While planning your trip to Tanzania, you may want to consider the following travel advice from Allure African Safari
Swahili is the National Language, originating from Arab and Bantu(an indigenous tribal language) and it is spoken by over 95% of the Tanzanians. English is widely spoken but a few Swahili words will even be more appreciated. Most people in the tourism industry speak English plus one other foreign language. Try to learn a few most common Swahili words when your on a trip.
If you are planning a high altitude climb, you are well advised to consult your Doctor to ensure that you are fully informed of the inherent risks of high altitude climbing. Note that while your ability to withstand high altitudes during long treks is not directly related to your level of physical fitness, certainly, a good level of fitness will assist in your general stamina.
It is advisable to take anti-malarial precautions and have a Yellow fever Vaccination before departure. It is also a good idea to bring some antibiotics with you as a precaution. Remember, changing of food and altitude may cause diarrhea or a headache or loss of appetite, so consult your Doctor or Travel clinic before you plan your journey to East Africa.
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 20kilos. 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 with you.
Photography: Very important
Bring enough films, memory cards and camera batteries with you. While on safari, you are strongly advised to keep your camera free from dust and all your equipment and film cool. It is courteous, and appreciated, to ask permission before photographing local people.
If you intend to take some pictures of people, it is a good idea to bring an instant camera, so that you can leave a copy with the subject of your photograph. You can recharge your camera batteries at hotels or camps in the evenings and in the car. Local time : GMT + 3hrs.
230v.Power failures, surges, and troughs are common, so a torch (flashlight) or headlamp may prove to be your most useful travel accessory.
Check current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your country. A visa can be acquired on arrival in Tanzania. Currently, the cost is $50-100 depending on the country. Make sure you have legal Passport.
Tanzania is generally a safe, stable and friendly country but doesn’t invite temptation. Keep your eye 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, and beware of pickpockets and hawkers especially at the country’s border-crossings and other crowded places like markets and bus stations. Use the hotel safety deposit box to safeguard valuables and obtain a receipt. Leave your expensive jewelry at home.
Almost all the hotel, lodges, and tented camps have some good shops that sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry, and trinkets. Make use of those but don’t forget to bargain to get a good deal.
Your driver guide can also take you to Maasai market in Arusha town, where you can get the best souvenirs at the most reasonable prices as this is where most tourist shops buy their stock to sell.(ONLY IF YOU REQUEST) .The most sought after souvenirs are wood carvings, curios, paintings, batiks and “Tanzanite”, (A gemstone available widely at souvenirs shops).