Once you have selected the program you want to follow for your safari, we will need from you your exact traveling dates, flight details and full names of all the persons in your group as appearing in their passports. We will also require the exact ages of children if you have any who will be traveling along with you.
A 25% deposit is required at the time of making a booking, the balance payable 6 weeks before the safari date. Services being offered by third parties such as lodges/ hotels have their own payment/ cancellation policies. We will inform you if there are any such providers differing with us in their policies. Lodges are normally packed during the high season, bookings without deposit will not be accepted. Payments are to be made by bank telegraphic transfers.
All cancellation claims have to be brought to us in writing. In the event that you have to cancel your safari the following shall apply:
- Before 6 weeks 15% of the total safari cost shall apply.
- Before 4 weeks 25% of the total safari cost shall apply.
- Before 2 weeks 50% of the total safari cost shall apply.
- Less than 2 weeks 75% of the total safari cost shall apply.
In the event that Travel Link (T) Ltd has to cancel your safari an alternate safari of comparable standards will be offered or a full refund will be given. Some suppliers have more strict cancellation policies. We will let you know if there are any that differ with us.
Prices & Quotations
All prices quoted for all packages, unless stated otherwise, are in US Dollars. Travel Link (T) Ltd reserve the right to change quotations after confirmation of safari in the event of increase in park fees, lodge/ hotel rates and any other significant change that would effect our costing.
Claims and Complaints
If you have a complaint whilst on holiday you must tell us immediately. Most problems can be solved on the spot but if after you return home you are still not satisfied you must write to us within 28 days of your return and we will try our level best to get you adequate compensation.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of descriptions and information. However, we are not always able to control all the components of the holiday arrangements and it is possible that an advertised facility may be withdrawn or changed due to weather conditions, lack of demand or for maintenance, renovations, etc. We will advise you if we become aware of a major change.
We strongly recommend you get adequate travel insurance to cover for your entire safari. The insurance should be comprehensive covering your personal effects, third party liability, trip cancellations, medical evacuation, baggage loss, theft and health cover. Flying doctors insurance is also essential and this can be obtained in Tanzania itself.
We require all our customers to sign a Disclaimer before the start of their safari. The Disclaimer can be signed before you commence your journey from your country or alternatively you can sign the form when you reach Tanzania, but before the start of your safari. A copy of the Disclaimer is available on the website for your easy reference. All the persons in your group are required to sign the form individually.
Tanzania Travel Link will do their utmost to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday and see the best of Tanzania. To enable you to enjoy your stay to the full, we have set out a few suggestions and comments below that we hope will help you to prepare for your holiday.
The most important thing to do when you go out to Africa is to relax and drop down a gear or two. Nothing can be hurried and it must be remembered that Tanzania is a third world country.
Airport control and border crossings all take time and cannot be rushed. When you get impatient or cross, it only aggravates the situation. Where possible have all the documents you need ready. Always smile, be polite, friendly and relaxed.
The roads are not always good and can in some places be very slow. As a result of badly graded roads, punctures can happen and guides will always appreciate understanding and help in these situations
Passport & Visa
A valid passport is required to enter Tanzania. It should be valid for at least six months from your expected entry date. If it is not you must have another passport issued.
Check with the nearest Tanzanian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission to see if a visa is required for your nationality. If so, please apply for your visa before you travel to Tanzania. You should allow plenty of time for processing before your departure.
You may want to use the services of a visa processing company to assist with procuring passport, visa etc. The internet is a good place to look for these companies.
It is possible to obtain a tourist visa for a single entry at one of the following entry points in Tanzania. This can be a time-consuming and hectic process; therefore, we recommend that you procure your visa before departing.
- Dar es Salaam International Airport
- Zanzibar International Airport
- Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Namanga Boarder (Tanzania-Kenya border)
A visa costs approximately £UK 38 or $US 50
There is an International departure tax from Tanzanian airports (not through the land border) of $US 30 per person. This is usually included in the price of your international ticket.
There are also departure taxes on local internal flights.
- When flying from Kenya to Tanzania this is $US 20 per person
- Local flights within Tanzania vary from $US 3-10 per person
Tanzania is + 3 GMT
This means the local time is three hours ahead of London, eight hours ahead of New York and eleven hours ahead of Los Angeles. Tanzania does not observe daylight saving time so the difference changes by one hour in the European and North American summer.
Please consult you doctor or Health Travel Advisory Service to get up to date advice on vaccination and malaria prophylaxis. You should travel with your own personal first aid kit including any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you regularly use or may need. Eyeglass wearers should bring an extra pair and contact lens wearers should bring glasses as well. There is a lot of dust and glare on safari that can affect sensitive eyes. A good pair of sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen are also essential, as is a broad-brimmed hat.
