Frequently Asked Questions About Tanzania
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VIEW THE GREAT MIGRATION?
The Great Migration traditionally follows the rain as animals migrate towards better pastures. Therefore it is difficult to determine precisely when it will happen. Working on the assumption of a "normal" year, the migration generally begins in early April, May and June, when the calves are strong enough and the journey north begins. From June/July the wildebeest gather in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park and in August/September they cross the Grumeti River and head towards the Masai Mara in Kenya. From October to December the animals begin to move back into the Serengeti.
IS TANZANIA A GOOD BIRDING DESTINATION?
Tanzania is an excellent all-year-round birding destination. It boasts over 1 000 bird species, with Lake Manyara alone being home to more than 400. Thousands of flamingos on the lake make for a spectacular sight and photographic opportunity. At the height of the northern winter, some 160 species of migrants make their way south, adding to the local birdlife.
IS ZANZIBAR A PART OF TANZANIA?
Although Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region, it does fall under Tanzania. Zanzibar is made up of the islands of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba, along with several smaller islets, including &Beyond Mnemba.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL IN TANZANIA?
Most visitors require visas, with the exception of natives of certain countries of the Commonwealth. It is advisable to obtain a visa in advance of travel, as certain airlines insist on them prior to departure. Depending on your nationality and country of origin, you may be able to obtain a visa on arrival at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro Airports or at the Namanga Gate on the Tanzania/Kenya border. If you plan to obtain your visa at the border, please remember to carry the exact amount in USD to pay for your visa. Only this currency will be accepted and change may not always be available. Passports are required by all travellers and must be valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Please ensure that there are sufficient blank pages for visas as well as for entry stamps upon arrival.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE TRAVELLING TO TANZANIA?
It is essential that adequate travel insurance be taken out prior to departure. This should cover any medical situation such as hospitalisation, as well as cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and baggage. When you travel with &Beyond, you are automatically covered by our emergency evacuation insurance. This guarantees emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital should you suffer either severe illness or injury. This does not cover the cost of treatment once in hospital and in no way replaces your normal travel insurance. There are certain medical exclusions. Please advise us of any existing conditions in advance in order to arrange cover, subject to our insurer’s approval. Please contact us for further details.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO?
The best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro are considered to be from August to October and from January to March.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO?
Despite its awesome height and fearsome size, Kilimanjaro is a gentle hike that usually takes place over five days. Guides recommend basic fitness, as the main challenge is posed by the altitude. There are six different routes up the mountain and more advanced hikers and full-on climbers will be able to consider those, as they are more scenic.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. Due to the high altitude on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater it can be cold at night (even in summer) therefore it is very important to pack warm clothing for the nights. The most practical items to pack are: Khaki, brown, white and beige colours Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days A fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (and at the Ngorongoro Crater) Swimwear is a must for the beach A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen Comfortable walking shoes For climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru: Thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, warm jacket, good socks and sturdy boots.
ARE THERE SPECIAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS WHEN VISITING TANZANIA?
Visitors must be vaccinated against yellow fever no less than 10 days prior to travel to Tanzania and need to produce a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate at the point of entry. If you do not have one, you will be given an injection at the airport. If you cannot have a yellow fever injection for medical reasons, you will need to produce a doctor's letter stating these reasons. Tanzania is also located in a malaria area and malaria prophylactics are highly recommended. Please consult your medical practitioner when planning your trip.
CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARDS IN TANZANIA?
All &Beyond lodges and most top hotels/lodges around the country accept Visa and MasterCard. Please note that park fees can only be paid in cash or traveller's cheques. US dollar notes dated before 2003 are not accepted.
The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world.
Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to woodlands and steep mountainsides.
The Serengeti National Park is one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas, and is renowned as the site of the annual Great Migration.