For your vacation to Tanzania and Kenya find below the common questions we get from clients as they prepare for their Tanzania or Kenya safari. Please also see our Terms and Conditions for more information.
Youth adventures and Safaris do not provide travel insurance to the visitors. It’s the responsibility of the Agent/visitors – All visitors must have an adequate insurance for the duration of the tour, which should include evacuation, medical cover in case of an emergency.
Several international airlines operate flights into Tanzania through Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airports. Some airlines includes KLM, British Airways, Swiss air, Ethiopian airlines, Fly Emirates, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, South African Airways, Kenya airways, Rwanda Air, Oman Air and many others not mentioned but can be searched online or contact your travel agent.
Travel within the country is by Air Tanzania (the national airline), Precision Air, Air Excel, Coastal Aviation, Zan Air, Regional Air, Tropical Air, Fast jet, and Auric Air.
The main roads are tarmac roads but secondary roads vary in quality. Be prepared for long and sometimes bumpy car rides in the national parks as the roads don,t have tarmac.
Certain vaccinations may be required for travel to Africa, for example, often you will need a yellow fever vaccination. Visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets and make use of mosquito nets and insect sprays where provided. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended before travel.Meds – Anything that you use daily and need for your well-being is essential.
Tap water is not suitable for drinking, use bottled water, which is available in your safari car and at accommodations.
All visitors to Tanzania require a return or onward ticket and a valid passport with an entry or reentry visa, duly endorsed. Visas can be obtained from any Tanzania Diplomatic. Mission or Consulate abroad, and at main entry points including international airports, sea ports and border posts.Those willing to take the risk involved with trying to obtain a visa at the should have USD 50 in cash if flying on a British passport, or USD 100 in cash if flying on a US passport. Visitors from other nationalities are advised to have USD 100 in cash ready, though in most cases the cost will be only USD 50.The Tanzanian High Commission advises visitors to apply for visa in advance as they reserve the right to deny you a visa on arrival.
Yes, you can use an ATM to withdraw money and also use your credit card to make payment for various services, however, cash is acceptable.Tanzanian currency is Tanzanian Shilling. First two things you have to know about money matters in Tanzania is that don’t bring travelers cheques with you, as they are not accepted anymore.Dollars are widely accepted, sometimes even preferred over local currency. Euros and pounds are acceptable but not so much than dollars. Paying with dollars is possible in all better establishments in Tanzania, from hostels to up market safari lodges including safari agencies.For local shopping and smaller expenses, like shopping on markets and local restaurants, bus tickets Tanzanian shillings are must to have in your wallet. Do not exchange money on the streets. Note that due to the number of counterfeit notes in circulation, no US Dollar bills printed before 2003 will be accepted in Tanzania.
The unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TShs). Foreign currency in cash exchanged at the commercial banks, authorized dealers, or at the bureau de changes operating at the international airports, major towns and border posts.
The first and most important point is that tipping in entirely your decision and you should never feel obliged to tip anyone. Be aware though that your tip can make a big difference to staff at lodges, and it is always truly appreciated. Also be aware that there are many people who play a role in making your safari experience a great one, most of whom you never meet in person.
There are a few handy items you won’t want to forget when going on safari such as a hat and sunblock to name just two. However, it is important to note that certain light aircraft transfer flights will have a smaller and stricter luggage limit. Do some solid research on the seasonal climate of your safari destination – some places are high altitude and cool to cold in winter, some are low altitude and hot and humid in summer.Light tropical clothes, especially cotton slacks, shirts and skirts are most suitable. Some warm clothing is needed in the higher altitude areas around Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha, especially in the evenings and early in the morning. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended on safari and guests are advised to carry some insect repellents. Visitors in Zanzibar are expected to dress modestly – avoid swim suits, miniskirts and other revealing clothing outside hotels, beaches and resorts.
There is an incredible variety of accommodation available on a safari and beach holiday in glamorous Tanzania, from splendid private villas and boutique suites on the Indian Ocean islands like Zanzibar, Mafia to Hemingway style luxury tents with all possible beautifications of gracious living, family farms with warm friendly welcomes, solidly built lodges, unpretentious bush camps, cultural experiences in African bandas, ecologically sound minimal impact accommodations and mobile camps, moving seasonally, or even carried with you on fly-camping tours.