Commonly recommended vaccinations:
- Yellow Fever
Currently there are no vaccinations required to enter Tanzania. However, if you plan to travel to Zanzibar you do need to have a valid Yellow Fever certificate.
Please allow plenty of time to obtain the necessary immunizations.
Malaria is a serious tropical disease that affects millions of people each year, mostly locals. Certain areas in Tanzania are within a malarial zone, notably the coastal areas and lower elevations; and there are strains of malaria present that can be resistant to certain anti-malaria drugs. It is recommended that you take anti-malarial tablets before, during and after your stay in Tanzania. Please contact your doctor or International health clinic to get the best advice on which anti-malarial to take.
Malaria is spread by one species of mosquito (Anopheles gambiae) that feeds from dusk to dawn. The best way to prevent contracting malaria is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Follow these suggestions:
- Use insect repellent
- Cover exposed skin after dark
- Use a mosquito net when provided (at the coast and low elevations)
Water and Food
While in Tanzania you should drink only commercially bottled water, which is available throughout the well-travelled areas. Food served at our recommended lodges are to the required standards. Do let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
Safety and security is a matter of common sense. Therefore, take the same precautions while traveling, that you would in any major city at home. Do not carry large sums of cash with you, keep a close watch on handbags, purses, wallets etc. when walking in crowded areas, avoid walking alone at night, lock up valuables in hotel safe deposit boxes and never leave valuables in view in an unattended car or tour bus. In safari camps that do not have safes or locked doors, please keep tempting valuables out of sight. Word of advice: make copies of passports, credit cards and other pertinent identification and documents. Keep one copy with you, and leave one copy with your emergency contact at home.
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling – TZS or /=
It comes in denominations of: 10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500 and 200 notes
Change is always a problem, so when buying items like drinks and curios make sure that you get the right change.
Rates fluctuate considerably and also fluctuate within the country, becoming higher in more remote areas. In the past several years the rate has gone from 600 TZS to nearly 1000 TZS per one US dollar.
You can exchange currency at most hotels and lodges as well as banks and bureaux de change. Always count your money when cashing foreign currency, even at banks. If possible, wait to change money in towns rather than on arrival, jet-lagged, from a long flight.
Which currency to bring
US dollars are preferred and almost anything in Tanzania can be purchased with US currency. Bring plenty of small notes for tips and incidentals but fifties and hundreds get a better rate of exchange
Cash is the easiest, but less secure, so it is advisable to bring a mixture of traveller’s cheques and cash.
Bring your proof of purchase papers when bringing travellers cheques, as banks often want to see these.
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania and there are often additional charges and high rates of exchange associated with their use. Getting a cash advance on a credit card is nearly impossible and there are few, if any, ATM machines. Do not rely on credit cards for anything other than an extreme emergency back up. Bring enough $US cash or traveller’s cheques with you.
What to spend it on
Depending on your type of safari, most things are included in your trip. Below are some of the things that you may need money for:
- Drinks while staying in lodges
- Souvenirs and curios
- Books and postcards
- Artcrafts, if shopping in Arusha or Dar es Salaam
Although tipping is optional and totally up to your personal discretion, it is a safari tradition. Our staff are well paid but they do appreciate reward for excellent service.
Everyone, from your travel organizer to your safari guide, has put in a lot of effort to make sure you have a good safari. Rewarding them will motivate them in working with the same enthusiasm for other prospective visitors to our country.
If there is a lodge stay included in your safari you may want to consult the lodge for the tipping guidelines. Many lodges have a staff tip box. Your guide can advise you, but generally, a few dollars go a long way.
We suggest that you pack all your gear into one soft-sided medium sized duffle bag. You can use a small daypack as your carry-on that will work well in the safari vehicle and be useful on a walking safari.
- 2 pairs trousers
- 2 sweat shirts/jumpers
- 1 fleece or warm jacket
- 4 shirts - preferably long sleeve for sun protection
- 2 pairs shorts
- Sun hat that covers your ears.
- Cap for standing up through the game-viewing hatches
- Socks and under clothing
- Light weight thermal if you really feel the cold (can double as pajamas)
- Light weight rain jacket or wind breaker
- 1 pair flip flops or ‘Teva’ style sandals for around camp and showers
- 1 pair of comfortable shoes
- 1 good torch/flashlight with extra batteries
- Personal toiletries – camp provides towels
- Sunscreen and lip salve
- Personal first aid kit and all medications including malaria tablets
- Insect repellent
- Sun glasses with strings to hold them on
- Spare camera batteries
- Spare eyeglasses
Walking Safari Essentials
- Light-weight boots that breathe (well broken in)
- Comfortable padded socks
- Blister pads or moleskin
- Heavy duty water bottle
- Zip lock bags
- Note book and pen
- Guide books
- Gadgets are always interesting – GPS, Leatherman, etc.
