FAQ

There is no specific rates for tipping your guide but the point here is to appreciate the service your safari guide / mountain crew following your safari / expedition to its ends. Normally, for a group or family a tour leader would collect all tips and give to the guide/ crew at the end of the trip during farewell occasion/

Its common based on your bill one can decide for waiter/ waitresses to keep change following good service.

Yes. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.

The national language in Tanzania is Swahili mostly spoken by majority natives – most urban people speak second language which is English. Safari guides speak additional languages including Arabic, German, French, Spanish and more

Because Tanzania is right next to the Equator, the temperature in the country are almost the same all through the year – about 26-28 C (78.8 – 82.4 F) during the day and 14-16 C (57.2 – 60.8 F) during the night

Yes, they do. English is the second language in Tanzania and most people here speaks a very good English.

In most tourist places (hotels, lodges) around northern Tanzania you can pay in US Dollars or Euro (and even in some other foreign currency). On other parts of the country and local business, you most likely will have to pay with local money (Tanzanian Shilling-TZS).

You should change some money to local currency, so you can pay at restaurants and gift shops in the city. Make sure to check the current value of the Tanzanian Shilling and exchange money only in official change places, like the hotel, bureau de-change shops, banks and so on.

In Tanzania, safari is good all though the year. If you would like to see the birth of the Wildebeest’s calves, you should come around February and the beginning of March. If you would like to see the herds crossing the Mara River at the north of the Serengeti, you should come in July through September. Tanzania has so much to offer at all-time year round.

The great migration is happening every day! Herds of wildebeest, Zebra, gazelle and different kinds of antelopes are migrating through the Serengeti National Park, looking for a new grazing land and reproduction favorable environment. You can find the herds at the southern part of Serengeti during the months of February – May; at the western part during the months of June – July; at the northern part during the month of August – October and at the eastern part during the month of November – January.

No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The listed price is the price you pay. Including tax.

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

You should check with your local health department and consult with your doctor before coming to Tanzania.

The chances of getting Malaria in Tanzania or Zanzibar are low but you should consult with your local health department and consult with your doctor before coming to Tanzania

TIPS

Packing

  • Try and use a soft suitcase or bag – the luggage travels with you in the back part of the car. Using a soft bag helps packing process in the safari car in easier way.
  • Make sure you have marked your luggage so you can identify them easily at the airport. If you carry a back-pack, make sure that it is marked as well with you name and phone number.
  • If you are using an internal flight, for example from Serengeti to Zanzibar, your suitcase should weight no more than 15 Kg. You can take a back-pack to the plane.
  • In all the cars there is a first aid kit but we recommend you to bring with you a personal first aid kit that includes:
    * Alco-gel to clean your hands
    * Bandage
    * Pills for pain relief (pain killers)
    * Sun screen lotion
    * Mosquito repellent spry
    * Mosterising crean
    * Safety pins

Weather

  • Through the year, the weather in Tanzania is almost the same – during the day the temperature rises to about 28 C (82 F) and at night goes down to about 18 C (64 F).
  • During the months of July and August the nights are cold at the northern part of the Serengeti and we recommend you to bring a warm cloth.
  • During April and May you might find that it is raining heavily during the evening and the early morning hours, so we recommend bringing a light rain coat.

Note: For anyone aspiring climbing / trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro, we strongly advise to check recommended parking list and climbing gears.

  • In addition, we advise you to pack:
    * A hat
    * Sandals or any other light-foot wear
    * Comfortable shoes for walking
    * T-shirs for the trip during the day
    * Long pants and long sleeves shirts of bright colours
    * Swimsuit
    * Good sun glasses

We also recommend that you will bring with you:
* A good flash-light for your walks in the lodge/ camp during the night
* If you are using contact lenses – we advise you to pack a per of glasses

f you ever watched National Geographic wildlife, you probably have seen some of the northern circuit parks of Tanzania.
With its massive wildebeest herds, huge elephant’s families and magnificent prides of lions – the northern circuit is the place to do an unforgettable safari.

One of the most famous parks in Africa (if not THE most famous destination in the world) is Serengeti National Park. If you’re coming to the north of Tanzania, make sure to stay at list 2 nights in this amazing park.

Other beautiful parks are Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Arusha National Park.

If you are into climbing, you have the highest mountain in Africa – the highest free standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you are looking for a less challenging climb, Mount Meru is an excellent choice.

In the southern part of Tanzania you will find 2 of the biggest national parks in Africa – Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve.
In these two parks you can see huge herds of elephants, giraffe and even packs of wild dogs.

In addition, 3 other very good options are Mikumi National Park – a small and beautiful park with a good variety of animals and birds; Udzungwa National Park with its rain forest and waterfall; and for nature lovers Kitulo National Park with plenty of natural flowers, butterflies and birds.

In the eastern you can find the relatively new national park – Mkomazi, the mountains of Usambara and the park by the ocean – Saadani. These parks are small and very unique, so you might consider spending there at least one night.

