Frequently Asked Questions
Attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with safari-style neutral colored clothing, and comfortable, but sturdy, footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, trousers, skirt, or similar attire. Light jacket or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Other items to consider: shorts, swimsuit, hat and rain jacket.
The local currency of Tanzanian is the Shilling, however USD are widely accepted. We recommend carrying local currency or small USD bills in good condition for small purchases. Credit cards are accepted at most higher end restaurants and hotels.
The currently of Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc. Since most of your expenses are already covered by the program fare and pre-paid gratuities for the optional Gorilla Trek extension, we recommend only withdrawing a small amount of local currency from an ATM at Kigali’s airport for small purchases.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
In Tanzania the power sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You may need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. Guests should be sure to bring the appropriate converter for devices that are not dual voltage.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
While you can expect to encounter insects during the program, most are relatively harmless. If you plan to be outside during the morning or evening hours, it is recommended to apply insect repellent, particularly to ankles and other exposed skin. Guests may wish to bring an insect repellent with DEET for use on excursions. White and black clothing attracts bugs and biting flies.
Passport and Visas Requirements
Your passport must be valid for at six months beyond visa issuance, and/or your date of entry to Tanzania, and you must have at least one blank page in your passport.
Visitors from most countries require a visa in order to enter Tanzania. Although visa on entry is available at some ports of entry, we recommend that you secure your visa in advance to avoid any delays or problems with entering the country. US Citizens may obtain their visa through the US Embassy of Tanzania website: http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/. Guests traveling from other countries should consult their Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate website for visa requirements and application procedures.
If you prefer you may also use a visa service to assist you with obtaining your visa. One such service that we’d recommend for US citizens is G3 Visa Services: http://www.g3visas.com/
For guests participating in the optional Rwanda Gorilla Trek, you will likely require a multiple entry visa for Tanzania since we have included a return flight from Kigali, Rwanda to Arusha, Tanzania at the end of the Trek. US citizens may obtain a Rwandan tourist visa upon entry to Kigali airport. Residents of other countries should consult their home country’s Rwandan Consulate or Embassy website for entry requirements.
Vaccination Requirements for Tanzania and Rwanda
In addition to routine vaccinations, it is recommended that most guests also get vaccinated or take medications for malaria, hepatitis A and typhoid. Some guests may also be at risk for hepatitis B, rabies and yellow fever. A yellow fever vaccine is required for all guests arriving from, or having transited through, yellow fever endemic countries. The Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended if you are taking part in the Rwanda Gorilla optional extension, not because of prevalence of yellow fever in the country, but because they may deny entry without proof of the vaccine. We recommend you consult a travel medicine specialist, who can provide advise and treatment tailored to your specific health condition. The US CDC website is a good resource regarding health precautions: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania and https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/rwanda