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Tips to prepare the trip

Your health

Different vaccines are suggested when travelling to Tanzania, depending on the places you are visiting and the length of stay in the country. Malaria prophylaxis is also recommended. Visit the International Vaccination Centre in your area with at least one month before the intended date of travel.

If you take any medication regularly you should bring all you are going to need during the trip.

It is advised to sleep always under the mosquito net and to use a mosquito repellent, especially at dusk and sunrise.

Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, but remember that you cannot drink the tap water. Consume only bottled or canned beverages without ice.

Outside the hotels is not advisable to eat unpeeled fruit, salads and vegetables that are not cooked.

Always use sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

We recommend that you contract travel insurance and additionally the Flying Doctors’ emergency evacuation insurance, with which you will be contributing to the social work of the major African health NGO www.flydoc.org/

What to wear

Depending on the season it can be quite cool, especially if you go to the North of the country during the months of June to September. It is advisable to wear different clothes because temperatures can vary widely from day to night.

Check weather forecast page before you pack, here is the link to the BBC:

www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

Fly to Tanzania

There are many airlines that fly to Dar es Salaam: KLM, Egyptair, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Kenyan Airways… Prices vary considerably depending on the season, so if you are able to travel in low season your pocket will thank you. You will also save if you get your ticket in advance.

The visa

A visa is required for most nationalities and can be obtained from the Immigration Office at the international airports of Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro, as well as in all of the entry borders, if you arrive by land.

We encourage you to bring the amount of the visa in U.S. dollars, as they set equivalence between dollar and euro. U.S. dollars issued prior to 2006 are not accepted.

Find more information here:

www.tanzania.go.tz/visa.html

Change money

The Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). You can pay in dollars in most of the hotels, but take shillings for the rest of the payments.

Usually, the best change is the one you get in the bureaux de change in the city center, but if you don’t have time you can also change at the airport on arrival.

In this link you can get the updated exchange rate:

www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

ATMs

There are plenty of ATMs in major cities, but once out, things get complicated. The exchange rate of ATMs is not bad, but transaction fees are usually quite high, with the drawback that the maximum that can be drawn in each operation is 400,000 TZS (about 200 Euros, depending on the exchange rate).

Credit cards

The use of credit cards is not widely spread and, although they are accepted in many hotels, they often charge an additional percentage for paying with them.

KARIBU SANA!

 

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Posted: July 22, 2013

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