Most frequent questions and answers
Yes, you can get a visa at major airports and at border crossings, but try to get one ahead of time to make your entry into the country as easy as possible
Yes, just let us know what’s in your mind and we will put all together for you!
Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge. Valuables should be left in a safe deposit box at your hotel in Moshi ($1/day)
Feel free to interact with your safari guide and Kilimanjaro guides and porters! There are other unique ways to meet local people.
Visit the outdoor markets in Moshi and Arusha
Donate or volunteer to local school, orphanage, or non-profit in Tanzania.
Visit a Maasai village
Visit the Bushman tribe at Lake Eyasi
We can add solo travelers to a group, or we can arrange a private trip for you.
Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated. Please let us know ahead of time. Protein options may be minimal on a vegetarian diet, so you may want to bring protein supplements.
We recommend booking your trip as soon as possible. Lodges and tented camps on safari are booked quickly, so we need to reserve those before they fill up. However, sometimes we do have space last minute as well.
Talk to your doctor about
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
Meningococcal Meningitis (Africa/Asia)
Budget a minimum of $200/person for tips for Kilimanjaro, $25-30/day for expenses and tips on safari, and $20/day for other expenses in Moshi.
No, but we can schedule transfer from Nairobi either by land or air for an additional charge.
It is safe to walk around the main area of town during the day with valuables well hidden, but it not advised to be walk around at night for your own safety.
We can book your flights to Zanzibar from Kilimanjaro and your Zanzibar hotels.
The best time to see the migration in Tanzania is often January-March and June-August. In the Kenya, it is often best September-October. These are also the most popular times to go, so you will need to book well in advance. You will see an abundance of wildlife all year round.
Lodges and tented camps serve breakfast and dinner, typically buffet-style. Lunches are often a box lunch eaten while on your game drive.
We use 4 or 7 passenger, 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers, all with viewing roofs for the safaris.
You can buy any drinks along your way to the safari. There will be mini-markets in town.
Credit cards are only accepted by the major airline companies and by most of the bigger hotels and lodges. Do not rely on credit cards as a source of cash while in Tanzania. In some cases a surcharge will be added to credit card payments. We suggest that you take sufficient cash and use the credit card as a back-up only. Travelers checks are accepted at most banks and some hotels, however a surcharge normally apply to exchange travelers checks into cash. Please note many shops / hotels don’t accept travelers checks.
There are two seasons of rain in Tanzania: the long rainy period (monsoon) which runs from late March until June and a short rainy period, which runs from November until mid January. The long rains fall in heavy downpours, often accompanied by violent storms. The short rains tend to be much less severe.
The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but travelers checks and cash in US$ are recommended. The current exchange rate is approximately Tsh 1850 = US$ 1. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureau de Change, which generally gives better rates than hotels and most banks. If you bring US $ cash or receive US $, please make sure the bank notes are in good condition with no cuts or damage and that the bank notes are not older than 2004. Make use of the currency converter to check the exchange rate.
The following is duty free:
250g of tobacco
One litre of wine
The local electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles ac. You will need to supply your own international standard adapter for your electrical appliances.
Malaria occurs below 1800 meters and you should use the recommended prophylactics. Please consult your doctor about these. Woman using oral contraceptives should consult their physicians before using prophylactics. The best way to prevent contracting Malaria is to try and avoid mosquito bites by using an effect insect repellent, by sleeping under mosquito nets and to wear proper clothing after sunset. Meningitis can be present during the dry seasons.
The official languages are Ki-Swahili and English. There are more than 120 tribal vernaculars.
Mainly Christian, Muslim and Traditional beliefs. Please keep in mind that you are entering a different country with strong religious customs.
As with any other town, walking alone at night is not advisable, and it is preferable to use taxis which are available at most hotels. Do not leave cash or valuables in your hotel room and use a safe deposit box. Make use of a safe deposit box to keep your belongings safe, and do not leave anything of value lying around in your hotel room.
Sleeping bag $20
Fleece Pants: $10
Warm Jacket: $10
Long Underwear: $5
Rain Pants: $10
Hiking Boots: $20
Sleeping Bag and Liner: $30
Duffel Bag/Backpack: $20
Hiking Poles (2): $10
Water Bottle: $5