No photographs of, or near, military buildings or police are allowed. It is polite to ask people before taking their photographs.
Tanzania safari vehicles used by Youth Adventures and Safaris are specially designed for game drives and photographic safaris to be used efficiently by our professional driver guides to provide you with the best in safety and comfort for your wildlife safari in Tanzania.The 4 by 4 wheel drive Land Cruisers are custom built and equipped to adapt to the African roads and typical safari environment so that they meet all of the safari needs of the visitors.
We offer tailor-made safaris for any number of participants. Considering the sitting arrangement concerning the cars –For our Toyota Land cruisers they range from 3 – 7 individuals.
Solo travelers are welcome but please note that the cost of the safari will generally be higher than if you joined a group. We shall advise in case of scheduled safaris but group dynamics will be at play.
Unless otherwise stated, tour prices quoted include; airport/hotel transfers, transport with fuel and driver/guide, accommodation, drinking water in safari vehicle, National Park and activity fees associated with your itinerary. The quoted price does not include; airfare to/from Tanzania, Visa fees if applicable, optional activities not included in the itinerary, refreshments and beverages (between meal snacks, alcohol, other refreshments), personal items (porters, telephone calls and souvenirs), tips and gratuities. In most cases, we will specify the extra charge of optional activities in your itinerary. If it is not clear to you, please contact us so we can confirm any additional fee(s).
The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority are good for safari throughout the year. June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration. During February, the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains of the southeastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly can survive. The dry months offer good wildlife viewing and easy accessibility throughout Tanzania. Tarangire and the southern and western circuit parks (including Katavi, Selous and Ruaha) are best visited in the dry season, from June to October every year. And beach holidays in Zanzibar can be arranged throughout the year however we do not recommend you to go there during rain season starting in mid march to Late May.
We take care of your dietary needs as far as the hotels cooperate which is usually positive when you let us know in advance to make the necessary arrangements with the different lodges in your itinerary. Make sure that your driver-guide contacts the reception on arrival at the lodge.
The national language is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the language of the tourist business and other international businesses. They both speak English and sometimes we hire guides who speak other language as well like Germany, Spanish and French.
International telephone calls are made from most areas in Tanzania and local SIM cards can be purchased. International roaming facilities are available. Internet services are widely available at internet cafes, use a router and a modem, although the quality and speed of the connection varies depending on the service provider used . Some lodges, hotels and campsites have Wi-Fi. All our drivers/guides have cell phones and maintain contact with the Office throughout safaris.
We have ensured our visitors are safe while on safari and also security organs of the country are ensuring general safety of the people and the visitors.
Tanzania’s wildlife resources are considered among the finest in the world. Tanzania boosts many of Africa’s most renewed destinations; in the north the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro – and in the south Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks and the Selous Game Reserve. Depending on your interests and desires, and time of year you wish to visit, there’s a safari experience to suit you.Natural attractions include the white sandy beaches of the Zanzibar archipelago, of north and south of Dar es Salaam, and excellent deep-sea fishing at Mafia and Pemba Islands.Cultural tourism adopts a community-based tourism approach in which the people are directly involved in designing, organizing tours and showing tourists aspects of their lives in the area they live in. While economic benefit is derived from this activity, some cross cultural exchange between visitors and the local people is also developed.
Without question. Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience.
Electricity is available at 220/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Primary Socket Type, British BS- 1363 (British Standard). Adaptor plugs will be available in some lodges but we advise that you bring at least one with you. Please be aware that the power supply is subject to cuts and voltage fluctuations even in major cities. On safari most of the lodges are powered by generators or solar panels and these are often turned off during parts of the day and night to reduce noise and fuel consumption.
YES, Zanzibar is a great addition to any safari itinerary or even just as a calm escape on its own. We can package the unforgettable safari and beach holiday to suit your needs.Activities that can be enjoyed on the island include superb scuba diving and snorkeling, a visit to a spice plantation, a walk through the famous Stone Town, various watersport activities such as sea-kayaking and kite-surfing, or simply relaxing on the beach, in your hammock or at the pool.
