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TRAVEL TIPS


International Airports:

International flights serve:

- Dar es Salaam 13 kilometres from the City Centre.
- Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) 49 kilometres from Arusha.
- Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) aeropuerto que se encuentra a 8 kilómetros del Kisauni.
- Nairobi International Airport is about 30 minutes drive from the Nairobi City.

Passports and Visas:
Most visitors require visa with the exception of citizens of certain countries of the Commonwealth. It is advisable to obtain them in advance from Embassies and High Commissions as several airlines insist on them prior to departure. They can also be obtained on arrival at the East African International Airports and Gates on the Tanzania/Kenya and Uganda boarder, Requirements may change, so you are advised to contact the appropriate Diplomatic or Consular Authority before finalizing your travel arrangements. Although part of the Union of Tanzania, Zanzibar remains independent, so passports and Tanzania visas are required even on a day's visit. Visa cost 50$.

Immunisation and Health:
Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow fever must produce international certificates of vaccination. From Europe must produce certificates of Yellow fever.
Is recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis-A, Polio and typhoid. It is essential for visitors to take anti-malaria tablets. There are modern medical services are available in Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala and other major cities. There are only a limited number of chemists outside major city centre, so visitors can are advised to bring their own medicines with them.

What to take:
Don't forget the camera, camcorder and binoculars and take a torch for finding your way around your camp at night. Stock up with replacement batteries for all these goods. Take sunglasses, hat, sun lotion, lip balm and some insect repellent. It is better not to get stung even if you are taking anti-malaria tablets. It's best to take any medicines required for the duration of the visit. A spare pair of glasses or contact lenses is also a good idea. Banking facilities in remote areas are restricted, so take plenty of cash.

Language:
English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili are appreciated.

Currency:
The unit of currency is the Shilling, which is divided into cents. Visitors can take in any amount of foreign currency, no currency declaration is required, but Import and export of Tanzanian currency is illegal. Most major currencies particularly US Dollars and Euros and travellers' checks are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de Change in the main towns and tourist areas.
Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Visitors will probably be expected to pay park entrance fees in foreign currency. DO NOT change money in the Street however favourable the rate appears.

DURANTE EL SAFARI:
Distancias son largos, y los viajes por carretera resultar cansados. Por eso es aconsejable pasar más tiempo en algunos parques. Verá más y no volverá a casa agotado, mantenga una distancia prudencial con los animales y esté en silencio para evitar angustiarlos.
Siga siempre las instrucciones de su guía. No baje de su vehículo en los parques, excepto en los lugares designados. Siga los consejos para evitar dañar la vegetación.

What to wear:
It never gets really cold in East Africa, so light weight 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 deal, but pack a sweater: it can be chilly in the early morning and in the Evening.
Wear a hat to avoid sunstroke and don't forget a swimsuit. Shoes should be sensible - walking through the bush is not like strolling through Hyde Park and for climbing Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru take thermal underwear, a rain jacket. Good Socks and sturdy boots. Short for women are acceptable but not too short. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs 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 swimmer is acceptable but nudity certainly is not.

Tipping:
Is not obligatory but Tanzanian appreciate it a lot. Tip could be USS1O - USS15 per day for drivers or tour guides but remember an excessive tip can make it difficult for the next customers.