GENERAL CONDITIONS

CLIMATE

Coastal areas are hot and humid with an average daytime temperature of 30C. Sea breezes make the climate very pleasant from June to September. The central plateau experiences hot days and cool nights. The coast and the northern highlands has a pleasant climate from January to September, with temperature averages around 25C. Temperatures around Mount Kilimanjaro, average a low 15C during May to August rising to 22C during December to March. The hottest months are from October to February. The main, long rain season is from mid-march to May.

WHAT TO WEAR

Expect moderate temperatures in Tanzania, so light clothing is the norm. On safari avoid bright colored clothes, Browns, Beiges and Khaki are preferred. Short- sleeve shirts or blouses and shorts are ideal, but pack a sweater as it can get chilly in the early morning and in the evening. Wear a hat to avoid sunstroke and don't forget a swimsuit. For mountain climbing thermal underwear, rain jacket, good socks and sturdy boots are recommended. Women should a wrap to cover their legs in town or villages as revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas. On the beach, within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable.

CURRENCY

The unit of currency is the Tanzania shilling. Visitors can take any amount of foreign currency, no currency declaration is required, but import and export of Tanzania currency is illegal.Most major currencies, particularly US dollars, Euros and travel cheques are accepted at banks and bureau de change in the main towns and tourist's areas. Credit cards mainly Visa and MasterCard are only accepted in large establishment.

PASSPORTS/VISAS

Most visitors require visas with an exception of citizens of certain countries. It is advisable to obtain visas in advance from Embassies or High Commission. They can also be obtained on arrival at International airports and at the border crossings. Requirements may change, so you are advised to contact the appropriate diplomatic or consular authority before finalizing travel arrangements.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

British Airways flies three times a week direct from London to Dar es salaam. Other carriers operate to Tanzania via Europe: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (from Amsterdam) to Dar es salaam and Kilimanjaro; Swiss (from Zurich) to Dar es salaam, Emirates serves Dar es salaam via Dubai. African gateways to Tanzania are served by Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

When making a booking kindly insist on our general terms and conditions documents. In brief, we require deposits to protect firm bookings. In the event of a cancellation penalty fees might apply depending on the terms and conditions of service provider.