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The Serengeti and surrounding areas offers spectacular game viewing year round. The climate is usually warm and dry with mean temperatures varying between 15°C to 25°C. The short rainy season is between November to January and the long rainy season is between March to May, but still some of the best game viewing.
Getting to Tanzania and Zanzibar are well served by most international airlines. The points of entry are via Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar international airports.

From South Africa
SAA offers daily flights from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam.  Kenya Airways offers two flights a day from Johannesburg (via Nairobi) to Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.  Mango Airlines offers Tuesday and Saturday flights to Zanzibar.

International Airlines Offering Flights to Tanzania

Into Dar es Salaam: Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa and many more. 
Into Kilimanjaro: Kenya Airways, KLM, Ethiopian airlines, RwandAir.
Into Zanzibar: Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Ethiopian airlines.
Domestic flights: Precision Air, Coastal Air, ZanAir.
Most nationalities entering Tanzania require a visa - check with the High Commission of Tanzania for your specific country’s requirements. Visitors may obtain a visa on arrival at Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar airports. Visa costs can be paid in cash on arrival (please reconfirm that this arrangement is still valid before you travel). Passports should be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. Those arriving from an infected country must hold a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Travellers to Tanzania do not have to pay duty on 250g tobacco or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, 500ml of alcoholic beverages, and 473ml perfume. Restrictions, however, do apply to firearms, plants, plant products and fruits.
Recommended vaccinations for Tanzania include hepatitis A, typhoid and polio vaccinations. Cholera outbreaks are common throughout the country and visitors are advised to drink bottled water only. Those arriving from an infected country must hold a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Medical services are available in Dar es Salaam and other main towns, but facilities and supplies are limited.

There is a risk of malaria all year round; travellers should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using mosquito repellents and by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers during the evenings. Comprehensive medical insurance is strongly advised.
We highly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance for the duration of your holiday to allow for peace of mind and to avoid the high costs related to medical emergencies.
Mainland: Native African 99%, of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes, the other 1% is Asian, European and Arab.
Zanzibar: Swahili, native African, Arab, Indian and Chinese.
Swahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania, however, several indigenous languages are also spoken.
Virtually 100 percent of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim; on the mainland, about 40 percent are Christian, 35 percent are Muslim, and 20 percent follow indigenous religions.
The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). It is not available internationally, so visitors are advised to bring a sensible mix of cash. US dollars are recommended for the best rates of exchange and are also the preferred currency, however, Pound Sterling and Euros are also accepted. You can use credit cards at larger establishments, where Visa and Master Card are the most widely accepted cards.
The morning and afternoon light is perfect for photographing wildlife and your safari guide is an expert at positioning the vehicle for the best results. Wildlife photos must be taken from the vehicle and clients are never allowed to get out of the vehicle for a closer shot. Occasionally, where it is safe, you will be able to get out of the vehicle to take a picture of scenery. Do not photograph people without first asking permission, as many Tanzanian's take great offense to this, particularly the Maasai, because of social, tribal and religious beliefs.
Tanzania is a very safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people who are eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay. Tanzania is a politically stable, multi-democratic country. As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as locking valuables in the hotel safe and not walking alone at night.
As a custom, tipping is not compulsory but is usually expected as a sign of appreciation of good service. Safari guides depend on tipping as part of their income so keep it in mind when tipping the staff.

Recommended Tips to Drivers, Safari Guides and Hotel Staff:
Driver or Safari Guide: $5 to $10 per person per day while on safari.
Waiters / Porters / Room Stewards: $1.00.
Food throughout most areas of East Africa is similar. Whenever a dish has a Swahili name, it invariably contains coconut and/or bananas. There is coconut milk in curry, soups, vegetables, egg dishes, fish, meat and poultry, as well as in dessert dishes. The bananas are used in meat stews as well as with fish and poultry. Ugali, the perennial cornmeal porridge, is the major staple. Rice is also frequently eaten. Drink only bottled water.
The golden rule is to pack as lightly as possible. Comfortable shorts, shirts and long trousers for the duration of the safari are recommended. We strongly advise that you also pack warm clothes for the cooler mornings and late evenings, especially for places like the Ngorongoro Crater, which can become quite cold.
If you wish to swim at the lodges between your game drives, do not forget to pack swimwear. Remember to stock up on insect repellent as you'll be in a malaria area.
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New Year's Day1 Jan        01 Jan
Zanzibar Revolution Day12 Jan        12 Jan
Good Friday30 Mar        19 Apr
Easter Sunday1 Apr        21 Apr
Easter Monday2 Apr        22 Apr
Karume Day7 Apr        07 Apr
Union Day26 Apr        26 Apr
Worker's Day (Labour Day)1 May        01 May
Eid Ul Fitr (end of Ramadan)15 Jun        05 Jun
Saba Saba Day7 Jul        07 Jul
Nane Nane (Fathers) Day8 Aug        08 Aug
Eid El Haj Day (Sacrifice Feast)22 Aug        12 Aug
Mwalimu Nyerere Day14 Oct        14 Oct
Maulid Un Nabi Day20 Nov        10 Nov
Independence Day9 Dec        09 Dec
Christmas Day25 Dec        25 Dec
Boxing Day26 Dec        26 Dec


Tanzania Packages

T1: Central Serengeti Migration

Highlights:  Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  April & May 2020

T2: Serengeti North Migration

Highlights Serengeti(Central & Northern) / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  Aug & Sept 2020

T3: Calving and Predator Safari

Highlights:  Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  08 - 15 Mar 2020

T4: Selous Safari for Birders

Highlights:   Selous Game Reserve
Duration:  5 Days / 4 Nights
Date:  15 - 19 Nov 2019 / 02 - 06 Nov 2020

T5: Tanzania Luxury Safari

Highlights:  Tarangire / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  Private Safari

T6: Best Of East Africa

Highlights:  KENYA:  Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara / Amboseli.
TANZANIA:  Serengeti NP / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara NP
Duration:  12 Days / 11 Nights
Date:  2019 & 2020  (Set departure dates)

T7: Tanzania Deluxe Safari

Highlights:  Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara
Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights
Dates:  2019 / 2020 (Set departure dates) 

T8: Ultimate Tanzania Safari

Highlights:  Tarangire / Ngorongoro / Serengeti / Zanzibar
Duration:  12 Days / 11 Nights
Date:  Private Safari

T9 - Off the Beaten Track

Highlights:  Selous & Ruaha
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  Private Safari

T10 - Serengeti Migration and Birding Safari

Highlights:  Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  29 April - 06 May 2020


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