Pre-Departure
with Water Aid Matters in Africa

charity pre departure elephants pic

"Elephant procession by Michael Denis-Hout"

Pre-departure information page.

Language:
English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili will always be appreciated. Most people in the tourism industry speak English plus one other foreign language

Health
It is advisable to take anti malarial precautions and Yellow fever Vaccinationあbefore departure.あ It is also a good idea to bring some antibiotics with you as a precaution.あ
あ Remember, changing of food and altitude may course diarrhea or headache or loss of appetite, so あconsult your Doctor or Travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.

Baggage:
Baggage on safari is limited to one soft-sided bag, plus one small piece of hand luggage per person (excluding a camera bag). あIdeally, the total weight should not exceed 15 to 20kilos. あYou are welcome to store any excess suitcases and other heavier items with the travel company while on safari. Of course if the number of people traveling together with you is minimal, you can choose to keep your luggage with you.あ In case you lost your bag's on arrival please give this number to the Airline 00255782772663 or 0025578435976. This will help them to send your bag to us and we will keep it or bring to you while your on safaris (if necessary)

Photography:
Very important: bring plenty of film and camera batteries with you and while on safari, you are strongly advised to keep your camera free from dust and all your equipment and film cool. あIt is courteous, and appreciated, to ask permission before photographing local people. If you intend to take some people pictures, it is a good idea to bring an instant camera, so that you can leave a copy with the subject of your photograph.あIf necessary, you can recharge your camera at a hotel, or in the car, if you have the necessary accessories.
Tipping:
Tipping is not obligatory, but a customary tip of 10% of the package price for your support staff is always highly appreciated. あ Bright African safaris neither limits nor obliges its clients in regard to tips.あ Needless to say, the services and friendship you receive will influence your decision at the end.

Local time:
GMT + 3hrs.あ

Electricity:
230v.あ あPower failures, surges and troughs are common, so a torch (flashlight) or headlamp can prove your most useful travel accessory.あ

Visas:
Check current requirements with nearest Tanzanian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your country. It can be acquired at embarking point. Currently 50$ Make sure you have legal Passport.

Security:
Tanzania is generally a safe, stable and friendly country but don't invite temptation. Keep your eye on your belongings. Don't walk in the towns or cites at night - take a taxi. Don't carry cameras or large amounts of cash, and beware of pickpockets and hawkers especially at Namanga Border or at the bus stations. Use the hotel safety deposit box to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewelry at home.あ

Shopping:
The Tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets. Don't be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (your driver/guide will guide you where to shop and advise you on the best prices).あ The most sought after souvenirs are wood carvings, curios, and the famous love stone, which is a well known "Tanzanite" gem stone available widely at souvenirs shops.あ

Money:
Major foreign currencies - particularly US dollars and the Euro - and travelers cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de change in the main town and tourist areas.あ Euros are now widely used and generally have good exchange rates. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates.あ Some Banks offer ATM facilities, such as NBC Bank, CRDB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays' Banks in the major town and cities. At most of banks only VISA is accepted in order to withdraw cash. あDon't change money with unlawful currency traders in the street.あ


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LINKS

Tanzania Water - Further Information
VPO - VPO

Our Aim

Water Aid Matters in Africa Organise trips in Africa and help fund water projects, we are a UK based charity that is helping bring water to african people.