- Beach attire if heading to the coast
Most light scheduled and private charter flights have a strict luggage allowance of 15 kilograms (33 lbs) per person for your safety. This includes carry-on and camera gear. It is essential to pack light and in soft-sided bags. Laundry service is available in lodges and while camping, so there is no need to bring more than a few day’s worth of clothing.
Most people want good photographic memories of their safari. Good equipment is essential for this. Don’t rely on a “point and shoot” to give professional results, although they can provide fun snapshots of people, places etc. Do bring a digital or video camera, whatever suits your interest and skill level.
For good wildlife shots a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential, as are spare camera batteries and cleaning tissue.
If you are passionate about photography, consider the following:
- Two camera bodies (Africa is hard on equipment)
- Wide angle lens – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
- Telephoto lens 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
- A good quality 1.4x converter matched to your telephoto lens (you only lose one stop with a 1.4x)
- A fast 200mm F2.8 (Nikon make a brilliant 80-200mm F2.8) that is very useful in low light.
- A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash
Tanzania voltage is 220-240 volts with British type plugs. We suggest you bring a 12-volt car adapter for charging your video batteries, as it is often a lot easier than getting batteries charged at lodges.
Most professionals are shooting on 50ASA or 100ASA slide film.
There are so many great films on the market these days, if you are shooting print film there is very little noticeable difference between 100 ASA and 200 ASA.
Bring a selection of 100 ASA for the brighter times. 200 ASA for a little extra speed or your slower lenses. 400 ASA for that last beautiful light in the evenings.
Bring more film than you think you need, as it can be very hard to find the right film sometimes in Tanzania.
It’s absolutely essential that every member of the safari have a pair of binoculars. If you only buy one thing, get a good pair of binoculars, it’s well worth the investment.
Top of the range
- Zeiss 10x40, 7x42, 8x30
- Leica 10x42, 8x42, 7x42
- Swarovski 10x42
These are the best binoculars available and often come with a lifetime guarantee.
Good mid range binoculars
- Canon image stabilisers 10x30
- Nikon 10x40 monarch or 8x40 monarch – excellent
- Bushnell 8x42 or 10x40
Electricity in Africa is generally at 220 volts AC, therefore, for most 110 appliances you will need both an adapter for the proper plug configuration and a converter for the correct current. Both round and rectangular three pronged plug sockets are in use. Most safari camps do not have individual electrical outlets in the tents.
Generally speaking, communications in Africa are not what you are accustomed to at home. Connections can be bad to nonexistent, in addition to being costly. Internet access is only available from limited internet-equipped locations in urban areas. Communications while on safari are by HF radio only.
East and Central Africa
The long rains are from early April through early June, and the short rains from late November through December. Dry seasons offer excellent visibility and more reliable road conditions, and game tends to congregate around the limited water sources, making the animals easier to find. July and August are generally extremely busy in East Africa, offering comfortable temperatures in addition to being a popular time for travel world-wide.
This is one of the most important issues to consider when selecting a trip. While there are some travelers with an unlimited budget, most of our clients have a price range in mind, which is extremely important in helping us select an appropriate safari for you. At Tanzania Travel Link we make sure the price tag for your safari is as reasonable as possible.
The following are factors that affect the cost of a trip:
Level of Luxury
Naturally, the more luxurious the safari, the more expensive the trip. Safari camps can range from $200 to $700 per person per night, not including transfers, which are frequently by air. Budget camping safaris are normally significantly cheaper compared to lodge/ tented camp safaris. Transfers by road are generally cheaper than fly in safaris. Try to determine what you can realistically afford, and keep in mind that in general, you get what you pay for: safaris are no exception.
Length of Trip
Adding another week onto your trip can add more to the total cost than you may have originally planned. The per day per person budget is a good rule of thumb for determining how long you can travel. Simply shortening a trip by one day can cut the cost by hundreds of dollars. On the other hand, the time and expense in getting to Tanzania is significant. So we would encourage you to spend the extra time to tour this amazing part of the world, as rushing your trip to save money is rarely worthwhile.
The safari portion of your trip is likely to be the most costly. Safari camps are generally all-inclusive, which means the cost of the accommodations, meals, guides, game activities, and park entry fees are included. Staying at a hotel or a beach resort is often less expensive than a safari camp because you pay for meals and activities, as you choose, while you are there.
High season prices can vary quite dramatically from the low season rates. Rates for high season are in effect for a reason, as often the game viewing is at its best during these times of year and space is at a premium. However, if you are flexible with your travel dates, and can travel in low season, the price of your trip will be lower. You will find the areas less crowded and have less difficulty confirming space.