Tanzania experiences large regional variations in climate but it is too close to the equator to have recognizable changes in season. Coastal regions are hot and humid with little drop in evening temperatures. However, the interior is generally warm and dry during the day and slightly chilly in the evenings and early mornings.
Drinking water is available at all locations. It is advisable to drink bottled water at all times while on safari.
Safari participants should be in good health and must be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to arriving in Tanzania. Travelers are required to present a signed vaccination certificate as proof of inoculation.
medication is advised and is available from your physician. It is strongly advised to consult your doctor for additional information and health precaution.
The Flying Doctor Society offers emergency treatment and an ambulance service in the event of serious accident or illness while on safari. It is strongly advisable to apply for temporary membership at current cost of US $45 for one month.
Since efficient laundry services are available, travelers are urged to pack lightly. Dress on safari is entirely casual with emphasis on comfort. Because of dusty conditions on safari, neutral colors are most practical. Temperature variations warrant layerable clothing for maximum comfort. Of course, travelers should also bring comfortable walking shoes, personal toiletries, sun glasses, a wide brimmed hat, sun block and insect repellent. Depending on time of travel, a raincoat is sometimes advisable as well as a light weight jacket. Travelers, visiting Ngorongoro should pack for cooler high altitude temperatures. A complete packing list and suggestions are included in pre-trip documentation.
It is advisable to bring large quantities of film to take advantage of the countless photo opportunities available on safari. Since film and batteries can not be obtained in Tanzania, travelers are strongly advised to bring more than they anticipate needing. Two – three rolls per day bring extra batteries, especially for video recorders, is also strongly recommended.
Out doors African markets, numerous small merchant shops, as well as tribal roadside vendors offer shopping opportunities to travelers wishing to purchase souvenirs. Woodcarving, tribal ornaments and spears, batiks, leather articles, handoven baskets and bags, tie and dyed, Tanzanite – a semi precious stone are among the most popular souvenir finds. In places where merchandise is not marked with prices, bargaining is acceptable.
Travellers are required to have a valid passport and visas. Should be obtained in advance (one mouth prior to departure) from the Tanzanian embassy in your country. Visitors from the Common-wealth are not required to obtain entry visas.