HOW DO WE GET THERE?
The main Tanzania access points are Kilimanjaro (JRO), Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Zanzibar (ZNZ). KLM has a direct flight to from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, continuing to Dar es Salaam. British Airways and Kenya Airways operate daily direct flights from London via Nairobi.
HOW DO WE TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY?
Travel around Tanzania is mainly done in four-wheel drive safari vehicles. You can choose to fly between some locations on small aircraft.
IF THERE WAS ONE THING I SHOULDN’T MISS, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
I’d say the Serengeti National Park every time! The Serengeti will always have a surprise in store for you, be it when you are out in the bush experiencing the wonder of the great wildebeest and zebra migration, or when searching for the big cats. There is always so much action in the Serengeti.
IS TANZANIA SAFE?
Like anywhere it is advisable to keep your valuables with you and not on show. Of course, there are many wild animals and you must always listen to the advice of your guides. On most of our trips you will be looked after by our representatives and will be met and transferred to all locations
CAN I DRINK THE TAP WATER?
You should not drink the tap water. Bottled water is always available for you. It is always best to check that the bottle is sealed when you receive it.
IS ENGLISH WIDELY SPOKEN?
Yes, the majority of people you will meet will speak English. Although over 100 different languages are spoken across Tanzania, the official languages are KiSwahili (it is definitely worth learning the basics before you go) and English.
SHOULD I EXPECT VERY BASIC FACILITIES IN ALL TANZANIA HOTELS AND LODGES?
This really does depend on where you are staying, but accommodation ranges across the country from basic (but comfortable) camping to the ultimate in luxury.
WHAT IS THE LOCAL FOOD LIKE?
Most of the time you will be eating in your lodge or camp, which will be of a good standard. It’s always better to advise us prior to travel if you have any specific requests, as lodges do need to bring in food especially. Some places are a long way from towns so are unable to get supplies in at short notice.
There are normally many eating-out options in the large cities. Indian restaurants are plentiful, due to the high resident Indian population. Oizzerias and continental restaurants are numerous. On the coast seafood is my favorite and normally superb.
Local cuisine tends to be a stew which includes one of the following – rice, chapti, ugali (a kind of maize porridge) or batoke (cooked plantain). The most common stews are beef, chicken, goat and beans. Fish is also used in towns near the coast or lakes. Swahili cuisine tends to be a bit spicier than other Tanzanian food.
If you do eat local food it is best to ask the advice of your guide, but it can be a great experience and one you shouldn’t miss!
HOW MUCH OF A CULTURE SHOCK IS TRAVELLING TO TANZANIA?
It really does depend on where you have travelled previously, but Tanzania is a poor country and you will need to be prepared to see poverty as is the case throughout Africa. Although many people have very little, you’ll feel very welcomed and hopefully will learn more about the local cultures and traditions.
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS?
Buying local foods and produce is a good direct way to contribute to the local economy. Also buying presents for people back home adds to local income. If you are interested in any specific areas – schools, conservation programs etc we can normally arrange for you to visit and find out more.
DO I NEED TO GET ANY VACCINATIONS AHEAD OF TRAVEL AND/OR MALARIA TABLETS?
Yes, you will need to speak to your doctor or travel clinic to find out what is required. Remember to do this at least six weeks ahead of travel.