Travel Advice and Suggestions

Travel Tips and Recommendations

  • Obtain a valid passport and visa well in advance of your trip, make sure your passport is valid up to 6 months after your travel date.
  • Research and understand the local customs, traditions, and etiquette to show respect towards Tanzanian culture.
  • Consult a healthcare professional to receive necessary vaccinations and medications for diseases prevalent in Tanzania, such as malaria.
  • Bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes, especially if you plan on exploring Tanzania's national parks or going on a safari.
  • Keep a copy of important documents like your passport, visa, and travel insurance in a safe place, and also have electronic copies stored securely.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local currency and exchange rates, and consider carrying some cash for small expenses, as credit cards may not be accepted everywhere.
  • Be cautious with tap water and opt for bottled water to stay hydrated and avoid stomach issues.
  • Respect the wildlife and nature by following park rules and guidelines, and never feed or approach wild animals.
  • Engage with the local community and be open to learning about their traditions and way of life.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unexpected situations or emergencies.

Climbing Kilimanjaro

  • Choose the right time: Climb during dry seasons (January-March, June-October).
  • Prepare physically: Engage in regular exercise and endurance training.
  • Allow for acclimatization: Choose routes with gradual ascent and extra acclimatization days.
  • Pack appropriately: Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing, warm sleeping bag, sturdy boots, hat, gloves, and backpack.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water it will help your body adjust faster to the high elevation of Kilimanjaro
  • Ascend slowly: Give your body time to adjust and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Follow a proper diet: Eat nutritious meals with carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Be mentally prepared: Stay positive, motivated, and focused on your goal.
  • Respect the environment: Follow "leave no trace" principles and be considerate of nature and locals.
  • Listen to your experienced guides they will ensure your safety and wellbeing throughout the climb
  • Enjoy the journey: Appreciate the stunning landscapes and the sense of accomplishment.
  • Tip your guides and porters, they work hard to ensure you accomplish your goal, tipping guideline $250-$300 goes directly to your mountain crew


  • Choose the right time: Visit during the dry season for optimal wildlife viewing May - March, viewing during the wet season allows for a quieter game drive and a more private wildlife viewing, less crowd.
  • Pack essential items: Binoculars, camera, comfortable clothing, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.
  • Stay hydrated: Carry a water bottle and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  • Be respectful of wildlife: Observe from a safe distance and never feed or disturb the animals.
  • Follow park rules and regulations: Maintain a low impact on the environment and adhere to park guidelines.
  • Keep an open mind and be patient: Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, so enjoy the experience regardless.
  • Embrace the early mornings: Animals are most active during sunrise and sunset, so be prepared for early wake-ups.
  • Practice responsible tourism: Support conservation efforts and local communities by choosing eco-friendly accommodations and responsible tour operators.
  • Immerse yourself in the surroundings: Take time to appreciate the unique landscapes, sounds, and smells of the safari destination.
  • Enjoy the adventure: Safaris offer incredible opportunities to witness nature's wonders, so savor every moment.


  • Pack light, as the weather in Zanzibar is usually warm and humid.
  • Don't forget your sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
  • Try the local street food and indulge in the delicious flavors of Zanzibari cuisine.
  • Take a spice tour to learn about the island's rich history and spice trade.
  • Explore the stunning beaches and go snorkeling or diving to witness the vibrant marine life.
  • Respect the local customs and dress modestly when visiting mosques or conservative areas.
  • Visit Stone Town, the UNESCO World Heritage site, to experience the unique blend of African, Arab, and European cultures.

Getting a Tourist Visa

  • You can obtain a Tanzanian visa upon arrival at the airport or apply for one electronically.
  • Complete the online visa application form at or obtain a hard copy from the embassy/consulate in your country.
  • Gather the required documents, including a valid passport, passport-sized photos (any picture will do as long as it has your face cropped in tight) and a copy of your flight itinerary and the name and address of where you will be staying in Tanzania.
  • Pay the visa application fee $50 for non US citizens and $100 for US citizens.
  • Us Citizen: select “Multiple Entry Visa” when completing your application. This is the required option for US citizens wishing to enter Tanzania as tourists, then choose “Holiday and Leisure” as the purpose for travel.
  • Wait for the processing of your visa, which can take several days to a few weeks depending on the embassy/consulate's workload, apply at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
  • Once approved you will receive your visa via email, print and upload it onto your phone for easy access.
  • Double-check the visa details to ensure accuracy before your departure to Tanzania.

When is the Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

  • The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the dry seasons, which are from January to mid-March and from June to September.
  • January and February are particularly popular months due to the clear skies and slightly warmer temperatures.
  • During the dry seasons, the chances of rainfall and snowfall are lower, resulting in better visibility and more favorable climbing conditions.
  • The months of June to September also offer good climbing conditions, with minimal rainfall and relatively mild temperatures.
  • It is important to note that while these months are generally considered the best time to climb Kilimanjaro, weather conditions can still vary and it is always advisable to check the forecast before planning the climb.
  • Avoid climbing during the rainy seasons, which are from mid-March to May, we recommend climbing in November to December for beautiful snow-covered peaks and less foot traffic.
  • Climbing during the shoulder seasons, such as April or November, can be a good option for those looking for fewer crowds and lower prices, but be prepared for potentially less favorable weather conditions.
  • It is also worth considering factors such as personal fitness, experience with high-altitude trekking, and individual preferences when deciding on the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

What to bring on one of our Safaris

  • Clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen. Opt for long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself from the sun, insects, and potential thorny bushes. Neutral-colored clothing is recommended to blend in with the surroundings and avoid attracting insects.
  • Layering: Bring a light jacket or sweater for cooler mornings and evenings, as temperatures can drop. Layering allows you to adjust to changing weather conditions throughout the day.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the strong sun with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that provide UV protection.
  • Footwear: Comfortable, sturdy closed-toe shoes or hiking boots are essential for walking safaris or any activities that involve walking in the bush. Don't forget to pack a pair of comfortable socks as well.
  • Swimwear: If your safari includes a visit to a lodge or camp with a swimming pool, bring swimwear for relaxation and cooling off.
  • Rain gear: A lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho is recommended, especially if you're traveling during the rainy season.
  • Insect repellent: Tanzania is home to various insects, including mosquitoes. Carry an effective insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquitoes and Tsetse flies.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm: Use a high SPF sunscreen to shield your skin from the intense African sun. Lip balm with SPF will also protect your lips.
  • Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing experience by bringing a good pair of binoculars to observe animals in detail from a distance.
  • Camera and memory cards: Capture the incredible wildlife and stunning landscapes with a good camera and extra memory cards.
  • Personal medications: Pack any necessary prescription medications, along with a basic first aid kit that includes essentials like pain relievers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, and any other personal medical supplies you may require.
  • Toiletries: Bring travel-sized toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other personal hygiene items you need.
  • Backpack or day bag: A small backpack or day bag is handy for carrying essentials during game drives or walks.
  • Travel adaptor and charger: Tanzania uses the Type D and G plug sockets, so ensure you have the appropriate travel adaptor to charge your electronic devices.
  • Light snacks for in between your main meals.
  • Tip for your safari driver.