Here’s what you need
- Long sleeve shirts in earth tones
- T-shirts and/or tank tops (synthetic preferred)
- Fleece or warm jacket for cool evenings
- Rain jacket
- Pants or shorts in earth tones (hiking pants are great)
- Scarf or buff
- Sun hat
- Running shoes or hiking boots
- Sandals for around camp
- A warm hat for cooler evenings
- Soft duffel bag
- Daypack or tote which you will use daily
- Head lamp with extra batteries and extra light bulb
- Water bottles (2 L capacity recommended)
- Medications and copies of prescriptions
- Sunscreen and lip ointment
- Converter and chargers
- Camera with plenty of memory and batteries
- Leisure reading
- Headphones and downloaded music or podcasts for long drives
- Hotel before and after safari
- Transportation to and from airport
- Accommodations in luxury camps throughout safari
- All park entry fees
- Ranger fees
- All vehicle costs in a 4WD custom safari vehicle
- Services of fully qualified, experienced, English-speaking driver/guide
- Meals on safari
- International Airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for your driver/guide/cook/porters
- Soft drinks or alcohol
Flights should all be booked through Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transportation from the airport to the hotel is included for any flights arriving between 9AM and 5PM on day one of the itinerary. Transfers outside of that window will be arranged for a small additional fee. You should plan to arrive on day one of the itinerary and depart on the final day, however if you wish to extend your stay on either end, we will happily help you arrange additional accommodations.
Traveling to Tanzania
For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Tanzania, consult your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
It is best to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations for Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and treatments for malaria. Also be sure that your diphtheria-tetanus vaccination is up to date.
One of the most common health risks for visitors to Tanzania is “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses transmitted through food or water. Despite precautions taken at our hotels and in all the food preparation, you can expect to experience one or more days of “discomfort” while in Tanzania due to your body’s unfamiliarity with local bacteria. There are many over-the-counter remedies and antibiotics available in Moshi to relieve upset stomachs, but it’s also a good idea to bring some with you.
It is risky to purchase food from street vendors unless the food has been cooked and is still hot. However, if you purchase fruit or vegetables from street vendors, we recommend buying products that you can peel or wash in purified water, and always wash your hands before eating.
Tanzania is generally a safe and pleasant place but as with any destination, it’s important to be aware of possible hazards. Violent crime is almost unheard of in the regions we visit. In the rare instances crime does occur, it’s usually petty theft. To limit your susceptibility, we suggest you always travel with at least one other person when going out, and that you avoid flaunting jewelry, cameras, expensive watches and other items that may be tempting to a thief.
The standard unit of currency in Tanzania is the shilling. As of October, 2017, 1 US Dollar is the equivalent to 2,245 shillings. The shilling can fluctuate, however, so we suggest you check the online Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com or with your bank for the most up-to-date information close to the time of your departure.
Credit cards are accepted in Moshi and ATMs are available though can have limits on cash you can withdraw. Please consult your bank for their policies regarding international travel, credit card and ATM use.
Tanzania is seven hours ahead of New York.
Electricity in Tanzania is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Tanzania with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.
Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.
Outlets in Tanzania generally accept 2 types of plug: Three round pins arranged in a triangle, and two parallel flat pins with ground pin
A valid passport, along with evidence of return or onward flight, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania. A visa can be purchased at the airport for $100 US.
Before and after Safari
Clean, comfortable and environmentally conscious bed and breakfast with spacious grounds and tropical garden. Rooms are double occupancy. Single occupancy may be added for additional cost.
During the safari, you'll be staying in luxury camps. Camps are made of semi-permanent, double occupancy canvas tents. Each tent as two full sized beds and most have running water and full western bathrooms. Camps also include a common area for dinner and relaxation.
Three meals most days are provided including delicious vegetarian options. We provide a variety of foods to permit varied meals. Breakfasts will include foods such as eggs, sausage, toast or pancakes, hot cereal, fruit and juice, tea or coffee. Dinners will include meat dishes of beef, chicken or fish, fresh vegetable dishes, pasta, rice, potatoes, homemade soups, fresh fruits, desserts, juice, tea, coffee.
Moshi in February has an average high temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 60. The weather on your safari will be similar to Moshi. Pleasantly warm during the days, cool in the evenings.