Preparing for Journey:
- Receive all necessary vaccinations for travel to Tanzania. Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Yellow Fever and anti malaria tablets are all compulsory. Cholera, Hepatitis B, Meningitis ACWY, MMR, Rabies and typhoid are not compulsory but advisable depending on the purpose of your trip.
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- Tanzania is a prosperous country but you should not abuse it. It is not recommended to go in the streets with big amounts of money, documents, laptops.
- We will recommend a reliable taxi service. If you just want to walk in the city, it is enough to have a necessary amount of money, leaving other things at the hotel or at the office of our company.
- Try to avoid conflict situations with the locals, in most of cases the police will be on your side but do not spend your time and nerves. If this situation happens, call us and we will do our upmost best to help you.
- Avoid conversations with intrusive local people because their only aim is to earn money, whether it is an attempt to sell a safari 3 times more expensive or a bracelet for 5 dollars.
- Do not exchange money in the street. There are a lot of small exchange offices on nearly every street, where it is better to go to and from by taxi.
While Climbing Kilimanjaro/Mt. Meru:
- Do not take valuable things to the mountains, such as laptops, phones. Chances of breaking them is quite high and without charging they become useless. All guides have radios / mobile phones for communication.
- Try to drink 3-4 liters of water a day, it speeds up the process of high-altitude adaptation and reduces unpleasant consequences as vomiting, headache.
- All crossings in the mountains take place in the morning and the afternoon is free, so you can think about any activities, it can be a book, a board game, cards or MP3-player.
- Do not forget to leave tips for the team after climbing. It is better to do it at the office of our company upon return, provided there was a high level of service. We can help you to share them among all the team that accompanied you in the mountains according to their posts. The recommended amount for an expedition is $200-250 per person.
While on Safari:
- If your path runs through Ngorongoro, you need to take warm clothes because the crater is situated at an altitude of 3000 meters; this make it very cold when you are sleeping at night.
- In the high season, take plenty of wet wipes as you’ll find yourself getting very dusty due to the large amount of cars. If you have any respiratory diseases, you must take a dust mask for safari, just in case.
- Take clothes to change, preferably a new set of clothes for each day.
Avoid bright colours on safari (white / yellow t-shirts, blue jeans), they will become dirty very quickly. The ideal variant of clothes is khaki, dark-green, grey colours.
- It is recommended to take on safari a camera with specialist lenses that allow you to capture great images with a powerful zoom. The animals are not always within a couple meters of the car.
- Do not forget to leave tips for safari-guides, the recommended amount is $40-60 per day per vehicle. Tips are also welcomed in the hotels, $1-2 is enough when carrying the baggage and small tips in the restaurant for waiters. Even in the most expensive hotels, the staff salaries are low and they will thank you very much!
- Do not forget that main part of the population in Zanzibar are Muslims. Primarily, it concerns girls, avoid the vulgar clothes, be more modest.
- Do not use the services of “helpers” and “beach boys” or you will pay 2-3 times more for the same service that you can buy 100 meters away, in the principal company office.
- Do not be very shy when locals are trying to fool you, refuse them strongly, do not be looking friendly. It is our European modesty and native politeness to let them speak with tourists so impudently. Firmly say “Hapana”, Swahili for “No.”
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