VISITORS' INFORMATION  TANZANIA

VISAS

  • Visas are usually issued valid for six months from the date of issue.

  • A visa is required prior to entry into Tanzania. Please be sure that your passports are valid for a minimum of 6 more months after arrival date into the country.

  • Visas are issued within 7-10 working days from date of application and 10-14 working days during the peak Season.

  • Multiple journey visas are normally issued for a period of Six or Twelve months.

VISA INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/visa/visa.html

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 VACCINATION CERTIFICATE  

A) Immunization against  yellow fever and cholera is recommended. CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT UPDATE

B) Anti- Malaria Pills should be taken particularly if the visitors will be traveling to the Western and Coastal regions of Tanzania.

C) License for pets is required

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE IS JUST A GUIDELINE

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER TO CHECK WITH THE EMBASSY / CONSULATE FOR ANY LATEST INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELING

 

CLIMATE

 

It is often said that East Africa can be cold with a hot sun, as the blend of high altitudes and tropical sun make for a unique and variable climate. This should be kept in mind when packing for a visit. Both temperatures and climate vary drastically from region to region and even throughout a single day. Basically the traveler should come prepared for hot, cold, wet and dusty conditions.

 

East Africa: lies within the tropics, and much of the land (except coast and desert regions) are situated at fairly high altitudes of 2000-5000 feet, weather is temperate throughout most of the year, with rainfall normally in the months of April/May and November.

 

July and August are the coolest months. The variations in altitude and terrain create contrasts in climate. The Coast is hot and often humid, mornings in the central highlands can be cold, whilst in the north and northeast the days are dry and very hot.

 

In the areas most frequented by visitors, the weather is little short of perfect, it is neither too hot nor cold and there are long sunny days.

Days and nights are of almost the same length throughout the year, with the sun rising between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m., and setting between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

 

See today's weather in Tanzania and a five day forecast.

 

 

WHAT CLOTHING TO PACK

 

Packing for a trip to Kenya requires some careful thought and consideration. Ultimately your packing should be dictated by the activities you are planning to undertake.

If you are traveling extensively throughout the country make sure that you bring suitable luggage. Suitcases and bags should be able to withstand plenty of handling and dusty conditions. Hard suitcases are ideal, but can take up a lot of space.

If you are traveling by domestic/chartered flights within Kenya, remember that there are luggage restrictions, particularly on smaller aircraft. Luggage limitation on smaller aircrafts are limited to 26 pounds per person.

 

ON SAFARI

 

Casual, lightweight, and comfortable clothing is usually the best. For walking safaris or game viewing on foot clothing should be of neutral color, and white, bright or vividly patterned clothing avoided. Studies have proven that most African game animals are able to see bright blue over any other color.

 

A good quality pair of Binoculars are essential for effective game viewing.
 

Strong footwear is advisable if you are planning to do any walking. For serious climbers and trekkers a good pair of hiking boots should be taken along.


Remember that the tropical/Equatorial sun is strong and burns quickly. Wide brimmed hats are preferable to baseball caps for sun protection. Both sunglasses and a good quality sunscreen (rated SPF15 or higher) should be used.

A good quality insect repellent is worth bringing.

In some areas, mostly coastal, it is considered inappropriate for women (and in some cases men) to wear shorts or short sleeved shirts. It is always best to seek local advice.

For some up-market lodges and nights out in Nairobi you may wish to bring some more formal evening wear.

Packing Suggestions

  • Light cotton trousers

  • Cotton shorts

  • Light cotton shirts (long and short sleeved)

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Sandals

  • Shower-proof rain jacket/windbreaker

  • Sunhat

  • Fleece

  • Insect repellent

  • Small torch

  • Bathing suit

  • Suntan lotion

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera (telephoto lens recommended)

  • Binoculars

For winter, pack an extra:

  • Warm jacket

  • Woollen hat

  • Scarf and gloves

Everyone should bring their own BINOCULARS in order to get the most out of the safari.
 

CURRENCY

Kenya and Tanzania's currency are called 'Shilling'. Visitors can exchange most major western currencies at airport or city banks. Newly issued US Dollars are widely accepted ($1, S$5 and $20 notes are recommended). Older or high denomination US Dollar notes may not be accepted.

 

Traveler's checks in U.S. Dollar denomination are also accepted at banks, hotels, travel agencies and foreign exchange bureaus licensed by the government.

