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USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL TO TANZANIA

ABOUT THE PLASTICS IN TANZANIA

Before visiting Tanzania you should know that since June 2019 all plastic bags, regardless of their thickness, will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in mainland Tanzania.

However, plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, for the construction industry, the agricultural sector, food products, health and waste management are not prohibited.

Visitors to Tanzania are therefore advised to avoid carrying plastic bags or packing with plastic carrying baggage or items in plastic bags in the suitcase or carry-on baggage before embarking on their journey to Tanzania. If you want to pack your bags with plastics for security, there is assigned at all airports at the entrance an area where you can deposit the plastics from leaving the airport without problems.

At Dreams of Africa Safari we support and applaud this initiative of the government to keep the environment of this wonderful country known for its special and unique nature clean of plastics.

PASSPORTS AND VISA

All visitors to Tanzania must be holders of a round-trip ticket and a valid passport with an entry or re-entry visa, duly sealed. Visas can be obtained from any diplomatic service from Tanzania, Consulate abroad and at major points of entry, including international airports, seaports and border posts. If you decide to make your visa (as is the usual mode) at the airport of entry, know that payment must be made in US dollars and the entry price changes depending on the country of origin, so don’t forget to ask your agency what the cost of the visa is before travel

HEALTH

Visitors who originate or transit through yellow fever-endemic countries must have valid vaccination certificates. Visitors arriving directly to Tanzania from Europe, U.S.A, Japan and other areas without yellow fever are not required to present vaccination certificates to enter. Visitors are advised to visit their trusted doctor before travelling and ask about

CURRENCY

The monetary unit is Tanzanian shilling (TShs). We advise you to check the value of Tanzanian shilling before starting your trip. Visitors can bring with them up to $10,000 per person and it is illegal to import or export Tanzanian currency. Foreign currency in cash or in traveler’s checks can be exchanged at commercial banks, authorized dealers or at the exchange office operating at international airports, major cities and border posts.

In local shops as well as at market stalls Tanzanian shilling is usually used, but in bars and restaurants, hotels, craft shops, as well as the tips from drivers and guides can use dollars. If you need advice regarding the amount of tips, usually $5 per person per day are given for drivers and $10 per person per day for guides. This is just a guide with which you can decide your tip depending on the treatment and service provided.

BAGGAGE

Safari vehicles and small planes provide limited space for luggage, on small planes the weight limit per suitcase is 15 kg. It is recommended to travel with soft bags, which are easier to adapt in loading areas, bulky bags do not enter the loading areas and may not be carried on board.

CLIMATE

The climate is tropical. Coastal areas are warm and humid with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights. In the northwest highlands around Arusha and Ngorongoro, the climate is milder and cooler between June and September. Long rains are from March to May and short rains fall between October and December. The warmest months are between October and February.

CLOTHING

Light clothing preferably from natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen for trousers, shirts and skirts are the best suited. It is advisable to avoid blue and black garments, it can attract the tsé-tsé fly (that can be found in some areas). Neutral colored clothing and of those colors that we can find in nature, are the most suitable to go unnoticed in the eyes of animals when we observe them. Avoid open footwear to move around the savannah to prevent possible accidents with local wildlife. Warm clothing is needed in the higher altitude areas around the Ngorongoro Crater, on Mount Kilimanjaro and Arusha, especially in the afternoons and early mornings. Comfortable shoes for walking on safari are recommended and guests are advised to bring some insect repellents. Visitors to Zanzibar are expected to dress modestly as a council (because they practice the Muslim religion). Avoid swimsuits, miniskirts and other revealing clothing outside of hotels, beaches and resorts.

TROPHIES

It is illegal to own or carry trophies (wildlife parts and products) without a permit from the Tanzania Wildlife Division…..

DRONES

PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF DRONES AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Tanzania National Parks wish to remind the public that the use of Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) of any size for photo taking, filming and any other purpose is not allowed in the National Parks for security reasons.

If need be, the use of these technologies will only be allowed under after special consideration and permits will be issued by the Director General of TANAPA.

In this regard, we are asking for all tour operators to notify their clients and assist in the compliance of this public notice. The same applies to all visitors intending to do filming in the parks.

The General Public is expected to adhere to this notice for the betterment of the conservation sector.

Issued by Corporate Communications Department  TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS