How to Book Your Adventure
We prefer a hands on approach of working on an itinerary together based on your interests, budget and available time. Once you have a general idea of what you would like to experience, contact us with your ideas. We will then offer you suggestions and through a dialog we will come up with the right itinerary. During the discussion the prices will inevitably be discusses and the budget will take a spot in determining the trip details. We will then request a deposit to secure your tour. The amount of deposit will generally be 30% but may need to be increased if safari lodges, flights and Zanzibar hotels are involved. We will then give you bank details so your bank can wire the money directly into ours. We will not request money transfers using less secure methods such as Western Union. The final payment will not be due until your arrival in Tanzania. To start the booking process contact us at email@example.com, by phone/WhatsApp +255 658 480 033, by contact form found at the bottom of this page, or if in Moshi welcome to stop by our office on Selous St. near Union Cafe.
In the event that you need to postpone your trip, we will apply your deposit towards future travel through us. We are not in the business of making money off of cancellations but we cannot afford to lose money either. If we have booked flights, lodge/tented camps or hotels as part of your trip, we may not be able to receive a refund from the accommodations or airlines. Depending on their policies and the timing of the cancellation, this may reduce the amount of your deposit that can be used in the future. If others from your group are coming, you can apply your deposit towards their balance due if you wish. We strongly recommend travelers insurance to protect your investment.
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) is by far the most convenient airport for arrivals/departures. Except if you are finishing your trip in Zanzibar you would be better off flying back from Dar es Salaam (DAR). Most every transcontinental flight leaving Kilimanjaro Airport makes a stop in DAR also.
Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) can be used but you will need to then book a connecting flight to JRO or come by bus (10 hours ride to Moshi). Dar es Salaam itself holds little interest for tourists but there are some good beaches not too far outside of the city.
Nairobi Airport (NBO) is the only other airport to consider. There are many flights from NBO to JRO or you can take a shuttle straight into Moshi from NBO. The travel time as around 8 hours. Consider what is written in the section about the health section regarding yellow fever though.
In Moshi & Arusha you should get reliable 4G internet. In rural areas you might not get any internet at all. Parts of Ngorongoro Conservation Area has pretty good internet signal. In Moshi/Arusha most hotels will have WiFi and some restaurants will also.
No vaccines are required to enter Tanzania unless you are coming from a country that is classified as a yellow fever risk. This includes Kenya. If you are in a yellow fever risk country for more than 12 hours a vaccine will be required to enter Tanzania. Regarding malaria, there is no vaccine for this. But there are pills that you can take to prevent the parasite to take hold. You should consult a travel clinic regarding the current best option of medication. If you are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, there is no risk above 1800m. There is little malaria in Moshi and also little malaria at Ngorongoro Crater. But little malaria is not the same as no malari
Citizens of nearly every country can apply for a tourist visa upon arrival. This is easy and straightforward and recommended over applying in advance. The cost varies according to your nationality but is typically either $50 or $100 USD. Payment will be requested in USD cash.
Tanzania has just 1 time zone, UTC +3 (same as GMT +3). There are no seasonal time changes during the year.
The national currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH). It is only traded in East Africa so you will not be able to get any in advance. Also be sure to trade any extra that you may have back before leaving the country. There are many exchange bureaus in major towns. Roughly the exchange rate is $1 : TSH 2,300/= Different denominations of US currency have slightly different exchange rates with larger notes receiving better rates. There are many ATMS to be found but you will always receive Tanzanian Shillings. The largest denomination of Tanzanian Shillings is 10,000 ($4.35 USD). ATMs can dispense only 40 bills per transaction so Tsh 400,000/= per transaction is maximum ($173 USD).
There are 120 tribes in Tanzania each with their own language and culture. But Swahili is the national language. In any area where there is tourism, English is commonly understood. An important requirement for our guides is that they speak excellent English. If you would like a guide that speaks a different language, let us know. We may be able to accommodate your request.
The electrical current is 250V. The number of power outage are decreasing but still not unusual for lapses in power. Many rural areas do not have electricity. UK type plugs are used. Plug converters are easily found in shops but be aware that this does not change the voltage. Most charging devices can adapt to any voltage but look to make sure.
The country code for Tanzania is +255. Cell phone coverage is available in most places. On Mt Kilimanjaro you will be lucky to receive a signal though. If your phone has a removable SIM card and is GSM (not Sprint or Verizon) then you should be able to buy a local SIM card –approximately 1USD