how to travel  

Most visitors come via one of the major cities in Europe. KLM fly from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro airport which is convenient if you are going on safari in the northern part or plan to climb the mountain. Several airlines such as British airways and Kenya airways fly to Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. You can connect from Nairobi to Arusha by bus or by small plane. There are several daily flights from Arusha to and from Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam. Contact us for advice and talk to your local travel agent.

A departure tax must be paid by passengers departing on international flights. In some cases this is included in the price of your air ticket.

Entry requirements are a valid passport and for most foreigners a valid visa and an international certificate of vaccination. Contact nearest Tanzanian Embassy for more information.


Transport on safari
We use comfortable Land Cruisers with three sun roofs so that everyone can see and take photos during the game drives. The car is equipped with communication radio, spare tyres, jack and first aid kit.

We also have agreements with local airlines and can arrange flights to and from the towns, the parks and beach resorts.

Practical tips for the traveller
You will need visas for Tanzania. If you travel via Nairobi you will need a visa to Kenya as well. You can get visas at the airport on arrival or at the Tanzania-Kenya border, but it is less trouble to arrange it at the embassy before you start your trip.

You will need vaccinations, so ask the vaccination centre for relevant information. There are plenty of malaria mosquitoes in some areas like Lake Manyara, Tarangire, the coast and Zanzibar. The risk of contacting malaria on safari is very slight, though a week of sun and bathing at Zanzibar increases the risk. We recommend you to buy the malaria pills that have the smallest side-effects like Malarone.

Bring a good mosquito repellent with you (Mosigard is best but it leaks so tape the tin well); you will need strong sun cream and wet paper napkins (specially during the dry season there can be water shortages at the public toilets).

Some people have tummy trouble on safari. Usually this is only in the morning but some people are more unlucky. It is hardly ever serious , but there are plenty of foreign bacteria in Africa that our spoiled, delicate tummies cannot deal with. We recommend you to take medicine for traveller’s diarrhoea (Ducoral) before leaving home. You can even bring rehydration fluid, stomach medicine from the chemist, and ask your doctor to give you a prescription for Lexinor: This is quick and efficient in the event of more serious tummy trouble.

Change your cash to US-dollars before travelling. Big notes have the best rates but you will need a few one dollar notes for use when you arrive. Note that USD bills older than 2004 are not accepted in Tanzania.

Remember that even if you can have 20 kgs luggage with you on the international flights, the plane between Arusha and Zanzibar can only allow 15 kgs. There is also limited room in the safari vehicles. You can get clothes washed during your stay. A soft bag is better than a hard shell which takes up more room. Many guests long for salt and salt liquorice and it is a good idea to buy these at home.

It is usually warm at midday all the year, but it can get cool in the evening. Take a couple of T-shirts, shorts, a pair of attractive slacks and a shirt or two, a warm top (e.g. fleece), a thin rain and wind jacket, sandals, tough shoes for walking, swimming gear and a sun hat and you will be well prepared for the savannah.
It can be nice to change into something fresh in the evening, but there is seldom any call for elegance. The exception being the best hotels in Zanzibar where a cool summer dress and thin summer slacks can feel right.

Finally, it is worthwhile to take a good camera with you with a long focal length as well as binoculars, as the animals are unlikely to pose alongside the vehicle. Remember to bring extra batteries and battery charger. If you are using a SLR camera, it is a good idea to bring a small textile bag to put rice in and use instead of a tripod while in the vehicle, to get extra support for the camera. It is possible to recharge your video cameras at all the places we know of, but remember that the wall contact takes the standard British three-pin plug.


Mind & Soul Travel (TZ) Ltd
P.O. Box 6246, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel. +255 (0)784 683655 or +255 (0)786 234070 info@mindsoultravel.com