Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze
Tanzania travels visa requirementsAll travellers to Tanzania require a passport, valid for the duration of their tour in Tanzania. Entry points to Tanzania, currently offering visa services on entry are, the Dar Es Salaam Port and Airport, the Kilimanjaro International airport, the Namanga & Isebania entry posts on the road borders between Tanzania and Kenya and Zanzibar airport. Most nationalities can obtain an entry visa upon arrival or arrange the visa before arrival at the cost of US $50 per person (USA & Irish passport holders US $100 per person.) Please take note some nationalities can only arrange the visa before arrival to Tanzania, while some nationalities do not require a Tanzania travel visa. It is strongly recommend checking regulations with your local Tanzanian Embassy, as visa conditions are subject to change without notice. It is also recommend getting the visa in advance if there is a tight connecting flights after arrival to Tanzania.LanguageKiswahili is the main language but English is widely spoken in Zanzibar. Without a surprise it can be noted that most Guides speak fluent Italian and some other foreign language. Ontime Tours has professional guides with multiple languages.MoniesCredit cards and travellers checks are not widely accepted in Tanzania. Where they are accepted high service fees and poor exchange rates can be expected, Major foreign currencies particularly US$ are accepted in Tanzania and are convertible at banks and bureau de changes in the main towns and tourist areas. If bringing cash in US$, please make sure bank notes are in good condition, with no cuts or damage and are not older than 2004. Most banks offer higher exchange rates for US$ 100/50 bank notes compared to US$ 20, 10 or 5 bank notes.TippingIt is recommended tipping your guides and driver US$ 20 to 30 per group per day. It is also recommend tipping porters at hotels, lodges and drivers transferring you between the airport and hotel.HealthYellow fever vaccinations are a legal requirement for entry into Zanzibar. Please note that yellow fever vaccination certificate will be required upon your entry to Tanzania. It is also recommend that you take precautions against malaria (malaria only occurs in areas below 1 800m in altitude) prior to the commencement of your holiday. Adequate precautions must also be taken to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. Kindly contact your closest Travel Clinic or medical practitioner. The tap water is not safe for drinking or brushing teeth. Please only use sealed mineral water.ClimateGenerally dry and hot with cool nights/mornings from June-October, short rains from November to mid-December, long rains March-May but the seasons can vary.ClothingPack lightweight, washable clothes plus a sweater for early morning wildlife game drives, a sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in light-coloured fabrics help discourage insect bites. Shorts for women are acceptable (but not too short). Women should carry a wrap to cover legs in the village and towns as revealing clothes can cause offence. Staying at a Lodge, bring your swimsuit along.Baggage on safarisBaggage on safari is limited to one bag, plus one small piece of hand baggage per person (excluding a camera bag). In total this should not weight more than 20kg. Suitcases and other heavier items can be stored in town hotels whilst clients are on safari.PhotographyBring film and batteries for your camera with you. Protect your camera from dust and keep equipment and film spools cool. It is courteous to ask permission before photographing the local people. If you intend to take a lot of people pictures, be sure to bring an instant camera with you so that you can leave a picture with people you photograph.ElectricityThe voltage is 220-240v, but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.SecurityIs a generally safe country but don’t invite temptation. Keep your eyes on your belongings. Don’t walk in the towns or cities at night – take a taxi. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash, beware of pickpockets and hawkers. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave valuable jewels at home.ShoppingThe Tourist areas and wildlife lodges sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewels and trinkets. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (Your driver/ guide will advise you where to shop and on a reasonable price). The most popular souvenirs are wooden carvings, curios, and a famous love stone which is the well-known gem stone “Tanzanite” which are all widely sold at souvenir shops.