 

ATM machines are available in some major cities and Visa/MasterCard is the commonly used credit card. It is a serious offence to knowingly deface any currency or to transact currency dealings with unlicensed persons.

 

ELECTRICITY

Generally, urban power systems are 220/240 volt 50 cycle. Plugs are usually 13-amp 3 pin square (British type).

 

WATER

In hotels, bottled drinking water is available though at a relatively high cost. Ask your driver/guide to stop in major towns en-route to refurbish your water supply as necessary. Exercise caution when choosing raw vegetable salads; tropical fruit salads are usually comprised of peeled fruits which are considered safer. 

 

LANGUAGES

While the national language of both Kenya and Tanzania is Kiswahili, English is the official language and is widely spoken and understood across East Africa. In the Seychelles and Mauritius, English and French are commonly spoken; in Egypt, English and Arabic are widely spoken.

 

HEALTH

Always check with your own doctor prior to departure. 

A malaria prophylaxis is recommended and dosages usually begin before departure and continue for several weeks after your return. Yellow fever vaccinations may be required from time to time in which case you may be asked to present your inoculation certificate.

The Bilharzia parasite is found in many lakes, streams and rivers on the continent. Do not wade or swim in waters unless you are sure they are Bilharzia-free.

Carry an adequate supply of prescription medication to last the duration of the journey.

It is highly recommended that you take out trip insurance which includes cover for medical contingencies.

Insurance
We strongly recommend that travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against an emergency that may force you to cancel from or leave an expedition while it is in progress. Contact African Classic Encounters for more information or
CSA Travel Insurance.

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All clients of AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS are  required to read, sign and return by fax (212 972 0032) mail to AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS  before final documents can be sent.

 

Click here to read and print the Terms and Conditions. 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS HIGHLY RECOMMENDS Passenger Travel Protection Insurance, which provides cancellation coverage, medical coverage and protection against lost or damaged luggage.

 

Prices and Arrangements

ALL TOUR ARRANGEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL FINAL PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED AND IS SUBJECT TO INCREASED TAXES, FUEL INCREASES AND FLUCTUATIONS IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS.

 

Cancellation: Cancellations received by AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS 120 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500.00 per person cancellation fee; 119-80 days, will be subject to 60% of the tour price; 79 days or less will be subject to 100% of program price.

 

ALL CANCELLATIONS TO BE MADE IN WRITING BEFORE ANY REFUNDS CAN BE MADE

 

Claims and Refunds: Refunds are not made for any missed services, except for verifiable extenuating circumstances. Please see our Limits on Responsibility on this page. For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be received in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program and be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a statement from the Operating Company verifying the claim. Any adjustment considered will be based on the actual price of the services involved and not on a per diem basis. Adjustments/refunds will not be made for unused sightseeing, trips, meals or services.

 

Limits on AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS’ Responsibility:

AFRICAN CLASSIC ENCOUNTERS Inc., (ACE) its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns, does not own or operate any entity  which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result ACE is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person.

 

In addition and without limitation, ACE is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time.

 

There are certain inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here. These include, but are not limited to, risks of white water rafting, kayaking and rafting (for example dangers of rapidly moving water, rocks and other submerged objects, hypothermia, etc), horseback riding, (for example, unpredictable behavior by the horses, being spooked, etc) hiking, walking safaris, (for example, equipment failures, ice or other trail obstructions) and in all trips dangers of animals, inaccessibility to medical attention and difficulty in evacuation from remote locations in the case of a medical emergency. Passenger assumes all such risks with regard to these possibilities.  

 

Travel Advisories/Warnings:

It is the responsibility of The Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U. S. State Department's travel website at www.travel.state.gov/ or by phone at 1-888-407- 4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, The Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

 

Arbitration Agreement: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, to the Responsibility Clause, to the brochure, or any information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in New York, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent.

 

PAYMENT OF THE PROGRAM PRICE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN AND IN MORE SPECIFIC PRE-DEPARTURE PASSENGER DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING THE RESERVATION CONFIRMATION FORM.

 

 

I have carefully read and understand the contents of this agreement as well as all the conditions stated under the heading "Terms and Conditions", including those conditions regarding cancellations and refunds.  I am aware this is a release of liability and a legally binding and enforceable contract between myself and Destination Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Classic Encounters/African Classic Encounters.

 

 

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Signature of Traveler  

 

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Parent or Guardian of the below-mentioned minor hereby give my permission for this minor to participate in the tour.  I agree individually and on behalf of my child to the terms above.

 

Name of minor if applicable 

 

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