BETHELI EXPEDITION TANZANIA LIMITED

Tanzania Travel Information

To help you prepare for your safari, we offer the following information. We hope that you will review it carefully

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
Each traveler must be in possession of valid, signed passport that will remain valid for at least six (6)

Months beyond the completion of the trip.

United States passport holders require tourist visas for entry into Tanzania. Citizens of countries other than the United States should check with their booking agents for requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements can vary. Visa for US and Irish Nationals is USD 100 pp.

Visitors form commonwealth countries do not need a visa to enter Tanzania except the following countries: Canada, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand , Sierra Leone, South Africa and UK.

Visitors from the other countries not in the commonwealth are required to pay for a visa (except Rwanda and Romania). The fee is US$50 and is subject to change.

HEALTH INFORMATION
Yellow fever: If you are arriving in Tanzania (or planning to re-enter) from an area that is infected with yellow fever or arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic (such as Kenya, Sudan, South America or Uganda) you are required to have a yellow fever vacation and it must be administered at least ten (10) days before your arrival (or re-entry) into Tanzania. If your travel itinerary requires you to have a yellow fever vaccination, you must ask your doctor to provide you with an “international” which should be carried with you while traveling to serve as proof that you have fulfilled the vaccination requirement.

Cholera: Local authorities in countries that are affected or threatened by cholera sometimes require evidence of cholera vaccination as a condition of entry.

Tanzania official occasionally ask to see evidence of cholera vaccination if you are arriving (or planning to re-enter) Tanzania within eight days of having travelled in an area infected with cholera such as Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Asia, Indonesia, South America, Central America and parts of eastern Europe.

Malaria: Anti-malarial medication is recommended by the CDC for all travellers to Tanzania. Your doctor will prescribe the best choice based on your own health history and your specific destination(s) in Africa.

In addition to an anti-malarial drug regimen, personal protection measures should be taken to avoid mosquitos bites, especially the hours between dusk and dawn when malarial mosquitos are most active. It is suggested that you keep your arms and legs covered as much as possible, avoid the use of perfume, hairspray, and other scented products that attract mosquitos and using a good insect repellent.

Do not drink (or brush your teeth with) the tap water in Tanzania.

It is also suggested that you assemble a traveller’s medical kit appropriate to your destination, length of trip, and general health. You physician can advise you on specific item to include (such as remedies for minor stomach ailments or motion sickness).

You should include an adequate supply of any prescribed medications you may require while traveling. Prescription medicines should always be carried in your hand luggage (not in checked baggage) in their original, labeled containers only.

Travellers with physical disabilities and those who require frequent or ongoing medical attention should advice BETHELI EXPEDITION of their health situation at the time of booking (or at time such a situation occurs should this be after the reservation is made.)

ARRIVAL AND CUSTOMS INFORMATION

Please be advised that regulations at most international points of arrival do not permit passengers to be met inside secured passenger areas (such as the Customs area). If an Abercrombie &Kent representative is schedule to meet you on arrival you will be met immediately after you have passed through the secured passenger areas.

Under no circumstances should sheath knives or small arms be taken on safari.

Information on customs regulations for returning U.S. (or Canadian) residents will be forwarded with your pre-tour materials. Residents of other countries should check with their local Customs Office for the duty-free regulations applying to them.

WEATHER GUIDELINES

Generally, coastal areas of Tanzania have a tropical climate, the highland regions in the north have a temperature climate and the vast central plateau is hot and arid.

While Tanzania does not have distinct seasonal changes due to its proximity to the Equator, there are some subtle climatic variations at different times of the year,

December through early March: These are the warmest months of the year (Tanzania’s “summertime”). Temperatures do not often exceed 90°F or 32°C and morning and evening temperature are refreshingly cool with low humidity.

Mid-March through May: This season is normally characterized by heavy, intermittent rains. In many recent years, however, there has been more rain in January than in April and May.

June, July and August: Tanzania’s weather is coolest during these months, with lows of about 45°F or 7°C and highs of about 75°F or 24°C. During this time the country is refreshingly green.

September, October and November: This is a delightful time to visit East Africa—comparable to springtime in America and Europe. The days are warmer with lows of about 65°F or 18°Cand highs about 85°F or 29°C. Short, scattered rains fall in November.

At any time of year the temperatures on the Ngorongoro Crater rim can be decidedly cooler than on the Crater floor and in the Serengeti (especially from mid-May through August).

