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African Holiday, Health, Safety & Insurance
Health: All travelers should consult their doctors before travel and get advice as to the appropriate medications and inoculations for their safari. It is important that travelers take their medications as instructed for the full duration indicated.
Please not the Yellow fever inoculation is required in Tanzania
To help overcome the effects of long flights and avoid dehydration during your safari, we suggest drinking a lot of fluids including juice and bottled water, Coffee and tea does not count as they are diuretic. Should you feel ill during your trip, let your driver-guide or local representative know, as soon as possible so that appropriate actions will be taken.
Malaria: Is not to be taken lightly. It is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito. Certain factors influence the risk of contracting malaria.
For example low-lying equatorial swamp will be high-risk all year through, a dry Montana plateau set at subtropical latitude will probably carry no risk at all, and places falling between these extremes often show a marked seasonal pattern – medium to high risk in the wet summer months, low to no risk in the dry winter. Remote areas tend to be lower risk as there are fewer people to act as vectors for malaria. Our rule of thumb is to take malaria prophylaxis when in doubt. Ask your doctor for his advice.
You can also lessen the risk by avoiding being bitten. Wear long sleeves, trousers and socks and douse any exposed skin with a good mosquito repellent shortly before it gets dark (the anopheles mosquito is active at dawn and dusk), and always sleep under a net when provided. Should you experience any combination of headache, fever, nausea, flu-like aches or disorientation within three months of returning home, get yourself tested immediately – malaria responds best to treatment when detected early. Sunburn: The African sun is very strong and harmful. Use lots of sun block and a hat particularly if you are on foot, in a boat, or in an open vehicle. That tan may look good for a few days after you get back from safari, but skin cancer is a high risk for everybody – especially fair-skinned people.
Water: It is very important that you drink plenty of water to limit the effects of dehydration, especially during the warmer months. Note that tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages act as diuretics and can actually contribute to dehydration. Ask your lodge/Camp manager if tap water is safe to drink. Most lodges provide bottled water.
Please Note: There are times when water is in short supply. Please limit your use of water at Hotels, Lodges and Camps by avoiding wastage where possible. If towels can be reused, hang them on the towel rack
Bugs: You will probably be bitten by lots of bugs and get lots of itchy swellings (tsetse flies in certain areas are the worst culprits). A good anti-histamine cream usually reduces swelling and itchiness. Check your body for ticks after every bush walk and at least once a day even if you are not walking.
General Safety in Africa Are you unsettled by the bad news you see on TV regarding Africa? Remember two things. Firstly remember that bad news sells and that is why you see so much of it. Secondly remember that Africa is huge. There are trouble spots in Africa, but the areas in which you will spend time are far away from those trouble spots.
Africa is no different to the rest of the world. So if you are staying in a town or city during your trip, you should ask for advice from the local representative or hotel staff concerning safe places to visit. Walking at night is not recommended. Taxis should be arranged by the hotel and a price agreed before starting the trip. We suggest you do not wear expensive jeweler at any time during your tripble spots.
Please take precautions as you would in your home country
- Don’t wander around the streets after dark.
- Ask your hotel about unsafe areas and avoid them.
- Leave expensive jewelry at home and wear a cheap plastic watch.
- Don’t carry valuable things where you feel unsafe.
- Keep your money and passport in a money belt and out of site or in a safe at your hotel.
- Dress like a local or at least dress casually.
Our final comment regarding safety: You will spend most of your African holiday in a relatively remote and wild area that are safe and enjoyable places.
It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants and traveling companions for the duration of their tour to Africa.
This insurance should include coverage in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage, theft or loss of personal baggage, money and goods.
Ecological Wilderness Adventures will take no responsibility for any costs for losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities.
Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance coverage
Money & Tipping
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling in denominations of: 10,000 – 5,000 – 2,000 – 1,000 – 500
The United States dollar is the preferred foreign currency and almost anything in East Africa may be purchased with it. Bring plenty of small notes as the Maasai seldom have change for your souvenir purchases. It is important to have US dollars with the “new” safety features (most bills printed since 2000), as some lodges and shops refuse the older issues.
For security you may want to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks. For traveler’s checks, be sure to bring your record of purchase as most banks and bureaus of change will ask to see it, along with your passport, for identification.
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Tanzania and there are only a few ATMs and then only in major cities.
While on safari you will not have much need for cash except for:
- · Souvenirs
- · Art works
- · Post cards
- · Books
- · Drinks in most lodges
- · Gratuities
Gratuities are totally within your discretion; however, they are greatly appreciated by all. Our staff is well paid and committed to serving you. They do very much appreciate any additional money you see fit to offer. Traditionally, an individual on the camp staff has received $10 USD per camp day from the group; the guide $50-120 USD per safari day from the group.
If your safari includes time at a lodge or permanent camp, there is usually a staff tip box available. You can ask your guide or the manager for advice. Again, tipping is your choice and must be warranted by the success of the safari and the service you receive.
