Frequently asked questions
Questions and Answers
It is possible to visit Tanzania all year round although, for safaris, it is best during the dry seasons from June to October and from late December to late March.
NORTHERN PARKS: these are the most visited during the dry season, from July to October and from December to March. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is in May but, seasonally, it is possible to see this beautiful sight from different points within the park.
SOUTH CIRCUIT PARKS: these are the most visited during the dry season, from July to December. For those interested in birdwatching, the best time is from November to May. During the rainy season, between the end of March and May, the routes are inaccessible and many accommodation facilities are closed. The best time to visit the Selous Game Reserve is from August to December.
It depends on the company and the period in which you want to go.
They are all recommended, including antimalarial prophylaxis, but, although not compulsory, they cover infections that are actually present.
Bringing a travel pharmacy from Italy is indispensable, especially if you are planning a safari in the savannah. Certainly general and intestinal antibiotics, an antipyretic and an antihistamine, an anti-diarrhoeic, disinfectant with gauze and plasters, insect repellent suitable for tropical areas, sun cream, an antihistamine ointment, a thermometer and a few syringes.
In the event that you feel ill and the medication you brought is not sufficient, contact the toll-free number of the insurance company with which you contracted before your trip and, if necessary, use the Flying Doctors’ service to be transported to the nearest city and return home.
There are two types of health facilities in Tanzania: public and private. Private ones tend to be better. Two hospitals are of an excellent standard: the MUHIMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL in Dar es Salaam and the KILIMANJARO CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE (KCMC) in Moshi, in the Kilimanjaro region.
If you are planning an organised safari, there are no particular difficulties as you can request a guide who speaks Italian and can help and liaise for any needs.
Tanzania is as dangerous as any country in the world, especially in the cities and especially at night. The most common type of crime is theft. Be careful in crowded places and never go out alone in the evening after dark.
The scams mainly concern the sale of safaris. Procurers approach tourists to sell safaris at a good price. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is always advisable to use qualified companies that can guarantee quality and reliability.
In Tanzania it is forbidden to photograph everything related to public and government offices, courts, police, etc, but in general there is a rule of asking if you are interested in photographing people, accompanied by a small financial incentive. Never photograph in secret: it is considered extremely rude.
Skimpy dresses, very short skirts or large uncovered body parts are not welcome. Sober and decent clothing is more than fine.
Politeness and courtesy are universal, and therefore also perfect in Tanzania. Public effusions are not part of Tanzanian etiquette, although they are tolerated by tourists.
The most common means of transport are the Daladala, small buses that cover all areas at standard fares. The destination is displayed on the windscreen. Faster are the Bodaboda, motorbike taxis, and the Bajaji, tricycles with a covered back seat. Normal taxis can be found in taxi ranks and along the main roads. Haggle over the price before using.
Withdrawals can be made in major cities for a small fee in addition to the withdrawal fees charged by the card owner’s Italian bank.
It is not compulsory, but very much appreciated and common practice. There is no real fee schedule: generally, for good service, an estimated USD 10/15 per day or a more generic 10% of the safari cost.
Bargaining is basic when shopping in Tanzania. Everyone expects it. However, maintaining a tolerable level on both sides is a good rule. There is no haggling on fruit and vegetables and in resort and hotel shops.