This is a guideline only and unseasonal weather can occur and you should pack with a degree of flexibility in mind.

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Dress on safari is entirely casual, it can be hot and dusty so neutral colors are most practical for game driving. Although you should dress for outdoor comfort in Kenya, remember to include one or two smarter outfits for dining in large cities.

To be prepared for temperature variations and maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe we recommend packing lightweight clothing that can be layered. Casual clothing of ‘’breathable’’ fabric (like cotton) is the most comfortable.

Travelers who visiting Ngorongoro Crater should pack a lined jacket or warm sweater. Those visiting the Crater during June, July and August should be prepared for cold temperature {as low as 40°F or 4°C in the early morning and evening} and pack a heavier jacket, sweater and pair of slacks – or even asset of thermal underwear. Rain protection will be useful especially if you traveling during November or from mid-March through May.

Tanzania has large Muslim population in its coastal areas and on the island of Zanzibar. Modesty of dress is expected in these places. Slacks are entirely acceptable, but short skirts and bare arms should be avoided. Scarves must be worn over the head (and shoes removed) when entering a mosque.

Unless you have booked a walking safari you will not heavy footwear. (There is little walking when game viewing is done from vehicle.) A pair of comfortable walking shoes with soles will be adequate. Passengers on the ‘’Trekking in Tanzania’’ tour should have shoes that are study, water-resistant and comfortably broken in. Additionally, the shoes should have good, high-traction soles in the event you encounter slippery or wet terrain.

Good sunglasses and sunblock lotion are essential for protection from Tanzania’s strong sun.

Do not over pack. There is no need to bring a great deal of clothing. Efficient and inexpensive laundry service is available in Tanzania.

BAGGAGE INFORMATION

There are several different sets of baggage allowance regulations in effect for international and regional flights. Baggage allowances can vary depending on which airline(s), class of service, and routing is used. You are urged to check with your booking agent for the exact baggage regulations pertaining to your specific itinerary.

Charter Flights and Scheduled flights internally: If flights aboard any chartered or scheduled aircraft are included in your itinerary, your baggage will be restricted to one (1) checked bag plus one (1) carry-on bag with maximum total weight allowance of 33lbs or 15Kg. This special weight restriction is strictly adhered to and applies to all flights within Tanzania and Kenya. [If your international flights between are into AND out of either Arusha or Nairobi (Kenya), you will have opportunity to store any bags not needed during your safari at your hotel in either Arusha or Nairobi,]

Any baggage in excess of airline limitation may be subject to substantial freight charges by the airline. These charges are the entire responsibility of the traveller.

Every piece of checked baggage should be locked and contain identification inside (as well as outside) stating your home address and phone number. In addition, do not pack valuable items (such as your camera) in checked baggage. While every precaution will taken with your baggage BETHELI EXPEDITION cannot be held responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen baggage or personal property; and we strongly recommend the purchase of adequate baggage insurance by each traveller.

Please be advised that regulations at most international points of arrival do not permit passengers to be assisted with baggage handling inside secured passenger areas.

LAUNDRY

Please check property’s individual laundry return policy and pricing schedule before choosing to have laundry done at a hotel. It is also suggested that you request laundry service only when you have sufficient length of stay remaining to ensure that your laundry is returned to you before you depart. Most laundry is dried outdoors in Tanzania and may not dry fully in just one day if weather is inclement or especially humid.

Travellers on camping itineraries should also be aware that some delicate and/or synthetic fabrics may not be suitable for pressing with coal-heated irons that are used in camp.

Please be advised that women’s undergarments are excluded from laundry lists of most lodges, so you may want to carry a few packets of travel detergent for laundering these items yourself, if necessary.

ELECTRICITY

In Tanzania, electricity runs 220/240 volts. If you do bring electrical appliances, take along international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs (lodges are unable to provide adapters). We do suggest that you take battery-operated appliances wherever possible and a supply of extra batteries. However, be aware that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.

FOOD AND DRINKS

All lodges and hotels serve Western food, along with selection of local dishes. Several types of beer are brewed locally in Tanzania, though specific brands cannot be guaranteed.

If you favor a particular brand of spirits, you may want to use your duty-free liquor allowance to purchase a bottle en route to Tanzania for your personal consumption.

Similarly, those with a preference for decaffeinated coffee or tea may want to carry packets of these beverages. For variety, you might also carry some packets of hot chocolate or other beverages.

