Travel Tips And Tricks For Tanzania Safari

Travel Tips And Tricks For Tanzania Safari

  1. Currency exchange
  2. Climate
  3. Safety regulations
  4. Photo and video
  5. Visiting nature reserves
  6. Trekking
  7. Water
  8. Appearance
  9. Electricity
  10. Tip

Currency exchange

When exchanging currency, it should be borne in mind that small denominations (less than $ 20) in foreign currency are usually accepted at a lower rate. Street money-changers, constantly harassing tourists in the areas of banks, markets and exchange offices, are usually elementary scammers. Using their services is not recommended. Foreigners are often required to pay for hotel and airline tickets only in freely convertible currency. Stay tuned.

Climate

A visit to Tanzania safari from March to May is not recommended, when heavy rains at high air temperatures create very uncomfortable conditions for Europeans. Also, during this period, the risk of malaria and gastrointestinal diseases increases sharply.

Safety regulations

The security situation in the country is rather ambiguous. Most Tanzania safari are very friendly and sociable people, but there are a lot of refugees from neighboring countries in the country, and the standard of living is low, so cases of fraud and petty theft are quite widespread. 

Pickpockets in areas of tourist concentration are also very many. Well-armed gangs of poachers, which are constantly being fought, are operating in the areas of reserves. Drug offenses are quite common in Zanzibar and provincial areas. Do not display expensive photo and video equipment, valuables or documents. It is not recommended to walk alone at night on the streets. 

Photo and video

It is not recommended to photograph residents without their permission and to independently (without a guide or representative of a travel agency) visit the homes of residents. In some places, you have to pay for photography, but you should not do this everywhere and always - many Aborigines try to beg for money in this way.

Visiting nature reserves

When traveling in national parks, you must not drive too close to animals and prevent them from hunting. It is not recommended to exit the road and get out of the car without the permission of the guide. This can only be done in designated areas. 

It is strictly forbidden to feed animals in national parks - any attempt of this kind is punishable by a huge fine, as well as garbage discharge in the park. It is forbidden to go beyond the boundaries of places of residence without the escort of security. Care should be taken to monitor the condition of mosquito nets in all places of residence.

Being in the territory of the National Parks of the country is mostly paid. For every day spent in Kilimanjaro National Park, for example, you will have to pay $ 60 per adult and $ 10 per child from 10 to 16 years old, in the Serengeti - $ 50 and $ 10, and in Gobva - $ 100, respectively. Also, an additional charge is charged for overnight stays at campsites (in the territory of Kilimanjaro, for example, $ 50 per night) and a one-time fee for rescue operations - $ 20.

Trekking

In the case of trekking or long walking excursions, you should carefully prepare your clothes and choose equipment. All wearable items should be packed in plastic bags, prepared repellents, and protective nets, and clothes should be selected as closed as possible, as thick as possible. 

A small danger is represented by small schistosomehelminths living in the water of local lakes and rivers, as well as poisonous snakes, mosquitoes (especially the Anopheles malaria mosquito, common on the coastal plains of the east coast), tsetse flies, crocodiles, hippos and other wild animals. Repellents and wide-brimmed hats, as well as high shoes with good ankle support, are highly recommended. Since the level of insolation is very high,

Water

Providing cities and towns with clean water is a big problem in Tanzania safari. Own sources of water are in very few settlements, in most cases rainwater is collected in large tanks, which are enough only for drinking. 

Those villages that have their wells often suffer from power outages, as a result of which the water pumps are de-energized. Therefore, some hygiene procedures may cause problems. Accordingly, there are problems with lighting, so in many hotels, kerosene lamps can be found as backup light sources.

Appearance

The clothes adopted a rather informal, but not sporty, style. Light "tropical" clothing will be appropriate for almost all cases, except for official receptions. But shorts, miniskirts and overly open clothes should be avoided. 

Public kisses and other public tokens should be avoided, as this violates the norms of the conservative part of the Muslim community, especially in Zanzibar. The local population and Muslim organizations also oppose the increase in the number of restaurants and bars, hoping that tourists will respect their religious feelings (although the sale of alcohol in the country is not prohibited).\

Electricity

The voltage in the mains is 220/240 V, 50 Hz, but options are possible, and sometimes the electricity just turns off without any warning. Sockets of the English standard - three-pin flat or two-pin round. Most lodges receive electricity from diesel generators and solar panels, so they turn it off at night (at 22.30-23.00, there are candles or kerosene lamps in the rooms for night lighting).

Tip

Tipping is best done in local currency. In restaurants, they make up 10% of the total order value. Most hotels automatically include a 10 percent surcharge on their bill. If payment for services is not included in the tariff, tips for 20 shillings will be considered quite sufficient, whereas in most small establishments they are not provided at all. Tips for rangers, drivers and other safari service staff are usually equivalent to 3-5 US dollars. If the service is carried out by a group of personnel, a tip should be given to the head of the group, otherwise, additional claims may arise on the size of the tip and its distribution.


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