Useful Information before going to Tanzania
- Passport & Visas
Most visitors require visas with the exception of citizens of certain countries of the Commonwealth. Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU, need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. It is advisable to obtain them in advance from Embassies and High Commissions as several airlines insist of them prior to departure.
Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites. You can also obtain a visa at all airports in Tanzania as well as at the border crossings, but it is advised to get a visa beforehand as waiting time can be long.
Requirements may change, so you are advised to contact the appropriate diplomatic or consular authority before finalizing travel arrangements.
If you are flying, there are strict weight restrictions (15kg of luggage) whilst travelling on light aircraft for the following reasons:
- The aircraft are designed with a maximum bodyweight and luggage weight allowance
- Some airfields are elevated and short and temperatures can be hot and therefore the permissible aircraft carrying capacity is reduced
- The aircraft have physical space restrictions.
It is highly recommended to bring soft sided bags so that your bags can easily be stowed. It is sometimes easier to carry two small bags rather than one large, and as most good camps have a laundry service, large amounts of clothing are not necessary.
It is strongly advised that you take out fully comprehensive insurance including death, medical expenses, injury, delays, loss and damage of property. Nuru Tours & Safaris will not be held responsible for any such claims.
- What to Take
Don't forget the camera, camcorder and binoculars, and take a torch for finding your way around the camp at night. Stock up with replacement batteries for all these goods. The main electricity supply is 220V, 50Hz. Plugs are usually the 13-amp 3-pin square (British) type.
Take sun-glasses, hat, sun lotion, lip balm and some insect repellent. It is better not to get stung, even if you are taking anti-malaria tablets.
A spare pair of glasses or contact lenses is also a good idea.
Take plenty of film, it can be difficult to obtain outside the main centres.
Credit cards is useful in most areas, Banking facilities in remote areas are restricted, so cash is useful too. In built up urban areas automated teller machines (ATMs) are available.
- What To Wear
It never gets really cold in Tanzania, so lightweight clothing is the norm. On safari, avoid brightly coloured clothes, they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges and khaki are preferred. Short-sleeve shirts / blouses and shorts are ideal, but pack a sweater as it can be a bit chilly in the early morning and in the evening. Wear a hat to avoid sun-stroke and don't forget a swimsuit. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs (knees in particular) and shoulders in towns or villages as revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas.
On the beach, and within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable, but topless or nude bathing is strictly forbidden.
- Suggested Packing List
- Good quality sunglasses
- Sun hat & suntan lotion
- Insect repellent
- T-shirts and long-sleeved cotton shirts
- Long trousers
- Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
- Warm winter jersey or fleece
- Light rain gear
- Bathing suit/pool wear
- Camera equipment and plenty of film /memory cards (batteries and chargers)
- Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments)
- Malaria tablets (if applicable) and any prescription medication you are taking
- Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and Antihistamine cream etc)
- Visas, tickets, passports, money & photocopies of all important documents, to keep separately