THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR SAFARI


Tribes: 
There are over 120 tribes in Tanzania, each speaking their own language.

Language:
More than 100 different languages are spoken across Tanzania. Swahili and English are widely spoken in major towns and tourist areas. You should be able to get along quite well with english only.

Regions:
Tanzania is divided into 21 administrative regions, each with a local administrative capital.

Population: 
The total population of Tanzania is estimated to be around 40 million.

Money:
Money can be changed freely at authorized dealers, banks, or at a bureaux de change. Most banks now use ATMs and holders of debt/credit cards can get local currency at any time of the day.

Climate:
Tanzania is generally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings June through October.

Clothes:
Safari dress should be comfortable and casual, I recommend layers. Keep it simple and bring things you don't mind getting dusty.

On safari:
Don’t get out of your safari vehicle in the parks except in designated areas.

Tipping:
Not obligatory, but a tip for exceptional services would be appreciated.

Security:
Tanzania is generally a safe country. It has managed to avoid the internal political upheaval that has plagued so many other African nations. Tribal conflict here simply does not exist, despite the fact that it is one of the most diverse nations in Africa.

Visas and passes:
Foreigners seeking to enter Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport or a pass. Visas can be obtained at all points of arrival.

Insurance:
It is suggested that you buy travel insurance to cover personal accidents, medical expenses and/or the loss of baggage or valuables.

Health:
For medical advice, it is always best to consult your doctor or travel clinic. Most travelers into Tanzania get, at minimum, a yellow fever vaccination and anti-malarial medication. Bear in mind that you will be staying in camps and lodges oriented to meet the needs of American and European guests.

Electricity:
220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs may be round or square 3-pin. Bring a universal adaptor if needed.

Shopping:
Tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets.

What do you want to know about Tanzania? No question is a bad one and if I don’t know the answer, I will find it.