days before your departure. To apply for an eVisa to visit Kenya, you must apply through the following Kenyan eVisa service website: http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/

You will be required to register as a visitor and then proceed to the Department of Immigration Services section. The eVisa application form caters for: Single entry visa or Transit Visa.

The visas will be processed and sent online to the applicants(s). The applicant(s) will then be required to print out the approved eVisa and present it to an Immigration officer at the first point of entry into Kenya.

Please note the following visa fees:

Single Entry Visa (SJV) valid for three months from date of issue – USD$50

Transit Visa (TV) valid for three days – USD$20

(Note - all eVisa applications attract a USD$1 service charge).

It is possible to apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV) which allows applicants wishing to travel to the East African Community (EAC) countries of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to obtain one visa to cover all three countries. The visa allows for multiple entry within the EAC region within the validity period of 90 days. Once a traveller goes out of the three countries and comes back to either Kenya/Rwanda/Uganda, it will be considered as a new journey and not a continuation, hence the EATV visa is deemed expired and you would then have to apply for a single entry permit to re-enter either Kenya/Rwanda/Uganda. Applicants must apply for the visa through the Embassy of the country they will be entering first and will be obliged to enter only through that country. If entering first via Kenya, the East Africa Tourist Visa (which covers Kenya, Rwanda & Uganda) is available on application at the Kenya High Commission and costs USD$100/AUD$140. Note that this multiple country visa arrangement does NOT include Tanzania.

INTRODUCTION OF e-VISA SERVICES

Visa applications to Kenya can be made online via: www.ecitizen.go.ke <http://www.ecitizen.go.ke>. Manual application will not be accepted for Single entry visa or Transit Visa; it only applies for an East Africa Tourist Visa. Applicants are advised to submit their visa applications and obtain approval before travelling. The email approval after the online visa application and payment will take minimum SEVEN business days. The procedure is as listed below.

To apply for a Kenyan e-VISA, you need to get this in your home country (takes a minimum of 7 business days). Visa applications are made online at http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/. Have your passport and itinerary details at hand when you apply (Note: Passport validity: minimum required 6 months from date of entry and at least 1 blank page.)

1. Click REGISTER on http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/ <http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/>

2. Once you have signed in as a visitor eCitizen at: http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/ <http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/> you will need to check your email account to verify and activate your account.

3. Next you will log in (http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/ <http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/> ) and select Department of Immigration services.

4. Upload a passport-size photo of yourself to proceed (maximum dimensions 500px by 500px).

5. Select Department of Immigration Services, then select Submit Application, next select Kenyan Visa.

6. Select the type of Visa and read the instructions carefully.

7. Fill in the application form. (Note - you will have to upload a copy of your itinerary and bio page of your passport)

8. Pay using Visa card, Mastercard or other debit cards in USD, Euros, GBP or SwissFrancs.

9. Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.

10. The eVisa must be printed and a copy presented to the Immigration official at the port of entry upon arrival in Kenya.

Please print 2 copies of the eVisa. Bring both to Africa. Keep one with your passport and the other separately as a spare just in case. Guard it like a passport.

Please note that the visa processing fee is non-refundable and incomplete applications will be rejected. For further information please go to: http://www.immigration.go.ke

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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