Travel to Tanzania is relatively straightforward. Most people fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha either directly from Amsterdam or from London with a connecting flight through Nairobi.The time in Tanzania is ten hours later than in West Coast; seven hours later than East Coast.Flights departing Arusha should be booked for 7 p.m. or later on our last day in Africa (Day 13)
Travel and Flight Information
It takes as long as three months to make your travel plans and to obtain the necessary passport for your trip. We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY WITH THE BBE OFFICE BEFORE BUYING!
A valid passport is required when traveling to Tanzania. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected date of return. U.S. passport holders can stay up to 90 days without special visas. We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.
Tanzania Visas are issued on arrival. US Citizens pay $100 per person / Other National $50 per person and these Visas can be arranged beforehand as well. A passport valid for six months after date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.
Once you have entered the Arrivals Building, proceed to the “Visas” office window located on the right. After obtaining your Visa, proceed through the Passport Control before going to the baggage claim area. Then proceed through Customs. Be sure to keep all your bags together. After you clear customs, your BBE guide will meet you outside.
In Country Transportation
The provided transportation in Tanzania as stated in the itinerary is via private vehicle.
Tanzania requires proof of a valid Yellow Fever immunization certificate. (Immigration officials might force a visitor to get immunized, which is at an extra cost). Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, and Typhoid immunizations are recommended for all travelers. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended and you should consult your local doctor or physician to advise which malaria medication is best suited for you. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the CDCʼs Internet site at http:// www.cdc.gov/travel
Tanzania – country code +255. Most areas will have mobile access and Internet available. Some areas on safari may not have mobile access.
Tanzania – Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz (Type D; electrical plug has three circular pins) (Type G; electrical plug has three flat prongs)
Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers’ cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home. Be sure to inform your credit card company as well as your bank that you will travel internationally into Africa. This will eliminate any credit card holds for fraudulent activity.
The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TSh). Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.
U.S. Dollars are accepted nearly everywhere. It is best to use crisp, clean bills printed in 2006 or later. We suggest bringing $700 in spending money for drinks, souvenirs, group tips and pocket money. You may choose to bring more depending on your shopping plans.
We recommend that you have some small denominations of cash with you for your arrival at the airport, shopping at local markets, paying for drinks, visiting a Maasai Village, etc. You should change to TSh only as much money as you think you may spend (i.e., carry cash of small denominations) as local currencies cannot be removed from the country or reconverted.
Cash machines, by far the best way to get cash in country, are readily available in Arusha and on the safari.
Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets in any area which caters to tourists
Tanzania is a unitary republic with a President as head of state
Tanzania official language is Swahili with English being the de facto language used in the government and global economy. Most tribal languages are spoken first, then Swahili, and English in education.
Tanzaniaʼs economy is mostly agriculture based. Tanzania has vast amounts of natural resources including gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium, nickel, chrome, tin, platinum, coltan, niobium and other minerals. It is the third-largest producer of gold in Africa after South Africa and Ghana. Tanzania is also known for the Tanzanite gemstones. Tanzania has dozens of beautiful national parks that generate income with a large tourism sector that plays a vital part in the economy. Prolonged drought during the early years of the 21st century has severely reduced electricity generation capacity (some 60 percent of Tanzania’s electricity supplies are generated by hydro-electric methods) During 2006, Tanzania suffered a crippling series of “load-shedding” or power rationing episodes caused by a shortfall of generated power, largely because of insufficient hydro-electric generation. Plans to increase gas- and coal-fueled generation capacity are likely to take some years to implement, and growth is forecast to be increased to seven per cent per year.
During the program we base out of the 4-Star Arusha Hotel, a classic and elegant remnant of old Colonial East Africa. This recently renovated gem is located directly in the center of town, offers a swimming pool and gym, extensive gardens, along with a 4-hour laundry service, a bar, and 2 restaurants. We will begin our trip here, leaving all extra items while on the mountain. Valuables will be locked in a secured safe with the management while we are on Kilimanjaro. We will return after the mountain for our celebration, before departing on our safari the following morning, again leaving all extra items in storage. Finally, we will return after our safari to enjoy lunch and repack all our items for evening departures homeward.
New Arusha Hotel
Phone: (255) 222-772-782, Fax: (255) 222-773-409
THE BBE KILIMANJARO PRIVATE CAMP is set up every step of the way and ready for when you arrive into camp in the afternoon. A mess tent contains a table, stools, and all cutlery. Guest tents fit 2 people comfortably. A portable toilet is set up in each campsite for the cleanest facilities.
Excellent physical conditioning significantly increases your ability to acclimatize. The key to climbing high is proper acclimatization. Our program follows a calculated ascent profile which allows time for your body to adjust to the altitude. In addition to a proper rate of ascent, your performance is often related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days, and weeks prior to summit day. Proper hydration, nutrition, and warmth must be maintained on a daily basis throughout the expedition.
Physical Fitness Training
Mountaineering requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, mountaineering qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor. Most importantly, it requires an intentional fitness program, one which mimics the physical demands of the climb. There is no better training for mountaineering than up and downhill climbing. Focus on gaining the necessary strength and stamina to go up and down steep slopes while carrying a climbing pack. Start immediately, stick with a rigorous fitness program and arrive in top physical condition. Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness. Bottom line: plan on being in the best shape of your life!
Tanzania has a tropical climate. The hottest period extends between November and February while the coldest period occurs between May and August. The climate is cool in high mountainous regions. Tanzania has two major rainfall regions. One is unimodal (December – April) and the other is bimodal (October -December and March – May). The former is experienced in southern, south-west, central and western parts of the country, and the latter is found to the north and northern coast. In the bimodal regime the March – May rains are referred to as the long rains or Masika, whereas the October – December rains are generally known as short rains or Vuli.
Benegas Brothers is renowned for providing gourmet mountain cuisine. During the tented portion of the trek we will provide a selection of meals including pastas, rice, soups, and fresh foods. Bring along your favorite snack foods, energy bars, and after dinner treats.