Pre-departure Information

About the country and cultural awareness

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a relatively large country in East Africa with about 58 million inhabitants.
The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma though the biggest city with the highest number of inhabitants is Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania have freedom of religion and the various religious groups coexist peacefully.
It is important to respect all cultural differences, Swimwear is appropriate at all beach resort(when visiting Zanzibar) and at your hotel/lodge pool, but not in town. Topless sunbathing is prohibited. Dressing according to the culture would involve covering shoulders, knees and cleavage. Also be careful with transparent clothing.
Permission should be requested before taking close-up/direct photographs of local people.


There are more than 100 different languages spoken across
Tanzania, but the official language is Swahili and English.
Although many Tanzanians who are living in the city also speak English. The amount of English that the Tanzanian speak varies, Some speak English fluently and some just a few words.
Any effort you are to say a few words in the local language will be greeted with great delight.

Currency and Cash

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzania
Please withdraw US dollars from home, it is recommended that you come with sufficient amount of US dollars that you need, to finalize payment for your trip, tips to your guides or additional drinks at the lodges etc.
For large sums you are advised to bring $50 to $100
bills, small bills have a very low exchange rate.
Therefore not accepted if you are to finalize a sum of
your safari payment in cash.
Please be aware that US dollars dated before 2009
are not usually accepted due to the risk of counterfeiting.
Credit cards are accepted in few places in towns.
Please be aware that a fee might be added ranging
from 3.5–5%.
In some lodges and camps it is possible to pay by
credit card, but in other places it is not an option
due to bad internet.
Tanzanian Shillings can always be withdrawn from
the local ATMs.
US dollars can always be exchanged for Tanzanian shillings if desired.
Visa & Master card are the most commonly accepted.


It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visa for your travel to Tanzania In order to get a visa to Tanzania you have two options:

  1. You can either apply for it at the counter when you come to Tanzania. This will take some time, you will have to go through several queues. Payment for visas on entry into Tanzania is in US dollars only.
  2. The option that we highly recommend is that you apply for your visa online. It is a simple way of applying for a visa and you skip the longest queues at the airport on your arrival. You fill out your information on the website and then you will have your visa in about 3-4 weeks. Apply for your visa here:


We recommend $10-$15 per person per day to the guide (Please request for a separate tipping recommendation list for climbing).
If it is a budget-safari we also recommend $5 – $8 per person per day to the chef.
$5 – $10 per person per day to armed ranger during short walking safaris.
Small tips (e.g. $1) to the porters at the lodges & camps is very much appreciated and general tipping in a tipping box is a norm in most lodges & camps this is to your satisfaction.
At restaurants especially in major cities, it is customary to tip around 5%. Alternatively if you are satisfied with the service you can round the bill up to an even amount.


Please pack your luggage in a soft-sided bag without wheels or rigid handles – e.g. duffel bag or similar rather than rigid suitcases. Rigid suitcases are difficult to fit into the safari car.
Try to use something that is lockable and waterproof as
luggage often end up loaded onto the roof of your safari vehicle.
For budget camping, all camping gear will be provided
except only for a 4 season sleeping bag (Provided upon
A small luggage for a day-bag where you can keep small
stuff. Also preferable to be soft sided and as light as possible.


On safari it is possible to charge your devices in the safari-car. All lodges have electricity plugs in the rooms and the tented camp have a charging system at the dining place making it possible for you to have all your devices charged at all time.
Tanzania uses UK-style plugs, so if the chargers to your devices have a different plug then it is advised to bring a UK-converter.
It is also advised to bring a power bank.
We recommend bringing a small flashlight or headlight.
Hairdryers requires extra power therefore it is not
available in some camps and lodges.


Malaria is endemic in Africa. Moshi is one of the towns where the prevalence is low, but are
you traveling to e.g. Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam the prevalence is high.
The malaria mosquitos cannot live in an altitude of 1500 meters and above. So a national park as Ngorongoro e.g. which is in an altitude of 2000 meters and above, there are no mosquitos. Mainly you do not have to worry about malaria when on safari, though it
can be wise to bring repellent in case of other bugs that might bite.
*Please consult your doctor for assistance on the most suitable prophylactic medication to be.

Personal medication

Remember to bring with you sufficient supplies of any personal medications to last the duration of your trip.
We recommend that you carry your essential medications in your hand luggage in case the check-in luggage should go astray.
It is also recommended to carry a copy of your doctor’s prescription in the event of any issues arising at customs.


Packing list for medical supplies

  • Insect and mosquito repellent
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Malaria tablets (please advice your doctor)
  • Painkillers (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine (e.g. containing Loperamid)
  • Anti-histamine tablets
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Rehydration salts
  • Sun block and after sun lotion
  • Prescribed medicine (must be packed in your back pack)

Packing List


  • Sun hat / a cap
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Light shorts (cotton is preferable)
  • Long trousers (at least two pairs)
  • Sandals / flip-flops
  • Swimsuit (for hotel and lodges)
  • Warm scarf as it can get cold in the evenings
  • A jacket which is suited for safari
  • Hiking / walking shoes
  • If you are going hiking sportswear is preferable
  • For women: a sports bra can be preferable e.g. for hiking or safari

Note: Bright or white colors are not recommended for safaris. Try avoiding blue as it attracts Tsetse flies. Camouflage clothing is strictly illegal in Tanzania try avoiding them so as not to get arrested.

Safari equipment & supplies

  • Camera and video equipment
  • Memory cards and extra batteries
  • Camera chargers and other chargers for your devices
  • If you wear contact lenses it would be safer to bring extra pair of glasses as it is dusty on safari on therefore might dry out your contact lenses
  • A good torch or headlight and spare batteries
  • Padlocks for your luggage
  • Deodorant
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Sun block
  • Swiss pocket knife
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • Cotton swab and cotton pads
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Fanny pack or neck pouch
  • Reading books if desired
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money and any other important documents
  • Your safari itinerary
  • ID-card
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Insurance policies
  • If camping: A towel e.g. a microfiber towel as these can be compact packed and is fast drying
  • If camping: Shower gel/shampoo/conditioner
  • If camping: A small mirror

Documents: Securely bind all your travel documents together, make extra copies of your passports, travel insurance, tickets, id card and leave some copies at home and take some with you, it is also a good idea to scan all of these documents and e-mail them to your personal account, so you can access them anywhere in case of an emergency.

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