Meals on safari feature wholesome homemade dishes with a hint of local flavor.Chefs are able to cater to any dietary requirements with advance notice, including preparing gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and halaal meals.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is no easy feat. Some routes may be easier than others, but altitude gains and sometimes unpredictable summit weather conditions can’t be avoided. Due to the high elevation, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) are a risk if proper planning and execution is not conducted. Our guides can help ensure that your Kilimanjaro hike is safe, enjoyable and successful.
Climbing Kilimanjaro takes both physical and mental stamina. We recommend training prior to your trip to increase your chances for summiting successfully and to make your trek more enjoyable. You will also need to dedicate enough time to complete the trip. Kilimanjaro hikes can take anywhere from 5-9 days, however the longer the trip the higher the success rate.
Climbing Kilimanjaro can take anywhere between 5-9 days depending on the route. Naturally, the more days you take the higher your success rate will be due to less risk of elevation illnesses, injury and weather disruptions. We recommend at least 7 days to ensure your Kilimanjaro hike is a success.
This is dependent on the desired scenery, difficulty, foot traffic and travel time. For example, the Umbwe route is the most difficult but offers very low foot traffic while the Marangu route and the Rongai route are easier but have heavier foot traffic. If you are unsure which route is the best fit for you let us know and we can help you decide.
For the case of Marangu route, trekkers stay in huts. Each hut has a dining room for eating as well as separate bathroom facilities (can be flush toilets or pit latrines), but there is no electricity. On the Rongai, Machame, Shira, and Lemosho routes trekkers camp all the way up. Trekkers on all routes are given a hot water bowl to wash their hands and faces.
You will not be responsible to carry your luggage while climbing Kilimanjaro. The porters can carry approximately 20 kg of your luggage and the rest can be stored safely at the hotel. You will only be responsible for carrying your day pack with the essential and personal items you need to have with you at all times.
Yes, you can. If you are in any physical danger or suffer from altitude sickness the porters will be able to assist you down the mountain.
These times are based on physical ability of the group as well as the altitude (the higher you go, the slower you move).
Tanzania is situated very close to the equator, due to which the weather here is rather stable with a comfortable and well balanced climate. Never reaching extremely hot temperatures or very cold weather, the average annual temperature varies from +25°C in the south of the country and up to +27°C in the north. It should be mentioned that on Kilimanjaro, as well as in places such as Ngorongorohighlands, the temperature does sometimes fall below zero, especially at night time, therefore it is necessary to take warm clothes to safari via Ngorongoro Crater. Many people try to avoid rainy seasons in Tanzania, of which there are two: the longest first one falls between the ends of March and May; the second one is between the end of October and the first half of December. They are commonly referred to as “long-” and “short rains”, respectively. Interestingly, the weather in Tanzania in December is hot and wet at the same time. The rainy season is marked by heavy precipitation.Planning your trip to Tanzania during the dry season you must be prepared for the heat outside and dust on the dry roads. For the most part, 50% of the dust penetrating the interior of your vehicle comes from other passing vehicles during safari.
Best time to climb Kilimanjaro
The mountain can be climbed all year round. The main trekking seasons on Kilimanjaro correspond with the mountain’s two ‘dry’ seasons. These are January to mid-March and June to October. Note that it will still probably rain on your trek during these months too – it’s rare to climb without getting rained on at least once.Of course you can take a climb in the rainy season. But there is a much higher chance you’ll encounter rain, and the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in thick cloud too. Indeed, several agencies even suspend their operations in November and December.It’s true that visibility is less at this time though we take issue with those companies that say that your chances of reaching the summit are significantly lower too; that simply isn’t the case. True, once every couple of years or so there may be too much snow, blocking you from reaching the summit. But this is rare. So as long as you are dressed for the conditions then, in our experience, you’ve got just as good a chance of getting to the summit.Curiously, Christmas and New Year, when the weather is far from perfect, are actually amongst the most popular times for climbing.
Best to Visit
The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the Dry season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the Dry season as well.