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Safari FAQ

Is the covid vaccine compulsory for travelling to Tanzania?

At present, the covid vaccine is not compulsory for travel to Tanzania. However, you will need to take a PCR test less than 72 hours before departure and present your negative test certificate on arrival in Tanzania.

Is the PCR test compulsory for travelling to Tanzania?

At present, the covid vaccine is not compulsory for travel to Tanzania. To enter Tanzania, you will need to present a certificate of a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old. You will also need to fill in a form on the Tanzanian Ministry of Health website 24 hours before your arrival. You will be asked questions about your state of health. You will then receive a code that you will have to give to a health inspector on arrival. Once in Tanzania, you will undergo a rapid antigen test, at your own expense. To return to France, you will have to undergo a PCR test again. The test must be negative and less than 72 hours old. You will also have to pay for this.

What vaccinations are required for Tanzania?

The only compulsory vaccination for Tanzania is against yellow fever. This should be done at least 10 days before your departure. We also recommend vaccinations against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, DTP, meningitis A and C and rabies. Preventive treatment against malaria is essential. Contact your GP before you travel.

Is the yellow fever vaccine compulsory for Tanzania?

The only vaccine that is compulsory for travel to Tanzania is the yellow fever vaccine. Plan to have this done at least 10 days before your departure. We also recommend vaccinations against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, DTP, meningitis A and C and rabies. A treatment Yes, the yellow fever vaccine is compulsory for travel to Tanzania. This is the only compulsory vaccination, but others are strongly recommended. Contact your doctor before your trip.

How much does a safari in Tanzania cost?

Taking into account the accommodation budget, the price of excursions, the price of safaris, the cost of living and the visa, the price of a trip to Tanzania is estimated at €1,765 per person for an average week’s budget.

Is it possible to go on walking safaris in Tanzania?

Of course, it is possible to go on walking safaris in Tanzania. These are mainly at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Mount Udzungwa, Mount Mahale and Mount Gombe. The possibility of going on walking safaris in Africa is judged by the places where predators are generally absent. However, you will be accompanied by a ranger on your walk.

When can you see the migration in Tanzania?

The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra is probably the phenomenon that attracts most tourists to Tanzania. It can be seen in the Serengeti National Park, the country’s largest park. From January to March, the herd is found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, mainly in the Ndutu region. This is where the births can be seen! From April to August, the migration moves up towards the Masaï Mara (Kenya) to the north of the Serengeti. They first head west of the park, passing through the Western Corridor where you can watch them cross the Grumeti River, before heading north to the Kenyan pastures.

How many days should I allow for a trip to Tanzania?

To travel to Tanzania and discover the highlights of the north, you should allow at least 8 days. To give you more time to enjoy your trip, we recommend a 10- to 15-day trip to the northern parks, with a short stopover in Zanzibar. If you also want to visit the south, you’ll need to allow at least a month. If you’re pressed for time, don’t try to do all the parks. Choose a relaxed rather than a fast pace if you want to fully enjoy and soak up the scenery.

Are Tanzania safari guides certified?

Tanzania safari guides are certified. In fact, it is forbidden to go on safari in the country without a certified driver. find out more about our guides

When is the best time to travel to Tanzania?

Tanzania’s climate can be broadly divided into two zones: the interior, with its high plateaux, has a temperate tropical climate, and the flat coast has a humid equatorial climate. The higher you go, the lower the temperatures, and the lower you go, the hotter it gets, sometimes very hot. There isn’t really a best time to travel to Tanzania. The best time for you will depend on what you want to see and where you want to go. For Zanzibar, the months of June to October are ideal from a climatic point of view, as temperatures rarely, if ever, rise above 30°C, and this is the period when rain is rarest. To climb Kilimanjaro, the best periods are January to April and July to October. Tanzania safaris can be enjoyed all year round, even during the rainy season from March to early May. This gives us the advantage of not being swamped by too many tourists and also of having a better chance of spotting the animals.

What is the best time of year to go on safari in Tanzania?

In Tanzania, the dry season extends from May to October. This is followed by a short rainy season in November-December, but the days are still very pleasant and rain is still fairly rare. Tanzania, on the other hand, experiences a heavier rainy season from mid-March to early May. During this period, the nights are cool, particularly around Ngorongoro where temperatures can drop below 10°C. Many will tell you that the best time to go on safari in Tanzania is during the dry season. On the other hand, it’s also the most touristy, which can be a problem if you think you’re going to be alone in the wilderness of Tanzania’s parks. That’s why, in our opinion, there’s no better time to go to Tanzania. Each month has its advantages and we advise you to choose your travel dates based more on what you want to see than on the weather. For example, if you travel from September to December, you can watch the elephant migration in Tarangire Park or follow the great wildebeest migration through the Serengeti from April to December.

