Entry require

Visas are necessary for entry into Tanzania. The price of your visa will depend on the duration of your stay and your citizenship. For less than three months, you will need to apply for and obtain a tourist visa either from the Tanzanian Embassy in your home country or have one issued to you at the point of entry into Tanzania (at Kilimanjaro or Dar Es Salaam International Airports, or Tanzania/Kenya border).  The fee for the tourist visa depends upon your citizenship. Make sure you research your visa requirements prior to your arrival. A tourist visa can be extended beyond the three months limit at the Immigration Office in Arusha and an extension fee will be applicable. If you are intending to stay in Tanzania for more than three months, you will need to apply for a “Resident Permit Class C,” which is specifically for volunteers and missionaries.  You can find information about this type of visa and the required forms on the Tanzanian Government Website (www.tanzania.go.tz) or visit the Tanzanian Embassy in your home country.

Single-entry tourist visa: up to three months from the date of issue.

Long-term Stay

You will need to start your application process at least 4 months prior to your arrival to allow time for the application to be processed and returned to you. There are a number of supporting documents that you will need to supply in order to obtain this type of visa.  If you need any supporting documents, feel free to contact us directly at info@mweweexpeditions.com Please note that all visa fee payments must be made in US dollars. Credit cards are not accepted.

If you are traveling between African countries, you will be required to provide evidence of your yellow fever vaccination. It is highly advised to get your yellow fever vaccination in your home country for safe measures. If health officers are present and you do not have the yellow fever vaccination, it will be administered immediately.
When to visit

Best birding season: Jan-May, Oct-December

Best wildlife viewing in Tanzania: August- November

Best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro: June- October
Getting here

International airports, Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Kilimanjaro (JRO), are used by most international airlines.The mainland alternative is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which lies midway between Moshi and Arusha and is well placed as a springboard for safaris to the Serengeti and other northern reserves.  Air Tanzania, British Airways, Gulf Air, KLM, Lufthansa and Swissair all fly to Tanzania from Europe, while African airlines servicing Tanzania include Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways.

Baggage on safari is limited to one soft sided bag plus one small piece of hand luggage per person (excluding a camera bag). Ideally the total weight should not exceed 15 to 20kgs. You are welcome to store any excess suitcases and other heavier items in the city hotels while on safari. Of course if the number of people traveling together with you is minimal you can choose to keep your luggage. In case you lost your bags upon arrival please leave this number to the airline +255 754 347268  this will help them to send your bag to us and we will deliver it to you. Here is a list of what you should consider packing for your safari:

– 2  shirts, short and long sleeve
– 2 shorts and long trousers
– 1 safari vest with several pockets
– 1 camera with a proper case
– insect repellent
– 1 light weight day pack
– Sunscreen with highest spf
– Safari binoculars

Shopping

We will take you on a tour to see popular places such as internet cafes, coffee shops, grocery stores, and banks. The tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry, and trinkets as well. Don’t be afraid to haggle at roadside stalls (your driver/guide will show you where to shop and advise you on the best prices). 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.

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. Euros are now widely used and generally have good exchange rates. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Some banks offer ATM facilities such as NBC bank  and Barclays Banks in the centre parts of town. At most of  the banks, only VISA is accepted in order to withdraw cash. Make sure to notify you bank before you travel overseas to prevent any security issues.

Transportation:

Tanzania has a few options for day-to-day transport. The most common is using the local bus, which is known as the “daladala.” You will typically pay between 400-500 Tanzanian shillings for your ventures. There are also small motorcycles available for travel over short distances. They are relatively safe to use in town and you should expect to pay somewhere between 1,000-3,000 Tanzanian shillings. At night, it is best to take a taxi to get around. Depending on your destination, you can expect to pay anywhere between 10,000-20,000 Tanzanian shillings.

Health Concerns

If you are planning a high altitude climb you are well advised to consult your doctor to ensure you are fully informed of the inherent risks of high altitude climbing.

It is advisable to take anti malaria precautions and yellow fever vaccination before departure and, if possible, bring antibiotics with you as a precaution. Remember a change of food and altitude may cause diarrhea or headache or loss of appetite so consult your doctor or travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.