Tanzania is well endowed with some of the unique tourist attractions in the world. The country has several national parks and game reserves; it has one of the largest populations of wild animals in the world. It’s the home to Mount Kilimanjaro which is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at 5895 meters asl branded as a world heritage site. Tanzania is richly endowed with cultural resources that are developed into cultural heritage tourism. The country has some of the best beaches with clear warm waters perfect for walking, swimming, and diving, vibrant culture and adventure. Zanzibar is also famous for its exotic spices which include black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and lemongrass among others.
8 Days: Arusha/Tarangire/Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro/Serengeti Safari
Welcome to Arusha, you will be met upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport by our safari representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to your city hotel irrespective of the airline and time of arrival for overnight.
9 Days: Ngorongoro/Serengeti National Park/Masai Mara
Welcome to Kenya, you will be met upon arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our safari representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to your city hotel irrespective of the airline and time of arrival.
11 Days: Kenya Tanzania Safari Wildlife Safari
Welcome to Kenya, you will be met upon arrival at Nairobi Jomokenyatta International Airport by our safari representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to your city hotel irrespective of the airline and time of arrival.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a superb example of what the rift valley has to offer, a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway “as the loveliest I had ever seen in Africa”. Established in the 1960’s it covers 330square kilometers of which 1/3 of this area is the lake itself.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an ecological survey to experiment multiple lands by the pastoralist, conservation, and tourism if they could co-exist by Dr. Bernhard Grzimek and his son, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 1959.
Serengeti National Park
The National park was established in 1952 gained more fame in 1959 after the award-winning book and later a film “Serengeti shall not die” by Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s, German zoologist who was first to contact systematic wildlife population survey at Serengeti National Park in 1950s.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park name come from Tarangire River which cuts across the park and was established in 1970. It’s the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha National Park, Serengeti National Park, Katavi National Park, Mkomazi National Park, and Mikumi National Park.
Mt Meru Hotel
Mt Meru hotel is situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha.
The African Tulip
The African Tulip in Arusha is a charming and comfortable urban boutique hotel.
Acacia Farm Lodge
Acacia farm lodge is a romantic country lodge located at the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area.
Ngorongoro Farm House
Built on a 500 acre coffee plantation with thatched rooftops is a small exclusive lodge called the Ngorongoro Farm house.
Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge has cabins set in 50 acres of the Ngorongoro volcanic landscape.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater, Facing the sunsets to the west.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Kubukubu Tented Lodge
This camp is strategically within central Serengeti National Park.
Ole Serai Moru Kopjes Camp
Ole Serai Moru Kopjes Camp is located 11 minutes from the Seronera Airstrip.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti Sopa Lodge is located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a hotel in one of the best settings in Tanzania.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is located at the top of the Manyara escarpment.
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is tucked on the rim of the great African Rift Valley.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Maramboi Tented Lodge
Maramboi Tented lodge is situated in the ecosystem of Lake Manyara, in fields of golden vegetation.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire Sopa Lodge is built to blend with the vastness of its surrounding, hidden among the kopjes.
ZANZIBAR BEACH RESORTS
Breezes Beach Club
Breezes Beach Club offers its guests a tranquil location and beautiful Zanzibari décor.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in the north east coast of Zanzibar.
Fruit and Spice Wellness Resort
Fruit and Spice Wellness Resort is set on a decent cliff top plot in a remote location in the Kizimkazi area.
Matemwe Lodge’s blissful location and famously relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal place to unwind.
Zanzibar Serena Inn
Zanzibar Serena Inn is idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town.
Zanzibar White Sands
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa is an exclusive resort that offers luxury.
TANZANIA AS TOURIST DESTINATION
Why you should visit Tanzania
Visiting Tanzania is a great opportunity for visitors since they witness by themselves the uniqueness of tourist attractions Tanzania is endowed with.
Some of the famous national parks like Serengeti National Park which is a World heritage site are found in Tanzania. The country has the second highest proportion of national protected areas with 28 percent of the country set aside for national parks, conservation areas, game reserves, and controlled and protected areas. The country has a total of 16 national parks coving an area of 46,348.9 km sq.
