What is the best time to travel?
The best times to climb Kilimanjaro are from July to November and from January to the beginning of March. The higher you climb the less you will be troubled by rain.
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Wild animals are everywhere here, not just in the wildlife parks. With the exception of a few of the rare species most animals are usually visible. Tanzania has more than 1,100 species of birds.
During the dry months it can be a little easier to spot game.
Many tourists wish to see the vast migrations, one of the most amazing sights in the animal kingdom. Large herds of wildebeest (gnus), zebras and several species of antelope seek pastures new in the immense highland plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. The pattern of migration usually takes the following shape: After the heavy spring rain, the trek begins in June from the Ndutu plains in the Serengeti and goes to the central and western regions of the Serengeti. In July and August the migration heads north and arrives in the Masai Mara in Kenya around September. From November onwards the exodus heads south again, to the eastern plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro reserve. The herds reach the Ndutu plains
Yes, you have the option to pre-book airport transfers (arrival only) and secondly the option to pre-book pre and post tour nights.These extra services should be added to your booking.
UK/EU citizens need a visa for Tanzania, but these things can chang so please click here and check out the current situation. You can also check on that website if a visa is required for any other nationality. Make sure you find out if you need a visa at least a month before departure so you do not run out of time.
If you need a visa, please contact your nearest embassy unless you decide to use a visa service. Shoestring does not organise your visa. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. You can also obtain the visa through a specialised visa agency like www.travcour.com.
The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied upon and can incur a 10% surcharge.
Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in Tanzania and/or Zanzibar. You could also consider taking a universal electric adaptor.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller (same sex when possible) unless you have booked a single room. If we go camping, you may decide to take a small tent if you would prefer to sleep alone. If this involves extra camping fees (never very much), your tour leader will tell you and collect the extra fees.
The quality of campsite facilities varies from place to place. Some are comfortable; some have no running water or electricity.
You will have the possibility to snorkel or dive on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Shining coral fishes are everywhere and giant turtles can also be seen.
The mobile telephone services are usually available only in urban areas, although there are currently efforts to provide nationwide mobile phone coverage. Internet is available only in the cities and in tourist resorts.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference between Tanzania and your own country.
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