ZANZIBAR GENERAL INFORMATIONS

Visa: Citizens of most European countries, as well as the United States and Canada, require a visa to enter Tanzania. The visa can be obtained when entering the country. Its price varies between USD 50 to USD 100. For further information, please contact the Tanzanian Consulate in your country.

Vaccinations: A Yellow Fever  vaccination is required for Tanzania. Please make sure you have the necessary vaccination proof.

Malaria: For short stays (of up to one month) it is recommendable to take Malaria prophylactics  – we recommend Malerone.

Credit Cards: Credit card facilities are increasingly available in Tanzania. Yet, it is recommendable to travel with a sufficient amount of cash when visiting more rural areas. Please also renounce to bringing traveler’s cheques with you, because they are rarely accepted if at all.

Cash: US Dollars and Euros are generally accepted everywhere or can easily be changed into Tanzanian Shillings. Please be aware that in Tanzania, as well as in most other East African countries, Dollar notes issued before 2005 are not accepted.

Driver’s License: On the Tanzanian mainland, an international driver’s license will be accepted. For Zanzibar, a temporary local license has to be issued, based on your country’s driver’s license. The process is easy and fast, costs USD 10, and we will be happy to provide the license for you. If you want to rent a car or motorbike, be sure to carry an international driver's license, available only in your country of origin. Often you will be required to stop at police roadblocks to present your license. Foreigners must be 21 years of age. Driving is on the left.

Electricity: 230 Volts Ac, 50 hz.  Adapters are available in most hotels and local shops, in case plugs do not match.

Local Time: GMT +3

Dress: Please respect local custom and do not walk around in shorts, mini skirts, or with naked shoulders (a light scarf will do). This applies in particular to the coastal areas and Zanzibar.

Insurance: Please make a health and travel insurance in your home country. Our cars are insured (collision, damage, weaver).

Clothing
Safari Clothing
Cloths should be light, loose and washable. Natural fibre such as cotton reduces sweating. Earthy tones such as khaki, beige or light brown are best for not alarming wild animals. Mosquitoes dislike bright colours. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.
For game drives, take a jacket; and, if you're going from October to January or March to June, make sure it's water-proof. Sturdy, yet comfortable shoes protect you from insects and other animals. Small battery powered LED-torches and pocket knives are useful for all kinds of situations from power blackouts to missing bottle openers.
Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.

Zanzibar Clothing
All said about the Safari Clothing is also true about your clothing in Zanzibar. When travelling during the rainy season don't forget your umbrella or rain coat.
Don't walk around in bathing cloths in Stone Town. Men should always wear a shirt and women should not wear short pants (above the knee) or baring too much shoulder and bust, as Muslims might feel offended.

Photography
Do ask permission before taking pictures of people or private property and be prepared to offer money. Don't - under any circumstances - take photos of bridges, harbours, military, police or government installations, railway stations, airports, hospitals or industrial sites, or you may find yourself under arrest or your camera equipment being confiscated.

Safety
Tanzania is considered to be generally safe. However take common-sense precautions, such as not openly displaying valuables, walking around alone in deserted areas or carrying large sum of cash. Be aware of pickpockets in crowded areas. Extra care should be taken in Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam.

 
 
 

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