Do not drink (or brush your teeth with) the tap water in Tanzania. It may be necessary to exercise caution when using ‘’purified’’ water that is provided in thermoses and flasks. We suggest that you drink only bottled water. Most properties use bottled water for making drinking ice.

COMMUNICATIONS

Please be advised that some hotels impose surcharges that can more than double the cost of internationals calls. Be sure to check the hotel policy before placing international calls from hotel.

CURRENCY

In Tanzania, the unit of currency is the TANZANIA SHILING, which is divided into 100 Shillings. Notes are issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10000 Shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 50, 100, and 200 Shillings.

We urge you try to spend all of your Tanzania shillings while you are in Tanzania because the reverse exchange rate from Shillings back to Dollars is very unfavorable.

In general, we suggest that you the amount of money you convert into local currencies and exchange only what you think you will spend before leaving any foreign country. Be aware that only paper currency will normally be accepted for exchange.

Cash is more readily accepted travellers’ checks, which can be difficult to exchange.

Credit cards are accepted on a limited basis; most hotels, restaurants and shops in larger cities accept at least one variety of major credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. In Tanzania, some of credit card use is subject to a surcharge of 5% to 10% of the cost of the item (s). Those travelling on an BETHELI EXPEDITION program using mobile tented camps (such as ‘’Tanzania Hemingway’’) should also be aware that credit cards are not accepted in camp.

Travellers who wish to use their ATM card overseas should check with their own individual bank to verify whether the ATM card will be valid for a particular country.

SHOPPING

Woodcarvings, batiks, tie-dyed articles and leather goods are among the most popular souvenir purchases in Tanzania, as are Zanzibar chests and Meerschaum pipes. Ebony woodcarvings by the Makonde sculptors of Tanzania are especially high artistic merit and while export licenses are not required, it is essential that a sales receipt be obtained for all Makonde art that is purchased. This must be presented to officials when you leave the country.

Locally-woven sisal baskets are durable and attractive and sold at much lower prices than you will find in the American and European shops that have recently begun to import them.

Please note that uncut, raw stones require formal government approval for exportation from Tanzania as do cut stones totaling more than 300 carats. In places where prices are not marked, bargaining is usually an accepted practice.

Please note: BETHELI EXPEDITION assumes no responsibility for any purchase made by our clients while traveling.

As a courtesy to our clients our overseas offices will, if requested, refer you at a shop that carries the merchandise you are looking for.

For purchases made abroad that being hand-carried home, keep all sales receipts with you (in your hand luggage). It also suggested that you pack all of your foreign purchases together in one bag (separate from your other personal belongings). You might consider bringing some ‘’bubble wrap’’ and string for packing any fragile merchandise you purchase while travelling.

Please note that the purchase of ‘’national treasures’’ for export from any country is strictly illegal and the onus rests entirely on the buyer. In addition, U.S. and Canadian Customs prohibit the importation of any products made from endangered species of wildlife. If you are approached by someone offering this type of ‘’curio’’ for sale, do not buy it. International agreements are such that, if you are caught with that such a restricted item, it will almost certainly lead to prosecution.

Please note: BETHELI EXPEDITION assumes no responsibility for any purchases made by our clients while travelling. This includes shipping costs, which may be considerably higher (even several hundred dollars more) than quoted at the time of purchase.

Although our office can help you make arrangements to ship merchandise home, BETHELI EXPEDITION will not take responsibility for following up if any merchandise that you choose to have shipped home is not received or is received in unsatisfactory condition.

PHOTOGRAPHY

We recommend that you bring all the photographic equipment you will need from home, including an ample supply of memory cards and additional camera batteries. Camera accessories in particular memory cards and batteries are available in Tanzania but are expensive and can be difficult to find in safari areas. It is also suggested that you check the working order of your camera and have your equipment insured before you depart.

Photographic Etiquette: When photographing people, always ask permission first. The only exception to this is when you are photographing a public scene with a lot of in it, aiming at no one in particular. Because so many local people are asked for permission to be photographed, many will expect a tip or an outright fee of Tsh 100 for each person you are taking a photo of. Your driver will assist you to arrange this (some ‘’professional posers’’ make a living this way!). Always be considerate of anyone’s desire not to be photographed. There are some places where photography is prohibited, and these areas are usually clearly marked.

If you are uncertain about whether or not photography is permitted, ask. Under no circumstances should you take photographs of airports, government buildings and installations or military/police personnel. Taking permission is not granted is considerate at best and may result in the confiscation of your film.

