Tanzania is the biggest (land area) among the East African countries (i.e. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). Tanzania has a spectacular landscape of mainly three physiographic regions namely the Islands and the coastal plains to the east; the inland saucer-shaped plateau; and the highlands. The Great Rift Valley that runs from north east of Africa through central Tanzania is another landmark that adds to the scenic view of the country. The country has the largest concentration of wild animals. It also has pristine sandy beaches and Africa's highest and snow-capped mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is home to the world famous National Parks and Game Reserves of: Ngorongoro Crater, Selous Game Reserve, Gombe Stream, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Mikumi, Arusha, Ruaha, Saadani, Udzungwa Mountains, and Mkomazi Game Reserve. Other Game Reserves include: Amani, Kigosi, Lukwika-Lumesule, Maswa, Monduli Mountains, Msangesi and Ugala.
Swahili is the official language of the social and political sphere in Tanzania, and is the primary language used in primary education. Still, English is used in secondary schools and universities; though less prevalent than it used to be, you may find that English is fairly wide spoken. Indian, Portuguese and French are also commonly heard throughout the country.
While in Tanzania, drink only bottled water, or purified water to avoid infection. Visitors may also consider getting a booster for tetanus, polio, and measles. Talk to your travel doctor before going on your trip to ensure you have all of the shots you need, and always check your home country's Center for Disease Control website for any last-minute outbreaks or updates.
Though public hospitals in Tanzania tend to be under-sourced, private hospitals do offer quality care if you should become sick during your trip. To be on the safe side, talk to your insurance carrier before your trip to make sure you fully understand your coverage while overseas, and always take preventative measures to stay safe and healthy throughout your stay. For instance, always wear insect repellent, always wash your hands before eating, stay hydrated, and carry a first aid kit if traveling to remote areas. These simple measures will go a long way in helping you avoid common ailments throughout your journey.
Malaria is a common concern in Tanzania. In addition to wearing repellent, always take special cautions, such as sleeping under a tent, and wearing long pants and closed shoes. You might also consider taking anti-malarial medicine, before, during or after your trip, just to be safe. Also worth noting is that HIV/AIDS infection is prevalent in Tanzania, as in other countries throughout Africa. Do not have unprotected sex or share needles during your trip.
As you travel through Tanzania, you'll likely come to love the friendly and generally laid-back personality of most Tanzanian people. Still, keep the following precautions in mind when traveling.
• Carry as few valuables and cash with you as possible, and try to dress conservatively so as not to attract too much attention.
• Never walk alone at night, especially in unlit areas, or beaches that cannot be seen from the roadway.
• Beware that some thieves will pose as official Tanzanian police in order to steal your passport of money. Make a copy of your passport in case it gets stolen. Better yet, don't carry it with you unless you need to.
• Be careful when using taxi service at night; use a registered taxi driver you trust or one recommended by a trusted source.
• Note that the Tanzanian police themselves may be susceptible to corruption. Always be alert and stay on the right side of the law to avoid altercations.
• Always request a receipt if storing luggage or other belongings.
Vaccination not required from the country but it is advisable for precaution. Consult your doctor or health CENTRE to advise you such matters including Anti Malaria Medication, Yellow Fever and other vaccinations at least one month before taking this trip.
Travel Health Centre ( Hong Kong ), Department of Health
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Tel: (852) 2150 7235
The following vaccinations are recommended when traveling in Tanzania:
* Yellow fever * Typhoid
* Hepatitis A and B * Diptheria
* Rabies * Malaria
Public telephones are available in most major cities, and can usually be accessed at the local post office in more rural areas. The country code in Tanzania is 255. Pay-as-you-go cell service might also be available if you are staying in an urban area. Mobile phone can covered with roaming service, please check with your telecom service provider.
WEATHER & CLIMATE
Because Tanzania lies below the equator, the coolest months occur during the northern hemisphere’s summer, and all-year round the weather remains pleasant and comfortable. Between June to October, temperatures range from around 10 C in the northern highlands to about 23C on the coast. On the plains and the lower-altitude game reserves, temperatures are warm and mild. On the coast, these months are some of the most pleasant to visit, with balmy, sunny weather much of the day and cooling ocean breezes at night. From December to March, the days are hot and sunny with often not a cloud in the sky. Temperatures range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties throughout the country while visitors flock to the parks and beaches to escape the dreariness of late winter in colder climes. Tanzania’s equatorial climate brings two seasons of rain each year: the masika, or long rains that fall from mid-March to the end of May, and the mvuli, or short rains, that come intermittently throughout November and parts of December, and sometimes stretch into early January. During the long rains, heavy showers fall in the early mornings but usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather often remaining clear and sunny until late afternoon. By evening, impressive cloud formations build, breaking sometime after dark and the rain often continues throughout the night. During the short rains, light showers in the mornings and late afternoons are punctuated by stretches of clear weather and beautiful rays of sunlight.
For weather update information please explore: http://www.wunderground.com/global/TN.html
In general, gratuities are expected in Tanzania, especially for safari, hotel, and restaurant staff. In high-end hotels, you might find a tip box at the main reception desk. You can tip the staff individually, via tip box, or both if you're feeling generous. For trekking tips, it's generally recommended that you budget 10-15 percent of your climb cost for tips. Sample tips would be $5-10 per day for a personal driver or guide; $5 to $20 per day for a personal chef or cook; and $5 to $10 per day for a porter. In general, tips are per day, not per person. If taking pictures of locals, you might also consider paying them for the opportunity.
Tanzanians drive on the left side of the road, and car rentals can be organized through some hotels. Be aware of aggressive taxi drivers, potholes and uncovered man holes. Though car-jacking is not a common problem, thievery is. Beware that thieves may stop your car when at traffic lights. Keep your windows closed and doors locked at all times.
Especially in the primarily Muslim island of Zanzibar, wear conservative or modest attire. "Kangas," or wrapping cloths, are available throughout the region and can help travelers stay discreet during their journey.
May required - normally LANDING visa required on arrival at USD50.00 per person with 2 photos or please check with travel agency or the Embassy in your country for more information.
Note: Your passport or travel documents must have at least 6 months validity.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Tanzania are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION IN TANZANIA – PLEASE EXPLORE THE TANZANIA TOURISM BOARD
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT (For Travelers from Hong Kong)
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.