Where can you see the Big Five in Tanzania?

The mythical Big Five, or what we all dream of seeing on safari! Lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos are all easily spotted in Tanzania, especially in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. If you go there during your stay, you can be pretty sure of seeing at least four out of five.

How old do you have to be to go on safari in Tanzania?

There is no minimum age for going on safari in Tanzania. There may, however, be age restrictions at lodges. These vary from lodge to lodge, but the minimum age allowed is often 4 years. This is the case in the Off Road lodges. If you wish to book other accommodation, we advise you to check the minimum age required before making your reservation. Please understand, however, that taking a young child with you will require more supervision on your part and that the establishment receiving you cannot be held responsible in the event of a problem. Similarly, safari days can sometimes be very long for children, as you need to bear in mind that you will be doing a lot of driving.

Where is the Tanzanian embassy in France?

The Tanzanian embassy is located at 7ter rue Léonard de Vinci, 75116 Paris. Please note that if you wanted to go there to apply for a visa, they no longer issue them.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?

Tanzania’s climate can be broadly divided into two zones: the interior, with its high plateaux, has a temperate tropical climate, and the flat coast a humid equatorial climate. The higher you go, the lower the temperature, and the lower you go, the hotter it gets (sometimes very hot).

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?

You need a tourist visa to travel to Tanzania.

  • It is easily obtained on arrival at the airport; you will be asked to pay $50 (USD post-2006) in cash.

For greater peace of mind, you can also apply for your visa before your departure.

  • By applying online <
  • The Tanzanian embassy no longer deals with visa applications. Don’t go there for this.

In both cases, the papers required will be:

  • a passport whose expiry date must be more than six months after the date of your trip
  • An identity photograph
  • Proof of travel (plane ticket or travel certificate)

What type of plug is used in Tanzania?

In Tanzania, sockets are type D / G and are 220 and 230 volts. Their frequency is 50Hz. To recharge your appliances, you will need an adapter for a British socket.

Which parks to see in Tanzania / Which safaris to do?

In the north of Tanzania, there are the must-sees:

But also those not to be missed:

In the south you will find :

What time zone is Tanzania in?

The time difference with France is 1 hour in summer and 2 hours in winter.

What language is spoken in Tanzania?

The official languages are English and Swahili. There are also many African dialects: over 100!

What should I wear on safari? What should I bring with me on my trip to Tanzania?

For your safaris, pack light clothes, good trainers, a hat or cap and sunglasses. Light trousers are preferable to shorts, to make sure you get on well with the insects. Nights can be chilly, so pack a jumper or jacket. It’s also a good idea to bring sun cream, mosquito repellent and a torch. For the best memories, don’t forget a camera and a pair of binoculars. Finally, the sockets are English. We therefore advise you to bring an adapter to recharge your equipment. Please check the weight of your luggage before you leave. For domestic flights, only soft luggage weighing 15kg is permitted.

How to pay in Tanzania / what currency is used?

The Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TSH). 1 represents 1900TSH. You can change your money at the airport, in most lodges and in banks. US dollars are also accepted and may be sufficient for your purchases.

FAQ Zanzibar

Is it possible to hire a car in Zanzibar?

Yes, you can hire a car in Zanzibar. It’s relatively affordable (between €30 and €40/day). Prices vary according to the vehicle chosen and the rental period.

Can I visit Zanzibar in 1 day?

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of around 75 islands! So it’s not possible to visit Zanzibar in one day. When we talk about the island of Zanzibar, we often think of the main island: Unguja. Even there, it’s difficult to get around in a day. We advise you to take at least two or three days in Zanzibar to take the time to enjoy every moment and, above all, to select in advance the activities or visits you wish to make.

Can you dive in Zanzibar?

Of course, and it’s the archipelago’s number one activity! The islands that make up Zanzibar are home to an extraordinary array of aquatic flora and fauna. The northern part of the archipelago, around Ras Nungwi and in the Mnemba atoll, has the largest number of sites dedicated to scuba diving and snorkelling.

Can I go on safari in Zanzibar?

In Zanzibar, you can go on blues safaris, sea excursions to admire the marine wildlife. You can dive in the nature reserves, but you can also go on land excursions to Jozani, where you’ll encounter numerous monkeys and tropical birds, or to Prison Island, an island teeming with giant tortoises.

Is it dangerous to walk alone in Zanzibar?