Photography for Tanzania safari
As for Tanzania Photographic Safaris, Wildlife photography is an exciting and challenging safari activity. Whether you do it as a hobby or as profession, you will find photo opportunities to match your every requirement.
As you know the camera equipment has a lot to do with the quality of the final product. You can use the point-and-shoot for casual photos around the camp or similar settings; however, it takes a much more sophisticated camera and lens to capture that “just perfect” wildlife image. All of our guides have photography as hobby and have worked with many professional photographers. As the result they should be able to offer you good advice about safari photography
For good wildlife shots a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential, as are spare camera batteries, memory cards and cleaning tissue.
If you are passionate about photography, consider the following:
Two camera bodies (Africa is hard on equipment)
Wide angle lens – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
Telephoto lens 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
A good quality 1.4x converter matched to your telephoto lens (you only lose one stop with a 1.4x)
A fast 200mm F2.8 (Nikon make a brilliant 80-200mm F2.8) that is very useful in low light.
A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash
Our Land Cruisers are well prepared for photography with great vantage points high and low and plenty of positions to rest cameras. We provide bean bags in all our vehicles to help support your cameras
Protect your camera equipment (!)
The sand and dust that you have on safari are deadly enemies of your photographic equipment and often unavoidable so Digital SLR users should bring enough cleaning materials to able to clean your cameras whilst on safari. You must therefore be extra protective of your equipment and film, we advise you to bring along big zip lock bags so that you can keep your camera equipments away from sand, dust and water. We also recommend bringing scurf or other dust cover to protect the camera while driving.
Tanzania voltage is 220-240 volts with British type plugs. We suggest you bring a 12-volt car adapter for charging your video batteries, as it is often a lot easier than getting batteries charged at lodges.
Tanzania Travel Advic
Passports and Visas All visitors arriving in East Africa must possess a valid passport. Citizens of some countries require visas. One should check with their nearest embassy, high commission of East African Countries, i.e. Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
For most travelers visas may be purchased on arrival at the cost of $ 50 in Tanzania and Kenya. Visas may also be purchased in advance which will save time on arrival. Travelers visiting Tanzania and Kenya (and other African countries) will need to purchase a visa for each country.
Travelers staying less than 2 days in a country may qualify for a transit visa. Generally, travelers arriving in one country, proceeding to another country and returning to the first country may re-enter on the original multiple entry visa unless they have returned to their home country.
Immigration: Travelers arriving from overseas must comply with immigration formalities on arrival. Travelers going between African countries (such as Kenya and Tanzania) need to complete immigration formalities. Landing cards are generally provided by the airline in advance and must be completed for each traveler.
Customs: On arrival, travelers must also pass through customs. Tourists generally are not questioned; however, customs officials have the right to inspect all luggage’s. Patience and courtesy are important. Personal effects including cameras and film may be imported temporarily without a permit. A customs bond may be demanded from visitors bringing in filming equipments, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure that the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit.
Back Up Copies: Safari participants should make copies of their passports, visas (if purchased in advance), itineraries, emergency contact numbers names of prescription medication and other important information and carry the backup copies in a separate place or have a travelling companion carry them.
Arrival Delays: Should events such as missed or delayed flights mean that a safari participant will arrive late, the traveler or agent should contact local tour operator as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to join other safari member with their trip. Any additional costs must, however, be borne by the safari participant or airline.
Lost Luggage: Should a safari participant arrive without their luggage, a report must be filed with the airline before leaving the airport. If the bag has been locked, it is important that keys and combinations be left with the airline so they can open and clear it with customs.
Once luggage has been located, we will work with the airline to help the bag catch up with the safari participant. Should there be any costs for forwarding luggage, the safari member must meet those costs and recover them from their insurance or airline.
Game Viewing: The best times for game viewing are normally in the early morning and late afternoon, as animals tend to hide up during the heat of mid-day but it is also worthy to spend full day out with picnic lunches as you might see great things as well.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities at practically all hotels; lodges and safari camps and laundry will often be returned on the same day weather permitting.
Insurance: We require that all clients arrange personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property, and other personal risks for the duration of their safaris. Language: The official languages of Tanzania are Kiswahili and English, and in Kenya and Uganda is English. Kiswahili is spoken and understood by the great majority of East African. There is a wide usage of and understanding of English language, particularly, in the town centers.
Shopping: You will find woodcarvings, leather goods, batik, souvenirs, jewelry and precious stones in shops inside most hotels and lodges throughout the countries but the prices in the shops in hotel and lodges are fixed. Bargaining is possible along the souvenir shops. Anything you purchase, remember to keep a receipt with you for presentation at customs.
Food: You should feel confident in eating the meals at the restaurants and hotels that are included in your travel package. Your guide or local representative can give you advice if you are dining on your own. We can assist with special dietary requests given advance notice.
