Safari Planner

1. Getting Started

The Tanzania Adventures Inc. Headquarters is located in Arusha and is about an hours drive away from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO ). Kilimanjaro International Airport is the preferred airport for hunts in Lake Natron, Rungwa Ikili and Combination Area hunts. Due to the high charter cost in Tanzania, the preferred airport for any hunts in the Selous will be Dar Es Salaam (DAR).

KLM and BA have daily flights from Europe. In addition, flights are also offered by Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airlines, and Kenyan Airlines. (Please note that airlines change schedules from time to time and you need to confirm dates and times with your travel agent.)

Most flights arrive in Tanzania in the evening. You will spend the night in Arusha or Dar es Salaam, before departing for the hunting area the following day. International flights normally depart in the evenings and you should have enough time to connect to your International Flight on the day of your charter from the hunting area.

Hotel accommodation will be arranged by our Tanzanian office for your hunting party. Please be aware that any cost incurred for accommodation (before and after the safari) is payable by the client / group -as stipulated in our 2006 Rates and Fees Brochure, “1.8 Daily Rates do not include”. (The current rate per person per night for dinner, bed & breakfast is estimated at US$ 200)

Travel Agent

We recommend Falcon Travel Inc.

Contact Person Stacey Gibson
Phone : 210-492-6933
Fax: 210-493-1217
Email: sggibson@earthlink.net

Visas

Obtain these prior to departure from your nearest Tanzanian High Commission. They are usually issued within 24 hours and require 2 passport photos and a cash payment. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. When completing the visa form, please put as your reference in Tanzania: Tanzania Wildlife Company Ltd., P.O. Box 1144, Arusha, Tanzania.

Airport Departure Tax

International Flights in Tanzania are subject to a departure tax of approx. US$ 50 per person, payable in cash only. Please ensure that you carry enough currency on you for these payments as you will be required to pay this tax. You can also clarify with your travel agent if the departure tax was included when purchasing your airline tickets, if this is the case, no tax payment will then be necessary.

Firearms and Ammunition

You must notify the airlines in advance that you will have firearms and/or ammunition in your possession. Confirm their policy/regulations on traveling with firearms.

Note the following:

All firearms must be unloaded, bolt removed and stored in the gun case. Pack ammunition separate from firearms. Currently the airlines will allow a maximum of 5kgs (approx. 11 lbs) of combined weight for ammunition per person and the ammunition case.

Our offices in Tanzania will arrange for all the firearm import documentation prior to your arrival. Therefore, it is essential for you to ensure that the correct serial numbers are provided with the General Questionnaire Form.

2. Tanzania Facts

As East Africa's largest country, Tanzania plays host to Africa's most diverse landscapes. Tanzania has snow, stunning beaches, endless dry savannah, mountains such as Kilimanjaro and the lakes of Tanganyika and Victoria.

Climate

Being so close to the equator, temperatures in Tanzania are fairly constant throughout the year. We only differentiate between wet and dry season. The wet season consists of 2 rainy seasons: Long rains will occur from late March until June and the short rain takes place through November.

Temperatures for July and August are generally lower than other months. Mornings and evenings may be chilly so light fleece or sweaters are appropriate. Clients hunting in Lake Natron should note that due to the high altitude, nights are very cold and a thick sweater or fleece is advisable. Long sleeved shirts and trousers are also advisable in the evenings to lessen the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes.

Time Zone

Currency

Tanzania's currency is Tanzanian shillings. There are no currency exchange controls in Tanzania. US dollars (cash or travelers checks) are preferred, but other foreign currency is also accepted. Please note that traveling with excessive amount of cash is dangerous. To safeguard yourself from any possible theft, we advise you to travel with as little cash as possible.

We do provide a safe keeping facility at our offices in Arusha, should you wish to keep all travel documentation, additional cash and/or other valuables locked away for the duration of your safari.

3. Health Factors

Traveling to Africa, especially Tanzania, requires a visit to your local travel clinic, personal physician or public health facility to find out what immunizations are required and suggested for your planned trip. Recommendations for other vaccines depend on the traveler's medical history and itinerary and do not alter the schedule for recommended childhood immunizations. Please bring adequate medical supplies of your own medicines. First Aid kits are carried in the safari vehicle and each camp is equipped with a comprehensive first aid box.

Yellow Fever

All Travelers coming into Tanzania must carry a valid Yellow Fever certificate. You might be asked to show the certificate at your arrival.

Malaria

Malaria is endemic throughout our areas. There are a number of prophylactics available. Be sure to obtain one from your physician.

Traveling with Children

For all children, decisions regarding vaccinations should be made in cooperation with a health-care provider who will review the traveler's medical history and itinerary. Each traveler should be up to date with their routine childhood vaccinations because many of the diseases prevented by these vaccines are rare or nonexistent but are still common in other parts of the world. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into certain countries (see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country).

More Information on the Web

Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a very informative website. Please feel free to browse the site and search on related topics for East Africa or contact them on 1-877-394-8447.

4. Packing Smart

The paper trail

It is advisable to have certified copies of all your documentation, one copy to remain at home where it is safe yet accessible if needed ( i.e. Lawyer or family friend), the second copy can travel with you - separate from your other documentation - should you encounter theft or loss of documentation.

Checklist:

Clothing

To assist in planning your safari we have prepared a suggested packing list. Please see this as a guideline only and remember that Military style camouflage is not allowed in most African countries.

**Please pack light; we have a daily laundry service in camp. Travel clothes for your international travel can be left in Arusha until you return from the bush.**

Toiletries

Accessories