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Like all big cities those in Tanzania have their share of crime. It is therefore necessary, in the interests of safety to be aware of the following common sense precautions:

You Should Avoid
• Carrying valuables or large amounts of money
• Walking in streets after dark
• Leaving valuables in your hotel room or vehicle
• Wearing chains, bracelets or earrings that can be snatched

You Should Always
• Beware of conmen who are on the look out for ways of separating the unwary tourist from their valuables
• Demand identification of anyone who poses as an official.
• Ask the receptionist at your hotel to call a taxi, as setting off in the streets on your own may be risky.

Although film is available at most game lodges, it is recommended that you bring sufficient film for your safari with you, always over estimate requirements. A telephoto lens of 210mm-300mm is recommended as well as UV filters and a dust cover for your camera. Bring spare batteries.

In Tanzania food is of a very high standard with a wide selection of tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, meat and fish. Avoid drinking tap water during your stay, most lodges and hotels provide drinking water in flasks. Bottled water can also be bought at the lodge.

We strongly recommend that you keep luggage to a minimum on safari. Soft-sided flexible bags are more convenient and some of the Arusha hotels have luggage storage facilities for things not required. Most lodges have fast and reasonable priced laundry services. When traveling in light aircraft baggage is limited to 15 kilos per person including hand luggage. Surcharges may apply for excess baggage.

Visitors departing Tanzania by air will be required to pay a departure tax in either Tanzania Shillings or hard currency, currently USD $20. This must be in cash. Traveler’s cheques and credit cards are not acceptable. For all domestic flights a local departure tax is levied, payable in Tanzania Shilling currently equivalent to USD $4.00.

Safari attire is casual and comfortable. In the game lodges, safari camps and Zanzibar coast hotels, the emphasis is on informality and comfort; however in some lodges and safari camps gentlemen are required to wear long trousers with their evening meals. Topless sunbathing is not permitted and ladies should wear appropriate clothing in public places. Pack a sweater as mornings and evenings can be cool, especially at Ngorongoro. Light cotton clothing is best on safari and remember to bring swimwear as some safari lodges and camps have a swimming pool. A hat is also useful for protection from the sun as well as sunscreens and sunglasses. Footwear should be low heeled and comfortable although there is not much walking to be done.
Please contact Encounter Africa Safaris for recommended clothing and equipment list for Mount Kilimanjaro.

A Yellow Fever certificate is required for visitors to Tanzania and Zanzibar if arriving from another yellow fever affected region. You are also advised to consult your doctor for Information and advice on the recommended inoculations. Malarial prophylaxis is essential when traveling within East Africa and should be continued after your return. Long sleeve clothing and insect repellent should be worn in the evening.

Visas are required for some citizen arriving in Tanzania. To avoid delays on arrival it is best to check with the Tanzania High commission in your own country before traveling.

The currency is the Tanzania shilling. You should ensure that travelers’ cheques and currency are only changed at authorised dealers. Most major credit cards are accepted in Tanzania but this can be limited so visitors should bring US dollars cash or traveler

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