Vaccination And Medication
When traveling to Tanzania it is recommended that you reach out to your physician or travel health service to figure out what vaccinations are recommended. Typically Hepatitis A+B, typhoid and diphtheria vaccinations are recommend to Tanzania. Yellow fever vaccination is not required, however if you spend more than a few hours in another country that has yellow fever (specifically Kenya) you will need to provide proof of inoculation and your Yellow Fever card prior to entry in Tanzania.
While visas can be obtained on arrival in Tanzania for travelers from many countries, the process can be slow and if possible it is recommended to get your visa prior to travel. This is the correct website to use if you would like to get your visa before you travel: Online Visa. Note you will need to have your flight arrangements prior to applying for an e-visa and it takes about 10 business days to process so plan ahead.
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One thing that we cannot emphasize enough is don’t overpack! This is particularly true if you will be taking an internal flight on your safari. They have a strict luggage limit (15kg per person, including hand luggage). Soft bags are recommended over hard suitcases. Safari trucks aren’t huge – save space to move around. For a more comprehensive post on what to pack on safari, see the link provided.
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We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. First, travel insurance guarantees your trip if there are any unforeseen cancellations. While we are confident safari in Tanzania is safe, there is always the risk of unexpected medical emergencies. When that happens you want to be certain that you are covered for medical care in Tanzania and for repatriation back to your home country in the event of an accident and illness. It is generally advised to carry $100,000 USD coverage for medical care and $250,000 USD coverage for repatriation.
What does the price for safari include when you provide me a quote?
When we provide a quote for safari – know that this covers you from the time we pick you from until the time we drop you off to the airport for departure. You will have a private safari with only the people in your group and you won’t be admixed with other clients in our cars unless you have specifically selected a group-joining safari. Our quotes never include international flights or entrance visas. Our quote includes airport transfers, all park fees and taxes, and all of your lodging and meals. Depending upon the lodges/camps chosen in your itinerary, you may need to pay extra for beverages and alcohol – we will note this in your itinerary. Tips for our drivers and lodge staff are at your discretion but strongly encouraged if your service was good as this is a biggest source of income for guides and staff (see link for tip suggestions). Extras like souvenirs and laundry services and things of a personal nature are not included.
What is the weather like on safari in Tanzania?
Even though Tanzania is located not that far south of the equator, the weather in the Serengeti and other parks of the Northern Circuit in actually quite comfortable. In the highlands around Ngorongoro it can be quite chilly in the mornings so we do recommend a light fleece all times of year! Lake Natron is probably the most different in climate as it is quite hot and dry there year round despite being close to many of the other parks in the Northern Circuit. Please refer to our blog post on climate.