Cradle of Man
The Ngorongoro Crater holds the Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge which is an important paleoanthropological site in the world. It is considered to be the seat of humanity after the discovery of fossilized bones and stone tools of the earliest known specimens of the human genus, Homo habilis as well as early Hominidae, such as Paranthropus boisei.
The roof of Africa Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world at 5895 m or 19,340 ft is found in Tanzania. The mountain base area is approximately 3,885 km sq. The mountain is a giant stratovolcano with three peaks namely (Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo). The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the driest months of August to October. In 1977, the mountain was opened to the public and ten years later it was branded as a World Heritage site.
Top reasons for one to visit Zanzibar includes; idyllic beaches with clear warm waters perfect place for walking on the beach, vibrant culture and adventure, rich in historical heritage which includes the stone town hence it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several day tour excursions can be contacted from Zanzibar which includes; Red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest, It’s famous for exotic spices which include black pepper, cloves, turmeric, lemongrass, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
It’s a spectacular sighting where more than 1.5 Million animals which include; zebras, wildebeest, topis, Thomas gazelles etc. Every year millions of wildebeest will migrate from Masai Mara Game Reserve on the start of the rain seasons crossing over the central Serengeti to Ndutu plains where they settle on the fertile grasslands for calving before they start their journey again back to Masai Mara Game Reserve via central Serengeti.
There are more than 120 distinct ethnic groups and tribes living harmoniously in Tanzania. Each of the 120 groups identifies each other based on similarities such as common ancestry, language, history, society, culture or nation. They have a sociopolitical organization which consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent.
However, the major tribes you might need to learn more about include the Maasai, Hadzabe (Hadza) and the Iraqw.
TIME: GMT: +3 hours.
Tanzania is all year round tourist destination but the climate varies hugely because of the location of the country within the tropic of Capricorn. The climate is tropical while the coastal areas are hot and humid, and the northwestern highlands are cool and temperate. The country experience two rain seasons namely; the short rains from October to December and long rains from March to June. However, it all depends on an individual interest of travel as some months are better than others for certain special events. Daytime temperatures range from 10°C/50°F in the northern highlands to about 23°C/73°F along the coast of Zanzibar.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:
January to March
- Weather: is clear, dry season, and towards the end of March, it gives way for the rain season.
- Animals: From February we do expect lots of wildebeest calving season and other animals. Lots of Migratory birds from Europe hence best time for ornithological safaris.
- Quotation: Safari price average, It’s the high season.
- Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
- Recommended: Good time for the safari.
April to May
- Weather: It’s raining; this is the peak of the wet season and expects temperatures to drop after the rains. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm Grasses are somehow long; it’s fairly cloudy and sometimes cooler weather is experienced depending on where you are.
- Animals: Lots of babies have been born; the parks are turning green again hence great time for photography. Most animals have migrated away from rivers and swamps as it’s too wet.
- Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
- Population: Fewer people travel hence you will often have facilities largely to yourself.
- Recommended: Good time for safari
June to October
- Weather: The month of June and July are the coolest month followed by the hot and dry weather seasons which sets in thereafter.
- Animals: June the best month for Wildebeest migrating viewing in and around central Serengeti. Wildlife gathering close to water points and rivers.
- Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
- Population: Its summer period, Park roads are full of tourists
- Recommended: Good time for safari
November to December
- Weather: The “short rains” might start anytime,
- Animals: Expect the migrations from Masai Mara though it depends on the weather. The grass is still short hence excellent view for the cats hunting.
- Quotation: Safari price average, It’s the high season.
- Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
- Recommended: Good time for safari
Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.
Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Tanzania and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.
Our Planning at Your Service
DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.
Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities, and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.
Preparing for Your Safari
Entry into Tanzania requires a valid passport and visa. Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania is subject to the following entry requirements: A passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months; A Residence Permit or a Pass or his name is endorsed upon the same; A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points.
