English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili will always be appreciated. Most people in the tourism industry speak English plus one other foreign language. You can get a head start with some basic Swahili words and phrases by click here
If you are planning a high altitude climb, you are well advised to consult your Doctor to ensure you are fully informed of the inherent risks of high altitude climbing. Note that while your ability to withstand high altitudes during long treks is not directly related to your level of physical fitness, certainly a good level of fitness will assist in your general stamina.
It is advisable to take anti malarial precautions and Yellow fever Vaccination before departure. It is also a good idea to bring some antibiotics with you as a precaution.
Remember, changing of food and altitude may course diarrhea or headache or loss of appetite, so consult your Doctor or Travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.
Baggage on safari is limited to one soft-sided bag, plus one small piece of hand luggage per person (excluding a camera bag). Ideally, the total weight should not exceed 15 to 20kilos. You are welcome to store any excess suitcases and other heavier items in the city hotels while on safari. Of course if the number of people traveling together with you is minimal, you can choose to keep your luggage with you. In case you lost your bag(s) on arrival please leave this number to the Airline +255 754 683347 , This will help them to send your bag to us and we will keep it or bring to you while your on safaris (if necessary)
Very important: bring plenty of film and camera batteries with you and while on safari, you are strongly advised to keep your camera free from dust and all your equipment and film cool. It is courteous, and appreciated, to ask permission before photographing local people. If you intend to take some people pictures, it is a good idea to bring an instant camera, so that you can leave a copy with the subject of your photograph. If necessary, you can recharge your camera at a hotel, or in the car, if you have the necessary accessories.
Tipping is not obligatory, but a customary tip of 10% of the package price for your support staff is always highly appreciated. Zazu Tours neither limits nor obliges its clients in regard to tips. Needless to say, the services and friendship you receive will influence your decision at the end.
GMT + 3hrs.
230v. Power failures, surges and troughs are common, so a torch (flashlight) or headlamp can prove your most useful travel accessory.
Check current requirements with nearest Tanzanian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your country. It can be acquired at embarking point. Currently 50$ Make sure you have legal Passport.
Tanzania is generally a safe, stable and friendly country but don’t invite temptation. Keep your eye on your belongings. Don’t walk in the towns or cites at night – take a taxi. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, and beware of pickpockets and hawkers especially at Namanga Border or at the bus stations. Use the hotel safety deposit box to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewelry at home.
The Tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (your driver/guide will guide you where to shop and advise you on the best prices). The most sought after souvenirs are wood carvings, curios, and the famous love stone, which is a well known “Tanzanite” gem stone available widely at souvenirs shops.
Major foreign currencies – particularly US dollars and the Euro – and travelers cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de change in the main town and tourist areas. Euros are now widely used and generally have good exchange rates. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some Banks offer ATM facilities, such as NBC Bank, CRDB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays’ Banks in the major town and cities. At most of banks only VISA is accepted in order to withdraw cash. Don’t change money with unlawful currency traders in the street.