FAQ

Is Africa Travel Bureau an official Tanzanian registered tour operating company? 
Our Company is an official tour operating company registered with the “Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Division in Tanzania under the Tourism License.

Are our safari guides registered with the relevant authorities? 
Africa Travel Bureau, employs only experienced and well trained safari guides with substantial knowledge of the country and its nature. All of our guides are officially registered and have fully accomplished the requested education program and are held to attend regularly courses for safety and educational purpose.

Our Itineraries
There are regular daily departures for safaris. Alternatively we offer our clients the opportunity ofselecting a safari to fit in with arrival arrangements. We recommend clients arrive a day or two prior to their safari to allow time to acclimatize and enjoy local sightseeing and restaurants.

How big is Tanzania?
Tanzania, the largest of the Eastern African Countries (Kenya and Uganda) having a land area of 945,097 Square Kilometers in which 25%  is gazetted as protected areas. this means that, Tanzania is four times larger than Great Britain, seven times larger than England, or a little larger than Texas.the main capital is  known as Dodoma which is located at the center of Tanzania, while the administrative capital is called Dar es salaam located the coast region of Tanzania

What is the Population?
Tanzania has a population of around 35,922,000. Native Africans constitute 99% of the population.

Whats the Climate like?
Tanzania has a tropical climate along the coast but it gets temperate in the highlands.
April & Mid – May = Long rains (Green Season)
June – Sept = Cool season
Nov – Dec = Short Rains
October – March = Hottest season

Temperature, The range of Temperatures in Tanzania is fairly limited and always hot, running from 25 to 30 degrees C on the coast while the rest of the country apart from the highlands run from 22 to 27 degrees C.

Time?
GMT + 3 hrs

Electricity?
240 Volts AC, 50 – 60 Hz

What are Languages commonly used?
Kiswahili & English

What  Currency is accepted?
Tanzania Shillings; however you are advised to carry American Dollars. Bureau de changes/ banks  do accept major convertible currencies including the EURO,  Pounds and the Japanese Yen. Travellers Cheques may be acceptable in some places, but not in the remote countryside, Major Credit Cards may also be acceptable in some large Hotels, however it is advisable to carry Cash US Dollars, which you will change on arrival.

Is it safe to travel to Tanzania and what is the government system? 
Tanzania is a safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people and are eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay. Tanzania is a politically stable, multi-democratic country.

Do I require a visa?
Visas are required to enter Tanzania as of other East African Countries – Kenya and Uganda. They can either be obtained in advance through the various Embassies/High Commissions abroad, Consulates or at the airports or other ports/borders of entry.
The process is fast and easy and all one requires to have is a valid passport (at least six months).

Airport and Arrival Information
there are t
hree International Airports,Julias Nyerere International Airport – JKIA , Kilimanjaro International Airport – KIA  and Zanzibar International Airport.
To begin safaris in Northern Tanzania, most visitors are advised to book with Airlines whose Arrivals & Departures are at KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KIA) which is 45 minutes drive from Arusha town. It is also possible to get flights arriving to Nairobi (Kenya) from where you can make arrangements to transfer to near city of Arusha.

Ferries:
Boat and Ferries to Zanzibar and Mafia

What medical precautions should we take?
Vaccination requirements change from time to time. We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department for information on the latest health precautions. Currently, shots against Yellow fever and cholera are recommended but not mandatory. As a precaution we usually advise anti-malarial drugs to be taken before, during and after your visit to East Africa. Also, if you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply to last the duration of your stay and a copy of your prescription(s).
Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription ant-malarial drug for details concerning risk and preventive medications

How far in advance should I book my safari?
It is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability at the time you wish to travel, especially during the high/peak seasons – June to Oct and Christmas/New Year season.

What should I take on safari? (Should be used as a guide only)
As you will want to capture as much as possible of this amazing tour, don’t forget a camera, camcorder with lots of films/memory disks, and replacement batteries . A torch light would come in very handy especially for camping trips or mountain climbing.for lodges safari it is not necessary.
Sunglasses, hat, sun lotion, lip-balm, insect repellents , a spare pair of glasses or lenses if you are using one.Don’t forget a swimming costume and you might want to include a good book for the relaxing hours. Sleeping-bags and towels if you are planning for camping safaris must be included.

What should I take for mountain climbing? (Should be used as a guide only)
Sunglasses/Snow goggles, Rucksack & day pack, 3-4 season sleeping-bag, Insulation pad, Balaclava or woolen hat, Long sleeved shirt, Several pairs of socks, Gloves, Waterproof trousers & jacket, Warm sweaters, Anorak/raincoat, Gaiters, Water-bottle, Wooden walking stick, Hiking boots, Pair of light walking shoes, Warm scarf, Toiletry requirements, Flashlight with batteries, Sun protection cream, Small first aid kit, Lip salve, A whistle and some plastic bags.

Baggage Limit:
1 bag 15kgs maximum. It is advisable to have your own insurance covering, travel, medical, baggage and personal injury.
Persons undergoing medical treatment should obtain approval from their doctor prior to booking the trek. The trek is taken at the clients own risk.

What kind of food do I expect during the trip?
The quality and variety of food available on safari will be a pleasant surprise for our clients. Most lodges serve meals in buffet-style. The food is prepared according to the western-tastes, and includes some local cuisine too. If a camping safari is chosen, fresh meat and produce is prepared by the expert chefs accompanying the clients to the highest standards.Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can be easily arranged with prior notice. A vegetarian or vegan may wish to bring along some alternative protein sources. Persons with multiple food allergies, it is advisable to bring along supplemental snacks. Please notify us of any possible dietary restrictions along with booking confirmation

Is drinking water safe?
In some places tap water is safe, but generally, it is not advisable to drink or brush your teeth with tap water. Bottled water is available everywhere and in almost all Lodges and Hotels and all super markets. On treks and safaris, it is better to carry sufficient bottled water.

What Type of Clothes to take?
For safaris, especially in Northern Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha), during the day, light clothing is recommended with sturdy shoes and canvas hats. During the night in areas like Arusha and the Ngorongoro Highlands; where the altitude is between 1500 – 2500 Metres; a cardigan or pullover may be essential. In the same pack, remember your sun cream, lotions, sun glasses, a pair of binoculars, and a camera with rolls of film.

What would be the accommodations like?
Wide range of accommodations is available to suit your budget, lodges, hotels, tented camps, permanent camps to name a few. Most hotels are a nice blend of luxury, ambience, offering picturesque views. Once an inquiry is submitted, we provide you with a detailed list of accommodations available to suit your requirements.

Advise regarding photography?
For wildlife photography, a 200 mm zoom lens is the smallest that you should use, A 300-400 zoom is preferable. For bird-watchers, a 500mm or larger is necessary, and a wide-angle lens would be ideal for scenic shots. it is advised to come with as buying them here you may find these quite expensive and some difficult to obtain locally.

Best time to visit Tanzania?
Climate in Tanzania is always wonderful, though you might have to avoid rains from mid April to end of May to climb Kilimanjaro; however the following prediction is based on the movement of animals. It is the best time for game viewing.
Northern Tanzania
all year round except April and May.
Southern Tanzania
June through October
Zanzibar , Pemba and Mafia
June through October; December through March

Do i need Travel Insurance?
We strongly recommend that you take out all of the necessary Travel Insurance before commencing on your journey.

2 Comments

  1. 27th February 2015    

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    • Africa Travel Bureau's Gravatar Africa Travel Bureau
      2nd March 2015    

      thanks for your comments, it is our pleasure to hear that, our information has been useful. if there is any question, don’t hesitate to contact us. we would love to help you more.

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