PASSPORT & VISAS:- You will
require a valid passport and a visa to visit Tanzania and/or
Zanzibar. Visas can be obtained at embassies and high commissions
overseas or on arrival at your point of entry into the country. Visa
prices vary according to your proposed length of stay and depending
on which country you come from.
IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH:- Yellow Fever vaccination certificates
are required; please consult your physician regarding other
recommended immunizations. Malaria prophylaxis should be started at
least two weeks before traveling Ė again, consult your physician
regarding anti-malarial choice (Larium is not recommended for
everybody because of possible side-effects).
WHAT TO TAKE & WHAT TO WEAR:- Donít forget your camera,
camcorder and plenty of film/batteries. Binoculars for game spotting
and a torch if you are camping or climbing (or just in case of power
cuts in your city hotel) are useful, as are sunglasses, sunhat, sun
protection lotions, insect repellent and lip balm. A spare pair of
spectacles and/or contact lenses would be a good idea.
Lightweight clothing is the norm in Tanzania, with a sweater/jacket
for evenings/nights in places such as Ngorongoro where the nights
can be cold. Natural color clothing is recommended for safari; avoid
brightly colored clothing as these may alarm animals and adversely
affect your game-watching.
Tennis shoes and sandals are good for safari but do bring sensible
walking shoes if you intend to do some hiking. When in Zanzibar and
other mostly Muslim places, women should respect custom and cover
their upper arms, shoulders and legs. On the beach, swimwear is
perfectly acceptable (although nudity is definitely not).
CURRENCY & MONEY-CHANGING:- The currency of Tanzania is the
Shilling which is divided into 100 cents. At the time of writing,
the exchange rate to US$ is TShs 1,160/- to the American Dollar.
No currency declaration is required on entry, but export of Tanzania
Shillings is illegal. Most major currencies, particularly US$, euro
and British pound sterling, are acceptable in the main towns and
cities where Bureau de Change and ATM machines are plentiful.