Clothing: It never gets really cold in Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda, so lightweight clothing is the normal. However in particular Arusha and Nairobi, they experience colder weather in months of June and July. On safari, short sleeve shirts/blouses, and shorts are ideal. A light jacket/sweater may be needed in the evening at higher altitudes. Sensible walking shoes, a hat to keep off the sun, and sunglasses are essential too. but pack a sweater, it can be cold in the evening/morning. If climbing, needless to say, warm clothing is essential.
Electric Current: Africa uses 240 volt electric current. Plugs may vary from the UK standard square pin to European standard round pin. Some lodges generate their own electricity and may not generate 24 hours per day. The electric current is subject to voltage fluctuation and power cuts are possible, even in larger cities.
Litter: We request that litter is never thrown from vehicles. This includes bits of food such as banana peels. Also, at picnic sites, all litter should be collected and placed in bins provided. If there is no bin, the litter should be carried to the next lodge where your guide will dispose of it.
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle. Smokers will have opportunities for breaks during their trip, but it is imperative that no lit matches or cigarettes be left behind. An accidental brush fire in the bush could cause severe damage to the environment and wildlife.
Children: Many visitors like to bring gifts for the local children. It is more than likely those children will be encountered during the trip and that they will look to visitors to share gifts with them. Confectionery is not a good idea. Gifts such as school supplies or clothes are much better options. We also suggest that gifts and donations be made through local schools and orphanages. This gives our clients a chance to help the local community without reinforcing the culture of begging.
Street Beggars: We do not recommend that our clients give anything to street beggars and street children encountered in the towns and cities as this will encourage them to berg forever even for those who have an ability to work.
Dress Codes: Our holidays are generally relaxed experiences with casual dress codes. There are a few places where cultural considerations might dictate conservative dress. This is especially true in Zanzibar and Mombasa. Here, shorts and swimming attire should not be worn outside of the grounds of the hotel or resort. Some lodges and luxury camps request that guests wear “smart casual” attire at evening meals.
People Photography: On your safari you will be meeting a lot of local people along the way, most of them feel offended if their photographs are taken without their consent, so ask your guide will advice you on local people photography.
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules, it should be noted that occasionally routes, lodges and camps may be changed while on safari as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc. Ecological Wilderness Adventures shall not be held responsible for such itinerary changes as discussed above. Inside the parks/reserve
Please be aware that our safaris may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Ecological Wilderness Adventures shall not be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that many safari lodges and camps are not fenced and that wildlife does move freely in and around these areas. Always follow the safety instructions from the lodge or camp’s staff with regards to moving to and from your tent and while on game activities throughout your safari.
Liabilities and Insurance
Global Safaris Adventure acts only as an agent of the passenger in all matters relating to tours and accepts no responsibility for any personal illness, injury, accident, death, flights delay, any kind of loss, damage or irregularity of any kind, which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission beyond its control, including without limitation, any act of negligence or breach of contract of any third party
Payment of deposit indicates acceptance of above terms and conditions such as a hotel or airline, who is to, or does supply, any goods or services for Business etc. Therefore, you should secure fully comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for any eventual loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident and medical expenses, or loss of any kind.
How to book a safari tripJust request information from Ecological Wilderness Adventures then our consultant will contact you to give you all the Tanzania Safari Info as soon as possible.
You can fill out this contact form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you are interested in.
Let us know the following:
- the month you are interested experiencing the dream come true
the length of time you will want to enjoy your safari
- number of people who will share this life experience with you
- style of lodging you would like to use during your trip – you just mention what and we will arrange it for you
- Extra activities besides wildlife viewing. For example: go up in a balloon, take a walk in the bush, a canoe ride, or night game drives
- any special requests you have for your wildlife safari
Together we will create your safari as you want it to be. The safari plan will accommodate your interests and time schedule. We enjoy talking to you about your trip, so please provide us with your phone number.
Once you have agreed to our safari proposal:
Get your travel dates fixed:
This will give us chance to start checking the availability of the accommodations of your choice. Traveling from/to the Americas and Asia takes about 2 days; from most of Europe, one day.
Confirm your Safari with us:
We will start booking the lodges and camps of choice for your safari. Once we have all the lodges confirmed then you can pay the deposit.
Place a deposit with us:
Once we have confirmed the lodges and activities of your choice, a deposit of 30% is required. The deposit can be made by wire transfer to our bank, by certified check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal. Your other payments will be specified in the safari plan we will send you – generally at 90 and 45 days before the start of your safari. Once we have a confirmed itinerary for you and us to work from, you should make your international travel reservations. We also strongly recommend that you obtain adequate travel insurance to protect you against any unforeseen problems.
Following the receipt of your deposit, we will send you a package containing: your confirmed itinerary, acknowledgement of your deposit, and information about safaris and how to prepare for your adventure. We will also provide contact telephone numbers for you to leave with family or friends to use should they need to reach you while on safari.