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Local Time

Tanzania is 3 hours ahead of GMT

Electrical Power

Electric Power is 230V running at 50Hz. The plugs are 3 pin, rectangular blades (as used in the UK)

Visas and Immigration

Most visitors to Tanzania require a 3 month single-entry visa. You may be able to obtain a visa at your point of entry (Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports, and at Namanga Gate if you are traveling overland from Kenya), but we advise all visitors to obtain visas before you travel. Please confirm your visa requirements with your nearest Tanzanian Consulate BEFORE traveling to Tanzania.

GETTING AROUND

Roads

Only the roads between major towns are tarred, and whilst key roads are well paved, most tar roads are in poor condition. The majority of Tanzania’s roads are dirt and tend to deteriorate during the rainy season, and roads within the national parks are very rough. At the moment we do not recommend self drive safaris in Tanzania, and most car rental companies will not allow self drive vehicles to leave Dar es Salaam. Visitors taking a Northern Circuit Safari will be transferred by road from Arusha with a driver/guide who is familiar with the local road conditions. Safaris within the National Parks and reserves are on 4x4 game drive vehicles.

Trains and Buses

Rail travel through Tanzania has improved both in quality and service in the last few years. The southerly Tazara line connects Dar es Salaam with Mbeya and then Zambia. The Central line links Dar with Kigoma and Mwanza. Rail is a relatively safe travel option, allowing you to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely (slow) pace. Food can be purchased on board.
Tanzania has a good network of Express and ordinary buses operating on major routes. However, road and driving conditions are not good and we do not recommend this as a travel option.

Air

Tanzania has 3 international airports – Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro (located between Arusha and Moshi) and Zanzibar. All 3 airports offer world class service. Major international airlines servicing Tanzania include British Airways, Kenya Airways, South African Airways and KLM. There are daily connections to Nairobi.
There is a departure tax of US$30 (US$25 from Zanzibar) on all international flights leaving Tanzanian airports. This departure tax is usually included in the price of your ticket.

Domestic air services operate scheduled flights between Dar, Arusha, Zanzibar and Mwanza. Charter flights connect local airports , game reserves, national parks and smaller destinations. Visitors on a Southern Circuit Safari will fly between game parks.


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