There are only two small parks in the west but they are very different from anything that you have seen so far – Mahale Mountains National Park offers you the opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild (Chimps are of primates family).

Katavi National Park is one of the most remote parks in Africa. Right by Lake Tanganyika, the parks offers you an excellent safari game drive and a boat ride.

Tanzania is beautiful. The landscape, the people and nature are stunning and just call you to take a picture but here are some tips for you:

  • If you would like to take a picture of people, ask for their permission. If they say NO, respect their wish. If you don’t know how to approach them, ask your guide for assistant
  • If someone asks you for money in order to take his picture, we recommend not to pay but to look for someone who will pose for you for free (and you can find them easily)
  • Bring several memory cards with you. From our experience, you are going to take plenty of pictures every day
  • Bring an extra battery for your camera
  • If you are traveling during the wet season, make sure to bring a plastic cover for your camera and your bag
  • If you have a heavy lens, it is a good idea to bring an empty “bean bag”. We will supply you with beans when you’ll arrive
  • It is a good idea to bring a laptop computer and as a backup for your memory card

Tanzania offers anyone who loves to walk and see nature some fabulous routes including natural trails.
Some routes are short and easy and can be done within 1-2 hrs, while some may take a day and others including climbing/ trekking mountains, can take a week.

In Arusha National Park you can take a walk to see the waterfall or the crater, a lovely walk that even young children will enjoy.

A longer walk, up to a half day, is in the crater at the Ngorongoro conservation area. Some walks include a steep climbs so you will need to be experienced for that.
In most national parks you can take a walking safari, accompanied
by rangers that will keep a watchful eye on the wild animals.

If you are into climbing, Tanzania offers you plenty of mountains to climb – from Mt. Kilimanjaro (about 6-7 days) to Mount Meru (3-4 days) and to a one day climb, like in Udzungwa National Park and Usambara mountains.

In Tanzania there are over 120 great tribes and some of them preserve a very ancient culture that is fascinating to see and learn about. Amongst them few are spotted to offer exciting cultural experiences to visitors in the north circuit, most travelled part of Tanzania.

  • The Hadzabe tribe is a hunting-gathering tribe. The men are using a bow and arrow to hunt birds, small animals and even baboons and antelopes. The women gather roots and fruits and take care for the kids commonly known as Bushmen’s of Tanzania.
  • The Datoga tribe is a nomadic tribe. To grind there flour, they use stones, like hundreds of years ago but now days you can see the men do blacksmith works, from jewellery to arrow heads.
  • The Massai tribe is most known for their jumping-welcome dance, when the men sing and jump as high as possible, it shows their strength. They are nomadic and uses there cows as a source for most of their diet.

Before coming to Tanzania, you should look into the following list, so you will come well prepared.

Visa and Passport

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the day you intended to be back home. That is, if you are traveling to Tanzania on April 1st to 8th, your passport should be valid until October 8th
  • You will need 3 empty pages in your passport
  • You can do your visa when you enter Tanzania
  • For most countries, you will need to pay $50

Water in Tanzania

Do not attempt to drink tap water in Tanzania. You should drink only from sealed bottles that shall be available in your safari car and in your room at the lodge.

Money and shopping

  • The local currency is Tanzanian Shilling. $1 = 2170 TZS
  • At the lodges in the north of Tanzania you can pay in American Dollars and Euro. In other parts of the country, and in Zanzibar, you should consider change to a local currency
  • If you decide to change some money, you should do it in a bureau de-change or bank or your hotel. Be sure to check the exchange rates
  • Make sure the Dollar bills you give are new (from the last 7-10 years). Most of the time, bills of $10 and up that are more than 10 years old, won’t be accepted

Communication

  • In most parks and lodges you can find a good cellular service (network reception), so you can stay in touch with your family and friends
  • Most lodges have a Wi-Fi internet service. If this is important to you, make sure to let us know
  • There are no collect/ phone booth calls from Tanzania
  • The prefix/code of Tanzania is +255
  • We recommend you leave our office phone number with your family members so in case they need to reach you when in the wild they can pass through us

Electricity

  • The electricity voltage in Tanzania is 240V
  • Tanzania use British wall socket
  • In most of the cars you will find sockets as well, so you can charge your equipment during the day

Binocular

Sometimes the animals are right next to your car, sometimes they prefer to be far away. So you won’t miss a thing, we recommend you to bring a good binocular.

Health and Insurance

  • Get advice from your local health department regarding any necessary vaccinations you should take before coming to Tanzania
  • You should also notify about ways to treat Malaria
  • Advise with your insurance company about the proper policy you should do for a safari trip

As Excellent Guides operates from mainland Tanzania, we work with a number of hotels and tour operators in Zanzibar, to make sure your visit in these beautiful islands would be amazing, safe and memorable.

For a holiday quote in Zanzibar, please contact us at info@awt-excellentguides.com