Upon Your Arrival
Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary round trip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Kilimanjaro International Airport here in Arusha – Tanzania.
- Kenya Airways flights
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Qatar Airways flights
- Turkish airline flights
- Ethiopian airline flights
- Rwanda air flights
- Fast jet
- Precision Air
- Safari Link
Throughout Your Journey
From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel is here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well-trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.
Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.
Always at Your Service
Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.
Capital – Dodoma
Population – Approximately 5.5 Million
Language – English, and Swahili
A passport and visa are required for entry into Tanzania. Visa is a permission granted to a foreigner other than a prohibited Immigrant (please click here to see the list of countries whose nationals require visa) to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of visit, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, studies, or any other activity which is not illegal under the Laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens obtain visas before traveling Tanzania, but visas are also available at ports of entry upon arrival. A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page is required.
Visa Application Form for all categories Click here to download or/and Visa Application Form to obtain visa requirements, please refer to the second page of the Visa Application Form (click here to download). Once the application is fully complete, submit by courier or in person.
TYPES OF VISA:
Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa)
This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.
Multiple Entry Visa
This visa may be issued to foreign visitors who come for Official visits, Government Missions, family re-union or any other circumstances as may be determined by the Office of the Commissioner General of Immigration, which call for frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. These are like Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Spouse or member of a family (Family re-union), Bilateral Agreement Representatives, Private or Government Consultants, etc.
NB: American nationals who wish to visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday purposes, they are required apply for Multiple type of Visa.
This visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can be also issued to a holder of ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.
This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of transiting through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa may be required to provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or Onward flight ticket.
This visa may be issued to those expatriates who wish to come for short-term assignments which in any way do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued to such foreign expatriates so as to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes;
- To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc.
- To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc.
- To conduct lawful business according to the laws of the country.
Business visa will be issued at the Immigration Headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, the Immigration Head Office, Zanzibar, Entry Points and Tanzanian Consular Offices abroad.
- US Citizens: $100 (Multiple entries) for one year, 90 Days at a time
- Non-US Citizens: $50 (Single entry) for 90 Days
- Non-US Citizens: $100 (Double entry) for 90 Days each
Embassy of The United Republic of Tanzania, USA Contact
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
1232 22nd St. NW, Washington D.C 20037
Telephone: (202)884-1080, (202)939-6125/7202-884-1083
Fax: (202)797-7408 (Visa) 202-330-2718 (Emergency)
Consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania in United States, NY
307 East 53rd St.
High Commission of The United Republic of Tanzania contacts in CANADA
High Commission of The United Republic of Tanzania
The Tanzania High Commission
50 Range Road Ottawa, Ontario
Canada. K1N 8J4
Tel: (613) 232-1509
Fax: (613) 232-5184
9:00 Am to 2:00 PM
TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVELING TO AFRICA
A proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. You will need one as long as you transit via Kenya, Ethiopia etc.
DK Grand Safaris wants you to have the most enjoyable touring experience possible when you travel with us. While you’re here, your health is one of our top priorities, and we make sure that all your accommodations meet the very highest standards. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Uganda or a return visit, we offer this brief guide with tips for traveling in good health.
Get an Early Start
While we’re always happy to answer your questions about an upcoming safari, we strongly recommend that you confer with your doctor well before your departure date. As the two of you discuss your itinerary, he can explain all necessary vaccinations and advise you on additional health safeguards. Plan on visiting your doctor four to six weeks in advance before your adventure travel starts
Tanzania requires all visitors coming or transited via yellow fever endemic countries/regions to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Your doctor will provide the necessary documentation and may also recommend vaccines or medications for addressing these common health concerns.
- Hepatitis A
If you currently take any prescription medications, let your doctor know how long you plan on being out of the country. He can make sure you have an adequate supply to cover your needs until your return home.