During the day, no problem, but after dark, tourists are advised not to walk alone in the streets of Stone Town or in isolated areas. When walking around Zanzibar, you should also be careful not to wear clothes that are too short or too low-cut, out of respect for Muslim culture, and not to attract too much attention. On the beach, there’s nothing to worry about.

Where to go in Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the heart of the Indian Ocean. It is made up of a multitude of small, exotic islands. So you have a wide choice of destinations to visit in Zanzibar. And don’t forget that you can book accommodation on one island and easily travel to another during the day to visit it. This is also an opportunity to take a trip on the Dhow, Zanzibar’s legendary sailing boat. The main island, Unguja, is the most popular with tourists. We therefore advise you not to stay there, but rather to go there on an excursion. Mafia Island is a must-see, especially if you like diving. This jewel of the Indian Ocean boasts some extraordinary marine life, particularly at Chobe Bay, where the shallow coral reefs will blow you away. Pemba Island is a wild island known as Clove Island. It’s a rich and vast place to explore, offering wildlife, flora and culture that are a must-see. Jambiani is a must-see and even a must-stay! Situated in the south-east of Zanzibar, this former small fishing village offers friendly lodges far from the big tourist hotels. Find out more here

What to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar offers a wide choice of activities. From sightseeing to diving and lounging, you’ll love this archipelago of exotic islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Of course, if you’re staying in Zanzibar, we recommend a visit to the old town, Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll discover a particularly rich history, craftsmanship and cuisine. You can visit spice plantations, the fishing village of Jambiani, the village of Paje, near the Jozani forest, and seaweed farms. Go on a blue safari aboard a Dhow, Zanzibar’s traditional sailing boat, and discover Chumbe Island, a treasure of the Indian Ocean. Discover more activities

Can you travel to Zanzibar with children?

Of course, you can totally travel to Zanzibar with your children. You’ll find plenty of family activities to do in the archipelago, and of course you’ll enjoy the beaches of the Indian Ocean. However, you should make sure that your children are accepted in the accommodation you choose. As with safari lodges, some hotels only accept children over a certain age (usually 4).

When is the best time to travel to Zanzibar?

The best times to go to Zanzibar are the dry seasons: from June to October and between November and February. We advise you to go during the dry season, as tourists flock to Zanzibar during the dry season!

Trekking FAQs

Do you have to be sporty to climb Kilimanjaro?

You don’t have to be a great sportsman to climb Kilimanjaro! Many amateur tourists take up the challenge and reach the summit. Of course, we’re not saying that it’s easy to climb the roof of Africa. The secret is rigour, patience and a minimum of stamina. In any case, one thing is certain: the view is worth the effort! Discover the advice of a physical trainer

What is the success rate for climbing Kilimanjaro?

The success rate for climbing Kilimanjaro is around 90%. So don’t worry, with a good guide and the right preparation, you’ll make it! Are you looking for a guide? Contact us

Which route should I choose to climb Kilimanjaro?

The success rate for climbing Kilimanjaro is around 90%. So there’s nothing to worry about

The most commonly used route is the Machame Way, or Whisky Way in English. This is the route that makes the ascent easier for amateur tourists, as it offers a gradual acclimatisation to the altitude. In terms of landscape, it is also one of the richest in diversity. With lush forests, banana plantations, deserts and glaciers, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to natural beauty! Other options:

  • Marangu Route (Coca Cola)
  • Rongaï Route
  • Lemosho Route
  • Western Branch

Find out more here

When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best times to climb Kilimanjaro are December, January and February. These are the months when temperatures at the summit are the coldest. You can also climb to the top of the roof of Africa between July and September. In fact, Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of year, except during the rainy season, because the higher you climb, the more likely you are to get soaked!

How do you prepare to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best times to climb Kilimanjaro are December, January and October. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require a huge amount of physical preparation. It remains relatively accessible to amateurs. To prepare yourself to climb this gigantic mountain, we recommend that you get used to walking for several hours at a steady pace. You choose the pace and the breaks, but they shouldn’t be too long so that your muscles don’t cool down too much. For your training sessions, take the same clothes and shoes that you’ll be wearing during the trek. Also take a small rucksack, but don’t worry, when you climb, porters will take your trekking equipment, tents, water and food. Finally, train in all weathers to get used to walking in different weather conditions. You never know what the weather will be like on the big day. See the advice of a physical trainer

How old do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best times to climb Kilimanjaro are December, January and October. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require a huge amount of physical preparation. The recommended minimum age for climbing Kilimanjaro is 10. However, the roof of Africa is not accessible to everyone. Although there are trails that are more or less affordable for novice trekkers, you should be aware that a minimum of physical preparation is still required.