Please be careful not to disturb the animals by making unnecessary noises or commotion and be conscious of sharing the best photographic views with others in your vehicle.

VALUABLES SAFETY AND TRAVEL INSURANCE

Exercise the same safety precautions throughout your travels as you would at home. In larger cities (such as Arusha), do not leave at your hotel to walk around at night.

You are also advised to refuse any food or drink offered to you by strangers in venues away from the tour activities organized by BETHELI EXPEDITION.

Be especially carefully with your passport. If you leave your passport in your room or tent, always keep it in a locked bag. It also a good idea to travel with a photocopy of the informational pages of your passport (the pages containing your photograph and passport details, as well as any amendment pages and visas) and to leave a copy at home. Follow the security measures included with your travellers’ checks and also leave an additional record of their numbers at home.

As vehicles are not always attended, please do not leave your hand luggage or any other valuables inside the vehicles, Betheli expedition strongly recommends all valuable items remain with you at all times or secured in the hotel safety deposit box. Should you need assistance please contact your guide or local Betheli office. Betheli expedition will not be held responsible for items left personally unattended in our vehicles.

We recommend that all travellers purchase adequate trip cancellation/interruption, medical, and baggage insurance and that they carry the details of their coverage with them on tour. If not purchasing travel insurance, we suggest you check with your personal health care insurer to determine what health coverage will be in effect outside of the United States including provisions for medical evacuation in the event of a medical emergency.

TIPPING GUIDELINES

Hotel Staff: As a guideline, the customary gratuity for bar staff and any special or extra services is about 10% of the cost of the service but remember to check your bill first to make sure a gratuity was not already included.

Porters: All porterage for two (2) pieces of baggage per travellers is included in your tour cost. This includes porters’ tips at airports, hotels, lodges and camps. If you are traveling with more than two (2) pieces of baggage, an additional tip of about US$0.50 per bag is appropriate.

Driver-Guide: One driver-guide accompanies each and land vehicle. It is customary to tip your driver –guide on the last day you are with him or her. Approximately US$7-US$10 per traveller per day is considered a good tip for a driver-guide (based on 4 to 6 travelers in a vehicle). If there are only 2 or 3 travelers in a vehicle, you might consider raising this amount to approximately US$9-US$12 per traveller per day in recognition of the individual attention given to a smaller-size group.

Safari Escort: In addition to a driver-guide, some groups are accompanied by a professional safari escort. It customary to tip your safari escort on the last day you are with them and the recommended tipping range is US$10 per traveller per day. As with the tip for a driver-guide, smaller groups (5 or less) might consider tipping slightly more in the range approximately US$12US$15 per traveller per day.

Camp Staff on Tented Safaris: If you are traveling on BETHELI EXPEDITION (either independently or on a ‘’Tanzania or Eastern African Hemingway’ ’program), you will be served by a camp manager and several camp is recommended. This should be given to your guide on the last day in camp for distribution among all camp staff. Again, smaller groups (5 or less) might consider tipping in the slightly higher range of approximately US$16-US$18 per traveller per day.

Small Luxury Properties and Tented camps: If your itinerary takes you to certain small luxury properties or permanent tented camps such as Swala, Kusini, Kirawira or Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, you will find the service is very personalized and may wish to leave an additional tip. Most of these properties have a communal tip box where any guidance please speak to the individual camp managers although our recommendation is approximately US$7 per person per day.

SMOKING

Betheli Expedition asks that you refrain from smoking while in sightseeing vehicles and at any group meals during your tour.

OTHER INFORMATION

Betheli expedition, urges all travellers to refrain from passing out any gifts directly to any children in Tanzania and would ask those inclined to do so to give their gifts to their guide instead. They can be given to a school, village elder or local charitable organization.

Migration Game viewing Patterns: Although the migration depends on variable weather factors it does follow a seasonal pattern as per the map. Migratory animals include wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle.

DURING YOUR SAFARI

If you have a problem or concern during your safari, we ask for the opportunity to set matters right while you are still traveling. Please bring any such situations, however small, to the immediate attention of your guide or our local office. Our staff are there to ensure a trouble-free holiday, and we encourage you to use their services in this regard. Often we can correct matters on-the-spot if they are simply made aware that a situation merits attention. If , however, the problem or concern is not resolved to your satisfaction during your safari, please do write us after your safari so that the matter can be fully investigated.

Even though we have made every effort to provide you with information you will need to prepare your safari in Tanzania, you may still have questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you do have additional questions or requests.