Keep Your Papers Handy
Along with your passport and visa, keep all health records and vaccination documentation at the ready as you travel. Be sure to carry the following:
- Your health insurance card and/or proof of supplemental travel health insurance
- Copies of all prescriptions for medications you bring with you
- Copies of prescriptions for eye glasses or other medical supplies
- A list of names and numbers for emergency contacts back home
Pack with Your Health in Mind
The CDC provides a comprehensive list of health care items that you may want to pack for your trip to Africa. Again, confer with your doctor, and follow his recommendations. While we always maintain an inventory of vital health provisions on every tour, we suggest you assemble a compact first-aid kit that includes these personal items.
- Bandages and blister pads
- Aspirins, antihistamines and anti-malarial pills
- An antibiotic cream and a cortisone cream
For personal comfort, you might also want to bring eye drops and non-fragrant hand lotion as well as non-fragrant sunblock and lip balm.
Practice Sensible Precautions
While vaccinations and medications can prevent some illnesses, common sense is one of your strongest allies for staying healthy while traveling. Our safari guides do everything possible to ensure your good health, and we approach every touring activity and accommodation with the highest standards for your personal safety.
By following our recommendations and precautions, you can enjoy meals and drinks without worry. We can’t prevent insects from biting, but we do protect your sleep at bush camps with mosquito netting. Our suggestions also include wearing socks and bandanas treated with repellants.
Confirm Conditions at Your Destination
We always keep you current on any health issues that develop before you make your trip, and you can check information online with the CDC. Their Travel Health Notices are updated daily with the latest reports from around the world. You can search for current notices by country.
The site uses a three-color code system that makes it easier to identify potential problem areas. It also features a menu of resources including an extensive disease directory, U.S. locations for yellow fever vaccinations and mobile apps that help you travel safely wherever you go.
In Case of Emergencies
When you travel with DK Grand Safaris, you’re assured of emergency medical care through our partnership with the internationally accredited AMREF Flying Doctors. This professional organization has provided health services in all types of settings across Africa for more than 60 years.
The globally recognized air ambulance server provides emergency health care and transportation to the nearest medical facilities. Flying Doctors are on call and available 24/7 to handle any kind of medical emergency. We’re proud of the role they play in keeping us all safe every day. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential for covering yourself and any travelling companions for the entire safari which includes covers for but not limited to medical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, repatriation expenses etc. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and take any relevant documentation with you.
We’re ready to Welcome You
As long as you take sensible precautions, traveling to Africa is considered very safe. For more than 10 years, our clients from around the globe have enjoyed their time in our homeland, and we know you will too. We’re happy to address your concerns and answer any questions.
It’s our pleasure to provide you with as much information as possible to ensure your trip is the experience of a lifetime. Everyone here at DK Grand Safaris stands ready to welcome you to our home with open arms and a firm handshake. We look forward to sharing the adventures that come from turning your travel dreams into wonderful realities.
The basic unit of currency in Tanzania is the Shilling (TZS). Bills come in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 Shillings Note. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confused as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US banknotes with the series date before the year 2008 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2008.
MasterCard and Visa are mostly acceptable cards in the major towns, you can withdraw money from ATM machines using the same cards and it will be dispensed in Tanzanian Shillings rather than dollars. (Amex can be useful though not as MasterCard and Visa). ATMs sometimes will give you money and at better rates than from the bureau de changes
Many banks operate from (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, they include National Bank of Commerce, Azania bank, Commercial Bank of Africa, Barclays, Standard Chartered, NIC etc
Most hotels, lodges, camps, shopping malls will accept credit cards. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted than other cards. Banks will advance local currency against your credit card if need be.
You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting. If you are bringing cash, U.S. dollars should be “big head” dollars dated 2009 or later. Larger denomination notes (the 50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below.
Currency Import regulations:
Residents of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda may import local currency (Tanzanian Shilling-TZS) up to the amount exported. Non-residents are prohibited from importing local currency. Residents and non-residents may import foreign currencies without restrictions.
Currency Export regulations:
Residents of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda may export local currency (Tanzanian Shilling-TZS) up to TZS 1,000.-. Non-residents are prohibited from exporting local currency. Residents and non-residents may export foreign currencies without restrictions.